Can I write the screenplay for the sequel to a movie if I didn’t write the original movie?

Can I write the screenplay for the sequel to a movie if I didn’t write the original movie?
 
No. It’s even more inadvisable to write a sequel to a movie that you don’t own the rights to than it is to write a screenplay to a book you don’t own the rights to. This is because of the way that much of the motion picture industry works. 
 
For a more in-depth discussion about why it is inadvisable to write a screenplay based on a work that you don’t have rights to, refer to the question "Can I write a screenplay based on a book that I didn’t write?"
 
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