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Sequel Baiting Endings That Didn't Work
The films that set up another episode - which never came

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Some films can’t leave well enough alone. Before – or just after – the credits roll, they crowbar in a little snippet designed to leave us gagging for more. Heck, this summer has already seen several major films leave us with endings that just beg for a sequel, and not one of them involved Nick Fury. As the practice becomes increasingly common in blockbusters, from the well-conceived to the unrealistically optimistic, we take a look at the finales that set up a sequel that never happened. Spoilers, obviously, follow.

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Sequel Baiting Endings That Didn't Work | Push (2009)
Push (2009)

What’s it all about?
In a Heroes / X-Men-like world where some people are born with – and persecuted for having – special powers, Nick (Chris Evans) and Cassie (Dakota Fanning) are two such: he has telekinetic abilities and she’s a prophet. Chris Evans as a superhero, you know it makes sense. The problem is the “pushers” who can control your thoughts, and the government department, Division, that wants to gather in all these supers. One “pusher” caught in the middle is Camilla Belle’s Kira, who has Division Agent Carver (Djimon Hounsou) on her tail.

How does it end?
An insanely complicated plan by our heroes, involving precognition and a Post Office’s worth of envelopes, works out and Nick and Cassie escape Division. But Kira has been “pushed” into thinking she is a Division agent and boards a plane with Carver back to base. One final envelope reveals the truth, causing Kira – as the screen blacks out – to assassinate Carver and return to join Nick.

So where’s the sequel bait?
Well, the film leaves Division still working away, Cassie’s mother still in their custody, and a whole heap of plot threads hanging like one of Nick’s threadbare jumpers. It’s a shame, in a way, that this coincided with Heroes screening on TV; it might have been better off on TV in the first place, given that the effort of explaining what was going on took a good third of the movie.
 

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1 RE: Buckaroo Banzai Against The World Crime League
out the incredibles! you know the bit with stupid little mole! That should have been there! eah that wasn't sequel baiting. That was just thrown in to show that they're going to keep fighting crime as a family. I guarantee that he won't be the villain even if they ever do a sequel. More

Posted by Evil_Bob on Thursday June 14, 2012, 03:51

2 Buckaroo Banzai Against The World Crime League
Cant believe you missed this one out! What a missed opportunity that one.. Peter Weller has never been better and I include Robocop in tha statement too! More

Posted by tangoty on Monday June 11, 2012, 19:13

3 Incredibles??
What about the incredibles! you know the bit with stupid little mole! That should have been there! More

Posted by Elliot97 on Monday June 11, 2012, 10:27

4 RE: In Gunnison County, Everyone Can Hear You Snore
How about Ralph Bakshi's animated Lord Of The Rings? More

Posted by Le Tenia on Sunday June 10, 2012, 23:47

5 In Gunnison County, Everyone Can Hear You Snore
Whatever your take on 'AvP' is (mine's it's an underrated subscription to the theory of interventionary evolution), it has an excellent set-up-for-a-sequel coda: 'Alien' on-board a yautja spacecraft (the premise was condensed into the following film's opening, yes, but is poorly-lit & executed, so doesn't count). Tasty. Shame we ended up with 'AvP: R', instead... More

Posted by Litshttam on Sunday June 10, 2012, 23:38

6 Franchises That are Not Harry Potter
I'm as surprised as a lot of others that all the failed YA literature adaptations green-lit after either 'Harry Potter' or 'Twilight' didn't make this list: 'Unfortunate Events, 'Golden Compass,' 'I am Number Four,' perhaps even 'Guardians of Ga'Hoole'? Or is that still in the pipeline somewhere? Does 'Beastly' have a book sequel? If it does, toss that one in as well. Another movie I suspected wanted to be a franchise was 'Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.' In which case, 'The Shadow' ly counts as well. Regarding 'Prometheus' setting up a sequel, though: I think that even if a sequel never appears, the ending still stands. I'm good with not knowing what comes next for e f a much sets up that things are gonna get ugly once Ripley & Co come calling, years later. I mean, technically, 'Prometheus' already has a sequel. To be honest, I read most of the 80s sequel baits listed here as simply the fact that the movies were based on TV or book/comic series that were either More

Posted by HighwayJoe on Saturday June 9, 2012, 15:13

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Great -- a selection of off the radar films that no one's seen/cares about. More

Posted by harlequin21 on Saturday June 9, 2012, 12:42

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Empire, you forgot the biggest sequel bait of the 90's... Godzilla 1998, the ending there, with the Egg. so many expected a 2nd movie but it never happened. And Godzilla didn't flop that badly More

Posted by Paulieman on Friday June 8, 2012, 23:55

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Empire, you forgot the biggest sequel bait of the 90's... Godzilla 1998, the ending there, with the Egg. so many expected a 2nd movie but it never happened. And Godzilla didn't flop that badly More

Posted by Paulieman on Friday June 8, 2012, 23:35

10 Prometheus
Never seen such a cack-handed and cock-eyed film so ineptly try to set up a sequel. Which won't happen, coz after initial curiousity people now know it sucks. More

Posted by BatSpider on Friday June 8, 2012, 22:11

11 Clive Barkers Nightbreed
Really thought this one would have made the list. The way it ends with what's left of the 'Breed having escaped the now destroyed Midian and taking sanctuary in a nearby barn. Then the closing shot of Decker being brought back to life by a priest who calls him 'master', and reaching for the camera as if eager for his revenge. Definately left me begging for a sequel. More

Posted by fatalhalo on Friday June 8, 2012, 20:16

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How about Lemony Snicket's: a series of unfortunate events that never saw the light of day! More

Posted by Grimm on Friday June 8, 2012, 14:02

13 Don't forget...
The Golden Compass. Although that movie was such utter butchery of the brilliant His Dark Materials I'll die happy if a sequel never sees the light of day. More

Posted by freyar_88 on Friday June 8, 2012, 11:20

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The common denominator being...they're all terrible movies. Add Prometheus to that list. More

Posted by Ballschin on Friday June 8, 2012, 11:06

15 RE:
L: thepluginbaby Jumanji - the nightmare never ends!!! o be fair, Jumanji does have a sort of sequel in Zathura (And its a better film if im honest!) More

Posted by snaze1 on Friday June 8, 2012, 08:53

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Also The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Just a shame it didn't do well and Sean Connery hated the experience so much he retired :s More

Posted by alakabaz on Friday June 8, 2012, 02:48

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the entire article waiting for this and it wasn't there: Ash magically transported to a post apocalyptic (and expensive to film) future! We did get the special ending tagged on at the end but, great as that was, this film still perfectly fits into the list above... except the fact that it's quite popular and people would probably actually watch a sequel, unlike the rest of this dross. he post-apocalyptic future ending isn't the one that they have in America though so that was never going to happen that way. If they make Evil Dead 4 it will probably carry on from the ending where he ends up in the supermarket instead of the bad future More

Posted by Evil_Bob on Friday June 8, 2012, 00:45

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s Jumper? At the End you don't know what's gonna happen next. It may not have bait but it really needed a sequel to tie up some loss ends like whether his mother is going to come after him. umper 2 is still in the works apparently. can be certain Green Lantern will be one to add to this list too.s is Green Lantern 2 chhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and A Series of Unfortunate Events are both based on the first entries of a series of books and both gave the impression that sequels would follow but never did. he sequel to Hitchikers is called The Restaurant at the end of the universe and is mentioned at the end of the movie but the restaurant is at the end of the universe in terms of time and not distance and in the movie it is implied that its in terms of distance. This means that instead of actually hinting at a sequel they're just talking about going somewhere to get some food. How could they miss out on SUPER MARIO BROTHERS though. The end of that so heavily impliMore

Posted by Evil_Bob on Friday June 8, 2012, 00:39

19 Doc Savage
There was supposed to have been a sequel to Doc Savage: The Man Of Bronze, which starred Ron Ely back in 1975. If I remember rightly there was even a mini trailer at the end of the movie for Doc Savage: The Arch Enemy Of Evil. Sadly it never transpired. N.B. Ron Ely was the bomb! More

Posted by HMS_Friday on Thursday June 7, 2012, 20:07

20 Thunderbirds
Remember it? It was truly terrible, and as a Thunderbird nerd, I look back and shudder. At the time (i was about 9 though) i thought it was genius and couldn't wait for the sequel that never came. International Rescue had stopped The Hood from robbing all the richest banks in the world, and as he was carried by his man servant to the police car, he looks up at the sky and says something like "I'll get you Thunderbirds!" Well, he never ever did - and now I'm older, wiser with a much better taste in films, I can say - thank god he never did! More

Posted by Rouski on Thursday June 7, 2012, 18:10

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