Almost 20 years ago, Bring It On made a splash as a box office hit that would eventually go on to spawn a cult following. While there was never a direct sequel centered around Kirstin Dunst’s Torrance or any of the other original characters, Universal did make several direct-to-video follow-ups with other protagonists. Yet if the folks at studio decided that they wanted to cobble together a legacyquel for the ages, right this very moment they’d have Dunst ready to take part.
During a recent interview, Kirsten Dunst was asked about that very prospect, and she responded affirmatively on the following terms:
Simple, easy, with no huge conditions or qualms, Kirsten Dunst basically threw the ball into Universal’s court to revive the Toros cheerleading saga. Much like Brendan Fraser before her, she threw open the doors to a franchise that’s been good to the studio, giving them another chance to spin gold from an old friend.
Though unlike The Mummy series, Bring It On actually did keep its brand fresh over the years since its first film was released in 2000. Those five direct-to-video sequels dropped between 2004's Bring It On Again through to 2017’s Bring It On: Worldwide Cheersmack. So while there wasn’t a proper continuation of director Peyton Reed’s original film, there’s still a legacy that spans the gap between then and now.
This means that this potential sequel talk, spurred by an appearance Kirsten Dunst made on The Kelly Clarkson Show, could lead to the aforementioned magic buzzword with which Hollywood is currently in love: legacyquel. And judging by the studio’s current history, there’s plenty of examples as to why this approach might be the best way to bring it on again, this time with the original Toros.
In particular, the recent efforts with the Jurassic World franchise have yielded some of the most promising results in the Universal catalog. And if this weeks’ announcement that original Jurassic Park characters are coming back to take part in Jurassic World 3 has anything to say, there’s a chance that the success of that particular franchise is about to skyrocket even further.
Even with their unsuccessful revival of the Universal Monsters via their Dark Universe, that opportunity has pivoted towards a Paul Feig-steered re-launch and Leigh Whannell’s recently completed The Invisible Man carrying the banner for that potential franchise. Universal is already in the business of legacyquels and reboots of their historical properties, so a new Bring It On might not be that far off.
This is just a pipe dream at this point, but if Kirsten Dunst is up for getting back into the Bring It On universe, then what’s to say that Gabrielle Union, Eliza Dushku, and plenty of other original cast members wouldn’t be on the same page? Universal might want to start making some calls, just to see how big this relaunch could potentially get.
In the meantime, you can see Kirsten Dunst on a weekly basis thanks to the Showtime original series On Becoming a God in Central Florida, which airs on Sundays at 10 PM ET and was just renewed for another season.
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