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10 movies from the 90s in desperate need of sequels

10 movies from the 90s in desperate need of sequels

23/06/2016Movies

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Age is just a number: it no longer matters how much time has passed since a movie was successful – sequels like Independence Day: Resurgence, arriving 20 years after the first, prove that, like good cheese and Guinness, good things come to those who wait. Surely then, green lighting a successful sequel today would just be a case of scouring through the 90s Hollywood release schedule and cherry-picking some great movies and characters with which we wouldn't mind catching up with 20 years down the line? Consider it done.

Clueless (1995)

As if!

As if!

The original: Cher Horowitz was the Queen of high school and always had the coolest clothes, threw the raddest parties and danced with the hottest boys.

20 years later: Where most high school movies end, real life begins: what happens when the Prom Kings and Queens venture out into the big, wide world? Catching up with Cher would be a great chance for director Amy Heckerling to explore how youth culture has come on leaps and bounds over the last two decades. Cher could have a daughter of her own in high school by now and would be shocked to realise what was cool back in her day has become, like, totally 'What-everrr' to today's teens.

Potential hitch: Alicia Silverstone literally hasn't aged. She still looks like she's 18.

Likeliness: 10/10. Neither cast nor directors Heckerling are up to much. Stacey Dash is definitely free.

Demolition Man (1993)

The original: Old-school crime-fighter John Spartan is cryogenically frozen after being arrested for a crime he didn't commit, only to be thawed in the future to catch a psycho.

20 years later: Such a high concept action classic deserves a sequel on merit alone – it's arguably Sylvester Stallone's greatest non-franchise related movie. A fish out of water in 2032, maybe it's time to send Spartan back to his own era when temporal terrorists travel back to 1996 to wipe out the San Angeles police force before it's even been created. Revelling in the chance to use some 'traditional' police techniques, he's accompanied by Sandra Bullock's future cop Lenina Huxley, who is appalled by the brutish nature of the 20th century – and can't figure out how to use a toilet that doesn't have three seashells.

Potential hitch: 70 this year, Stallone's action days might be behind him. And when we say 'might be', we actually mean 'definitely are'.

Likeliness: 8/10. We could see this happening, if Bullock agrees to slum it. Rob Schneider has already cleared his schedule.

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

“Let’s go to the woods,” they said.  “It’ll fun” they said.

“Let’s go to the woods,” they said. “It’ll fun” they said.

The original: Three amateur documentary filmmakers go into the Burkittsville woods in Maryland to investigate a local myth, and never come out.

20 years later: Yeah, we know there was a sequel, but forgettable follow-up Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 was rushed into production and hit cinemas just 12 months after the original – also it was one of the worst sequels ever made. A proper, thoughtful continuation of the story could be huge (reminder: the original made a quarter of a billion dollars from a $60,000 budget). The legend of Blair Witch has all been forgotten, meaning it's the perfect time for her to return to remind the locals that she never went away...

Potential hitch: The original was a masterclass in teasing without showing. Modern audiences are way less tolerant of shaky-cam and slow-build tension.

Likeliness: 9/10. The horror genre isn't scared to raid the annals of history for reboots.

Under Siege (1992)

Steven Seagal movies: Not that great, but you watch to see him kick bad guy butt

Steven Seagal movies: Not that great, but you watch to see him kick bad guy butt

The original: Casey Ryback is just a ship's cook. A ship's cook who can kick every terrorist ass twice around the world from here to Afghanistan.

20 years later: If Stallone can revive Rambo and Arnie can revive the Terminator why shouldn't Seagal revive his most famous action hero character? The modern world needs heroes more than ever. The 90s action movie – with its stone-faced lead, vaguely middle-Eastern villain and its huge explosions – has died a death in favour of fast-moving and lithe Bourne-esque adventures, but there's still room for the old 'Die Hard in a [blank] sub-genre to thrive, as evidenced by the success of Olympus Has Fallen . We would just like to point out that, as an expert cook, Casey Ryback could easily be working in the kitchen at the White House.

Potential hitch: Steven Seagal, and the torrid allegation that won't stop dogging him: that he resembles a jacket potato.

Likeliness: 6/10. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory wasn't much of a hit back in 1995, and that was set on a train. A TRAIN.

Léon (1994)

Leon: Partie Deux

Leon: Partie Deux

The original: Master assassin Léon takes on an orphaned girl as his protégé and takes down a corrupt cop with a penchant for sudden SHOUTING.

20 years later: [Spoiler for a film that is over 20 years old] Léon didn't make it... but Mathilda lives. There is absolutely no question that the French assassin's young padawan would go on to become a contract killer herself, with the added bonus of Natalie Portman's feminine wiles thrown into the mix too. Nothing brings down a mob boss like a dame: Mathilda could be one of New York's deadliest assassins, with her butter-wouldn't-melt smile and her 'cleaning' skills learned from her mentor and honed to perfection. Do not forget to water her houseplant. She will kill you.

Potential hitch: Luc Besson himself has said that if he had a great idea sequel, he'd write it tomorrow... but he doesn't.

Likeliness: 4/10. “Natalie is old now, she's a mother,” says Besson. “It's too late. I don't want to do sequels for money, I want to do a sequel because it's worth it. I want it to be as good or better than the original.” WELL GET YOUR THINKING CAP ON THEN, LUC.

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Not a man, a way of life

Not a man, a way of life

The original: Jeffrey 'The Dude' Lebowski is caught up in a whirlwind of mob crime, kidnap, extortion and rug theft. But The Dude abides.

20 years later: Here's the one key gag: The Dude is still exactly the same. Same dressing gown. Same trackie bottom shorts. Same beard. Possibly he changed the milk in his fridge somewhere around the new millennium. But The Dude doesn't change gear for nobody, and he'd remain the same laid back 'El Duderino' we know and love, no matter the situation. For what it's worth, we'd pay good money to see his best buddy Walter Sobchak kidnapped by sinister forces, not only because The Dude is the least-equipped person on the planet to raise his ransom, but also because Walter would almost certainly attempt several dozen escape plans in the meantime.

Potential hitch: No Coen Brothers, no Big Lebowski sequel – and Joel and Ethan aren't keen on revisiting any of their characters.

Likeliness: 3/10. Tara Reid seemed to think it was going to happen a while back, but then Tara Reid thinks a lot of things are going to happen.

The Fifth Element (1997)

The Sixth Element?

The Sixth Element?

The original: Humble taxi driver Korben Dallas stumbles into a world of intergalactic arms-dealing and inter-planetary warfare, meeting the woman of his dreams in the process.

20 years later: Another Luc Besson joint that's begging for further exploration, The Fifth Element literally establishes an entire universe for itself and only got to tell one story. You could do anything with a sequel (well, except catch up with Gary Oldman's Zurg), not limited to catching up with Korben and Leeloo, and, oh, I don't know, maybe their kid, who is kidnapped by spice smugglers from the Fhloston quadrant just as his parents discover he is prophesied to become... the Sixth Element. This thing writes itself!

Potential hitch: None. Literally none. I have already starting writing this movie myself, just up there. Don't steal my idea.

Likeliness: 7/10. If Besson can nail the story before Bruce Willis turns into an actual stone gargoyle, then it could be a world-beater.

Waterworld (1995)

What a world, what a world

What a world, what a world

The original: Post-apocalyptic Earth is flooded after the polar ice-caps melt, leaving stragglers like The Mariner to fend for themselves as oil tanker gangs rule the oceans.

20 years later: Yet another 90s movie with a concept so cool, it's criminal to limit it to just one story. A world that's 99% water is still a fascinating place to set a sequel, so maybe the earthy paradise of 'Dry Land' is taken over by united gangs of 'Smokers' and sunken, forcing the visiting Mariner to take the remaining citizens back to the sea to find a new home. Only, after 20 years, the waves have got a little choppier, and the residents of the ocean have got a lot stranger...

Potential hitch: Star Kevin Costner and director Kevin Reynolds hate each other's guts now. Also it cost like 20 billion dollars to make or thereabouts.

Likeliness: 3/10. Production of the first movie was a nightmare and it was not well received. By idiots who didn't realise it was AMAZING. A sequel would definitely shift at least one ticket, if you get my meaning. (Me, it's me, I'll pay to go see it).

Wayne's World (1992)

Party time.  Excellent.

Party time. Excellent.

The original: Wayne and Garth, two losers with their own public access cable TV show, become famous. They rock out to Bohemian Rhapsody.

20 years later: They started out broadcasting in Wayne's mom's basement... where would Wayne and Garth be in 2016? The two slackers friends are definite products of the 90s, so excuse us if we're infinitely fascinated about what happens to such ancient cultural relics when they're dusted off and put on display in modern times. Would they have their own YouTube channel? Would they rock out to Radiohead? Would they even want to be famous any more? It's unclear how Wayne and Garth would fit into today's media landscape... which is exactly why we need a sequel to tell us.

Potential hitch: Mike Myers hasn't made a funny movie since... wow, 1999.

Likeliness: 6/10. If Austin Powers can make a comeback, so can Wayne.

Face/Off (1997)

Whose eye is that in the middle?

Whose eye is that in the middle?

The original: Top cop Sean Archer wears the face of fallen crime kingpin Castor Troy in order to uncover a bomb, only to find that Troy is alive... and wearing his face.

20 years later: Let's be very clear from the outset: a Face/Off sequel would have to make about as much sense as the original did to justify its existence, which is to say none at all. If the science existed to swap faces in 1997, then 20 years of research in the John Wooniverse could probably lead to a way to bring Castor Troy back to life and have him face off with Archer again, faces all over the shop like Jaqen H'ghar. Consider this: Nicolas Cage and John Travolta together again, only this time, one thousand times hammier. Face/Off 2: Face Offier. Someone, anyone, please make this movie.

Potential hitch: Logic. Reason. The fact that neither Cage or Travolta have opened a blockbuster movie in about a decade.

Likeliness: 0/10. For shame. (*chants*) FACE-OFF-2! FACE-OFF-2! FACE-OFF-2!