SlashFilm – Warner Brothers Wants An ‘Inception’ Sequel, Here Are Five Ideas

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“…The report of Warner Brothers wanting the sequel came from What’s Playing whose source said “All interest is on the studio side.” And I think, for true fans of Nolan’s, that’s probably the universal feeling. We understand that a sequel would make money but that’s not what made the first film so good. Other than the Batman films, Christopher Nolan is known for either coming up with or finding original stories to tell us and he has no reason to taint that reputation. Expanding the story of Leonard in Memento or following the world of The Prestige after the fire would only cheapen the originals.

But, let’s surmise that Warner Brothers – somehow – decides to do another Inception. Pretend it’s a foregone conclusion. Here are five ways that it might go.



The Obvious Sequel – Cobb’s story continues. The totem doesn’t fall and he continues to try and get out of the dream world.

The Spin-off/Prequel – Tom Hardy’s character, Eames, is the main character and we see his earlier interactions with Cobb and learn more about forging. (I pick Eames out of everyone else because Tom Hardy was, obviously, the breakout star.)

The Twist – It’s revealed that Ariadne (Ellen Page) is actually the master, best extractor of all time and the first film was all in a masterful play of inception on Cobb. We follow her down her path on another mission.

The Obvious Prequel – We follow Cobb as he, much like Ariadne in the first film, finds out about dream worlds, extractions and more and slowly becomes the best one out there.

The Family Drama – The totem falls and it’s revealed Cobb made it! We then have to watch two and a half hours of family drama as he struggles with rebuilding the trust of his children who haven’t seen him in years.”

http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/10/22/warner-brothers-inception-sequel-ideas/

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James December 5, 2010 at 8:02 pm

‘The Family Drama’ – LOL

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Anonymous December 6, 2010 at 6:05 am

6th option. Cobb awakes only to realize that his real name is Teddy Daniels and that he killed his wife again, but that hes undergoing another procedure to try and cure his insanity and make it home.

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Nate December 13, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Or another option still – Cobb finds legitimate uses for his abilities to support his family but the family “drama” is rooted in and surrounds the use of dream worlds for one reason or another. The framework of the discussion moves from “what can be done with a mind already well developed” to “what happens when a mind is given this power before it is done developing”.

It allows the conversation to remain much the same, but adds the variable of mental development. It also allows for a rebellion plot line for the kids who may not understand what their dad went through while the science was still young – but done from an intellectual standpoint and not just some whiny brat upset that they have a curfew in order to prevent the rebellion from being cheap. A “changing of the guard”, similar to how more recent generations have adapted to the world of technology and it creates an odd disconnect with older generations not yet able to adapt.

I don’t know, perhaps something like his kids become geniuses – or volunteer to undergo experimental dream-sessions where they are sent to school in the “limbo” state and as such have considerable amounts of time to learn what is necessary. A sort of Locke and Demosthenes in that the two of them hold opposing views as to how the world of dreams should be developed or used or what constitutes abuse, but that each of them is in turn still very different from their father. It then allows the conversation to also migrate towards the “ok so this technology exists – what are the ethics of it and how does it apply to our world”.

This would build on one premise in the first movie – “is what you believe more important than whats real?” The push for the second movie being “once you have beliefs and reality squared away, how do you then decide what to act on? Do ends justify means or can ends never justify certain means?”

I think this would allow the “universe” of Inception to grow while not invalidating the necessary ambiguity of the first film, in that if we do not make reference to whether the ending of the first movie was reality or not, and Cobb uses a new totem, it’s still up in the air.

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android tablets January 25, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Cobb awakes only to realize that his real name is Teddy Daniels and that he killed his wife again, but that hes undergoing another procedure to try and cure his insanity and make it home.

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