Total Recall: 20 Sequels We're Still Waiting For...
We take a look at some sequels that may or may not ever get made.
|4. Tron 2.0|
The Set-Up: Disney's 1982 science fiction epic, Tron, broke amazing new visual ground for its time, and smartly tied itself to a very cool arcade game, right in the middle of the first great videogame boom of the early 1980s. The concept seemed perpetually sequel-worthy, but the videogame bust followed soon after, and American interest in video games faded.
The History: Fading videogame interest in the 80s didn't stop the concept of a Tron sequel from seeming like a pretty awesome idea 20 years later, as video games bounced back from that slump to become an industry that makes more money in a year than Hollywood does in movies. A script called Tron 2.0 was pitched to Disney, but was ultimately adapted as a videogame of that title instead.
The Future: In 2005, Disney announced plans to indeed return to Tron, in what was first described as a remake, and then in 2007, when two of the writers of Lost (Eddie Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, famous for writing most of the "Hurley" episodes) were brought aboard, was redefined as "the next chapter" in the franchise.
Everyone wants more lightcycles.
|3. King Conan: Crown of Iron|
The Set-Up: Screenwriter John Milius (Apocalypse Now and several gritty westerns) entered the fantasy realm with his two movie adaptations of Robert E. Howard's Conan character, at the same time making an Austrian bodybuilder not just a movie star, but arguably the definitive action star of the 1980s.
The History: Many years after Arnold Schwarzenegger had become even more famous doing lots of other movies, Milius came up with the idea for King Conan: Crown of Iron, a script inspired by Howard's stories of Conan as the conqueror king of Aquilonia, which would star Schwarzenegger once again, this time as an older, wiser, but still badass and avenging Conan. The timing for the project also happened to be around the time Arnold got elected governor of California.
The Future: The idea of future Conan movies endures past Schwarzenegger and Milius' involvement in adapting the R.E.H. character, as Millenium Films picked up the rights to the character in 2007, and hopes to start production this year, on a project that would now benefit from being tied to the very successful (1 million beta testers), recently launched MMO computer game, Age of Conan.
Conan may still have some fight in him yet.