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When we were kids, museums were things to which our parents or elementary school teachers dragged us. Now, Fox intends to try and drag us to an entirely different type of unwanted museum excursion. The studio has put into motion the third installment of its 'Night at the Museum' franchise. They have already coaxed star Ben Stiller to return and now have hired Shawn Levy to once again handle directing duties. The last time we left this series, Stiller had experienced another grand-scale after-hours adventure, this time at the Smithsonian. The bountiful supporting cast from the first 'Night at the Museum' crossed over into absolutely enormous territory with 'Battle of the Smithsonian.' Fox has not let slip any details of the script, which will likely once again be penned by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, but they have set a release date of December 25th, 2014.
If you'll step this way, you'll see the actual fossil remains of anyone's interest in this franchise. I guess that's not entirely fair, as these movies inevitably make boatloads of cash. However, it's not as if you see scores of kids dressed as the characters from 'Night at the Museum' when you go to Comic-Con. These movies are bland, safe, wholly forgettable fluff that make for passing distractions for families on the weekends. They aren't what I would call well-constructed, and are especially poorly directed. If there was any potential at all for the third one to be anything interesting or even possibly a step up, it was dashed upon the rehiring of Shawn Levy. I've always found Levy to be one of those barely competent, gun-for-hire directors who will take on any crap project for the paycheck. The real challenge here however is the one facing the writers. Be it Lennon and Garant or otherwise, this series has already gone to The Smithsonian, how can they top that? The Louvre? Paintings coming to life and being confined to their frames? The possibilities are endless...ly troubling.
What do you guys think? Is there any way 'Night at the Museum 3' could work? Who would've been your choice to direct?
Source: Coming Soon