This recent box office bomb was meant to kick off a whole series of films based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' beloved fantasy series, but Disney's muddled marketing campaign all but doomed it. But despite the lack of viewers, the flick wasn’t half bad, and was a perfect set-up to establish Burroughs' vibrant universe. The canon is already written, so c’mon Hollywood, give it a chance.
One of George Lucas’ weirdest (and worst-performing) films ever made, this one was just plain weird. Based on the comic of the same name, the movie went on to find a cult following among some fans. With films like the foul-mouthed teddy bear tale Ted becoming box office hits these days, why not give the sassy duck another chance?
It’d been decades, but rumors still persist that Who Framed Roger Rabbit could come back to life with a sequel. The original was one of the few successful live action/animated hybrids, and had one of the most unique visual styles ever adapted to film. It was also a ton of fun, mostly because of the lo-fi feel. If a sequel ever did get off the ground, we worry it’d be too flashy and lose that classic charm.
This one is about the longest of long shots, since it was one of the biggest sci-fi bombs out there. The movie was a critical and box office failure, and in all honesty, it wasn’t great. But parts of it were awesome, and it set up one of the most intriguing sci-fi worlds in film history. Post-apocalypses are all the rage these days, so let's give war-torn America a chance to tell some more stories of rebuilding.
One of the most beloved animated films ever made, this one has inspired a devout cult following over the years. It was a great, heartfelt tale of a boy and a robot, and fans have clamored for a sequel for years. It left things with a great set up for a bigger story, and it’d be awesome to finally see where it could’ve gone.
One of Joss Whedon’s most-forgotten projects, Titan A.E. was a 2000 CGI/animated hybrid set in deep space. Despite the fact that no one bothered the watch it, the movie was actually pretty good, and featured a fair share of Whedon’s trademark wit in the script. With the technology of today, and Whedon back in the saddle to help things along, there’s no telling how great a sequel could be.
Despite the fact that it wasn’t actually that good, this Will Smith superhero vehicle actually made a lot of money at the box office. There have been some scattered rumors that Hancock could return with a sequel, but here’s hoping Smith will focus on some more original sci-fi fare (like the upcoming After Earth) and leave this muddled mess alone.
One of the best action sci-fi films of 2012, this true-to-form Judge Dredd adaptation was a dark, gritty pile of awesome. Sadly, it was an absolute bomb at the box office, though it is finding some new fans on DVD. This one looks destined to become a cult hit, though it only scratched the surface of all the cool stories you could tell in Mega-City One.
The big screen adaptation of the beloved sci-fi novel was admittedly a mixed bag, though it had its fair share of fans. It was a good effort to establish the universe at large, and there’s still a lot of quirk left to mine. There’s also the fact that stars Martin Freeman and Zooey Deschanel have gone on to be huge stars, so if a sequel ever did happen, it’d already have their clout behind it.
The last film Bryan Singer made this year before diving back into the X-Men universe, Jack the Giant Slayer was a fun adventure tale that felt like a throwback to simpler times. It was also a big budget gamble that didn’t pay off, despite the fact that the cast was likable. The action and hero’s journey was a blast, and it’d be great to pick up with them a few years later to see what happens if the giants ever made a return trip to Earth.
A product of its time, ID4 is one of the greatest alien invasion flicks ever made. Period. It’s so '90s, so pro-America and just so awesome. A sequel is reportedly in the works, but we worry any attempt to follow up this triumph would only pale in comparison.
The Wachowskis cranked out this wild, FX extravaganza with the hopes that the unique visuals and nostalgia would carry it to box office glory. It didn’t happen, despite the fact that it really was a whole lot of fun. A sequel could feature bigger races and more insanity. What’s not to like?