Writing Sequel-Oriented Screenplays
A screenwriter must give his screenplay an open-ended resolution in order to write
sequels to that script. In this type of resolution, only the main conflict is resolved. The long-term conflict remains unresolved.
Additionally, the action is always driven by character. While the story in a sequel changes, the main character is constant. In the romantic comedy, Bridget Jones's Diary, a thirty-something British woman named Bridget Jones (Renee
Zellweger) goes on a quest to improve herself and find the love of her life.
Bridget ends up rejecting the man she has chosen as her lover
because she doesn't believe he totally accepts and loves her. This open-ended resolution gave birth to the sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
Bridget's saga continues in the sequel as her relationship paranoia drives the action and keeps her on a quest for the perfect mate.