It’s the oldest trick in the book — throw a little teaser in at the end of a movie that gets the audience excited for a sequel. Happens all the time. Hell, Marvel used those teasers (post-credits, to be fair) to build an entire billion-dollar shared movie universe. Unfortunately, not every movie studio is as successful as Marvel (and their new parent company, a little operation known as Disney). That means a lot of movies have teased sequels, only to never end up actually following through with a second film.
Here are 12 movies that seemed to promise another chapter of the story, only to leave fans wondering what happened next when no sequel ever showed up in theaters.
12. District 9
District 9 was a surprise sci-fi hit in 2009. Made for just $30 million by debut director Neil Blomkamp and executive producer Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings), it was a found-footage film about a stranded alien race living in a government refugee camp in South Africa. When Wikus, the main character, accidently gets infected with strange alien DNA, he slowly begins to transform into one of them. After getting a first-hand dose of the discrimination the alien race suffers at the hands of humanity, he helps one alien escape back into space with his son when a cure for his transformation is promised.
The end of the movie shows a fully transformed alien version of Wikus leaving metal flowers for his still-very-human wife, as he awaits for his new friend to return with the promised cure. There have been plenty of talks about a potential sequel (or even a prequel), but it never seems to get pulled together. In 2010, it was “roughly two years away.” In 2013, Blomkamp insisted he still wants to make District 10. We’re still waiting.