With Prometheus hitting theaters this summer, it was suggested by a recent MILFcast guest that we discuss films that we’d like to see sequels to. For the podcast, we stuck to films that were at least 15 years old. This was in honor of Prometheus which is the first legitimate addition (forget AVP) to the franchise in as many years. However, it got me thinking about all the various films I’d like to see sequels to. Hollywood is certainly obsessed with them right now so why not throw out some films actually worthy of the follow up treatment.
I had only two criterias for this list. First, was that the film had to lend itself to the sequel treatment. Meaning that there was more to be said there and that these weren’t just films I really liked and didn’t want to let go of. Second, I’ve left off films that have had sequels announced (such as Anchorman 2 & Kill Bill Vol. 3). As far as I know, none of the films listed below have a sequel in development. I’ve ordered them according to which I would be most excited for.
NOTE: If you’d like to some other Man, I Love Film-ers sharing some sequels they’d like to see, make sure and check out episode 45 of MILFcast.
10. LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL.
SPOILER ALERT!!! So, Leon is dead. Luckily, he managed to train Mathilda in the art of assassination before he passed. Gary Oldman is also dead so this won’t be a revenge story. Yet it would still be very cool to revisit this world with a grown up Natalie Portman as she picks up the reigns and rains down the bullets.
9. GALAXY QUEST.
This film is an awesome Star Trek parody that ponders what would happen if an alien race thought a TV show was real and contracted a group of actors to assume their TV roles and help defend an alien race against their galactic enemies. I think it would be great to have a couple sequels that follow them on more journeys through the universe. Who wouldn’t want to see a film with a cast this amazing. Especially since some actors, like Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell and Justin Long have grown into even greater actors since this film first hit the screen.
8. THE INCREDIBLES.
Of all the films on this list, this sequel is probably the most likely to actually happen. While Pixar hasn’t officially announced it, I’m sure it’s stewing on the back burner there. And why not? It’s certainly the most sequel friendly franchise they own. I mean, if you can make a sequel to Cars and Monsters, Inc. you can certainly expand upon the story of this superhero family.
7. DARK CITY.
If you haven’t seen this film, what the hell is wrong with you? Stop reading and seek it out. If you have seen it, you may wonder what is left to be explored in this storyline. Well, I’ll keep this short and cryptic to avoid spoiling it for those that haven’t seen it. Essentially, where are they? How do they get back? Are there more of those things? And what are the extent of John Murdoch’s powers?
6. FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF.
While the Super Bowl commercial that imagined a quasi-sequel had many people booing out loud, I actually really embraced the idea. My main concern is that John Hughes is not around anymore to lend that special touch to a script that, truly, only he had. Still, the story lends itself to a follow up. I’d love to see a sequel where a grown up Ferris is stuck in his job and marriage (naturally to Sloan) and just needs to get away for the day. Perhaps, this time, his buddy Cameron could even be the instigator and set the wheels in motion.
5. STAR WARS: EPISODE 6: RETURN OF THE JEDI.
Fifteen years ago, this would certainly have been my #1. To say the prequels soured my opinion would be an understatement… and I’m a prequel supporter! Ultimately, it makes me wonder if we should have left well enough alone. Though, we didn’t and now I just want something to get the taste out of my mouth. It couldn’t get any worse, right? Admittedly, I am a Star Wars fan but I have never read any of the fiction/literature that followed the films. From what I understand though, there are some very interesting story lines out there that include Luke’s descent into the dark side. I’d love to see those explored.
4. INDEPENDENCE DAY.
Who doesn’t want to see ID42? Or ID5? Or whatever the hell they would call it? Roland Emmerich was saying that this was a real possibility after 2012 had a good showing at the box office. Not sure if it will or not but I’d love to see Will Smith reprise his role and lead a team into deep space where we take the fight to them. I also hope it features a very long, unnecessary and cheesy speech from Bill Pullman!
I’m not even going to argue this one. Anyone that has seen this film is clamoring for a sequel. The good news is between the cult following this (TV show turned) film has received since hitting DVD and the success Joss Whedon had with The Avengers, this may now actually be a possibility.
2. FIGHT CLUB.
This should be my #1. My only issue with it is that there is no source material for a sequel. Though, if you’ve read the book, you know the film adaptation omitted the final scene of the book which totally sets up the story as ongoing. Yet, what do you do? Tyler Durden is gone now and he’s certainly the main draw of the film. There are certain ways to bring him back but I’m not sure how that would play out. Still, I’d be seriously interested in seeing it.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… in a world without Christopher Nolan, this might be the greatest comic book ever made. Something made more impressive by the fact that it wasn’t based on any existing property. It’s certainly one of the best origin stories ever told. Therein lies the potential for the sequel. We have yet to see what David Dunn can do. What the extent of his powers are. I mean, can he lift a car? Can he throw a car? Do his powers continue to grow as he unlocks more of his hidden potential. With every bad film M. Night Shyamalan makes, I really think more and more that this one might actually happen. Night has said before that he had imagined the story as a trilogy and certainly has some ideas floating around. We may actually get to see that trilogy unfold as M. Night looks to reestablish himself as a great story teller and director.
Remember, we here at Man, I Love Films don’t do definitive lists. We do our favorites and we want to hear yours. So, make sure and tell us about them in the comments section below.