It seems like every month studios begin promoting another Hollywood remake, sequel, or unnecessary prequel (looking at you, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) that no one was really looking for. With all the great stories out there that don’t quite feel complete, we put together our top movies that we’d like to see expanded with another movie. Here are 20 movies that need sequels as of yesterday.
The first True Lies ended with Harry Tasker working with his new secret agent partner, his wife. What a better time to pick up the story and follow the family on their next mission? Director James Cameron has made it clear that he is only focusing on Avatar movies for the near future but let’s hope he makes time for another True Lies eventually.
While a traditional sequel probably wouldn’t work for the Stephen King novel, a prequel would be quite interesting as we have hints of what has happened previously in the hotel. There are plenty of stories to explore and the title alone would draw a crowd.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
After over 20 years of rumors it seems that director Robert Zemeckis has been toying with the idea of another trip to Toontown. The original was visually stunning in 1988 so imagine what could be done with present day technology?
I know you don’t touch the classics but the 30th anniversary of The Goonies is coming up and how incredible would a reunion be? It’s like a group of friends coming back into our lives. Sure the odds are slim but I can dream, can’t I?
Despite its box office success Unbreakable was considered a failure as it had the unfortunate task of following The Sixth Sense. Nonetheless, the superhero battle between Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson had just reached its peak when the credits began to roll. It would be great to see what happens when these two actually start their battle.
I’m a huge fan of The Matrix but I’ll be the first to say that the two sequels were not that great. Let’s face it, we still don’t know what exactly The Architect was talking about. The third movie ended with the machines and the humans settling their differences and Neo possibly staying dead. There are an unlimited amount of directions a sequel could go, but can you imagine the visual effects? With the amount of money the original trilogy made it’s surprising that there aren’t at least talks of another installment.
It’s rare that a remake is as good as or better than the original but I would argue that Gore Verbinski’s film did just that. Unfortunately for The Ring 2 Hideo Nakata took the director’s chair and it was a complete mess. A third installment would be a great opportunity to, not only complete Samara’s trilogy, but also to get the terrible taste of The Ring 2 out of our mouths.
Let’s face it, we all loved Twister. Sure it was completely unrealistic, but watching Helen Hunt run around in that tanktop chasing tornadoes was magical. Apparently Bill Paxton has been shopping around a darker, more sinister sequel for a few years but no studio has shown interest. How do we get three Big Momma’s House movies and only one Twister?
Ben Stiller’s Zoolander does something that not a lot of comedies do; it holds up really well. The jokes are still spot on and the cameos are just fantastic. The movie ends with Stiller’s character and his nemesis Hansel working together to save the prime minister of Malaysia. I’m not really concerned as much about their mission as I am just seeing them go through their normal day activities. I’ll take this over an Anchorman sequel any day.
Of all the Pixar/Disney creations, The Incredibles was definitely the coolest. It didn’t feel like a cartoon as much as it did a legit action movie. The continuation of their story seems simple enough and with sequels of Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo hitting theaters this one seems inevitable, right? Right??
A lot of comic book movies produce sequels that feel forced and unwanted. Hellboy does not fall into that category. In Hellboy II: The Golden Army we learn that, not only is he going to be a father, but he will also eventually cause the destruction of the world. If we don’t get deeper into this story there is something seriously wrong.
Keanu Reeves was a fantastic antihero in the 2005 film about a working-class warlock who can see and battle angels and demons. The story was extremely dark for a comic movie, which was a great change of pace. Unfortunately Reeves has stated that he has no interest in stepping back into any of his previous roles so the odds of getting another Constantine seem highly unlikely. But hey, since fans of the comic felt it wasn’t nearly faithful enough, maybe we could have a reboot set in London with a devilish character actor taking the role?
In what should be name the official movie of being intoxicated, Step Brothers was completely ridiculous in the best way possible. With the release of Anchorman 2 the immediate chances for a sequel were completely squashed so if we are going to get another round with Dale and Brennan it’s going to be a long wait.
The Running Man
One of Schwarzenegger’s most underrated movies has to be The Running Man. The futuristic game show that put prisoners in a reality show competition to the death against massive gladiators was the ultimate mindless entertainment. Even if a traditional sequel isn’t possible now, a reboot would be great. Let’s just hope it’s handled a little better than the recent Total Recall remake.
While Phantasm isn’t as popular as many of the horror franchises that started in the ’70s and early ’80s, that doesn’t mean it’s not highly entertaining. There have been 3 sequels to the series with Phantasm IV released in 1998 to very mixed reviews. The cast is getting up there in years and, unfortunately, may soon be too old to portray their characters. One last battle against Angus Scrimm’s classic Tall Man would be a great way for the story to conclude.
Reign of Fire
2002’s Reign of Fire pitted Christian Bale, Gerard Butler and a massive Matthew McConaughey against a horde of dragons dead set on scorching the earth. The box office numbers weren’t massive and the three stars are probably too expensive now to rejoin their roles, which is unfortunate because the original kicked some serious butt.
It may not be a sequel per say, but most of the cast will be reuniting for This is The End, the apocalypse movie from Seth Rogan. While an actual sequel is being discussed right now, on April Fool’s Day they did put out a fake trailer for Pineapple Express 2 just to make us sad.
There aren’t many movies with more on-again off-again sequel rumors than Kill Bill. At one point it seemed like a sure thing of having The Bride battle Vernita Green’s daughter who was a child during Kill Bill Vol. 1. Now it seems that Tarantino has lost some interest but won’t completely close the door on a sequel. It would be great to expand the story but as long as he’s making movies in general it’s going to be something worth watching.
You won’t find any better cheesy action movie lines in any film more than Commando. It’s loaded with catch phrases and murder puns that are just wonderful. Now that Arnold is back to acting the odds are better, but after nearly 30 years the odds are not in our favor.
The Italian Job
With a star-studded cast and a US box office gross of over $170 million it’s shocking that a sequel hasn’t been made yet. There were rumors a few years ago of a script being ready to go but clearly that was not the case. Let’s hope a sequel doesn’t take as long as a remake took.