When we go to the movies, deep inside of us, there's a great desire to be surprised, drawn in by the story we have bought a ticket for. And, if everything goes according to our plan, the film becomes one of our recent favorites almost instantly. That's cool right? Lots of times, the chat after the screening rises the inevitable question: Are they gonna make the sequel? And in these days, probably the answer is always a big "yes!".
But years come and go and the expected sequel never arrived, and then you do your research and find out that the only person who loved the film was... you. So, the feeling of knowing you will never see the characters again, or that you'll never be back in that plot one more time is quite awful.
As moviegoers we all are, now we get there are 2 elements that will ensure the sequel: numbers at the box-office and critical response. But in that order, the first one is way more important than the second. It may be a 2-of-5 stars movie, but if sells tickets, it's worth giving another try.
So, today my article is going to focus on the movies that had enough plot cliffhangers that could have been detonators for second chapters, chapters we'll never watch in the big screens. Maybe it was for a reason why we never got to see them, but remembering is a good way to heal our pain a little bit.
Are they making it? Gareth Edward's Godzilla killed the chances.
Do we want to watch it? Hell yeah!
Why we wanna buy the ticket: Back in the days when the name "J.J Abrams" featured in any credits scene was a guarantee we were bout to watch something with the artistic level of Lost, Matt Reeves directed the idea of creating the "american Godzilla". Using the popular found-footage, in January of 2008, Bad Robot brought us Cloverfield, an interesting film that got mixed critics and regular numbers at the box office. Despite all the bad comments, I have always believed this was a nice try to make a new kind of movies where the plot could be explored by creating a extended experience using YouTube videos and fake internet sites. Just imagine how it would work now when we have all the social networks at our disposal.
Some months after the release, and when we all knew about the crazy audio at the end of the credits ("It's still alive!"), there was the beginning of some rumours about a project called Aladygma, what was supposed to be Colverfield's sequel. Eventually, we found out Aladygma was just a viral game with no defined purpose.
Matt Reeves has declared he's ready to make a sequel, and Bryan Burke (producer) has even played with the idea of viewing the disaster one more time but from the angle of another camera, "just imagine how many people would record something like that", he said.
Are they making it? There is an unfinished draft, but no more.
Do we want to watch it? Yep.
Why we wanna buy the ticket: The apprentice of Peter Jackson made a big, explosive and awesome debut in Hollywood by directing District 9, a movie that showed us that making a sci-fi film is possible without using clichés. Taking for inspiration the Apartheid, Blomkamp makes an exceptional work using serious social issues and applying them into the plot.
If you remember, Christopher (the alien), makes the promise to Wikus that he will comeback to help him become human again, but he needs to get to his ship and make somethings before. The heartbreaking ending makes the audience feel the need to believe that someday, Christopher will accomplish his promise.
Will he ever comeback? I don't think so. Blomkamp has already headed to other projects and the recent release of Elysium did not help a lot.
Are they making it? There's a recent rumour of a shared movie with The Flash in the new DC universe directed by Zack Snyder.
Do we want to watch it? As long as Ryan Reynolds isn't in there.
Why we wanna buy the ticket: Ok, it's obvious Ryan Reynolds will NEVER comeback as Hal Jordan and will NEVER join Cavill & Affleck in the Snyder's universe, but we cannot deny the idea of having Sinestro as the main villain in the sequel was not bad.
This kind of movie belongs to a tiny group of movies that start as potential sagas and through years, become imminent reboots. Man, why did Campbell choose Parallax over Sinestro?!
Are they making it? Announced at first, but Refn and Gosling have denied their involvement. Never.
Do we want to watch it? Yes, but deep inside of us we know it's a story that has already concluded.
Why we wanna buy the ticket: I have to say this film is in my Top 5 of cinema history, and I know a lot of movie geeks became fans of Refn after watching this work that will become cult in years to come. The music, the cinematography, the performances and the aesthetics make this movie a brilliant piece of drama and romance.
However, and like many films today, the script is based on a book written by James Sallis, who also published the sequel: Driven. Here, our beloved character would revenge the death of his wife, in his very particular style. I know it would kind of a sin if a filmmaker dares to take this sequel to the big screens, but just imagine for one second that it does happen in the future. We would an older, darker and dirtier Ryan Gosling, playing again this very complex character, with the new music of Electric Youth. Remake the final Drive scene with "Innocence" and it's pure magic.
Sherlock Holmes 3
Are they making it? In the Maximum Movie Mode of A Game Of Shadows BD, Robert Downey Jr. says he's been working on some ideas for the third part.
Do we want to watch it? No.
Why we wouldn't buy the ticket: Let's say Guy Ritchie wasn't as accurate in the sequel as he was in the forst one. Yes, A Game of Shadows was funny, entertaining and technicly well-done, but the sales at the box-office were weak and story was a bit predictible. For me, the worst creative choose Ritchie made was killing Irene Adler, whose chemistry with Downey's Sherlock was excellent. However, this movi arrived in a post-Benedict Cumberbatch age, so even when Downey is a genius, it's simple: Cumberbatch is way better than him playing Sherlock Holmes.
Who plays your favorite Sherlock?
BBC's version is clever, more intriguing and more exciting. In time, the situation of having 3 different Sherlocks (there's Elementary) won't last and only one will become the favorite, and we know which one is the best... right?
What other sequels are you expecting, and are not gonna be released? Comment & share dear readers!