Some movies generate sequels that just don’t know when to give up, generating sequel after horrible sequel until every last drop of blood has been squeezed from both the franchise AND the audience. Films in the Friday the 13th, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Saw franchises continue to add sub-par movies sacrificing quality along the way.
Meanwhile, other movies that audiences thoroughly enjoyed just stop at one, leaving movie fans clamoring for more – and we think that’s sad. There are so many good potential movie franchises out there that deserve to have their stories continue that it’s hard to narrow down the list to only ten but that’s just what we’ve done.
Take a look at what should have been in our list of 10 Most Wanted Movie Sequels.
Mel Brooks will always be the master of movie spoofs and Spaceballs will always be his greatest accomplishment. Unlike modern “spoofers” Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer – who’ve given the world the crap fest known as Epic Movie, Vampires Suck and Meet the Spartans – Brooks knew what it took to make a proper spoof movie – jokes… lots of funny jokes.
Spaceballs introduced us to timeless, quotable characters like Dark Helmet (“I can’t breathe in this thing!”), Lone Starr (“Helmet! So, at last we meet for the first time for the last time.“), his trusty sidekick Barf (“I’m a mog: I’m half man, half dog. I’m my own best friend.”), and of course, the wise Yogurt (“May the Schwartz be with you.”).
With a third Star Wars trilogy on the way, fans of spoof films needs Brooks, or someone like him, to step up to the plate and give the world at least two more Spaceballs films.
For decades, the Daredevil character had only seen live-action once in a made-for-TV Incredible Hulk movie – not to mention a television show in 1975 co-starring David Bowie’s wife, Angela, as the Black Widow that never made it to air.
However, in 2003 a pretty faithful adaption of the character appeared on the big screen and while Bullseye wore one of the worst super villain costumes we’d ever seen, the rest of the film was competent enough to set up the franchise nicely – unfortunately, general movie-going audiences didn’t agree.
Both Joe Carnahan’s and David Slade’s reboot visions of a Daredevil film ultimately fell on deaf ears but with the rights to the character recently reverting back Marvel, fans could see much more of “The Man Without Fear” in the near future.
Millions of sci-fi fans were anticipating the 2005 theatrical release of Douglas Adams’ science fiction radio show The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. However, the movie’s off-beat humor, quirky actors and whimsical sets didn’t resonate well with general audiences and the movie left theaters with a financial whimper.
The series really deserves a second shot at glory though, as it’s still highly popular among sci-fi fans everywhere. From its humble beginnings in 1978, the franchise has spawned a TV series, six novels, three comic books, a computer game and even an official set of towels (yes, the thing you use after a shower).
There’s plenty of space adventure left for audiences to experience with Arthur Dent, Trillian, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin the depressed, Paranoid Android.
Keanu Reeves has endured a hard time shaking his surfer dude persona thanks to his choice of movie roles from the early 90s but he deserves more credit than he received for his portrayal as supernatural detective John Constantine.
Constantine is based on the DC/Vertigo comic series Hellblazer – which has been in circulation since 1988. With over 300 comic books in publication there are plenty of stories and supernatural bad guys for Constantine to do battle with and vanquish back to Hell.
Even with Shia LaBeouf as his taxi driver, Constantine was a great action/horror/comic film and deserves to have its expansive world explored in at least a couple more movies.
Modern American author Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) wrote a series of thirteen novels between 1999 and 2006 covering the lives of the suddenly orphaned Baudelaire children – Violet, Klaus, and Sunny.
For a series of books aimed at children, Snicket’s stories are darker than most with scenes of the children’s parents dying in a fire and their crazy cousin Count Olaf killing off several characters – while hunting the kids down in an attempt to acquire their parent’s estate. While this might not be the most obvious choice, the series could have been fun counter-programming in a genre that rarely gets a chance to explore darker themes.
The movie adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events only covers the first three books of the series, meaning there is plenty of material left to fill additional films from the remaining ten books.
The only movie having a harder time getting a sequel made than Ghostbusters is the 1985 kid-adventure film The Goonies. It’s a shame really, because the story of a group of friends from the Goon Docks in Astoria, OR searching for lost pirate treasure and outrunning dangerous criminals, all in an attempt to help their families, is a tale worth telling more than once.
The Goonies introduced the world to several memorable scenes and characters – Data’s “Slick Shoes,” Chunk with his Truffle Shuffle, Mikey’s first kiss with Stef, Mouth shoving an entire strand of pearls in his, well, mouth, and of course, the friendly, misunderstood Sloth with his favorite candy bar, Baby Ruth.
Rumors of a sequel have been circulating for 20 years but no one seems sincerely interested in continuing the story of the intrepid youngsters. For now, we’ll have to settle for Josh Brolin in Old Boy, Sean Astin in The Lord of the Rings and an old Nintendo video game about rescuing a mermaid.
Gremlins is another classic film from the eighties that deserves to have its cinematic universe explored in more than one film. Instead of a trilogy though, all fans of the mischievous little green monsters received was a sequel six years later and a video game based on that sequel – pretty unfulfilling.
We would love to see Gizmo battle Stripes on the big screen again, as long as it isn’t ruined with bad CGI. A continuation of the Gremlins story would need to stick with mostly practical special effects – an art form that is slowly fading away in modern Hollywood.
Gremlins still remains one of the best dark-comedies to watch during Christmas and who wouldn’t want to find a cute, furry Mogwai under their tree on Christmas morning? Finding one of the gremlin eggs on Easter however, is something we could live without.
Zombies are currently all the rage in Hollywood. Successful shows like The Walking Dead and blockbuster films like World War Z are doing very well on both the big and small screens. Not all zombie-themed films work though, (take a look at the last couple films in the Night of the Living Dead series) and Zombieland could have been a disaster – but it wasn’t.
The Twinkie loving Tallahassee, rule following Columbus, and sisters Wichita and Little Rock were equal parts funny and badass – forming one of the best ensembles ever to be chased by flesh-craving zombies.
These characters have so much more story to tell as they try to do more than just survive in a zombie-filled world. It’s slightly insulting that instead of a sequel, fans of the film and genre were only given a failed TV show on Amazon, which was mercifully canceled after the pilot aired.
Author Chris Van Allsburg has written many books, three of which have been adapted for the big screen – Jumanji, Polar Express and Zathura. Polar Express and Zathura were both enjoyable films but neither could match the magic or excitement of the Joe Johnston-directed adventure film Jumanji.
The story revolves around an enchanted board game that quite literally puts its players into the middle of the action. They have to dodge enormous bees, evade carnivorous plants, avoid packs of wild monkeys and keep from being shot by a hunter on safari.
The first film ends with two young French girls on the verge of discovering the board game and all its surprises while on the beach, leaving it open for at least one more film. For now, Jumanji fans can look forward to a possible reboot around 2015 – 20 years too late if you ask us.
Once again we go back to the Golden Age of action films for our last pick – the eighties. Films like Predator, Rambo, and Missing in Action thrived during the eighties – each enjoying multiple sequels. One action film however was unjustly left out of the sequel lineup – Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.
Sam Makin (a.k.a. Remo Williams) is a former New York City cop that would make Charles Bronson green with envy and an ex-Marine that is everything Chuck Norris wished he could be. Smart, badass, and a man’s man, Williams is recruited by a top secret government agency called CURE and then trained to be a highly skilled assassin.
The film was actually based off a series of pulp novels called The Destroyer which spanned three decades, so there is plenty of material for additional films. Remo Williams was THE original Expendable and Hollywood needs to bring him back soon – because the world isn’t going to save itself.
There are plenty of other potential film franchises floating around that we think ended well before their time – Big Trouble in Little China, Galaxy Quest, The Golden Compass and Eragon just to name a few.
Of course, this isn’t an all-inclusive list. Which movie franchises would you want to start a grassroots, write-in campaign to help bring back to life – Sister Act or Weekend at Bernie’s?
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