5 Recent Movie Characters Who Need Their Own Spin-off Movies

5 Recent Movie Characters Who Need Their Own Spin-off Movies

Mar 21, 2013

Dwayne Johnson was once called "franchise Viagra" by G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon Chu. It's a safe bet that Fast & Furious 3, 4, 5 and 6 director Justin Lin completely agrees. Johnson joined the series for the fifth film, but he looks to play an even bigger part in the forthcoming sixth entry, and apparently he's not going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, Johnson recently told Empire that it's entirely possible his character of Luke Hobbs might actually get his own spin-off film before part seven:

“Possibly after this one or after the next one, possibly. I’m not quite too sure. I know that’s the goal and we continue to build that character and have him take shape. But yes, I can’t wait.”

Obviously it's still hypothetical at this point, but we're betting that if the box office is big for both the new G.I. Joe and the new Fast & Furious, we'll definitely see it come to pass. As much as we love Johnson, though, that does have us wondering what other recent movie characters deserve their own spin-offs. If Hollywood is going to start handing out movies to side characters, we know of a few who should get their own.

 

James Franco, Spring Breakers

No one really needs to see an origin story for Alien, Franco's instantly memorable rapper/gangster/Scarface enthusiast from Spring Breakers, but thankfully that's not what we're asking for. We do want to see more of him, though. A character like this is too good, too perfectly distilled to not warrant even more screen time. What was Alien up to before the start of his illustrious rap career? What kind of nonsense did he and the twins get into before they met the Spring Breakers quartet? Whatever the material, we're game if Franco is.

 

Charlie Parker, The Imposter

It's strange to think of a "character" in a documentary warranting a spin-off, but damn it if gumshoe private investigator Charlie Parker isn't one of the best parts of The Imposter. He seems like a bumpkin PI at first, but he's more sensible than any of the FBI agents assigned to the case, and he refuses to let a good lead go. Who wouldn't want to watch a movie about Parker, who worked as a plain-clothes officer busting drug gangs in the '70s before retiring from the force, telling stories of his past cases? You just know he's seen some sh*t.

 

The Merman, The Cabin in the Woods

There are many, many potential horror movies you could spin off of Drew Goddard's The Cabin in the Woods, but really there's only one that matters. Is it really too much to ask for a movie where a batch of hormone-fueled coeds rent an isolated beach house and blow a mysterious conch shell found in the basement and inadvertently summon the sea's most murderous beast? Sounds reasonable to us.

 

Griffin, Men in Black 3

Michael Stuhlbarg's alien precog is one of the better parts of Men in Black 3. We learn his backstory throughout the film, so as with the non-alien Alien above, we don't want this to be an origin story. But there's still plenty of fun to be had with a guy who lives knowing all the different ways the future may pan out. Spin him off so we see what other (mis)adventures he got up to on Earth before agents J and K bumped into him.

 

Probs and Mayhem, Attack the Block

The two, pint-sized wannabe gangsters Probs and Mayhem steal every scene they're in in Attack the Block, so why not let them steal an entire movie? Let them grow up a little bit so the movie can still use the same actors, and pick back up with them and their younger friends right as even more aliens show up. Or maybe even find a way to get them onto a spaceship or home world and turn it into a foul-mouthed, super-soaker-flamethrower Goonies-esque adventure movie.

 

Bonus Pick: U is for Unearthed, The ABCs of Death

There's not really a specific character here we're looking to spin off, it's just the scenario and tone of Ben Wheatley's short film we want to see more of. If you haven't seen it, we won't spoil what happens in it, but it's one of the best parts of The ABCs of Death and strikes a chord we'd love to see more horror movies hit.

 

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