It was the year 1999 when two sisters, directors and writers Lana and Lilly Wachowski, took the world by a storm with the release of their film, The Matrix– which depicted a dark future of a Machine-run civilization where humans are nothing but drugged slaves. Feeding the human mind a simulation of the world, the machines used them as their stock of fuel.
And now, almost two decades after its release, the ardent followers of the franchise were once again blown away when a fourth film was announced on the 20th anniversary of this iconic creation. Yes, Matrix 4 is really happening! After pining for the next instalment in the series for years now, we will finally get to see Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie Anne-Moss) once again, up and about, striving to break the world from the clutches of the Matrix.
Looks like the saying- “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”- holds some power, after all. So, how about we make a list of those film franchises which deserve a sequel, no matter the years that have gone by since their last instalment- ‘cause we, die-hard fans, know how their magic still lingers. And who knows maybe the Universe is sneaking a peek at it as we type it? #wishfulthinking
In the past decades, the Alien franchise has spawned several sequels, some of which were *cough* not as well-received as the others. Even though the latest film in the series, Alien Covenant, was severely panned, the allure the original, Alien and the subsequent, Aliens, hold after more than 20 years of their release is something to be taken into account.
There are still fans who want back the magic created by director Ridley Scott, who has even stated that he plans on crafting a trilogy around the original plot of the 1979 Alien. With the constantly advancing technologies and the fact that Sigourney Weaver wishes to reprise her role as Ripley, one can only imagine the cinematic wonder the sequel would be! *fingers crossed*
Lord of the Rings
The world enamoured by J.R.R Tolkien’s expansive Lord of the Rings trilogy, which includes the widely popular The Hobbit trilogy as well, was pretty much devasted by the news that the famous author had been unable to complete the grand anthology, The Silmarillion, a prequel which would tell us about the evil and mighty Sauron.
Thanks to his son, Christopher Tolkien, the book is now complete, allowing us to patiently wait for director Peter Jackson to come back and serve us another epic spinoff of the giant series!
The 2005’s Fantastic Four and its subsequent sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer were a big hit, but its unsuccessful reboot in 2015 by 20th Century Fox was an expensive mistake the production house won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Till date, the attempts to bring back Marvel comics’ oldest superhero team to the silver screen have all been rather mediocre.
But the news is that Marvel Studios has acquired the rights to the film and has plans of integrating it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Okay, not technically a sequel, but this is a comeback we will definitely book our tickets for.
Have you been holding your breath since the recent release of the reboot of the famous Hellboy franchise of the 2000s? Well, it would be wise to give up on that futile hope as David Harbour, the lead character in Hellboy (2019), has clarified that there will be no more sequels- neither of the rebooted film or 2008’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
While the reboot is certainly…disappointing, for lack of a better word, the original franchise still holds the promise of an amazing sequel. Who wouldn’t want to see our favourite demonic beast turned superhero take on impossible challenges to save the world from paranormal threats?
Chronicles of Narnia
Fans of the series have to find solace in the fact that all at least they have the seven books in the series to fall back on whenever they are overwhelmed by the pain of not getting any more films after the third one, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
With all three films being major hits, the reason behind the conception of a fourth film fizzling out is hard to pinpoint. Maybe it was the slow pace at which Walden Media, American film distributor, was making the films or the fact that the actors playing the lead characters were growing up, thus their appearance was not consistent with their age in the film. All we know that even today when Lucy, Susan, Peter, and Edmund Pevensie, along with Aslan, grace our TV screens, we are ready to ditch our day’s schedule to wander the mystical land of Narnia.