Top Ten Tuesdays - Films in Need of a Sequel or Remake

Top Ten Tuesdays – Films in Need of a Sequel or Remake

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Sequels and remakes are often frowned upon in the film critic community.  While we live in an age where the “remake” is in full force and drowning every classic we’ve known and loved, there are some that could benefit from a 21st century treatment.  On the other hand, there are some films that were so entertaining, that a sequel could have made all the difference and build a franchise.

Today, we look at ten films that either need to be remade or receive a sequel.  There are dozens out there, and I’m sure you’ll have your own thoughts (that you can share in the comments below).

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  • Jamie Teller

    1. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (sequel)
    2. The Great Gatsby (remake – none of the film versions have been a truly successful adaptation)
    3. A Star is Born (remake – we’re due for another)
    4. Atlas Shrugged (remake – there IS potential there, if you put the story first)
    5. Pain & Gain (remake – the story is fascinating. It just needs someone who isn’t Michael Bay to tell it)

    • Anthony Moseley

      I thought Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain was pretty good. Probably not the best version that could have been made, but for a Michael Bay movie, it exceeded my expectations.

  • Robert Hamer

    To be honest, boss, most of your sequel desires would bum me out if they actually came to fruition. One of the things I really liked about Kill Bill’s finale was how a certain amount of danger and uncertainty crept into the conclusiveness of Beatrix’s revenge mission. Sure, the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad was done for, but will she ever cast away the assassin inside her, or will Bill be right about her in the end? How will she build a new life as a mother knowing what she did to the father of her child? Will the ghosts of her murderous past come back to haunt her again (i.e. Vernita’s daughter)? The film’s ambiguous ending and where our hero goes from there is part of what made Kill Bill: Vol 2 more thoughtful than most revenge thrillers. I find that to be a problem with a lot of sequels, actually, and don’t understand why fans of any movie that clamor for a sequel always wish for it to wipe out whatever open-endedness was present in the first one.

    I don’t know how a Team America sequel would work, either. The funniest thing about it (a spot-on parody of bombastic Michael Bay-esque popcorn flicks) can’t really go any farther than the first movie without feeling redundant and its political commentary has become, if anything, less relevant in the years since.

    Now, I *do* think making a proper Pearl Harbor film is a great idea…for obvious reasons!

    • Jamie Teller

      Between Tora! Tora! Tora! and From Here to Eternity, I’d argue we’ve got our Pearl Harbor film. Not that another one would be unwelcome, but I’m not sure if any further film would be an improvement.

      • Robert Hamer

        The attack on Pearl Harbor doesn’t really factor into From Here to Eternity until the end. Until then it’s mostly a (great) romantic melodrama.

        Tora! Tora! Tora! has an amazing level of historical accuracy, but is so damn boring and dry to actually watch that you might as well just read about the attack in your high school history textbook.

        There’s got to be a way to balance some sort of human drama with the scale and historical insights of the attack…and Michael Bay’s movie wasn’t it.

  • Joey Magidson

    Off the top of my head, five remakes and five sequels:


    1. All the Right Moves
    2. Pearl Harbor
    3. Major League
    4. Big (with the right actor, I’d see it)
    5. Green Lantern


    1. Clerks (lucky me too, since Clerks III is coming soon)
    2. Halloween
    3. Gladiator (only if it’s the ridiculous version that Nick Cave wrote)
    4. Friday the 13th
    5. The Incredibles

  • Ryan

    I’ll do five of each too…
    1. The Sting
    2. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
    3. Mortal Kombat
    4. The Princess Bride
    5. The Time Machine (again)

    1. Witness for the Prosecution
    2. The Birds
    3. The Incredibles
    4. Dredd
    5. Inglorious Basterds

    Remakes/Sequels That Should Never Happen:
    1. It’s a Wonderful Life

    Absolutely love the Mortal Kombat inclusion. Big fan of the games, and a bigger budget Hollywood ‘Batman Begins’ reboot could do it some good. Although, if you’ve seen the newest game, the film would have Hostel level violence, which in the game was kinda fun but it might feel forced in a film.

    And for the record, literally any Tarantino film qualifies for an interesting prequel story. Just saying.

  • Robert MacFarlane

    Street Fighter was AWESOMELY bad. I don’t want a remake. I want my cheesy, stupid mess of a guilty pleasure left alone.

  • Len Bradford III

    Christopher Nolan, the guy that made the resent Batman movies should remake Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter so it won’t look so cartoonish.