What Happened to the Casablanca Sequel Warner Bros. Wanted to Make?

Casablanca is not the kind of movie one would think spawns a franchise, or even a sequel, and why would you? After all, the film ends with Rick Blaine (Humphery Bogart) forcing Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) to get on a plane and leave him so she can avoid being captured by the Nazis.

The narrative is all wrapped up in a bow, perfectly finished with all the key characters having gone through a satisfying transformation.

Nothing about this conclusion screams “sequel.” And yet, there were attempts to get a follow-up made.

Shortly after its initial release, there was word of a Casablanca sequel, though it would never see the light of day.

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