156 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...
Latest update: Ant-Man And The Wasp.
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works.
Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming months.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, though.
The enjoyable action comedy 2 Guns proved to be a box office success, albeit quite a modest one. Nonetheless, it put enough money in the bank for producer Randal Emmett to push for a sequel.
It'll be an adaptation of Steven Grant's comic book, 3 Guns, but the immediate stumbling block was the commitment of Baltasar Kormakur to making the film Everest. After that, if Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are agreeable, then the film may happen. That said, we've heard nothing on 3 Guns for a little while now, so hopes of this one happening may be dwindling...
Alan Partridge 2
No fresh progress on this one, save for the fact that Steve Coogan still has it on his radar. Coogan is currently penning a follow-up to the Alan Partidge autobiography, I Partridge. After that, his attention may well turn back to bringing Norwich's finest DJ back to the big screen.
Alice Through The Looking Glass
Tim Burton won't be back for the sequel to his $1bn-grossing take on Alice In Wonderland, with the director's chair instead being occupied by The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted director James Bobin. He's The film is now in post-production, ahead of its release on May 27th 2016. Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Helen Bonham-Carter lead the returnees.
Neill Blomkamp looks like he's lured Sigourney Weaver back for one more go as Ripley, in an intriguing-sounding Alien sequel that we've explored in more detail here.
We're going to get Prometheus 2 first by the looks of things (we're coming to that a little later), and we'd imagine that Alien 5 is likely to arrive in 2017 at some point.
The Divergent series of movies hasn't really blown us away so far, with Shailene Woodley's performance as Tris the one thing that's keeping us holding in there. Certainly Insurgent, directed by Robert Schwentke, was a step backward. Schwentke has the job of putting the last two announced movies to date together, and is filming Allegiant for release in March 2016, with the concluding chapter (now called Ascendant) in March 2017. The success of those will determine whether Veronica Roth's prequel book, Four, is also filmed.
Alvin And The Chipmunks 4
It's arriving in the UK in February 2016. It is called Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip. Walt Becker (Wild Hogs, Van Wilder: Party Liaison) is directing. Can we move on now?
American Pie 5
Just one flicker of progress of late with regards a new American Pie movie. That came from actress Tara Reid, who hinted in May 2015 that talks are underway on a new film, and that it's going to potentially be set in Las Vegas. As for further information? Not a sausage.
Ant-Man And The Wasp
The latest Marvel sequel to be announced is Ant-Man And The Wasp. It'll arrive on our screens in July 2018. It's addition to the Phase 3 slate meant that Black Panther moved forward to February 2018, while Captain Marvel was pushed back until March 2019.
We'd expect Marvel to give Peyton Reed another call, after this stellar work on the Ant-Man movie that he inherited from Edgar Wright. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly (now embracing that super-suit from the end of the first film) will surely return, and we'd expect Michael Douglas, too.
A surprise sequel to the modest hit ATL is reportedly in the works. The urban drama starred Lauren London and T.I., and the stars have suggested that a new movie is coming. At one stage, T.I. sent out the hashtag '#ATL2 Get Ready', which we and others took as a subtle clue. Warner Bros hasn't officially greenlit the film to our knowledge, though. But there does seem to be some impetus behind this one.
There are definitely three Avatar sequels coming, but they seem to get further and further away. James Cameron seems to pretty much have the scripts in place though, and his plan is to shoot the three films pretty much in one go. The most recent update? The confirmation that they've all slipped another year, and that Avatar 2 is due at Christmas 2017, Avatar 3 for Christmas 2018, and Avatar 4 for Christmas 2019. Unless they get delayed again. Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Sam Worthington are all due back.
There's even a rumour of an Avatar 5...
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2
The third and fourth Avengers movies are set to shoot back to back, with Captain America: Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo taking over helming duties from Joss Whedon. The films themselves are expected in April 2018 and April 2019, and the focus is likely to be on a relatively new team of Avengers - as teased in Age Of Ultron - and the culmination of the battle for the Infinity Gauntlet.
Bad Boys 3 and 4
There's been progress here. For years, Bad Boys 3 has been beholden to the schedules of Michael Bay and Will Smith in particular. Martin Lawrence has always seemed keen, and a lot more available. However, with Michael Bay wrapped up in the world of Transformers for seemingly a lot more of his life, a new director has entered negotiations. Narc and The A-Team helmer Joe Carnahan is likely to take on Bad Boys 3, and we're expecting Will Smith to sign up too. A Bad Boys 4 has already been mooted too.
Bad Neighbours 2
We'll go by the UK title for this one, but it's Neighbors 2 if you live in an area that doesn't show a popular Australian soap opera. Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne are all back for the sequel to 2014's surprise comedy hit. Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O'Brien are writing the script again, and the focus will be on a new frat house, and bringing Efron's character back to help fight back. Nicholas Stoller is set to direct again, and the plan is to have the film in cinemas in summer 2016.
Bad Santa 2
The sequel that nobody ever seems to rule out. However, it may well be that Bad Santa 2 will finally start shooting in 2015. The likely director is Entourage's Doug Ellin, who teased that the film is likely to shoot from September/October time. Billy Bob Thornton remains attached.
Ice Cube is returning, with Malcolm D Lee directing, in the return of the Barbershop movies. There's been some gap, too: Barbershop 2 was released in 2004, Barbershop 3 is arriving in February 2016. Lamorne Morris has joined the cast of the film too.
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
The sort-of-sequel to Man Of Steel certainly seems to pick up after the rampant destruction of Zack Snyder's Superman reboot. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice pits Henry Cavill's Superman against Ben Affleck's Batman, and finds room too to introduce Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and a whole host more. The film is due in March 2016.
Tim Burton hasn't made a habit of doing sequels, but it looks as if he's finally been convinced to make a follow-up to his 80s delight, Beetlejuice. A sequel to it was mooted after the original was first released, yet the noises this time sound far more definite. Burton would direct again, and Michael Keaton has indicated he'll be back in the lead role. Early in 2015, Winona Ryder indicated her involvement too.
The script is being penned by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith. No firm dates have been announced thus far. Our interview with co-writer of the original, Larry Wilson, is here.
Beverly Hills Cop 4
Here's what we know so far. Eddie Murphy is keen to make another Beverly Hills Cop film. Brett Ratner is likely to reunite with him after Tower Heist to direct it. Jerry Bruckheimer is back as producer.
However, the film had been tentatively earmarked for March 2016. The problem? It's not in production yet, and Paramount is believed to have put the movie on hold. It's still likely to happen, just not yet. Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum have penned the script, which will see Axel Foley head back to his Detroit roots.
Big Hero 6 2
Walt Disney Animation Studios doesn't announce new films until it's good and ready to do so, but rumours persist it's investigating a follow-up to the Oscar-winning Big Hero 6. Directors Don Hall and Chris Williams are both said to be interested.
Bill & Ted 3
Baby steps forward again. Chatting to IGN earlier this year, Keanu Reeves revealed that the film is heading towards the contracts stage and "maybe paying the writers to go and write. There might be some support for making the picture". We hope so, Keanu. We hope so. Alex Winter would also return, we don't know if director Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) is still involved...
Blade Runner 2
Well, it's definitely happening. Ridley Scott has handed directing duties for Blade Runner 2 over to Sicario and Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve, and some reports suggest early pre-production work has already begin. Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have penned the screenplay.
Ryan Gosling has been heavily linked with a lead role, and Harrison Ford will be back as Rick Deckard. This one is set decades after the end of the first film, and production in earnest will begin in the summer of 2016. We still might not get to see the film until 2018, given the amount of post-production work that's likely to be involved.
Blair Witch Project 3
Well, this one seems to have been resurrected in the last year or so. At the start of the year, co-director of the original Eduardo Sanchez described another film in the series as "inevitable", revealing that talks had been happening with Lionsgate. Progress is slow, though, and it may yet be a couple of years before the Blair Witch trilogy will be completed.
Bourne, J 4/The Bourne Legacy 2
Two sequels for your money here. First up, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass have been lured back to the Bourne series, for an adventure that's presumably going to be set after The Bourne Ultimatum. That's the next Bourne movie, and Universal currently has it set for 29th July 2016. Given the length of the previous Greengrass Bourne shoots, it may push things to the wire.
Separate to that is a sequel to Tony Gilroy's The Bourne Legacy, that starred Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross. Less information is available on that one, though, short of the fact that Gilroy won't be directing, and that it's not first in the queue.
Bridget Jones's Baby
Long assumed - by us, at least - to be a film series that had run its course, Bridget Jones is making a comeback. Renee Zellweger will reprise her role for Bridget Jones' Baby. She'll be joined by fellow returning star Colin Firth, but Hugh Grant will sit this one out.
Also returning to the series is Sharon Maguire, who directed the first film. She'll direct a script that she co-wrote with One Day's David Nicholls. Patrick Dempsey has signed up for an unknown role.
Captain America: Civil War
A film with two duties, it seems. Firstly, Captain America: Civil War will round off the trilogy of movies that kicked off with Captain America: The First Avenger. But also, it looks as if it's a sort-of Avengers film too, with Chris Evans' Cap going head to head with Robert Downey Jr's Tony Stark.
Also on board this one? Chadwick Boseman will debut as Black Panther, Scarlett Johansson is back as Black Widow, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Anthony Mackie as Falcon, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Don Cheadle as War Machine and the new Spider-Man is expected to debut too. Plus there's Daniel Bruhl, Emily VanCamp, Martin Freeman and Frank Grillo too. Crikey.
Joe and Anthony Russo - who helmed Captain America: The Winter Soldier - are directing, before moving onto the pair of Avengers: Infinity War movies. Captain America: Civil War lands in the UK in April 2016.
Still no further details on Cars 3, short of we know it's in the works at Pixar. Given that John Lasseter is focusing his own directorial efforts on Toy Story 4, Cars 3 may get a new director. Cars 3 doesn't have a release date yet though.
Cheech And Chong
Legendary screen stoners Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin are reportedly heading for another feature, which sounds like it may be a follow-up to their earlier adventures. The new film will see Cheech and Chong heading to a festival called the Burning Joint. That's all we know right now though, as no fresh information has popped up since the project came to light in mid-2014.
Chronicles Of Narnia: The Silver Chair
“We’re still in the process of getting the screenplay right. And it’s often a long and slow process sometimes. But we’re getting pretty close,” says producer Douglas Gresham. Another Narnia film is planned, then, and we know that The Silver Chair is next to head to the screen. David Magee - who adapted the script for Life Of Pi - is working on the script. That 2016 release date now seems very unlikely.
The Conjuring 2
James Wan follows up Fast & Furious 7 - one of the five biggest movies of all time - with a sequel to his surprise horror smash, The Conjuring. Going by the title of The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, the film is set for release on October 30th 2016 in the US.
Clerks III is still very much a film that Kevin Smith plans to make, and he seems to have the screenplay in place. However, other movies - and we're going to talk about Mallrats 2 - keep jumping ahead of it in the queue. Jeff Anderson and Brian O'Halloran should lead this one again, with Rosario Dawson, Jason Mewes and Smith himself also before the cameras. We suspect it may not get before the cameras until 2016, though.
Zoe Saldana vehicle Columbiana didn't exactly set the box office alight in 2011, but the rise of her star since then has possibly encouraged EuropaCorp to push ahead with a sequel. The family-avenging contract killer played by Saldana will surely return, but we're not sure who she'll be up against just yet.
The Croods 2
One of DreamWorks Animations' biggest recent successes, and its first franchise starter since How To Train Your Dragon, The Croods is getting a follow-up. It's due in December 2017, and directors Chris Sanders and Kirk De Micco are back for the new film. They're working on the screenplay too, and both Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone are set to reprise their voice roles from the original.
As the great man himself told us, Jason Statham wants Crank 3. The writer/directors want Crank 3. Lots of people keep asking about Crank 3. It's presumably a case of getting it funded, and finding time to make it. Surely Chev Chelios deserves one last outing?
The first one isn't out yet, but producer Simon Kinberg has confirmed that talks are underway regarding a follow-up. Ryan Reynold's Wade Wilson - a merc with a a very big mouth - will return for quips and violent kills, it would seem. Perhaps this one will have Cable in it.
Despicable Me 3
The Minions spin-off has been occupying the team at Illumination Entertainment of late, but there's still a full Despicable Me 3 on the way. It's due in cinemas in June 2017. Expect Gru.
Die Hard 6
No fresh news, short of the fact that Die Hard 6 is believed to be in the cooker somewhere. Memo to whoever ends up writing it: make it a lot, lot better than the last one. That is all.
A sequel to Enchanted, this one has returned to development at Disney. Anne Fletcher will direct again, and Fred Claus' Jessie Nelson worked on a script that is now being revised. Surely, Amy Adams will return, though that isn't 100% confirmed yet.
Neill Blomkamp's current focus is on his upcoming Alien sequel, that we've already discussed. But he also has plans to revisit his Oscar-nominated feature debut, District 9. Speaking while on the promotional trail for Chappie earlier this year, he said that "I have every intention" to do District 10, revealing that he needs to find the time to do it, and will shoot the film somewhere other than Johannesburg. Expect this one to be in the queue for a while, though.
No progress recently, but then Ben Stiller has been busy making Zoolander 2, and Vince Vaughn has been busy making a procession of appalling comedies. Director Rawson Marshall Thurber told us back in 2013 that he wasn't coming back for the next film, but Dodgeball 2 is still mooted. Clay Tarver was said to be working on the script, the last time we heard about it.
Edge Of Tomorrow 2
Edge Of The Day After Tomorrow? Edge Of 2morrow? 2 Edge 2 Morrow? We're not sure what the working title is for the Tom Cruise-starring sequel to Edge Of Tomorrow (seeming called Live. Die. Repeat. on DVD cases), but it's probably not any of those. Mr Cruise himself has had an idea for a follow-up, but Emily Blunt has asked for a year to pursue other projects. As far as we know, Warner Bros. hasn't yet signed off on the idea, but we'll keep you posted.
The Equalizer 2
Sony has confirmed a September 2016 release date for its sequel to The Equalizer. Denzel Washington is expected to reprise the lead role (there's not too much of a film if he doesn't). Whether director Antoine Fuqua also returns remains to be seen, though.
The Expendables 4 (and more)
Even though The Expendables is heading to the small screen, the cinematic juggernaut is set to lumber on. Hopefully not with a PG-13 rating this time. There's already been chatter about The Expendables 4 and 5, with Sylvester Stallone involved. Names that have been touted this time include Hulk Hogan and Pierce Brosnan. No release date has been announced at this stage, though.