Sequels and remakes have been popping up left, right and centre over the last few months, with the forthcoming release of films like Toy Story 4 and The Lion King.
Here at Indie88, we wanted to highlight some movies that promised us a sequel, whether through a quote from a director or a post-credit scene, but never delivered. From The Breakfast Club: Ten Years Later to Mrs. Doubtfire 2, there have been tons of disappointments when it comes to a lack of sequels over the years.
Check out some promised film sequels that never happened below.
The Breakfast Club: 10 Years Later
Although a sequel was never made for the hit 1985 film, director John Hughes frequently expressed an interest in revisiting his legendary characters that made up The Breakfast Club. Allegedly, Hughes hoped to catch up with the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess, and the criminal ten years after the original flick, but eventually lost interest in the project. “There’s no excuse that could ever put them in the same room ever again,” Hughes told the Hartford Courant. “There isn’t anything in their lives after high school relevant to that day.”
Napoleon Dynamite 2
Indie comedy film Napoleon Dynamite swept its way through pop culture upon its release in 2004, with its quirky script and easily quotable lines. Reportedly, there were plans for a sequel after the movie was so well received, and even John Heder, who plays Napoleon, was on board. Unfortunately, director Jared Hess was unconvinced of the value of a sequel, so instead of creating another film, they created the 2012 animated, six episode long television show, Napoleon Dynamite.
The creators of Elf were originally interested in creating a second installment of the beloved Christmas film, but lead actor Will Ferrell turned down the $29 million opportunity. “Twenty-nine million [dollars] does seem [like] a lot of money for a guy to wear tights, but it’s what the marketplace will bear,” Ferrell explained to The Guardian. He went on to reveal that the money wasn’t worth being involved in a project that flopped or that he wasn’t proud of, so it looks like we can’t expect another adventure past the sea of swirly-twirly gum drops anytime soon.
Warner Brothers’ Green Lantern was a failed attempt at launching into DC’s Extended Universe, despite casting the widely loved actor, Ryan Reynolds. Critics tore the film apart upon release, from complaining about the convoluted story line to the lack of consistency in the flick, so it was pretty unfortunate that the film had already set up the opportunity for a sequel. In the post-credit sequence of Green Lantern, Sinestro wears his yellow ring and tells the audience directly that he’d be the villain for the film’s sequel. Due to the movie’s critical box office performance, that was scrapped, but they do have a Green Lantern reboot in the works, expected to arrive in 2020.
I Am Legend 2
The death of Will Smith’s character at the end of I Am Legend made it clear that there would be no sequels to the highly acclaimed 2007 movie. However, in 2008, director Francis Lawrence did reveal that he hoped to create a prequel, with Smith reprising his role of Dr. Robert Nevelle. Unfortunately, in May 2011, Lawrence shut down all rumours about a potential prequel, revealing that there would only be one I Am Legend.
This one could be a little premature, but last year’s Tomb Raider reboot, featuring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, flopped at the box office. The film didn’t exactly excite critics either, but it did pull a large draw overseas, which means a sequel could still be in the works. They certainly made an effort to set up the option for a sequel considering after she saves the world and escapes the tomb, Lara discovers that her father’s business partner had been evil all along. Additionally, the post-credit scene shows Lara holding two guns, hinting at yet another Tomb Raider flick.
Kill Bill 3
Despite the franchise’s huge success after making more than $120 million in the box office, we haven’t heard wind of a new installment in the Kill Bill series, except for a brief mentioning of the idea from director Quentin Tarantino. “Initially I was thinking [Kill Bill] would be my ‘Dollars’ trilogy,” Tarantino explained in an interview with EW. “But I need at least 15 years before I do this again. Uma won’t be the star, though she’ll be in it. The star will be Vernita Green’s daughter, Nikki…It’s exciting to know that somewhere there’s a little girl who’ll grow up to be my leading lady.”
Mrs. Doubtfire 2
In 2001, Bonnie Hunt, who is known for her voice work in Toy Story 3, was trying to develop a second film in the Mrs. Doubtfire series. Lead actor Robin Williams was open to another flick in the franchise, but asserted that the script needed to be spot on if he were to pursue the opportunity. Unfortunately, despite numerous attempts by Hunt, they were unable to convince Williams to reprise the role, so it looks like the original Mrs. Doubtfire is all we’ve got.
E.T. 2: Nocturnal Fears
Just one month after the release of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released, Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison crafted a concept for a follow-up flick due to the unexpected box office earnings. Allegedly, the pair were going to turn the family-friendly series to the dark side by making the aliens carnivorous, but Spielberg quickly realized that it wouldn’t work. “Sequels can be very dangerous because they compromise your truth as an artist,” Spielberg explained, according to NBC. “I think a sequel to E.T. would do nothing but rob the original of its virginity. People only remember the latest episode, while the pilot tarnishes.”