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 Posted:   Oct 6, 2013 - 10:38 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

While many of us are tired of sequels, some stories lend themselves naturally to further adventures.

What potential film series failed to deliver on their future promises to you?

For me, Fletch would be first up. A whole series of books, and Chevy Chase wonderfully cast. This series could have gone on for 5 maybe 6 films if approached correctly from the novels. But as we know, that did not happen.

A Nightmare On Elm Street: I have said this before, but this is maybe one of the most disappointing horror series as it is one of the few that has plenty of room creatively to continue on. Freddy lives in the dream world. He can go anywhere, or literally be anything. He could attack here, in Japan, England, anywhere. He can go after the young, the old, whoever. Look at all the psychology involved with dreams. I feel the films that currently exist only scratch the surface of where this series could have gone.

So let's here from the rest of you.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2013 - 11:13 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.

It had the perfect cast, all the actors WERE the characters they played. It could have made more films provided the same team had stayed (actors, writers, director) on it. The original had this never seen before or after weird combination of seriousness, comedy, parody and weirdness that made me think "what are you trying to make us believe we are watching".
Only problem with a series would be that J.A. Preston's character Conn MacCleary died in the film. They would have to find some weird explanation to bring him back as he was as excellent as all the others. Then again a weird explanation would be completely normal for a Remo story.

Disco Stu.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2013 - 11:13 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.

It had the perfect cast, all the actors WERE the characters they played. It could have made more films provided the same team had stayed (actors, writers, director) on it. The original had this never seen before or after weird combination of seriousness, comedy, parody and weirdness that made me think "what are you trying to make us believe we are watching".
Only problem with a series would be that J.A. Preston's character Conn MacCleary died in the film. They would have to find some weird explanation to bring him back as he was as excellent as all the others. Then again a weird explanation would be completely normal for a Remo story.

Disco Stu.

 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2013 - 11:25 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.

Indeed!

I would also like to present into evidence the Narnia series....has come so close to stalling on more than one occasion, but has been pulled out of the fire (thank goodness)...

...and the James Bond mini-series that began with Casino Royale and ended with Quantuim of Solace...so much more story to tell...but QoS killed it off (though it wasn't entirely as bad as been suggested).

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2013 - 11:35 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I'm still waiting for National Treasure 3. There were only three years between the first two, but this December it will be six years since the second. Not that anything major was left unresolved, but it would be nice to find out what "Page 47" was all about, and I liked Nicolas Cage's idea of branching out into exploring the history of other countries. Easily so many more adventures to tell.

...and the James Bond mini-series that began with Casino Royale and ended with Quantuim of Solace...so much more story to tell...but QoS killed it off (though it wasn't entirely as bad as been suggested).

The producers stated at the time that Quantum could very easily return in subsequent films, the way the previous series had SPECTRE in some films but not others.

 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2013 - 11:54 PM   
 By:   Mr Greg   (Member)

I'm still waiting for National Treasure 3....Easily so many more adventures to tell.

I was under the impression that this was on it's way in the next year or so...I'm not sure why I am under that impression, perhaps I saw something somewhere about some stalled attempt...neverthless, I'm with you on that one!


The producers stated at the time that Quantum could very easily return in subsequent films, the way the previous series had SPECTRE in some films but not others

Yes, it could....I just think that given the final scene of QoS that an immediate follow-on was a dead cert...seems silly for other events (such as SkyFall) to happen in between it all....but I dare say Bond will return to it, in it's own funny non-chronological way (after all, we did get another Bond trilogy some years ago that were effectively released in the wrong order).

 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2013 - 11:57 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.

It had the perfect cast, all the actors WERE the characters they played. It could have made more films provided the same team had stayed (actors, writers, director) on it. The original had this never seen before or after weird combination of seriousness, comedy, parody and weirdness that made me think "what are you trying to make us believe we are watching".
Only problem with a series would be that J.A. Preston's character Conn MacCleary died in the film. They would have to find some weird explanation to bring him back as he was as excellent as all the others. Then again a weird explanation would be completely normal for a Remo story.

Disco Stu.




Well, couldn't agree with you more on that. But I think you already knew that. I adore Remo Williams.

Here's to hoping that it gets a proper reboot. Who would you cast as Remo now? No cheating, it can't be Fred Ward.

 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 3:43 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Cobra- What, no more Marion Cobretti?

Action Jackson- Carl Weathers denied another franchise? Say it ain't so!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 4:36 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

In our house we like A Series of Unfortunate Events and are sorry that a series didn't develop from it. Considering what Emily Browning's been up to since*, I don't see this doing a Harry Potter!


TG


* In particular, Sleeping Beauty

 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 5:41 AM   
 By:   Metryq   (Member)

Having never seen REMO WILLIAMS, this thread prompted me to look it up. (I've liked Fred Ward in everything I've seen him in.) As with so many other films, a widescreen version is not available in the US. But one can always turn to Region 2 suppliers. I've run into the same situation with Blu-ray releases—not available in the US, but available in other regions. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

Jim, re: ACTION JACKSON—Isn't that the movie where someone yelped about nearly ripping someone's arm off, and the hero (Jackson?) replies, "He had a spare"?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 7:20 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

Charlie's Angels

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 7:48 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

It seems that City of Bones Mortal Instruments was a pretty serious financial bomb.
This is because, well, it is a piece of crap, and because the audience has perhaps finally grown tired of angst ridden teens tangling the forces of darkness, or vampires or whatever, between when they are gazing pensively at each other with goo-goo-eyes.


They were shooting the sequel before this one came out. Okay, I do not work in Hollywood, but what kind of stupid studio exec would approve shooting a sequel before you know how the first one does? Well it bombed, and the sequel was shut down. Thank goodness.

 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

The Last Airbender- Was supposed to be three films correct?
The Rocketeer- Really wish this was a hit and gave us another film. The huge airship in CA was originally considered for the Rocketeer, and probably would have surfaced in the sequel.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 8:37 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

Oh, easily the one I most dearly wish had gone on with further screen adventures is Buckaroo Banzai. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is dozens of kinds of wonderful, and it specifically promises a sequel that never happened.

 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 10:14 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I loved "Unbreakable". It was one of two films I liked that was originally planned as a trilogy.

As a recall, Shyamalan said he had written all three and they were going to be made, but it didn't end up happening. Shymalamadingdong has said in the last couple years he was taking the plot from one of them, and re-using part of it in another film. I don't know where that's gone.


The other was "Serenity". Planned as a trilogy and as I recall they had the cast retained contractually, but it didn't end up happening.



And depending on how we're going to define "failed" here, a most honorable mention goes to the utter failure that is "Men In black II" and "Men In black III". What horrible additions.

Continuing along those lines, "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" was really bad. And Goldmember was better but still crap.


And then we have the TNG Trek films First Contact, Insurrection, and Nemesis.



By the way, there was a Remo Williams TV pilot that failed. The actor who played Chiun, was back but a different actor played Remo. It was pretty lousy. The only highlight: Craig Safan also scored the pilot, and he reused all the major themes from the film as well as new material.



I'm glad "Ghostbusters III" has stalled. Not only do I not have high hopes for it, I no longer trust a good film can be made by today's Hollywood.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 11:34 AM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

While many of us are tired of sequels, some stories lend themselves naturally to further adventures.

What potential film series failed to deliver on their future promises to you?



"Planet of the Apes" (1968)
"Dirty Harry" (1971)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 12:32 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)


"Planet of the Apes" (1968)
"Dirty Harry" (1971)


i wil never forget the sunday night as a schoolboy when the announcer said mid-series thats where we will be leaving the planet of the apes...

The story at the time was that "...america had got bored with it " so they pulled the plug.



 
 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 12:32 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

i suppose 5 films and a series was too much? the first had an impact the others couldnt match.

id add the magnificent seven. theres a sequence of films that couldnt match the original, despite the energy of elmers music to rescue them.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 1:06 PM   
 By:   betenoir   (Member)

Golden Compass

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 7, 2013 - 2:17 PM   
 By:   (Member)   (Member)

While many of us are tired of sequels, some stories lend themselves naturally to further adventures.

What potential film series failed to deliver on their future promises to you?


"The Godfather"
"First Blood"

 
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