10 LGBTQ+ movies that deserve a sequel
Updated: Jul 23, 2020
Sequels. Not a word you hear too often when it comes to LGBTQ+ content. Hell, we're lucky if LGBTQ+ films get funding to begin with. But there are quite a few stories we would love to see more of, from sizzling romances to outrageous queer comedies.
D.E.B.S. (Directed/written by Angela Robinson) When I thought about writing this piece, I naturally turned to Twitter for advice. The overwhelming favorite film deserving of a sequel according to the tweeps is the 2004 spy satire, D.E.B.S. We left off with Amy and Lucy Diamond running off into the sunset together, while Max, Dominique and Janet continued their D.E.B -ly duties. With the world as it is, we could use a little D.E.B.S. power in our lives. Maybe Max is now the Head of the D.E.B.S.? Amy and Lucy are living in Europe raising their own little one when they get the call that their special skills are needed? And what of Scud!? We need answers and we need the D.E.B.S.
The Broken Hearts Club (Directed/written by Greg Berlanti) Berlanti might be a TV mega-producer now, but his 2000 comedy film about a group of gay men was all kinds of groundbreaking. Talk about your stellar casts. Timothy Olyphant, Zack Braff, Billy Porter, Nia Long, Justin Theroux...can you imagine this group together again and living and loving life as middle age queers? Cringey Grindr dates, same-sex marriages, living out and proud in the 2020s?
But I'm a Cheerleader (Directed/written by Jamie Babbit) This beloved camp classic is ripe for a sequel. The 1999 film starred Natasha Lyonne and Clea Duvall, both of whom are still cranking out the quality content. Plus, RuPaul is bigger than ever. Can you imagine adult Megan and Graham on a crusade against conversion therapy, with help from their old New Directions pals?
Moonlight (Directed/written by Barry Jenkins) Moonlight is one of the finest queer films ever made and there was so much more to explore in this Oscar-winning story about Chiron as a grown man and re-connecting with Kevin. Maybe even finding Teresa after all those years as well.
Saving Face (Directed/written by Alice Wu) Alice Wu didn't make another movie between her beloved Saving Face in 2004 and 2020's The Half of It and we need to know what happened to Wil and Vivienne like we need water! Did the two women get hitched? What about Hwei-lang and Yu and their little one? There are so many delightful stories we could devour about this family! Alice Wu, what do you say?
A Fantastic Woman (Directed by Sebastián Lelio/written by Lelio and Gonzalo Maza) This gorgeous and entrancing film about a trans woman navigating life after losing her partner just calls out for more. Would love to see actress Daniela Vega's Marina forge ahead past her grief and into a new life, maybe even finding a new love along the way...but only if she wants to. She's fantastic enough as it is.
I Can't Think Straight (Directed/written by Shamim Sarif) Another beloved mid-aughts lesbian film that deserves the sequel treatment. When we left off with Tala (Lisa Ray) and Leyla (Sheetal Sheth), they had just reconnected after Tala came out to her parents. What about a wedding that actually takes place between the two, with all the parental drama and adorable hijinks we can handle?
Watermelon Woman (Directed/written by Cheryl Dunye) Pardon us, Cheryl Dunye, but can we have more Watermelon Woman, please? Dunye is considered a pioneer of the New Queer Cinema and it's obvious why. What if the character of Cheryl had the resources we do in 2020 to find and research more legendary queer black women, and the fascinating documentaries she could make.
Weekend (Directed/written by Andrew Haigh) This 2011 love story between two men who spend a passionate and loving weekend together is our queer version of Before Sunrise. Let's pick up after Glen returns from art school in Oregon! Could these two find that special thing again that connected them years ago?
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Directed/written by Stephan Elliot) Talk about an iconic film deserving of a new story. Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, and Terrance Stamp are huge stars now, but just imagine these legends teaching a new generation of queens to live their lives out loud, and once again travel the red dirt roads of Australia.
What LGBTQ+ movie would you like to see have a sequel?