Dukes sequel goes to DVD

Last summer, Dukes of Hazzard was a big, hyped piece of TV-to-movie translation. Now, a less hyped--and less expensive--prequel will appear on video store shelves, possibly by the end of the year.

The Dukes prequel will tell the story of how Bo and Luke Duke started their slapstick battle with the nefarious Boss Hogg. None of the original film's stars--Jessica Simpson, Johnny Knoxville, or Sean William Scott--will appear in the film, which is scheduled to go on sale in late 2006 or in early 2007.

The Dukes movie is part of a new plan by Warner Bros. to make money from properties that don't warrant a full-fledged theatrical release. According to The Los Angeles Times, the studio plans to release 10 to 15 movies a year, each budgeted at around $5 million.

"We recognize that the made-for-video business is a place we need to put emphasis and devote considerable resources," Warner president Alan Horn said. "Discipline is the key to the ultimate success of the new venture for us."

Dukes was released last summer in August, a month usually considered the dumping ground for summer films. With no major competition at the box office--the only other debut that weekend was Jim Jarmsusch's Broken Flowers--the film opened with $30 million on its way to a domestic gross of $80 million.

In addition to the Dukes movie, Warner's new DVD arm has three horror films slated for production.

Comments (12)
Submit
Sort: Latest | Popular
WE hate the idea to make a prequel!!! Not only did the first Dukes movie make a mockery of the original show but it also shows the immaturity of Hollywood.
Reply
Flag
Why would you make a sequel with none of the original cast? Can Warner be that stupid? Wait, I just answered my own question.
Reply
Flag
Big shock (please note the hint of sarcasm)
Reply
Flag
Obviously someone will buy this crap, cuz someone alway buys this crap. But for me it's just a waste. Let's just see what crap actors they get to be in it, I bet at least one former reality show star, haha.
Reply
Flag
....and no one cared.
Reply
Flag
Do movies straight to DVD ever make a lot of money? This is just really stupid as always.
Reply
Flag
Geez, I only watched the origial show as a kid for the car, same with Knight Rider. Why they bother to make movies from the properties I will never fathom. And who decided to make these people stars? I certainly don't watch them. Who is perpetrating this heinous farce on America? I think it's Bin Ladden. Maybe Hitler's reanimated head...
Reply
Flag
If nobody like the first one, why make a prequel? That only worked when "Star Wars did it. It had a fan following so it made since to add more movies, but this?
Reply
Flag
Does not surprise me really
Reply
Flag
I'm sorry, what's the point of this movie again? To make money? From who exactly?

Hmmm..."failure" springs to mind.
Reply
Flag
At least we won't have to suffer through listening to Sean William Scott's awful Minnesota accent again as he tries to play Bo Duke. Plus Super Bimbo won't be around either.
Reply
Flag
well, thats a very realistic tribute to the first one
Reply
Flag

Like TV.com on Facebook