Dumb and Dumber To proved that, financially speaking, it’s never too late to crank out a sequel to a hit property. However, the Farrelly Brothers’ follow up to their 20-year-old comedy creatively showed that sometimes, you shouldn’t go back to that well in Hollywood, no matter how thirsty you are for a hit. Often times, those jokes have dried up.

In the industry these days, however, sequels (like The Fantastic Four 2) are given release dates long before their predecessors have even hit the big screen. Franchises we thought were finished are instead gearing up for Toy Story 4 and Star Wars 7. It’s not smart to bet against a sequel, because Hollywood loves revisiting any idea that worked at least once. (Hello, Horrible Bosses 2!) Still, these 12 announced – or teased – sequels seem dead in the water, so pulling the metaphorical plug on them seems inevitable.

The Goonies
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Richard Donner loves teasing us with the idea of a follow up to his beloved treasure hunt, The Goonies. However, when main cast members like Josh Brolin address the sequel, they basically toss cold water on the sequel’s prospects. This was the final nail in the coffin. The cast was supposed to reunite at San Diego Comic-Con last summer for a panel, and we expected to hear sequel news out of the gathering. Instead, the panel was cancelled, and our dreams of a new Goonie adventure went out the window.

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