Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.
Before I begin, I want to really emphasize the last eight words of the “There Should Be a Sequel” rubric: no matter how unlikely the idea really is. The possibility of a Crossroads sequel is a sky-high impossibility. Released in February 2002, the film was essentially a feature-length advertisement for Britney Spears at what was — in cruel hindsight — the peak of her golden age. (She broke up with Justin Timberlake that summer; her next album, In the Zone, ushered in the the new era of Weird Britney; by mid-2004, she was twice-married.)
The film is a Spears nice-girl hagiography that was already unbelievable in 2002. Eleven years later, Spears is simultaneously incredibly successful and a non-entity, her post-meltdown persona hyper-controlled and well-manicured. Spears’ one venture into public was a stint as an X Factor host, which was notable mainly for how un-notable it was. It’s hard to imagine her starring in a movie. Hell, the whole paradigm of pop stars starring in movies seems old-fashioned in our media era. Also, by almost every scientific metric available to our species, we can agree that Crossroads was pretty terrible.
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