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

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

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This week sees the long-awaited release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Indy fans have been waiting for almost 20 years for this sequel, even though from time to time it looked like it was never going to happen. This week's Total Recall takes a look at the top 20 sequels that were at one time announced and planned (or even just rumored) but for some reason or another have yet to actually go into production.

Flash Gordon
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20. Flash Gordon 2

The Set-Up: At the end of the Queen-scored, flamboyantly campy 1980 space opera Flash Gordon, a gloved hand picks up Ming's power ring, we hear Ming laugh, and the screen says, "The End?"

The History: Considering how Star Wars pretty much re-invented science fiction adventure, bringing back Flash Gordon from his serial picture past might have made sense, but a sequel to this expensive flop ($27 million U.S. from a $35 million budget) did not.

The Future: Twenty-six years later, today's audience barely remembers the 1980 movie, so it makes sense that this week, Sony announced that they had won a bidding war to bring the franchise back to theaters in a new project that won't be a sequel.

Flash Gordon
Pathetic Earthlings... who will play Ming now?

Buckaroo Banzai
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19. Buckaroo Banzai vs. The World Crime League

The Set-Up: In 1984, there was a strange little science-fiction comedy called The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, about a genius scientist who had adventures with his group of sidekicks who supported him in his night job as a rock star. The end of the movie included a title card for a sequel.

The History: Buckaroo Banzai was one of those movies that was helped greatly in becoming a cult classic by coming out in the midst of the VCR explosion of the 1980s, but it didn't actually make that much real money, no matter how many times people rented it. Hence, no real, firm sequel plans ever happened besides that ending.

The Future: We may never see Peter Weller or anyone else play Buckaroo again, but the movie's original writers started a comic book series for the character last year.

Buckaroo Banzai
Still waiting for the Hong Kong Cavaliers reunion tour...