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.
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  1. Mel Brooks has done many far better films than Spaceballs!

    How can you even begin to think that’s his best?!

    • I don’t think it’s his best, but having seen Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Spaceballs is one of his better films.

    • I liked blazing saddles :)

  2. Daredevil did NOT end too soon.

  3. Alright…let’s take a look at why these movies didn’t become franchises…

    1. Spaceballs: I agree with this pick, but Mel Brooks doesn’t really do sequels. You also have to consider that the Brooks movies that followed this one, pretty much sucked. Spaceballs was pretty much the high mark for Mel’s moviemaking (the last in a string of hits).

    2. Daredevil: This franchise was killed by two words: Ben Affleck.

    3. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Loved the books, but hated the movie. I’ll put this one down to being a pure money decision. Remember that what dorks like, doesn’t always turn into a hit.

    4. Constantine: Although I liked this movie, I think it winds up in the Daredevil pile; killed by its lead actor. BTW, Keanu’s “surfer-boy” image exists because he sounds exactly the same in every movie.

    5. Lemony Snicket’s…: Don’t have an answer for this one, either. I suspect that it’s considered too dark to be a kids movie, but too “quirky” for mainstream success. Put it down to another money decision.

    6. Goonies: First off, the girl Mikey (Sean Astin) kisses is named Andy. That being said, I loved this movie growing up. The problem with Goonies, is that the story ended. I think if any sequels had been made, they would’ve sucked. Now, you’d also have to contend with finding another group of “Goonies” that could fit together as well as the originals.

    7. Gremlins: I loved the original! As a young child, it was actually a scary movie (other than the bar scenes). Reptilian monsters running amok, and destroying a town. Then came the sequel. That’s what killed this franchise. Everything that made the original a hit, was missing from the sequel. Gremlins with buck teeth, crazy eyes, and gender issues? All cheese, no substance.

    8. Zombieland: I enjoyed this movie a great deal. Nevertheless, I hope they don’t make it a franchise. Zombie movies have saturated the market, and a sequel would hit an audience who’s largely becoming sick of the genre. If the sequel didn’t meet expectations, it would ruin the legacy of a great cult-film.

    9. Jumanji: This film was god-awful. It sucked from start to finish. It doesn’t deserve a sequel. Robin Williams is great, but this is one of his worst movies. Get him a Mel Brooks movie, PLEASE!!!

    10. Remo: I have never seen or heard of this movie, so I can’t really comment on it.

    There’s your top 10 list, and why they haven’t become franchises.

    • Eh, I’d agree with most of your list, except that I think Keanu did do a better job trying to act (said trying, not actually doing), and Robin Williams.. ugh. I can’t think of a single movie I’ve seen him in where he seemed to be a good actor, except maybe What Dreams May Come.

      • Okay then you have seen his serial killer movie one Hour Photo in which he gives an unforgettable performance of a very disturbed man, have you seen Christopher Nolan’s “Insomnia” I mean really you gotta do better than “What Dreams May Come” when the man has proven he can transform himself for a role very well, with over 90 projects under his belt I could name way more films he was great in but people just don’t know what movies to look for I guess.

      • Have you not seen: “Good Will Hunting”, “Good Morning Vietnam”, “Dead Poets Society”, The Fisher King” or “The Birdcage”? Robin Williams was great in all these films.

        • This guy hasn’t even seen all the movies on this list. He’s talking out of his a**.

    • So you’re saying Daredevil would have been a popular and critical success if it had starred somebody else? I sure don’t see it that way. What killed it for me was everybody else in the movie. Colin Ferrel was laughable as Deadshot, and Jennifer Garner and Affleck’s chemistry seemed very forced [and yes, I realize how crazy that is since they're now a married couple]. There was a lot wrong with that movie that had little to do with Affleck.

      I liked Constantine a lot…it’s true that Keanu doesn’t have much range [and I like him anyway, dammit] but he fit the role very well. Too many people are prejudiced to dislike him no matter what, regardless of how well he does in a particular role.

    • @Polski

      Its been over 6 months since you posted the above, have you checked out REMO WILLIAMS yet? It really is an excellent sleeper action film that should have done better. Keep in mind its age because it does show.

  4. I can’t believe “The Golden Compass” isn’t on this list. The movie is based on a fascinating trilogy that I felt compelled to read because of the film. I’m sad that Hollywood didn’t have the balls to produce the clearly anti-religious and specifically anti-catholic theme that would have been included in the follow-up movies.

    • The Golden Compass was a good movie, but the two remaining books in the trilogy weren’t nearly as cinematic as the first one and I think they would have been dull, unsuccessful movies. Also, I don’t really get the ‘anti-religious’ slam. It’s true that the books were an atheistic allegory, but you have to read them pretty carefully to see it. _I_ am an atheist and it didn’t jump out at me at all.

      • Just because the “His Dark Materials” trilogy “debunks” the Catholic Church, that doesn’t mean it’s anti-religious, it just provides an example of how a religious organization can get so full of itself and think it’s authority is absolute, and what happens when it tries to use that authority.

  5. There was a Spaceballs cartoon series by Mel Brooks. It alone is sufficient evidence that there should not be any more movies to further mar the original.

  6. Jumanji was an awful film? Have a word with yourself mate! Quality movie!

  7. Lemony Snicket’s was TERRIBLE. The movie was just horrible all the damn way through. There was absolutely nothing, and I mean NOTHING good about this movie. I do not EVER want to see ANY of those people in anything again! Whoever made this abomination shouldn’t even be allowed to direct a low-budget cartoon on some obscure channel that goes out at 3 am, let alone a big-budget film. Whoever you are, you have all of my hate.

    • Agreed. This was a horrible movie…not in the ‘bad’ sense, but in the ‘will suck out your soul with its evil depressing vision’…

  8. agree 100% that the Golden Compass should have had a sequel. True It was not a big hit, but it did have an audience & the story never got to be finished.

    • I know I had never heard of the book or anything about the storylines before watching the film and I really though the movie was very good, Nicole Kidman plays a villain as good as she always does(love her in Stoker), plus I just really got captivated by the story and really wanted to see more.

  9. I agree with Spaceballs, Constantine, and Jumanji.

  10. Shoulda called this “movies that needed sequels” only one actually had one.

  11. I’m EXTREMELY surprised that The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen wasn’t on here. I can comfortably say that I only agree with Constantine from this list. I’d also would’ve enjoyed another The Golden Compass movie. No need for franchises. They’re never as good as the first one…unless it’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (everything after: garbage).

  12. Remo Williams as a character is begging for a series.The destroyer books were kung fu sci fi extravaganzas and chiun-remo’s master and trainer-is a classic character.There are over 100 books and they’re all entertainng.

    • I couldn’t agree more! Demo Williams would be either a fantastic TV series or set of movies. Insane as it is, the book series are still going after thirty or forty years!

      • You guys do understand that there was a sequel to this right? It was a made for TV movie that came out a few years later. IMDB it and you will find it. I enjoyed the original movie a lot when I was a kid, but thought it was very bland and mediocre as an adult. It should get a “reboot” of sorts though. I mean, if they stick to a Jack Ryan, James Bond, Jason Bourne type of movie they will have an instant fan base. heck, hint at those style movies to draw people in and then hit them with this very fleshed out character.

  13. I hate to nitpick too much, but couldn’t you have called this “Potential Franchises…” or “Movies That Deserve a Sequel/Reboot”? I came to this list expecting that at least SOME of them would be actual franchises, but not one of them qualifies.

  14. can it really be called a franchise if there was only one movie made?

    • Just because there aren’t sequels doesn’t make it “non-franchise”. Hitchhiker’s Guide is a series of books–the movie is included in the franchise. Gremlins did have a sequel, so that’s one right there. Also, most (but not all) are either film adaptations of comics or books…making them franchises.

      • 4 out of 10 didn’t have sequels or adaptation, so non-franchise

  15. What about “The Golden Compass”? An excellent adaptation of the very popular “His Dark Materials” series of books, with a great cast including Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman, and set up directly for a sequel – it was thrown to the scrap heap due to a low-performing box office, which was in turn set up because of Christian backlash against its controversial mythology.

  16. Old School 2 would have been bad, but it would have had a bigger audience than anchor man 2… The Saint might have worked as a franchise …Action Jackson should have had a few more

  17. Zombieland just dying is shocking. That movie was a miraculous.

  18. Thank god “A Series of Unfortunate Events” did not become a franchise. That movie butchered three books of what is a wonderful series. Jim Carey was an unacceptable villain, they completely mixed up the order of events, and fans of the book were horrified with this adaptation. Although I agree with these other choices, you probably should have done a little more research into that on.

  19. As far as Daredevil goes, a hero is only as good as his villain and they didn’t really make the Kingpin all he could’ve been. Electra wasn’t very impressive and Bullseye just didn’t hit the mark. I for one thought Affleck was a credible Daredevil and look forward to his take on Batman.

  20. Must include The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

  21. I think that Joe Dirt could have been an entertaining franchise. Or even a decent television series.

  22. really? really? dude im happy i never saw another follow up movie to ALL of them minus spaceballs, the rest of those movie choices where terrible and i wouldnt have even bothered watching a sequel if theyd gotten one, who wrote this? its terrible, and goonies 2 would never have worked, it was a one shot one off movie, not everything thats good needs a sequel

  23. Wow… The only one on here I even closely agree with is Zombieland… But in my opinion it ended fine.

    The rest…

    Really? More Daredevil? There hasn’t been a comic movie made before or since that got more ridicule. Gremlins? Shouldn’t have made the second one (though it was decent).

    Lemony Snickets? That thing was a piece of garbage to start with…

    I’m actually glad not a SINGLE one of these had another film made.

    I expected to see Last Starfighter, Master and Commander, The Golden Compass… Films that actually offered something of value but were ended for various reasons… Not this list of tripe.

  24. I like how you COMPLETELY neglected to mention the 90s Flash TV series. It was pretty awesome.

  25. Daredevil was an awful piece of crap. I would never watch it again unless my life was in danger. The only movie it is better than, and it is only marginally better than, is “Role Models”. They should never make another one and all copies of this should be burned to keep the honor of Michael Clark Duncan alive.

  26. I would loooove to see Keanu reprise therole of Constantine!

  27. Constantine definitely needs another movie for sure. It’s been too long since we’ve since Keanu in such a serious role. Should be done. For those bagging Keanu for the “surfer dude” image, there’s a lot of others who have such a dumbed down image that could do better making movies for millions that are marketed as humour. (“Adam” and “Owen”) You know who you are. These don’t make me laugh or add anything of intelligence. Surfer dude, there could be worse acting!

    Bring on Constantine – returned!

  28. Constantine was a great movie and I held out hope for a sequel (even Keanu was quoted as saying he might be interested). But, alas, it never came about and they are, instead, working on a tv series….

  29. I question whether the person writing this knows movies at all. He misnames a character from The Goonies and did anybody else notice the ridiculous mixing of two seperate franchises in his review of Gremlins. The egg at Easter was Critters 2 not Gremlins. The only movie on this list that I could see having an audience for multiple movies is Constantine. There are a few great movies on this list but they would have been ruined by a franchise.