Director Ridley Scott recently announced that he was about to begin work on a prequel to one of his most popular films, the sci-fi/horror/genre-defining movie Alien. While we can't deny that we'd love to see a good Alien movie, a prequel seems like the wrong way to go, since Sigourney Weaver's Ripley, the fan-favorite character from the series, couldn't be in it, and to show where exactly the xenomorphs come from would take all of the mystery out of them. We came up with a list of genre films that need prequels -- good ones -- more than Alien does, starting with another Ridley Scott film...
Remember John Carpenter's The Thing? That's right, the movie that for a time made people just a little bit suspicious of their own dogs, blood tests, and Wilford Brimley. Earlier this year, seeming confirmation of a long-rumored remake caused something of a stir among devoted fans of the original. Well, rest easy, lovers of the decapitated-head-spider! Director Marc Abraham recently told Latino Review that it's not a remake, after all. He also says that it's "'more of a prequel than a sequel'" and that it will be about "'the events leading up to the 1982 film.'"
Spoiler alert! We're about to talk about the very mysterious and open-to-interpretation ending of this weekend's number-one movie, Inception! As everyone who saw it knows (and they likely cannot remove the image from their brain), Dom Cobb's metal top, which remains upright in dream worlds, had yet to fall over. Does that mean he's still in a dream world? Or was it just a really good spin? Sometimes you get a really good one, and they take a while to fall down. Well, whether he's awake or dreaming, we want to see what happens next. And even before! A prequel comic shows what happened on the Cobol Job and the cast is already hemming and hawing about a sequel, so we figured we'd come up with some of our own. Here are some ideas we'd like to plant in Christopher Nolan's head.
Usually, nobody gets in to see the Wizard -- not nobody, not no how. But he may make an exception for Robert Downey, Jr. The back-on-top actor is reportedly in talks to play a younger version of the great and powerful Oz, and the story has been burning up the Internet, for at least three reasons we can think of. 1) It's RDJ. 2) It's The Wizard of Oz, which hasn't had a live-action sequel or prequel since 1985's Return to Oz. (Theatrically, anyway. Syfy's Tin Man showed a future Oz.) 3) Just the idea of RDJ as a young charlatan traveling to Oz via hot-air balloon makes us smile. We're so gleeful about it, in fact, that we decided to come up with other Oz prequels we'd like to see, exploring other beloved Oz characters with A-list actors in the roles. Here's our over-the-rainbow wish list.