In these summer months, it seems that all Hollywood cares about are sequels and franchises. That’s a trend that isn’t likely to change any time soon. Yet for some reason, a lot of movies that actually deserve sequels don’t get them. For this week’s Roundtable, we’d like to suggest some movies that we’d pay to see good sequels for.
Pixar has been churning out sequels recently. We’re already up to ‘Toy Story 3’ and there are rumors of a fourth. We’ve just had ‘Cars 2’, and in a couple years we’ll have a prequel to ‘Monsters, Inc.’ called ‘Monsters University’. While I’m not really all that happy that Pixar is finally doubling back and making sequels to every one of its big franchises, I’ve often wondered why there’s never been a peep about an ‘Incredibles’ sequel. If any Pixar movie deserves a sequel, it’s ‘The Incredibles‘. Pixar has endless possibilities for storylines to work with when doing stories about superheroes. Still, it seems like Pixar doesn’t even want to touch that one again. I’d rather have another ‘Incredibles’ movie before another ‘Monsters, Inc’. or ‘Toy Story’.
M. Enois Duarte
This is a rather difficult choice for me since I don’t always find myself enjoying too many sequels, which normally tend to be more of the same mindless action as the original. But being just after the 4th of July and all, why not get into the spirit of the idea and imagine a follow-up to ‘Independence Day‘? We can call it ‘Independence Day 2: The 5th of July’. Put the emphasis on the 5th, and we have a really menacing title right there. I can picture the tagline right now: “The Aliens Are Back and They’re Packing a One Year Subscription to Norton Antivirus.” Ooh, how are the Amurricans gonna get passed that one and save the world once again? Will Smith can return as the cocky pilot who can fly literally anything, but Jeff Goldblum is replaced with Jason Schwartzman as the stereotypical, cynical and self-deprecating Jewish guy. Kat Dennings can play his wife. And who wouldn’t want to see a slightly heavy-set Data make another appearance anyways? Except now, he’s a permanent fixture of the alien society as translator and ambassador. I mean, come on, the idea sells itself, especially once we attach Michael Bay as director.
Even though there have been rumors about a ‘Kick-Ass‘ sequel in the works, nothing is official yet and comic book creator Mark Millar says that he doubts it will happen. ‘Kick-Ass’ is one of the most wild, well-written and over-the-top comic book movies ever made. It has a perfect balance of everything you want in movies: action, violence, comedy, romance, story and solid characters. It’s tragic that terrible comic book films like ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘Wolverine’ get sequels that they don’t deserve, yet the bold, unique ones like ‘Kick-Ass’ and ‘Sin City’ (most likely) do not.
Adam Tyner (DVDTalk)
‘Bubba Ho-Tep’ sports a premise that’s even more gleefully ridiculous than its title hints at. An elderly, impotent Elvis and a dyed-black JFK fight a soul-sucking mummy in an old folks’ home. Directed by Phantasm creator Don Coscarelli and starring genre legend Bruce Campbell as the King, ‘Bubba Ho-Tep‘ was tailor-made to be a cult classic. And… well, that’s exactly what it wound up being. The movie raked in enough cash on DVD for Coscarelli and company to start poking around at a follow-up, but nearly a full decade later, ‘Bubba Nosferatu: Curse of the She-Vampires’ still hasn’t gotten any traction. Just like the original movie, I’d blindly buy ‘Bubba Nosferatu’ just on its title alone. After hearing what the actual story would be (a prequel about a lost Elvis movie from the ’60s, and while shooting on location in Leeziana, the King has to square off against an army of busty bloodsuckers), I kind of desperately need to see it. One day…maybe one day…
Try as I might – and I honestly didn’t try that hard – there’s just no movie I can think of that really needs a sequel. Everything I really enjoy has either already been sequelized or, like ‘Harold and Maude’, ‘Network’ and ‘Citizen Kane’, just wraps up nicely at the end. There’s no need to dig those up again. I can think of plenty of films that needed better sequels though, and the number one flick that comes to mind is ‘Jurassic Park‘. The original movie blew my mind. It was one of those films that forever changed the way I feel about movies and made me realize just what kind of amazing things were possible in the medium. The sequels were atrocities. As standalone movies, they might be decent enough, but following in the shadow of one of my favorite films, I found them to be cheap and obvious attempts to cash in on all the dinosaur love that was floating around at the time. We can do better.
I’d like a sequel to ‘The Big Lebowski‘. I’m not saying it would be an easy script to write. It would have to strike just the right mix of entirely new plot direction and characters with a few key cameos and references to the original. I for one would love to watch more of the Dude.
Please, no one try to tell me that ‘Elektra’ works as a sequel to ‘Daredevil‘ when I say I want to see more of the blind lawyer/superhero/Ben Affleck. It doesn’t fly, especially since the one Affleck scene in ‘Elektra’ got cut. We have the origin story of the hero, as well as two villains in Bullseye and Kingpin who would work just fine in a sequel, in any capacity. The original set up a sequel in the way that neither villain died, only the heroine of the story. Was poor reception the reason this Marvel franchise didn’t become a film franchise? I have yet to hear a single negative word about the extended “Director’s Cut” of the film, which turns a fairly bad flick into an absolute winner. The tone found there, the pace, the setups – it screams for a sequel, yet it hasn’t and won’t happen. A reboot is more likely, and that’s a damn shame. If the abomination known as ‘Ghost Rider’ can get a second movie, then a film featuring Ben Affleck being completely blind (rather than just blind about his career for that four, five year period) should also be given a chance. Sure, he won’t fit into an ‘Avengers’ storyline, but a real dark, gritty film featuring the Kingpin running business from behind bars would be great. Fox has to do something to keep the franchise in its control. Why remake it and tell the origin story yet again, when we can continue on in a darker, grittier fashion?
Chris Boylan (Big Picture Big Sound)
‘Blade Runner 2: Rise of the Replicants’, in which Deckard discovers that he’s also a Replicant and that he and Rachel are actually able to make little Replicant babies. (More human than human, indeed!) Their progeny go on to lead a rebellion on Earth against their evil human masters. Michael Bay needs to direct this one as Ridley Scott is just too subtle and cerebral for the job.
On second thought, maybe one was enough.
The end credits of ’80s cult sci-fi flick ‘The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension‘ promise a sequel to be called ‘Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League’ that was never to materialize. The original film doesn’t quite work. It tries too hard and too self-consciously to be a cult movie, and the tone is just a little too deadpan for its own good. But it’s chock full of great, fun ideas and is a supremely weird movie in ways that are truly fascinating. A better director might have gotten a lot more out of the material. That’s why I think a sequel could have been an improvement on the original. And honestly, the amount of time that’s passed now isn’t too much of an impediment to trying. I’m sure he’d never even consider it, but just imagine what Terry Gilliam could do with something like this. The mind reels!
Those are our picks. What movies would you like to see get sequelized?