We all have our favorite movies, some that are universally loved, and others not so much. The thing is, Hollywood is a business and they want to make money. Sometimes that comes at the expense at things like quality or artistic integrity.
Movie studios obviously want to make the big bucks, so when they find something that works it's easy to overdo it. Although sometimes it's not even the studio, but the screenwriters themselves. They have immersed themselves in these stories so completely that they feel like they have more to tell. The movies don't always get made, which is sometimes for the best.
These 5 films almost got made, but were cancelled for various reasons. How many of these would have changed your favorite franchises?
Forrest Gump 2: Gump & Co.
A sequel about Forrest making his way through the 80s and 90s was created and adapted into a screenplay. Forrest would experience New Coke, he would visit the Berlin Wall, along with many more historical moments. Screenwriter Eric Roth finished the script shortly before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But because of the attacks Roth, Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis decided that the movie wasn't going to be relevant anymore.
Mrs. Doubtfire 2
Director Chris Columbus and Robin Williams were both interested in creating a sequel to the classic family comedy. In 2014 Fox hired Elf screenwriter David Berenbaum to pen the script but when Robin Williams passed away the project was obviously cancelled.
Could you imagine if these movies were made? They aren't the only sequels that failed to get completed!
The Breakfast Club 2
John Hughes made a lot of the most successful teen movies of the 80s. In the 90s, he wanted to update the story and find out what was happening with the group of teens, but he couldn't figure out how to get them all back together again in a way that seemed organic.
E.T. 2: Nocturnal Fears
Everyone's favorite extra terrestrial almost got a sequel. The plot that screenwriter Melissa Mathison created was called "Nocturnal Fears" and features Elliot once again, only he was kidnapped by evil aliens and E.T. has to save him. Spielberg decided against making this movie because he wanted to keep the warm-fuzzy feeling from the first movie alive.
Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind's Eye
We all know that there have been a whole bunch of sequels for the original Star Wars movie, but they aren't actually what George Lucas originally intended. He had no way of knowing how popular Star Wars would become, but he had wanted to make a sequel either way. his original plan was going to be cheap to make, because a lot of it would involve Luke and Leia on a mist-covered swamp planet.