If there’s one thing Hollywood loves, it’s making money through an incessant amount of mediocre but profitable films. It seems that each year sees the introduction of a new film that could kickstart a franchise and lead a cinematic universe for a decade.
We’re highlighting some films that Hollywood has greenlit into production. Some of their predecessors weren’t even critically successful – they just made enough money to justify bringing another one into the world. Read on to see if one of your favorite movies is getting a sequel.
Indiana Jones 5
The fourth Indiana Jones outing wasn’t exactly memorable when it came out in 2008. Despite this, the much-loved franchise has a loyal following and a fifth film in the series was announced back in 2016. It is expected that it will say goodbye to Harrison Ford’s iteration of the character and introduce a new, younger, character to lead the franchise. The film will see the return of Steven Spielberg behind the camera.
There’s a chance you might have missed The Rocketeer when it entered cinemas – having been released alongside Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. If you caught it on VHS later on, you’d know the comic book adaptation did a good job that would fit in today’s saturated superhero cinematic era. Disney is trying their luck again with this property and plans to reenergize it for a new audience. The sequel is going to see a young woman take control of the famous jetpack.
Ridley Scott is returning to the Gladiator universe to focus a sequel on Lucius, Lucila’s son. Since Maximu died at the end of the first movie, we don’t think Russell Crowe will be returning. However, since no one really dies in Hollywood unless they actually die, we can expect characters to return if fans want them to. Since it’s still in the writing stage, we can expect this sequel a whole 20 years after its predecessor. Will you be tuning in?
Men In Black International
The trailer recently dropped for Men In Black International – a reboot of the Men In Black universe. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, the film is hoping to gain the same traction as franchises like Jurassic World. The movie is expected to be tied to the original trilogy (which only ended in 2012), and expand on the universe that first hit our screens in 1997. Although Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones aren’t scheduled to appear, who knows if they will show up in future installments?
Bill And Ted Face The Music
Fans have been patiently waiting for another sequel to the Bill And Ted universe since the first sequel in 1991. Now, nearly 30 years later, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will finally be reunited with screenwriters Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson. Bill and Ted Face the Music will catch up with our favorite heroes during their mid-life crises and then task them with traveling through time to write a musical masterpiece. Obviously. The team involved has promised it will maintain its original tone and absurdity of the first two outings.
A sixth Die Hard film is on the way, and it has decided to retire their puns in the process. McClane, starring Bruce Willis as the titular character, will actually be an origin story focussing on both the 60-year-old version of the character and his younger self. According to the film’s producer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura: “You can tell our intention by the fact that the title page we handed in says, ‘McCLANE’. We want you to get invested in John McClane more than ever before.”
It was reported in 2018 that a sequel to Beetlejuice was finally underway. The original 1988 film starred Michael Keaton and has been a classic hit ever since. Both Keaton and director Tim Burton have signed on to work on the sequel, but no news on other cast members. New screenwriters have been hired to write the new story about the ‘ghost with the most’. Beetlejuice is widely considered to be Burton’s best work, so we’re excited to see how this goes.
Master And Commander 2
Master And Commander was nominated for 10 Oscars when it was released in 2004, but it failed to garner much attention from moviegoers. It was based on a series of books and made sense to make more since it made $212 million at the box office. Well, 15 years later it seems we might be getting a new story. Russell Crowe tweeted saying that a “second voyage” was in the works. Would you like to see another outing of this 19th-century epic?
Den Of Thieves 2
With an $80 million box office run and 40% Rotten Tomato score, we won’t blame you if you didn’t catch this one in cinemas in 2018. The Gerard Butler led crime thriller will see a sequel nonetheless, with his character going on the hunt for Donnie, who has since become tied up with jewel thieves and the Panther Mafia. Are you excited to see Gerard Butler back in the franchise? If not, click on to find out more about this next sequel…
In 2013, Stephen King published a sequel to The Shining which became an instant hit among fans. It even won the Bram Stoker award for Best Novel of the Year. Well, Hollywood has decided to remake the sequel which focuses on Danny Torrance as an adult fighting alcoholism and using his ‘shining’ to help those about to pass reconcile with their lives. The film will star Ewan McGregor and is expected to hit theaters in 2020, 40 years after its predecessor!
Chicken Run 2
Chicken Run is the highest grossing stop-motion film of all time, if you could believe it! The creators of the beloved British show Wallace and Gromit released their first theatrical film in 2000 and it became an instant hit. It starred Mel Gibson as a celebrity rooster who would help a bunch of chickens escape their farm in Yorkshire, UK. The sequel will focus on the freed hens and will bring with it the same British humor that made the first one so popular.
Yes, that’s right. Netflix’s first attempt was a critical failure, but it isn’t stopping them from doubling down and adding a sequel to its library. Bright cost the streaming service $100 million and critics were quick to shoot it down. However, according to statistics released by the service, 11 million people tuned in to watch the Will Smith film, so a sequel was quickly greenlit. Joel Edgerton and director David Ayer are set to return and bring with them a whole new set of characters and stories.
A film with such a clever title it was probably greenlit straight away. This is the sequel to What We Do In The Shadows the cult comedy from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. Since its release in 2014, Waititi has become one of the most notable filmmakers in Hollywood, heading Thor: Ragnarok in 2017. We’re Wolves will focus on the group of werewolves briefly introduced in the cult film, but isn’t expected to hit cinemas any time soon.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Hype for this film has been strangely silent, considering its release is sscheduled so soon. February 2019 will welcome back James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as Professor X and Magneto in a sequel to 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. The trailer was released at 1am EST only three months before the film’s release, suggesting a troubled production and product. The X-Men franchise has been left in lingo ever since Disney’s aquisition of the property.
Space Jam 2
1990s kids, rejoice! A sequel to the cartoon/live-action film is finally underway, with LeBron James starring. All the Looney Tunes are set to reprise their roles, with Terrance Nance taking the director’s chair. Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is producing the
The Angelina Jolie-led live-action film was a surprise hit for Disney, racking in $758 million in 2014. Ever
Joachim Rønning directing. The original marked the start of Disney live-action adaptations of popular characters, a trend which is going strong five years later. The movie is currently in production, although no release date has been announced.
Chris Columbas is returning to write a highly-anticipated sequel to the Gremlins franchise. These munchins have been off our screen for almost 30 years but have remained in pop culture since their original outing in 1884. Columbas has gine on record to explain that the film will be a reboot, in the style of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek films. It doesn’t look like Joe Dante will be directing, and a search for a director is underway.
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
How To Train Your Dragon was a surprise hit when it was released by Dreamworks in 2010. It spawned a sequel in 2014 and now the third installment will hit theaters in February 2019. Writer and director Dean DeBlois
23 Jump Street
A third Jump Street film was confirmed way back in 2014, but production has been hit with controversy. In the 2014 Sony hack, it was revealed that the original plan was to have Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star alongside Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in a Jump Street/MIB crossover. Plans were quickly scrapped and the film is now underway for a solo adventure. The film is scheduled for a 2021 release, so there’s plenty of time to wait.
The Accountant 2
Nobody’s favorite Ben Affleck film entered cinemas in 2016 to lukewarm results. It made $152 million from a $44 million budget and received a divisive 51% on Rotten Tomatoes from critics. Still, moviegoer enthusiasm remained high and a sequel was approved by studios. The film stared Affleck as a mob accountant who suffers from autism. Fans generally liked Affleck’s performance and will be enjoying a return to the character soon enough. Will you be checking out this sequel?
Bad Boys For Life
16 years after the acclaimed Bad Boys 2, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will finally be reuniting for the threequel. A third film in the franchise has been floating around for at least nine
Baby Driver 2
Edgar Wright looks set to write and direct his first ever sequel! Baby Driver proved to be the biggest hit of his filmmaking career, bringing in $226 million from a $34 million budget. The original starred Ansel Elgort as a young getaway driver under the guidance of Kevin Spacey. The film was particularly praised for its use of music and how it was integrated within the story.
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
This film should have been so much better than it was, which makes its sequel at least an opportunity for redemption. The original Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson comedy only scored 39% on Rotten Tomatoes but racked in $177 million off its $30 million budget. The original film starred the two actors as a hitman and, well, his bodyguard. This time around, the sequel will highlight Salma Hayek’s character who is, you guessed it, the hitman’s bodyguard’s wife.
47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter
47 Meters Down was the surprise smash hit of 2017 starring Mandy Moore as one of two women stuck in a shark cage at the bottom the ocean. With a tone matching Jaws, 127 Hours, and The Descent, audiences couldn’t wait to see more. The film was only made for $5 million but managed to bring in $61 million at the box office, justifying a sequel. The director promises a new take on both the shark and survival horror genre.
Coming To America 2
One day, Eddie Murphy tweeted a cryptic message hinting at a sequel to the 1988 comedy hit. After quickly deleting it, Paramount Pictures announced an official sequel a few months later in April 2018. The story is set to focus on Eddie Murphy’s character finding a son in America. The director attached to the project is Jonathan Levine, director of comedies like 50/50. We don’t know much about the project for now, although that’s likely to change once production gets going.
GI Joe 3
GI Joe’s are some of the most popular toys but mediocre films out there. You might think that a Hasbro Cinematic Universe is, well, unnecessary, but that doesn’t mean Paramount Pictures won’t try their luck with it. We had two GI Joe film in 2009 and 2013 – so now we imagine this third entry will help tie other properties together. It is rumored that it will tie in with the Transformers series and a newly-announced Micronauts film due in 2020. Will you be checking out this toy universe?
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises in recent cinematic history is the inexplicable success of the minions. Their original appearance was in Despicable Me and their popularity led to a spin-off in 2015. Despite a Rotten Tomato score or 56%, the film made a whopping $1 Billion at the box office. Of course, Illumination Entertainment will be quick to cash in on the new franchise. Director Kyle Balda is returning behind the scenes and we can expect to see them back in 2020. This next franchise has been around for nearly 40 years…
Godzilla Vs. Kong
We’ve seen Freddy vs. Jason, Alien vs. Predator, and Batman vs. Superman. The natural next step would include two of the biggest monsters finally meeting. It appears this 2020 film will be a direct sequel to 2017’s Kong: Skulls Island and next year’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. It’s unclear how the two popular characters will meet on the big screen, but it’s going to be a gigantic battle of the ages!
The Meg 2
Although many people brushed off this shark attack film when it was announced, The Meg made an impressive $528 million at the box office. Jason Statham will return to face ‘an even bigger shark’ in the future. The film as actually based on a series of books by Steve Alten, so it’s not crazy to think about where this story can go from here. The second book in the series focuses on a Kronosaurus – a crocodile-like beast. Who doesn’t want to see that?
It’s been a decade since Zombieland graced our screen with Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, and Emma Stone. The zombie comedy made a surprising $102 million on a $23 million budget, and Sony has been keen to reproduce the success with a sequel. Zombieland 2 will be hitting cinemas in October 2019. The entire cast is returning and even adding Bill Murray in a bigger role and Dan Akroyd. Did you like the post-apocalyptic satire when it was first released?
A reboot of Robocop his cinemas in 2014, but failed to reach the critical and financial success it wanted. The next film in the series will be written by Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, the original minds behind the 1980s classic films. Sadly, Joel Kinnaman won’t be returning in the titular role. There are expected to be a few continuity errors as it separates itself from the 2014 attempt, but it doesn’t seem many people will notice! The 2014 film made $242 million against a $100 million budget – not enough to earn its own direct sequel.
Edge Of Tomorrow 2
Another film that didn’t make a large splash upon its release, Edge Of Tomorrow has since developed a cult following. Critics praised the 2014 sci-fi film for its time travel structure and unique storytelling ability. Even though critics loved it, fans never went to see it in the cinema and it went quiet for a few years. Recently, it has picked up steam on streaming services and the screenwriters have been hired to write the sequel. Director Doug Liman has said the sequel will be “much better than the original film.”
The Passion Of The Christ 2 – The Resurrection
At the time of its release, The Passion Of The Christ was the highest grossing R-rated film ever made. The Christ epic came out in 2004 and its sequel will be helmed by Mel Gibson, once again taking the reigns following his own resurrection back into Hollywood. It is said that The Passion Of The Christ 2 – The Resurrection will focus on Jesus Christ as he fights the underworld during the three days before his homecoming.
Top Gun: Maverick
Top Gun was met with mediocre praise when it first hit theaters in 1986. Still, the Tom Cruise action film went on to earn more than $350 million on a $15 million budget. Fast forward 30 years and Cruise is one of the biggest action stars on the planet – so why not bring it back? Top Gun: Maverick will star Cruise as an instructor at the Top Gun Academy in San Diego, California. Miles Teller is joining the cast as Goose’s son.