The Top 7 Sequels That Need To Happen
4. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 2 (Alternate Title: "Ferris Bueller's Term Off")
This falls under the category of movie that can’t really be made since Matthew Broderick had to go and get older. And marry Sarah Jessica Parker, which can’t necessarily be forgiven, even if it can be explained…somehow… This could only work if Broderick was now the father and had a trouble-making, but endearingly affable, son who was up to the same hijinks as Ferris was in the '80s.
After writing that it becomes clear to me just how repugnant such an idea would be. But it sure would have been nice if they’d followed up with a sequel in 1990. Ferris could have been about to graduate college, but the dean was trying to expel him for too many incompletes on his transcript. Or something like that. It could have been great. Unfortunately for mankind, there’s a much better chance of a Sex and the City VIII than a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off II.
3. Back to the Future IV
Marty McFly and Emmett Brown’s story is completed by the end of Back to the Future III, but not in a very satisfying way. And there are some major issues that don’t even begin to be addressed, such as how in hell Doc put together a flying train...with technology from the 19th century.
Michael J. Fox’s health would be a major obstacle to making a fourth film, and I’m of the opinion that if it can’t be done with Fox it shouldn’t be done at all. So Back to the Future IV is most likely not going to be a reality. But if it could be, would Marty and Doc go into the future or the past? Would they take the DeLorean or the flying locomotive? Either way, I would be the first in line to get my ticket.
2. The Graduate 2 (Alternate Title: "The Graduated")
Every film buff and filmmaker lists The Graduate on their top 10 favorite films list. The makers of the film – director Mike Nichols and star Dustin Hoffman – discussed at one point making a sequel to it, but alas, ‘twas not to be.
I think everyone who’s watched the film has wondered what happens when they get off the bus. Do they get into a screaming fight before they even get to their stop? Do they get married and have kids, and then Elaine seduces the son of Ben’s best friend and business partner? Or maybe Ben seduces the daughter of Elaine’s best friend and business partner… There are so many perverted ways the sequel could go, but I don’t think we’ll ever get to know what happens to Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Braddock – assuming they ever got married at all.
1. Close Encounters of the Third Kind II (Alternate Title: "Even Closer Encounters of the Third Kind")
This movie can still be made. And it should. What was the point of making the best UFO movie of all bloody time if Spielberg had no intention of following it up with a second? Instead we got E.T., a kind of alien analgesic to the terrifying malevolence of the beings from Close Encounters.
What happens when Roy gets on the ship? Where does he go? What do the aliens teach him, and what does he teach them? Do they do freaky tests on him? Does he agree to all of their demands? Do they let him fly the ship? Does he have alien sex with the alien queen and start a nasty little alien family?
These are questions people have been waiting for answers to for over thirty years. The extended edition of the movie gave us a little clue as to what Roy's life was going to be like. But if Spielberg made Close Encounters II, there’s also a possibility he’d be forgiven some of his directorial floundering of the past decade. Time to get back to your roots, Stevie.