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Top 12 Movies That Need Sequels

words by Kevin Munley
02.08.2014

Nobody asked for movies like Blues Brothers 2000, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, or Son of the Mask. But sometimes, movie execs have to strike while the iron is hot, and if they can milk several million dollars more out of an established film franchise, then it shall be done.

But what about those potentially amazing movie sequels that go unmade? Here are a dozen movies that deserve to be followed up.

Short Circuit and Short Circuit 2

Short Circuit

Trilogies are so nice. From vampires to space invaders, every movie needs to fit into a succinct three-part arc. I would prefer if even porn came bundled in narratives of three parts, each lasting five minutes.

Johnny 5’s journey to be a real boy was never sufficiently tied up. True, he became a gold-plated US citizen, but Johnny 5 was originally created as war technology — his ability to be a smart-talking, ass-kicking GoBot needs to be fully realized in Short Circuit 3.

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump

I’m sure Hollywood has considered this already: Tom Hanks could return as Forrest, who would offer his special views on all the technological updates and historical happenings of the past two decades. He could go to war with Al-Qaeda, sell his stock in Apple before the release of the first iPad, and hang out with Bubba’s daughter in the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina. After surviving this disaster, Gump meets George W. Bush at the White House, and an unlikely friendship develops.

This movie writes itself. Do I envision another Oscar for Hanks?

Schindler’s List

Schindler's List

Why is every Holocaust movie about World War II? Why can’t there be Nazis in space? Plus, Spielberg’s sci-fi films kick ass: Minority Report, A.I., and Amistad are all classics.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Considering the popularity of “CSI” and modern detective shows, I say bring back Bob Hoskins and the rabbit. Add in the capabilities of modern DNA evidence collection and a hardened and dirty cop played by Ice Cube, and you’ve got another family classic on your hands.

Tommy Boy

Tommy Boy

This one would be difficult, but I don’t think you need Chris Farley to pull this off. I mean, everyone loves David Spade, and I have full confidence in him to carry this movie himself. Also, you could cast the Toronto mayor if worse comes to worst, and make the movie about Detroit’s recent auto industry/heroin problems.


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  • Anthony Carlyle

    Saw has multiple sequels…so does Paranormal Activity…

    • Mike Shirley

      Is joke, yes?

  • The Mighty Pathos

    I know this is a joke but 9/11 killed a Forrest Gump sequel. They were planning to wait 10 years then do a sequel where Forrest goes through those 10 years but after 9/11, they knew there was no way to avoid addressing it but also no way to have Forrest experience it in his charming, innocent way. So in that case, the terrorists won.

  • 19842012

    I would like a Tommy Boy sequel. I think Kevin James could be very convincing as a grown up, more mature Tom. Bring back Richard and with Zalinsky looking for revenge maybe – it would be a hit with a good story.