5 Highly Anticipated Movie Sequels That Will Never Happen
If you really take a moment to think about it, you might realize a pretty apparent trend in modern Hollywood: a vast majority of any given year’s biggest films are sequels. Take this year, for instance: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 300: Rise of an Empire, The Raid 2: Berandal, X-Men: Days of Future Past, 22 Jump Street, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes….I could go on and on. Suffice to say, we live in a world in which a wide margin of films hitting theaters are sequels. But just like every other type of film out there, it’s not rare to see some sequels completely stall in development for various reasons, and never really come to fruition as intended…despite how much we sometimes want them to. Here are the five sequels that have been promised to us in the past few years, but will probably never happen anyways.
Let’s start off with the reason this list came to life in the first place…
Dr. Horrible 2
Ever since the acclaimed webseries/film/I don’t know what it is premiered back in July 2008, it feels like fans have been clamoring for another adventure with everyone’s favorite do-bader (is that a word? Fuck it, IT IS NOW.) And for about the same amount of time, Joss Whedon and the rest of the Horrible team (Jed Whedon, Zack Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen) have been talking up the possibility of a sequel. In fact, in 2010, Joss Whedon pretty much confirmed that a sequel was coming, saying that a plot had already been written out and that he and Jed had already started working on a couple of the songs. But a year later, it all changed when Joss landed his big gig director The Avengers—now he’s Marvel’s go to guy and, though it’s awesome to see the man in such a position of power, it seems to have come at the expense of Dr. Horrible 2. Yes, just a few days ago Zack said that the film will “exist” one day, but the main evidence he used to back up his claim is that a plot had been written out and a couple songs have been created—yup, the same thing Joss said four years ago. I want to see another Dr. Horrible project as much as the next guy, but I just can’t see how it could possibly happen considering the busy schedule of pretty much everyone involved. Then again, this is the guy who directed an adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing in his house with some friends over a long weekend. So maybe I shouldn’t be too fast to judge, huh?
Listen, I dug the hell out of the first Dredd film when it hit theaters back in 2012, and agree with pretty much everyone that it deserves to have a sequel. But I can’t imagine a universe where anyone gives director Pete Travis the money necessary to release the film—I mean, c’mon guys, the film was a huge bomb at the box office, grossing a rather pathetic $35 million off of a (pretty modest, all things considered) $50 million budget. You can cite DVD sales and what have you, but the pure economics of the situation is that no person out there is going to invest in a property that already proved itself to be a financial failure NOT ONCE, but twice (Stallone’s Judge Dredd didn’t do that well in theaters either back in the 90’s). So unless Travis finds another $50 million (hell, even $30 million) under his couch cushion or something, I would let this dream of a Dredd 2 fade away into the sunset before getting your hopes up about it.
The Incredibles 2
Ugh, this one breaks my heart to include on here, but every year this becomes more and more of a reality: no matter how much we desire a sequel to Brad Bird’s excellent The Incredibles, it’s highly likely we are ever going to get it. Brad Bird has moved on from animation it seems, what with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Tomorrowland, and Pixar will simply not move forward on the project without him (or, at the very least, his blessing.) On the hand that’s great, as it keeps Disney from milking the holy hell out of the property (as you imagine they would with a blockbuster superhero franchise), but on the other, it means we won’t get another peek at this wonderful universe until Brad Bird is good and ready to give it to us. And with the film’s ten year anniversary only a couple of months away, the possibility of him ever moving backwards is slipping by the day.
Zoolander was a bit of a passion project for Ben Stiller back when it came out in 2001, but it was far from a box office success (one of the many films to suffer after 9/11, opening just two weeks after the tragic event.) Still, it wasn’t a complete box office bomb, and Ben Stiller loves this character so much that he’ll do anything to give him another chance at the spotlight. Unfortunately, no one’s biting when it comes to Zoolander 2, as the actor has been struggling for the past decade or so to get the project off the ground. He has the script written and clearly wants to do it, but getting it made has been such an ordeal that I doubt things will magically turn around over night. And after The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, yeah, Stiller’s career ain’t doing so hot right now. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues manage to achieve the impossible and enter production, but something tells me Zoolander won’t be so lucky.
Ah yes finally, the grand daddy of all long in development sequels that, despite all odds, are somehow still chugging along. Ghostbusters 3 has been in development since the early 90’s, and especially intensified in the mid 2000’s when Dan Aykroyd, realizing he was out of m0ney, sought to basically will Ghostbusters 3 into existence. His efforts have mostly failed, primarily due to hesitance on the part of Bill Murray, who pretty much ignored the idea for the greater part of a decade. But finally a few years back he outright said he wouldn’t do the film, leading many to believe that would be the end of Ghostbusters 3. But Aykroyd continues to push forward as always and, though I ultimately doubt a Ghostbusters sequel involving him will EVER come to life, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if, in the next five years or so, Sony decides to reboot the fucker with an entirely new cast. I mean, who needs Harold Ramis anyways? Whatever the case, Ghostbusters 3 is the project that never dies, floating around as the mere disembodied entity of something that was once alive. Like a zombie or something.
Anyways, there you have it, the five sequels that everyone wants to see (or, at the very least, a lot of people want to see), but will probably never happen. For what it’s worth, I’ve been wrong about this stuff in the past—a couple years ago Dumb and Dumber To would have easily made it on this list, and now it’s coming out in just a few months. So I guess the moral of the story is this: if its based on an established property, Hollywood will never stop at least trying to profit off of it. Whether it goes anywhere, though, is often times a total crapshoot.