Total Recall: 20 Sequels We're Still Waiting For...

We take a look at some sequels that may or may not ever get made.

by Greg Dean Schmitz | Thursday, May. 22 2008

Beverly Hills Cop
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14. Beverly Hills Cop 4

The Set-Up: In 1984, Beverly Hills Cop was the perfect vehicle to help Eddie Murphy continue his transition from being a popular SNL cast member and notoriously vulgar standup comedian. The blockbuster hit was followed by two sequels, with Beverly Hills III in 1994 flopping miserably, with just $46 million domestically.

The History: Despite the third film's poor reception, producer Jerry Bruckheimer continued to keep some sort of Beverly Hills Cop IV in development for the next decade, but he eventually gave up, with the rights being picked up by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who announced his new plans in 2006. Several screenwriters have since been hired to work on the project.

The Future: A fourth film now seems likely, in a revival that would very much mirror the returns of other 1980s action stars like John McClane, Rambo and Indiana Jones. The question for now is whether Eddie Murphy wants to stop making goofy comedies like Meet Dave and Norbit and get back to the more adult fare that made him a star.

Beverly Hills Cop
Foley and Rosewood... together again!

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
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13. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon prequel or sequel

The Set-Up: As Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon swept the world, introducing mainstream audiences to Chinese Wuxia fantasy, much press was given to the fact that it was actually an adaptation of the fourth part of The Crane-Iron Pentalogy, potentially leaving three prequels and a sequel ready for adaptation next, with word that director Ang Lee was open to the idea.

The History: Ang Lee continued to talk about the prospect of returning to this possible Wuxia franchise as recently as the late 2005 publicity for Brokeback Mountain, but around the same time, the producer of the first movie was quoted as saying that plans for a CTHD prequel had been scrapped.

The Future: Chinese and Hong Kong films exist outside of Hollywood, very definitively, with their own rules. In other words, if the will exists to continue making Crane-Iron movies, someone over there will get it done, quite possibly separate from what Ang Lee did with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Will we ever see the other four chapters?