The sequels that ought to by no means have been made

Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott

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Russell Crowe starred in Gladiator, which was directed by Ridley Scott

Gladiator is the newest movie which is likely to be receiving the sequel therapy.

The movie, which was directed by Ridley Scott, gained the very best image Oscar in 2000.

Prior to now, many people thought a sequel was out of the query as a result of Maximus Decimus Meridius, performed by the movie’s star, Russell Crowe, , died on the finish of the final one.

However by the sound of it, Scott’s not going to let such minor particulars stand in his approach.

“I understand how to deliver him again,” he stated at South by South West (SXSW) not too long ago.

“Whether or not it is going to occur I do not know. Gladiator was 2000, so Russell’s modified a bit of bit. He is doing one thing proper now however I am attempting to get him again down right here.”

Sequels usually make some huge cash on the field workplace – however aren’t all the time a good suggestion creatively. Listed here are just some of the true turkeys:

Intercourse And The Metropolis 2

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Few greater sequel disasters spring to thoughts than Intercourse and the Metropolis 2.

The franchise was massively common as a TV present, and followers responded nicely to the primary big-screen adaptation.

However SATC2’s launch in 2010 noticed even a few of the most diehard followers flip towards it.

The movie nonetheless made cash, however followers largely hated it and the critics had been even much less enthusiastic.

“An enervated, crass and gruesomely caricatured journey to nowhere [that] appears conceived primarily to search out new and extra cynical methods to abuse the loyalty of its viewers,” stated The Washington Post.

Pace 2: Cruise Management

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Pace was, other than being a terrific movie, one thing of a shock hit.

The critics cherished it. Audiences cherished it. A sequel was duly scheduled.

However 1997’s Pace 2: Cruise Management fell on the first hurdle.

Though Sandra Bullock (pictured) got here again for a second chunk of the cherry, the movie’s different star, Keanu Reeves, did not join.

Jason Patric took the reins as a substitute and the sequel was given a a lot greater price range than its predecessor.

However as a substitute of the rushing buses and underground trains of the primary, Pace 2 passed off on… a slow-moving boat.

The marginally much less exhilarating setting may need contributed to its eight Golden Raspberry nominations (it gained within the worst remake or sequel class).

The Jaws sequels

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Jaws 2’s “Simply while you thought it was secure to return within the water” was one of the crucial memorable straplines in film historical past.

Sadly, it additionally wasn’t secure for followers of the primary movie to return within the cinema.

Whereas the unique holds a 97% score on critiques aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the follow-up has a a lot decrease 52%.

Its strapline turned out to be probably the most memorable factor about it – and has far outlived the movie itself.

To be truthful although, Jaws 2 carried out nicely on the field workplace and wasn’t as dangerous as what adopted.

1983’s Jaws Three-D and Jaws: The Revenge, which adopted in 1987, had been the franchise’s actual disasterpieces.

E book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

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In 1999, The Blair Witch Undertaking went viral lengthy earlier than going viral was even a factor.

The horror movie used the web to construct a again story for the film, posting pretend police reviews and fictional information articles concerning the Blair Witch, leaving many confused about whether or not the movie was actual or fictional.

The marketing campaign succeeded in constructing large ranges of hype across the film, which was a field workplace phenomenon.

You possibly can guess what’s coming subsequent.

E book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 deserted the shaky first-person digicam work in favour of turning into a extra standard horror movie. It made a revenue, however took about $200m (£161m) lower than its predecessor.

Its threequel, 2016’s Blair Witch, made even much less cash, however once more it made a revenue – which is greater than plenty of movies can say for the time being.

Zoolander 2

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You might definitely argue that this one falls extra into the Fifty Shakes Darker class.

Which is to say movie maybe should not rely as a nasty sequel if the unique movie was fairly dangerous within the first place.

Sequels are the worst while you’ve constructed up excessive expectations from the primary movie, which is one thing 2001’s Zoolander might hardly claimed to have executed.

Cameos from Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry could not fairly salvage the recent mess that was final yr’s Zoolander 2.

Curiously, it was one among three sequels launched in 2016 which left an enormous hole between movies.

It got here 15 years after Zoolander, whereas My Huge Fats Greek Marriage ceremony 2 and Dangerous Santa 2 had gaps of 13 and 14 years respectively.

Honourable mentions

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The Sequelizer, because it absolutely have to be referred to as, can be launched in 2018

There are such a lot of weakquels and threequels to select from we could not probably do all of them justice right here.

Certainly, this function about sequels may have a sequel.

There’s The Matrix Revolutions, Miss Congeniality 2, Legally Blonde 2, Blues Brothers 2000, Dumb and Dumberer and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Cranium.

Only for the pure brilliance of its title, a particular point out additionally go to Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

If the subsequent instalment of The Equalizer is not referred to as The Sequelizer (and, if there is a third, The Threequelizer) we’ll be bitterly upset.

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