As you may have seen, Top Gun is coming back. After a few years of persistent but vague rumors, Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer are back on set as Maverick and Ice Man, and Top Gun II is officially a go. This news comes in the midst of a summer of recycled content, much of which we’ve covered here: the Halloween sequel/reboot, the Han Solo spinoff, The Incredibles 2, and even Creed II, which is a sequel to a recent film but is really still making callbacks to a decades-old franchise. Basically, sequels and reboots are the name of the game.
Because of this I thought I’d write up a few more ideas for years-later sequels that would probably get fans excited.
Without overthinking things too much, Old School is one of the best (and most unexpected) comedies of the 21st century so far. Somewhat like a new generation’s Animal House, it caught Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn just as they were at their hottest entering the comedy movie scene. Comedy sequels don’t have a particularly great track record, but this film wrapped up in a way that could absolutely lead to a years-later sequel. All we’d need is a reason for the group to revisit their adult fraternity ways, and there would be an opportunity for comedic gold.
Troy has a sequel, at least in terms of source material. This epic war film is based on Homer’s The Iliad, which was followed up by The Aeneid. It’s not a direct sequel in that it doesn’t involve the same full cast of characters, but it is a follow-up story that would make for a spectacular film. The end of Troy even hinted at it, as Paris (Orlando Bloom) handed “the sword of Troy” off to a young Aeneas – who, in Virgil’s poetry, escaped the sack of Troy to adventure around the Mediterranean and ultimately found Rome.
A Rounders sequel has actually been talked about, and it would be fascinating to see how it would go. On the one hand, poker and gambling have changed a lot since the late-‘90s and early-‘00s poker boom. Nowadays more people play online, and thus the amateur market has expanded. Live dealers are part of the game, making the online experience that much more realistic, and the most natural years-later sequel would probably see the Rounders characters embracing this in one way or the other. On the other hand however, Rounders 2 could also remind us of the raw joy and tension of good old-fashioned back room poker in an era in which many don’t even know what that looks like.
Most of what was said for Old School fits with Bridesmaids: it was an extremely successful comedy that came out of nowhere and caught a few stars just as they were making it big. It also ended in a way that leaves the door wide open for a sequel, and though star actress Kristen Wiig has indicated before that nothing is in the works, we have to believe the studio would ultimately green light any project like this. Bridesmaids 2 would be a box office sensation.
Most every fan of the show would agree that it’s about time for a second South Park movie. Bigger, Longer, & Uncut was a riot, essentially like a feature-length version of a real episode from the show. But there are politics behind this suggestion as well. Lest we forget, the South Park movie was largely about a ludicrous conflict between Canada and the United States. And with Donald Trump having recently accused Canada of torching the White House (back in 1812, when they still did no such thing), the stage is set for round two. South Park has gotten progressively more political over the years, and it’s almost hard to see creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker resisting a second film built around the recent rhetoric.