Totally Rad Sequels

We live in an era where film reboots, remakes, prequels and sequels are all too common as opposed to an original idea from Hollywood.  Most of these rehashed ideas are now coming from 1980s hit films, that somehow people think they could make better or continue the linage decades later.  Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t.  Right now in Hollywood there are several rumored scripts floating around for sequels that are in production or the early stages of development.  Given the rumors I’ve heard, I’ve compiled a list of sequels to 80s movies I wouldn’t mind seeing and those that shouldn’t even be attempted.

This weeks installment will center around five films that should at least be attempted.  Not including “Indiana Jones 5” because that’s already been discussed:

1.  Ghostbusters 3:  This above all else has to happen.  All of you know we’re all massive fans here and would be delighted to see our favorite supernatural exterminators back for one more round.  The only holdup: Bill Murray.  Why?  That’s a whole other story.

My idea for Ghostbusters 3 would be centered around 2012, the end of the world.  After tireless decades of service, the Ghostbusters officially retire and are honored by countless scientific enterprises for their contributions to science and paranormal studies.  All four members have moved on to something else in the field of science or in Venkman’s case, getting famous for his tell all book about his years in the field and mingling with celebrities in Hollywood (sounds right up Bill Murray’s alley).

Then unfortunately the bottom falls out.  New York begins to become ripped apart by several sightings of paranormal turbulence the likes of which have never been seen before, and on the verge of bringing about the end of the world as predicted by the Mayans.  With only days to spare until the predicted date, the Ghostbusters reunite and train a new group of rookies in a short amount of time to stop the evil entity that is causing all this.  To see a reunion of the cast would be stellar, but as long as it continues to preserve the heritage of Ghostbusters in the tradition of the previous two films, then I’m sure this film would be a sure fire hit.

2.  Beverly Hills Cop 4:  There is a rumored TV show in development for Axel Foley’s son to be the new cop on the police force.  Now if this show is consistent with the timeline of the films, his son will be an 18 year old cop.  I have a better idea.  Axel (Eddie Murphy) is on the verge of retirement from the force, and soon to retire to… you guessed it, Beverly Hills, California.  While looking for a home in Beverly Hills, a major series of gang related drug trafficking crimes appear in the area.  Axel partners with Capt. Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) to go undercover and infiltrate the head gang responsible for the drug trafficking.  Oh yeah, and hilarity ensues.  Kind of a basic plot, but it could be more entertaining than Eddie’s previous films and outdo the disappointment that was Beverly Hills Cop 3.

3.  Last Vacation:  Clark and Ellen Griswold (Chevy Chase and Beverly DeAngelo) are proud grandparents and now want to take the entire family on one last vacation to Hawaii.  Rusty (Johnny Galecki) and Audrey (Juliette Lewis), take their children and their significant others with their parents to Hawaii where Clark finds himself in several predicaments that only Clark Griswold could.  He even has a run in from Christie Brinkley, which makes for very awkward moments nearly 30 years later as she doesn’t remember him.  Also, Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) and entire family are on the island as well as Eddie used his savings he had buried in the desert to retire to Hawaii years before.  Who wouldn’t want to see the Griswolds for one more family get together?

4.  Three Men and a Wedding:  It’s Mary’s wedding and her three fathers (Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg) are in charge of planning the wedding.  Mistakes are made, the bride runs away and the family bonds get stronger in the end.  It would be great to see the entire cast back together and catch up with the characters over 20 years later.  Plus, I’m sure all of them are available in between filming CBS dramas, or in Guttenberg’s case, doing nothing.  May I suggest Dianna Agron as the role of Mary all grown up?  Please?

5.  Bill and Ted’s Radical Return:  Or whatever you want to call it.  Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are in town for the weekend to do a Wyld Stallyns reunion concert… at the local elks lodge.  Tired of working the mundane jobs they have, they wish they could go back in time to fix some mistakes they made in the early 1990s and get their band off the ground correctly instead of changing their sound to grunge music to sound like everyone else back in the 90s.  They go back in time, dress in the same clothes they once wore before and used somewhat of their intelligence they acquired over the years to make it or break it as the Wyld Stallyns.  Along the way, they encounter evil record executives and stumbling blocks with life on the road, but come out in the end as rock and roll heroes.  The film should include various appearances by 80s metal bands who Bill and Ted tour around the world with.  There currently is a script in development for a third installment, so we’ll see what comes of it.  Again this is just my idea.

Next week I’ll give my opinions about movies that shouldn’t even be attempted to remake, reboot, or develop a prequel or sequel to from the 1980s.  Hope you’ve enjoyed my ideas and be excellent to each other.