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'Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction' (2006)
Sequel to: "Basic Instinct" (1992)
Did it kill the franchise: Yes
Why it was so unnecessary: Probably in 1995, with Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas returning, a "Basic Instinct" sequel would have been a big deal. More than 14 years later, it mostly served as a showcase for Stone's commitment to ongoing physical conditioning, rather than a movie that was being made because anybody had a story they wanted to tell. David Morrissey, cast as the male lead after almost literally every actor in Hollywood passed, looks as confused to be there as audiences were to see him. And this shouldn't have been a surprise to anybody, but it turns out that Paul Verhoven was a really, really big part of the success of the first movie, with his incomparable ability to craft films that are simultaneously enjoyable as both exploitation and pure drama. Michael Caton-Jones somehow took this mess way too seriously and the result just sits there, providing only fleeting titillation. After years and years in development hell, "Basic Instinct 2" opened to only $3.2 million, which doesn't look good against a budget of $70 million.