The 10 Most Wanted Movie Sequels of All Time

Published 1 year ago by , Updated August 5th, 2014 at 9:29 am, This is a list post.

Zombieland poster 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.

Spaceballs

Spaceballs poster 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.

Daredevil

Daredevil poster 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.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy poster 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.

Constantine

Constantine poster 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.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 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 Goonies

The Goonies poster 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

Gremlins poster 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.

Zombieland

Zombieland poster 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.

Jumanji

Jumanji poster 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.

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins

Remo Williams - The Adventure Begins poster 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.

10 Movie Franchises That Ended Too Soon

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy poster 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. So while Hollywood studios continue to give audiences movies like Grown Ups 2, Grumpy Cat, and more Spy Kids films, our favorite movies just sit stagnant in the Sea of Forgotten films. 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? ___ Follow me on Twitter - @MoviePaul and help me let the big studios know that we need more Bad News Bears films.
TAGS: daredevil, gremlins, Jumanji, lemony snicket 2, the goonies 2, zombieland

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  1. Out of all the films listed. I believe Constantine deserves the most attention. It was brilliant for what it was. And Keanu is a great actor despite the hate towards him.

    • Oh, God, yes to Constantine! Snicket too!

  2. I agree with 3 of these; and in one of those cases, only if the main character was recast. The majority of entries, I’d be quite happy if the originals had never been made, let alone any sequel.

    • Are we supposed to guess which 3? :) Ok, I’m going to say Constantine and you want Keanu out.

  3. FLETCH!! Lots of books for source material. “. Fletch lives” was brutal and could be wiped from the cannon. Go with a complete reboot and go closer to the books more serious tone

    • Agree. Fletch!

  4. I would’ve liked to see the other books of the Golden Compass series turned into movies. I guess the first one just didn’t make enough money in the end, but I did enjoy the story.

    • I thought for certain Golden Compass was going to be here. Such a sad end to a neat movie.

  5. The Wolfman(2010)

  6. Is it too soon to say Dredd? It was a surprisingly good action movie.

  7. REMO!!!!!!

    That’s the bloody thing. I’ve been trying to remember the name of this thing for months…. always cracks me up when the old chinese trainer dude runs across the water at the end (you can see the plank just under the surface lol)

    Classic Fred Ward, this and Tremors 1 & 2 (they go ropey after that)

    Amazon search here we come…..

    • Hell yes Remo!

      Possibly the only film up there which really should have gotten some sequel love.

    • Korean, not Chinese; and yes, I’ve been asking for a continuation of Remo for years.

  8. I would have definitely watched Goonies 2.

  9. of the 10 films listed, only one is part of a “movie franchise”: Gremlins. The others are simply single films.

    the article really is “which films do we think should get sequels”, no?

    And my vote is for John Carter, a SERIOUSLY under-rated film that Disney seriously screwed from the start with a pathetic advertising campaign. how they ended up blowing a wad of cash on a completely ineffective advertising campaign is still beyond me. John Carter was my favourite film of that year.

  10. What no Serenity, and it does deserve a sequel, or a prequel that explains more about the War, about Book, and Inara Serra’s back stories,heck even the courtship of Wash and Zoe could be fun to explore.
    But sadly Joss Whedon is busy with his Marvel work so it will probably never happen… as much as some of us want it to.

    • Kaylee, we want more Kaylee

      Whedon get that Browncoat back on sir….

      • @Jonathan

        She is cute as a button! :-P

    • One can always hope. With Joss’ Avengers success, he should get more leeway for choosing his next project. Personally, I think Firefly: The Animated Series/Movie would be a good direction to go in the actors have all aged by 10 years, after all.

  11. Uh, Daredevil is on the list of the worst movie’s ever made. When the film finally faded to black, I heard an exasperated “Oh Thank God” from someone behind me. I could not have agreed more. The franchise is legit, but that movie was an abomination

  12. I was very surprised when they first green lit “The Golden Compass” as a big budget movie.

    With its basic premise of a war against God, I though there would be a lot of places in the world that would get offended by it and would boycott it.

    I would like to see the other two books made into movies.

  13. I only agree with Constantine but only if they have a proper Hellblazer style comic book movie. I can see it being more of a New 52 version though, especially if del Toro gets to make Justice League Dark.

    Daredevil would be alright but the original was kinda crappy.

    Goonies doesn’t need a sequel.

    Never heard of Remo so can’t comment on that.

    Spaceballs and Zombieland were terrible and not funny at all. Sorry but I read “Spaceballs was Brooks’ best work” and had to laugh because by far, it’s his worst. History Of The World Part 1, Young Frankenstein and Robin Hood: Men In Tights are contenders for his best work.

    • Most movies don’t need a sequel. But, Goonies 2 would have probably been a good sequel.

  14. Jumanji= Classic film and I thought Zathura was good too. It would be cool if they did another film based on a fake game but maybe one that is monster themed!

    Here is my pitch…

    On Halloween night a bunch of kids and their parents are at a boring kid little kid friendly party. The kids ditch the party to go to one of their houses to play the game. The game is called Monster Slayer (sorry just made it up) and as the game plays out we see thinks like zombies, a warlock, goblins, ghouls, skeletons, or whatever monsters (made up or not) the kids have to learn quick how to get rid of some of these creatures. Maybe the game comes with a Monster Killing Kit or something and they think its lame until the game starts. I MEAN EVERYONE KEEPS TALKING ABOUT WANTING A REBOOT OR SEQUEL TO MONSTER SQUAD! THIS IS A WAY TO PLEASE THOSE PEOPLE AND DO ANOTHER MOVIE BASED ON GAME. Th

    • YEAH!

      This idea of yours deserves a screen treatment!

  15. Jumanji= Classic film and I thought Zathura was good too. It would be cool if they did another film based on a fake game but maybe one that is monster themed!

    Here is my pitch…

    On Halloween night a bunch of kids and their parents are at a boring kid little kid friendly party. The kids ditch the party to go to one of their houses to play the game. The game is called Monster Slayer (sorry just made it up) and as the game plays out we see thinks like zombies, a warlock, goblins, ghouls, skeletons, or whatever monsters (made up or not) the kids have to learn quick how to get rid of some of these creatures. Maybe the game comes with a Monster Killing Kit or something and they think its lame until the game starts. I MEAN EVERYONE KEEPS TALKING ABOUT WANTING A REBOOT OR SEQUEL TO MONSTER SQUAD! THIS IS A WAY TO PLEASE THOSE PEOPLE AND DO ANOTHER MOVIE BASED ON GAME.

  16. Weird, I thought Daredevil started too soon.

  17. Please just remake the entire Series of unfortunate events. I enjoyed the movie when I was younger and would love to see more films, but not by Nickalodean studios please.

  18. I read all the comments (except for the really long ones) and can’t believe no one mentioned Buckaroo Banzai! That movie has been screaming for a sequel for 30 years. Who among us doesn’t want to know what happened to Rawhide and Perfect Tommy?

  19. I think Goonies 2 would be terrible at this point. I guess you could try a reunion movie, but I don’t want to see it rebooted or recasted. Best to leave it alone at this point. I enjoyed Constantine in spite of Reeves. I’m conflicted about a Jumanji reboot. I hope it’s not a direct remake. I’d like them to explore the world within the game instead of bringing it all back to our world again.

  20. “Hitchhiker’s Guide” was a travesty. I’m glad Douglas Adams didn’t see what they did to his masterpiece. Best to just leave the film where it flopped and wait for it to decompose.

  21. Spaceballs is Mel Brooks’ greatest accomplishment? Don’t get me wrong, I love the movie and find it hilarious. It IS one of his funnier films but his greatest accomplishment in the spoof genre has to a close race between Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.

  22. I’m a Science Fiction Nut. Star Wars was the best thing to happen to the genre. Space balls added a wonderful twist to the genre. It was so funny.
    Thank You Mel Brooks.

  23. what? no Buckaroo Bonzai?

  24. The problem with Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events was they crammed 3 books into one film, where there was enough material in the first book to do a single film

  25. The Golden Compass should of had a sequel

  26. the incredibles??

    • Wait,the incredibles? That’s actually a sequel I’d want to see.

  27. The Goonies aren’t exactly “intrepid youngsters” anymore. A sequel would just be seen as a money grab and not make a whole lot of sense. This is a series that might have been cool if it continued in the 80s, but not today. If they do anything maybe they could make a prequel showing how the ship got into the cave in the first place otherwise leave it alone.

  28. Zombieland may still get a sequel, Remo, yes that would’ve been great. Gremlins had a sequel and it sucked and there was going to be a 3rd…….glad they did not. Constantine needs a sequel. I can think of dozens of better films that needed a sequel but as in all things someone else has the time and effort to make their opinion count more than anyone else’s. Wish they would at least get their facts straight.

    • Oh yes, and Buckaroo Bonzai would be a great sequel but many years ago

  29. My older sister talked me into watching ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’, as i was thinking it was just going to be a kids movie. It literally is one if the most entertaining movies I’ve ever seen.