To keep my mind occupied while watching the totally unnecessary Shrek spin-off / sequel Puss In Boots, I got to thinking about the best movies that were never made. Put another, more sensible, way – I’m thinking about movies that deserved sequels but for one reason or another never got one. Please read on to see my top candidates and feel free to leave a comment if you think of one I’ve forgotten.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
If there is one lesson that we all learned from this year’s Super Bowl, it is that we could all do with a little more Ferris Bueller. The sneak peek on Youtube had throngs of Ferris fans frothing at the possibility of another outing for Ferris, Cameron, and Sloan. Unfortunately it was just a cruel hoax from those monsters at Honda.
The Disney / Pixar animated film The Incredibles had “franchise” written all over it. It was wildly popular, featured a top-notch voice cast, and had a premise that could easily have been positioned for multiple future story lines. Really, the Fantastic Four comic book has been going every month for almost fifty years without running out of story ideas. You’d think the kid-friendly knock-off version could have at least spawned a couple of sequels.
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
I know, some of you are thinking “but Star Wars did spawn more sequels”. Wrong. There were three prequel films and an ongoing prequel animated TV series, but there’s never been a sequel to Return of the Jedi. As any good Star Wars buff will tell you, George Lucas originally envisioned 9 films in the epic sci-fi series. Sadly, episodes 7 through 9 — set 200 years after the adventures of Han, Luke, and Leia – -will never be.