Take Two: Movie Sequels We Can’t Wait to See
There's nothing quite like watching a movie and falling completely in love with the stories and the characters. When all the elements come together in perfect form, the result is a movie that soars at the box office and scores legions of fans. And when fans fall head over heels for an amazing movie, one story is never enough to satisfy them.
The bigwigs in Hollywood know which sequels we crave most, but they aren’t always quick about giving us more. Let’s take a look at some of the most anticipated sequels that have been a long time coming.
Top Gun: Maverick – Release 2020
Top Gun was an instant classic more than 30 years ago. When Paramount Pictures first introduced viewers to the USS Enterprise — the aircraft carrier, not the starship — in 1986, viewers swooned over the fast-flying, action-packed drama. Soon, fans can experience it all over again.
Indiana Jones 5: Untitled – Projected Release 2021
There has long been plenty of speculation among internet movie bloggers that a reboot of the Indiana Jones franchise might be in the works. Those rumors were recently stomped out with the announcement of the production of Indiana Jones 5, with Harrison Ford reprising his role as the tough-talking, whip-slinging Indy.
Space Jam 2 – Release 2021
In 1996, kids were treated to the now-classic movie Space Jam. Featuring legendary basketball star Michael Jordan and all your favorite Looney Toons characters, it was a slam dunk at the box office. The movie launched franchises in other media, including video games, toys and even a graphic novel, all raking in $6 billion in profits.
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – Release 2019
There’s never a shortage of Disney remakes and reimaginings, but the live-action Maleficent gave us a fun new twist on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty. Angelina Jolie brought the personable villainess to life in the origin story, and she keeps the magical fun going in the sequel.
Pirates of the Caribbean 6: Untitled – In Production
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has captured the hearts of Disney fans across the globe, in part due to Johnny Depp's charismatic and eccentric portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow. He took to the seas in all five movies and brought his special brand of pirate magic to the big screen.
Gladiator 2 – In Production
Gladiator was a hard hitter when it was released in 2000. It won five Academy Awards, including Best Costume Design, Best Picture and Best Actor. The smash-hit Roman history film raked in more than 450 million worldwide after its initial release.
Men in Black: International – Release 2019
It has been more than 20 years since Agent K and Agent J took on the extraterrestrials that hid among the human race on the mean streets of New York City. Loyal fans of the franchise stuck with the agents across three movies full of adventures, with both MiB 2 and MiB 3 also becoming huge box office successes.
Bill and Ted Face the Music – Release 2020
Bill and Ted captured the hearts of metal-loving slackers all over the world when Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey were released 30 years ago. In the last movie, we saw Bill and Ted promise to save the world in the future after fighting for their lives.
McClane – In Production
John McClane has fought terrorists for years, and he came out on top every single time. Bruce Willis' iconic hero is one of the most successful and influential characters in the action movie genre. The Die Hard franchise has continued to win over new fans ever since the release of the original in 1988.
Beetlejuice 2 – In Production
Tim Burton has mastered the art of making creepy movies for people of all ages. His ghostly comedy Beetlejuice was one of his early efforts but still a huge success when it was released in 1987. The cult classic won an Academy Award for special effects.
Doctor Sleep – Release 2019
The Shining has long been hailed as one of the best horror movies of all time, with the U.S. National Film Registry calling the movie "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." Now, the story continues, and fans are thrilled.
Dark Phoenix – Release 2019
Marvel fans have flocked to theaters to see X-Men movies for years, and comic hero fans are a loyal bunch. The newest installment in the comic-book-inspired franchise follows Jean Grey, or Dark Phoenix, on her journey to becoming the mutant character fans know and love.
Coming 2 America – Release 2020
The well-received comedy Coming to America hit theaters more than 30 years ago and has since become a classic favorite with Eddie Murphy fans everywhere. The film followed African Prince Akeem on his first trip to America.
Sherlock Holmes 3 – Release 2021
The gritty streets of London are about to get cleaned up for the third time as Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role of Sherlock Holmes for the third installment in the successful franchise. The literary character is a favorite role among Downey Jr. fans, and with both his and Jude Law's schedules clear, they're ready to put on their sleuthing caps and get down to business.
23 Jump Street – In Development
The remake-turned-box-office-success known as 21 Jump Street followed two bumbling rookie cops played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as they tried to impress their captain with their undercover skills. The odd pairing was well-received, and the buddy cop comedy became an instant classic.
Austin Powers 4 – In Development
The groovy 1960's spy Austin Powers broke onto the scene in 1997 and quickly became a household name among comedy fans across the world. The first three movies came out within a few years of each other. Rumors claim the fourth has been in development since 2005.
Zombieland: Double Tap – Release 2019
The apocalypse was no match for Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin back in 2009 when Zombieland, an end-of-the-world dark comedy, was released. Ten years later, the foursome is back and still surviving the world of the undead in Zombieland: Double Tap.
Triplets – Pre-Production
The '80s were a good time for comedy flicks, and two of the most famous icons of the decade pulled off the separated-at-birth comedy story Twins. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito played the unlikely brothers. Now, almost 40 years after the original release, the twins are getting another surprise.
Bad Boys for Life – Release 2020
Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett are back in action and better than ever in the narcotics department of Miami PD in the long-awaited third installment in the Bad Boys franchise. The release of the original film in 1995 sparked a buddy cop comedy action spiral, and the pair went on to star in the successful sequel, Bad Boys II.
The Nightmare Before Christmas Sequel - Pre-Production
Since 1993, Tim Burton's claymation masterpiece The Nightmare Before Christmas has touched the lives of kids and adults of all ages. But in late 2019, rumors started swirling that a live-action sequel was in the works. Fans weren't pleased with the news of a live remake, but one of the actors was more than happy with the idea.
Murder on the Orient Express 2: Death on the Nile – Release 2020
The sequel to the remake of Murder on the Orient Express will bring back private detective Hercule Poirot to solve yet another unsolvable mystery — in this case, a murder. Kenneth Branagh will not only be back to play the role of Poirot, but he's also claimed the director's chair.
Night of the Living Dead Part II – Pre-Production
In 1968, George A. Romero terrified audiences with his zombie apocalypse movie Night of the Living Dead. He trapped seven people in a farmhouse, and viewers anxiously watched them lose the fight of their lives. Since then, several movies have tackled the zombie genre, but none were official sequels to this film — until now.
Godzilla vs. Kong – Release 2020
Godzilla was a reboot when it hit theaters in 2014. Now, a sequel focused on the ancient super lizard is set for release in 2020. With a worthy — as opposed to merely unsuspecting — city to protect, Godzilla vs. Kong will see the terrifying giant creature battle to the death against King Kong, a huge gorilla-like animal.
All the Avatars – Release 2021, 2023, 2025, 2027
Avatar was the highest-grossing film of all time when it was released in 2009. Considering its phenomenal success, fans have been more than patient waiting for the sequel. James Cameron finally gave the people what they want when he announced that he will continue the story across four more films.
Gremlins 3 – In Production
The horror/Christmas movie Gremlins was a huge success when it was released in 1984. It was a shocking upset to the doubters of the film, and due to its rabid fandom and financial success, a second installment was released. Unfortunately, the lackluster results of the sequel killed the idea of a third movie on the spot.
Salt 2 – In Production
Fans of Angelina Jolie's CIA Agent Evelyn Salt can take heart now that the sequel is finally in production. The Bourne-style film follows the action adventures of Jolie's Salt. Although the movie made more than $290 million at the box office, the original screenwriter didn’t jump on board for the sequel.
Rush Hour 4 – Filming, Release 2020
The Rush Hour movies were huge successes across the board, and rumors have long circulated about a fourth installment in the franchise. The highly anticipated Rush Hour 4 was finally confirmed in October 2017 when Jackie Chan announced he was on board with the new script.
Legally Blonde 3 – Release 2020
Everybody's favorite lawyer is back and better than ever in the third installment in the Legally Blonde franchise. Elle Woods became an icon for blondes everywhere when she won her first on-screen murder case in 2001. The sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde was released just two years later, so 16 years later, fans had completely given up hope they would see her work her fashionable legal magic again.
No Time to Die – Release 2020
It's no surprise that James Bond is still a fan favorite after all these years, and Daniel Craig has possibly been the most successful actor to don the 007 mantle. Needless to say, Craig plans to go out in style in his final installment as the MI6 agent in No Time to Die, set to be released in early 2020.
Fast & Furious 9 – Release 2020
The phenomenon that is The Fast & the Furious has taken the world by storm for quite some time. The racing action movies have scored fans all around the globe, and the next installment in the franchise is expected to stir up just as much excitement and heart-pulsing action as the first eight.