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10 Bizarre Sequels That Almost Happened


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When you make a hit movie, you want to make another one, right? But sometimes a sequel isn’t the best idea. Check these 10 follow-up flicks that would have been seriously weird.

10. Forrest Gump 2: Gump & Co.

The idea of following up Forrest Gump’s life story with a sequel was bad enough, but throw in that it was going to take place in the ‘90s and have Forrest meet O.J. Simpson and we’ve got a very weird sequel.

9. Gladiator 2

At the end of the first Gladiator, Russell Crowe’s character dies, but that didn’t stop him from hiring songwriter Nick Cave to pen a sequel script where Maximus returns from the grave immortal and fight in history’s greatest wars.

8. Roger Rabbit 2: Toon Platoon

The live-action/animation comedy Who Framed Roger Rabbit was massively expensive to produce, so a sequel in which Roger went to war never made it out of the starting gate.

7. E.T. 2: Nocturnal Fears

In early drafts for E.T. Steven Spielberg envisioned it as almost a horror movie, so when talk of a sequel started the plotline was to involve evil aliens kidnapping the kids from the first flick.

6. EI8HT

David Fincher’s SE7EN is one of the most influential thrillers of the 1990s, but Fincher wanted nothing to do with the sequel, which would have taken an unrelated script about a psychic detective and cast Morgan Freeman in the role.

5. Con Airport

A 15-page treatment was written for a Con Air sequel that would have seen U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin put in charge of a whole airport that only served convict-carrying airplanes.

4. Casablanca II: Brazzaville

The ending of Casablanca is one of the most celebrated in movie history, so the idea of following it up with a sequel that took Rick to Tangiers to infiltrate a German spy ring was thankfully not pursued.

3. Batman Triumphant

Warner Brothers actually almost let Joel Schumacher make a third Batman movie after the atrocities of Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, this one with the Dark Knight facing the Scarecrow and Harley Quinn (here written as the Joker’s daughter).

2. The Perfect Storm 2: Approaching Storm

A direct-to-video sequel was announced for Wolfgang Petersen’s spectacular tale of the ocean’s rage, but thankfully the minds behind it couldn’t come up with the cash to make it.

1. Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian

Tim Burton’s ghost comedy ended on a fairly open note (if you ignore the giant sandworms), but bringing Beetlejuice back for a beach comedy was thankfully scuppered.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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