Round Two: 5 Movies that Actually Need a Sequel
I feel like I’m constantly harping on Hollywood for busting out sequel after sequel. And just two weeks ago, I practically pleaded with Hollywood to let a franchise end in peace. With Furious 7 still fresh in my mind and the ugliness that was Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 just upon us, I thought I’d switch it up a little bit.
There are certain sequels I wouldn’t mind seeing if they were put into the right hands. This isn’t an informative post, meaning I don’t know anything you don’t know. Instead, think of this as more of a wish list.
Here’s 5 movies I wouldn’t mind seeing more of:
Okay, so I’m breaking the rules right away. This would probably only work if it was a prequel, but can you imagine seeing an origin story for Anton Chigurh? Part of what makes No Country For Old Men such a terrifying movie is how terribly unpredictable Chigurh’s character is; however, I still would eat up a prequel. It’d be even cooler if they could somehow work in Sheriff Bell’s character in a premise similar to AMC’s Better Call Saul series. It’s not going to happen and I’d only be onboard with the idea of author Cormac McCarthy and the Coen Brothers were again involved.
I remember finishing District 9 and thinking there had to be a sequel in the works. Now that director Neill Blomkamp has moved on to bigger (but not necessarily better) projects, it doesn’t seem like a District 10 is in the cards. Still, the idea is intriguing, especially given how District 9 finishes. The ending is left open to interpretation and it seems like someone could really take the underlying premise and do some good with it. Again, don’t expect this to ever come to fruition but the idea is still there.
The Sixth Sense is most people’s go-to M. Night Shyamalan pick for a sequel. However, I think that Unbreakable has a richer story to draw from for a sequel. In fact, there’s been talk of a sequel and even rumors that the initial film held back a character to use him later in a sequel. This obviously never came to fruition and given Shyamalan’s dwindling popularity, perhaps a last-ditch Unbreakable sequel could salvage his career? I know, I know: it’s a pipe dream.
At the top, I mentioned I’d only want a movie with the right people involved. An Inception sequel, for instance, could only happen if Christopher Nolan came back. As of now, Inception is still one of the most original blockbusters I’ve ever seen. Creating a sequel would partially undermine this title and I’d sure be skeptical. However, on the flip side, if done properly, Nolan and company could take sci-fi to a new level (no pun intended). The original Inception talks a lot about the subconscious but a deeper exploration into the subconscious could be another wholly unique experience.
The Usual Suspects has one of the best twists endings I can remember (don’t worry, I won’t ruin it). It’s so good, it’s hard to leave the experience without wondering “what next?” Although we never find out (nor will we ever), it’s hard to deny the potential. With a potential title like Finding Keyser Soze, how could you not line-up to see the show? Also, Bryan Singer’s popularity skyrocketed after the movie and studios would jump at the chance to continue the classic story. If only this idea were being seriously considered.
What other sequels would you like to see? Chime in below.
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