Trainspotting 2 looks like it might go ahead, based on Irvine Welsh's Porno, the sequel to the original book which follows the characters ten years after the events of the original.
With such an iconic film and so long after the last one, does it really need a sequel? It's far from being the only film to have an unnecessary sequel though. Here's 10 of the most unnecessary sequels to be committed to celluloid.
10. American Psycho 2
This straight-to-video film acted as a spin-off from the Christian Bale original. Starring Mila Kunis and William Shatner, yeah, William Shatner, it follows a criminology student who is driven to murder. Bret Easton Ellis, the author of the original book, was as bemused as anyone as to why a sequel was made.
9. Son of the Mask
The Mask shot both Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz to the A-list and allowed Carrey to showcase all of his comedy talents, it was like a comedy CV all wrapped neatly into a film. The Son of The Mask appeared in 2005 to just tarnish everything that was good about the first film. It follows the story of the son of Tim Avery, an aspiring cartoonist. The son is born with the powers of the mask and stars Alan Cumming as Loki, the god of mischief, who has been ordered by Odin to find the mask. Inserting Norse gods to provide backstory to such a film was always going to end in disaster and it has. Son of the Mask sits proudly at number 60 in the IMDB Bottom 100 as we speak.
8. S. Darko
Donnie Darko was haunting, complex and shot Jake Gyllenhaal from a nobody to a somebody in an instant. S. Darko was the sequel and has been instantly forgotten. They used a similar story, the only difference being that they replaced Gyllenhaal with Daveigh Chase as Samantha Darko. It stands at this moment with 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.
7. Terminator 3
Terminator and Terminator 2 are two of the most iconic films in recent history. The original shows Arnold Schwarzenegger coming from the future to hunt for Sarah Connor, whose future son will win the war against the machines. Terminator 2 came along and changed visual effects forever with its use of computer graphics. James Cameron was the man behind this and he recently changed the face of visual effects again with Avatar. Terminator 3 wasn't directed by James Cameron, Jonathan Mostow took the reigns this time around and Arnold Schwarzenegger did return, however, what followed was unnecessary and was only alright at best. It turned out to be his last leading role and may have been the final push into politics.
6. Jurassic Park 3
Jurassic Park 3 is the only film of the franchise not directed by Steven Spielberg. The first film proved to be one of the top films of the 90s and just cemented his reputation as one of the great filmmakers of our generation. Jurassic Park 3, although not an awful film, just came across as pointless. It followed the story of a return to the island from the second film as a couple trick Dr Grant (Sam Neill) into finding their son. Joe Johnston directed the third effort, and he had expressed an interested in the second film, but Spielberg wanted to direct it and passed on the reigns to him in the third film. Johnston has said he has planned a second trilogy. The worst crime for this particular sequel though, John Williams didn't provide the score and he was the man behind that iconic theme.
Silence of the Lambs could have stood alone on its own. Hannibal was acceptable but mostly unnececessary. Red Dragon, ditto. Hannibal Rising though, was entirely different. Hannibal Rising didn't have Anthony Hopkins, Hannibal Rising served to show why Hannibal Lecter was how he was. Nobody needs to know, in fact it allows for interpretation, it keeps people guessing, it keeps you in the dark about why such a terrible person is this way. Giving Hannibal Lecter a back story is why this film alone drops into number 5.
4. Halloween Sequels
Halloween is one of, if not the best horror films in modern cinematic history. John Carpenter's faceless killer is the benchmark that all other slashers aspire to. If Psycho is the model for the perfect horror film, Halloween is the model for the slasher film. However, it has since been buried under nine sequels which includes two remakes by Rob Zombie. One Halloween was enough to show this masterpiece. One of the more recent ones even had Busta Rhymes in it. That's almost as bad putting William Shatner in an American Psycho film.
Jaws, like Halloween, changed the face of modern horror. It has always been classed as the film which made people scared to go in the sea. It changed the face of the modern blockbuster as well. Jaws is as iconic as any modern film gets. Not a single sequel was needed. Everybody knows Jaws, nobody needs to know about the rest.
2. Disney sequels
It would only make this list longer if we had to separate each and every pointless money-grabbing sequel that Disney has churned out we thought it would easiest to tell you the worst offenders here, no explanation is needed, you just know that the originals are the ones you want to see.There was Aladdin: The Return of Jafar, Lion King 2, Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World, Mulan 2, Bambi 2, Tarzan 2 and The Little Mermaid 2 make up a huge list which all but ruin any parents bank account when the kids need the entire collection.
1. Batman 3 and 4
The less said about these two sequels the better. Tim Burton brought to life the dark world of Batman with a gothic take on the Gotham City vigilante. Michael Keaton donned the cape for two films and those two films proved both commercially and critically successful. Some years down the line, Joel Schumacher took the reigns and he threw neon all over the place, camped the place up and got the actors to ham themselves up to the limit. Batman Forever was the stumble before the fall that was Batman and Robin. Arnold Schwarzenegger must have fit more ice-based one liners into this film than he had hot meals during production. It's taken a long time to get over it and only since Christopher Nolan made Batman Begins and The Dark Knight has anyone started to breathe easy.
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