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5 Cancelled Sequels and 5 Prequels We Still Want to See

Sequels and prequels seem to be a dime-a-dozen these days. Whether it’s Avengers: Endgame or Maleficent, these films continue the stories of the characters and plots we’ve already come to know and love. Often, if they’re well done — and sometimes even when they’re not — we welcome the opportunity to revisit familiar characters and their worlds.

Despite the number of sequels and prequels that are available for our viewing pleasure, though, there are some we never got to see. In some cases that was probably for the best. But in others we can only think wistfully about what might have been. Here, we’re talking about that second category: canceled sequels and prequels we still want to see.

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10 SEQUEL: HELLBOY 3

The Hellboy franchise was recently rebooted with Stranger Things’ David Harbour taking over for Ron Perlman in the lead role and Neil Marshall taking over for Guillermo del Toro in the director’s chair. The new movie was rated R and supposed to be darker and more graphic than the del Toro/Perlman version from 2004 and its 2008 sequel, The Golden Army.

Before the reboot came about though, fans were hoping for a third movie in the original series — and for a moment it looked like it might happen.  In January 2017, Del Toro announced on Twitter that both he and Perlman were in for Hellboy 3 and were planning to discuss the possibility with the character’s creator Mike Mignola. Then the next month, del Toro tweeted that the sequel wasn’t going to happen. Based on the dismal box office and critical drubbing taken by the reboot, this wasn’t for the best.

9 PREQUEL: DEACON FROST BLADE PREQUEL

Back in 2009, Stephen Dorff, who starred as villainous vampire Deacon Frost in the first Blade film in 1998 mentioned that a prequel trilogy was in the works that would focus on his character. Blade director Stephen Norrington confirmed a prequel was in development and that he planned to shoot it as soon as he finished work on a reboot of The Crow.

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Well, it’s ten years later and we’re still waiting. Not only hasn’t the Deacon Frost prequel materialized, The Crow reboot hasn’t made it out of the starting gate either. While Dorff has moved on to other projects, including the most recent season of HBO’s True Detective, Norrington hasn’t directed a film since 2003. Despite the demise of this project, there has been talk that we might see Blade at some point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fingers crossed.

8 SEQUEL: WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT 2

When Who Framed Roger Rabbit came out in 1988 audiences were rapturous. The zany animation/live action hybrid quickly inspired talk of a sequel. There were many attempts at scripts and ideas over the past 30 years, but they were all nixed. Then, in late 2018, director Robert Zemeckis mentioned that a complete sequel script exists, and it was good. But Disney, the owner of the character, was indifferent.

Zemeckis has actually been touting this screenplay since 2016 when he revealed that the movie would be a continuation of Roger Rabbit and his wife Jessica’s story and that it would take them from film noir to the 1950s. While Zemeckis loved the script, he lamented Disney’s lack of interest. It would be fun to revisit the world of Roger Rabbit after all this time. Although it’s possible given the long wait that the audience for a sequel could be limited.

7 PREQUEL: ALIEN: AWAKENING

When Ridley Scott decided to make a prequel to his enduringly popular Alien, fans were ecstatic. Then came 2012’s underwhelming Prometheus, which mostly just left fans befuddled. Yet, in 2017 Scott followed it up with another prequel film, Alien: Covenant. The movie was less esoteric than its predecessor but still wasn’t embraced by audiences. It fizzled at the box office.

Before Covenant ever hit theaters, Scott was already talking about another prequel in the series, Alien: Awakening. A script was already written that would have returned the action to LV-426, the planet from the original movie. There, Michael Fassbender’s unfeeling android David would come up against the Engineers introduced in Prometheus. However, preproduction was scuttled after Covenant didn’t live up to expectations and the Disney-Fox merger ended any possibility of the project moving forward. All hope isn’t lost though. During the Disney panel at CinemaCon in early April, a plan was announced to add new chapters to a set of franchises, including the Alien franchise. It would be amazing if Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley returned for another Alien installment.

6 SEQUEL: MATHILDA

Luc Besson’s 1994 film Leon: The Professional has become a cult classic. And while many fans believe the movie had the perfect ending and doesn’t need a sequel, a script for a follow-up was reportedly written that focused on Natalie Portman’s character, Mathilda. The film would have depicted the character’s evolution as she grew up and followed in Leon’s footsteps.

Both Besson and Portman were on board, but then things fell apart. Gaumont, the studio that owned the rights to the property wouldn’t let the project move forward. It’s too bad. Mathilda was an interesting character and it would have been fascinating to see more of her story.

5 PREQUEL: BOBA FETT

When Disney bought Lucasfilm, it was clear we were going to see a lot more Star Wars. Soon rumors of all sorts of sequels and prequels set in a galaxy far, far away were flying around. One of those was a Boba Fett prequel that would have told the story of the beloved bounty hunter. James Mangold, who helmed Logan, was even on board to direct. Then Solo: A Star Wars Story failed at the box office and the higher-ups at Lucasfilm were forced to reevaluate their strategy for the franchise.

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At this point, the studio has reportedly scrapped the project in favor of the upcoming Disney+ series The Mandalorian. Still, Boba Fett has seen so little screen time, it would have been fun to learn more about his backstory. And given what Mangold did for Logan, his take on the material may have led to an especially rewarding take on Boba Fett.

4 SEQUEL: TRUE LIES 2

The Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle True Lies, directed by James Cameron, centered on agent Harry Tasker’s double life as a family man and secret government agent. The movie was enormously popular when it came out in 1994. Its winning blend of action and comedy plus its amusing characters made it ripe for continuation. And for a while, it seemed like it just might happen.

At first the sequel was delayed by Cameron’s work on a little film called Titanic. Then. 9/11 happened and Cameron apparently rethought the project, believing it might not be appropriate to laugh at terrorists after the horror of the real-world events. Nonetheless, rumors of the possibility of a sequel have continued to swirl. However, with Cameron currently tied up working on the Avatar sequels it’s hard to believe True Lies 2 will ever move forward.

3 PREQUEL: THE VEGA BROTHERS

Two of auteur Quentin Tarantino’s first and most lauded films were Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Each told a complete story and Tarantino has never made a sequel or prequel (unless you count Kill Bill, Vol. 1 & 2, but that could be considered one complete work). It turns out that the director has considered the possibility though.

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One of his ideas was to delve into the backstory of Reservoir Dogs’ Vic Vega (a.k.a. Mr. Blonde) and Pulp Fiction’s Vincent Vega. The characters, who were played by Michael Madsen and John Travolta respectively, were brothers and the prequel would have centered on their adventures in Amsterdam. In Tarantino’s hands this could have been a twisty, turny addition to his canon that shed more light on two unique characters. Alas, given the actors’ ages and Tarantino’s focus on other projects, it looks like it will never be.

2 SEQUEL: GALAXY QUEST 2

Galaxy Quest was a hysterical space opera comedy that saw a group of washed-up actors from a Star Trek-like show recruited by aliens who believe they really are the brave crew of a starship. Twenty years after its release, the movie remains beloved for its hilarious story and strong performances.  It would have been a blast to go another round with the cast.

Then, a few years ago there was talk of a potential sequel. The movie’s lead, Tim Allen, mentioned that a sequel was close to being made with the original cast returning. However, co-star Alan Rickman sadly passed away and that seemed to end the possibility of the new movie being made. The most recent word was that a Galaxy Quest series at Amazon involving both returning and new cast members was put on hold after problems at Paramount. Still, never give up, never surrender!

1 PREQUEL: FURIOSA

Mad Max: Fury Road was an unexpected delight when it premiered in 2015. Yet, while Tom Hardy’s title character was good, Charlize Theron’s character, Imperator Furiosa was a revelation. Furiosa was a tough, vulnerable woman in an unforgiving world. So fans couldn’t wait to spend more time with the character in a Furiosa-focused prequel.

Writer-director George Miller supposedly has a script ready and Theron was excited to reprise her role. Yet, there seems to have been minimal forward momentum. It was reported that a lawsuit between Miller’s production company and Fury Road studio Warner Bros could be to blame. Regardless, Miller and Theron aren’t getting any younger so the prospects of this prequel happening get dimmer with each passing day. Still, we’d love to visit Miller’s rich world again.

NEXT: Ranking The Top 10 Underrated Comedy Sequels


2019-04-23 01:04:59

Cynthia Vinney

Ranking The Top 10 Underrated Comedy Sequels

A lot of comedy sequels fall short of their predecessors, but there are plenty that hold a candle to—or even improve upon—the first film. For the risks, just look at the Hangover 3. They tried to go the route of copying a lot of the beats from their first movie, but it fell flat and mostly disappointed audiences. However, these movies went the other way and strengthened their franchises, by adding new wrinkles and characters, while placing fan favorite protagonists in new situations.

Thanks to big budgets and solid casts, here are ten underrated comedy sequels that will keep viewers laughing from start to finish.

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10 Ghostbusters II

Ivan Reitman’s second Ghostbusters film reunites the charming cast of the original, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson, who are funny as ever in this comedy/sci-fi sequel. In Ghostbusters II, the crew revives the ghostbusting business in order to combat the newest supernatural threat to New York City. To the cast’s credit, the laugh-out-loud humor is just as present as it was in the original, making this 80s flick worth re-watching.

9 Wayne’s World 2

Less than two years after the original, Wayne’s World 2 debuted to much less box office profit than the first movie but kept up its catchphrases and pop culture references. Fans found it just as enjoyable as the first installment, but some critics slammed the film’s hit-or-miss jokes. However, Roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars, saying the main characters are “impossible to dislike” and credited their vocabulary as their biggest charm. Schwing!

8 American Wedding

American Wedding brings the gang back together to witness the holy matrimony of high school sweethearts Jim and Michelle. Though some critics disliked the film’s gross-out humor, fans of the series were not disappointed in another installment of the franchise that brilliantly balances raunchy humor and heartfelt, touching moments about friendship and growing up.

7 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Doing drugs and making off-color jokes, Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) deliver just as many laughs as they did on their journey to White Castle in the original film. In Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, the guys get captured and thrown in prison after being mistaken for militants on a plane to Amsterdam. They manage to escape and set out to clear their names while running from the feds. It’s no classic, but the film plays like a string of enjoyable, silly skits.

6 Horrible Bosses 2

There’s no doubt that the first Horrible Bosses installment is definitely better than the second, but Horrible Bosses 2 is nothing to scoff at. The main trio has such great comedic chemistry and there’s no shortage of it in this amusing sequel. The plot feels a little thrown together, but Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, and Jason Bateman will make viewers laugh from start to finish with outrageously dark jokes and the help of a star-studded cast, including Christoph Waltz, Chris Pine, and the return of Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Aniston.

5 Ice Age: The Meltdown

There may be too many films in the Ice Age franchise, but the second installment, Ice Age: The Meltdown, is one of the better ones. Nothing compares to the unique simplicity, setting, and animation style of the first film, but the second one introduces a realistic antagonist: global warming. Ice Age: The Meltdown also sees the addition of new cast members, such as Queen Latifah as Ellie, Manny’s love interest and fellow woolly mammoth (who actually thinks she’s a possum).

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4 The Hangover Part II

Asking anyone about The Hangover Part II will probably result in them saying that it was a rip off of the first film and that the original is the only good movie in the entire trilogy. But those who’ve watched the third film will have more of an appreciation for the second installment. The Hangover Part II brings the Wolfpack back together for more shenanigans, this time in Thailand for Stu’s (Ed Helms) wedding. To no surprise, another character goes missing, and more animals and drugs are involved. Nevertheless, the laughs keep rolling in this dark comedy sequel.

3 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Mike Myers knocks it out of the park for the second time in the first Austin Powers sequel, The Spy Who Shagged Me, which was followed up by another sequel—Austin Powers in Goldmember—in 2002. Myers’ character acting is at its finest in this spy spoof trilogy, playing groovy British agent Austin Powers, campy villain Dr. Evil, obese Scotsman Fat B——, and later Goldmember, a Dutch super-villain and one of Dr. Evil’s henchmen. In The Spy Who Shagged Me, Myers battles himself again when Dr. Evil sets out to steal Austin Powers’ mojo by traveling back to the 1960s in his newly invented time machine. This hysterical sequel follows Powers as he tries to stop Dr. Evil from leaving him “shagless”—his worst nightmare.

2 Meet the Fockers

Jay Roach’s Meet the Fockers certainly isn’t a masterpiece, but those who are into immature, raunchy humor—including name puns—probably have special places in their hearts for this Meet the Parents sequel. Seeing more of grumpy, paranoid Robert De Niro as Jack Byrnes is fun in itself, but the addition of Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand as Greg’s (Ben Stiller) parents makes this comedy sequel even more of a hoot.

1 Rush Hour 2

While the first Rush Hour felt more original, Rush Hour 2 ramps up the action and the funny. The second installment sees Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan exchanging dialogue and working more as a team as they investigate the murder of two U.S. customs agents. Watching the two hilariously rag on each other is like watching a couple of champions play tennis. In Rush Hour 2, Chan and Tucker’s chemistry makes every moment hilarious, even when the characters get themselves into life-or-death situations.

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2019-04-20 09:04:10

Courtney Zawistowski

Avatar Sequels Cast Michelle Yeoh as a Human Scientist

Michelle Yeoh has officially joined the cast of James Cameron’s Avatar sequels. It’s been ten years (though it feels longer) since Cameron’s original Avatar hit theaters, ushering in a new era of 3D filmmaking and obliterating box office records on its way to a massive $2.79 billion worldwide gross. The franchise will finally return in 2020 with what could potentially be the first of four sequels, all of which are being directed and co-written by Cameron, and feature the stars of the first Avatar (yes, including the ones whose characters died).

Suffice it to say, Cameron’s Avatar sequels could give Disney another sci-fi juggernaut to go with Star Wars, now that the studio’s finalized its purchase of Fox’s assets (and the Avatar franchise with them). The films won’t be hurting for star power either, having added actors like Kate Winslet and seemingly Vin Diesel to their ensemble over the last two years. They’re now gained another big name with more than their fair share of experience working on genre fare and tentpoles.

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THR is reporting that Yeoh has signed on for the Avatar sequels, where she’ll play a human scientist named Dr. Karina Mogue. Cameron confirmed the news in a statement, saying “Throughout her career, Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters. I look forward to working with [her] to do the same thing on the Avatar sequels”.

As famous as Michelle Yeoh is for her roles in martial arts films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and its sequel (not to mention, this month’s Master Z: Ip Man Legacy), she’s really begun to branch out into the world of sci-fi of late. Her previous work in the genre includes a turn in Danny Boyle’s Sunshine and her cameo as Aleta Ogord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, in addition to her leading role(s) as Philippa Georgiou on Star Trek: Discovery. She’s now set to star in her own Star Trek TV series spinoff, and may yet reprise her Guardians role in Guardians of the Galaxy 3 in a few years. Between all of that and the Avatar sequels, we’re going to be see a lot more of Yeoh in outer space in the foreseeable future.

All in all, her casting in the Avatar sequels is exciting news, even if her role ends up being supporting only. Cameron is gearing up to start production on the movies’ live-action scenes, which explains the recent uptick in casting updates for the films. That also makes it difficult to say if Yeoh’s role will be minor or fairly significant in nature. Scientists are typically more trustworthy and noble than other humans in the Avatar universe, so there’s a fair chance that Dr. Mogue will be one of the heroes in the sequels, as opposed to an antagonist or villain. Beyond that, Yeoh’s character is yet another piece to the massive puzzle that is the Avatar sequels right now.

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Source: THR


2019-04-15 11:04:28

Sandy Schaefer

Vin Diesel Seemingly Reveals He Has A Role In James Cameron’s Avatar Sequels

Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel has seemingly revealed he has a role in James Cameron’s Avatar sequels. Released in 2009, the original Avatar became the all-time box office champion with $2.7 billion in worldwide grosses. Director James Cameron hopes to repeat or even surpass the impact of that groundbreaking film by releasing not one but four sequels, all of which are currently in production.

The first of Cameron’s four Avatar sequels, reportedly titled The Way of Water, will up the ante on the original by taking audiences under the waves of Pandora’s oceans to meet a new race called the reef people. Of course, the original movie’s main characters will also figure into the action, with a story involving the children of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and his Na’vi bride Neytiri (Zoe Saldana). The new films will also pick up the original movie’s themes of man vs. nature, as Pandora again finds itself menaced by the evil human corporate entities bent on pillaging the planet for its resources.

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With the four Avatar sequels reportedly set to kick off shooting of live-action scenes this spring, Cameron has added another big-name actor to the cast in Fast and Furious star Vin Diesel. The actor himself revealed the surprise casting in a video posted to Instagram, with Cameron joining Diesel for the reveal. In the clip, the two joke about the “Manhattan Project” level secrecy of the film shoot and say they’ll have to use the Men in Black flashy thing on the audience so they don’t remember what they’ve seen. In the background behind them can be glimpsed a lot of equipment but not very much that will serve as spoilers to the untrained eye. See the clip below:

In the clip, Diesel talks with a lot of pride about finally getting to work with Cameron after years of wanting to make the collaboration happen. Diesel’s arrival in the Avatar universe is of course not the first time the actor has tackled sci-fi, as he previously starred in Pitch Black and its two follow-up Riddick movies (the third Riddick movie has not yet arrived to round out the trilogy, but maybe Cameron can help Diesel make that happen now). The actor also has experience working on CG-heavy roles, having voiced the character of Groot in the MCU. Diesel obviously is best known for his roles in more earthbound action movies from the Fast and Furious series to the xXx films. He’s also set to kick off another new potential franchise with the lead role in the Valiant Comics adaptation Bloodshot.

Diesel of course is not ready to reveal anything specific about his role in the Avatar sequels, so it’s not known if he’ll be playing a human character or a Na’vi or some other alien entity. The actor’s presence in the film does however help build up its international prospects, as Diesel is a huge star overseas thanks to the Fast and Furious movies. It remains to be seen how exactly Diesel will lend his talents to Cameron’s ever-expanding Avatar universe.

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Source: Vin Diesel



2019-04-04 08:04:28

Dan Zinski

Avatar Sequels Cast Game of Thrones Actor Brendan Cowell

James Cameron’s Avatar sequels have added Game of Thrones actor Brendan Cowell to the cast. Released in 2009, the original Avatar revolutionized digital visual effects on its way to conquering the worldwide box office with a record haul of $2.7 billion. Over 10 years after the first Avatar, Cameron will revisit Pandora for the first of four planned sequels, which are collectively set to cost over $1 billion to produce.

As with the original Avatar, the sequels will push the boundaries of visual effects even further. Avatar 2 (which will reportedly carry the title The Way of Water) will introduce a new undersea environment on Pandora, populated by a group called the reef people. In addition to the new sea-dwellers, the sequels will bring back several major characters from the original film, including Zoe Saldana’s Neytiri, Sam Worthington’s Jake Sully, Sigourney Weaver’s Grace Augustine and Stephen Lang’s Miles Quaritch. The films are expected to once again delve into environmental themes, while also telling a multi-generational story Cameron has likened to The Godfather.

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With Cameron still hard at work shooting live-action footage for his films, Deadline reports that Brendan Cowell has now been added to the Avatar cast. Cowell will reportedly play a character named Mick Scoresby, described as the captain of a private sector marine hunting vessel. Cowell will shoot his scenes in New Zealand this May.

The Australian Cowell is best known state-side, and just about everywhere else, for his role as Harrag in season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones. On the show, Harrag survived Euron Greyjoy’s attack on the Targaryen fleet, later arriving in Dragonstone where he challenged Theon Greyjoy and ended up getting a beatdown for his troubles. Theon of course then embarked on a mission to rescue his sister Yara from Euron, in a storyline that is presumably set to be resolved in the upcoming final Game of Thrones season. In addition to Game of Thrones, Cowell has also appeared on the Showtime series The Borgias as well as the BBC1 series Press.

As big as Game of Thrones may be in terms of scope, Cowell is entering a whole new realm by stepping into Cameron’s massively ambitious and expensive series of four Avatar sequels. It will be interesting to see if Cameron’s science fiction fantasy vision still resonates with audiences over a decade after the original film first stunned moviegoers with its state-of-the-art visuals and sprawling story. CGI spectacle has become much more commonplace since 2009, and Cameron may have an uphill climb when it comes to re-engaging audiences who have grown somewhat jaded when it comes to feats of visual wizardry.

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Source: Deadline


2019-03-28 02:03:04

Dan Zinski

11 Sequels In Development That We’re Still Waiting For

These days, as soon as a movie is a quantifiable box office success, the studio hires someone to write a sequel. Sometimes, a movie is so overwhelmingly successful that a sequel is a no-brainer and they fast-track it into development – for example, Black Panther.

But other times, it’s not quite successful enough to make a sequel a priority – for example, Don’t Breathe – and if the original doesn’t prove to have lasting value or the cast doesn’t agree on the script, they end up getting stuck in development hell. So, here are 11 Sequels In Development That We’re Still Waiting For.

11 Beverly Hills Cop 4

Eddie Murphy has been talking about reprising his role as Axel Foley in a fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie for years. He has admitted that his motivation behind wanting to do a fourth movie is the chance to redo the franchise’s finale, since he thought the third movie turned out “horrible.”

Brett Ratner had been attached to direct, but due to the many #MeToo allegations levied against him and the fact that all the major studios have cut ties with his company, he’ll probably be replaced. Murphy’s plan with the fourth movie is to take Axel back to his hometown of Detroit.

10 District 10

Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi allegory about the Apartheid in South Africa, which combined an alien invasion story with political commentary about immigration and racism, was acclaimed by critics when it released in 2009. Ever since then, we’ve been waiting for the sequel, District 10.

In 2013, Blomkamp said, “I really want to make a District 9 sequel. I genuinely do. The problem is, I have a bunch of ideas and stuff that I want to make. I’m relatively new to this – I’m about to make my third film, and now, the pattern that I’m starting to realize is very true is that you lock yourself into a film beyond the film you’re currently working on. But it just doesn’t work for me.”

9 Disenchanted

It’s been 12 years since Disney’s fairy tale homage Enchanted became a huge hit and a sequel called Disenchanted was announced.

James Marsden said, “I don’t know. I think that the clock is ticking on that one. Amy Adams and I are both saying, ‘If there’s going to be a sequel, we’re not getting any younger.’ Since we play sort of ageless animated characters. Hopefully we do. That was something really special and I’d love to come back and do another. I’ve heard the same things you’ve heard. There’s a script out there somewhere and there’s talk of it, but I never believe it until I see the script and learned we’re making that film. So, I don’t know. Too many eggs in that basket.” That was way back in 2011, so God knows what his thoughts are on the age thing now.

8 Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa 2

After Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, the big-screen adaptation of Steve Coogan’s iconic radio DJ character, was released to positive reviews and box office success in the summer of 2013, it was announced that a sequel went straight into development.

Henry Normal, the co-founder of Coogan’s production company Baby Cow (who produced the movie), told the Guardian, “We are planning a sequel [to Alpha Papa], yes; that will be great.” Coogan has continued to play Partridge in various incarnations on the small screen in the past few years, but we still have yet to see the narcissistic Norfolk broadcaster back in movie theaters.

7 Evil Dead 2

Fede Alvarez’s remake of the classic Sam Raimi indie horror movie The Evil Dead was surprisingly one of the best horror remakes ever made. It took all the most frightening concepts from Raimi’s film, but used the money and CGI technology that Raimi didn’t have in 1981 and used them to ratchet up the tension and terror.

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The remake was a box office success, so a sequel to the remake, as well as a sequel to Raimi’s Army of Darkness, were both announced to be followed by a crossover that would combine the stories of Mia from Alvarez’s movie and Ash from Raimi’s trilogy. Alvarez took to Twitter recently to conduct a poll with fans to see if they’d rather see a sequel to his Evil Dead remake or a sequel to his original film Don’t Breathe, and the winner was Evil Dead, so this could be moving forward soon.

6 We’re Still the Millers

The road trip comedy We’re the Millers, which starred Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston pretending to be a married couple with kids in order to smuggle drugs across the Mexican border, became a huge hit back in 2013 to the tune of $270 million.

Naturally, the studio, New Line Cinema, wanted to a sequel into development as quickly as possible. Due Date writer Adam Sztykiel was hired to write a sequel called We’re Still the Millers. Unfortunately, the sequel has yet to move past the script stage. It was a great cast; it would be fun to see them all get back together.

5 Edge of Tomorrow 2 (a.k.a. Live Die Repeat and Repeat)

Edge of Tomorrow – which was officially retitled Live Die Repeat when people preferred the tagline over the movie’s actual title – was surprisingly good. It was jokingly referred to as “Groundhog Day with aliens,” which made it sound like it would suck. However, it turned out to be an exhilarating sci-fi action thriller, with acclaim from critics and huge turnout from audiences, so a sequel, Live Die Repeat and Repeat, was hastily announced.

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Emily Blunt recently said that she, Tom Cruise, and director Doug Liman are all eager to return to that world and produce a sequel, although she did cast doubt that it would happen: “It’s a lot for all the stars to align for everyone to be free at the same time and available to do it at the same time.”

4 Coming 2 America

This is the second Eddie Murphy-starring entry on the list. For years, we’ve been waiting for a sequel to his cross-cultural comedy Coming to America. It’s been in development hell for some time. It’s been reported that Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is writing a script for the sequel, Coming 2 America, for a 2020 release date.

Both Murphy and Arsenio Hall are returning for the sequel, which will see Prince Akeem returning to America in search of his long-lost son. However, many iterations of this sequel have been announced and fallen apart before, so take this with a pinch of salt.

3 Die Hard 6 (a.k.a. McClane)

Since the fifth Die Hard film, A Good Day to Die Hard, was the first one in the franchise with a wholly negative reception from both fans and critics, audiences are hardly clamoring for more. Still, that didn’t stop Fox from developing a sixth movie called McClane that would reportedly be a blend of John McClane origin story starring a younger actor as the roguish cop (Alden Ehrenreich, anyone?) and present-day sequel starring Bruce Willis.

The resounding consensus was that this would be tacky and unnecessary. For a while, McClane had been included on the 20th Century Fox release slate. However, after Disney acquired the studio, it disappeared from the slate and it’s unclear if it’ll ever get made now.

2 Kill Bill Vol. 3

Quentin Tarantino’s two-part action thriller Kill Bill has proven to be one of the director’s best-loved movies. It’s also one of Tarantino’s favorites of his own movies. He never planned for it to be a franchise and actually wanted to release the two volumes as one film, but still, he’s been teasing a third movie for years.

The threequel would reportedly revolve around Vivica A. Fox’s daughter coming back for revenge against the Bride, while Tarantino suggested Chloë Grace Moretz as possible casting for B.B., who would now be all grown up and fighting her mother’s battles. The #MeToo links will probably stop Kill Bill Vol. 3 from ever happening now.

1 Austin Powers 4

Years ago, Mike Myers began speculation about a fourth Austin Powers movie when IGN asked him, “So, no more Austin Powers?” and he replied, “No, no, there is a fully conceived idea for a fourth and I can just say that it’s from Dr. Evil’s point of view. So, if you balanced how much of it was Austin with Dr. Evil, it’s more about Dr. Evil than Austin.”

There still hasn’t been a fourquel released, but in late 2018, when Myers was asked about it for the millionth time, he said that a script had been written that he was happy with and things were “looking good” for the actual production of the movie.

NEXT: 7 Amazing Unfinished Movies We’ll Never Get To See (And 8 Too Bad To Finish)


2019-03-22 01:03:29

Ben Sherlock

The Shining Sequel Doctor Sleep Is Aiming For An R-Rating

Doctor Sleep – the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining – is aiming for an R-rating, according to director Mike Flanagan. Just about as long as there have been Stephen King books, there have been Stephen King movies. King’s first published novel, 1974’s Carrie, was translated into a film by no less a director than Brian De Palma in 1976. Ever since, King’s work has remained a go-to source for Hollywood studios, including several franchises. However, while sequels to King-based movies are common, very rarely are they based on actual follow-ups by the author.

The reason for that is simple: King doesn’t write sequels often. For the most part, King is content to let his stories stand alone, outside of the Easter eggs and select recurring characters he enjoys throwing in for fans as a way to establish that most of his work takes place in the same universe. While some notable exceptions exist – The Dark Tower saga, the Mr. Mercedes books – King generally prefers to tell new stories, rather than revisit his old ones. Which is what made King’s decision to release a sequel to The Shining in 2013 such a delight for his longtime fans.

Related: Ewan McGregor Says Doctor Sleep Movie is Faithful to Stephen King’s Book

While most King diehards would be unlikely to argue that Doctor Sleep measures up to its classic predecessor – a novel many hold up as one of King’s all-time best – reaction to the book – which focuses on the adult life of Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), decades after the spirits of the Overlook Hotel corrupted his father Jack – was largely positive. Now, five years later, Warner Bros. is prepping a film adaptation of Doctor Sleep. For anyone worried that King’s sequel will be sanitized of violence, adult content, and language in order to draw in more viewers with a PG-13, director Mike Flanagan tells Collider that the film will likely be rated-R.

The news that Doctor Sleep is aiming for an R-rating is sure to please both fans of King and fans of the horror genre as a whole. While there have certainly been good horror films made with a PG-13-rating, too often studios are all too willing to compromise a story’s content in order to make it more accessible to a wider theatrical audience. For example, one need only look at the heavily compromised Dark Tower movie, although to be fair, the rating was hardly its biggest problem. Thankfully, with the runaway success of films like and Deadpool and Warner Bros’ 2017 King adaptation IT, studios are becoming less resistant to the idea that a film can be both R-rated and hugely successful financially.

It’s going to be an interesting couple of years for King fans, as 2019 will see both IT: Chapter Two and Pet Sematary hit theaters, with both films also expected to receive R ratings. A Netflix original film adaptation of King and son Joe Hill’s novella In The Tall Grass is also slated for next year, while Doctor Sleep will arrive in early 2020. In the meantime, Hulu’s Castle Rock series is set to return for season 2, while the Audience Network’s Mr. Mercedes show continues to air, and CBS All Access is in development on a limited series adaptation of The Stand. It’s good to be the King, and right now, it’s good to be one of his fans.

More: 25 Crazy Facts Behind The Making Of The Shining

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2018-10-10 08:10:58 – Michael Kennedy

18 Best Sequels, According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 8 Stuck With 0%)

We live in an age where sequels are all the rage. Every major studio is chasing those franchises that can keep their cash flow healthy for years to come. Sometimes, they’re exhausting. Other times, they can be our most anticipated movies. Maybe we could do without more Transformers movies, but Marvel and Mission: Impossible sequels are event movies that drive us to the theater in droves.

Sequels are tricky and unpredictable, though. On one hand, they’re often necessary for expanding stories and the good ones continue sagas we want to see progress. On the other, some are soulless cash grabs that shouldn’t exist. In the worst cases, some of them completely derail promising franchises by failing to deliver the goods. Then again, in some instances, sequels can get a series back up and running after they’ve experienced setbacks.

This list will look at those rare sequels that are considered worthy — and even superior — follow-ups. Those rare beasts that make us grateful for multiple movies in a series. Furthermore, we’ll also be discussing the most maligned sequels that brought no critical good will to their respective franchises whatsoever. It’s more fun this way. In order to fully appreciate the best of the best, we also must acknowledge the worst of the worst. Without evil, we wouldn’t be able to understand all that’s good and pure. Without terrible movies, we wouldn’t be grateful for the good ones.

With this in mind, here are 18 Best Sequels According To Rotten Tomatoes (And 8 Stuck With 0%).

26 Best: Captain America: Civil War (91%)

The decision to keep the same team of writers for all three Captain America films paid off in the end. The trilogy just went from strength to strength with each passing entry, though some would argue that The Winter Soldier is equally as good — if not better — than Civil War. Either way, they’re both prime examples of how to do sequels right.

Civil War tackles the same themes you’d expect from a movie about a do-gooder like Cap, but where the film truly soars is during its wild third act. The airport showdown is the best action showdown in the MCU, and that’s saying something.

25 Worst: The Bad News Bears Go To Japan (0%)

If you didn’t know that sequels to The Bad News Bears exist then no one would think any less of you. While the first movie is a cult classic about an underdog baseball team, the sequels have faded from the collective memory with the passing of time, lost like tears in the rain. That’s for good reason.

None of the sequels are good, but The Bad News Bears Go To Japan is especially bad.

While the idea to relocate to Japan for a big game is good on paper, the sequel is just bland, forgettable, and was made to cash in on the brand name.

24 Best: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (93%)

Some fans argue that The Force Awakens is essentially a retread of A New Hope in many ways. However, clearly the critics and audiences didn’t necessarily agree, given its stellar Rotten Tomatoes score and its audience score of 87%, not to mention its impressive box office haul.

As far as Star Wars movies go, it hits the spot. The new characters are great, the return of some old faces is a trip down memory lane, and the story still made significant effort to push the franchise forward. In those regards, the film definitely succeeded.

23 Best: War for the Planet of the Apes (93%)

Anyone who has a problem with classics being rebooted needs to watch the most recent Planet of the Apes trilogy.  The finale pits the apes in a brutal battle against the humans, which leads to an epic confrontation between the Caesar the Ape and humanity’s ruthless colonel (played by an utterly wicked Woody Harrelson). As far as concluding trilogies goes, War for the Planet of the Apes has everything.

By no means is this a pleasant movie, but it is rewarding. And not only does it wrap up an epic story, but the film boasts some of the great CGI wizardry out there. The action is also ridiculously impressive and compelling, which is crazy considering it’s a movie about people versus monkeys.

22 Best: Logan (93%)

James Mangold’s Logan, the gloriously violent and heartbreaking farewell to Patrick Stewart’s Professor X and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, is an all-timer. Taking cues from the Old Man Logan comics, the movie has just as much in common with neo-westerns as it does with superhero yarns, which makes for a gritty, character-driven elegy to characters many of us grew up with.

Logan deserves praise for going R-rated and taking some stylistic risks.

The movie is proof that audiences will still flock to see superhero movies with some edge. If you’re going to send off some icons, this is the way to do it.

21 Worst: Return to the Blue Lagoon (0%)

Considering that no one liked The Blue Lagoon (it currently holds a 9% rating on RT), why anyone would want to return to the franchise is beyond comprehension. Of course, every sequel is a perfect opportunity to right some old wrongs if handled with care. Unfortunately, this was not. The story follows two children who are marooned on a tropical island as the grow up and fall in love, etc. The characters don’t wear enough clothes either, which makes for some weird, uncomfortable viewing.

There are some unintentional laughs to be had at the poor script and performances.

Otherwise the Blue Lagoon isn’t a scenic cinematic paradise worth spending time in unless you want to punish yourself for some reason.

20 Best: The Dark Knight (94%)

Few superhero movies are ever regarded as anything more than popcorn fare. However, if there were ever a superhero movie that proved the genre could be prestige cinema, it would be The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan’s take on Batman is an exploration of chaos and just how far people are willing to go to achieve their goal.

The Dark Knight — for better or worse when you consider how devoid of fun some DC movies have been since — also brought a gritty, realistic touch to the genre. The movie feels more like a Michael Mann crime saga than it does a story about superheroes versus their outlandishly evil counterparts.

19 Best: Finding Dory (94%)

In recent times, Pixar has been criticized for relying too heavily on sequels, but if it ain’t broke… Finding Dory was released 13 years after Finding Nemo, and it was a smash with critics and audiences alike.

Its 94% on Rotten Tomatoes is complemented by an 84% audience score.

Upon release Finding Dory was praised for being as funny and thought-provoking as the first movie, while also adding a new dimension to the story. As with any Pixar movie, Finding Dory can be appreciated by audiences of all ages. 

18 Worst: Staying Alive (0%)

No other actor on the planet has experienced a career of ups and downs like John Travolta has. When he broke out he had the world at his dancing feet. After that, his career experienced a downturn until it was resurrected briefly following Pulp Fiction until it ultimately plummeted when he started starring in movies like Battlefield Earth. Staying Alive was released in 1983 when Travolta was experiencing his first fall from grace. Following up a classic like Saturday Night Fever was never going to be easy, but it shouldn’t have been this difficult, either.

The sequel lacks the gritty realism of its predecessor, and instead tries to get by on dance sequences. What’s the point in dancing when we don’t care about who’s doing it?

17 Best: Creed (95%)

No franchise tends to remain compelling seven sequels in, but Creed is proof that the Rocky franchise is the rare exception. Granted, some Rocky movies aren’t exactly knockouts, but Creed got things back on track and showed that it’s game for a few more rounds.

By serving as both a sequel and a spin-off/soft reboot, Creed gave the franchise a breath of new life.

It passed the gloves on to Michael B. Jordan as the eponymous character.  Creed 2 is right around the corner. Let’s see if it can do what the original saga failed to do and deliver a second outing that’s as good as the inaugural entry.

16 Worst: Leprechaun 2 (0%)

The first Leprechaun movie doesn’t come close to being certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it should come as no surprise that the sequels didn’t receive any critical acclaim. Especially not the second movie, which no critic seemed to enjoy at all.

Here, the infamous critter resurfaces in Los Angeles to find a bride, which leads to him abducting a young woman and trying to claim her as his own. This isn’t high art by any means, nor does it try to be.

15 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (96%)

The Harry Potter books were an emotional roller coaster that affected millions of readers worldwide. Reliving those adventures on the big screen was also a great time to be alive, and the grand finale lived up to expectations. In the final installment of the saga about the Boy Who Lived and his fight against the forces of darkness, the ultimate showdown finally happens as our hero and his pals face off against Voldemort in Hogwarts castle.

It’s a true epic in every sense of the word.

As far as wrapping up the story goes, Death Hallows: Part 2 delivered the goods and gave us cinematic closure in style.

14 Worst: Looking Who’s Talking Now (0%)

Look Who’s Talking is a perfectly serviceable comedy that should never have received any sequels. In a bid to end to the trilogy on a high following the disappointing previous sequel, Look Who’s Talking Too, someone thought it would be a good idea to introduce talking dogs to the mix for the series’ swan song. 

Needless to say, Look Who’s Talking Now wasn’t the glorious goodbye the series was looking for, but at least the film did cast some cute dogs.

13 Best: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (97%)

The third installment of Sergio Leone’s influential Dollars trilogy, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly is the creme de la creme of spaghetti westerns. 

The story centers around two men who form an uneasy alliance following a scam.

This leads them on a quest as it turns out there’s money buried in the desert and they want to find it. However, they have to compete against another who won’t hesitate to put a bullet in them to claim the prize. On top of being one of the most acclaimed movies out there, the film has been hailed as a major influence on directors like Quentin Tarantino.

12 Best: The Godfather: Part II (97%)

The continuation of Francis Ford Coppola’s Best Picture-winning 1972 crime saga, The Godfather: Part II chronicles Michael Corleone’s further ascendency in organized crime while simultaneously taking us back to the past to explore his dad’s humble beginnings.

Like its predecessor, the sequel also won Best Picture and is hailed by many a critic and film buff as one of the best movies ever made. Whether it’s better than the original is up for debate, but they’re like two sides of the same coin. These movies set the bar for mob pictures, and to this day, other directors are still trying to recreate the formula.

11 Mad Max: Fury Road (97%)

Director George Miller was in his seventies when he unleashed Mad Max: Fury Road, but the energy and madness imbued in every frame of this extravaganza suggest a man half his age.

Maybe we’ll never see another Mad Max movie, but the world needs a Furiosa spin-off eventually.

Fury Road is essentially one non-stop chase that barely lets up from the get-go all the way to the climactic ending. Furthermore, it’s a movie that defied expectation by taking the focus away from the titular character and making Charlize Theron’s Furiosa the real hero of the adventure. 

10 Worst: Jaws: The Revenge (0%)

Is Jaws: the Revenge a good movie? Definitely not. Is it an entertaining movie, though? Definitely yes.

How many other movies have sharks that make a conscious decision to get revenge on the humans that wronged them? Not only that, but the shark here followed its target to the Bahamas from Massachusetts. And why would someone who wants to avoid sharks go to an island surrounded by ocean? The movie is illogical, silly, nonsense, but it does offer sheer entertainment value for bad movie buffs.

9 Best: Aliens (98%)

Alien and Aliens are quite different in some regards, but they complement each other perfectly. The first is an exercise in pure suspense and terror. The sequel, on the other hand, retains the horror elements but adds a lot more action to proceedings.

Aliens shows how to make a successful sequel: acknowledge what came before but don’t be afraid to bring some fresh ideas to the table.

James Cameron was on fire in the ’80s and he wasn’t afraid to make Ridley Scott’s baby his own.

8 Best: Mad Max 2: Road Warrior (98%)

While George Miller’s inaugural Mad Max caper is a cult classic, most film buffs would agree that a couple of the sequels are slightly superior. Taking nothing away from the first movie, Road Warrior is a vast improvement when it comes to world building and sheer action spectacle. The story follows the eponymous character as he helps a group of people steal oil from a tyrannical madman and his band of goons.

As far as cinematic thrill rides go, few movies are on par with Road Warrior. Here, Miller turned up the volume significantly by making the post-apocalyptic terrains feel more dangerous and the action sequences more gung-ho and grander in scale.

7 Best: Evil Dead 2 (98%)

Sam Raimi’s first Evil Dead movie was a huge achievement for independent filmmaking when it was released back in 1981. The movie still holds up to this day with its innovative camera work, effective scares, and excellent cast as well.

The sequel is a triumph in its own right.

While the first movie contained moments of dark comedy, the sequel amps up the zaniness to become what is essentially the splatter flick equivalent of a Laurel and Hardy flick. For 90 minutes, Bruce Campbell is tormented by laughing ornaments and his own severed hand. As silly as that sounds, Evil Dead 2 still manages to pack more punch than your average MMA fighter.

6 Worst: Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (0%)

In the third installment of the Police Academy franchise, the cops are understaffed and in need of some help. Naturally, the force turns to America’s civilians to help aid in their mission. Things don’t go smoothly, for the characters in the film and the movie itself.

Rotten Tomatoes describes Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol as “Utterly, completely, thoroughly and astonishingly unfunny” and  a movie which sent “a once-innocuous franchise plummeting to agonizing new depths.” That sounds about right.

5 Toy Story 3 (99%)

Few franchises manage to strike three home runs in a row. Even The Godfather stuttered when it came to the third outing. Toy Story, on the other hand, never ceases to replicate the magic time and time again.

This emotional installment sees Andy get ready to leave for college and neglect his old toys.

He’s all grown up and has no use for them anymore, and what ensues is what is by far the most heartfelt movie in the series.

4 Worst: Highlander II: The Quickening (0%)

As far as pure entertaining action-fantasy goes, the first Highlander movie is a fun slice of popcorn entertainment that aficionados of cult cinema lose their head over. The sequel, meanwhile, is an incomprehensible mess.

Highlander II is too overplotted to explain, but the cusp of the story revolves around the hero from the first movie taking on a corporation after being led to believe that they don’t have the world’s best interests in mind. In this one, our hero is a defender of the ozone as well. What makes Highlander II so awful is that it completely retcons everything good about the original film and the mythology it introduced.

3 Best: The Bride of Frankenstein (100%)

We all desire to be loved by someone special– even bolt-head monsters made up of the remains of other people. But to find them a mate, one must dig up some more corpses and create a suitable partner that’s similar in genetic make-up. This is also the storyline behind James Whale’s 1935 masterpiece, Bride of Frankenstein.

There are too many Frankenstein movies to keep track of at this point, but this sequel remains the pinnacle of the original series.

The movie is a masterpiece that successfully blends campy fun with Gothic beauty and genuine chills that’s stood the test of time as a result.

2 Paddington 2 (100%)

No one expected the the first Paddington to be as good as it is. That movie is a bona fide classic in the making in its own right, but the sequel is some next-next level brilliance.

Paddington 2 sees the lovable bear go to prison and, unsurprisingly, all the mean criminals fall in love with him as well. Critics, like the fictional convicts, were also full of praise for the titular bear and his second big onscreen adventure as well. At one point, Paddington 2 was even the best reviewed movie in history.

1 Best: Toy Story 2 (100%)

Following up a movie like Toy Story was never going to be easy, but that didn’t stop Pixar from trying and succeeding. In this one, we find out that Woody is a collectible when he’s discovered and stolen by a greedy museum owner. Naturally this prompts Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato, and the rest of the gang into action and they set out to save their friend.

General consensus on Rotten Tomatoes states that Toy Story 2 is that rare sequel that improves upon its predecessor.

The sequel raises the stakes and ups the element of adventure while retaining the humor and heart that made audiences fall in love with the franchise in the first place.

What’s your favorite sequel? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-10 04:10:39 – Kieran Fisher