Every year, a plethora of movie sequels hit the big screen, and always seem to perform well, no matter how terrible they may be. Cinephiles often lament the deluge of sequels, especially for the many films out there who get them that don't really need them (like Grown Ups 2 or Smurfs 2) . A few weeks ago, I discussed the films that we'd love a sequel too, but should leave alone, and now (in the spirti of thinking positive), I've come up with a list of movies that we actually want to see, and are deserving of a sequel.
The Dark Crystal (1982)
Seriously, where the hell is The Power of the Dark Crystal? The sequel to this 1982 classic has been in the works for over a decade now, and it's still no where to be seen. It’s gone through a couple directors, a couple writers as well, and the last thing we heard was in early 2012 that it had been put on "hiatus". Essentially it's been canned, which is a total bummer, and I've been sorrowful ever since.
The Dark Crystal was such an amazing movie for many reasons. It pushed puppet work about as far as it could go (for the time) and provided a surprisingly adult and deep story, set within a vivid fantasy world. In a time when fantasy films are on the rise, it seems like the perfect time to revisit Dark Crystal...if they could only get their shit together!
Evil Dead: Army of Darkness (1992)
The truth of the matter is, the world needs more Bruce Campbell. It’s just a fact. While many fans are torn on Army of Darkness in the Evil Dead franchise (many think it’s either the best or worst of the series), most agree that more movies chronicling the mis-adventures of Ash are desperately needed.
I’m not talking about a sequel to the Evil Dead reboot that came out earlier this year, I’m talking about true sequel to the franchise, complete with the original cast; showing fans exactly what Ash has been up to. Of course he’d have to fight off paranormal forces once again, while spouting off the most quotable one-liners ever....and we’d love every minute of it.
The Fifth Element (1997)
The Fifth Element is a science fiction film that somehow never felt like a Sci-Fi film. It sounds odd, but they took the same idea of George Lucas’ ‘used future’ and turned it up a notch. Everyone in this film acted as if all of the technology was so natural and fitting, that after a few minutes, even the audience was willing to simply accept it as the world. The amazing part about that, is while it was visually stunning, it allowed the audiences to focus more on the characters and the story of the film. This is opposite of what most science fiction films do these days, which choose to go for spectacle over story (Oblivion, Pacific Rim).
While the premise of a second Fifth Element couldn’t be the same the same as the first (I guess it could, but it would probably suck), it would still be incredibly fun to see another movie set within this world. There are still plenty of adventures to be had in that universe, with bad guys still on the loose, and a bad ass hero who can still hold his own. Not to mention I want to know what Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker) is up to!
I think I’d be ashamed of myself if I didn’t put this on a list about movie sequels. Serenity is a movie with an interesting history. Basically it’s written as a way to wrap up a TV show (Firefly) that never got the chance to tie up loose ends. While it settles several of those issues for the die hard fans, it also expands upon that universe and stands well on its own; offering up the possibilities of more adventures.
The story lends itself perfectly to a series of sequels if possible, and a lot of that is due to it’s TV roots. In a very wide universe the possibilities for the continuing adventures of Mal and his devoted crew are nearly endless. Not to mention the fact that it now has sevearl comic book stories (with a new monthly series in the works), and Joss Whedon is high on the hog now off of his Marvel movie success. Once he's wrapped up with Avengers 2, he'll have the money and ability to do just about whatever he wants with any given studio.
Come on, this movie is practically begging for a sequel. With so little actually known about the creature, and its reason for destroying the city (not to mention, what happened afterwards), fans of this film are begging for some answers. Answers that could only come from a sequel. Plus, with Pacific Rim having released and a new Godzilla movie hitting next year, it's a good time for monster movies right now.
Many have debated about how it would be done (same style, or more traditional), and since the filmmakers still seem torn on the same issue, it’s not likely that we’re going to find out any time soon. All of the key players behind the scenes have moved on to other projects and the chances of them taking a break long enough to pull things back together for Cloverfield 2 is highly unliekly. Alas...
I am definitely not alone on this one. In the midst of a recent Zombie surge in Hollywood, it’s truly hard for any one zombie flick to stand out amongst the crowd. Let’s face it, it’s hard to do something with this genre that hasn’t been done before. While the movie didn’t exactly re-invent the wheel, it did expand upon the genre.
It stays true to the zombie ‘canon’ that we all know and love, while at the same time pokes fun at the flaws and gaps inherent in such a premise. It’s funny, witty, and with only a tiny bit of that world explored it’d be interesting to see what other survivors the gang would come across. A pilot for a TV series (which would have taken place of a sequel) was developed by Amazon, but it did so poorly, and received so much fan hate mail, it was never picked up for a series. Perhaps this is a sign it should stay on the big screen?
District 9 (2009)
The Sci-Fi genre on the whole has really picked up in Hollywood and I would give Disctrict 9 some credit for it. Instead of playing out like any other alien flick, this movie turned the invasion idea on its head. Instead of being invaders, the aliens are refugees in need of help. Rather than a typical action movie, we get a surprising social commentary that showed people everywhere just how relevant science fiction can be, without having things blow up every 2 minutes.
With Neil Blomkamp's Elysium was incredible (and made the list of films that should be left alone) and showed that hime and Sharlto Copely still have a lot of magic working together. They're moving on to their next project (Chappie), but both of them have said in the past they'd like to revisit the world of District 9. While I'm totally in love with the idea of a sequel, a big part of me also wants to see Blomkamp continue to make individual and unique films.
Are there more movies that could have gone on this list? Easily, but I picked a lot of these based off of the relevance they had on their respective genres when they first came out. While there are so many more movies that I want sequels to, it’d be nice to see these films explored even more.
What would you add to this list? Be sure to share your own ideas in the comments below!