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Not Coming to a Theater Near You: The Breakfast Club Edition

March 24, 2014

You’d be surprised by how many films in Hollywood are started, but not finished. Here’s a look at a fascinating could have-been. Note: The Breakfast Club had detention 30 years ago today.

THE BREAKFAST CLUB 2 (2006)

The Breakfast ClubShortly after the influential teen-oriented dramedy The Breakfast Club was released in 1985, writer-director John Hughes mentioned to a reporter that he planned to make a new Breakfast Club film every 10 years or so, checking in on the lives of the five characters who meet in high-school detention in the first film. That plan never worked out. In 1999 Hughes started writing a sequel, but as a novel. He never finished it. In 2005 he tried again, letting the original cast know that he was writing a screenplay for The Breakfast Club 2 in which the characters would be “nontraditional college students” in their late 30s, all in detention again. The twist was that all the characters had turned out the opposite of how they¹d been in high school. The rebel (Judd Nelson) would now be conservative, the jock (Emilio Estevez) would have turned into a nerd, and so on. Hughes never managed to finish a script he liked, and The Breakfast Club 2 will probably never happen…Hughes died in 2009.

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