You may feel a chill in the air right now. A sense of foreboding that heralds an ominous dread for what’s to come. That would be the fact that there is actual work being done to make a sequel to 1995’s obnoxious and aggressively stupid career-killing disaster Showgirls. According to a German website, writer/director Marc Vorlander has apparently been developing Showgirls: Story of Hope, taking the minor character of Hope (Rena Riffel) from the first film and putting her into a story involving a dead stripper and her brother’s arrival in Frankfurt to take revenge on whoever’s responsible for the contaminated cocaine on which she overdosed. Cross your fingers and hope it’s a rumor.
If you’re too young to remember the original Showgirls debacle, or if you just blocked it out of your memory, picture this. Director Paul Verhoeven and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas were coming off their big hit erotic thriller Basic Instinct, which had just made a superstar out of Sharon Stone. He wrote this sprawling, elaborate and insanely graphic film about strippers, and it wound up starring Saved By The Bell’s Jesse Spano, aka Elizabeth Berkley, in the lead role in a bold “I’m grown up now!” career move. At least, that was the plan while she was simulating psychotic pool sex with Kyle MacLachlan and forming a rivalry with big-time showgirl Gina Gershon. It was lavishly produced and had the edgy cred of being the first ever film to sport the NC-17, but now Showgirls is a big part of the reason that rating has the stigma of being a complete box-office killer – although the rating certainly wasn’t the only reason it was laughed out of theaters. Some people try to give it cult status in the ‘so bad it’s good’ genre, but those people are incorrect.
And to drive the point home as to how unfortunate a sequel to this film would be, just think of how bad Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction was. Then again, like many bad things, perhaps it’s huge in Germany.