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5 Unnecessary, Unwanted Sequels That Bit The Dust & 5 More That Are Somehow Getting Made

by Oliver Lyttelton
March 13, 2012 3:33 PM
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Earlier today, producer/enemy of quality Neal Moritz confirmed what anyone with a brain and cursory knowledge of the box office charts of early 2011 was aware of: a sequel to "Green Hornet," his Michel Gondry-directed, Seth Rogen-led superhero movie of last January, isn't happening any time soon. The film wasn't a giant flop -- it made a good-but-not-great $98 million domestically, part of a total $227 million worldwide haul. Not a bad number, but considering the movie cost $120 million plus whatever they poured into the extensive marketing campaign, the profit margin was likely razor thin.

But that being said, had it gone forward, "Green Hornet" wouldn't have been the first film deemed a disappointment to end up getting a sequel. Sometimes it's a face-saving move (as when Disney loudly announced development on a "Tron: Legacy" sequel, hiring a writer last summer, despite the film underwhelming financially), sometimes it's a lack of imagination, and sometimes it's a cunning bet that ends up paying nicely -- we're sure that when Sony greenlit "Resident Evil: Afterlife," the follow-up to "Resident Evil: Extinction," they weren't expecting it to double its predecessors $150 million worldwide take. Meanwhile, we're sure Universal didn't think "Fast Five" was going to be the biggest entry in the franchise to date.

As such, we've run down five sequels without an obvious audience that, like "Green Hornet 2," failed to make it to theaters, and five that, somehow, will be on marquees and bus shelters soon. It's a list that could have gone on for some time -- we don't know anyone who's really pumped to see "Wrath Of The Titans," "Men In Black 3" or "Red 2," for instance -- but these seem to be the most head-scratching incidents.

Five Sequels That Aren't Getting Made

"The Brazilian Job"
The remake of the beloved 1960s Michael Caine caper movie "The Italian Job" wasn't bad so much as it was aggressively pedestrian. But the film somehow managed to crawl over the $100 million mark domestically back in 2003, so Paramount pushed on with a Rio-set sequel, to be penned by David Twohy ("Pitch Black"). But with Charlize Theron winning an Oscar, Jason Statham becoming a star in his own right and Mark Wahlberg finding better things to do with his time, it never came together. And let's be honest, not a lot of tears were shed.

"The Topkapi Affair"
Back in 1999, the remake of "The Thomas Crown Affair" by John McTiernan was a modest success with critics, and an even more modest success with audiences, taking $69 million at the box office. But somehow, backers MGM decided there was enough desire out there for a sequel, which would double up as a remake of another heist classic, "Topkapi." Paul Verhoeven was even announced as an unlikely choice of director back in 2007. But with Brosnan's star fading post-Bond, the film never moved forward, and Verhoeven left the project not long before MGM's financial problems seemingly killed it for good.

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  • Jason | August 6, 2014 8:57 PMReply

    lmao how is this person reporting? a wage thief if i've ever seen one.

    stopped reading half way through this dribble.

  • Me | July 27, 2013 4:59 AMReply

    Don't let your self indulged ego get in the way of a good movie, A good fun entertaining movie. Jumper was an amazing movie with Awesome effects and I am greatly awaiting Jumper 2

  • Gofuckyourself | October 27, 2012 1:01 PMReply

    I liked red and am pumped for red2. MIB3 was really good. So go fuck yourself

  • Myself | July 4, 2012 10:30 PMReply

    Um, I guess the author doesn't realize that the reported budget of a film includes marketing expenses.

    I'm confused as to how this person has a job reporting on the entertainment industry. lol

  • Tanner | May 30, 2012 2:17 AMReply

    I would like to agree with everyone that is saying that they enjoyed jumper, and in my opinion most of the movies on this list were quite enjoyable to watch. The only other thing I have to say is if someone with half a brain would greenlight Adam Sandler's Jack &Jill or the upcoming That's my boy than all of these deserve a greenlight for production.

  • sogetsu | May 14, 2012 9:12 PMReply

    im surprised that gi joe, wanted, green hornet, green lantern, resident evil, silent hill are considered flops. prob cuz of the leak cam vids etc?

    those movies were way better then the likes of paranormal activity etc, how are they flops?

    prob cuz of fans and illegal vids being post online of these movies.

    if a movies entertaining, its good period.

  • Chris | May 12, 2012 12:55 PMReply

    I think the crybaby who made this should be fired. It's nothing but some ass clown whining about shit they have no clue about. They don't make movies. They're not even in the profession. You think you can do better? Put up or shut up.

  • seekler | May 1, 2012 12:15 PMReply

    I may not be intelectually above 14 years, but find this offensive. Actually, I liked Wanted and maybe others too. Where are you getting your information? It may be skewed.

  • jason | April 30, 2012 9:21 PMReply

    Silent Hill will be a big hit due to Insidious. Because of Insidious, moviegoers are more interested in the astral word and the subplanes. With a movie release date prior to Halloween, Silent Hill can stand to make back the production budget after the second weekend in release. You can count on it!

  • MAL | April 5, 2012 4:23 PMReply

    Not sure why but I loved Silent Hill. Yes, yes, I know -- the plot was all but inexplicable, but I was utterly drawn into the visceral nightmare put up on screen. I do not, however, hold out much hope for any sequel (or original film for that matter) written and directed by the guy that brought forth Solomon Kane.

  • Gary | March 26, 2012 9:08 PMReply

    I'm looking forward to Wrath of the Titans and MIB. I think the author of this article is artsy far sty like most critics, and watches movies for some ethereal display of acting skill as opposed to the reason why most of us watch movies:ENTERTAINMENT.

  • Dan | April 3, 2012 5:06 PM

    2 words..... Well said

  • Mike | March 18, 2012 8:00 PMReply

    Where did all these defenders come from for these would be franchises? They don't seem like the everyday commenters here.

  • Brian | June 1, 2012 5:37 AM

    I'm assuming Google, that's how I got here.

  • ASFan | March 17, 2012 9:41 PMReply

    Another unnecessary sequel getting made? Vin Diesel's Riddick.

  • Sandler sucks | March 16, 2012 10:53 PMReply

    Sean Bean upper B-list? Really? I am inclined to believe that many people would disagree with you on that one.

  • anon | March 16, 2012 7:10 PMReply

    disagree on the Percy Jackson series - the series is among the most popular among kids and teens from the 8 to 16 demograpis. guess you've never been to a rick riordance book signing or a camp half blood event. there is interest and love for the series and Fox is probably banking on that potential audience for the sequel. Nathan fillion just signed on adding geek cred but you would probably dismiss him as C-list actor.

  • ASFan | March 15, 2012 5:00 PMReply

    Actually, if you think about it, the Brazilian Job was already made as Fast Five.

  • Marcus | March 14, 2012 8:35 PMReply

    Speak for yourself! I'm stoked that they are actually going ahead with the Percy Jackson series...if they follow the books closely it will be an amazing series! The first movie just came out around a bunch of other big planning on a good release date would help!

    Also I've been dying for Jumper 2.....Jumper was great and I've been dying to know what happens..I still have a small twinge of hope they will make Jumper 2! Plus I didn't realize it was a book series, after reading a comment on here I'm going to have to go find the books!

  • Cameron | March 14, 2012 2:54 PMReply

    "we don't know anyone who's really pumped to see "Wrath Of The Titans," "Men In Black 3" or "Red 2,"" Sorry but Men In Black 3 shouldn't be included on that list. Me and many other people I know cannot wait for Men In Black 3, it will be amazing.

  • Will | March 17, 2012 6:01 PM

    I found one good way is to find a critic you either rarely agree with on movies or almost 100% agree with. I have on critic I follow who has an almost exact polar opposite taste in movies from me. All I have to do is read a few sentences into his reviews to know if he hated or loves the movie. If I find he dislikes the movie, I'll like it. If I find he despises and hates the movie, then I'm going to love it. And if he thinks a movie is great, I skip it. It works for me about 98% of the time I say. I've had a movie here and there he hates I hate, or he likes that i like but its VERY rare. In the end, if I want to see it in threatres, regardless what anyone says about it, i see it...unless the movie is less than an hour and a half then I don't feel it's worth admission.

  • Gemma | March 14, 2012 3:40 PM

    I stopped listening to critics when I skipped Clash of the Titans in the theater because the critics wrote it off. When I saw it later on cable, I wished I hadn't listened. If you're interested in something you should go. More then likely there will be something you'll like about the movie.

  • Liz | March 13, 2012 6:20 PMReply

    "Original writer Russell Gerwitz turned in what was allegedly a shocker of a script"

    Interesting, I've never heard this before. Was it shockingly bad, or was it just a complete left-turn compared to what studio execs were expecting?

  • katmanduuu | March 13, 2012 6:42 PM

    I'm interested in this as well

  • Katie | March 13, 2012 4:42 PMReply

    Can NOT agree with you regarding the a Jumper 2, IF you read the books the second book starts the story TEN YEARS later and there certainly IS a huge fan base out there that WANTS to see the next book in film as well. I believe there WILL be a Jumper 2,however, at the moment Hayden Christensen is readying to film The Diplomat and probably next The Mandrake so he will be busy, perhaps they are waiting for his time to be available. I love the concept of the books and the film of Jumper so I am looking forward to the next film and $140 million buckaroos is nothing to sniff at, ESPECIALLY back in 2008, let alone today!

  • Gemma | March 14, 2012 12:54 PM

    First of all, Jumper did $222 million worldwide. The $140 million mentioned in the above article is misleading so it is similar to the Percy Jackson movie in numbers.
    Really Rich? They look at IMDb comments for research. Gee, I wish I had a nickel for every time a fan made a comment thinking it would contribute to getting a movie made or making it their way, I'd be as rich as George Lucas.
    Looks like the Jumper IMDb message board is very active for a 4 year old movie no one liked. LOL I checked the IMDb message board for Jumper 2, it's always been very active (at least up to late February). I don't see most people on that board not wanting Jumper 2 to be made. It looks like most very much want Jumper 2 to be made. The original Jumper was pretty much a bare bones intro and a sequel could have a lot of potential. Jumper 2 would at least be a movie based on an original story and not some retreaded remake like Hollywood keeps wanting to give us.
    However fanboys want to put down the Star Wars prequels and Hayden Christensen online, they are still only a percentage of the movie-going public. Believe it or not, not everyone has seen a Star Wars movie, even though they've heard about them through popular culture.

  • Rich | March 14, 2012 4:56 AM

    Sorry, Katie. I don't wish to appear rude but there simply ISN'T a huge fan base out there wanting to see the next book filmed. Quite often a studio will produce a film with a view to it starting a franchise and people will go and see it in numbers that seem to justify their plans. They go ahead and greenlight a sequel based on box office receipts and a provisional script is written. Then someone with more than half a brain cell at the studio looks at reviews left on imdb and does market research to see what people actually thought of the first film. When they realise that most people actually thought it was kinda sucky they decide to save their money rather than make a sequel that will more than likely flop because no-one actually liked the first one and aren't going to waste their money a second time round. Also, Hayden Christensen is hardly a big name and as much as I'm sure he's a terribly nice guy he's never going to wash off the stink that is the Star Wars prequels in the eyes of the movie going public.

  • Will | March 13, 2012 5:21 PM

    Katie, you've lost your capitalization privileges for the rest of the day.

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