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5 More Prequels to Follow Prometheus

If the inevitable success of Prometheus is going to do anything within the industry, it’s convince Hollywood that prequels are the way to put some new life into old franchises. We could argue that, no, the lesson should be getting talented filmmakers to think big and be ambitious, but why fight it? Here are five ideas for prequels to resurrect those other 1980s movie series that you loved.

I’ve gone on record before about my distrust of prequels in general, but there’s almost no way that, between Prometheus and the success of quasi-prequel/reboot Star Trek that we’re not going to see more moviemakers looking way back to the beginning (or beyond) when trying to kickstart familiar characters and stories. With that in mind, here are five movies that might happen in the foreseeable future…

Police Academy: Pre-School
I’ll admit that I wasn’t the world’s biggest Police Academy fan way back when, but if there hadn’t been an installment showing what the various characters had been up to before they decided to sign up to be police officers, then it’s a hideously missed opportunity. For today’s filmmakers, it’s right there for the taking: An ensemble piece in which each of the core characters has a story arc that leads them right to the front door of the eponymous Academy as they come to the realization that they are, indeed, destined to become the world’s most inept lawmen (and -women). It’s pretty much the ideal first episode for an all-new beginning.

Lethal Weapon: The Early Years
We’re all used to people complaining that they’re too old for this shit, but all that means is that there are stories to be told from a period where Roger Murtaugh was exactly the right age for this kind of thing. Sure, he was supposed to be a straitlaced police- and family man before Riggs showed up, but come on: You just know that there would’ve been at least one (or maybe more, depending on how successful the movie is) time where he would’ve been forced to break out his Vietnam-training to bring justice to the streets of Los Angeles in the late ’70s, amid Blaxploitation in-jokes and movie references…

Back to the Past
I know, I know; the idea of a prequel to a movie franchise that goes all the way back to the Wild West seems like a difficult idea, but there’s a particular period of Back to the Future chronology that’s entirely open to extrapolation: What happened to Doc between 1955 and 1985? Think about it: He knows that he’s going to build a time machine, and that it’s going to work – oh, and also that he’s going to get involved with terrorists who’ll try to kill him, depending on whenever he decided to put the letter back together. If an eccentric-at-best genius had that foreknowledge, don’t you think that he’d be slightly dangerous to himself and others …? There is weird and untapped comic gold in this one, if only Christopher Lloyd could be convinced to return (and/or someone younger who can do an amazing Christopher Lloyd impression could be discovered).

The First Starfighter
Okay, so The Last Starfighter wasn’t exactly the world’s biggest hit, but come on: A title like that is almost begging for a prequel, and with the backdrop of intergalactic war in the offing, it’s surprising that no-one has thought to try and make this happen already. Instead of the 1980s kid who gets auditioned playing video games, though, why not throw back farther in time, and have the Rylan Star League kidnap a gunslinger from the Wild West into space to help them fight the Ko-Dan Empire in the beginning of their war? It could be just like Cowboys & Aliens, but, you know, good!

Before E.T.
It’s the prequel that everyone expected three decades ago, but never quite got – and one that, thanks to the leads all being wrinkly aliens without a human amongst them, could be entirely CGI and no-one would be that much the wiser. Why was E.T. on Earth in the first place? Are his kind normally leaving members of their crews behind when they leave planets? And, if we had a movie where E.T. and friends could communicate in their own language and we’d have subtitles putting everything into a language we could understand, would he still be just as cute? Okay, maybe that last one’s an obvious no, but for the other questions, there’s really only one thing for it: Someone get Steven Spielberg on the phone. We’ve got the next step in his CGI empire following Tintin.


  • Badly Drawn Cartoons

    Sorry I don’t think I would pay to see any of those

  • Michael Sacal

    I would see The First Starfighter.

  • jimbosmash

    >Back to the Past
    Take my money.

  • Mark Morton

    I guess the writer of this article didn’t pay attention during the first Police Academy movie; otherwise he would know exactly what the recruits were doing before joining the force.

  • Dan Reborn

    Peter Jackson should make the Sillmarillion after the Hobbit

  • omgitsbrien

    No. Just no.

  • RichardLAnderson
  • ZBaksh386

    the lethal weapon one and the et ones are the ones i want to see.

  • Thad Boyd

     Thanks for explaining the joke!

  • Ben Gebhart

    Y’know, as much as those would probably be HORRIBLE movies, I’d rather see any of them before seeing the inevitable “Candy Land”, “Monopoly”, and “Chutes & Ladders” adaptions.

    Hear that sound? It’s the sound of Hollywood nearly breaking through the bottom of the barrel, they’re scraping so hard…

  • jrau18

    I don’t get the hate for a Candy Land movie. It has the potential to be awesome.

  • jrau18

    I like that your premise is the idea that Hollywood is just now starting to do prequels…

  • Alejandro.

    No, just no. I won’t pay for any sequel that is just made for lack of ideas or i don’t think it’s necessary.

  • jrau18

    Nah, man, it could be a bitchin fantasy epic.

  • Alex

    The first Starfighter! Yes.

    I’m surprised they didn’t do a sequel to that one recently. It was the first big movie to do computer generated effects.

    I love how it was directed by the guy who played ‘The Shape’ in Halloween, starred the guy who was a paramedic friend of Laurie Strode in Halloween 2, and Grigg was played by the guy who was the villian in Halloween 3: Season of the Witch.

  • Hosstbl1

    I would pay to see a good Nightmare On Elm Street prequel…

  • Brian from Canada

    Lethal Weapon is being rebooted with new actors, apparently, so doing a prequel is out.

    What many people forget is that the prequel often comes when the sequels have petered out or run themselves into a corner: where was Alien going to go after the fourth? Where could they go except up against another franchise?

    The same goes for rebooting. Outside of Star Trek — which didn’t need it and came up with a way to keep their past intact — decent reboots always seem to be activated IF the series can’t seem to go anywhere.

    And note the word “decent.” I’m tired to remakes and reboots that go around young stars only because they can’t come up with something new for them to do.

  • Andrew Niehaus

    The podcast Books and Nachos just did a review on said ET sequel book. It sounded TERRIBLE.

  • Worlds Of Weird

    I’m looking forward to Baby Bat Man and Spider-Boy

  • Joe Huber

    Wasn’t Close Encounters of the 3rd kind a sort of prequel to ET? I’ve always wanted a prequel to Nightmare on Elm Street with Freddy as a real child killer. If done right that could be spooky. We know his fate but what happens while he was alive is untapped potential. It’s scarier to me than the dream stuff.

    The prequel of Back to the Future seems like a decent idea though I can’t see anyone doing Christpher Lloyd justice except the man himself and he’s too old to play himself that young. I can’t see anyone in the Michael J Fox role except him either. I wonder when we can get to a point where actors & actresses can be redone on film entirely. They did Marlon Brando partially in Superman Returns and Superman II : The Richard Donner Cut. They can now do full holograms of Tupac in concert. Once they can accomplish something like this for the full length of a movie anything is possible. Christopher Reeve as Superman again. Arnold Schwarzenneger from the mid to late 80’s doing Terminator and Predator films (and no not that abomination that was his guest role in Terminator Salvation). Christopher Lloyd & Michael J Fox in more Back to the Future films. I think it’s a part of us that wants to recapture the magic of our youth. I just hate when they try to explain mysteries.

    Halloween doesn’t need a prequel though Rob Zombie’s take on Michael Myers as a child (in his reboot) was nice for it’s own thing. I just hate having everything explained because some people don’t have imaginations. Might as well do a movie about the iceberg that sunk the Titanic. Just call it Iceberg and James Cameron can have 3 movies with more than a billion each at the box office. How about a prequel to Look Who’s Talking? Can call it “Inside Kirstie Alley”. Maybe do a porn prequel to Deep Throat and call it “Lip Service” lol

  • little foz

    do a prequel to elm street, just do it well please!