When we see a fantastic film, we have one of two reactions. The first possible reaction is that we instantly crave more of that story, and dream of the sequel to follow. The second is that we consider the film far too special to have a sequel, as it runs the risk of ruining the perfection of the original. There's no science to what defines whether or not a movie should get a sequel, and over the years, whether or not certain box office-breaking blockbusters should get sequels has been subject to widespread debate.
I've seen great films receive poor sequels (Anchorman), and with classics like Trainspotting primed to receive sequels, I think it's time we sat down and discussed which films should never get a second outing.
Over the years, the animation company #Pixar has garnered a reputation for creating fantastic films, with classics such as Toy Story, Monsters Inc. and The Incredibles on their roster. Their sequel game has been pretty mixed so far; on the one side, all the Toy Story sequels have been great, but the likes of Cars 2 and Monsters University have been pretty poor. Their current film schedule includes sequels to The Incredibles, Toy Story and Cars, but which movies shouldn't they return to? I propose Ratatouille.
I think Ratatouille is one of the most underrated Pixar movies to date. The film's pacing is masterful, and the beautiful score & gorgeous animation make this film is a classic. It may seem fun to imagine a sequel where Remy is a big-time chef who's at the top of his game in the culinary world, but that's far too predictable. The stand-alone movie is a great story of starting from nothing and making it to the top against the odds. Sure, a sequel would rake in the big bucks, but that doesn't justify a second outing for Remy & co.
Should Ratatouille get a sequel?
Christopher Nolan's 2010 epic, Inception, is often considered one of the best modern day block-busters, making us question absolutely everything while watching stunning visuals in a family-driven, compelling story. I've already done a full article on why we shouldn't get an Inception sequel, but I'm going to include it on this list purely because it's the movie I'm most passionate about not wanting a sequel for.
I believe this film works excellently as a stand-alone film, and we got an open-ended finale that leaves us pondering what actually happened to this day. A sequel would almost certainly take away from the mystery of Inception's ending.
This film brought some new, fresh ideas to the mainstream — I mean, we got visuals that were on par with Doctor Strange six years prior! The idea of being able to control your dreams is a goldmine — not to mention the idea of the idea of Inception itself has become a meme. Even the hit show Rick and Morty dedicated a whole episode to exploring this premise!
Should Inception get a sequel?
3. I Am Legend
The story of Robert Neville surviving a world-wide apocalypse with only his dog is one I'd loved ever since its 2008 release. I Am Legend — which mainly features Will Smith entirely alone on-screen — absolutely captivated me upon its release, and it's still one of my favorite films.
Rumors about an I Am Legend sequel have been circulating for years. It seemed like Warner Brothers were keen on a sequel after the success of the first film, but back in 2014, I Am Legend co-writer and producer Akiva Goldsman gave an update about those I Am Legend 2 rumours to the site io9:
Oh no no, [there was] never a movie. I mean, we wrote a prequel [and] a sequel. We had a really interesting prequel, which was the first outbreak of the virus, during a Thanksgiving Day parade, which was awesome. We did a really interesting prequel that [took place] later. Which was right after the first… really right when the population of of humans became pretty decimated. And it was this sort of trek to Washington. Which included a dark seeker elephant that had broken out of the zoo.
Although this idea might sound cool, I feel like any sort of sequel would have ruined the 'Legend' that was Robert Neville in I Am Legend.
Should I Am Legend get a sequel?
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4. Kick Ass
Kick-Ass was Deadpool before Deadpool was Deadpool. This 18+ superhero movie broke barriers that were never touched before. Raunchy comedy, gruesome fight scenes and a fantastic ending made Kick-Ass an instant classic. Fast forward 3 years after this movie, and we got a sub-par sequel. To put it into context, there is a 45% difference in score on Rotten Tomatoes between the first film and its sequel.
Rumors have been swirling about Kick-Ass 3 ever since the disappointing sequel hit theaters. Some of the cast have nay-sayed the idea, like Chloe Grace Moretz, who said she was finished with the franchise back in 2014:
“Sadly, I think I’m done with the character. Hit-Girl was a very cool character, but I don’t think there will be any more movies. You make these movies for the fanboys, but nowadays everyone seems to pirate them rather than watch them in the movie theater.”
On the other hand, we saw the director of the two films, Matthew Vaughn, speaking about how much he wants a Hit-Girl film only last year!
“We’re working on an idea for a prequel of how did Hit Girl and Big Daddy become Hit Girl and Big Daddy. If we make that, hopefully that will be the sorbet for the people that didn’t like ‘Kick-Ass 2’ and then we can go off and make ‘Kick-Ass 3.’ I think we’ve got to do this prequel to regain the love that we had with ‘Kick-Ass’.”
With all this in mind, I think Matthew Vaughan should cut his losses. Kick-Ass was a very special film that surprised us all and gave us a movie we'll never forget. Chloe Grace Moretz is much older now; the image of her cursing and wielding a gun simply doesn't hold the same comic potential any more. On the other hand, Vaughan's other franchise, Kinsgmen, has huge potential. I stay stick to that one Matthew, and leave Kick-Ass in peace.
Should Kick Ass get a sequel?
This heartwarming tale from 2008 is one of my favorite Pixar movies, and the thought of a sequel makes me cringe. Sure, they would make tons of money and the animation would be gorgeous, but I'm certain any idea for a sequel to this movie would only tarnish the epic that is Wall-E.
If you agree with me that this sequel should never happen, then you're in luck, because Pixar president Jim Morris told us why we wont get one while speaking to Entertainment Weekly:
Pete Docter [who directed Inside Out] has an original idea for his next film. Brad Bird, being the director of Ratatouille, is working on The Incredibles and we haven't really spoken about [a sequel to] that. And WALL-E is close to my heart since I produced it. It would be good to go back and visit that world and let everybody know that the humans actually survived again after getting back to their burnt-out planet. But that was really a love story that had its beginning, middle, and end, so we're not really planning any further stories in those worlds at this point.
But who knows? Money talks in Hollywood, and if another President comes into Disney, he might see potential in Wall-E 2.
Should we get a Wall-E sequel?
I sincerely hope that none of the movies on this list get (more) sequels. Every now and then, you come across a special film that doesn't need a sequel. Sometimes I really love a movie and I crave a sequel, but for me, the movies on this list should never be revisited. Now I'd love to know your choices!
Let me know in the comments your favorite movies that you hope never get a sequel.