Nineties nostalgia is going to hit the silver screen in full swing this fall when Dumb and Dumber To hits theatres. Jim Carrey fans will certainly be thrilled to see him go to his roots of silly, over-the-top comedy and Jeff Daniels will do a complete 180 from his Will McAvoy character in Newsroom. It marks the 20th anniversary of the first Dumb and Dumber no less and will put the prequel Dumb and Dumberer disaster out of our heads.
If this sequel does really well in theatres, it could very well open the door for more 90s sequels to come. Who’s to say we can’t get another Major League, Ace Ventura or Wayne’s World?
The odds are always against sequels working, but if there’s an appetite for it, it’s worth a shot. We’ve gotten tons of remakes of 70s and 80s movies, so when is it the 90s’ turn? Better yet, why remake it when the original cast is available for a sequel? Here are the 90s sequels we want to see. We won’t count the franchises that already got sequels in the 2000s.
5) The Mighty Ducks
Sure, critics weren’t too fond of The Mighty Ducks, but money talks. The three movies grossed a total of roughly $115 million domestically. Nostalgia could very well play into this, as the kids who grew up with these movies have their own kids now or soon will and would love to watch a D4: Mighty Ducks movie with them.
In fact, Joshua Jackson, who we knew as Charlie Conway, gave fans of the franchise some hope for a fourth film in an interview with TIME, saying a fourth film is possible.
“I feel like a fourth film should happen, and if there was space for any of the original kids that come back and have a role, I would be surprised that anybody didn’t want to do it,’ Jackson said. ‘The next generation should have its own version [of The Mighty Ducks]. Not that we need to come back as adults, but I hope my kids grow up and play pickup hockey and I hope they have their own movies like my generation had those movies…I’d be a part of something like that.”
One of the film’s producers, Jordan Kerner, shed a little more light on the possibility, saying Disney would be interested in a sequel if they liked the script submitted.
“‘I’ve been pitched a story two or three times. It hasn’t been the right story yet, but the idea of doing that is something Steve and I have talked about and actually Disney and I have talked about.”
You can picture how it would work. Charlie Conway coming back to coach a pee-wee Ducks team, with Fulton Reed and Jessy Hall as assistants. Gordon Bombay essentially becomes the new Hans, who passed away in D3. You could also get some interesting cameos from current NHL players. Can you imagine guys like Patrick Kane or PK Subban in the new instalments?
4) Wayne’s World
Mike Myers has been having a lot of trouble getting his career back off the ground. He can’t seem to get out of a rut since The Love Guru bombed as bad as it did. Many have clamoured for a fourth Austin Powers and there have been endless rumours of it happening, with no script to show for it. Mike Myers said this past fall that he was working on an idea for one.
If he can’t get that off the ground, why not explore a third Wayne’s World? The first grossed over $183 million and the second grossed just $48 million. However, over 20 years have passed so the appetite may very well be there. It’s certainly worth exploring since Myers is struggling to come up with a new franchise idea.
3) The Mask
Can we just forget Son of the Mask ever happened? Okay, great; so that never actually came out. There was no Mask sequel.
The only way to follow up the original is to bring Jim Carrey back to play Stanley Ipkiss and see him in that green mask again.
What would a middle-aged Stanley Ipkiss be up to now? Is he still with the lovely Tina Carlyle (Cameron Diaz)? Milo surely can’t be around anymore. Does he still hang out with his friend Charlie? Is Lieutenant Kellaway still on his tail?
The first film did tremendous numbers with a $23 million budget, grossing over $350 million. How would you not explore the possibility? Maybe the film would be considered if Dumb and Dumber To is a huge success.
The possibilities are endless with a follow-up to the 1994 hit.
2) Major League
A new Major League is long overdue. Can you remember the last funny baseball movie that came out?
Can you imagine a movie featuring Rick Vaughn, Willie Mays Hayes and Pedro Cerrano coaching up a new squad of Cleveland Indians? It offers many possibilities as to who could assume the roles of the current players.
You also have to bring back Bob Uecker as the wise-cracking play-by-play man Harry Doyle, who at 80 years old, is still quick-witted and irreplaceable.
We’d also like to see Major League: Back to the Minors washed away from our memory. Recent word is director David S. Ward is on board and is looking for financing with the film.
In an interview with Yahoo Sports, Ward says a script is written for a new movie. Jake Taylor would remain the Indians manager, with Cerrano and Hayes joining the coaching staff. Roger Dorn is also in the picture.
Vaughn is out of baseball, shell-shocked from giving up a walk-off home run to lose the World Series. The Indians are attempting to lure him back to mentor a top pitching prospect, who happens to be a son Vaughn didn’t know he had.
Make it happen.
1) Ace Ventura
More Jim Carrey; the 90s were his decade, so of course he’s on this list more than once. There were two film instalments in the Ace Ventura series; Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.
Again, we have to ignore the fact that a sequel technically did come out, this time with Ace Ventura, Jr.: Pet Detective. That just doesn’t count! Give us the authentic version, please! That’s Jim Carrey with the open shirt, silly hair and off the wall personality.
While the two films received mixed reviews, they also grossed over $330 million combined, with limited budgets. Jim Carrey would obviously command a high salary to do one, but it would be worth it, if they could get a good story behind it.
Again, who knows? The results of the Dumb and Dumber sequel will likely carry a lot of weight in deciding if more studios will indeed fetch the idea of bringing back favourites from the 90s into theatres.