In case you haven’t noticed, we’re living in the era of sequels and reboots. Moviegoers are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to this issue because, on one hand, it means that you get to enjoy more of the story that you can’t seem to get enough. On the other, it also suggests the industry is losing creativity. Not to mention, studios always seem to prolong a franchise as long as it’s making enough money, even after it’s run out of narrative steam.
But even during this era of cinematic sequels, there’s still a long list of films that are way overdue for a follow-up, a lot of them from the golden years of the early 2000s. So when Hollywood gets ready to make another sequel, and reboot another movie, hopefully they’ll look to these gems from ’00-’09.
The Princess Diaries
We first watched Mia assume the role of princess at age 15. Fast forward a few years to her twenties, and then we got to watch her abolish a ridiculous Genovian rule that kept unmarried women from ascending the throne. Now that Mia is officially the Queen of Genovia, we’d like to know how she’s doing, what she’s done with Genovia, and if she found herself a king — possibly Chris Pine.
We’re just going to pretend that TV film sequel never happened and demand an actual Lindsay Lohan-helmed second installment. Word on the street is that Lohan has actually written a script for it, and now all that needs to happen is for Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Lizzy Caplan, and the rest of the gang to get on board to make it a reality. Wouldn’t it be so fetch to find out how the Plastics are doing all these years?
While the movie takes place in the 1970s, it was released in the 2000s, and honestly, we’re still curious to know what happened to Penny Lane and William Miller. Did Penny ever come back from Morocco? Did William grow up to be the brilliant writer he’s destined to be? Did Stillwater get to reach the level of fame that they wanted? We need answers!
Napoleon Dynamite is one of those films that no one ever expected to blow up but that reached cult status anyway. Considering that the movie is about two outcasts pulling off a successful high-school presidential campaign, it would be interesting to see Napoleon and Pedro take their unusual skills to the White House. The sequel could also be about Napoleon becoming a scientist and creating a liger, or maybe even a dance instructor and celebrity choreographer. The more bonkers the story, the better.
Director Greg Mottola has been adamant about not making a sequel to this iconic high school movie because it would be a “crass money grab,” but you know what, TAKE OUR MONEY. While it might be too late to have the potential sequel be about Seth and Evan’s college escapades given that Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are already in their 30s, we’d still want to watch them navigate adulthood — along with McLovin, of course.
The Devil Wears Prada
To the naysayers who think this movie should be left alone, here’s what we have to say: “Don’t be ridiculous, Andrea. Everybody wants this.” No, seriously, though — Lauren Weisberger, who wrote the book the movie is based on, has already written the follow-up, Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns. It’s just waiting to be put into production. It’s all about Andy and Emily joining forces to start and run a high-end bridal magazine, and that premise alone is what dreams are made of. Someone turn it into a film, stat!
I Am Number Four
Okay, this movie is technically from the 2010s, but hear me out. I Am Number Four is in *dire* need of a sequel. Understandably, the studio didn’t want to continue the franchise because the first film didn’t hit its target revenue, but the book series it’s based on is insanely good and deserve to be translated on the big screen. The potential franchise could even be as big as The Hunger Games or even Harry Potter if only done right.
Another book-based series that could have blown up but never did is Percy Jackson, and that’s a darn shame. Granted, the first two movies that were released didn’t do the source material justice, but hey, third time’s the charm right? They could completely change the original cast (Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario, and Brandon T. Jackson can’t really pass as teenagers anymore), beef up the budget, and rethink the story to turn it into the fantastic movie series it was always destined to be.
Brad Bird already answered our prayers and released Incredibles 2. We hope it isn’t too much to ask for a follow-up to Ratatouille, too. I mean, what could be better than watching Remy grow an empire of restaurants and showcase to the world his impeccable cooking skills? They could also pull a Monsters University and build a culinary school for uh, rats. So please, movie gods, grant us a Ratatouille sequel, and name it Rata-2-ille.
I don’t think I’ve met a person who HASN’T stayed up all night thinking about the ending of Inception and figuring out whether the totem would stop spinning or not. While it’s unlikely that the superstar lineup’s schedule would align for a possible sequel, we won’t be opposed to a brand new set of characters. After all, what made the movie so great is the alternate reality it’s set in. A world where you can invade other people’s dreams? We need to see more of that, please!