New to cinemas this week is The Hangover Part 3. By the beard of Galifianakis! How did we get to three Hangover films?!? The power of the almighty dollar may have compelled Hollywood to continue the misadventures of the Wolf pack, but what other films deserve a sequel they never got? That’s the question for this week’s GWP Roundtable: Which film deserves a sequel?
Kwenton Bellette It would be great to see Quentin Tarantino (QT) do Kill Bill Volume 3 (V3) that deserves, nay, demands a circular logic ending to the trilogy! It is unfair and cruel that after many years of hinting and hoping QT has called V3 off. It makes so much sense given the end of The Bride’s story, but the beginning of the complexities of a revenge fable. Tsk tsk.
I also have to mention Washington here too (Lars von Trier's America trilogy with Dogville and Manderlay) that also will not happen... Grrrr.
I would have loved to have seen two sequels to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. One in 1989, when he's at college, and another in 1992 after he'd graduated and entered 'the real world'. They would have to have been directed by John Hughes, and star Matthew Broderick. I think it would have been really interesting to see the Ferris character age slightly, and to learn if his 'golden touch' translated into the world of college and then the workforce. And of course each of these subsequent films could have had to have had a scene where Ferris does an unscheduled performance in a passing street parade.
For me it's The Losers. Great adaptation of the comic & there's many, many more stories to tell within that universe.
If there was anything begging for a sequel right now, this is it. Released to critical acclaim last year and then going on to pull in moderate figures at the box office, Dredd is up there with The Dark Knight and Sin City with regards to getting an adaptation right.
A sequel was talked about for some time and writer Alex Garland has mentioned he has a trilogy in mind, but, y’know, those pesky box office figures are currently killing the mood for producers to say the magical ‘yes’ word. Unlike The Hangover, Dredd is definitely begging for a sequel. The scope of the original film was so limited (in a good way) that all we became familiar with was one sole building: Peach Trees. Finishing the film with the look over the expanse of Mega City 1 and the stupidly huge towers that litter the polluted sky, to hint towards the huge job Judge Dredd has to clean up the city and then to not follow through with it is a crime in itself. We only just got to know Judge Anderson and her ability, combined with Dredd’s efficacy with cleaning up a dead space, promises a worthy follow up to the original. There is so much more to be discovered in this universe, Dredd barely touched the surface.
I understand that Rex Picket, the author of Sideways, has been trying to convince Alexander Payne to adapt his sequel novel, Vertical. As a huge fan of Sideways I would like to see Payne continue his prolific streak - Nebraska has a release scheduled for later in the year, a quick follow-up to The Descendants - and re-collaborate with Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden-Church), and take them on another wild buddy-adventure through LA wine country. I'm not sure how long Vertical is set after Sideways. I guess it is possible that too much time has passed between the films for the story to work now. But hey, I'd welcome it.
Another collaboration that deserves a uniting is the Shane Black-Robert Downey Jr-Val Kilmer of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. The hard-boiled noir throwback was so much fun and ends with a tease of more adventures to come.
It would be great if Guy Ritchie made a follow up to Snatch. It would be neat to see all the characters who survived the first film return as well as introducing a new batch of oddball gangsters and misfits with Ritchie’s established Hollywood cred. Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law could drop by for a favour and it would be fantastic to see Jason Statham back in the boots of Turkish.
Michael Mann's Miami Vice for the 21st century created such a rich world and vivid professionals operating on that precarious edge between law makers and criminals. In the wake of the climactic ending their team was wounded but cauterised by the experience and Archangel De Jesus Montoya is in the wind. The challenge for the team next is re-establishing themselves as 'undercovers' in the this new technological world and asking the question whether it's even possible to do so. The stakes are higher, the danger ia omnipresent but the lure is intoxicating; and all the while an international arms dealer with untapped wealth re-enforces his position and wants revenge.