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What are the most successful movies that seemed destined for sequels, yet to date none have been made?

Asked by beautifulbobby193 (1699points) December 9th, 2009 from iPhone

Who Framed Roger Rabbit comes to mind for me, given it’s critical and financial success and potential for a huge franchise. Would be interested to hear thoughts of others. ET another?

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gemiwing's avatar


stratman37's avatar

Two words – Pulp Fiction

holden's avatar

@colliedog and what exactly would you follow that one up with?

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

The best movies are ones that are good enough to have sequels but and haven’t yet been ruined by one.

All too often sequels simply ruin original. Just look at the Matrix trilogy.

forestGeek's avatar

@holdenThe Rise of Titanic – It rises out of the sea, unleashing a zombie passenger apocalypse to the unsuspecting world.

Adagio's avatar

@ParaParaYukiko I couldn’t agree with you more

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

@forestGeek I have to say, that sounds epic.

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

Gone with the Wind.

robmandu's avatar

Just to be nitpicky, I would not suggest the Matrix trilogy as an example of how sequels ruin the best movies. Yes, I agree Matrix I was way-y-y-y-y-y better than II and III. But II and III were always planned as part of the entire package. In other words, Matrix I, II, and III were just a single story, split across three films… like the original Star Wars trilogy. The only screw up is that the Wachowski Bros. allowed themselves to get caught up in the dreck of their own supposed cleverness.

I think that the 80’s and 90’s set of Batman movies show where sequels can go egregiously off track. Tim Burton’s 1989 original was great, but then Batman Forever and Batman and Robin came along and made us all sick to our stomachs.

I’d like to see a sequel to The Incredibles.

beautifulbobby193's avatar

@forestGeek your idea of the Titanic was already visited in the movie Ghostbusters 2 to the tagline “better late than never”.

CMaz's avatar

Omega Man
Lost in Space
What’s Up, Tiger Lily
Cast Away

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

@robmandu True, true, I see your point. When the first Matrix came out I thought it was going to be a stand-alone movie, so the sequels felt even more lame because of that.

On that same note though, it seems like there have been a lot of “planned trilogies” that have shown up in the wake of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings trying to play of their success, such as the Pirates of the Carribbean movies. And while I don’t think Pirates 2 and 3 were that terrible, they just seemed like they were made for the sole purpose to milk a successful franchise for all its worth, at the expense of quality of the film.

ubersiren's avatar

@Sueanne_Tremendous I know, it really leaves you hanging with its “Tomorrow is another day…” Plus there’s the book sequel, which sucked, so there’s great opportunity to make it better. Though, I’m glad the original stands alone.

My only answer is Pumpkin.

MrBr00ks's avatar

A sequel to the Incredibles would rock.

stratman37's avatar

@PretentiousArtist – I really loved Unforgiven, especially that part where Eastwood and the kid are resting by the tree and the kid feels like he’s really become a man (for what he did back there), and Eastwood is just sickened by the whole thing. These two guys from different backgrounds/expectations going in opposite directions over the same incident.

ratboy's avatar

Plan 9 from Outer Space

stratman37's avatar

showgirls, that’s funny.

evil2's avatar

the sting(1973), dr zhivago, and animal house…

stratman37's avatar

animal house would never be the same without John Belushi. Just look at what a yawner Blues Brothers 2000 was.

Ansible1's avatar

Independence Day, Twister, Mrs. Doubtfire, Top Gun

bunnygrl's avatar

I would have loved them to make another “Constantine” movie (there are so many Hellblazer stories that would be perfect) also I’d have liked to see another Galaxy Quest, that movie makes me smile :-)
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nunoAfonso's avatar

District 9.
War of the Worlds.

AstroChuck's avatar

Behind the Green Door

PretentiousArtist's avatar

But there was a sequel!
What’s going on?!

filmfann's avatar

Titanic II : Dead Mens Chest!

Actually, ET is a good choice here.

Dr_C's avatar

Cannibal Stewardess Vixens Unchained.

MagsRags's avatar

Grapes of Wrath 2: Tom Joad, Where Art Thou?

janbb's avatar

Casablanca 2?

wildpotato's avatar

@ChazMaz What’s Up, Tiger Lily?! I make a point to never type out laughter, but… haha! Good one.

I’ll say V for Vendetta could have a good sequel. Maybe W for Wreckage.

charliecompany34's avatar

“the shining” with jack nicholson.

tinyfaery's avatar


ringaroundtherosie's avatar


where the hell is Potfest!?!

filmfann's avatar

@charliecompany34 Shining 2 – The Thawing!
By the way, if you never saw this it’s worth a moment.

Ansible1's avatar

@ringaroundtherosie Broken Lizard intended “Coming soon: Potfest” as a joke, unfortunately.

ringaroundtherosie's avatar

@Ansible1 a girl can dream, can’t she? ;)

stratman37's avatar

Across the Universe – there’s so much more Beatles music to cull from.

Dr_C's avatar

@stratman37 friggin’ love that movie. Lurve.

stratman37's avatar

@Dr_C – “Because” is one of my favorites there, with the addition of the female vocal layers.

MrBr00ks's avatar

My favorite was Bono’s “I am the Walrus.” Good stuff.

Dr_C's avatar

@stratman37 the layering in because is amazing… the haunting effect of the fmale vocal combination is just awesome. Also the context that each song gives any particular situation in the movie (ie Hapiness is a warm gun in the military hospital…) is what gives the movie the feeling of continuity where sometimes the story can take a weird turn.
“Something” also amazing… and the entire scene with “with a little help from my friends” is just too cool.

stratman37's avatar

Oh yeah, and I wasn’t the only one who thought that the lead female singer was Joan Osborn.

Right up until the credits rolled.

MrBr00ks's avatar

Nah man, she was “Sexy Sadie.” ;p

robmandu's avatar

The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Dr_C's avatar

@robmandu 10 internets for that answer!
@stratman37 she had a bit of the Joan Osborn look… but the voice was on the other end of the spectrum.

Slick's avatar

A second True Lies movie would be great.

Rufus_T_Firefly's avatar

I’d like to see a prequel to Jerome Bixby’s ‘The Man From Earth’.

evil2's avatar

i was watching the incredibles with my kids and thought that this would be a good movie for a sequel

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