20 Movie Sequels That Almost Happened
Every movie begins with an idea. An idea that develops into a script that will eventually need to be financed before it can be cast or filmed. Once all the red tape is knocked out, the film cast is signed on, and the filming locations are scheduled, the only thing left to do is shoot it.
The shooting of the film is the most important part of any movie but it isn’t the last stage. The editing, mixing, and reviewing of the takes are the final steps before releasing it to the public.
So when you hear a rumor about a movie sequel, the most important part of that rumor is how far along it is in the movie making process. If the film is in the early stages, aka before financing, it could be doomed to fail. There is no guarantees until the film is shooting, even then, in rare occasions, it can fall apart and never see the light of day.
Let’s take a look at movie sequels we heard about from time to time but never made it onto the big screen.
(Note: Some of the movies are still being worked on or are officially coming out in the next few years.)
20. Flash Gordon II
In 1980, Sam J. Jones starred in the film adaptation of the comic book series Flash Gordon. It wasn’t a huge success, grossing only $27 million (budget of $20 million). But it was the cult following that earned it a place in cinema history. Thanks to all the fanboys of science-fiction and fantasy that turned this otherwise lame 1980’s film into one begging for a sequel.
Now that it has been out for 26 years, the rumor mills are going nuts about a sequel still being possible and 3 months ago, Matthew Vaughn even signed on to direct. But hiring a director does not mean it is going to happen anytime soon but it is a good sign for fans.
19. Twins 2: Triplets
During summer of 2015, Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed that Twins 2: Triplets is being worked on currently and could come out in the next few years. We have been there before with rumors flying around in 2012 also.
If this one is true, however, then be prepared for a movie that will guest star Eddie Murphy as the third sibling.
Yeah, it’s going to be bad.
18. Airplane III
Two of the funniest comedy films of all-time are both called Airplane. The second one was simply called Airplane 2: The Sequel. Both films had more laughs than plot and they featured some of the best one-liners ever spoken. Remember that famous “Don’t call me Shirley,” line?
Compared to today’s standards, movie sequels were not as big thirty years ago. In fact, movie sequels were something to avoid because the fans would have such high expectations that anything short of perfection would be a bomb.
Robert Hays, star of the first two films, wasn’t available during the time they were trying to create a script and make the third one happen causing it to eventually fall apart.
17. Godzilla 2
The original film, Godzilla (1998), was one of the worst film’s ever made and the box office numbers backed us up so a sequel would have been a joke even if they were ready to get started filming it right away. ($136 million domestically)
Originally, the film was supposed to bring in tons of money and it was supposed to be the lead film in a Godzilla movie trilogy but all it did was kill the entire franchise.
In 2014, a new version of the famous on-screen lizard made its’ debut and was a much bigger success than the original 1998 version. It wasn’t a sequel, it was an entirely new story that has spawned a sequel set to come out in 2018.
16. Battlefield Earth 2
Before Battlefield Earth came out in 2000, fanboys from all over were excited about the movie and were expecting it to be great.
However, John Travolta and Scientology caused this movie to fail long before it even found its’ way into a theater. The media might have been the main culprit in the destruction of such a good idea by connecting Scientology to the story.
But John Travolta wasn’t very helpful to the sequel by confirming a sequel was in the works, even after the movie was panned as one of the worst films of all time.
15. Bimbos (Showgirls 2)
If anyone spent money going to see Showgirls, we would like to apologize to you all. That movie was nothing more than an excuse to show Elizabeth Berkley’s naked body.
Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the film and the original director, Paul Verhoven, mentioned that a sequel could happen, very soon.
The idea behind this sequel would find the movie’s lead character, Nomi struggling with life in Hollywood. It wouldn’t be easy to make Elizabeth Berkley look 20 years younger, who would want to see her naked now, so expect a whole new cast. That is, if this ever happens.