Top 10 Movies That Could Have Kick Ass Sequels

When it comes to Hollywood, originality has been practically kidnapped, beaten and forced to turn tricks on Rodeo Drive by Brett Ratner and the CG versions of Alvin and the Chipmunks. After all, why bother to create something genuinely new and innovative when you can scrape together the remnants of older, rehashed ideas and mold them into a tent pole franchise? Enter the movie sequel, the perfect opportunity for Hollywood to recycle a cast and story and squeeze out a steaming fresh one for movie-going audiences.

The problem of course, is that most sequels tend to be the kind of movies that make you want to gouge your eyeballs out with your thumbs; with travesties like Jurassic Park 3 and Ghostbusters 2 stinking up theatres — not to mention perennial series like Police Academy spreading like the cinematic equivalent of a venereal disease. Yet, every once in a while the stars align and a truly entertaining sequel emerges which captures the same spirit and imagination as the original. Below is a list of potential sequels which – assuming they’re handled correctly and ever get made – might actually kick a little ass…


10. Top Gun
Before he was snorting up Scientologist doctrine like it was Bogotá blow, Tom Cruise earned his Hollywood chops as the original Maverick (sorry, John McCain), an F-14 flyboy whose interests include shooting down MiGs and getting his fuck on with Kelly McGillis. The film was an action-packed dose of pure 80s adrenaline masquerading as a two-hour U.S. Navy recruitment ad — and while audiences were expecting the blockbuster film to lead to a sequel, somehow it never materialized (although thankfully, the always helpful Lou Gosset Jr. filled the void with Iron Eagle volumes I to XXVIII). More recently, Hollywood has dusted off the idea and there’s even been a script circulating around in which Maverick returns to become a flight instructor at the original Top Gun training academy and ends up becoming the mentor/love interest of a cocky young female fighter pilot (a juicy role just waiting for a post-pubescent Hannah Montana, perhaps?). To some “Top Gun” is simply cheesy 80s fair, but in the right hands and with Tom Cruise and Jerry Bruckheimer back on board, it might actually be worth seeing — if for no other reason that to watch the entire thing crash and burn faster than Goose’s flaming Tomcat. The only question remains, if a sequel does get made, will Iceman and Maverick still have that loving feeling?

9. Forrest Gump
If Tom Hanks taught audiences anything it’s that life really is like a box of chocolates — only in Hollywood’s case some of those chocolates are the candy-coated spoor of greedy Paramount executives. Nonetheless, the original film is a dramatic masterpiece that earned Hanks an Academy Award and put director Robert Zemeckis on the map. After all, who doesn’t love watching Forrest gimp his way through America’s tumultuous history during the 60s and 70s? What’s more, since the film was based on the original novel by Winston Groom, it seemed only logical that Hollywood would jump on board and adapt Groom’s follow-up novel Gump and Co.. Paramount even brought back screenwriter Eric Roth, who penned the original Gump script (not to mention recent flicks like Munich and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Unfortunately, the sequel never materialized, reportedly because Groom was locked in a bitter feud with Paramount Pictures over revenue from the film. But Gump-ophilicas fear not, in 2007 it was announced that Groom had kissed and made up with Paramount and that a sequel based on the novel was now in the works. The potential film would follow Forrest through the 80s and early 90s, including his involvement in developing the much maligned New Coke, accidentally crashing the Exxon Valdez oil tanker, helping to knock down the Berlin Wall and even fighting in Operation Desert Storm. Along the way he encounters a slew of famous individuals including Oliver North, the Ayatollah Khomeini, Ronald Reagan, Saddam Hussein and even Bill and Hillary Clinton. Of course, a sequel almost certainly won’t materialize unless Hanks and Zemeckis are involved, so in the meantime those of up hoping to see America’s favorite semi-retarded yokel back on the big screen will have to settle for watching the beloved unauthorized porno follow-up Forrest Hump.

8. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Director Peter Weir’s historical epic about a Napoleonic ship of war was an intense and brilliantly shot film featuring cannon fire, clashing swords and of course, enough grog-swilling cockney sailors to make the Pirates of the Caribbean seem like the crew of the H.M.S. Pinafore. Drawing material from three of the “Aubrey–Maturin” novels by legendary writer Patrick O’Brian and starring box office draw and legendary phone-hucker Russell Crowe, the film was a both critical and financial success. So it seems odd that 20th Century Fox hasn’t bothered to get off its landlubber ass and crank out a sequel – particularly given that O’Brian wrote twenty-one novels in the popular series, giving plenty of material for the studio to draw on. Yet here we are almost six years later and another Master and Commander film has yet to materialize, despite Russell Crowe expressing an interest in doing a sequel and almost all of the original cast being signed to a multiple film detail. A smash hit, an A-list celebrity on board and a popular series of books to draw on, why can’t 20th Century Fox see what movie-going audiences have known for years: America loves crusty seaman!

7. Big Trouble in Little China
When it comes to Hollywood, Kurt Russell is known for two things: his ability to have sex with Goldie Hawn without wanting to jam the barrel of a shotgun into his mouth, and for being director John Carpenter’s go-to action guy for pretty much every film he’s ever made. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the 80s fantasy-horror-Asian-action-homage Big Trouble in Little China. Also featuring Sex and The City star Kim Cattrall, the film showcased Russell as a mulleted, wife-beater-clad truck driver who faces down a slew of ancient Asian demons and sorcery in the heart of Chinatown. The film was essentially a flop when it originally hit theatres, but over the years it’s become a cult classic of B-movie brilliance. Given Hollywood’s recent propensity for resurrecting 80s franchises, it seems almost criminal that the idea of a sequel (or possibly even a remake) hasn’t at least been considered (“Big Trouble in Little Armenia”, perhaps?). Hell, even a direct-to-DVD sequel would placate the legions of fans this strangely kick-ass cult classic has developed over the years. Of course, Carpenter would almost certainly have to get on board (or at the very least give it his blessing), not to mention trying to lure back some of the original cast. Then again, given Kurt Russell’s recent Grindhouse-inspired career resuscitation, chances are he’s considering other sequels right now. Captain Ron 2, anyone?

6. The Chronicles of Riddick
David Twohy’s sci-fi survival-horror flick Pitch Black was a pitch perfect piece of cinematic insanity, introducing audiences to one of the greatest anti-heroes of all time: the balding bad-ass known as Riddick. The character (played by the surprisingly non-pornographic XXX action-hero Vin Diesel) was so popular that Hollywood decided to try and create a whole franchise based around him, with David Twohy once more writing and directing the sequel. The unfortunate result however, was The Chronicles of Riddick, a rancid cinematic dookie blending equal parts leather-clad sadomasochists with a by-the-numbers Buck Rogers plot. You really have to wonder how drunk Dame Judy Dench was when she read the script and signed on for this piece of big screen tripe. Of course, just because the movie sucked doesn’t mean it couldn’t still have an awesome sequel. Just ask any gamer whose ever played The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay on the Xbox or saw the decent Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury animated feature. Both stories capture the same dark, cyberpunk vibe of Pitch Black rather than the ham-fisted dialogue and lame fight scenes audiences were subjected to in The Chronicles of Riddick. Fortunately, a sequel may indeed be in the works as recently both Universal Pictures and Vin Diesel have been talking about a new trilogy of Riddick films, with Twohy possibly writing and directing. A sequel — if done properly this time — could cement Riddick as one of the greatest sci-fi anti-heroes since Lando Calrissian first donned his cape and moustache.

5. The Goonies
When it comes to pure ’80s adolescent action-comedy-adventure there’s film few that can top the sheer awesomeness of The Goonies. From the subtle performances by a then young unknown Hobbit named Sean Astin, to the melancholic jiggling of Chunk’s Truffle Shuffle; for children of the ’80s, nothing has ever come close to capturing the wistful nostalgia of The Goonies. Which is why a Goonies sequel could actually kick some serious ass if done correctly. Of course, the original film was directed by living legend Richard Donner with a script from Chris Columbus (arguably one of the greatest children’s adventure movie writers of all time), so a sequel would have a lot to live up to. It’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility though and in fact Hollywood has been knocking the idea about for years, considering everything from an animated television series to a Broadway musical. More recently, a script for the sequel has been circulating through Hollywood with some of the original cast even considering the idea of reprising their roles. Reportedly the sequel would follow the original Goonies children as they embark on another adventure, a premise that’s so crazy it might actually work. After all, The Goonies were good enough for goddamn Cindy Lauper, why not a whole new generation of audiences? Let’s just make sure the Two Coreys stay the fuck away from it…

4. Serenity
Okay, so Joss Whedon has developed the kind of fanboy cult following normally reserved for World of Warcraft players and the kind of hardcore geeks who make their homemade Transformers costumes, but even the less fanatical of us can’t deny that Whedon is a freaking genius. And the crown jewel in his impressive body of geekgasmic work is none other than Serenity, a feature film based on the cult television series Firefly and arguably one of the best science fiction flicks in recent years. Sure the movie may not have been a smash at the box office, but DVD sales were respectable leading to speculation that a sequel (either as a theatrical release or direct-to-DVD) could be in the works. In the meantime, Whedon has dropped out of involvement with a feature length Wonder Woman film and has been re-shooting the pilot of his new television series Dollhouse. With a Serenity sequel, the guy could shake off the string of bad luck that seems to have been dogging him over the past few years — not to mention continuing the story Firefly fans have been begging for. The alternative is that Whedon continues his death spiral into becoming the poor nerd’s J.J. Abrams.

3. Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
Before he made Jesus a star, spouted drunken anti-Semitic rants and directed historically inaccurate movies about Mayan people, Mel Gibson was best known as Mad Max, the ultimate post-apocalyptic Aussie shit-kicker. The character spawned three movies which became bona fide smash hits and then… nothing. Despite creating a blockbuster franchise, there hasn’t been a Mad Max movie since 1985, even though the series is just begging for a sequel (assuming of course Tina Turner stays the hell away from it). Fortunately, it looks like Max might just be making it back onto the big screen in a recently proposed fourth film entitled Mad Max: Fury Road with director George Miller once again helming the project and a script from British comic book scribe Brendan McCarthy. Sure the last thing Miller directed was a film about a bunch of annoying dancing CG penguins, but that doesn’t mean he can’t still rock a decent Mad Max film (or Justice League flick for that matter). Unfortunately, the one missing ingredient is none other than Mel Gibson himself, who has apparently declined the offer to dust off his old leather chaps and sawed-off shot gun. Of course, that may not necessarily be the worst thing considering Gibson’s slowly dwindling sanity. Mad? That’s putting it mildly. In the past few years Gibson’s had so many booze-fueled schizophrenic meltdowns he’s starting to make Hunter S. Thompson look like Al Gore. Still, even without the original Mad Max, a sequel would likely kick a lot of ass. Then again, given that the world is one pubic hair away from sliding into complete economic meltdown, it’s probably only a matter of time until we’re all roasting our neighbors dogs, tossing around giant metal boomerangs and riding dune buggies through a burned out post-apocalyptic wasteland.

2. The Incredibles
Leave it to Pixar to create a pant-crapping awesome film that’s both a frenetic homage to superheroes and an impressive feat of modern animation. Written and directed by Brad Bird, the film was a blockbuster hit earning major props among the demographic trifecta of kids, parents and movie fanboys. Yet, despite its success there’s barely been even a whisper about a possible sequel – which is pretty damn strange considering that Disney has licensed out everything from Mickey Mouse contraceptives to Littlest Mermaid brand feminine hygiene products. What gives? Well, the short answer may be that Bird has been dealing with a number of other projects including Ratatouille and the upcoming live action historical disaster film 1906. Still, Bird hasn’t discounted the possibility of a sequel which has no doubt given hope to fans everywhere. With Bird back at the helm, The Incredibles 2 could kick some serious ass. That is, if Pixar can successfully dislodge its head from Steve Jobs’ colon long enough for a sequel to get made.

1. Army of Darkness
Ask any cult movie fan worth their Evil Dead collectible lunch box and they’ll tell you one simple truth: Bruce Campbell is the fucking man. Sure, writer-director Sam Raimi has become a major Hollywood player, but there was a time when he was making flicks on a shoe string budget and earning the acclaim of film geeks everywhere with his Evil Dead series. The crown jewel in the trilogy is undoubtedly Army of Darkness, with its madcap blend of cheesy humor, action and horror — not to mention having some of the most overly quoted lines in geekdom. Which is why the film is practically begging for a sequel. After all, who doesn’t want to see Ash fire up his chainsaw-hand and kick a little Deadite ass? The fact of the matter is a fourth installment in the Evil Dead series is a no-brainer, if for no other reason than for Sam Raimi to make amends for that brain-aneurism inducing dance scene in Spider-Man 3.

What do you think? Are there any movies out there which could actually have a kick ass sequel?

  • I agree with everything on the list but Forrest Gump and Master and Commander. Gump is one of those rare perfect gems, which completed itself nicely leaving no need to revisit it. Commander was just bland.

  • Wasn’t Radio the sequel to Forrest Gump?

  • Liz

    For a second I thought you were going to suggest that Forrest Gump the sequel follow his son, Forrest Jr. Haley Joel Osment probably needs the work, at any rate.

    I always get disappointed when I get to the end of Master and Commander specifically because there is no sequel and the film end in such a way that it was satisfying on its own but definitely left room for more sea-faring adventures.

  • Wes

    Hey let’s put Forrest in the Army of Darkness sequel!
    Seriuosly though, great list Adam. I remember when the buzz was that the kid from Thunderdome would come back as an adult to carry on the Mad Max legacy…

  • paulieq

    goonies 2:goonies never say die would be an awesome title. hey how about the last star fighter 2 first one is still a fav of mine a second one would kick ass back to the future 4 come on that would be killer and how about gremlins 3 I hope they do come out with ghostbusters 3 and its some thing completely different and creative and stands out from the first two just my thoughts on some sequels that would be cool if done right.

  • This is geek masturbation. It involves pixels and a geek.

  • gil

    “Nonetheless, the original film is a dramatic masterpiece that earned Hanks an Academy Award and put director Robert Zemeckis on the map”.

    i think the back to the future trilogy and the roger rabbit movie had already put Zemeckis on the map.

  • ashlover

    Great list except for Gump. Overrated movie. Definitley Army of Darkness and especially Chronicles of Riddick need a sequel.

  • I would have wanted a Big Trouble in Little China sequel if it had happened within five or so years of the first one. I dunno about now…

    But oh man, I definitely agree on the Incredibles and Army of Darkness.

  • I’m sure a whole lotta people are going to hate me for this, but I’d love to see a SPAWN sequel. That movie deserved to be better than it turned out to be, and I still like it. I remember hearing they were talking of a sequel focusing on the two detectives, Sam & Twitch, but I gues it’s in development Hades right now. What do you think?

  • Mark

    i would also love to see a Spawn Sequel!! but none of these movies need a sequel!! ok.. mad max would be sweet. and i thought they were making one?

  • rus

    Plain and simple Spawn reboot – that first effort was a major failure with the source material at hand…and the bad CGI hell, what the f*ck was that. Incredibles is a must. Gump is perfect as is. Love the Master and Commander love! I tell people it is as close to a flawless film as I can remember.

    I give you one: six million dollar man – the movie

    that show was the shit when I was young and dumb

    of course you wouldn’t get much man for 6 mil these days. guess the bionic woman reboot / failure kills this idea

  • I got a slight erection thinking about The Incredibles 2

  • jj

    also wooded up on incredibles 2…

  • I agree with Evil Dead. The fight against the demons is never over and ever evolving.

  • Rob

    Two Mel Brooks Movies that need sequels

    Spaceballs…. What ever happened to “Spaceballs 3 the search for 2″
    “History of the World: Part II”

    Enough Said

  • Deliverator

    Buckaroo Banzai. It has as big a cult following (and, I believe, the same cult following) as Big Trouble In Little China. A sequel would’ve been prohibitively expensive considering the cast, but now that they’re all worked their way off the A-List, it might work. There was a TV series in the works for a while, but nothing ever came of it.

  • This is kind of an interesting list. I admittedly don’t agree with Top Gun or Gump but think that the Incredibles WILL happen. What about Out of Sight? I would like to see what happens with JLo and Clooney after another go round. For more fun stuff, check out my site at Any feedback would be great. Keep up the good work and enjoy!

  • Goon

    “to make amends for that brain-aneurism inducing dance scene in Spider-Man 3.”

    automatic thumbs down for the article :P

  • Goonies II???

    My heart soared at the idea initially, but then I imagined a bunch of 30 somethings (40 somethings???) trying to reprise their roles and “be cute” and I just can’t see it working… They would have to make a deliberate effort to make some of the Goonies “cool.” If they try to go “cute” they will fail.

    And for the love of God don’t be predicatable. Mikey should not be a professional treasure hunter. Mouth should not be a slick car salesman. Data should not be the #2 man at Microsoft. Chunk should not be a professional body builder… actually that might be funny…

  • Matt

    Every movie in this list should have a sequel except Top Gun. Please God no more Tom Cruise. I would rather have chronic nongonococcal urethritis, than see another Douchetastic Tom Cruise movie.

  • Jake

    I second that notion, No More Tom Cruise. Prime example that all good actors (most) are actually crazy nut jobs in real life (Joaquin Phoenix) Goonies 2? A possibility. Remember the Goonies Arcade game?? Buckaroo Bonzai 2? I still can’t get over the first one. Man, who was hitting acid when they pinned that odd ball movie. No haters please. (John Big Bootay!) Y’all should do a Top 10 of “What We’re They Thinking” or, Top 10 “Wash-Up Hack Actors Who Can’t Stop Making POS Low-Budget Movies” Okay, they one needs work. You get my drift.

  • victor

    No no no no no… from that list only one film gets a thumbs up from me for a Sequel, and that’s Riddick. How anyone could even consider Forrest Gump for a sequel amazes me, it’s a story that begins and ends with one character. Serenity, an excellent movie and an effort to finish a story that belonged on the TV screen, if there were to be more of Serenity, then get NBC, HBO or someone to comission another season or two. The Goonies ? spare me the embarrasment please ! if you want a list of movies that need a sequel, then how about this…

    Constantine, Daredevil, The Last Starfighter, The Thing…

  • RC

    I think maybe Troll 2 needs a sequel ;)

  • Crow

    Check it out. I dunno how i feel about all this. Could it even BE Mad Max without Max?

  • I think another movie should follow the movie empire of danger, starring Samantha Shook. I was hoping she would make a sequel, or do some other types of movies soon. I haven’t been able to find any more movies or plays Samantha Shook has been in yet. I hope they are going to make a sequel to Empire of danger.

  • patrik

    anything new from the Firefly universe would be awesome so I´m still hoping for a Serenity sequel..a new Riddick would be fun as well

  • TheCommunistParty

    The Godfather part 4

    The Sting Part 3

    Bonnie and Clyde prequel (the early years)

    Jaws 15

    Reboot of the film 2010

    Beverly Hills cop 5 (after 4 bombs)

    Battlefield earth 2

    Gone with the Wind 2

    Wizard of Oz 3

    Son in law 2

    Encino man 2

    Freaky Friday 2 (the latter years)

    Terminator 3 (I refuse to except they made another one after 2)

    Smokey and the Bandit 4 (with Norm Macdonald).

  • Robert

    Mad Max Fury Road is being made

  • Evilidin

    Why not Super Mario Brothers 2 or a actual sequel to the mask(with the darkness and evil from the first one)?

    Though I do want a Incredibles 2 and Serenity 2.

  • Troy

    I can’t believe you actually compared Riddick and Lando?!? What are you smoking and will you share? Lando was a joke. Riddick rocked.

  • Ryan

    The crown jewel in the trilogy is undoubtedly Army of Darkness, with its madcap blend of cheesy humor, action and horror.

    True cult movie fans should be calling you out on this statement. Evil Dead 2 is heads and tails a better film than Army of Darkness. Although Army of Darkness is incredibly quotable, there is no way you can call it the “crown jewel of the trilogy.” Evil Dead 2 holds that spot, hands down.

  • Art

    Definitely sequels for Master And Commander, The Incredibles, and Serenity.

    With Master And Commander they can explore storylines concerning Maturin being a spy for the British Empire, The whole Indian Ocean saga that spanned several novels, Aubrey’s disgrace forcing him to become a privateer, and many others from the novels. Since the original movie culled storylines from three different novels, it frees them from having to film any other novels in sequence.

    Serenity needs another sequel! They can further explore characters from the TV series. I would like a storyline where the Operative seeks their help and winds up becoming a member of the crew!!!

    The Incredibles can explore their children taking on responsibility (a la Spider-man) along with Frozone’s children. Give him twins who are pests like Kim Possible’s little brothers.

  • James

    wHATS ABOUT mASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE? I remember the hand comming out of the ground saying”Ill be Back…..”?

  • pcch7

    I would light myself on fire in a majestic act of gratitude and blistering joy, if Serenity ever gets a sequel.

  • Tommy

    Stand By Me II.

    The gang reunites once again for another adventure. This time guided by the ghost of former pal Chris Chambers.


  • ThaCrip

    out of the ones they listed i would most like to see a sequel to…

    -Top Gun

    and ‘maybe’ “Forrest Gump” (but this could be a touchy issue as it might upset alot of the HUGE fan’s of this if it’s not done properly. and it does seem a hair to late for this now. but who knows… ;) )

    then besides those two… maybe Riddick and then Mad Max. the rest i just either think is a plain BAD IDEA or just ‘dont care’ about the others enough to where if a sequel is made, fine. if not, then i dont really care.

  • Erin

    No on Serenity 2. It just won’t be the same without Wash.
    He brought a lot to that movie and it simply can’t be replaced.

    And have you seen what Inara did to her gorgeous locks?! She is Anna on that new V show. Not the same.

  • Eamon

    a sequel to denzel washingtons awesome 1998 movie fallen would be cool, obviously without denzel as he died. azazel lives travelling the world or atleast america causing havoc and denzels nephew from the 1st one (now 20 something) tracks him trying to stop his evil. would be cool if denzel made a cameo as an angel to fight the final battle – maybe a bit cheesy tho. one of my all time fav films, have been waiting for a sequel for over 10 years

  • simon

    No they would not have kick-ass sequels, not one except Master and Commander. Forrest Gump sequel would be a disaster.

  • Chris

    There was a sequel to Big Trouble in Little China. It was a made for TV movie that picked up steam but ended up getting axed by the suits.

    If I recall it had something to do with the Terra Cotta Chinese Solider statues coming to life.

  • I would really love to see a sequel to “Master and Commander”

    I’m really surprised there hasn’t been one considering there are enough books to draw from.

  • Kate

    Seriously? Serenity?

    I love Joss with all my heart, honestly, but Firefly was SO good and Serenity…wasn’t. I mean, it would be a pretty damn good movie if it wasn’t affiliated with Firefly, because Firefly is potentially Whedon’s best series. I was kinda saddened that they made that movie…

    Furthermore, Forest Gump doesn’t really need a sequal, in my opinion. It really finished itself nicely.

  • Dimu

    This is as chessy as it gets, but damn it, I want to see a Last Dragon reboot. Sho’ nuff!!

  • Roger

    I can’t believe no one mentioned the most obvious of all….


  • Austin

    How about bringing Peter Jackson back to horror with a sequel to Dead Alive?

  • Joe

    luc besson the professional part 2 starring natalie Portman…pretty much writes itself

  • Gottarhyme

    Definitely Serenity…and while we’re at it, BUFFY! All those damn TWILIGHT movies make me gag, we need to go back to where it all began…Maybe with a NEW Slayer? There are a lot of them now!

    Constantine 2..Yes, I know Keanu Reeves wasn’t everyone’s fave, but I kinda liked him in it! And a modern day GOONIES, not really a sequel, but an entirely new adventure with some entirely new kids?

  • patrik


    Serenity is awesome and could definitely have a kick-ass sequel, not that it will ever happen. As Roger said, Kick-Ass obviously.

  • Wathira Nganga

    I suggest Jumanji 2. The entire original cast is still around, and they didn’t totally get rid of the game at the end. Definitely would like a sequel to the 1998 reboot of Godzilla, though I have a soft spot for it because it’s the first movie I ever saw on the big screen. Anyway, the ending was kind of left up in the air.