Sequels seem to be inevitable in a day and age where going back to old properties has been the formula to return audiences to worlds they loved. Sadly, these don’t always end up being the sequels many of us so desperately desire. Reboots and prequels are exhausting, but there is something to be said about a film that sucked us in so vivaciously. Whether or not they’re in production or not, there are sequels waiting to happen for studios that think it wise to dig into.
For this list I am giving you all ten films that I feel over the years that deserve sequels sooner than later. Sure, some of these films may already have films being written or shot in the coming months or years, but these are movies we needed far earlier than what we are getting or have yet to been given.
10. Hancock (2008): Remember when Will Smith was a drunken superhero type back in 2008? It was a mixture of comedy and action that had a supporting cast of Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron so how bad could it be? Well, it had it’s moments but man what a waste of a good idea. If a writer out there was able to just fix up the story a bit and give more to work with as a non DC or Marvel superhero, that’d be so worth seeing. Maybe if they made up their minds on which direction the film would go we could get something special.
9. Iron Giant (1999): This is conflicting, even for me, and though I think no one wants nor needs a sequel now, this is still a film that I would go out to see a story tied in with this one. Maybe Hogarth grows up and became a soldier like he always pretended to be and he hasn’t seen the Giant in nearly 20 years, but the Giant returns to him to tell him that there is a force that humans can’t stop and Giant becomes a heroic battle machine…yeah I don’t like it either, but this would have been great to see back in the early 2000’s.
8. Tropic Thunder (2008): I always get concerned with sequels for comedies because it has what I dub “The Hangover Effect” which is when a sequel is exactly the same as the first film, but it doesn’t work at all. Somehow 21 Jump Street was able to perfect the formula, but I have to believe that it was catching lightening in a bottle because comedy sequels never work, but if you can get Matthew McCaunaghey and Tom Cruise back into their roles as well as bring back RDJ in to portray another ballsy “method required” acting role, I think some seriously funny stuff could happen.
7. The Rundown (2003): This is the movie that made me realize The Rock was bonafide superstar. The story is actually interesting and it serves as an underrated action flick. The Rock is a bounty hunter who hates guns and would rather solve issues with his fists. With The Rock being the huge mega star that he is today, people would run out to see a well done sequel with Dwayne Johnson carrying the legitimacy and fan-base that he now has.
6. The Mask (1994): We don’t consider that pile of green baby shit a sequel, if you don’t know the “sequel” that I’m talking about then you’re better off. The Mask was a ridiculously funny film in the 90’s and still holds up. Jim Carrey has been all but a ghost in acting roles and would serve well with a return to the cooky and animated world of The Mask. People eat up superhero films, no matter the type, so why not bring a hilariously fun sequel to the table. Not to mention, it’d be nice to see the updated effects for the film.
5. District 9 (2009): This isn’t a film that needs a sequel or anything, but man would it be cool. Sadly, the writer and director of the film has been declining in quality work in his career since this films release and you almost don’t want him to ruin what many consider one of the great science fiction films of all time by him adding to an already well crafted story. He’s got it in him to further along the stories that occur in the Districts of Cape Town South Africa, but until he proves to us he can make good films again and wasn’t a total fluke, maybe this should stay dormant for awhile.
4. I, Robot (2004): This is a movie that may have disappointed many back in 04, but I love it. There is so much that could be said in this film and not to mention that advancements with motion-capture have only gotten better. Will Smith would need to return so he can somehow give the film that star power it needs. Maybe he can be the wise cyborg to some new characters not acted by a young Shia Lebeouf. The world is still shiny, but there is turmoil and hostility towards robots that Smith’s character originally had in others. I think this would be rad.
3. Layer Cake (2004): The film that pretty much confirmed Daniel Craig could be Bond is rooted in this Matthew Vaughn directed crime comedy film. It has an ambiguous ending for sure, but it has a lot that can still be told or expanded. Sadly, Vaughn rarely does sequels to any of his movies, but I’d like him to return to this originally crafted British gangster film.
2. The Incredibles (2004): As if we hadn’t waited long enough for this f**king movie, Pixar chose to make a sequels to Cars and delay The Incredibles for, wait for it, another f**king Cars movie! I am so heated that we haven’t been given this film already that I’m starting to think my spit is turning to acid. This is one of the best Pixar films of all time and was so ripe for a sequel with rich original characters, but in a world where movies make sequels, prequels, and reboots, this has somehow not been given the sequel treatment.
1. Unbreakable (2000): It would be plagiarism and sinful if I didn’t reference the brilliant idea of Patton Oswalt on ScreenJunkies HERE but I’ve been saying similar things about the potential of a movie like this. There is richness to this film and was made when M. Night Shyamalan was making good films. It’s a bummer he didn’t want to go back to this well for more good storytelling, but at the rate Bruce Willis’ career seems to be going, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring him back with a director he seems to actually work well with.