Reboots and remakes are the entire craze in Hollywood these days, mostly in the TV show business. For movies, they’re more into doing sequels—let’s face it, the last Fast & Furious story drew millions of fans to the cinema for the mere fact that it was Paul Walker’s last film.
There have been one Iron Man film too many, four Bring It On movies that didn’t bring it like it did the first one, and four Step Up sequels that didn’t really step it up past the hip-hop vibes. Also, just how many Bond films does the industry have to make before they cast a black man as 007?
There’s not much that we can say when Hollywood insists on making these stories over and over and over again, but here are movies from the ’90s that they really should have made sequels for.
The dark comedy and horror of Ravenous opened the concept of cannibalism in Native America, where the legend of the Wendigo showed a man consuming another man’s flesh to gain strength. By the end of the movie, most of the characters are not exactly doing well, which makes it difficult to bring back the original cast; however, the core concept can still be kept despite a different ensemble—that happens in other films like Final Destination and Saw, so why not?
While the end of the film does not leave too much for a sequel, there is some potential in Tracey Flick, whose fate is still unknown. She was last seen working for a congressman, but it’s still interesting to find out where her idealism will take her. A story about Tracey will seem like a darker version of Reese Witherspoon’s Legally Blonde, but if she can pull off a ditzy blonde, she can face the realities of life in Election 2—if and when the production company finally realizes a sequel would work out great for the character, especially if fans get to find out where she finally lands after all these years.
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
There have been a lot of versions of The Muppets since Treasure Island, but it’s always good to know where Long John Silver is by now. Would he be taking another young boy to his wing? Would Jim be a pirate? The possibilities are endless. Tim Curry probably can’t reprise his role anymore, but recasting and being able to explore the talent of other actors won’t be too difficult, considering the time jump between the two movies, if ever Muppet Treasure Island 2 could ever come in fruition. Also, if they can keep making Pirates of the Caribbean movies, which many will admit are already played out, so why can’t they make a pirate movie with the Muppets?
The Big Night (1996)
Until recently, films about food and cooking are not really part of mainstream Hollywood. Sure, Chef Gordon Ramsay made a lot of money from all his cooking shows, but when it comes to movies, things are a bit different, which is sad, considering how eating is a universal concept that everyone can relate to.
The Big Night is a film with fantastic cast, and while the premise is simple enough, it was the chemistry between characters that made it a standout. If anything else, bringing Stanley Tucci, Minnie Driver, and Isabella Rossellini together would be the best part about it.
Zero Effect (1998)
This Bill Pullman and Ben Stiller flick is like a modern-day version of Sherlock Holmes in Los Angeles, with Pullman as Holmes and Stiller as his loyal sidekick. Yes, the Sherlock series is overdone—what with Robert Downey Jr. making films out of it and Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller with their own TV shows. However, the dynamic between Pullman and Stiller made the the story good, and it could translate well to stories. Both actors haven’t aged too much since the film’s release either, so there’s no need for a recast. And if Stiller can go back to playing Zoolander, he can definitely go back to being a detective. Maybe soon.
There are a lot of great movies that should get their own sequels, if only Hollywood doesn’t have the tendency of making them badly. There are few movies whose sequels lived up to audiences’ expectations, which, come think of it, may be the reason these directors aren’t too keen in making them.