Netflix’s ‘The Last Thing He Wanted’ follows the story of a journalist who decides to close the last deal for her father before he retires. Set in the 80s, it revolves around the Contras and how America supplied arms to them to fight communism in Central America. The film derives its material from the book of the same name by Joan Didion and stars Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway in the lead role.
CIA’s involvement with the guerrilla groups in Central America has been previously explored a number of times in various movies and TV shows, sometimes in-depth, other times just in passing. Hathaway-starrer blends it with the journey of a woman on the quest for truth while juggling a difficult relationship with her father and trying not to have the same with her daughter. The film ends on a final note for her, but there is still a lot of things about the wars that have raged in South American countries ever since. Will Netflix decide to continue McMahon’s story in a sequel? Let’s find out.
Will there be a The Last Thing He Wanted sequel?
‘The Last Thing He Wanted’ released on Netflix on February 21, 2020. Prior to this, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2020. It wasn’t received well critically. The response ranged from bad to mediocre, at best. (You can read our review of the film here.)
Despite strong content matter, the film was criticized for not being able to keep up with the range of material that the book provided to it. If you want to go with the critics, then a sequel should not be on the horizon. However, Netflix is not known to rely on them to make its decision.
By far, Netflix has not given any official word on what it plans to do with this one. The streaming service, generally, waits for about a month after the release of any film to gauge the response from the audience. If the title reaches a sufficient number of views, then the possibilities of a follow-up are explored. The reason behind this approach is that the audience often differs in opinion from the critics. There have been movies and TV shows that have received the love from the viewers while receiving flak from the professionals. Netflix looks towards this group to make its decisions. However, the film will most likely not have a sequel.
It is based on the book by Joan Didion, and she never followed up her work with another book. Also, the protagonist of the story, Elena McMahon, who is played by Anne Hathaway, dies at the end of the film. We were witnessing her story and because she is dead, there would be no point in continuing it without her.
If they really, really want to go for another film, they can always work up a prequel. If not Elena, it could focus on her father’s side of the story. They could branch out into other supporting characters as well. But making such assumptions is a far cry right now. We’ll have to wait a while to see how it pans out.
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