6 unwanted sequels and reboots that turned out to be amazing

  • 6 unwanted sequels and reboots that turned out to be amazing

In the past few years, film fans have been very unhappy with the lack of original ideas and the amount of sequels, remakes and reboots flooding cinemas.

Let's not forget that there are some great sequels out there, films like Terminator 2,The Godfather: Part II and The Dark Knight.

To give everyone hope for future sequels, prequels, remakes and reboots, here are some sequels to which fans initially objected, only to be proven wrong by the finished article...

6. Creed

Rocky fans were unhappy with Rocky V  - the disappointing end to the series; so in 2006, Stallone laced up his gloves once more for Rocky Balboa to appease the disappointed, die-hard Rocky fans.

But even the firmest Rocky fans were skeptical when they heard that Stallone would be portraying the legendary boxer once more, as a coach the son of Apollo Creed in the new story, which was written and directed by 29-year-old Ryan Coogler, whose only major release prior to that was Fruitvale Station.

Coogler paid homage to Stallone's creation with a touching and well-told tale, and coupled with a stellar performance from Michael B. Jordan as Adonis 'Donny' Creed and an Oscar-nominated turn from Stallone, Creed is regarded by many a fan as possibly good enough to challenge the finest Rocky films.

5. Finding Dory

Pixar fell short of its usual immaculate run of films in recent years with disappointing efforts likes of Brave, Cars 2 and Monsters University, and, needing a win, sought to make another top-quality film that made the animation house so popular in its early years.

Pixar decided to return to the ocean, and the world of Nemo, Marlin and the fan-favourite Dory, Nemo fans were dubious of whether Pixar - especially on recent form - would be able to deliver a crowd-pleasing new Dory story.

The tale of the forgetful Dory remembering her family and embarking on a journey to find her parents delivered, as fans and critics agreed that it was a dazzling, hilarious and touching tale, which managed to rake in close to a billion dollars worldwide.

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4. Aliens

Believe it or not, but back in 1986 there was a serious backlash to the announcement of a sequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi horror movie Alien.

The fan anger was mostly aimed at the fact that it would be full of guns and action, almost completely contradicting the first film's slow-building tension that turned it into such a runaway success.

Cameron wrote the film as an allegory for the Vietnam War and fans were wowed by the action-packed take on Scott's original extra-terrestrial horror, making it virtually impossible for fans to declare which of the first two Alien films is the best.

It's a shame that they didn't continue in that stance into the subsequent Alien movies...

3. Dredd

After the Sly Stallone's foray in the ultra-violent world of Mega City One failed to impress anyone over the age of 12, few people cared when it was announced that another adaptation of the 2000AD comic strip was going to be made.

Alex Garland, who wrote the script for 28 Days Later, and also the novel The Beach (which was made into the Leo DiCaprio movie), took on writing duties, while the rebooted Star Trek movies cast member Karl Urban would don the face-covering helmet.

What they delivered was an excellent, ultra-violent take on the much-loved comic book, which was much more faithful than Stallone's version; prompting fans - plus a bunch of incoming followers - to barrack the studios for more onscreen Dredd adventures.

2. 22 Jump Street

After the comedy reboot based on the '80s police procedural TV show was a runaway success, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill returned for a sequel seeing the undercover cops heading to college.

Despite the first film being a hit, no-one expected much from the sequel, as most fans believed it would just be a by-the-numbers comedy sequel, but directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller flipped the idea on its head.

As well as fantastic performances from the cast, the film mocked the idea of comedy sequels, as characters talked in-universe about repeating previous film's successful formula, satirising the entire genre.

All of this resulted in another huge success for the Jump Street reboot and talk of a bizarre crossover film with the Men in Black universe.

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1. Toy Story 3

Toy Story and Toy Story 2 are two of Pixar's greatest movies, and among the best children's movies of all time, so fans thought that it was unnecessary that a third Toy Story was in development.

Fans were even more upset when they heard that the story would see a now grown-up Andy who had outgrown Woody, Buzz and the gang.

Director Lee Unkrich explained: “I spent probably the first year feeling sick to my stomach every morning - I didn’t want to be seen as the person who made the bad sequel to the great Toy Story films."

But Unkrich and the Pixar team delivered, producing another near-flawless toy tale, as the toys finding themselves in the unfamiliar world of Sunnyside Daycare, ruled by Lotso Bear and his minions, captivated audiences young and old, and is as highly-rated as the previous two Toy Story movies.

So it's looking good for Toy Story 4 then...

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