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Is USA Networks Making A 16 CANDLES Sequel'!

Hey, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.

That’s what first-time spy Honky Kong contends. It would make sense... I’m sure Molly Ringwold and Anthony Michael Hall wouldn’t break the bank for USA. Hell, Hall is the star of one of their few semi-hit original series, so if they could extend that relationship, I’m sure they would.

Kong certainly presents a compelling case for himself with the personal details he sent along for Harry and I to verify, but as with all first-time sources, we’ll have to see how this pans out.

For now, enjoy this with a side order of salt:


USA Network is currently wrapping up the development of a 16 Candles sequel called...erm...32 Candles. Seriously. After cleaning the vomit from my lap, I learned the "plot", thin as it is, this is all I was able to find out, so here goes:

Molly Ringwald (she's on board for sure, and her attachment is kinda vital, I suppose) moves back to her hometown, and starts pining away (very vague, I know) for her boyfriend Jake, who she apparently followed to college. It didn't work out for reasons I'm still not aware of, and she subsequently lost touch with him.

Anthony Michael Hall, the triumphant hero rolls in, now a multi-millionaire vis-a-vis inventing some goddamn fancy-dancy search engine ('like Google' is how it was described to me) and...apparently hilarity ensues?

I know that's a pretty thin description, but it's all that I could pry, and I'm not sure that the original actor that played Jake is on board... but Molly and Anthony are ready to go when this thing begins production. Hot tip, I know, boy.

P.S. And NO, I have no idea about Long Duck Dong's possible involvement. This would be probably be top goddamn secret, as I'm sure you can understand, people.

Honky Kong

Never underestimate the power of the Donger.

"Moriarty" out.

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  • March 17, 2003, 11:02 a.m. CST


    by slone13

    Now THIS is gonna be awesome. AWESOME I tell you. And what a brilliant title.

  • March 17, 2003, 11:11 a.m. CST

    1st time post, and 1st post

    by mijin11

    Sorry USA this is a bad idea. I really do not need to see a sequel to John Hughes classic. I am perfectly happy to see the orginal, the reason is that being a child of the 80's I can look at that film and laugh at the clothes, the hairstyles, and great music. Keep Samantha, Farmer Ted, Jake, and of course the "Donger" LIVING IN THE 80's!!!!

  • March 17, 2003, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Remakes and Retreads

    by JethroBodine

    Why do the studios insist on digging up the corpse of every halfway decent property that they ever had and parade it through the streets? Did anyone really ever watch that Rocky and Bullwinkle movie? If you did, then I want to thank you for the current state of originality and creativity in Hollywood. FUCKERS! STOP THAT SHIT! NO MORE YANKIE MAH WANKIE!!

  • March 17, 2003, 11:41 a.m. CST


    by Sod Off Baldric

    Meh. Not excited about this either way, but Molly Ringwald was used to really get my motor running back when I was in high school.

  • March 17, 2003, 12:50 p.m. CST

    I agree with Padawan.

    by dp4m

    A Sixteen Candles remake is the worst-idea since Greedo shooting first. Even Grando wouldn't make this film!

  • March 17, 2003, 12:52 p.m. CST

    bigger question is will Cusack be in it

    by howardroark

    if they do this right, it could actually be a good movie - John Hughes has to be involved in some way other than an obligatory Executive Producer credit. What's next Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire?

  • March 17, 2003, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Uhhh. I am turning 35 and so is Molly...

    by airojam

    I used to dig her BIG TIME in high school too... and becaus of that I know that her birthday (was) in Feb. and she just turned 35 - cause I'll be 35 at the end of this month... I know I just busted myslelf as some some sort of crazy old stalker ... But unless this movie takes place in 2000 (which would be OK) - Molly would be turning 35... not 32... OK OK OK I am bored at work... sorry. I don't know if this would be cool or REALLY BAD... FYI I think that Jake guy lives in the mountains now or something... with his wife and kids - I remember reading about it a long time ago... he may need the cash... So, maybe he'll be in it too... PLEASE BRING BACK THE DONGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 17, 2003, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Nope on the original Jake Ryan question

    by BrashHulk

    Michael Schoeffling, the original Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles, will not be reprising his role, unless something very drastic happens. He retired from acting about 10 years ago after his last role as Al Carver in Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken in 1991. Guess they'll have to find another handsome dark-haired 30-something actor in Hollywood. Darn, that'll be difficult.

  • March 17, 2003, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Long Duc Dong....

    by mojoflow the worst Asian stereotype since Charlie Chan, the Dragon Lady, the Vietnamese Hooker, the Horny Japanese Businessman, the Korean Liquor Store Owner and his Silent Wife, the Filipino actor that plays any Asian role except the Filipino one cause those roles don't exist, and the Dubbed Martial Artist. The only way to make Long Duc Dong worse is to have Ashton Kucher play him in Yellow Face. And I'm out like the fat kid in dodgeball.

  • March 17, 2003, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Are they remaking or making sequels to everything these days?

    by cooper2000

    I remember hearing rumors for years about a Breakfast Club Sequel which could work but 16 Candles? I dont know, maybe if John Hughes has something to do with than maybe but why make a sequel unless everyone is involved???

  • March 17, 2003, 3:32 p.m. CST

    What about FERRIS TWO!!!!????

    by TheTARDIS

    What happened to those rumors a while back about FERRIS BUELERS DAY OFF 2, where Ferris skips work and hilarity ensues? That I can get excited about. The only way 16 Candles 2 works is if Molly's daughter is 16... which means Molly would'v had to have her at about 16 years of age... which means *gasp!* That brings a whole new level to the original. Okay, I've changed my own mind! This movie needs to made as Molly's search for her Baby-Daddy!

  • March 17, 2003, 3:33 p.m. CST

    i sincerely doubt that either AMH or Ringwald would do this with

    by BEARison Ford

    even if they are struggling for some cash, they have to be smart enough to realize that a project like this wouldn't work unless it really had some good writing and talent behind it. this is real unfortunate news though if it IS true, the original Sixteen Candles is teen genius, and really doesn't warrant any sort of sequel.

  • March 17, 2003, 5:17 p.m. CST

    What the HELL is wrong with these people???????????

    by dogmachic77

  • March 17, 2003, 5:19 p.m. CST

    by dogmachic77

    This has to be the worst idea since, well, I can't think of anything as bad as this!!!! And I remember Milli Vanilli! God this is awful!

  • March 17, 2003, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Post continued!

    by dogmachic77

    This has to be the worst idea since, well, I can't think of anything as bad as this!!!! And I remember Milli Vanilli! God this is awful!

  • March 17, 2003, 5:21 p.m. CST


    by bizkitprinzess

    I'm a huge fan of Sixteen Candles (being a teen and an 80's teen film fan) but sheesh- this is pushing it. I read somewhere the guy who played Jake's a carpenter now...

  • March 17, 2003, 5:24 p.m. CST

    At last

    by spider-ham

    A concept so bad it begs to be made. We then can look foward to other greats such as the Lunch Club, Some Kind of Average, She's having Some Other Guy's Baby, and the sure to be classic, Preteen's Day Out.

  • March 17, 2003, 7:12 p.m. CST


    by Det. John Kimble

    No more yankee my wankee - Donger need food.

  • March 17, 2003, 7:20 p.m. CST

    remake this

    by smutpeddlar

  • March 17, 2003, 10:05 p.m. CST


    by kelley4422

    Hollywood is doing a lot of pilots this time of year.I think the pilot that Sprague Grayden ("John Doe") is doing is the one that you are writing about.Audiences Unlimited has it at there web page for a couple of weeks, but they have not posted the tickets to see it yet.My wife wants to go because it's her favorite movie.

  • March 18, 2003, 12:08 a.m. CST

    32 Candles...Bleh!!!!

    by BlackBeltJones

    What we really need is a sequel to Cool As Ice. I mean who can't resist the return of Vanilla Ice. And dialogue like, "Lose the Zero and get with the Hero!" Gotta love it. And Vanilla Ice is hot after his critically acclaimed role in The New Guy. The Belt Has Spoken

  • March 18, 2003, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Here's a better idea

    by fabfunk

    BETTER OFF DEAD... AGAIN. Lane Myer keeps trying to kill himself, but instead sees images of some stuffy looking dead chick going through a crappy romance before taking it in the forehead with a scissor....... I'm not very good at this

  • March 18, 2003, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Don't forget

    by zer0cool2k2

    these coming remakes:------------ "Gaudy in Grey :Ducky's Revenge" -------- "Tired horses" (with Andrew McCarthy, fresh off the Gay sequel "Mannequin 3 : Man-a-Kin") ---------Old Guns : Billy the Kid Lives-----------------"Don't Say Anything - (I'm watching TV)", the movie that tells you how those teen romances Really turn out.

  • March 18, 2003, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Molly is still hot

    by Lord Shatner

    Someone should make an all-redhead movie with Molly, Lauren Ambrose, Laura Prepon, Thora Birch, etc

  • March 18, 2003, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Cool As Ice

    by AnyaOrmsby

    I worked in a movie theater when that came out. We only had it a week and in that time I think maybe twenty people came to see it. No kidding. We went home early on many nights that week. It also featured the dad from Family Ties who has the balls to look my boy Winkle right in the eye and say, "Get the Hell out of here." Classic.

  • March 18, 2003, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by Nice Marmot


  • March 18, 2003, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Hmm "16 Candles" came out in 1983...

    by Kid Z

    ... that was 20 years ago. This new movie will be called "32 Candles". So where did those missing 4 years go? Of course if the want to inexplicably set this sequel thing in 1999...

  • March 18, 2003, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Anthony Michael Hall was in "Freddy Got Fingered", and Molly Rin

    by Elgyn6655321

    I don`t have a point - I`m just sayin`. Anyone remember that "Ferris Bueller" TV show that was made in the early 90`s/late 80`s? I think it lasted for a few weeks.

  • March 18, 2003, 8:53 p.m. CST

    You know...

    by Zarles

    I really enjoyed this movie the first time I saw it, when it was called "Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion." Like Google, huh? Sweet jeebus...

  • March 19, 2003, 12:21 a.m. CST

    'Bout Fucking Time!


    16 CANDLES is my life.I live 16 CANDLES.The whole cast should come back.Even Cusack can't resist this one.Please Baby Jesus,let this be true.I'll be able to jerk off to a crying Sam without feeling twisted and wrong.If the original Long Duck Dong won't reprise his role they could get that freakishly tall basketball player.YOA,I think his name is.I am so stiff!

  • I better get my magnifying glass, Brother!

  • March 19, 2003, 9:01 a.m. CST


    by holidill

    What they should do, is have the high school they all went to be featured in the WB's reality series High School Reunion, and all the angst of their high school years comes out. Farmer Ted can finally get his chance to hook up with Sam, Jake can come back a completely changed man, as a woman. And Long Duk Dong could be in there as well. Throw in some other characters who appeared in the film and have them all spend a month in Hawaii.

  • March 19, 2003, 4:42 p.m. CST

    didn't Ringwald and Hall both try to distance themselves from al

    by beamish13

    ah, the power of the dollar. Maybe Hall wants to hook up w. Ringwald again...

  • March 19, 2003, 4:44 p.m. CST

    other MIA actors...

    by beamish13

    WTH happpened to the lead from "Slaughterhouse-Five"?

  • March 19, 2003, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Freddy Got Fingered=masterpiece

    by beamish13

    The entire restaurant sequence was worth the price of admission. FORTY MILLION DEUTSCHMARKS!!!!!!!!

  • March 19, 2003, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Molly Ringwald: the girl who turned down "Ghost", "Pretty Woman"

    by beamish13

    well, her mom was responsible for the last one. what did she do in 1990? Why, she made "Betsy's Wedding", Alan Alda's classic comedy. I would have committed hara kiri if I were her.

  • March 19, 2003, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Forget 32 Candles, I'm ready for "License To Drive 2: You Fuckin

    by Phat_Cheops

    The Coreys could use the work.

  • March 20, 2003, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Lucinda Dickey

    by BlackBeltJones

    Ahhh what memories. Who can forget the breakdancing ninja from Ninja 3: The Domination. A Breakin' sequel would be awesome. Imaging getting Christopher MacDonald to come back for that. And you would have to have a soundtrack by Ice-T wearing those awesome grandma glasses. The Belt Has Spoken.

  • March 20, 2003, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Maybe this is a positive thing

    by DragonSun

    Think about it, with the return of 16 candles who knows, they might decide to make a sequel to the Breakfast Club! Picture it.. Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald... all of them back together again at a parent teacher conference which goes awry thus causing them to get locked in the school with Richard Vernon finally getting them all back in one room... This idea could be hollywood gold! </sarcasm>

  • March 20, 2003, 2:14 p.m. CST


    by KazamaSmokers

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Anthony Michael Hall, who stars in the television series "The Dead Zone," is being sued for more than $900,000 (U.S. $612,000) by the show's insurer, which says he failed to disclose a mental illness. In the negligent misrepresentation lawsuit, Chubb Insurance of Canada claims production of the series in Vancouver was disrupted when Hall was admitted to St. Paul's Hospital on May 11, 2001, following an episode of "bipolar affective disorder depression with psychotic features." He was discharged from the hospital a day later and returned to his home in New York, according to documents filed last week in British Columbia Supreme Court. Hall had stopped taking his prescribed medication for the illness, previously known as manic depression, according to the court filing. After filming was delayed until Aug. 14, 2001, the production company, Lions Gate Film Corp., submitted an insurance claim and received $912,042.28, which Chubb is trying to recover. According to the court filing, cast members filled out a form asking, among other questions, whether they'd been "under a doctor's care for any physical or mental condition during the past five years." Hall replied only that he'd been under a doctor's care for a broken finger in 1994, Chubb's lawyers wrote. Lawyers said Hall would respond to the lawsuit. No trial date has been set. The 34-year-old actor gained fame in his teens with "geek" roles in such movies as "National Lampoon's Vacation," "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club." He plays Johnny Smith in "The Dead Zone," the USA Network series based on a Stephen King novel in which a teacher emerges from a six-year coma with psychic powers.

  • March 21, 2003, 9:28 a.m. CST

    I hope this one has all the racism and streotyping

    by Wee Willie

    that the original had "a BLACK guy?" "No, a black car." Long Duck Dong. Oh, the hilarity. Fuck 16 Candles. Fuck John Hughes.

  • March 21, 2003, 8:10 p.m. CST

    What're they gonna call it, "30 Something Candles"?

    by DouglasAH

    I'd rather watch a Turning Leaf ad marathon.

  • June 26, 2003, 2:05 a.m. CST

    32 candles

    by hollowtear

    Hi. Im 22 yrs old and I love the 80's movies. I think It would be GREAT to see a sequel to 16 candles. Only if they have the original actors.(and John Hughes.) Its great that it will be on USA because then if you dont want to watch it, CHANGE THE CHANNEL.