Five sequels that could reboot Christian Slater's career

Actor Christian Slater talks about ABC's

Actor Christian Slater talks about ABC's "Mind Games" during the Winter 2014 TCA presentations in Pasadena, California, January 17, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Steve Tilley, QMI Agency

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Sometimes movie and TV stars are able to maintain their successes over several decades. Sometimes they implode and vanish almost overnight.

But Christian Slater is an unusual in-between case. After peaking as a Hollywood icon in the mid-’90s, his career has been on a steady, endless decline. By now, most actors would have thrown in the towel and given up, but Slater tenaciously keeps on chugging, even in the face of direct-to-DVD duds and a string of TV bombs.

His latest misstep is Mind Games, the ABC drama starring Slater and Steve Zahn as brothers who run a troubleshooting firm that psychologically manipulates people to solve problems for those in need. Mind Games was cancelled after just five episodes, making it Slater’s fourth failed TV show in a row. Hell, three of them didn’t even make it to a second season.

But the 44-year-old Slater is no quitter, and he’s due for a comeback sooner or later. Maybe it’s time for him to hitch his wagon to some of his past successes and engineer a return to stardom through the roles that made him famous.

If we were running Hollywood, here are five sequels we’d create to bring Christian Slater’s career back from the brink.

Truer Romance

A follow-up to 1993’s awesome, Quentin Tarantino-penned True Romance, this would catch up with Clarence (Slater) and Alabama (Patricia Arquette) in the present day. The lovebirds are still together, but must deal with their son (lets have him played by Percy Jackson’s Logan Lerman) running afoul of a gang of drugrunners that make Drexl and company look like the thugs from West Side Story.

Pump Up the Volume II

What would a 40-something Hard Harry be like in the present day? What if he succumbed to the suburban lifestyle he rebelled against as a kid in 1990’s Pump Up the Volume, until the day he had an epiphany and tried to recapture his youth? Something along the lines of Matthew Broderick’s Election (which some see as an unofficial, dark sequel to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) could be incredible.

Heathers, Too: What’s Your Damage

Can you imagine a black comedy like 1988’s Heathers – climaxing with Slater’s J.D. blowing himself up in front of a school with a suicide bomb – being released in our hypersensitive decade? It would never happen, but a new generation of Heathers, in a Net-savvy, always-connected would, be amazing to watch. Slater would have to play a different character, of course; perhaps the high school principal. Or would he? We didn’t actually see him die on screen...

Robin Hood: King of Thieves

Since Kevin Costner is also desperately trying to rekindle his career, a sequel to the 1991 blockbuster Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves seems like a no-brainer: an older, wiser Robin Hood (Costner) and his half-brother Will Scarlet (Slater) continue their adventures in Sherwood Forest well into their later years, perhaps training a new band of Merry Men. Hey, far less plausible sequels have been greenlit.

Gleaming the Cube 2

If Tony Hawk can still be a skateboarding star in his 40s, why not Slater’s Brian Kelly from 1989’s Gleaming the Cube? On second thought, no. The original was pretty bad to begin with. We’d almost rather watch Alone in the Dark again.

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