This interview originally appeared on MTV News.
Over the last 15 years since its release, “Bring It On” has seen life in many forms. Once a tiny cheerleading movie that could barely get greenlit, the movie proved to be a surprise hit of the 2000 summer movie season, spawning multiple TV movie and straight to DVD sequels, as well as a high-flying Broadway musical (with part of the music written by “Hamilton” composer and MacArthur Genius Grant winner Lin-Manuel Miranda).
However, none of these sequels utilized the original film’s cast, writer or director, and most of those involved in the original “Bring It On” told MTV News in our oral history that they hadn’t even seen any of the offshoots of the original film.
But given the obvious love that fans still have for the movie a decade and a half later, as proven by the swell of enthusiasm around the anniversary this summer, has the original crew ever given thought to making a sequel of their own?
In an interview with MTV News ahead of the home release of “Ant-Man,” director Peyton Reed opened up and admitted that it had definitely crossed both his mind and that of writer Jessica Bendinger.
“Jessica Bendinger and I have had this discussion over drinks a few times over the years, and if you did something that was like, where are those characters 20 years down the line — married, divorced, single, what are they doing? — any version that we’ve ever really jokingly talked about was always a very depressing version of it tonally, doing a movie that was entirely different tonally than the first one,” he said. “We haven’t really seriously sat down to think about what it would be. It’s something where you want to be able to get really real with what has happened to everybody.”
Of course, that about lines up with what the cast predicted for their characters 15 years down the road. Jesse Bradford, who played Cliff, imagined “a world where nothing worked out for any of these people, and it’s just kind of dark, dark, dark, dark comedy,” while Eliza Dushku predicted of her character, “Missy is running beauty pageants in women’s prisons somewhere. Talent shows.”
So while it seems like we’re all on the same page here, maybe don’t get your hopes up for that extra-dark, grown-up “Bring It On” sequel. But you could also do the next best thing, which is imagine new shows starring “Bring It On” alums are just continuations of those characters. Reed does this, sometimes.
“I sometimes look at Gabrielle’s show ‘Being Mary Jane,'” he said. “The tone of that show is so fantastic, it’s really real and raw and a little bit soapy, but it’s so great and I almost imagine that that is actually Isis years later. My own private fantasy when I watch ‘Being Mary Jane.'”