These 5 forgotten movies demand sequels
It seems any movie that makes its money back at the box office is getting a sequel these days, for good or bad, as Hollywood studios look to milk known properties with a built-in audience for all they’re worth. But save for mega-franchises like Marvel, Jurassic Park, Batman, Mission: Impossible and Star Wars, most sequels this decade have been underwhelming to say the least - we’re looking at you Independence Day: Resurgence, Jason Bourne and Zoolander 2. In fact, some of the most successful sequels have been of cult films like Cloverfield, and Dazed and Confused - more spiritual sequels than hard fast returns of our heroes.
So with that in mind, here are five of the best largely forgotten movies that deserve - no, demand - a sequel.
The convoluted story of mysterious urban legend and gang boss Keyser Söze and his role in a brutal dockyard shoot out over drugs was a 1995 sleeper hit that went on to become one of the most widely praised films not just of the 1990s but in cinematic history. In fact, the screenplay is considered the 35th best of all time by the Writers Guild of America, and star Kevin Spacey claimed Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars for his efforts. Of course, Söze never existed at all and was the fictional creation of Spacey’s shape-shifting character. And he, plus the infamous Kobayashi, both escaped conviction and disappeared at the end, leaving us to wonder, just what is that crafty little devil up to 22 years later? Surely he has another heist in him. Those crooked hands couldn’t stay idle for long.
Say what you want about Nicholas Cage and Gone in 60 Seconds, but it remains one of the most popular films of the 2000s and is largely responsible for inspiring The Fast and Furious franchise and ushering in the return of car porn films. The fast-action heist also introduced the wider world to Angelina Jolie at her absolute best and made the Shelby GT500 - Eleanor - a household name the world over. Critics hated it, but its profits near tripled its budget, and it has enjoyed repeat viewing for its cars and the very fact it is corny, campy and a little on the nose. That’s the appeal. The key characters survived, and the original film from which the 2000 effort was adapted from did have a sequel - Junkman. Admit it, you’d love to see Memphis behind the wheel of a stolen Tesla and lamenting hybrid cars like only Cage can.
We’ve had more Terminator sequels and spin-offs than anyone ever asked for but a follow-up to 1994’s Arnie spy action comedy True Lies continues to elude audiences. Tom Arnold claims to have James Cameron’s sequel script from 2000 and has threatened on a number of times to finally bring the thing to life with good friend Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was originally slated for 2002 but Cameron pulled the pin post 9/11, explaining that in the wake of such an attack a film about terrorists wasn’t in good taste. Well, 15 years later and the T word remains one of the most topical on the planet. And with Russian hacking, Isis, Snowden, Julian Assange and countless disgruntled former CIA operatives, a new sequel would write itself. Though the double life aspect might not work as well when his family knows he’s a spy. Maybe he’s remarried? Or maybe somehow Iran and Russia got a list of all CIA operatives and their home addresses…
If we’ve learned one thing from the seemingly endless success of The Walking Dead and iZombie, it’s that the zombie/apocalypse genre isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Hell, despite getting hammered by critics and making a loss, a sequel to World War Z is set to drop this year, begging the question - why haven’t we seen a Zombieland remake? Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg all survived the original action comedy that was both a critical and commercial success. And if TWD can meander on for eight seasons, the brains behind Zombieland can at least conjure another adventure for the misfit crew.
It’s hard to believe this time-traveling science fiction thriller is only four years old, as it’s barely received a mention in mainstream media since raking in a whopping $180 million at the box office. But there’s a heavy groundswell of support on sites like reddit demanding a remake of one of few original blockbuster movies to grace screens in recent years. Of course, young Joe (Joseph Gordon Levitt) killed himself and therefore his older self, old Joe (Bruce Willis) at the climax. But with time travel, anything is possible. And the world created - where “loopers” dispose of murdered bodies from the future in the past and kill their future selves to close the loop on knowledge of the highly illegal mob-led process - could easily be expanded upon even without its former stars. And should be.