While it almost feels that every second film in theaters at the moment are either sequels or remakes, the idea of "the sequel" was still largely popular way before 2010. In fact, some of your favorite films probably had returns planned, so here is my list of six movie sequels that thankfully never happened.
1. 'E.T. 2: Nocturnal Fears'
After the explosive hit of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, director Steven Spielberg and writer Melissa Mathison started working on a sequel immediately. The film would have followed the original kids being chased by evil, carnivorous aliens, eventually being saved by E.T. himself. You can read the original story treatment here. While lacking E.T. for the most part, this sounds pretty dark, weird and completely unnecessary.
2. 'Mrs. Doubtfire 2'
The film was set to follow Robin Williams dressing up again and following his daughter to college to spy on her. Firstly, that's creepy as hell and secondly, Williams hated the idea so much that the writer was fired. Thank God for that.
3. 'The Breakfast Club 2'
In all honestly, this idea is rather interesting. Director and writer John Hughes was very keen to do a sequel but wanted to have a time jump in both the film and real life, with the idea to begin filming 10 years later and also setting the film 10 years into the future. The idea was eventually canned, partially due to the difficulties attached to organizing the time jump. I think it would have been rather depressing, though, seeing the former cool kids talk about unemployment and jail.
Start to finish, Se7en is one of those rare cohesive stories that demanded no sequels or follow-up. While the ending had me angry, it was nonetheless complete. Of course, a sequel was planned, but director David Fincher despised the idea — telling a New York audience:
"I have less interest in that than having cigarettes put out in my eyes."
Yikes. Dude doesn't like the idea. Rightfully so, as the concept was to give Morgan Freeman's character clairvoyant abilities. OK, now I get it. Yeah, I would rather put cigarettes out in my eyes as well.
5. 'Forrest Gump 2: Gump & Co.'
Just so you're aware, Forrest Gump is one of my favorite films of all time. Which is why this makes me particularly angry. Even though the character experienced more than any other person will ever experience in a lifetime, a sequel script was still ordered. It supposedly would have followed Gump through the '80s and '90s. Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump himself, said it would have just been a repeat. Yeah no shit, Hanks, thanks for shutting it down anyway.
6. 'Ferris Bueller 2: Another Day Off'
Budding screenplay writer Rick Rapier was trying to sell the film for a while, but joyously there were no buyers. It would have followed a 40-year-old Ferris taking a day off work. I don't know about you, but drowning myself sounds less depressing than seeing my childhood hero desperately trying to ditch work to gain some thrills.
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