Angelina Jolie is a classic superstar in the truest sense of the word. After rising in the mid 90s / early 2000s with films like hacker, The bone collector, and Girl interrupted (for which she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress), the actress found herself as Hollywood’s golden girl, staring at a slew of high profile films and lucrative franchises.
Aside from the fact that many of Jolie’s franchisees failed to ignite the box office, forcing the studios to pull the plug on future sequels – a frustrating habit that happens at least 2,321 times a year. In Jolie’s case, the actress made some pretty good films that really warranted additional chapters.
Now all you want to know is which of the actress’s films we think should have been sequels, right? In fact, everyone likely skipped this introduction and looked directly for the meat of the item. Type “churro” in the comments if your attention span gets you this far! Good for you. Give me five.
Okay, enough stalling in honor of Jolie’s new movie The ones who want me deadHere are the five Angelina Jolie films that have earned sequels.
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Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Doug Liman’s breezy action / comedy from 2005 may not have matched the dazzling behind-the-scenes drama that preceded its release – how could a movie beat Brangelina? – but it’s still a hell of a good time and a great showcase for stars Jolie and Brad Pitt. Of course, the film works as a stand-alone piece that holds most of its numerous storylines together, but given the slaughter the eponymous Smith duo wreaked against its conflicting contractors, you’d think someone would want revenge.
When you consider that the film grossed a massive $ 487.3 million at the 2005 box office, you’d think a sequel would be a no-brainer. Unfortunately, 16 years and a messy divorce later, fans are still on the lookout. Would it have been too much to at least get a spin-off with Vince Vaughn’s Eddie?
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The bone collector
In 1999, Jolie was relatively new to the business – a pretty face without a big résumé, unless you were one of twenty people who consider Playing by Heart a fine art.
Then came The Bone Collector. Based on Jeffery Deaver’s 1997 crime novel, the film, directed by Phillip Noyce, features Jolie alongside lead actor Denzel Washington. Damn film Denzel Washington, which severely limits the performance of the actor. And yet the two main characters manage to overcome such limitations as well as a serial killer plot by numbers, thanks to lightning-fast chemistry – seriously, why was Denjolina never something?
Despite earning $ 150 million on a $ 48 million budget and being fortunate enough to be based on a popular book that would spawn 13 sequels over the next two decades, The Bone Collector never received a follow-up . and remains one of those DVDs. Target is desperate to mortgage the buyers over Black Friday.
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Kung Fu Panda
Wait, Kung Fu Panda has two sequels and, if I remember correctly, it’s own TV show. Yes, but of all the characters that deserve more attention from this franchise, Jolie’s Tigress is the most deserved. Sure, we learn a little bit about the badass kung fu warrior throughout the Panda trilogy, but she is relegated to a supporting role for the most part as the most prominent of Master Shifu’s Furious Five. and would absolutely thrive in their own stand-alone series.
Imagine this: Tigress wakes up one morning, says, “I’m done with that panda,” and wanders into the wild. Cue the action.
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Perhaps the most obvious entry on this list, 2008 Searched spends a good chunk of his runtime creating a sequel, and even ends up with some sort of cliffhanger when James McAvoy’s Wesley Gibson finally grapples with his past and literally has the future in his sights. Unless we will never see his future.
Instead, Wanted is a different origin story with no second or third act. It is Batman begins without The dark knight. Got it?
How and why Jolie’s Fox, who dies at the end of the film, shows up in the follow-up entries is probably one of the tidbits that brought the much-discussed sequel to a standstill in the first place. Such a dilemma makes sense. At this point in her career, Jolie was a great superstar. Universal couldn’t move on to more films without their involvement, right? So keep on trudging.
Here’s a start: Wesley hears a knock on his door. Open it. Looks at Fox.
Wesley: How are you?
Fox: Who gives a shit?
Start more badassery with curved balls.
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Similar to Searched, salt spends 104 minutes creating a sequel that would never be. In the film, Jolie plays the super spy who kills a number of people to prove she isn’t a murderer. At the climax, a bruise and bloody salt “escapes” the CIA counterintelligence officer from Chiwetel Ejiofor to kill a number of evil Russian sleep agents known as KAs.
Unfortunately, the film only raised $ 293 million on a budget of $ 110 million to $ 130 million, which means Salt will likely never accomplish its mission. For all we know, that jump from the helicopter shattered her ribs and eventually resulted in internal bleeding and death. We are sorry. You could say I’m rubbing salt into your wounds … you see? No do you understand The salt joke … because the film is called salt … Further!
BONUS: Sky Captain and the world of tomorrow
To be completely honest, I forgot this movie even existed until I decided to write this article. When I saw this Art Deco-inspired title I had fond memories of sitting in an empty theater, eagerly awaiting Kerry Conran’s visual Smorgasbord. An incredible moment back in 2004 that resulted in a crushing disappointment. While gorgeous to look at, Sky captain and the world of tomorrow just didn’t work, mostly because it’s perfectly obvious that Jude Law knows, has no idea, that he’s on a plane shooting futuristic robots in New York about 1939.
Jolie’s Commander Francesca “Franky” Cook only appears in a brief cameo, but leaves a sufficiently strong impression to justify her own split. What this film would entail, aside from some inferior green screen work, is beyond my simple imagination.
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