Gotham 75 wrote:I could see Inception having a prequel before a sequel.
A sequel wouldn't even seem right with the way that it ended.
This is really the only chance. Cobb, Arthur, and Eames are involved in a pre-COBOL extraction heist. Mal is still with Cobb, they are in the U.S., and whatever it is that they do/did is every bit more imaginative than the inception job they did. More espionage and less action.
Reason I say that is because I just think a sequel would make things too heavy-handed and say "We must up the ante. More 'splosions and slo-mo everywhere!" The best follow-up films that are made normally have the director and writer ask themselves: "What are the best intimate ideas that we can spill on this canvas while still being better than last time?" That's what I think Nolan did with TDK (and didn't do with TDKR), that's what I think Lasseter and crew did with the Toy Story sequels, and that's where I think most people want Nolan to take his career when Interstellar came in a somewhat less-than-blockbuster fashion.
Otherwise, you're going to get a camp (especially in this thread) that will ask just for one-and-done. Inception was quite enough, and when you touch something and canonize it, it literally can
ruin what the original gave us. They want Saw to come back, and I'm honestly hoping for a Jigsaw Chronicles type of miniseries instead that takes place in between the events of Saw II - VII. Shoot, even Nolan was looking at other outlets such as a video game for Inception. Some options are better than others for the sake of integrity.
The problem with my idea of extraction is it's not as creative on its own as an inception is, which is why what would have been perfect
is if Nolan planned a two-film arc to begin with and Inception was the sequel. That
would have been very well served for audiences everywhere, especially because the "exposition content" would have been spread out through both films a little better.