143 movie sequels currently in the works
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Forgive us. This is a very big list. Thus, we've had to split it up over a few pages to keep it manageable. We're still making sure you get lots of words on each page, though, so hopefully we can still be friends.
Fantastic Four 2
Fox has committed itself to a June 2017 release date for a sequel to its incoming Fantastic Four reboot. The core cast of Michael B Jordon, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Miles Teller are inevitably signed up for the follow-up, which presumably is still dependant on the performance of the reboot itself. Whether Josh Trank returns to direct the second adventure remains unclear.
Fast & Furious 8
Fast & Furious 7's $1.5bn worldwide gross took the vast majority of people by surprise. Universal, though, isn't pausing for breath in getting the next film going. Set for July 2017, we know already that Vin Diesel and Jason Statham are set to return for the film, but a new director is needed: James Wan is off making Aquaman and Robotech next...
Fifty Shades Darker/Fifty Shades Freed
Since Fifty Shades Of Grey grossed over $500m at the worldwide box office, there have been some stumbling blocks to getting the next two films made. Reports suggest that E L James has been exerting her contractual creative control, and Sam Taylor-Johnson has already quit the director's chair. At the time of writing, it's unclear who's taking her place.
What is known is that Universal has set Fifty Shades Darker for February 2017, and Fifty Shades Freed for February 2018. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are returning in the lead roles, and James' husband, Niall Leonard, is penning the screenplay for at least the first of the new films.
It's still full steam ahead on this one. Director Andrew Stanton has pulled a good chunk of the Finding Nemo team back together, and recruited long-time Pixar employee Angus MacLane to co-direct Finding Dory. As the title suggests, this time the film will focus on the character of Dory, as voiced by Ellen DeGeneres. Albert Brooks is reprising voicing duties too. The movie is set for June 2016 in the US, and the month after in the UK.
Flash Gordon 2
This one could be interesting. Chatting to us earlier in the year, Flash Gordon himself, Sam J Jones, revealed that the planned remake of Flash Gordon may end up being a sequel to the much-loved 80s film.
In the interview, here, he told us that Fox now has the screenplay rights to the film, and that John Davis is set to produce. Jones has met with Fox, and said "we're in talks about that, I'm very excited". No further progress just yet.
Writer and co-director Jennifer Lee is hard at work on the screenplay to the Frozen sequel. There's no pressure at all of course in following up the most successful animated film of all time. None at all. Lee and Chris Buck will direct Frozen 2, and Peter del Vecho will produce again.
G.I. Joe 3
A bit of progress on the third G.I. Joe movie. D J Caruso has been signed up for a while to take over as director (from Jon M Chu), and more recently, Aaron Berg was hired to take a shot at the screenplay. Presumably, once Berg turns his draft in, Paramount will look at moving the film forward.
Warner Bros and Legendary were suitably pleased with the reboot of Godzilla that director Gareth Edwards delivered to the screen in summer 2014. Edwards went straight from that to putting together Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One. But after he's ventured off into the galaxy, he's going to be back for Godzilla 2, which is earmarked for May 2018.
Now entitled Goon: The Last Of The Enforcers, the long-awaited sequel to ultra-violent ice hockey comedy Goon has now started shooting. Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill are all back, with Elisa Cuthbert the main new addition tot he cast. Baruchel is directing this time round, and the sequel is due out in 2016.
Out of the blue, director Richard Donner revealed a year or so back that he's working on a sequel to The Goonies. Since then, original writer Chris Columbus has revealed that it's slow going. "We're still searching, but we are searching very hard to try and make it work. But we're not going to let anybody down. If we don't feel it's right, and that's between Donner, Spielberg and myself, if we don't feel it's right, we're not gonna do it", he told Collider. He did confirm that all want to make the film, though.
So: it looks like this one is going to be more of a belated sequel than a straight remake. Writer Chris Columbus admits that the new Gremlins will have something in common with the style of JJ Abrams' Star Trek reboots, and that he wants to see the film mix in new and old characters. It may end up being more reboot than sequel, but for now, we'll list it as Gremlins 3, until we're told not to. Sadly, it seems as though director Joe Dante won't be involved.
Guardians Of The Galaxy 2
In hindsight, it seems daft that Guardians Of The Galaxy was such a surprise hit. But Marvel's August 2014 release was never expected to do the business it did, in the end outgrossing the strongly received Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
James Gunn, who directed the first, is back to direct the second. He's recently completed the first draft of his screenplay for it too, which is said to concentrate more on father issues. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper are set to return in their various roles. Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 is due in July 2017.
Well, if you're keeping count, this one is Halloween 11. Cutting ties it seems with the last two movies, that were directed by Rob Zombie, the next Halloween goes by the title of Halloween Returns, and it's set to shoot later this year. Marcus Dunstan is directing, having written the script with Patrick Melton. The movie is described as a "recalibration" of the Halloween series, and it'll kick off with Michael Myers on death row. It may make it to release in 2016.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2
A surprise success at the box office, the Jeremy Renner-Gemma Arterton headlined Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is still expected to receive a follow-up. Writer-director Tommy Wikola has a script in place for the movie, although he's likely to pass the director's chair onto someone else. Jeremy Renner's availability is seemingly a delaying factor at the moment. The film was originally set for release in 2016, but that looks like a deadline missed to us.
Another one of those sequels that we assume is pretty much dead, and then there's a flicker of life. In this case, Ron Perlman - Hellboy himself - has been trying to raise interest in the third movie via social media. The core cast now seem keen to return, but the problem - apart from the cost - may well be finding space on Guillermo del Toro's docket. He's going to be busy with Pacific Rim 2 at least until 2017. Still, Hellboy right now is a trilogy without its final part...
How To Train Your Dragon 3
DreamWorks has bought director Dean DeBlois just a little bit of breathing room. The studio had originally scheduled just a two year gap between How To Train Your Dragon 2 and How To Train Your Dragon 3. That would have meant that the latter film was set to arrive next year. However, as things stand, How To Train Your Dragon 3 has a release date of July 2018. That's changed once or twice, though, and may well change again...
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Ah, you know. It's the last one too. At least until the reboot/franchise extension/retcon/reimagining/whatever word they come up with next. As things stand, the final Hunger Games movie will be with us in November.
Ice Age 5
The wildly successful Ice Age series returns to cinemas in 2016, for the film currently known as, er, Ice Age 5. Galen T Chu and Mike Thurmeier are directing this one, and the core voice talent are all back too. No further information has been released.
A script is nearly in place now for a sequel to Immortals, and Relativity Media is looking to shoot the film in India (although the firm is also reportedly facing financial 'challenges'). It also wants Henry Cavill back to star. That was according to the most recent update, earlier in 2015.
The Incredibles 2
Now that Tomorrowland is out of the way, director Brad Bird heads back to animation for the first time since the wonderful Ratatouille. We have no fixed release date for The Incredibles 2 as of yet, but we know that Bird is writing and directing. That's enough to keep the grin on our faces.
Independence Day 2
Roland Emmerich is currently shooting this one, ahead of its release on June 24th 2016. Returnees include Jeff Goldbum and Bill Pullman, and they head up a cast that also features Maika Monroe, Liam Hemsworth, William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Brent Spiner. If this works, Fox also has plans for a further pair of Independence Day movies.
Indiana Jones 5
Well, Disney certainly has plans for Indiana Jones 5 at the very least. Rumours suggesting Chris Pratt was going to take the role on proved false (at least for now), and it seems unlikely that Steven Spielberg will direct again. However, Lucasfilm has an Indiana Jones 5 on the cooker somewhere, it just doesn't seem in much hurry to make it.
The third Dan Brown movie - following The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons - skips to Inferno. Tom Hanks is back as Robert Langdon, with Ron Howard also returning to direct. Here's hoping the pair can rustle up a better movie this time around. Inferno is currently set for release on October 14th 2016.
Iron Sky: The Coming Race
It took a long, long time to get Iron Sky to the big screen - they had a trailer for it long before they had the funds to complete the movie itself - and a successful crowdfunding campaign has meant that a sequel is on the way.
Iron Sky: The Coming Race is set for release in 2016. Udo Kier will be back, too, and Timo Vuorensola is directing.
Jack Reacher 2
There's been progress on this one. Entitled Jack Reacher: Never Go back, the new film will see Tom Cruise reprise the title role from Lee Childs' books. This time though, Christopher McQuarrie isn't directing, with the job going to The Last Samurai helmer Edward Zwick. As we reported here, Zwick is reworking the screenplay, alongside Marshall Herskovitz and Richard Wenk. No release date yet.
John Wick 2
The excellent John Wick may not have made hundreds of trillions of dollars, but it made enough to get chapter two off the ground. John Wick 2 sees Reeves return, along with writer Derek Kolstad, and directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski. No dates have been announced, but the film is definitely happening.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island wasn't a bad sequel, and star Dwayne Johnson clearly enjoyed working with director Brad Peyton on the movie. The pair have since joined together for the smash hit disaster flick, San Andreas.
And they still have a third Journey movie on their docket too. Entitled Journey 3: From the Earth To The Moon, Brian Gunn and Mark Gunn were said to be working on the script. The once-suggested 2016 release date looks a bit dodgy, though.
Jurassic World 2
Off the back of the biggest opening weekend of all time on the planet, Universal inevitably has plans for a new Jurassic Park movie. Thus far we know that Chris Pratt is signed up for more in the series, and that director Colin Trevorrow won't be returning to helm the next film. We've speculated on what path the film will follow, here.