We can’t wait to hear Vin Diesel growl “I am Groot.” in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and we’ll happily watch his Dom Toretto crash cars and crack skulls for as long as Hollywood wants to churn out Fast and Furious sequels. As much as we dig Diesel, though, we’re not sure anyone was begging to see him don Xander Cage’s furry-collared coat again in a XXX sequel.
Of course, seeing Vin effortlessly nail extreme sports stunts that would cripple a man half his age in XXX: The Return of Xander Cage isn’t the first time film fans have been subjected to a sequel they never asked for. Hollywood has a long history of trying to recapture the magic — and money-making potential — of movies long forgotten or better left alone.
For every great cinematic follow-up or rare entry that’s actually superior to its predecessor, there’s a long, embarrassing list of failed attempts to turn great original films — as well as lots of not-so-great ones — into sequel-spawning franchises. Whether you asked for them or not (you probably didn’t), here’s 10 of Hollywood’s worst attempts to milk a film that had little more to give.