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This year saw sequels to John Wick and Kingsman.  Writer, director Matthew Vaughn has already suggested that he intends Kingsman to be a trilogy.  Director David Leitch has explained that he always intended Atomic Blonde to have a sequel, something that is clear from the ending of the first film. Below are five films that were either intended to be part of a series, a sequel was muted but never made, or like Atomic Blonde, finished in a way that teased a follow-up.  As yet the all stand alone without a sequel or franchise. 

Sahara (2005)

We have seen Dirk Pitt before, that was a commercial disaster too.  The Clive Cussler character was played by Richard Jordan in Raise the Titanic (1980).  Unlike Raise the Titanic, which is terrible, Sahara is brilliant.  An underrated and fun action adventure, the closest anyone has ever come to emulating Indiana Jones. The right blend of hero and comedian Matthew McConaughey was perfectly cast and had great chemistry with co-stars Penélope Cruz and Steve Zahn. Sadly the film “underperformed” at the box-office and was beset with legal issues mainly involving author Clive Cussler making a sequel unlikely, the character is sure to be resurrected in future.

Why does it deserve a franchise?

The character is a great, the film is fun and Matthew McConaughey was perfectly cast.  Too much time has passed to make a sequel likely but I have no doubt the charater will make it to the big screen again.  Chris Pratt is the obvious choice of current actors to play the part.  Sahara was based on the eleventh of twenty-four novels to date, so there is plenty of material to go at.Sahara

Miami Vice (2006)

The idea for a film version of Miami Vice came from Jamie Foxx whist filming Ali. The story he tells is of him pitching the idea of a really slick and cool undercover team, he did so describing scenes.  Although Michael Mann has confirmed the idea of making a film based on the 80’s TV show (produced by Mann) came from Foxx his ideas didn’t make it into the final film.  Foxx however did get to play Ricardo Tubbs one of the lead roles.  The other Sonny Crockett is played by Colin Farrell on the recommendation of original Crockett, Don Johnson.  The role of Castillo went to Barry Shabaka Henley after Edward James Olmos who played the part on TV turned it down.  The film really delivers on the ultra slick, ultra stylish film just like the main characters.  A truly underrated gem that didn’t find an audience when released, but is starting to develop a loyal following.

Why does it deserve a franchise?

Firstly because it is brilliant.  Foxx and Farrell are great together and the plots their characters could be placed in are endless. Miami Vice

Mr. Brooks (2007)

Kevin Costner plays the eponymous Mr. Brooks, a successful businessman who also happens to be a serial killer. Brooks wants to give up killing but is encouraged by his alter ego, portrayed on screen by William Hurt. His life becomes more complicated when he has to deal with family issues involving his daughter (Danielle Panabaker) and when a careless action forces him to take on a protégé (Dane Cook). A the time trying to stay one step ahead of an unusually driven detctive (Demi Moore)

Why does it deserve a franchise?

First and foremost, it was intended as a the first of a trilogy. It performed well enough at the box-office. There is also mileage in the premise: Despite the somewhat macabre nature of the film the scenes between Costner and Hurt are a blast. There are also interesting places the farther daughter relationship could go.Mr Brooks

Doomsday (2008)

Nobody makes high quality genre B movies like Neil Marshall, Doomsday is a perfect example of this type of film.   Rhona Mitra plays Eden Sinclair, a cynical and wisecracking, hardcore but emotionally detached soldier. Essentially she is a female Snake Plissken.  The plot owes a debt to  Snake Plissken as it sees Sinclair enter a walled off Scotland to find a cure for a plague threatening to wipe out the population of England.  The film is bonkers but total fun.

Why does it deserve a franchise?

The film ended in a interesting place that could be further explored.  The character could also be used in many different scenarios.  Had a follow-up been made within a year or two, a prequel would have been a good idea. Rhona Mitra Doomsday

Wanted (2008)

Loosely based on the comic book miniseries of the same name by Mark Millar and J. G. Jones, Wanted is the story of Wesley (James McAvoy), an ordinary guy in a dead end job until Fox (Angelina Jolie) tells him that his farther was a professional assassin and the people who killed him are after Wesley.  Directed with great visual flair by Timur Bekmambetov (The man responsible for Night Watch (2004) and Day Watch (2006)), in a time before John Wick, it was a groundbreaking action film, made all the better by the unlikely casting of McAvoy.

Why does it deserve a franchise?

The idea of a sequel keeps cropping up but never happens. It has been suggested that McAvoy and Bekmambetov have been interested in a returning.  Other actors are less likely to return and would need new characters to drive the plot.  It could work. Wanted

Between 9 and 12 years old, it is unlikely any of these films will ever have a sequel.  Some of them by be remade or rebooted.  Some may even have the same fate as The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013).  Part of a hugely successful YA book series, it underperformed on the big screen but found a new home on TV as Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (2016) that will be going into its third season next spring. 


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Another strong decade, 2004 and 2009 only just missed out.

2000: Almost Famous, Battle Royale, The Claim, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memento

2001: Mulholland Drive, Donnie Darko: Amelie, Training Day, Y Tu Mamá También

2002: City of God, 28 Days Later, Talk to Her, Hero, Punch-Drunk Love

2003: Oldboy, Kill Bill vol 1, Lost in Translation, X2, Azumi

2005: Sin City, Batman Begins, The Descent, Good Night and Good Luck, Serenity

2006: Pan’s Labyrinth, Casino Royale, Children of Men, Miami Vice (I know I’m of about three people who like it), The Departed

2007: Juno, No Country For Old Men, The Orphanage, Death Proof, Into the Wild

2008: The Dark Knight, The Hurt Locker, In Bruges, Let the Right One In, Gran Torino

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