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There Should Be A(nother) Sequel: 'National Treasure'


Confession: I think Nicolas Cage is a great actor. And not just because of Oscar-quality performances like those in Adaptation and Leaving Las Vegas. No, the movie that introduced me to Cage’s gifts was National Treasure. And while Cage did return to the big screen for a sequel, the series deserves to become an even bigger franchise.

The National Treasure movies were made in the wake of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, an immensely popular, thrilling, if not particularly well-written novel about conspiracy theories and mini-art history lessons. National Treasure is the American Da Vinci Code—and also much better than the actual Da Vinci Code movie, which opted for drab humorlessness instead of embracing its inherently silly premise.

National Treasure, on the other hand, is in love with its own silly premise. Basically, Cage follows a trail of clues across historical America, trying to find a treasure the founding fathers hid during the Revolutionary War. He needs to get it before the bad guys, who have more sinister plans than donating it to a museum, do. It’s everything you can want from an action movie: witty, reasonably well-crafted, and starring Nicolas Cage. READ FULL STORY

There Should Be a Sequel: 'Hocus Pocus'

For me, the beginning of fall kicks off a number of events, from apple picking and pumpkin carving to boot-wearing, and of course, ABC Family’s “13 Nights of Halloween.” However, there’s only ever one Halloween movie I have to watch every year: Hocus Pocus (with a possible serving of Halloweentown on the side). The story of the Sanderson sisters, complete with Sarah Jessica Parker’s singing and Bette Middler’s everything, is too much fun to pass up. So when I sat down to watch Hocus Pocus a few nights ago, I realized something. Why hasn’t there been a sequel?

For one, there aren’t enough fun Halloween movies, which might be one reason why the ABC Family marathon is only 13 nights as opposed to its “25 Days of Christmas.” And Hocus Pocus‘ ending is practically begging for a sequel. After the Sanderson sisters explode into the night and Thackery Binx returns to his human form and joins his sister in heaven, the camera cuts to the sisters’ book, a.k.a the living grimoire made out of human skin and featuring a human eye. Just before the credits roll, the grimoire opens it eye. So sure, the sisters might be gone, but their magic is still alive inside that creepy book!

There Should Be a Sequel: Britney Spears' 'Crossroads'

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.

There Should Be a Sequel: 'The Truman Show'

Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.

Fifteen years ago, The Truman Show felt like science fiction. In 1998, the conceit — that a man who, unbeknownst to him, has been living in a giant Hollywood set so that his entire existence could provide easy entertainment for the masses — read like a paranoid fantasy. Bold and imaginative, with just the right balance of the far-fetched and the familiar, it felt like it would’ve been a good fit for The Twilight Zone. Today, it’d be a good fit for Discovery Channel: the idea that millions of Americans would raptly devour a nonstop broadcast of an unexceptional person’s daily life is a given in this post-Snookie age.

Which is why I demand there be a sequel. The universe brought to life by director Peter Weir and writer Andrew Niccol satirized reality TV and social media before most people had even thought of such word combinations. The Truman Show can even claim its very own mental disorder. Imagine where the story could take us now. Besides, Jim Carrey’s already revisiting another of his ’90s masterpieces — why not add this one to the mix?


There Should Be a Sequel: 'Coming to America'

Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.

Throughout his life, Coming to America‘s Prince Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy) has had it all. The finest clothes, cuisine, and women were at his fingertips — but Akeem wanted something more.

At a pivotal moment in his young adult life, on the evening of his 21st birthday, Prince Akeem reaches a turning point. Tired of having it the easy way and wanting to make his own decisions in his romantic life, Akeem confronts his father, King Jaffe (James Earl Jones), tricking him into thinking he wants to go to the United States to sow his royal oats, when really, he wants to find love on his own terms. Traveling with servant Semmi (Arsenio Hall) to America in search of a woman who would love and appreciate him for more than hus status, the pair reached the land of opportunity and hit the heart of the slums circa 1988 in Queens. They rent an apartment in Jamaica and pick up the day-to-day duties of regular Americans with full-time jobs at McDowell’s (not McDonald’s), all while Akeem searches for his soul mate.

That soul mate turns out to be Lisa (Shari Headley), the daughter of his boss Cleo McDowell, and the movie ends with the couple getting married and assuming the throne of Zamunda.

Fast-forward 25 years later, and what should the plot be of a sequel for this classic movie?

There Should Be a Sequel: 'Mystery Men'

Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.

Mystery Men is one of those movies that you either really love or you really loathe. For me, it’s the former. The hilarious, over-the-top, ridiculous, so-stupid-it’s-funny comedy revolves around Champion City and the not-so-super superheroes that walk its streets. You see, when Greg Kinnear’s Captain Amazing finds himself out of worthy adversaries, he uses his billionaire alter ego to try and get the city’s biggest villain, Casanova Frankenstein (Geoffrey Rush) released from the insane asylum he once worked so hard to put him in. Long story short, Frankenstein reunites with Tony P and the Disco Boys to blow up the insane asylum and kidnap Captain Amazing. He then starts his plan to use a reality-bending “Psycho-frakulator” on the rest of the city.

However, the superhero threesome of Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller), Shoveler (William H. Macy), and The Blue Raja (Hank Azaria) decide it’s up to them to rescue Amazing and save the city, so they begin assembling a team. Joining them is Spleen (Paul Reubens), Invisible Boy (Kel Mitchell), and The Bowler (Janeane Garofalo). The team then enlists Sphinx (Wes Studi) and mad scientist Dr. Heller (Tom Waits) to prepare them for battle. They somehow end up saving the day. But that’s not the important part. The important part is that this movie unites Kel Mitchell (of Kenan & Kel fame) with the likes of Hank Azaria and Geoffrey Rush. Does it get any better? See for yourself in the film’s 1999 trailer below: READ FULL STORY

There Should Be A Sequel: 'Rat Race'

Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.

I was a very serious child, and I often found myself confused about what I was supposed to do in public scenarios. For example: I thought you weren’t supposed to scream on roller coasters — you should see that photo — and you weren’t supposed to laugh out loud in movie theaters — there’s no photo of that, sorry. Why did I think this? I have no idea, especially because I come from a family of very loud screamers and even louder laughers (new word alert!). Perhaps I was rebelling? Or I’ll just use the I-didn’t-know-any-better excuse. Either way, the first movie to not only force me to crack a smile but to make me absolutely hysterical was some “stupid movie I didn’t even want to see.” And I give you Rat Race. READ FULL STORY

There Should Be a Sequel: 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.

Wes Anderson doesn’t do actual sequels. He just doesn’t. He and his partners create intricately imagined idiosyncratic worlds and contained stories that function on their own. They don’t need origins or postscripts. And I truly wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t want to see those brothers take a trip to Macau or Duluth. I don’t care what Margot and Richie and Chas do for Thanksgiving 10 years later. And I really don’t want to find out that Max Fischer took a bleak marketing job somewhere down the line.

But I would like to see Suzy Bishop and Sam Shakusky, the violent, angry, misunderstood heroes of Moonrise Kingdom, take another adventure. Bear with me?

There Should Be a Sequel: 'My Best Friend's Wedding'

Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.

After 1997’s My Best Friend’s Wedding grossed $127 million at the domestic box office, there was talk of a sequel. After all, did we really think sports writer Michael (Dermot Mulroney) and young, tone-deaf Kimmy (Cameron Diaz) were going to last, even if restaurant critic Julianne (Julia Roberts) conceded defeat and loaned the couple her song with Michael for their wedding dance? No! A quick Google search shows producer Jerry Zucker being quoted in 2001 saying that one idea bandied about was, in fact, My Best Friend’s Divorce, which would find Michael and Kimmy on the rocks and Julianne having to decide whether to stage another coup. “It seemed like a contrived way to get those people together again. … We cared too much about the original story to ruin it,” he said.

There Should Be A Sequel: 'Matilda'

Everyone’s got that favorite childhood film — maybe even the tattered VHS version stowed away in your parents’ basement —  that you could watch over and over again, even though you didn’t necessarily understand all the jokes or adult character dialogue. It’s that one film where the imagery sticks like fly paper to your brain and affirms some special truth you believed about your kidself. For me, that film is 1996’s Matilda, directed by Danny DeVito, starring Mara Wilson, Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, and also DeVito, and based on the Roald Dahl novel.

Much like (and even pre-dating) another kid-with-special-powers, Matilda is a little girl with a big brain and an even bigger love of books. Oh, and she’s also telekinetic. But she uses her mind power for good — to right the wrongs of all the evil adults in her life.

In the beginning, Danny DeVito narrates and perfectly sets up the film’s ethos: “Everyone is born, but not everyone is born the same. Some will grow to be butchers, or bakers, or candlestick makers. Some will only be really good at making Jell-O salad. One way or another, though, every human being is unique, for better or for worse. “

Matilda was my hero growing up, and I’m sure she was a favorite with little ones who loved reading books larger than their body frames, shy kids, introverts, and anyone who felt like an outcast in their families/communities.

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