Some movies which are usually adapted from existing materials like books, web story or others are highly expected to be performed very well in the theater. This also creates a bubble of high expectations from both filmmakers and fans. Thus, when the movie comes with decent delivery it will immediately criticize and label as a flop.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case, most of the time the movie did perform well but might just didn’t meet what the fans were expecting.
This standard is also used by the production house which sponsored the movies to withdraw their investment for a sequel(s) of the movies.
The problem with this system is some movies that actually have performed well on other platforms such as books or audio usually mean they have a high-quality story supported by a huge fanbase. A single failure in execution doesn’t mean the movie shouldn’t have a sequel, it is just might be other factors such as poor talents in productions teams, scriptwriters, or the actors.
A simple reconstruction of these failure parts might still guarantee a movie with a better sequel.
Here are some movies which currently don’t have sequels but i believe deserve a sequel despite their relatively low performance on the first movies:
1. The Cabin in the Woods: This movie deserves a sequel because this movie is actually part of a great franchise which the director himself (Drew Goddard) has planned for this sequel back in 2012. The movie didn’t do well in the theaters but it did manage to get a cult following.
2. Dracula Untold: This movie was released in 2014 and grossed over $217 million worldwide on a budget of only $70 million. The movie has the potential for a sequel because it ended with some cliffhangers, also the ending scene hint at another possible movie.
3. Crimson Peak: This movie has already gained enough fandom in its own category. It is just sad that it has been criticized for being unsurprisingly mediocre by the public because of the lack of promotion. Nevertheless, the movie has the potential for a sequel because it ended with some open plots.
4. Warcraft: The movie was released in 2016 and grossed over $433 million worldwide on a budget of $160 million. With the huge fans of the game, this movie definitely deserves a sequel. The movie was supposed to be the first installment of a trilogy with the second movie already in pre-production. However, the poor reception of this movie by both fans and critics has caused the studio to delay the production of the sequel.
5. Chronicle: This movie was released in 2012 and grossed over $126 million worldwide on a budget of only $12 million, definitely very low for a sci-fi movie. The director (Josh Trank) said that he actually planned the ending scene to be kind of like a cliffhanger and hint at another possible sequel/prequel. However, this is yet to be materialized.
6. Max Steel: This movie was released in 2016 and grossed $5.7 million worldwide, yes it is quite low for a sci-fi action movie even though the production house claimed that they are not expecting this to be a big hit in the first place. So basically there is little to no marketing effort done for this movie. The director (Steward Hendler) has also planned for a sequel if this movie were to be successful.
7. After Earth: This movie was released in 2013 and grossed over $243 million worldwide on a budget of $130 million. The movie was heavily criticized by the fanbase and it is no surprise that it has warranted a sequel. However, the poor reception of this movie by both fans and critics has caused the studio to delay the production of the sequel.
8. I am Number Four: This movie has relatively low performance on the box office, however, it has been criticized for being adapted from a series of books which is actually a fun read. The first movie was shot as a prequel and led to a potential sequel. The fans of the movie are still expecting I Am Number Four 2 to be made someday.
9. Watchmen: Watchmen is actually considered one of the best graphic novels ever written. The movie was made to meet the fans’ satisfaction but it failed because of lack of promotion and the director’s poor direction. It is worth giving another chance to explore the movie with better scriptwriting, directing, visual effects, and others.
Despite the fact that most of these movies were not successful on their own, they still deserve a sequel because there are plenty of things left unresolved. Sure some might argue that the first movie may be made to stand alone or serve as a prequel, but it’s no harm giving these movies another chance. Most of those movies have promising stories that are worth exploring.
Which of the movies above do you think to deserve a sequel? Share your comments below and let’s discuss them.