Make a case for movie sequels that wouldn't suck!

Shaunofthedead_lMovie sequels are often the cinematic equivalent of New Coke. But Jeff Labrecque’s recent gallery, "25 Movie Sequels We’d Line Up to See," got me thinking about other never-been-made part deuxs with real potential. While some might argue that Shaun of the Dead had the perfect little wrap-up, I’d love to see Edgar Wright toy with the conventions of a horror sequel. Surely the undead wouldn’t stand for an unlifetime of appearances on game shows–sounds like hell on earth to me. And how has the friendship between Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) survived when Ed himself didn’t? The buds have got to have issues. (Talk of a follow-up to the "rom zom com," jokingly titled From Dusk Till Shaun, bubbled up online, but Wright and Pegg have said it’s never gonna happen. Fans of their work can, however, console themselves with this.)

Now it’s your turn to play producer: If you ran Hollywood, what movie sequel would you greenlight, and what kind of plot would it have? Give it your best shot–your response could appear on the Feedback page in the next issue of Entertainment Weekly.

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  • John

    A sequel to Independence Day would be nice.

  • LisaM

    Children of Men. What happens after that boat picks up Kee? Does her baby unite humanity? Will more moms get pregnant? The movie was way too open-ended.

  • mscisluv

    Too funny – the first two movies I thought of were Independence Day and Children of Men. Other P-Dubbers are after my own heart.

  • Rachel K

    I would green light a sequel to Serenity. Who doesn’t want to explore what happens between Mal and Inara, or if Kaylee and Simon can make it work or, if Zoe finds love again? I know it wouldn’t be the same without Wash but a couple of flashbacks might make it easier to deal with him gone. The plot would involve smuggling for the good of the people of course and possibly trying to help the Reavers find their way back to sanity. It wasn’t their fault after all that they went all crazy and homicidal.

  • jill

    The X-Files 3. A movie to tie up the alien invasion plot line that has Mulder and Scully save humanity AND fornicate. Whether or not you liked I Want to Believe, X-Files 3 has real potential if they hired good, old school X-Files writers.

  • M

    Office Space 2–Back in the Cubicle
    Peter learns his quixotic quest for career fulfillment has come to naught, goes back to Initech, and we get 90 more minutes of Mike Judge joking on the white collar world

  • Steph

    I know this isn’t the correct blog to be posting this, but I don’t know where else to vent! I just read the 25 Best Cult Classic Movie list – Great job – BUT – How could you leave out, IMO, the greatest cult classic ever – TREMORS!! Seriously, remember:
    “Broke into the wrong GD Rec Room didn’t you, you bastard!” – a la Mr. Keaton, or all of Kevin Bacon’s gems:
    “Good morning Mr. Bassett, this is your wake up call. Please move your a**.”
    “That’s how they git you. They’re under the GD ground!”
    I love that movie!

  • Bill N.

    It has been brought up by someone at your magazine before, and I keep waiting for it to be talked about again, so here I go: We need a return to Grosse Point Blank. That character would be coming up on his 25 year reunion at this point, and it’s been 15 years since he got the girl and gave up killing people. What happens when he’s dragged back into his business? Does he still have the girl? Have his former school buddies finally grown up? And how did Paul deal with the realization that he helped his former school friend dump a body into the furnace? All worthwhile questions. And with that cast, it would be a great time.

  • Snarf

    More Incredibles – The Incredibles 2
    Voilet comes under the spell of a popular jock at High School with dark purposes (think Sylar from Heroes but slighly less Homicidal) meanwhile her parents are finding it hard to live as aging “supers”

  • Torin

    I’ve always been interested in seeing sequels to movies that took place in one day: One Fine Day, Dazed and Confused, Friday (keep reading), and Clerks (keep reading) to see exactly what happened the next day or in the case of Dazed and Confused, what happened when the new school year started.
    Big Trouble in Little China: to see what kind of trouble Jack Burton can get into (new location TBD).

  • Al Fredo

    Definitely Forrest Gump. I know there is a novel sequel (although I think it’s crappy, much like the first novel). The sequel would pick up from the early 80′s to the present, with a focus on little Forrest’s growth against the standard backdrop of real world events.

  • JJ

    I agree in the EW review with the Incredibles and Master and Commander (Casablanca? No way). I would also suggest Sideways; I read where the was a possible sequel in the works, where Jack falls on hard times and Miles experiences some success.

  • Jim

    How about Labyrinth? I’d like to see Jennifer Connelly return to that world.

  • Rich

    I’m surprised the obvious hasn’t been mentioned. George Lucas should do what he should have done in the first place: make a sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy. The original actors (Hamill, Fisher, Ford) would reprise their roles as “elder statesmen and women” and bring aboard the next generation of Jedi and Sith. Of course, in order for this to work, Lucas would have to hand the project to someone like Guillermo del Toro or the Wachowski brothers …and then stay the heck away from it.

  • Melinda65

    Rachel K beat me to voting for a Serenity sequel, but it really had (has?) the potential to be a great franchise. I want to know more about Inara’s past (and see her and Mal’s relationship evolve) and would really love to know more about Shepherd Book.
    I would have loved to have seen episodes 7-9 of Star Wars that George Lucas supposedly had planned out, but that was before he apparently lost his creative genius (and the original actors aged out of the roles.)

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