Sequels we want to see

Here are six movies that should have sequels

Many movie fans' prayers were answered recently when sequels were finally made to beloved films Trainspotting (1996) and Love Actually (2003).

While T2 Trainspotting is a fullfledged catch-up with the characters of the film, Red Nose Day Actually, which premiered in Britain about a week ago to much fanfare, is a short film in aid of the charity effort, Red Nose Day.

There are many more movies that are just screaming for a continuation of their tales. Here are six titles whose sequels we would want to watch.

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The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

So what happens after Andy (Steve Carell) has sex at the end of the first movie?

Is it likely that all the sexual tension that had built up over the decades will erupt into a frenzy, or will his life return to some semblance of normalcy?

We're guessing it's somewhere in between, say, like 30 Shades Darker. Cue a PG13 parody of the Christian Grey stories.

Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception.

Inception (2010)

Despite the cliffhanger at the end of this science-fiction film, questioning whether Leonardo DiCaprio's character Cobb is in the real world or still in a dream, reports suggest there is probably not going to be a sequel to this blockbuster.

But this dreams-within-dreams concept deserves another movie because reality in the world today seems to have become a bit of a nightmare.

The film ends with Cobb spinning a top that theoretically would spin indefinitely in a dream world. In the sequel, his top is swallowed by his dog, so nobody knows if the events are taking place in reality or not.

Brexit and Mr Donald Trump's presidency happen, among other earth-shaking news.

Eager for the truth, Cobb tracks down his former client Saito (played by Ken Watanabe), who reveals he is indeed still in a dream. He will free Cobb, well, only if he performs another mission- disable the caps lock on the devices President Trump uses for Twitter.

Jack Skellington in The Nightmare
Before Christmas. PHOTO: STAR MOVIES

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

This animated stop-motion classic saw Jack Skellington, a skeleton with a ghost dog, return to Halloween Town after his failed attempt at taking over Christmas.

A sequel could see him team up with another character who failed to ruin Christmas - he and the Grinch try to take over other holidays, entering through other trees with doors on them.

There is the mushy, saccharine Valentine's Day, the lively St Patrick's Day, the colourful Easter, not to mention New Year's Day and Thanksgiving.

One by one, Jack tries to fit into each of the worlds, until he unwittingly enters a door marked "Chinese New Year", which leads him to Singapore.

The explosion of red blinds him, so he cannot find his way back to his world. Now, he wishes he were deaf too, so he does not have to hear an endless medley of shrill Mandarin songs about Chinese New Year.

Then Singapore's National Day arrives and he realises he has to Stand Up To Singapore.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

This comedy-drama has a ready-made sequel in Lauren Weisberger's 2013 novel Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns. But the book received such poor reviews that an alternative sequel is in order.

In the better version, Anne Hathaway's character Andy has left fashion magazine Runway. She is inspired by the Kristen Stewart movie Personal Shopper to do likewise for wealthy expatriates in Asia, specifically Singapore.

Lured by government funding, the production moves to Singapore too.

Here, Andy plays personal shopper to a tech billionaire who is a high roller at Marina Bay Sands (the perfect excuse to shoot at the only location in Singapore Hollywood producers seem to know).

The billionaire turns out to be a greater nightmare than the first film's Devil, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). Among other horrific tasks he gives Andy, he demands that she runs to the nearby Satay by the Bay at all hours to buy his favourite local snack, an Indian pancake called, what else, prata.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Since this coming-of-age comedy-drama, there have been numerous rumours of a sequel, but nothing has materialised.

The movie's late director John Hughes reportedly once said: "There's no excuse that could ever put them in the same room ever again."

Maybe not in a fictional film, but it could work as a documentary of has-been actors.

Picture this - 30 years after the characters' detention session, the actors who play them - Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Emilio Estevez - meet again at Alcoholic Anonymous, wondering what happened to their once-promising careers.

Sleepless In Seattle (1993)

What happens after Sam (Tom Hanks) finally meets Annie (Meg Ryan), the woman who seemed ideal to replace his dead wife?

Predictably, they get together and are all lovey-dovey - until his son Jonah (Ross Malinger), the cute little moppet largely responsible for bringing them together, grows up to be a moody teenager and turns against his stepmother.

Malinger has reportedly left show business to manage a car dealership, so another actor will have to be cast, portraying the boy as he grows up and encounters his own love story, seeking the innocent love which his parents shared in an increasingly cynical world.

The only problem is, Jonah suffers from narcolepsy, which causes him to lose track of his relationships during uncontrollable sleeping spells.

The title? Sleeping In Seattle.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 02, 2017, with the headline 'Sequels we want to see'. Print Edition | Subscribe