Soapbox: 9 Canceled Sequels That Would’ve Been Terrible (And 6 That Would’ve Been Great)

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Two very different types of tough guy, who nearly starred in two very different types of sequel!

Movie history is filled with examples of high-profile projects that never made it to the big screen – including unmade sequels to your some of your favorite films. Unfortunately, while getting a sequel off the ground for a critically acclaimed outing or blockbuster hit seems like it would be a no-brainer, thanks to the many logistical and political forces at play in Hollywood, that’s not true.

Although this has cost audiences the opportunity to enjoy promising follow-up entries to a number of popular franchises, it’s also spared them from pretty severe disappointment, too. For every brilliantly conceived sequel that fails to materialize, an even greater number are pitched that are at best ill-advised and at worst flat-out unnecessary. Indeed, several of these dubious continuations wouldn’t have merely been destined to fall flat at the box office – they risked damaging the legacy of the beloved movies that came before them.

Still, there’s something inherently fascinating about these unseen films – whether they looked set to be a masterpiece or a trainwreck – that comes from wondering what might have been. With this in mind, we’ve taken stock of the biggest unmade sequels out there, pulling together this list of 9 Canceled Sequels That Would’ve Been Terrible (And 6 That Would’ve Been Great).

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Soapbox: 9 Canceled Sequels That Would’ve Been Terrible (And 6 That Would’ve Been Great)

Review: Gladiator

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The infamous “musical number” deleted scene

It’s hard to imagine, but director Ridley Scott’s sword and sandal epic Gladiator is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month.

The film was incredibly popular upon its release, making over $450 million at the box office, garnering mostly positive reviews, and racking up several Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for star Russell Crowe.

But a decade and a half on, how well does this story of a general who became a slave, a slave who became a gladiator, a gladiator who defied an empire hold up to repeat viewings?

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Review: Gladiator