10 Movie Sequels That Never Happened

We have seen many successful movies since the film industry was born and when we watch a movie at the cinemas, or at home, we sometimes want more from the franchise. Many have seen filmmakers bring out a second addition to the first one including Jaws, Fast & Furious and Friday the 13th. But there have been potential sequels that ended up thrown in the trash can. Let’s take a look at the film titles that could have been more…

1. Forrest Gump 2: Gump & Co

“Run Forrest, run to the sequel!”

Sadly Tom Hank’s Forrest Gump never made the sequel finish line. The 1994 film was a true success and arguably known as one of the best films to have ever hit the cinemas. Hanks won his first Oscars award in 1995 for his role as Forrest Gump.

The commercial success, however, was not enough to convince Hanks and the Director Robert Zemeckis after the screenplay for the second film by Eric Roth never saw the light of day.

2. Seriously Dude, Where’s My Car?

In 2000, we saw the release of the hilarious Dude Where’s My Car? which featured Two and a Half Men‘s Ashton Kutcher and American Pie‘s Sean William Scott. The movie was a breakthrough for Kutcher when achieving a role in That 70’s Show.

Plans of a sequel were in the works in 2003 with Scott fully behind the idea but Kutcher blew up the hopes of Seriously Dude, Where’s My Car? due to his commitments with other projects.

In 2016, however, Kutcher said in an interview that there is still a chance of him reprising the role. Never say never fans!

3. Con Airport

One of Nicolas Cage’s most memorable films is Con Air when it was released in 1997. Cage playing the released prisoner, Cameron Poe, going up against the evil inmate Cyrus ‘Cyrus The Virus’ Grissom played by John Malkovich.

Even though the main antagonist was killed at the end of the movie there were talks of a sequel. Despite 15 pages going into a proposed sequel, it would eventually be thrown in the bin. Maybe it’s best Con Air is left as a standalone and classic 90’s film.

4. Kill Bill 3

Perhaps a franchise we have been expecting a third installment for a while since Kill Bill: Volume 2 was released in 2004.

The second movie was a financial success in the box office making over $120 million but has so far not been enough for director Quentin Tarantino to make a sequel to Kill Bill: Volume 2.

Tarantino has said in interviews in 2004, upon the release of Kill Bill 2, that he would leave the franchise for “at least 15 years.” But it is believed Tarantino has held talks with Uma Thurman in January 2016 to get her to reprise the role of Beatrix Kiddo.

5. Mrs. Doubtfire 2

The return of everyone’s favourite nanny, or man nanny in this case, was very close to returning to the big screens. Robin Williams, who portrayed Mrs. Doubtfire, was open to another film in the franchise. In 2001, Mrs. Doubtfire 2 was being developed by Bonnie Hunt, who is known for her voice work in many animations, including Toy Story 3.

But despite the attempts by Hunt, it was not enough to convince Williams to reprise the role as he shared in interviews that he wanted the script to be spot on.  Sadly 2014 saw Williams tragically pass away resulting in no more Mrs. Doubtfire.

6. Elf 2

Now this certainly would be a nice early Christmas present for fans of the first Elf film.

Elf is arguably one of the best and funniest Christmas films with Will Farrell portraying an overgrown elf on the quest to reunite with his father. We saw Farrell reprise the role of Ron Burgundy in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues in 2013.

In that same year, media company Mental Floss wanted to make an Elfsequel but Farrell announced he did not want to make a second installment. So unlike Anchorman, Elf looks to have no sequel.

7. I Am Legend 2

Will Smith’s character’s death at the end of I Am Legend clearly indicates no sequels to the highly acclaimed 2007 film. But a possible prequel as Director Francis Lawrence revealed his plans in 2008 with the highlight of Will Smith reprising his role as Dr. Robert Neville.

But the chances of the prequel were down and out after Lawrence said in May 2011 that he didn’t think it was going to happen.

8. Napoleon Dynamite 2

“Hey Pedro, wouldn’t it be cool if we were in a sequel?”

I think many would love to see that, Napoleon.

It’s been 14 years since the release of the hilarious Napoleon Dynamite. The film has many moments we all remember including Napoleon’s ‘Vote for Pedro’ t-shirt and his bizarre dance moves in front of the school.

There were plans for a sequel but director Jared Hess was not convinced even though Jon Heder, who portrays Napoleon, was up for making a second movie. Instead of bringing out another movie they instead approached the animation side of things as the Napoleon Dynamite TV show was out for only six episodes in January 2012.

9. E.T. 2: Nocturnal Fears

“E.T. phone Steven Spielberg for a sequel.”

Sadly for the world’s favourite alien, E.T. has not come back to the big screens since the original film was released in 1982. E.T. was a big and financial success making a profit of nearly $800 million so there was no wonder Director Steven Spielberg was considering a sequel.

Weeks after the release of E.T., Spielberg and writer Melissa Mathison did write up a story for the working sequel until Spielberg was against the idea and moved on to work on other films.

10. Rush Hour 4

The duo of Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker sure has been a favourite for many movie fans since the first Rush Hour in 1998. The Rush Hour series was mostly known for both detectives, Lee and James Carter, showing off their fighting moves to take down the bad guys.

Rush Hour 3 was the last film of the series in 2007 but there have been many rumours both Chan and Tucker will come back as Lee and Carter in a fourth installment.

It is believed a fourth film might actually happen after Chan said in a radio interview last October that he has signed up after reading the script but will only do it if Tucker comes back as well.

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