95 movie sequels currently in the works
If you had any doubt that Hollywood was reliant on big movie franchises, let them be eradicated right about now...
As has long been the case, sequels are a reliable way of making plenty of cash from recognisable names. They've been a part of the Hollywood filmmaking process for decades, and as this list of 95 sequels currently in the works proves, will continue to be so for as long as we stump up the cash to go and see them.
We've been doing this list annually for a couple of years now, and this year's collection is, perhaps unsurprising, the longest round-up of upcoming sequels that we've done. Still, given that there are nearly a hundred sequels listed below, we're a little sad to see that Hollywood's people in suits couldn't find room for a belated return to Mac And Me...
Here's what you've got to look forward to...
The sequel to 300 has been in gestation for some time, and for a while it was set to go by the name of Xerxes, with Guy Ritchie a possibility to direct.
Now? It’s not called Xerxes at all, and due to scheduling demands, Zack Snyder is not in the running to direct the film. The plan, we understand, is to have the movie in cinemas in 2013, but that seems to be as far as the production has got.
Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked
The third Alvin And The Chipmunks movie isn’t a particularly joyful thought. This time, Tim Hill passed on the chance to direct, heading off to make Hop instead.
Shrek Forever After’s Mike Mitchell stepped into his shoes (and Mitchell earns bonus points off us for the excellent combination of Greg The Bunny and Sky High), and the film is in post-production now for a December release. It’s in 3D, too. Perfect.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Sony has high hopes for its reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. And with the first film in the new line of webslinger movies, The Amazing Spider-Man, still a year away, it’s already got the wheels in motion on a sequel. James Vanderbilt, who wrote the draft on which The Amazing Spider-Man was based, is having a first bash at the screenplay for the second film. That hints that Sony is looking to keep the gap between the movies to a minimum.
Chances are, then, that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 might be with us as early as 2014.
American Pie 4
Granted, there have technically been seven American Pie movies to date, if you include the four risible straight-to-DVD sequels (Eugene Levy, what were you doing?). But we don’t, and to our mind, 2012’s American Reunion is the true fourth movie in the series.
Given that the best part of a decade has passed since we last saw the likes of Jim, Oz, Kevin, Michelle and Finch, the reunion angle is the logical approach to bring them all together. We know that Jim and Michelle will have had a child, too, and we know that all of the key cast from the first film will be back for this new sequel (Seann William Scott, arguably the actor who’s had the most successful career since the original trilogy, included).
The film is shooting imminently, and we’d wager on a summer 2012 release.
Even though the further adventures of Ron Burgundy seem to be getting little studio support, there’s still a groundswell of hope that we’ll finally get Anchorman 2. It’s still some way off, though.
The cast and crew are all looking to return, but director Adam McKay is circling the movie of The Boys (with Simon Pegg set to feature), and if he commits to that, that adds a further two year wait at the least for an Anchorman sequel.
The general message for those concerned is that Anchorman 2 is a possibility, but far from definite. Sadly, that’ll have to do for now. Bah.
Avatar 2 and 3
Ah, you know the score here. James Cameron is planning two sequels to The Biggest Movie Of All Time, with Avatar 2 arriving in December 2014, and Avatar 3 in December 2015.
Thus far, we know that Avatar 2 will be looking a little closer at the culture of Na’vi, and that it’ll take place a few years after the first film. Also, it's set to explore the seas of Pandora, and we’re promised volcanoes as well. We like volcanoes.
Less is known of the third film, although Cameron has indicated that at some point, we’re going to get a look at more of the moons of Polyphemus. That might be where Avatar 3 comes in.
Work on both movies is due to begin in earnest shortly.
Bad Boys 3
A third movie in the Bad Boys saga hasn’t been entirely ruled out, which, given that Martin Lawrence is struggling to sell us tickets to watch him in a dress now, is probably music to his ears. The inevitable problem is schedules.
Both Will Smith and director Michael Bay have a slate of potential projects as long as this list, although Bay at least will be free of the Transformers franchise by the end of the summer. We wouldn’t be too sure that Bad Boys 3 will be his next choice of film. Still, it’s one that’s certainly on his radar. We’ve got years to wait for it though at the very earliest, though.
Bad Santa 2
2003’s Bad Santa bordered on being a much better comedy than it turned out to be, but there was still plenty of glee to be gleaned from Billy Bob Thornton’s turn as the worst store Santa ever seen on the big screen.
A possible sequel was teased last year, and Billy Bob Thornton is now believed to be in discussions with The Weinstein Company about a follow-on, which is scheduled to appear in 2012. Whether Terry Zwigoff comes back to direct remains the only main doubt about the project.
Beverly Hills Cop 4
This one seems to be stuck in a little bit of a limbo. It’s not helped by Eddie Murphy’s current poisonous box office touch, which has left the long-completed A Thousand Words still unreleased (it's finally been scheduled for early 2012, years after it was completed).
But perhaps before the green light is formally given to Beverly Hills Cop 4, the powers that be are looking to the performance of Murphy’s next project, Tower Heist. He’s filming that with director, Brett Ratner, and given that the latter is the man strongly linked with helming the return of Axel Foley, it’s perhaps wise to see just how that turns out first.
Bill &Ted 3
This one actually looks like it might happen. A third Bill & Ted movie has been rumoured ever since Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey quite literally took us to hell. But as Keanu Reeves’ career took off, the movie was missing, presumed dead.
Only it’s back, and Reeves has been talking about it. His last update suggested that a script was weeks away from being completed, and since then, Alex Winter has confirmed that the screenplay is done. It might not be long before the pair can set off to write the new song that might just save the world.
There’s no word on when to expect the movie yet, but this is clearly a project with some momentum behind it.
The Bourne Legacy
It won’t have Jason Bourne in it, it won’t be starring Matt Damon, but conversely, it won’t be a reboot, either.
The fourth Bourne movie will be directed by Tony Gilroy (who worked on the screenplays of the first three Bourne movies), and is set to be (very) loosely based around The Bourne Legacy novel. It’s a film set in the world where Jason Bourne exists, rather than a flat-out Bourne movie. It’s also due in summer 2012, and Jeremy Renner has been offered the lead role.
Captain America 2
Marvel has confirmed that it’s intending to bring a Captain America sequel to the big screen, this time setting the film in more modern times. Chris Evans is committed to return in the title role, but no further details have thus far been forthcoming.
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew
The box office performance of The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader wasn’t quite what Fox would have been looking for when it took the Narnia franchise off Disney’s hands, but it may just have been enough to get a fourth film made.
The next of the Narnia books to be adapted for the big screen is set to be The Magician’s Nephew, for which cash was reportedly in place before the sad, untimely death of executive producer Perry Moore. Where that leaves Narnia 4 is uncertain, but the plan certainly seems to be to press ahead with the movie franchise.
Chronicles Of Riddick 3
Very, very sketchy details here, as all we really know is that Vin Diesel is still looking to reprise the role of Riddick. The same Riddick who was brilliant in Pitch Black, and not so brilliant in The Chronicles Of Riddick.
Diesel’s immediate concern is another Fast & Furious movie, though, which is likely to put Riddick’s return on the back burner.
The general consensus surrounding Cloverfield 2 is that it will happen some day, but nobody seems to know when that day will be. Certainly, director Matt Reeves is committed elsewhere for at least the next year, and JJ Abrams has the small matter of Super 8 and a Star Trek sequel to juggle.
There’s also an angle to come up with. All concerned don’t want to just go through the motions of Cloverfield again, and are looking for a different approach. By the sounds of it, that may take a good few years to sort out…
Conan The Barbarian 2
Jason Momoa clearly had a ball playing Conan in the upcoming new take on Conan The Barbarian. So much so that he revealed to us that sequels were already in his thinking. As he said here, “There are sequels to everything.” When asked if the plan was for a follow-up to Conan, he simply responded “Oh, yeah!”
Obviously, this is dependent on how the first film does this coming August. But hopes are high…
The Dark Knight Rises
Ah, you know most of this by now, we suspect. Christopher Nolan returns to Gotham City one last time, with Christian Bale back as Batman. Joining him this time are Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple, Marion Cotillard and Josh Pence. And there’s an abundance of rumours as to who will be joining them, and what the story will be. It’s best you click here to keep up to date with them all.
The Dark Knight Rises, meanwhile, will be with us in July 2012.
Despicable Me 2
We had a lot of fun with the original Despicable Me, which was released to box office success last year. Given just how much cash it made (it eclipsed DreamWorks’ Megamind, for starters), it was pretty much inevitable that we’d be seeing Gru and the Minions again.
And so it’s proving, with Despicable Me 2 now in the early stages of development. The earliest you can expect it would be 2013.
Die Hard 5 and 6
Bruce Willis has confirmed he’s looking to reprise the role of John McClane for two more Die Hard movies. The fifth movie is going under the tentative title of Die Hard 24/7 (although rumours of a Die Hard/24 crossover seem wide of the mark).
Noam Murro has been recruited to direct the next film, and the expectation is that it will be in cinemas in 2012. Then, expect to wait a couple of years for the final outing of John McClane.
Eastern Promises 2
Things have been quite quiet on the Eastern Promises sequel front, which does leave us to wonder if it’s been lost somewhere in the midst of development hell. The plan was for Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel to return, and David Cronenberg was interested in making the film, too. There’s no Naomi Watts, though.
That said, there’s been no firm news on the film for a year now, so don’t be surprised if this one doesn’t happen.
Anne Fletcher is directing the follow up to Disney’s terrific Enchanted, which is looking to recruit Amy Adams back to her Golden Globe-nominated role. Fletcher previously directed The Proposal, and the last we heard, Jessie Nelson (who wrote Because I Said So) was penning the script for the follow-up.
Things have been quiet on the Enchanted 2 front a while, though, which puts the rumoured 2012 release date in a bit of doubt.
Evil Dead 4
We seem to get a new Evil Dead 4 update every year or two, and we’re due one soon. We know that Sam and Ivan Raimi have been gradually piecing the film together, but progress is not quick.
Furthermore, Raimi keeps tackling other projects, and this time, he’s attached to Oz, The Great And Powerful, which is heading into production shortly.
We do wonder if Raimi might slip Evil Dead 4 in once he’s done and dusted with that one.
The Expendables 2
Sylvester Stallone is returning in front of the camera for the sequel to The Expendables, but he’s passing the directorial reins over to someone else this time around.
Rumours suggest a more fleshed out involvement for the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. And Jean-Claude Van Damme might just appear this time around, too.
Summer 2012 is the targeted release window.
Fast & Furious 6
With director Justin Lin likely to move onto the Terminator franchise, the next Fast & Furious film may be a different beast (Lin has directed episodes three through five). But it’s definitely on the cards at Universal, with Chris Morgan already hired to write a script. Rumours suggest that a shift in genre to a full-on heist thriller is a possibility.
Production is unlikely to start until next year, though.
The Fighter 2
The Oscar-winning The Fighter has generated plenty of sequel chatter in the past couple of months, and David O Russell has already confirmed that he’d be happy to write the movie and be involved with it. Mark Wahlberg has also gone on record to say that he’s happy to delve more into the career of Micky Ward.
Russell may choose to direct The Fighter follow-up, as well as writing it, but none of this has thus far been confirmed. It’ll take a couple of years to come to the screen, at the earliest.
Final Destination 5
The Final Destination proved to be a sizeable late summer hit for New Line a couple of years ago, and off the back of that, they said they “couldn’t resist” making another one. Couldn’t resist the cash, more like.
This time, Death’s plan involves a suspension bridge disaster, which a group of homogenous teens will avoid and then find themselves running for the rest of the film.
It turns up at the end of August, and it’s going to take some force of nature to stop Final Destination 6 turning up a year or two later.
Fred: The Movie 2
We’re not quite sure who asked for this, but there’s a sequel to Fred: The Movie in the works. It’s going under the title Night Of The Living Fred. It’ll be cheap to make. It’ll be 3D. And those are the last words we ever want to write about it.
There’s a lot of talk, but still not much action where Ghostbusters III is concerned. A script appears to be in place now, and Ivan Reitman remains in the director’s chair. And with Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson back on board to pass the mantle over to a new generation of Ghostbusters, almost all of the pieces for the new movie are in place.
But one is missing: Bill Murray. Depending on which interview with him you read, he’s either going to do a small cameo in the movie, hates the idea of it, hasn’t made his mind up, or flat out isn’t going to do it.
It’s anyone’s guess, and according to some reports, Murray’s involvement or otherwise might just be a deal breaker for Sony, which has to fund the film.
Your guess is as good as ours on this one…
Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance
Nicolas Cage is back as Johnny Blaze, with Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the men behind Crank, directing.
The film is set for release in February 2012 and appears to be something of a reboot for the franchise, after just one film. We’re fascinated to see how this turns out. The union of Neveldine and Taylor’s style, with the madness of a full throttle Nicolas Cage, might just be blockbuster gold. Then again…
G.I. Joe 2
Jon Chu, he of the Step Up movies and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, has signed on the dotted line to direct the sequel to G.I. Joe. He’s got a fair bit of work to do, though, given the damning critical reaction to the first movie.
Still, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the scribes behind Zombieland, are on script duties this time around, and the cast of characters appears to have been jiggled around, too.
Expect the movie in the summer of 2012.
Green Lantern 2
As it did with Sherlock Holmes, Warner Bros has hedged its bets on a Green Lantern sequel by quietly starting work on a potential follow-up. Thus, we understand that some early script work has been started, in the hope that the Ryan Reynolds-headlined comic book movie hits big this summer. If it does, then expect Green Lantern 2 to move ahead quite quickly. If it doesn’t, then expect the script for Green Lantern 2 to head for the office shredder.
Joe Wright’s Hanna has turned into one of the surprises of the year, proving that he, in spite of being best known for Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, sure can direct an action sequence.
It also opens up possibilities for further adventures of Saoirse Ronan’s character, which the actress herself has said she’d love to be a part of.
Joe Wright, obviously, hasn’t committed to this at the moment, but it’s also clear that some discussions of a Hanna follow-up are happening somewhere.
Happy Feet 2
Get ready for more dancing penguins, as director George Miller is hard at work on a follow-up to his surprise smash hit, Happy Feet.
The film is still being worked on, with a release date scheduled for November. Matt Damon and Brad Pitt have joined the voice cast this time around, and the movie will be in 3D.
Hostel: Part III
This one’s going straight to DVD, with Scott Spiegel (From Dusk Till Dawn 2) taking over directing duties from Eli Roth.
It’s due out in October, and from what we can glean about the project, you’re going to get pretty much what you’re expecting from it. Not much more we can say there.
How To Train Your Dragon 2
There’s a good number of books for DreamWorks to tackle with the How To Train Your Dragon series, and the studio seems enthusiastic to take on quite a few of them.
DreamWorks Animation head honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg is planning to bring at least three of the eight Cressida Cowell-penned books to the screen, with the first sequel, How To Train Your Dragon 2, due in June 2014.
Ice Age: Continental Drift
The fourth Ice Age movie has new directors on board. Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier take over from Carlos Saldanha, who went off to make Rio instead.
The good news about Ice Age: Continental Drift is that Scrat will be back. And the key voice cast of Ray Romano (Manny), Denis Leary (Diego) and John Leguizamo (Sid) are back on board, too.
The film is out in July 2012.
Indiana Jones 5
We’ve been here before. Harrison Ford, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg all seem to be in agreement that there will be a fifth, and probably final, adventure for Indiana Jones. But we’re waiting for them to crack the story for the film. That took 19 years last time, and the best all concerned could come up with was the bizarre tale that underpinned Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
This time? It strikes us that Spielberg and Lucas need to work out just who’s in charge before starting work proper.
Iron Man 3
Jon Favreau won’t be back to direct the third Iron Man movie (he made the first two), but Marvel appears to have found an able replacement.
Shane Black sounds like a corking choice to us, with the Lethal Weapon/Last Boy Scout/Kiss Kiss Bang Bang genius on both writing and directing duties for the new film.
Robert Downey Jr will be back to play Tony Stark, but that won’t be until Marvel has pumped out its Avengers movie in 2012. Iron Man 3 is due in May 2013.
James Bond 23
Finally, after being held up in the midst of MGM’s financial troubles, the twenty-third James Bond film is going before the cameras at the end of the year, ahead of its release in late 2012.
Daniel Craig is back as 007, with Dame Judi Dench returning too. Sam Mendes (American Beauty) is confirmed to direct, although the identity of the villain is yet to be confirmed. Rachel Weisz was rumoured, but never confirmed.
Sony pictures had done a deal to co-finance and co-distribute the new film, and that agreement is likely to span Bond 24, too.
Johnny English Reborn
Rowan Atkinson stars in the belated sequel to his worldwide hit, Johnny English, once more playing the clumsy spy faced with a top secret mission.
It’s a James Bond spoof set eight years after the first movie, which has attracted Gillian Anderson, Rik Mayall and Dominic West to the cast. Oliver Parker is directing this time, and the film is set for release in October in the UK.
Jurassic Park 4
It’s a project that’s been languishing for the best part of a decade, but nobody seems to want to put it out of its misery. Because it seems that there’s still the possibility of a fourth Jurassic Park movie, even if it doesn’t appear to be moving forward.
The last we heard of it was when Joe Johnston chatted about it on the promotional tour for The Wolfman last year. Johnston directed the third dino romp, and he revealed that there’s the germ of an idea for a fourth movie, that would mark the start of a new trilogy of films. But since then? Nothing. Nothing at all.
We might have to wait a few more years for this yet…
The Karate Kid 2
Going wildly against expectations, the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid actually turned out to be a pretty decent, if rather long movie.
Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith will thus be returning for a follow-up, with director Harald Zwart looking to do a different story, rather than remake one of the earlier sequels.
We won’t get the film until 2013, and the last we heard was that the writers of Kung Fu Panda, Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff, had been tapped to pen the script.
Knocked Up sequel/spin-off
Currently going under the title of This Is Forty, Judd Apatow is working on a follow-up to his smash hit, Knocked Up. This won’t pick up the story of Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl’s characters (unsurprising, given Heigl’s comments in the aftermath of the film’s release), but rather will focus on the couple played in the film by Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd.
Furthermore, Megan Fox has been added to the cast, and a June 1st 2012 release date has been pencilled in.
Kung Fu Panda 3
Jack Black is back on voicing duties in the first Kung Fu Panda sequel this summer, but he’s going to need to keep his voice in shape for a few years yet.
The DreamWorks Animation masterplan appears to be for up to six different movies by the time the adventures of Po the Panda are done. Something to look forward to there.
DreamWorks Animation’s least interesting franchise, but one that plays well to a younger audience, Madagascar’s third movie is due out in June of 2012. But the franchise won’t be stopping there, with plans afoot for a fourth movie, which we’ll likely see in 2015.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Delays have beset the fourth Mad Max movie thus far, which was supposed to be before the cameras by the time you read this.
However, director George Miller is now planning to shoot the film this coming January, assuming that the weather holds out. That would leave the film in place potentially for a late 2012 release, but more likely we’d see it at some point in 2013.
Major League 4
Amidst the many topics that Charlie Sheen has been bringing up in 2011 is the possibility of another sequel in the Major League franchise.
Major League 4 is a film that David S Ward has been working on (he directed the first two films), and apparently there’s now a script for it. Said script does not include Corbin Bernsen’s character, according to reports, and obviously the project is up in the air while Sheen deals with his assorted demons.
At best, it’s surely a straight to DVD project, too?
Men In Black III
Already getting a name for itself as a troubled production, the first act of Men In Black III was shot at the end of last year, to take advantage of a tax break. But reports suggested that the film was retooled during a shutdown lasting several weeks, and that all is not happy on the movie.
That said, troubled productions do sometimes make good films, although we can’t say we’ve been fond of either of the Men In Black movies to date.
Barry Sonnenfeld is back to direct again, with Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Emma Thompson and Josh Brolin in the cast. The film is due out in the crowded summer of 2012.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Brad Bird makes his live-action blockbuster directorial debut, with the man behind The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille sounding an absolutely inspired choice to us for Mission: Impossible 4.
He’s aiming his camera at Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and Josh Holloway, and the film is in post-production now. It’s called Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and you can expect it in December.
Gareth Edwards’ Monsters was one of our favourite movies of last year and a masterclass in how to stretch a small budget for absolute optimum effect. It turned in a tidy profit, too, which has opened up the idea of a follow-up.
Edwards himself is unlikely to be involved, given that he’s circling a reboot of the Godzilla franchise at the moment. Vertigo Films, which owns the rights, is likely to push a sequel without him, but Edwards has left the door open to returning to the Monsters world at a later point.
Its release has been pushed back to the summer of 2013 from its original November 2012 release slot, but the sequel to Monsters Inc is still very much on the way. In fact, this one’s going to be a prequel, going under the name of Monsters University. And as the title indicates, it’ll be taking place at the University Of Fear. Dan Scanlon is directing.
New Year’s Eve
The sequel to Garry Marshall’s ensemble rom-com Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve seems to take the same approach. Get a lot of people together in one film, entwine lots of stories, and hope people don’t notice that the end result isn’t very good.
This time, the cast includes the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert De Niro (!), Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl. And the film is out in December.
Out Of Sight 2
An extremely long shot, this one. Elmore Leonard has recently revealed that he’s written a sequel to Out Of Sight by the name of Road Dogs. The 1996 Out Of Sight movie, which was based on Leonard’s novel, starred George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, and was directed by Steven Soderbergh. But with Soderbergh set to retire from film directing once he’s done with his current slate, he’s unlikely to get involved.
However, Leonard does want to lure Clooney back to play Jack Foley once more. Clooney, for his part, has not had anything to say about the idea.
Paranormal Activity 3
Given that Paranormal Activity 2 was pretty much just a retread of Paranormal Activity 1, the suspicion is that Paranormal Activity 3 will follow a very similar template.
Katie Featherston is back to play Katie, but there’s no word yet on who’s going to direct the film, which is due out in October.
That’s not a major problem for Paramount, though, as Tod Williams, who directed the previous movie, had just a few months to get that film made. The same will apply here. We’d then expect a fourth movie for October 2012, as Paranormal Activity looks to pick up the Saw mantle.
Percy Jackson 2
Rick Riordan has written a fair few Percy Jackson adventures, but after the film adaptation of the Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief did reasonably, rather than Harry Potter levels of business, it was all a bit up in the air as to whether we’d see a second film.
Seems we might do, though, with The Sea Of Monsters likely to be next the choice. Logan Lerman will reprise the title role, although Chris Columbus isn’t likely to fit directing the film into his schedule this time.
The project is in early development right now, with no production dates hammered out that we know of.
Pineapple Express 2
A long-mooted project that gradually seems to gather bits of interest. Around the various press junkets for The Green Hornet at the start of the year, writer Evan Goldberg revealed that he was tempted to revisit the film and to investigate a sequel.
It’s Goldberg and Seth Rogen that have been the reluctant parties in the sequel plan, and given that they’re the two who will put the script together, it’s very much in their hands.
Give it another year, we reckon, before things potentially start moving forward.
You can glean most of what you need to know from this one from its title. It’s a sequel to Piranha. It’s in 3D. And its casting director appeared to tackle a kind of Cinderella-esque search, substituting a glass slipper for a DD-cup bra.
Arriving a year after Piranha 3D, this sequel is directed by John Gulager (the Feast trilogy), and is likely to marry up the same ropey effects, the same heavy use of 3D, and, ultimately, pretty much what we were sold last year.
It arrives in the UK towards the end of the year.
Pirates Of The Caribbean 5
Disney has learned its lessons of Pirates Of The Caribbean past, and thus the fifth movie will be a separate entity from this summer’s On Stranger Tides. None of that back-to-back filming nonsense either this time, as instead, the plan is for the next Pirates movie to be a standalone adventure for Captain Jack Sparrow.
Terry Rossio is penning the script for the new film, which may be with us as soon as the summer of 2013.
The Robert Rodriguez-overseen reboot of the Predator franchise, Predators, did enough money around the world to get a second film on the launchpad. Rodriguez thus has plans for a Predators 2, but it may end up sitting in a queue behind the long-awaited Sin City 2, which we’re coming to shortly…
A surprise hit in 2010, RED put Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman into an action movie based on the comic book by Warren Ellis, and scored itself a solid hit in the process. So much so that a sequel has already been confirmed.
Erich and Jon Hoeber are back on screenplay writing duties, but RED 2 is going to have sit in a queue of potential Bruce Willis projects, which include sequels to The Expendables and Die Hard.
Resident Evil 5
You can sneer at it all you like, but Resident Evil has turned into a major movie franchise. The latest film, Afterlife, took nearly $300m worldwide at the box office alone, and unsurprisingly, a fifth film has been swiftly commissioned.
Milla Jovovich is set to return, and the next movie will be out on September 14th 2012. Paul W S Anderson isn’t likely to direct this one.
The Ring 3D
Now, this should work. Horror generally lends itself to 3D better than most genres, and without giving anything away, there’s a sequence in the original The Ring that could look quite brilliant if done properly. It’s perhaps with that in mind that Paramount has ordered The Ring 3D, to arrive in 2012. David Loucka is penning the script.
The first adventure of Evelyn Salt gave Angelina Jolie her biggest star leading role since Lara Croft. And thus there’s talk of bringing her back for a second time.
Jolie is keen to reprise the role, although director Phillip Noyce has already confirmed that he won’t be back for the sequel. Jolie reckons the sequel will appear “hopefully within a couple of years”. Right-o.
Scream 5 and 6
The slightly disappointing box office numbers for Scream 4 may have put a spanner in the works of the plan by The Weinstein Company to generate a fresh trilogy of Scream movies. That plan also seemed to be threatened by writer Kevin Williamson’s departure from Scream 4, after a creative fall-out.
However, as he told Entertainment Weekly, “We got into a massive fight creatively, and we hugged it out and then we moved on.”
His involvement, we’d suggest, would be crucial to Scream 5 working. But all concerned need to work out if they want a sequel or a reboot of the Scream saga next.
Sex & The City 3
Terrible reviews and underwhelming box office have put the dampener on chat of a Sex And The City 3 for the time being, with the usual blurb coming out about how each of the stars is doubtful or otherwise about the film being made.
Sex And The City 2 still made potloads of money, so the strong bet is that another adventure will be in the offing, but the rumour mill suggests that it may yet be a prequel, with younger actresses playing versions of the four leading roles.
We wait and see, although not particularly eagerly.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
Production is complete on Guy Ritchie’s sequel to 2010’s Sherlock Holmes movie. Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law return to play Holmes and Watson, while this time, Noomi Rapace and Stephen Fry are joining the cast. Furthermore, Jared Harris is playing Moriarty this time around.
The film is set for release in December. Expect Sherlock Holmes 3 to follow a couple of years afterwards.
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
Write this one off at your peril. Michael J Bassett, who helmed the underrated Solomon Kane, is in charge of the Silent Hill sequel, which is starring Sean Bean, Carrie-Anne Moss and Malcolm McDowell.
Much of the publicity surrounding the film thus far has been the fact that it’s being filmed in 3D, which is impressing a little over nobody. But there was the guts of a decent movie in the first Silent Hill, and Bassett should make a solid fist of the sequel.
It’s out in 2012.
Sin City 2
Since we started putting together our annual list of upcoming sequels, Sin City 2 is pretty much an ever present. Which sums up the status of the project quite nicely. It’s always bubbling away somewhere, but there’s no sign of it making it in front of a camera.
All anyone seems to talk about is that a Sin City 2 is possible, and Robert Rodriguez, for one, hasn’t ruled it out. But his slate is hardly empty, and that’s before you get to the likes of Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke too. It might just be a long shot.
Spy Kids 4: All The Time In The World
Robert Rodriguez reboots his Spy Kids franchise with a new bunch of anklebiters, resurrecting the series eight years after we saw it last.
Rodriguez has written and directed the movie, which stars Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven, Antonio Banderas and – yes! – Danny Trejo.
You can expect it in August. And again, the plan is for more movies if this one goes down well.
Even though the schedule appears tight, Paramount is still wanting to get a sequel to its Star Trek reboot in cinemas for June 2012. It’s got Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman working on the script, which should just about be done, and then the wait is on for JJ Abrams to commit to the new film. Which he hasn’t done yet, as he’s finishing up work on his summer release, Super 8.
Don’t be surprised if Star Trek gets delayed, but this is one sequel that’s definitely happening.
Step Up 4Ever
Dance movies make money, and the Step Up films have been amongst the most popular. Director Jon Chu is serving as executive producer this time around, having chosen to helm G.I. Joe 2 instead.
Wade Robson will direct, and the movie will be out in 2012. No further details have been released.
The Strangers 2
This one’s been knocking around in development for a while now, but there are still signs that it might happen. The original was a perfectly effective horror movie, and the last we heard, Liv Tyler revealed that Bryan Bertino had written a script for a follow-up (but he won’t be directing the film).
Furthermore, Tyler’s character won’t be the focus of the sequel. There’s no clue as to when to expect the new film, though.
Collider has a bit more on the story, here.
Luc Besson confirmed to us here that there’s only going to be one sequel to Taken, and then that’ll be that for the franchise. Liam Neeson will definitely be back, too, along with Maggie Grace. And Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3) will be directing.
It’s unclear yet as to whether the fifth Terminator movie will be a full-on reboot of the franchise, but don’t rule out a new story taking place in the same universe.
Justin Lin, who has steered the last three Fast & Furious movies, is set to direct, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is on board, too. There's just the small matter of the script needing to be written, and a studio needing to pay the bill for the film. Give this one two or three years yet.
Quick one, this. Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, has confirmed that a sequel to Thor is in the offing. No idea who’s directing, no idea when to expect it. Given how good the first film is, though, don't expect them to hang around.
Tintin: Prisoners Of The Sun
The first Tintin movie, The Secret Of The Unicorn, is finally set for release later this year, and work has begin on bringing the next planned story, The Secret Of The Unicorn, to the big screen.
What’s known of the second movie so far is that Anthony Horowitz is part of the writing team of the movie.
The original plan was to have Peter Jackson direct the second movie, but given his commitment to The Hobbit for the next couple of years, whether that’ll happen remains unclear.
Top Gun 2
There seems to be a fresh impetus behind a belated sequel to the Tom Cruise-headlined juggernaut, Top Gun. It’s unclear thus far whether Tom Cruise will choose to be involved in the new film, but director Tony Scott has already said that he’d be open to returning.
The idea would be that Cruise’s character would pass the mantle over to a new lead actor in the movie, with the modern day Air Force the likely emphasis of the film. Tony Scott has also said that the film is a few years away at the earliest.
Danny Boyle reportedly remains happy to press ahead with a second Trainspotting movie, but only when the cast of the film have reached mid-life. That’s when he’d look to set the movie.
Ewan McGregor is reportedly not interesting in signing up.
Michael Bay’s final Transformers movie will be this summer’s Dark Of The Moon, but Hasbro is already wanting to keep the franchise going.
Shia LaBeouf is likely to jump ship as well for Transformers 4, which paves the way for a full-on reboot of the franchise. That might not do it, or Michael Bay, much harm. Expect it to take a few years to sort out, though.
The Transporter 4
Jason Statham is not a man bereft of movie franchises, and Luc Besson has dropped the hint that there may yet be another outing for The Transporter.
When discussing Taken 2, Besson dropped into the conversation,“I don’t think we’ll go like Transporter, for example, with two, three and four.”
Transporter 4? That’ll do quite nicely…
True Lies 2
Every time you think that a sequel to True Lies has finally died a death, it seems that Tom Arnold gives another interview. Recently, then, he revived the idea of a follow-up to the 1995 Arnold Schwarzenegger-James Cameron Bond rival, although it’s hard to see how Cameron would be able to fit the film in, given his Avatar commitments.
Still, Arnold has teased the idea that Schwarzenegger is involved and that Cameron has been involved with a script. The plan, as Tom Arnold outlines, is for Cameron to produce. We’ll believe it when it happens, though.
There’s a story already in place for a third Tron movie, and Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski seemingly wants to stay involved. The film made solid cash across the globe, and Kosinski wants the next film to pick up where Legacy left off, with Quorra in the real world.
It’s being teased that the role of Dillinger’s son, as played by Cillian Murphy, could be expanded for the next movie, too. Disney, basically, has to decide whether to gamble on this one, and the film’s DVD and Blu-ray performance may prove pivotal in giving Tron 3 a green light.
Twilight: Breaking Dawn
We’re getting two films of the final book in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Steward and Taylor Lautner are all returning, but most interesting of all is the decision to get Bill Condon (Gods And Monsters, Dreamgirls) to direct.
Part One of the Breaking Dawn finale is out just before Christmas, and Part Two will follow a year later.
Kate Beckinsale returns to the Underworld franchise, with her character emerging from a 15-year coma to discover she has a 14-year-old daughter.
Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein are on directing duties, and the film is in post-production now, being readied for release in January 2012.
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
Kal Penn and Jon Cho are returning to reprise their roles as Harold and Kumar in a third movie, which was delayed when – and this is true – Kal Penn went to work for the Obama administration (and he’s back there working now).
Todd Strauss-Schulson is directing this time around, and Neil Patrick Harris will be back, too. It’s also been filmed in 3D, and unsurprisingly, given the title, it’ll be out this coming Christmas.
A surprise hit a few years back, Wanted has a couple of problems to tackle for there to be a sequel, but there had been interest in making it happen. However, it seems to be slipping away.
The last word on it to date came from James McAvoy, who revealed that a script had been written that hadn’t gone down too well. Universal is supposedly keen to press on with Wanted 2, but McAvoy has expressed doubt that the movie will ever happen now. He might be right, too.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2
It’s not at the top of director Robert Zemeckis’ list of projects, but with his Yellow Submarine remake looking doomed at the moment, Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2 might just have moved a step closer to being made.
Zemeckis is interested in making the movie, and original screenwriters Jeffrey Price and Peter S Seaman were, last we heard, working on a script for the movie. But there’s still no timescale for the movie as of yet. Bah.
This one’s not going to follow the path laid down by X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which should mean that Hugh Jackman won’t have to walk around in a sour mood for much of the movie this time around. But there are other challenges.
Darren Aronofsky quit the project, leaving it short of a director. The terrible tragedy in Japan earlier this year has hampered plans to shoot the film there. And there’s a feeling that the film may now struggle to meet a 2012 release date.
We can’t imagine we’ve seen the last of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, but there are a few hurdles to be tackled before we see him again.
Wrath Of The Titans
In the words of Den Of Geek’s own Ron Hogan, “Re-release The Kraken”! The Clash Of The Titans remake was a sizeable hit for Warner Bros back in 2010, surviving the debacle of its appalling post-production 3D bolt-on to make lots and lots of cash. Hence, the sequel, which sees Liam Neeson, Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes and Bill Nighy on board.
Battle: Los Angeles director, Jonathan Liebesman, replaces Louis Leterrier in the director’s chair, and Wrath Of The Titans is due in March 2012.
The X-Files 3
If the budget can be kept low enough, then this one may yet happen. David Duchovny certainly seems to be quite eager, but there’s no fresh news on the project, and the dust, perhaps, needs to settle a little more on I Want To Believe before anything can happen here.
While most of the emphasis is on the other facets of the X-Men franchise thus far, with First Class, The Wolverine and Deadpool in the fire, there are still plans afoot for a full-on X-Men 4.
Some story work has been done on the film, but at best, it’s third in the queue in the current slate of X-Men projects. Thus, don’t expect it soon, but don’t write off the chances of it happening, either.
X-Men: First Class 2
There’s a confidence surrounding the promotion of X-Men: First Class as this piece is being written, and talk has already turned to a possible follow-up.
Director Matthew Vaughn may yet be interested in having another crack at the X-Men franchise, too, with the plan being talked about to move the next movie onto the 70s.
Sounds like it might be fun, but obviously, Fox will want to see how First Class does before committing one way or the other.
Not much to say on this one yet, other than Vin Diesel is looking to revisit the franchise that went horribly off track with its first sequel. He’s affirmed this during his recent bout of promotional work, putting across his clear interest in revisiting the role of Xander Cage. And Vin Diesel in franchises, remember, still can deliver box office gold.
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been kept busy of late, but the writers of the original Zombieland are back to pen the sequel.
Ruben Fleischer is likely to direct again, and it’ll be interesting to see if Jesse Eisenberg is back, too.
Expect the movie no earlier than 2013, we’d guess. Last we heard, Woody Harrelson was suggesting that Zombieland 2 is no done deal, though…
Justin Theroux is the planned director for the long-awaited sequel to Zoolander, which he and Ben Stiller have completed a script of. Yet there’s still no sign of the crucial green light for the movie.
The new film would be set in the present, and it’s a year or two off happening, we’d suggest.
Can David Duchovny get a cameo this time around, though? That’s the big question…
UPDATE: Our fine readers have raised the matter of Universal Solider 4 and Jumper 2, and also helped us, er, fix a couple of text bugs in the article. Much appreciated!
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