Candles blown out on teen movie sequel?
It's been a while now since the last rumors circulated of a sequel for 16 Candles. Last we heard, a TV movie -- 32 Candles -- was planned to update fans on the lives of Samantha Baker, Jake Ryan, Farmer Ted and Long Duk Dong.
The 1984 flick starred Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall (along with smaller parts played by John and Joan Cusack). Speculation centered that USA Network, which airs Hall's Dead Zone series, was poised to produce and air the sequel. However, none of the original cast has commented on the project in years now. It's probably safe to say the project is dead for good.
Director/writer John Hughes has largely avoided sequels to movies produced during his glory days, the exceptions being Home Alone and Beethoven. The two writers originally attached to the sequel -- Keith Merryman and David A. Newman -- are now working on a sequel to How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
Speaking of Ringwald, the former teen queen returns to TV for a guest role in "Medium." The NBC series stars Patricia Arquette. Ringwald, who started her career in TV in 1979 as a cast member of Facts of Life, last appeared on TV in 2002. The show airs May 1.
So are we all happy that there won't be a 32 Candles? If you had to make a sequel to a John Hughes teen flick, which one would you choose?