165 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...
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 Beasts & Where To Find Them 2 & 3
Work has already begun on the follow-up to Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them. J.K. Rowling has penned the script for part two of a planned trilogy. Of course, if the first one flops (which it probably won't), this plan could change.
Fantastic Four 2
Fox, at one time, committed itself to a June 2017 release date for a sequel to its Fantastic Four reboot. More recently, it looks a lot like this one's been quitely binned. It's seems more like it's stuck in limbo, while Fox decides what to do next.
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, while F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) will take James Wan's place in the director's chair.
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. Shooting/recording is set to begin in later March 2016.
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.
Godzilla Vs King Kong
As you might expect from the title, this film will bring Godzilla (the version from Gareth Edwards' films) and King Kong (the one from Kong: Skull Island, out in 2017) together for a big bust-up. This film is helmed by Warner Bros, and should arrive on screens in 2020 if all goes to plan.
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.
The first Goosebumps movie is a treat, and Sony wants a franchise. It's signed up all their core cast for sequels, according to a Tracking Board report. At the moment, we don't know much about the story, besides the fact that it will follow on from the first one, obviously.
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. We looked at it in more detail here.
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.
Recently, there was talk of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 getting ditched in favour of a TV show. If that talk turns into an official announcement, we'll remove this one from the list.
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. Even accepting that Pacific Rim 2 has seemingly hit the skids.
High School Musical 4
A fourth instalment in the previously-headlined-by-Zac-Effron High School Musical franchise is currently at the casting stage. It’s a Disney Channel project, so could end up on telly rather than cinema screens. Jeffrey Hornaday of the Teen Beach films is directing.
Hotel Transylvania 3
"Hotel Transylvania 3 is going to happen without me," director Genndy Tartakovsky has confirmed."Two is enough. I have a lot of other ideas and I kind of have to express them and have them come out," he added. Let's hope that the franchise can stay on track without his visual flair, which remains one of the best features of the first two films.
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...
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: Resurgence
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
Disney certainly has plans for Indiana Jones 5. Harrison Ford will return to the lead role and Steven Spielberg will direct again. David Koepp is working on a script, and the film is expected in cinemas in June 2019. No one has mentioned Shia LaBeouf yet.
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. It's due in October 2016.
John Wick: Chapter Two
The excellent John Wick may not have made hundreds of trillions of dollars, but it made enough to get a sequel off the ground. John Wick: Chapter Two will see Reeves return, along with writer Derek Kolstad, and directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski.
John Wick: Chapter Two will arrive in American Cinemas on February 10th 2017. Common, Ruby Rose, Ian McShane, Laurence Fishburne, Bridget Moynahan and John Leguizamo are among the cast.
Keanu Reeves had promised that the film will explore "the world behind the world in terms of the assassins" as well as "evolving the action". In Reeves' words, "if the first one was a black belt, then this one is third degree black belt."
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.
The Jungle Book 2
Jon Favreau's take on The Jungle Book looks to be a hit with film critics and the paying public alike. Of course, then, Disney has put a sequel into production. Favreau is in talks to return to the director's chair.
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.
Jurassic World 3
And after Jurassic World 2, we'll get Jurassic World 3 - Mr Trevorrow is currently working on concepts for both. Of both sequels, he said that "it’s about using this as a starting point for a much larger story about our relationship with these animals and about animals in general and the dynamic created by bringing them back to life." You can read more about them, here.