When I created my two very popular Sacred Movies lists, the feedback I got was people hate remakes and sequels. I may be with the public on the remake argument, but I do love sequels. In fact two of my favorite movies (The Empire Strikes Back and Aliens) are both sequels. If it’s a great story with infinite potential, why not keep revisiting the characters we love. I know there are many sequels that were disasters including The Boondock Saints 2, Sex and the City 2 and worst of all Weekend at Bernie’s 2, but there are numerous titles that are better than the original. Superman II, Terminator 2, The Two Towers, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Lethal Weapon 2, Spiderman 2 and X2 all improved on the original story. This got me thinking about movies we need sequels for. I’m not talking about a sequel that’s impossible to make like Point Break 2. Sorry folks, Swayze passed away and we all know Bodhi died riding that wave. I’m talking about a sequel that could have real potential to get made and be a success. Here are ‘The 4’ movies sequels that need to get made.
The Big Lebowskis
Now some may deem this Coen Brothers masterpiece as sacred, but there are too many laughs and ineptitude left on the table if you don’t make a sequel to The Big Lebowski. This is how I would make it. You set it in 2002 so Walter(John Goodman) is in full-blown 9/11 paranoia which could create some awkward and uncomfortable laughs. The Dude’s child could come into his life, forcing the laziest man in Los Angeles to shape up. You know Joel and Ethan Coen could come up with another crazy caper for the bowling buddies to get involved in. Plus I heard Tara Reid’s available.
Old School 2: Spring Break
This one is the easiest sequel to make. You pile Mitch, Beanie, and Frank the Tank into a van with the rest of the Alpha Epsilon Omega fraternity and head south for Spring Break. Once upon a time writer Scot Armstrong pitched this idea to the three major stars, but they rejected it. That’s back when the three leads were in demand, but that’s not the case anymore. Vince Vaughn has had a string of flops and Luke Wilson is probably begging for an Old School sequel. Will Ferrell could help restart the talk again if he is able to make audiences laugh again with his long-awaited sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues. So take off your earmuffs and lets head to Mitch A Palooza in Daytona Beach.
Inception 2: Purgatory
This a personal choice for me. I need to know if Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) walked back into the kitchen and saw that top still spinning on the table. There are many different theories concerning the conclusion to Inception. For me it’s very simple. The top was not his totem, it was his wife’s totem. Therefore it’s meaningless. Cobb was seeing what he wanted to see and not what was actually happening. So why not follow-up Inception with a sequel and find out that he’s actually still 10 levels down. Who knows? Maybe Christopher Nolan could bend our minds into thinking we are not in Cobb’s dream at all, but someone else’s dream they designed. I know Christopher Nolan is going to have his hands full trying to bring the DC Universe to the big screen in a grand fashion, but don’t forget about the dream weavers from Inception.
Unbreakable 2: Shattered Glass
Unbreakable was seen as a commercial disappointment when it was released in 2000. Audiences didn’t know what to think of the real world take on super heroes and some dubbed it as dark with no flash. What a bunch of idiots those people were. Unbreakable may have fallen short of expectations at the box office, but it ushered in the real life take on our beloved heroes in movies like The Dark Knight and on television with The CW’s hit show Arrow. M. Night Shyamalan had planned a trilogy with Bruce Willis’s unbreakable David Dunn battling it out with Sam Jackson’s Mr. Glass, but Disney chose not to pursue the story. Unbreakable is now seen as an underrated gem with legions of fans wanting more. So let’s hope Mr. Glass breaks out of prison and heads back to Philadelphia looking for his rival in the story he wants to create. Who knows? Maybe there are more special individuals like David Dunn out there yet to be discovered.