Total Recall: 20 Sequels We're Still Waiting For...
We take a look at some sequels that may or may not ever get made.
|8. Independence Day 2|
The Set-Up: Independence Day was the first movie to gross over $50 million in an opening weekend (and over $95 million over a 5-day holiday weekend), and grossed over $300 million domestically, making it easily the #1 movie of 1996. The movie ended optimistically, but most moviegoers expected at the time that a movie that successful just had to have a sequel coming.
The History: Surprisingly, director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin didn't immediately sieze upon working on an Independence Day sequel, and instead worked on other humongous and bombastic productions like the Godzilla remake and The Day After Tomorrow. They were quoted after 9/11/01 as saying that the world's reaction to that tragedy made them consider a sequel, but after a few meetings, they gave up on the project.
The Future: Director Roland Emmerich may not make another Independence Day movie, but his movies since then show a commitment to making big-budget apocalypse movies of a similar stripe which might be called thematically sequelistic. Next up is 2012, which is expected to have to do with the Mayan calendar's prediction of the end of the world.
Chances are the fat lady already sang.
|7. Alien 5|
The Set-Up: Alien was a science fiction and horror masterpiece, and launched the career of director Ridley Scott. Three sequels followed, with the fourth entry ending with Ripley and her alien-infested ship crashing onto Earth.
The History: Alien: Resurrection, the fourth movie, released in 1997, only grossed $45+ million domestically, much less than its $75 million budget. Nevertheless, 20th Century Fox spent nearly the next decade trying to get a 5th movie going. Arguably, a 5th movie was eventually produced in the form of Alien vs Predator.
The Future: At this point, the Alien franchise as a stand-alone entity appears to be pretty much dead. Both Ridley Scott (Alien) and James Cameron (Aliens) have been quoted over the years as being potentially interested in doing another one, but there is nothing current going on to suggest any such plans will see fruition.
We probably won't see anymore Ripley.