Feb 06, 2019
Everyone loves a good sequel. When a movie breaks all records, chances are there will be a second part. Many times, the sequel is getting ready before the first movie is even released – all part of the plan. However, there have been a few movies that everyone expected to have sequels, but they never came out. What happened?
Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 1998
Who Framed Roger Rabbit was a hit. It was a mix of live action and animation that was never seen before. A sequel was ready in no time – Roger Rabbit: The Toon Platoon. The story was quite good and followed younger Roger taking on the Nazis, but the movie never made it. How come? It seems putting Disney, Amblin and Warner Brothers together was a nightmare for the original movie. Everyone would have wanted a bigger piece of the pie now, not to mention licensing permissions and issues.
Mac And Me, 1988
Mac And Me told the story of an alien who ended up stranded on Earth. He befriends a boy – well, pretty much the same story as in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Producers started planning part two before the first one even came out, hoping to overtake the E.T. release. Sadly enough for them, the movie was a disaster. It cost $13 million to make and it made $6 million back. Obviously, the second part never made it to production.
Masters Of The Universe, 1987
Masters Of The Universe was made after successful cartoon series, so producers hoped for a hit. The first part ended with Skeletor still alive, so they even had the script ready for the second part. The new movie was supposed to be called Masters Of The Universe 2: Cyborg. However, the first movie made less than it cost. To make things even worse, producers hoped to allocate about four times less money for the second one. It would have been a disaster.
Forrest Gump, 1994
Forrest Gump was a hit – no doubts about it. It grossed around $700 million and won plenty of awards. A sequel was almost certain, especially since the original novel was split into two parts. The second part was supposed to show Forrest Gump's life after going broke and taking a series of odd jobs. The story was a bit strange and some people have blamed the discontinuation on it. However, it seems Tom Hanks was the main reason, as he never wanted to return to this role. He believed a sequel would have ruined what the team has accomplished with the first release.
Mrs. Doubtfire, 1993
Mrs. Doubtfire was a hit and can still put a smile on anyone's face when played. Given its success, it was not too long before a sequel was discussed. There were more issues about it though. After all, how could you keep the same actors and maintain the story fresh? Both Robin Williams and director Chris Columbus started losing interest, but eventually, they came up with a plan. A script was written and things were getting together. Things took a different direction in 2014, when Robin Williams took his own life due to depression.
The Nightmare Before Christmas, 1993
Tim Burton and Disney's The Nightmare Before Christmas became a classic. While Disney was on for a second adventure, Tim Burton had different plans. A few rumors came out, but nothing was too clear. Every couple of years, a new rumor hits the Internet and drives fans ecstatic, but so far, nothing really happened.
Bottom line, no matter how successful a movie is, you do not always need a sequel. There are times when a sequel kills the original. Most commonly, the sequel is terrible, so it is just not worth it.