Miramax and The Weinstein Co. have announced plans to team up on producing sequels to many of Miramax's biggest films. Obviously we're already seeing the beginnings of this with the upcoming 'Scream 4' and 'Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World', but now we can add a whole bunch more sequels to that mix, including 'Bad Santa' (which Billy Bob Thornton talked up recently), 'Rounders' and 'Shakespeare in Love'.

That's not all, though, as the recently-released press release -- which also mentions the fact that some (or most) of these could be direct-to-video -- lists a few more films under consideration, like 'Bridget Jones's Diary', 'Swingers', 'From Dusk Till Dawn', 'Shall We Dance', 'The Amityville Horror', 'Clerks' (which already has a sequel, though Kevin Smith has teased a potential third installment revisiting these same characters in their 40s) and seemingly the most random choice, 'Copland'. Thankfully, we don't see any Quentin Tarantino films on that list, like 'Pulp Fiction', which also falls under the Miramax umbrella, but this should be enough for now.

In a joint statement, Harvey and Bob Weinstein noted, "We are very close to these films and the new management of Miramax also feels that we are in the best position to create sequels that are at once worthy and compelling in their own right."

Do these films even need sequels, especially since many of them probably won't feature the original casts returning? What do you think?

UPDATE: Kevin Smith ('Clerks') responds to this news after the jump.

Kevin Smith responded to the news via Twitter that Miramax and The Weinstein Co. may produce another 'Clerks' sequel. Read his comments below ...

"Of course. I sold the movie to them in 1994. But I guess if someone was going to exploit the library for sequels, remakes, tv, I'd rather it be the devil I know. Nice to know there's a home for 'Clerks III' if I ever wanted to make it, but hope it doesn't become a home for a Clerks-anything if I'm not involved. Either way, I doubt my sh*t is even something they wanna re-do/remake. They own 'Clerks', 'Chasing Amy', 'Jersey Girl' and 'Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back'. But then it's further complicated by the Jay & Silent Bob of it all. They don't own Jay & Silent Bob; I do. They own 'Strike Back', but they can't make any flick that'd include Jay & Silent Bob (even a 'Strike Back' sequel) without my permission/license.

The only flick they own free & clear of me with no ties whatsoever, is 'Jersey Girl'. And from personal experience, there's little to no interest in a sequel or remake, unless it opens with JLo's dead Mom busting out of her earthen grave, trampling her only begotten daughter's copy of a Necronomicon as she eats her brains. If they wanna do THAT 'Jersey Girl' sequel, I'm totally in. But honestly, all those flicks are theirs to do with as they will. I can't (and won't) complain. At least the Guardians of Ga'Harvey are still in place, looking out for the dopey little (f)art flicks I made so long ago."