MORE IN THE ‘SERIES’? | How does it end for Jim Carrey, orphans?
Many great movies don’t lend themselves to sequels. But the reality of film-making and audiences is that eight of the top 10 all-time movies (from a box office standpoint) in U. S. history aren’t “stand-alone” films…they either kicked off a series or were part of a series. And check anyone’s list of worst movies ever made, and no doubt you’ll find some sequels there as well (see “Babe: Pig in the City,” for starters; “Babe” is a great piece of movie-making; the sequel was horrid).
Then there sequels you wish would be made. Here are four I’d like to see…plus a prequel…
Sequel: Lemony Snickett’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
This is simply one of my favorite movies of all time. Based on the first three books in the “Series of Unfortunate Events” series, written by Daniel Handler (as “Lemony Snickett”) this Jim Carrey vehicle, directed by Brad Silberling, was just a fantastic trip. Everything about it – script, acting, music, photography, direction – is amazing. There’s been speculation about a follow-up, but now that the final installment of the 12-book series, aimed at children, is long gone from the best-seller lists, it’s difficult to imagine a movie ever happening. It’d be great to see how the Baudelaire orphans handle Count Olaf’s dastardly deeds on the big screen. But I couldn’t imagine it without Emily Browning and Liam Aiken, who – three-plus years after the film’s release – are getting too old to play teenagers.
Sequel: The Incredibles
Great animated film, prime for a sequel. Killed at the box office. A lotta fun. What happens next? There was talk after the success of “The Incredibles” of a follow-up, but it’s not definitively on Pixar’s radar right now. Jack-Jack is growing up, though…maybe we’ll see him at some point down the road, along with a new set of villains.
Sequel: The Princess Bride
The classic fairy tale, complete with the heroes riding off into the sunset. Wouldn’t it be great to see what happens to these incredible characters?
Sequel: American Graffiti
OK, I know it’s been WAY too long – 35 years now – for any kind of realistic follow-up to this story of 1962 high-school angst. Besides, at the end of George Lucas’ 1973 film, we get a glimpse into the future of Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss and company. But wouldn’t it be fun to try?
Prequel: The Transporter
“Transporter 3” is scheduled for release in 2009. I didn’t see either “Transporter” or “Transporter 2” in the theater, but rather on DVD. I thought the original in the series, which stars Jason Statham as a driver who will take anything anywhere with no questions asked, was a great, fun-filled movie. I look forward to “3,” but it’d be great to know more about the background of the mysterious Frank Martin.