16 of the most unnecessary sequels ever made
Does 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2' fit the bill?
'Blues Brothers 2000'
Sequel to: "The Blues Brothers" (1980)
Did it kill the franchise: Yes.
Why it was so unnecessary: If it hadn't been for the untimely passing of co-star John Belushi, the original Blues Brothers (pairing Belushi with his "SNL" buddy Dan Aykroyd) could have certainly lived on as a franchise. Instead, Aykroyd and director John Landis inexplicably revived the brand nearly two decades later, subbing John Goodman for Belushi and trying to top the original's car crash sequences without trying to make much sense. At least the frequent musical numbers still resonate, featuring veterans like Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and James Brown, plus younger folks like Erykah Badu and Travis Tritt. They're still not enough to justify the film's existence, however. Now, will someone please stop Aykroyd before he trots out the endlessly-delayed "Ghostbusters 3"?