129 movie sequels currently in the works
From Marvel and DC through to Dolphins, LEGO and Schwarzenegger, here's our round-up of the movie sequels in active development...
Every year at Den Of Geek, we put together a list of all the movie sequels that seem to be in some form of active development. Some drop off each year due to prolonged inactivity. Some drop of because the film in question has finally happened. And yet in spite of this, this is our longest list yet. A sign of the times? It may just be.
Here then is our look at the upcoming sequels that the movie world - mainly Hollywood - has planned for you...
PLEASE NOTE: we don't like making people click lots of times to read an article, but due to the sheer length of this one, we've split it over three pages. Two reasons: it's a bit easier on our servers, and we've had requests from people who read the site on mobile devices to do this, as it makes this easier. Please be assured that article splitting is the exception rather than the norm for us.
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 is the commitment of Baltasar Kormakur to making the 2016 release, Everest. After that, if Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg are agreeable, then the film may happen.
Alan Partridge 2
The success of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa has paved the way for a second big screen adventure for Norwich's finest DJ. The news was confirmed by Henry Normal of production company Baby Cow (which he runs with Steve Coogan). The basic idea will be something akin to the documentary series Coast, albeit set in Norfolk. No timescales have thus far been announced.
Alice In Wonderland 2
Tim Burton won't be back for the sequel to his $1bn-grossing adaptation of Alice In Wonderland, with the director's chair instead being occupied by The Muppets and Muppets Most Wanted director James Bobin. He's already in pre-production on the film, which is due for release on May 27th 2016. Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Helen Bonham-Carter lead the returnees.
Alvin And The Chipmunks 4
Yep, this one's happening. It's due for release in December 2015 in the US - we have to wait, tragically, an extra month or two in the UK. There's no confirmed director yet.
American Pie 5
There's not been much progress on American Pie 5, but it's still believed to be active at Universal. The writers and directors of American Reunion, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, have been rehired to come up with the next instalment. And whilst there's not been much word since, American Pie 5 still appears to be a film Universal is after.
James Cameron is set to finally start shooting his Avatar sequels later this year. He's making Avatar 2, Avatar 3 and Avatar 4, and they're due for release in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang lead the returnees amongst the cast.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Production is underway on Joss Whedon's sequel to the third biggest film of all time, The Avengers. Familiar faces in the cast include Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans. Samuel L Jackson is set for a fleeting appearance, James Spader is to play Ultron, and Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson have been added to the line-up. The film is due for release in May 2015.
Bad Boys 3
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer still considers Bad Boys 3 to be an active project, although getting some time from director Michael Bay is proving to be a challenge. Bay is putting the finishing touches to Transformers 4 as we write this article, and then his intentions are unclear. It's also unclear as to whether Bruckheimer would push ahead without Bay on board.
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have to be persuaded too. One of those may be slightly easier to convince than the other. That said, Bruckheimer seems keen to make this happen, and he's now freed from his own Disney deal. Time will tell...
Bad Santa 2
Since we've been doing our annual round-up of sequels, Bad Santa 2 has been a regular feature. It's neither died a death, nor gone into production. The last update? Billy Bob Thornton, who remains keen to reprise the title role, said that script problems had held things up, but that it was going before the cameras later this year. "One way or another, the sequel will happen", he told The Observer.
If it doesn't, we'll check in with it again same time next year...
Ice Cube is involved in a plan to revive the Barbershop series of movies. Barbershop 3 will see him reprise his role from the earlier movies, and the project is currently scouting for writers. Early stages, but it looks like it'll happen.
Batman Vs Superman
Zack Snyder's sequel to Man Of Steel almost inevitably won't be called Batman Vs Superman in the end, but that's the working title the world seems to be using.
You probably know the score on this one already. Henry Cavill and Amy Adams lead the returnees from Man Of Steel, with Ben Affleck added as the new Batman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons as Alfred. Rumours persist that other DC heroes will feature, in what may be the build up to the long-mooted Justice League film.
Batman Vs Superman is due in May 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. The script is being penned by David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith. No firm dates have been announced thus far.
Beverly Hills Cop 4
A fourth Beverly Hills Cop film has been talked about for some time, but the idea was shelved a year or two back when Paramount instead explored a television series. Now, the film version is back on, as the television pilot wasn't picked up.
Jerry Bruckheimer is set to produce, and we can't imagine Eddie Murphy is going to turn down one of the few viable leading man paydays he seems to have left. So far, he's indicated that he will be back.
The new film will see Axel Foley head back to his Detroit roots. It's unclear at the moment if Brett Ratner - who was linked with directing - is still involved.
Bill & Ted 3
This one feels agonisingly close to happening, but the starting pistol still hasn't been fired. Both Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves have confirmed that Bill & Ted 3 is in the works, and Galaxy Quest helmer Dean Parisot was signed up to direct. It seems that nobody has stumped up the funds to make the film yet though, which would pick up Bill and Ted's story in the modern day. Hopefully, it's just a matter of time - especially given the clear enthusiasm of the leads for the new film.
Blade Runner 2
It's not clear yet whether Ridley Scott's Blade Runner follow-up will be a prequel or sequel, nor when he actually plans to slot it into his schedule. For many years, Ridley Scott's slate of projects has been one of the most packed of any major director - especially if he chooses to direct, rather than produce, Prometheus 2. That said, he does maintain that the new Blade Runner will "happen sooner or later".
As things stand, later is our guess.
Tony Gilroy won't be directing Jeremy Renner's second Bourne movie, with the decent box office but relatively savage reviews for The Bourne Legacy presumably a contributory factor there. Renner will be reprising the role of Aaron Cross in Bourne 5 though, which is set for release in August 2015. The film will be Matt Damon-less again, and with a bit of luck, it won't spend half an hour reminding us that he used to be in these films this time around.
This may be last chance saloon for the Bourne series, at least without paying a small fortune to director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon, neither of whom seem in any way keen to come back to the series.
Captain America 3
The massive opening weekend enjoyed by Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the US saw it nearly do Iron Man 3-scale numbers. If things continue as they are, you can expect Captain America 3 to top them. Joe and Anthony Russo are returning to direct, and Chris Evans will reprise the lead role. This is likely to be the last standalone Captain America film with him doing so.
The film is currently scheduled for May 2016, where it will open against Warner Bros' Batman Vs Superman. Fight....
No date as of yet for this one, short of the confirmation that Pixar will be making a second sequel to Cars. John Lasseter directed the first two, although Cars 2 is widely regarded as Pixar's weakest movie. The earliest we'd expect Cars 3 is 2017, but it'll probably arrive later than that.
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. Jay Chandasekhar, of Broken Lizard, is developing the project with them. The new film will see Cheech and Chong heading to a festival called the Burning Joint. That's all we know right now though.
Fox rejected the apparently darker screenplay for Chronicle 2 that was submitted by the writer of the first movie, Max Landis. Director of the first movie meanwhile, Josh Trank, is busy making Fantastic Four for the studio. Chronicle 2, then, has now been put in the hands of Jack Stanley. He's been very recently hired to write the script for the film, but there's no clue yet as to who will direct, and which of the original's cast will be back.
Chronicles Of Narnia: The Silver Chair
Every time you think the Narnia movie series is over, along come plans for another one. Early plans in this case, but the next of C S Lewis' Narnia books to be adapted for the screen will be The Silver Chair. This is a change of the original plan, as The Magician's Nephew had been lined up. But Walden Media's deal with The C S Lewis Company ended, and The Mark Gordon Company has taken over the series. Expect the new Narnia film to be a very different, entirely recast beast when it finally arrives.
Kevin Smith remains committed to Clerks III, but he's moved it down his schedule a little to focus on one or two other projects. Specifically, he wants to shoot his holiday anthology feature Comes The Krampus beforehand. He's got the small matter of the hugely-promising Tusk to release too.
Clerks III is still happening, and may well shoot before the year is out.
A film that's being quietly developed at Warner Bros, with Scott Z Burns - the writer of the first film - taking on a producer role. If this one does finally escape development hell, then Steven Soderbergh definitely won't be directing. The whole project sounds like a long shot, in truth.
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2
Woo-ping Yuen has been directing Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny. Starring Donnie Yen and Michelle Yeoh, the film is set to be tonally very different from Ang Lee's Oscar-winning original. It may sneak out before the end of the year, but an early 2015 release seems more likely.
Despicable Me 3
The minions of Despicable Me have their own spin-off movie coming in 2015. But there's also a full Despicable Me 3 on the way as well. Universal and Illumination Entertainment are lining the film up for 2017, and Ken Daurio is working on a script.
Die Hard 6
As crappy as it was, A Good Day To Die Hard still took in enough money to leave Fox undeterred about making Die Hard 6. If it does happen, it's likely to be the last time Bruce Willis plays the role of John McClane. Hopefully - and this is a forlorn hope really - it'll be a more contained film, more in keeping with the suspense thriller origins of the first. More likely, though, is that John McClane blasts aliens in space, so far has plausibility been left behind.
Die Hard 6 is believed to still be at the writing stage.
A film that sprung back onto the radar last year, a sequel to 2004's Dodgeball now seems to be back in development. Clay Tarver has been hired to write a script for the movie, which would probably reunited Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. There's doubt as to whether Rawson Marshall Thurber would direct again, but until the script is done, that's a bridge that doesn't need crossing.
Dolphin Tale 2
The sequel to the 2011 original gets an October 2014 release. Ashley Judd stars with Morgan Freeman and Harry Connick Jr. Charlies Martin Smith, who penned the screenplay, directs. He made the first film too. There's not much else you need to know...
As we chatted about in this article, Alex Garland and Karl Urban remain keen to make a sequel to Dredd. The first film struggled at the box office, but did better business on disc. A very active fan campaign for Dredd 2 has played its part too.
Garland's immediate priority is his directorial debut, Ex Machina, but after that he's reportedly turning his attention to getting Dredd 2 made. We wish him the best of luck.
Dumb And Dumber To
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are returning to the roles of Lloyd and Harry in a very belated sequel to the Farrelly Brothers' Dumb And Dumber. The new film will pick up 20 years on, with the pair searching for a long lost child. Peter and Bobby Farrelly are directing again, and the film is out at the end of the year.
Fantastic Four 2
Director Josh Trank might be deep in work on 2015's Fantastic Four reboot at the moment, but 20th Century Fox - keen to retain the rights - has already earmarked a release date for Fantastic Four 2. It's set for release on July 14th 2017. It's unclear whether Trank himself will return, but the key cast are all locked down for multiple movies.
Fast & Furious 7
Shooting has recommenced on Fast & Furious 7, which has now been rescheduled for release in April 2015. Paul Walker's death has led to some sizeable retooling work on the film, but his character remains a part of the movie. Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Kurt Russell also feature, and James Wan has taken over directing duties from Justin Lin. More Fast & Furious movies are planned once this one is done.
Pixar is hard at work on its sequel to Finding Nemo, which this time will focus on the character of Dory, as voiced by Ellen DeGeneres. Albert Brooks is reprising voicing duties too, and original helmer Andrew Stanton is set to direct. Pixar has earmarked the film for release on June 17th 2016 in the US.
G.I. Joe 3
The reviews continue to be scathing, but the box office continues to be encouraging. As such, Paramount has ordered G.I. Joe 3, which is in the scripting stages. It looks as if a conflict may lead to G.I. Joe 2 director Jon M Chu passing on the project. Dwayne Johnson will be back for the third film though. It's set to shoot from the start of next year.
The tragic death of Harold Ramis earlier this year has in turn led to Ivan Reitman pulling out of directing Ghostbusters 3. He remains involved in producing the film, and choosing his successor.
It seems a given that Bill Murray won't be back for Ghostbusters 3, but Dan Aykroyd will, and he's been actively involved in developing the new film. The script has been penned by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, and it involves the passing of the torch from one generation of Ghostbusters to another.
Shooting is set to begin in late 2014, or more likely early 2015. Promisingly, The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street's Chris Miller and Phil Lord have been linked with directing the film.