Hollywood LOVES a sequel. And a remake. And an adaptation. And basically anything that will make a lot of money. Sometimes it’s just a direct-to-video follow-up, sometimes it’s a critically acclaimed improvement on the first film. It’s become pretty hard to find a movie that doesn’t have a sequel at least in the works, so it’s surprising to discover a classic that hasn’t been followed up on.
I’m typically one of those people who walks around complaining that things aren’t original enough anymore and we should stop rehashing the same old ideas. And I still stand by that, but I think if we are going to make a sequel for everything, let’s make sequels for the movies that really call for the sequel treatment. You know, the movies you watch ten or twenty years later and think, “Wow, I wonder what happened to those characters after that.” Movies that leave some questions unanswered or give characters traumatic experiences without letting us know how it affects them later in life. Movies that leave us with the possibility of following up years later.
So that’s where this list comes in. These are eleven movies that still haven’t gotten sequels but could really use them. Warning: Some spoilers await you.
1. You’ve Got Mail
Whenever this movie is on TV (so twice a day), I always think about how nowadays Fox Books would probably be in just as much danger as The Shop Around the Corner was in 1998. In the sequel, Meg Ryan would have gotten into the e-book business and would exact revenge on her now-husband Tom Hanks by putting his bookstore out of business. Also they wouldn’t be using AOL dial-up anymore.
There’s been talk here and there about a sequel to this blockbuster ever since it came out, but nothing concrete seems to be happening yet, which is surprising considering what a success it was. The first movie was left kind of open-ended, what with that goddamn top not falling over before the credits, so there’s potential there. Also I just want to hear more of that BWARR sound.
3. Spice World
The Spice Girls were my everything in the ’90s, so obviously I’ll never object to a reunion. Their performance at the Olympics was like the second coming of Jesus for me. The girls already had a musical based on their songs that closed after negative reviews, but I still think they need another movie. Especially now that David Beckham can have a cameo.
4. Groundhog Day
How’s this for a twist? Bill Murray thinks his endless loop of todays is over, but then after finally getting a tomorrow, he wakes up the day after that and it’s back to Groundhog Day. Psych! Okay, so maybe that’s a little mean. I’d still watch it, though.
5. Panic Room
So Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart make it out of their home invasion alive. But how do you adjust after something like that? You get an even fancier panic room. Maybe one with a moat around it filled with sharks. Or it could play Jodie Foster’s Golden Globes speech around the house on a loop to drive the burglars insane. The crazier, the better.