17 Movies That We Wish Had Gotten Sequels

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Vote up the movies that totally deserved at least one follow-up.

It's funny to think about the Hollywood sequels that didn't get made. After all, Tinseltown is famous for beating dead horses left and right. How many Transformers sequels and spin-offs do we really need? "As long as they make money, they'll keep getting made." That's the major studios' motto. But what about the killer flicks that didn't get another chance to wow audiences?

We're talking about Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in The Nice Guys. We're talking about the entire crew from Serenity. We're talking about Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and the rest of the group from Galaxy Quest. So scroll on down and vote up the films that do a great job of reminding you that the pop-culture landscape is a cruel, cruel mistress.

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    To be blunt, we're never going to get a Keanu Reeves-starring Constantine sequel. The 2005 film is a relic of a bygone era where every major Hollywood studio was scrambling to throw comic book adaptations on-screen in the wake of Spider-Man's unbelievable box-office take. Coupled with the solid performance of Blade and X-Men, the superhero gold rush was on and nothing was too outlandish. This is how we got a big-budget, gothic horror loose adaptation of the Hellblazer comic series. Constantine was only Hellblazer in the broadest strokes, but it didn't matter. 

    Fans who were willing to overlook the changes got an interesting, unique thriller that featured serious talent like Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Tilda Swinton, Djimon Hounsou, and Peter Stormare. The adaptation grossed a then-impressive $230 million, but its budget of around $100 million meant it was only a minor hit in the eyes of Warner Bros. Pictures, killing any momentum for a sequel then and there. With a new DCEU-related Constantine show apparently in production for HBO Max set to lead into some kind of Justice League Dark project, it's safe to say we've seen the last of this version of John Constantine. Unless WB surprises everyone and brings Reeves back into the fold. UPDATE, September 16, 2022: Well, turns out WB did exactly that!

    • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Djimon Hounsou, Max Baker
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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    The fact that Serenity even exists at all is a minor miracle in itself. And we're not talking about the truly bonkers Matthew McConaughey/Anne Hathaway film where everyone ends up being in a video game, or whatever. No, this is the Serenity that is the continuation of the cult-classic television series Firefly. You know, the one that was unceremoniously axed by Fox after a mere 11 episodes? Thanks to fan fervor, we ended up getting a feature film based on the show a few years later in 2005.

    Nowadays, someone like Netflix or Hulu would've come along and given the show a second chance. Back then, though, show revivals were much rarer, and we didn't just get a series continuation - we got a big-screen blockbuster. And who wouldn't want to see more of the rag-tag group of space-farers striving to make some "gorram" scratch while jetting around the cosmos in their lovable skiff? The story has continued in comics, but an actual sequel was rumored for a while there and some hubbub started again recently, as there were whispers that a new series could come to Disney+. All things considered, we're probably never going to get to see Nathan Fillion return as Captain Malcolm Reynolds, so we'll just have to learn how to survive. Besides, what would a Firefly/Serenity sequel be without Alan Tudyk's Wash anyway?

    • Actors: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Joss Whedon

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    How does one explain The Fifth Element? It's very '90s. It's very manic. It's very... different from the standard Hollywood aesthetic. The Fifth Element is a film you kind of just have to watch for yourself. Will you enjoy it? It's hard to say! Everyone is different, and this 1997 sci-fi epic is the kind of "love-it-or-hate-it" fare that controversial director Luc Besson is known for. Watch whatever is going on here and decide for yourself.

    One thing that can easily be said about The Fifth Element is that the world the production team created is wholly unique and deserved another chance to delight audiences. Realistically, there was no need to even bring any of the primary cast back for another go-around. The world was dense enough - and undeniably weird enough - to simply do a spin-off instead. Not having to pay for Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, or Chris Tucker would've brought costs down, and Gary Oldman's Zorg is already dead, so there's another big-name actor not needed! Alas, as long as Besson has his way, a sequel will never happen.

    • Actors: Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Ian Holm, Milla Jovovich, Chris Tucker
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Luc Besson

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    Galaxy Quest is a moderately successful 1999 sci-fi farce that became a cult hit and continues to be played in theaters on a yearly basis to this day. How did this happen? It turns out that making fun of Star Trek while also being a loving homage to the entertainment titan will get people in your corner pretty easily. Also, the cast is incredible. There isn't a single weak link throughout the entire movie - everywhere you look, there is an incredible performer. Tim Allen. Sigourney Weaver. Alan Rickman. Tony Shalhoub. Sam Rockwell. Enrico Colantoni. Missi Pyle. Galaxy Quest even houses the film debuts of Justin Long and Rainn Wilson!

    The "will-they-or-won't-they" of a possible Galaxy Quest sequel has become the subject of much internet fodder in the past decade. Tim Allen seems to talk about it whenever someone asks about the supposedly completed script. He's not alone, either, as Sigourney Weaver also speaks about the sequel from time to time. For now, fans will have to settle for the apparent television series that has Simon Pegg attached. Pegg's work on Spaced shows the project is in solid, sci-fi-loving hands.

    • Actors: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Dean Parisot

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