Whenever a sequel to a film is released there is always tension about whether or not it will be able to stand up to the original; this problem is especially prevalent with sequels to very successful original films, like Aliens to Alien. This example is of course a happy one as not only was Aliens financially successful but also a brilliant film matching the quality of the original and continuing the story of Ripley seamlessly. However, such success is not always the case and sometimes sequels flop. What is perhaps worse than this though, is when a sequel is made that nobody was asking for or wanted, either due to its lack of necessity in telling the story or because it has simply been so long that there is no possible reason anybody thought a sequel was possible anymore; here are three films which fall into this latter category.
- TOP GUN 2
Apparently, this is going to happen, and with Tom Cruise already championing this project there is no real reason to believe it won’t. This reboot was recently announced a solid 31 years since the original movie hit screens in 1986; a classic example of a film being launched so far after the original that there can be very few reasons for doing so other than to make money, a quality that rarely leads to a great film (unless we want to believe James Cameron pitched Aliens as Alien$). Although this film is still in its very early stages its lack of originality reeks and already it is not difficult to predict the horrible manifestation of a film that awaits at the end of this journey.
- INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
A golden oldie for hating sequels, this 2008 effort is one all turn to when in need of an example of an unwanted sequel, shown most by its receiving harsh criticism from fans. The film itself is actually not all terrible as shown by the critical consensus (65 on Metacritic), but the 19-year hiatus in the series led to confusion amongst fans who were unsure of the necessity of a sequel. The release of the film was met with contempt and Spielberg was accused of beating a dead horse in order to gain money from the name of the franchise. With this all born in mind the latest is that we might expect an Indian Jones 5 as well as a reboot with a new Indy… Yay…
- THE LEGEND OF CONAN
Just, why? Another morbid equestrian flogging seems to be the case as recently Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed his interest in a number of sequels and reboots, amongst which was the Legend of Conan. With the success of the original sequels (no, just no) one does wonder why such a reboot would be necessary. Fortunately, answers can be provided as this film would supposedly forget most of the old films and be the beginning of its own cinematic universe. Just gonna leave that there. This really claims the crown for time between films, as it has begun its life a mere 35 years after the first film roared onto screens. Can people not just come up with original ideas? At this rate, there will only be films available in about three or four different universes.