157 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...
Yikes! We're two trillions words into this piece, and we've only just got to the letter 'K'. Here's part three of the rundown then, and there are a lot more cheery sequels ahead. Er, hurray!
The Karate Kid 2
Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan are still linked to a follow-up to the surprisingly decent 2010 Karate Kid reboot, but the project lost director Breck Eisner last year. Still, last summer new writers were hired, as Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer took on scripting duties. A new director isn't yet in place, though.
Kingsman: The Secret Service 2
20th Century Fox wants a sequel to Kingsman, and now, Matthew Vaughn has confirmed he's writing one. It's unlikely to be his next film, but if Vaughn can get the screenplay to a place he's happy with, then he'll press ahead with a sequel. Taron Egerton is believed to be contracted for a second movie, as is Sophie Cookson. Watch this space (and it'll Vaughn's first full-on sequel if he gets it going...)
Kung Fu Panda 3
The second Kung Fu Panda film left things on something of a cliffhanger, and it's a surprise it's taken a little longer than usual - five years - for Kung Fu Panda 3 to pick things up. Jennifer Yuh returns to direct, with Jack Black voicing Po again. We expect it'll pick up the sizeable thread left by the last film.
Kung Fu Panda 3 is due in January 2016.
Last Witch Hunter 2
The first film, directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies), doesn’t arrive until October. However, Vin Diesel has revealed that Lionsgate is already after a sequel. Clearly, the box office performance of the first movie will be pivotal to making it happen. Plus slotting it in with Diesel’s assorted other sequels...
Layer Cake 2
Not a straight sequel to the Matthew Vaughn-helmed original, but Jason Statham's production company has picked up the rights to Layer Cake sequel Viva La Madness. The books of both were penned by JJ Connolly, and Statham will pick up the role played by Daniel Craig in the films. Whilst the books were linked to each other, Layer Cake and Viva La Madness look like they'll be very separate entities on screen.
The Statham told us that he's expecting to shoot the film next year. A director has not yet been announced. The whole project may end up being made into a TV series instead, though.
The Legend Of Conan
Arnold Schwarzenegger is looking to pick up the adventures of Conan, in a film that will pick up his story of the character three decades after Arnie last portrayed him. Ignoring altogether the Jason Momoa-headlined reboot, The Legend Of Conan is being written by Andrew Berloff, whith Chris Morgan and Fredrik Malmberg producting. Apparently, in spite of Arnie's waning box office powers, the project remains active. Much will depend on how Terminator: Genisys fares though, we suspect, not least with Maggie going straight to video on demand in the US.
The LEGO Movie Sequel
This one's shuffled back to May 2018, as part of a broader LEGO movie universe now. The directors of the first LEGO film, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, are writing the screenplay for this one. Rob Schrab is taking on the directing of it.
London Has Fallen
Gerard Butler is back, this time to save England, in the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen. Also returning are Morgan Freeman and Aaron Eckhart, with Melissa Leo and Jackie Earle Haley also in the cast. Babak Najafi has taken over from Antoine Fuqua in the director's chair, and London Has Fallen now has a March 2016 release date.
Although Luc Besson is quoted as saying that Lucy "isn't made for" sequels, a follow-up has been announced anyway. Scarlet Johansson isn't officially attached yet, but it is her character's name in the title, so you'd expect her to return. Place your bets now on how Lucy 2 will undo the events of Lucy's final third.
Star Will Forte reiterated earlier this year that MacGruber 2 is an active project for him, although his teasing that the film was already in the can proved - unsurprisingly - to be false. Still, a sequel to the 2010 original is very much a possibility, and Forte is likely to co-write again, as well as star.
Machete Kills Again… In Space
The poor box office returns for Machete Kills were offset by the fact that the film was so cheap to make. Nonetheless, it was still teetering on a loss. However, the planned finale to the trilogy, Machete Kills Again... In Space is apparently still active.
Danny Trejo will obviously be back to star, and he confirmed earlier in 2015 that he and director Robert Rodriguez were set work on the movie later this year. We'd heard little since, though.
The Penguins Of Madagascar spin-off may not have done the business that DreamWorks Animation was hoping, but it's likely to be on far surer ground with a straight Madagascar 4. No director has been confirmed for the film yet, that's in development at the studio. But we know when to expect it: May 2018.
Mad Max 5
During the delay in getting Mad Max: Fury Road made, director George Miller mapped out further follow-ups to the movie. Up to two more films are planned, and following the ecstatic reaction to Mad Max: Fury Road, Warner Bros is likely to allow Miller to make them. The fifth Mad Max movie is to go by the name of Mad Max: The Wasteland. Whether it focuses more on Max or Furiosa, of course, remains to be seen. It'll certainly take a fair while to turn round, so even a 2018 release would be ambitious.
Disney is pressing ahead with a sequel to the $750m+ grossing live action fairytale, Maleficent. The original took the villain from the Sleeping Beauty story, perfectly cast Angelina Jolie, and was richly rewarded for doing so. Linda Woolverton has been hired to pen the screenplay again for a sequel, although Jolie at the time of writing hasn't committed. It's unclear too whether director Robert Stromberg will return. There's no release date yet...
Kevin Smith has been juggling his slate quite a lot of late, and one movie he's pushed to the front is a surprise follow-up to his second movie, Mallrats. Mallrats 2 will actually go by the name of Mallbrats, and will feature - Smith has teased - 18 returning characters, along with six new ones. The film is set to shoot later this year, for a 2016 release (pushing Clerks III back in the process).
Mary Poppins 2
Does a spoonful of sugar help he unwarranted sequel news go down? Probably not, judging by the online bemusement shown in this case. Yep, Mary Poppins is getting a sequel. There's a precedent for this in the books - where Ms Poppins has seven adventures to her name by original author P L Travers. Our money is on Mary Poppins Comes Back being adapted this time.
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Maze Runner: The Death Cure is set to complete the filming of James Dashner's core trilogy of Maze Runner books. He's penned more, but they're more around the world of the story that the films have picked up. Maze Runner 3 is expected to see Wes Ball - who's helmed the first two films - calling the shots again. Dylan O'Brien will star, and the film is due in January 2017.
The Statham is back for The Mechanic 2, this time starring alongside Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Yeoh. Simon West has stepped back from directing though, and thus Dennis Gansel (The Follower, The Fourth State) has taken over.
The film will be released in summer 2016, over five years after the original movie.
Men In Black 4
So this one's taken a turn. Men In Black 3 cost Sony a lot of money, given that it needed to basically rejuvenate the series, and bring in a new audience for it. Soon after its release, it was revealed that Men In Black 4 was being planned. To the best of our knowledge, it's still a possible, but Sony may instead merge the sequel into a crossover with the Jump Street films. That, or it'll reboot, with plans for another trilogy being talked about.
Mission: Impossible 6
Paramount has high hopes for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, and as is almost customary with big franchises now, it's said to already have Mission: Impossible 6 moving. Tom Cruise stated recently that they may well shoot "next summer," meaning 2016, meaning we may see the film as soon as 2017. We'll let you know when we hear more.
Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie 2
To people outside of the UK and Ireland, you may well reasonably we wondering what the fuss is about over Mrs Brown's Boys: D'Movie. But it made a large fortune at the British box office in 2014, and star/writer Brendon O'Carroll has confirmed that a second film is in the works. BBC Films is also keen to make the movie, and it's a case of scheduling, it seems.
Need For Speed 2
The Need For Speed movie, starring Aaron Paul, struggled to win over critics, but it still drummed up some $200m of business. And with the Fast & Furious films in their sights, plans are afoot to get another Need For Speed movie, er, moving.
Funding this time is reportedly coming from a trio of Chinese companies, including the CHina Movie Channel, and whilst there’s no talent on board the picture yet, they’re working with Electronic Arts to push the Need For Speed sequel forward. Don’t be surprised if it turns out more reboot than sequel, though.
Now You See Me: The Second Act
A surprise hit back in 2013, Lionsgate is keen to capitalise on the success of Louis Leterrier's magic caper Now You See Me, and a sequel is on the way. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco lead the returning cast (Isla Fisher's pregnancy ruled her out of this one), with Daniel Radcliffe the most notable new addition to the call sheet. Jon M Chu has taken over directing duties from Louis Leterrir. The new film is due in June 2016.
Now You See Me 3
Call Lionsgate confident, but it's already also got the wheels in motion on a third Now You See Me picture. Early stages, of course, but Lionsgate boss Jon Feltheimer has already confirmed to investors and analysts that "we're already begun early planning for Now You See Me 3". If all goes to plan, a 2018 release date would be a decent bet.
Micro-budget horror Ouija took over $80m at the worldwide box office, and it didn't take long for a sequel to be ordered. Not that much is known about it. Ouija 2 is scheduled for October 2016, we know that much. Further details? We'll have to wait.
Pacific Rim 2
Universal is going to distribute this one rather than Warner Bros (courtesy of Legendary Entertainment moving their deal from one studio to the other), but the main thing here is that Guillermo del Toro is getting to make a sequel to Pacific Rim. Charlie Hunnam is set to return in the lead role, and del Toro has been working on a script with Zak Penn. The project is currently on hold, but is likely to happen.
Producer David Heyman has confirmed that plans are afoot for a sequel to the delightful family movie, Paddington. The trick will be getting director Paul King back involved (he's got at least two other films on his slate) and he's believed to be interested in a return (although he hasn't committed right now). So: early days.
Paranormal Activity 5
Entitled Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. we're hoping this one will pick things up from the ending of Paranormal Activity 4 (which, er, came out before Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones spin-off). Gregory Plotkin is making his directorial debut with the movie, which is earmarked for October 2015.
Pirates Of The Caribbean 5
This one's well into production now. Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 is now officially known as Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Johnny Depp leads the cast as Captain Jack Sparrow.
New directors are on board, with Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg calling the shots. The cast also features Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom, Javier Bardem, Geoffrey Rush and Brendon Thwaites. The movie is due in July 2017.
Pitch Perfect 3
Pitch Perfect? Hit. Pitch Perfect 2? Another hit. Soundtracks to the Pitch Perfect movies? Huge hits. Bottom line? Pitch Perfect 3 is already in the works.
Here's what we know: Kay Cannon, who penned the first two films, is working on the screenplay for this one. Furthermore, Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are already confirmed for Pitch Perfect 3, and we understand that Hailee Steinfeld is also committed to more films in the series. Whether Elizabeth Banks will direct again as well as produce is thus far unclear.
It was revealed in 2014 that writer/director Shane Black was working on a remake/reboot of the Predator series of movies. The franchise has laid dormant since the Robert Rodriguez-supervised Predators, and a Predators 2 had already fizzled out.
However, as it turns out, Black is less planning a reboot, more a sequel to Predator. Fred Dekker is penning the script, from Black's treatment, and then Black himself will direct the movie. It's still a few years' off, though.
The Princess Diaries 3
A third Princess Diaries film is apparently underway at Disney, although it's not clear yet whether Anne Hathaway will return to star in it. Debra Chase, the producer of the first two films, is set to direct this time around. The last film came out in 2004, and this one's still in the early stages of development.
Project X? Ah, we can't say we loved it. A teen comedy with a nasty edge to it, it nonetheless made a ton of money off a very low production budget. Warner Bros wanted, and is getting, a sequel. As such, Project XX is due in August 2016. Can. Not. Wait.
Originally slated to arrive in March 2016 (which seems a bit soon, now), Prometheus 2 will pick up at the end of the first movie, and Ridley Scott has confirmed it will be his next film.
Michael Green has been working on the screenplay, and we're told that it's likely to be set on Earth, and involve new monsters. So: potentially no xenomorphs.
Talking up Prometheus 2, Ridley Scott told FilmFutter (and it was later translated by ComingSoon) that "It will be in the one after this or maybe even a fourth film before we get back into the Alien franchise. The whole point of it is to explain the Alien franchise and to explain the how and why of the creation of the alien itself." The title of the new film is Alien: Paradise Lost.
So, yes - as you heard in the paragraph above - Mr Scott is plotting for Prometheus to potentially become a four-part franchise. Whether or not this actually happens surely depends on part 2's success.
The Purge 3
There was just about a year between the release of the promising but underwhelming The Purge, and its far more confident sequel, The Purge: Anarchy. There's a two year gap again before we get to see The Purge 3, which hopefully will find space for another sizeable Frank Grillo role. James DeMonaco is writing and directing again, for a July 2016 release.
Puss In Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves
The 2011 Shrek spin-off Puss In Boots gave DreamWorks Animation a good hit, but it's sure taking its time sorting a follow-up out. As it stands, Puss In Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves - which will bring Antonio Banderas back to voice the key kitty - is listed for December 2018. Chris Miller, who directed Shrek The Third and Puss In Boots, is attached to this one.