163 movie sequels currently in the works
From 23 Jump Street to Zootropolis 2, with 100s in-between, here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Latest additions: The Secret Life Of Pets 2 and Lights Out 2.
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 the 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.
300 (unnamed follow-ups)
“We’ve been talking a lot about sort of different incarnations of 300”, director/producer Zack Snyder has told Collider. “We’ve been talking about is there a way, possibly, we move out of Ancient Greece and use it as a framing device for other conflicts that happened throughout history. I think I mentioned that we talked about the Revolutionary War version, and we talked about the Alamo, and we’ve talked about there’s a battle in China, a ‘Lost Legion’ kind of concept, any of those kinds of things are on the table”.
As more concrete plans for 300's franchise expansion are released, we’ll be sure to let you know.
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.
Alien: Covenant / Prometheus 2
"Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN with ALIEN: COVENANT, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with PROMETHEUS -- and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction," the official synopsis for this one tells us.
It continues: "Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world -- whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition."
This one starts filming early in 2016. It'll be in cinemas in autumn 2017.
Alien: Covenant 2 / Prometheus 3
After Alien: Covenant, there will be "another one and then another one which will gradually drive into the back entrance of the film in 1979," Ridley Scott is quoted as saying.
"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," he mentioned in a different interview.
Alien: Covenant 3 /Prometheus 4
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.
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 - and possibly some other Scott-helmed films - first, by the looks of things. It'll be a few years before Blomkamp gets a go, at this rate.
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. Ascendant was slated to arrive in March 2017, but recent talk has pointed toward a TV follow-up instead. We'll keep you updated.
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.
Assassin’s Creed 2
Before the first one has even reached cinemas, UbiSoft and New Regency have announced that Michael Fassbender will return for a second Assassin’s Creed movie. Naturally, we won’t know much about the plot until we’ve seen where the first flick ends up.
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.
James Cameron is currently plotting one massive shoot that will see four Avatar sequels filmed at the same time. Avatar 2 is expected around Christmas 2018, with Avatar 3, Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 following on every second Christmas after that.
Avengers: Infinity War and its as-yet-untitled sequel
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. Will Smith is definitely on board now too. A Bad Boys 4 has already been mooted too.
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 on 2016. 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.
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 landed the lead role, and Harrison Ford will be back as Rick Deckard. Dave Bautista - of Guardians Of The Galaxy and Spectre - was recently added to the cast. It's out on January 12th 2018.
The Blair Witch trilogy will be completed with Adam Wingard's Blair Witch. It was made in secret under the title The Woods, and will reach cinemas in September. You can watch the trailer here.
Separate to Jason Bourne (in cinemas now) 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 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. The first trailer landed online recently.
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.
Din Mancini – who penned the original Child’s Play and its five subsequent sequels – has teased that a seventh film in the Chucky franchise is now underway. Early word has it that Chucky 7 could also bring back Jennifer Tilly and Fiona Dourif. It’s early days yet, but Mancini has promised that his creepy puppet creation will be back ‘soon’.
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 2017, though.
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 The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, the film is set for release on October 30th 2016 in the US. You can watch the new trailer by clicking right here.
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.
"There’s no doubt that we’re making a Creed 2," MGM CEO Gary Barber is quoted as saying, before the first film has even opened in the UK. "[Creed director] Ryan [Coogler] has some ideas of going forward and backward and actually seeing Rocky and Apollo together," Sly Stallone has tantalisingly teased.
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?
Daddy's Home 2
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg will reunite for more step-father-based squabbles in Daddy's Homes 2. John Cena could well make an appearance, if the ending to the first movie is anything to go by.
Before the first one even reached American cinemas, reports circulated that Deadpool was getting a sequel. Ryan Reynold's Wade Wilson - a merc with a a very big mouth - will return for more quips and violent kills, it would seem. This one could have Cable in it, according to the writers.
Dead Rising: Endgame
A sequel to Dead Rising: Watchtower, a zombie-focused videogame adaptation that enjoyed a digital-only release last year. The sequel has added Billy Zane and Jessica Harmon to its cast.
Despicable Me 3
Although the Minions spin-off occupyied the team at Illumination Entertainment for a while, there's still a full Despicable Me 3 on the way. It's due in cinemas in June 2017. Expect Gru.
Die Hard 6 / Die Hard: Year One
Another Die Hard film is on the way, and it's believed to be a Year One tale focusing on John McClane's pre-Nakatomi-Plaza antics. Our note to those involved: please make it better than the last one.
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 and promoting 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.