Cult films fulfill an important role in American society. In a culture increasingly plagued by isolation, cult films allow people to connect over a shared love of something. The following entries are centered on cult classics that contain an intrinsic catalyst for continuation, movies that left its characters and/or plot in such a way that further exploration is not only desired, but required. This listicle contains a collection of satirical, not-serious sequel fantasies.
It seems as though horror movies usually have too easy a time getting their sequels greenlit with studios running fresh concepts down through the soil and past the root in pursuit of the all-mighty dollar. Look at Saw, Paranormal Activity, and others for examples of that, but for Trick R’ Treat, nothing has ever been easy.
Hey, did you hear about the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign? There may have been something in the news about it.
Anyhoo, it’s awakened all kinds of desire in creators to kickstart movies based on their cancelled cult TV shows, and Rockne S. O’Bannon is no exception. The creator of such series as The CW’s Cult and Sy-Fy’s upcoming Defiance is still looking at his past successes, and is considering, as some point, getting made a feature film based on Farscape.
The series, which followed the adventures of human astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) who falls through a wormhole, ends up on the opposite end of the universe and falls in with a crew of escaped convicts on a living ship called Moya who are relentlessly pursued by all manners of bad guys, ended in 2003 after four seasons on Sci-Fi (now Sy-Fy). And although the series’ main storyline was wrapped nicely with the 2004 miniseries The Peacekeeper Wars, O’Bannon says there’s still more story to tell.
Here’s what he told SciFiNow:
“A feature [film] is something we’ve talked about. That’s not out of the question. Obviously, Firefly found new life in features as Serenity, so it can happen. We continue to talk about it. I would love to go and revisit that world.
I don’t know that it would necessarily come back as a series. But I’m in touch with [co-creator] Brian Henson… and we’re always talking about where else we could next present that world.”
Farscape was enjoyable enough, I wasn’t a huge fan but at least appreciated the creative energy of the series. Of course, I think I’d rather see a reboot of another O’Bannon project, one that didn’t live up to its potential or really get its due. Say it with me: seaQuest DSV movie! Natch.
What do you Bastards think? Would you pay money for a Farscape movie.
During the height of The X-Files, Chris Carter created a companion show called Millennium, which was a kind of police procedural like the X-Files that mixed cases of the week with an overarching mythology, except in Millennium’s case the mythology was Y2K anxiety and not alien abductions. Heh. Y2K. Remember that madness?
Anyway, the series ran for three seasons ending in 1999 and was wrapped up in a crossover episode of The X-Files on, wait for it, New Year’s Eve ’99. So case closed, right?
Maybe not. Series star Lance Henricksen, while promoting his role in the TRON: Uprising animated series, talked about the possibility of further Millennium adventures on the big screen:
“There’s a big push on right now and there’s a lot of crazy people involved in it. They’ve written a book with interviews with everybody that was on the show including [Frank] Spotnitz and me … It’s crazy that you wouldn’t give it a shot. It doesn’t have to be a $30 million movie either. There’s a lot of fans out there in 65 countries. I can’t go into any other country without them wondering when the movie is going to be made.”
Question: Doesn’t making a movie based on a show called “Millennium,” at this point, seem as redundant as Conan O’Brien still doing his “In the Year 2000…” bit?
“If Millennium was made today with those characters, it would be a far more interesting show than the limited palette they had with serial killers. I love the idea of a non-judgemental character like Frank Black was… He wanted to know why and how all these things happened, but he knew that judging someone for what they’ve done would just get in the way of finding out things.”
Henricksen may be right about that. A lot of aspects of Millennium – criminal profiling, psychic powers, mixed mythology procedural – have been picked up by other series like Criminal Minds and The Mentalist, so Millennium was truly ahead of its time. But where could the story go next? Henricksen has some ideas about that too:
“When you trap a guy like Frank Black,” he said, “who has that kind of imagination and you put him in a world like Bulgaria where everything is in Cyrillic and he can’t communicate actively with a lot of people, he has to do it in another way. I’ve thought of how it could be done. You just keep moving the pressure in on him about this kind of terrorist stuff. A terrorist plot. The pressure keeps building and building and building until you realize that that pressure gave him all the answers he needed. You would be gasping for air to wonder what is going to happen to this guy.”
I remember enjoying Millennium very much when it was on the air, but I’m not sure a movie is necessary, especially 13 years after the series satisfactorily ended. And why does every cancelled cult TV show need a movie now? It’s nuts!
What do you think, Bastards?