Hollywood has an extremely unhealthy habit of prioritizing quantity over quality. Because of this, we have smaller scale movies that turn out to be brilliant, but get no recognition, as well as bigger, more spectacle-based movies that lack any sense of intelligence and these films end up being the ones that get sequels. Today we're going to discuss 3 different films that, in my opinion, are very deserving of sequels, and why they will never happen. Here we go!
1. 'District 9'
- Directed by Neill Blomkamp
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 90%
- Nominated for 4 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Film Editing, Visual Effects, and Adapted Screenplay
Why It Was Great
District 9 is one of my favorite movies of all time, and even as I'm writing this, I want to stop and watch it again. This is arguable one of the best sci-fi films of all time and should be hailed as such. It puts together a thought-provoking premise perfectly with great characters, and Neill Blomkamp proved here that he has incredible potential as a director in Hollywood. This movie carries some political undertones that aren't preachy, but force you to put yourself in the character's shoes and think about what you would do in their positions. The action in this movie is also spectacular. With a very low budget, Blomkamp was able to put together some of the best action set pieces I've personally ever seen with incredibly seamless special effects work.
Why We Won't See A Sequel
Seeing as it's been six years since this movie was made and that Blomkamp has fallen a bit out of favor since Chappie was a flop, and Elysium wasn't the massive success many people thought it would be, it's very unlikely that we will see a followup to this masterpiece. Don't get me wrong, I have plenty of faith in Blomkamp as a director, but his films have decreased in quality since he started, so the big heads that hire him are sure to have a tighter leash on his work. Blomkamp is supposed to be developing a movie that will be in Ridley Scott's Alien franchise canon, but that is slated for a few years down the road, and seems to be Blomkamp's only work on the horizon for now. A District 9 follow up film seems very unlikely at this point.
- Directed by Pete Travis
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 78%
Why It Was Great
Dredd told a "day in the life" type story that involved Judge Dredd and a rookie Judge on a singular adventure. It contains a simple plot that doesn't require a whole lot of complexity from the writing. Dredd was headlined by an ego-less performance by Karl Urban as the titular character, who fans have embraced as the definitive version of the character. The budget for the movie was also fairly modest, but was used to its full extent to put together some of the best cinematography I've ever seen. There are certain slow motion scenes such as the following that really blew me away...
Why It Won't Get a Sequel
The movie just flat out didn't make very much money, and at the end of the day that is what the studios are worried about. As good as the movie may be, why would a studio spend millions on a movie that will barely make a profit? It's a simple business decision, nothing more. Cult films usually don't get sequels, and if they do, they're straight-to-DVD loads of garbage.
- Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
- Rotten Tomatoes score: 68%
Why It Was Great
Unbreakable put together the brilliant premise of "What if Superman was real but he didn't know it yet?" and Shyamalan did a superb job of translating that to film. This film puts together stellar performances in a movie that never really got recognition. Reception was a bit mixed but mostly positive in large part because of a misguided marketing campaign. Touchstone Pictures advertised this movie as a psychological thriller similar to The Sixth Sense. This was much to Shyamalan's dismay as that was not his intention at all. Regardless, this movie has garnered much respect, even being named one of Time Magazine's top 20 superhero films of all time.
Why It Won't Get A Sequel
Unbreakable is yet another film that has achieved cult status since its release. It is generally viewed as Shyamalan's most underrated work since he fell out of favor with Hollywood after a string of terrible movies, though he has rebounded with the recent The Visit, which got very positive reviews and was seen as a return to form for the director. Unfortunately, it has been about 16 years since the movie was released, and a sequel just doesn't make much sense now as it wasn't exactly a popular blockbuster which is why I believe that we will never see a follow up for this great film.