In the world of movies we’re sometimes promised a sequel, especially at the end of a comedy. It’s happened time and time again… they promise a sequel but they were just kidding. HA! Funny joke.
Sure there are tons of instances where sequels are actually announced by a director or writer or studio and then nothing happens. Or a sequel is started and then falls flat and nothing ever comes of it. Like in the case of Sleepaway Camp 4: The Survivor, where scenes were filmed but the filmmakers went bankrupt before they were done, so someone else pieced the filmed scenes together and released it as a shitty, half-assed movie. Or the star who originally green-lights it drops out because he’s an idiot, like with Dumb & Dumber 2.
Lately I’ve heard of a few different sequels that ACTUALLY HAPPENED… sort of… It pisses me off because it was like, we got more of what we all seemed to want, but not entirely. It’s kind of like wanting to eat some pizza and someone gives you some pizza flavored Combos.
Here are a few movies that gave the fans what they wanted. Kinda sorta…
Zombieland was a hit, but I’ve found that almost everybody either absolutely loved it or absolutely hated it. There was no middle ground. Either way, it was a “hit” by definition (it made a lot of money) and a highly anticipated sequel was definitely going to happen. Original cast was back, sans Bill Murray, original writers were back, and a release date was announced. That previous sentence could have been nothing more than rumor, but I recall seeing it online at some point, so take from that what you will.
And then it became a TV show instead. Exclusively on Amazon. And it failed horribly.
Up until now I thought the first season had been done, but it didn’t even make it that far. The pilot episode is all viewers got, and that one episode got so much hate from fans of the movie that Amazon pulled the plug on the TV show. Apparently the comedy was lacking, as was the makeup on the zombies. Also a new cast that just couldn’t quite fill the shoes of the original cast.
Want to see that one episode on Amazon? Tough shit, they pulled it too.
A sequel is something that technically could still happen, but it most likely won’t. Don’t hold your breath.
Big Trouble In Little China 2
One of the greatest movies of all time left us with an epic ending that guaranteed the story was going to continue. And then it didn’t. And then it continued to not happen. And now? No, it’s still not happening.
Except that it DID happen. Sort of. In comic book form.
A lot of good reviews for this independently done comic, in addition to what appears to be great art and a good follow up storyline make this a worthy sequel. There are a couple comics in this series, so check them out. I will be soon.
Just like with Airplane!: The Sequel, National Lampoons: Loaded Weapon 1 and even History Of The World Part 1, there are tons of comedies that promise a sequel as a joke, as I previously mentioned. Spaceballs was the second movie (in a row) by comedy god Mel Brooks to promise a sequel, this one being Spaceballs 2: The Search For More Money (as said in the movie, who knows if that would have been the actual title).
It was a joke, yet fans wanted it. Don’t tell us that shit if you’re not going to actually make it. Well, finally in 2008 fans got what they wanted. Sort of. Enter, Spaceballs: The Animated Series.
I got through the first episode, saw that it was basically a 30 minute retelling of the movie and didn’t bother watching anymore episodes. Apparently the show wasn’t much of a hit either, lasting only one season.
As far as Mel Brooks goes, he has another movie in the works (apparently) but who knows if we’ll actually see his genius again on screen.
Beverly Hills Cop 4
Remember back when Eddie Murphy was a funny motherfucker? Back when Beverly Hills Cop’s 1 and 2 came out? There was also a third movie that I like to a degree, but it doesn’t top the first two, and that’s why we’ve waited for-fucking-ever to get a fourth.
Eddie recently signed on for a sequel and then they decided to make it a TV show about Axel Foley’s son. No network bought it so even that isn’t going to happen. Holy shit, thanks for nothing.
Except that this entry is sort of misleading in this blog piece. Because recent news suggests that an actual movie, a real life part 4 might actually still happen. Apparently the pilot for the TV show tested so well that the studio’s interest in an actual movie has peaked.
Here’s to hoping. I’ve about had it with all of these broken promises.