Top 10 Fan Favorite Movies That Need Sequels
Sequels are not always a good thing. Often, they are nowhere near as good as the original but when done right they can be as good if not better. We are in an era full of unwanted franchises, there are numerous films that deserve another big screen outing. Here is our ranking of the ten fan favorites that deserve a follow-up movie. Some of these are older films while some are pretty recent, but every single one ranked here would be worthy of a well made sequel. If you disagree or think we missed a film, let us know in the talk backs below.
Simon West's directorial debut continued Nicolas Cage's ascent to action star following the beloved THE ROCK. CON AIR is a bit cheesier but still full of excellent set pieces full of explosions and witty one-liners. A rumored follow-up called CONVOY would have placed the characters on a prison bus, but that never came to fruition. Still, it would have been pretty damn cool to see these characters in another outing.
JOHN CARTER was a big flop for Disney despite having some pretty amazing visual effects. The convoluted story and scifi mythology did not lend itself to a wide audience but set up what could have been a stunning franchise. If given the chance, a sequel could improve on the weak spots left in the first one and live up to the potential of author Edgar Rice Burroughs classic series.
M. Night Shyamalan has been teasing a sequel to this superhero/comic book flick for a while but we have yet to see anything. Who wouldn't want to see Bruce Willis tangle with Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Glass one more time? It is hard to tell original superhero stories in Hollywood because of Marvel and DC and their massive franchises, but UNBREAKABLE would still be a welcome sight on the big screen.
This 1999 cult classic is another example of an original comic book story that deserves another outing. If Ben Stiller can manage to make ZOOLANDER 2, he should get the team back together to tell another story featuring these mediocre heroes. The full cast are all still out there and I am sure they would be willing to don their makeshift uniforms one more time.
While I was not the biggest fan of DREDD, I respect the fans that clamored for a proper adaptation of the cult classic comic book. Karl Urban brought an intensity to the title role that was missing from the Sylvester Stallone version. This Dredd was dark and gritty and told an intense story. While a bit too reminiscent of THE RAID, DREDD still had a unique aesthetic that would be cool in a different narrative style.
Disney had been developing a third TRON film with director Joseph Kosinski but it fell apart last year. Reuniting the same cast as TRON LEGACY, the third film would have the chance to be less of a homage to the 1980s cult classic but instead tell it's own original story. It seems unlikely we will get the chance to see any more TRON, but I will keep my fingers crossed.
Neill Blomkamp's acclaimed science fiction drama was a breakout hit in 2009. Since, Blomkamp has explored similar themes in CHAPPIE and ELYSIUM, but it would be really exciting to revisit Sharlto Copley's character and the unique vision. The rumored DISTRICT 10 could make for a good movie assuming Bomkamp can find a story worth telling. Because, after all, would you want to see a continuation directed by anyone else?
We almost got this one. Amazon was preparing a series continuation of this STAR TREK homage but the untimely death of Alan Rickman shut it down. Whether there is any way of making another GALAXY QUEST without Rickman seems impossible unless they go the full remake route. I would not be opposed to a Next Generation style follow-up, but this may be the one movie on this list thank is practically impossible to happen.
James Cameron is so wrapped up with his four AVATAR sequels that I doubt we will ever see TRUE LIES 2, but it is the one film of his that we never got a sequel to but should have. A perfect blend of comedy and action, TRUE LIES may not be the most politically correct film but it could make for a fun rebootquel. Bring Jamie Lee Curtis and Schwarzenegger back along with a now adult Eliza Dushku as their next generation spy and you have a cool story on your hands.
Sylvester Stallone is experiencing a new phase in his career. With THE EXPENDABLES franchise and his Oscar-nominated turn in CREED, Stallone may not be looking to revisit any more old franchises, but pairing him with Kurt Russell could be magic. TANGO & CASH has long been an underrated gem and with both actors showing they still can hang with the younger generation, this could be a movie that would be awesome on the big screen.