Latest update: Dredd 2 was removed. Someone had to call Time Of Death on that bad boy, and the relentless, piercing screech of the flatline was becoming too much to bear. Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 and Donnie Darko 2 were added.
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.
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…
Act Of Valour 2
Act Of Valour 2 – the follow-up to Mike McCoy and Scott Waugh’s 2012 war movie – was recently given a kick up the arse. Relativity Studios have brought in Storyoscopic Films to help get the film off the ground. It’s unknown at the moment who is returning from the first film, on either side of the camera.
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 looked to have lured Sigourney Weaver back for one more go as Ripley, in an intriguing-sounding Alien sequel that we’ve explored in more detail here, but he recently tweeted that the chances of it now happening were “slim.”
Angel Has Fallen
No, not the London tube station. The second sequel to Olympus Has Fallen will see Gerard Butler’s Mike Banning becoming the target of a terrorist plot. It’s believed that the angel of the title refers to Air Force One. Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt are currently working on the script.
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 even reached cinemas, UbiSoft and New Regency 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 (but since the box office was looking a bit shocking last time we checked, don’t count on them rushing it out).
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. The director recently announced that the writing process was done, and that a pre-production diary was in full swing.
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. Filming on the first movie started not so long back.
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 set for May 24th, 2019.
Following the success Bad Moms, we’ll get a spin-off looking at the dads’ naughty antics. Because there’s never been a film about men cutting loose before. Assuming it’s set in the same universe and takes place after the original film, this one’s still technically a sequel.
Bad Moms 2
If the last paragraph wasn’t to your liking, this one might fare a bit better: Bad Moms directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore have told CinemaBlend that their “goal right now, first and foremost, is to make Bad Moms 2. To find out a way to get the sequel off the ground.” More on that, and Bad Dads, as we hear it.
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 2049
Well, it’s definitely happening. Ridley Scott has handed directing duties for Blade Runner 2 over to Sicario and Prisoners helmer Denis Villeneuve. 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. You should also be aware that (whisper it, he can hear you) Jared Leto is on board. It’s out in October of this year, under the monniker Blade Runner 2049.
Separate to Jason Bourne (in cinemas recently) 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.
Cars 3 will park itself in cinemas in June 2017. Owen Wilson returns as Lightning McQueen, with Brian Fee making his directorial debut after working behind the scenes on the previous Cars movies.
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.
Don Mancini – who penned the original Child’s Play and its five subsequent sequels – is back. Early word has it that the seventh Chucky film, called Cult Of Chucky, could also bring back Jennifer Tilly and Fiona Dourif. Filming is currently underway.
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 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.
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.
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 will return for more quips and violent kills. Director Tim Miller won’t be back behind the camera, with John Wick co-director David Leitch stepping in to do the job instead. This one will have Cable in it, according to the writers and the post-credits sting from part 1.
Simon Kinberg has revealed that Deadpool 3 is also in development. Presumably, given the huge success of the first one, Fox want to cut down the gap between films by prepping part three while the second one is in development. Apparently, David Leitch will not be directing Deadpool 3, despite recently signing on for the Deadpool 2. Again, this could be a move from the studio to get Wade Wilson back on our screens quicker.
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.
Disenchanted (aka Enchanted 2)
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. Amy Adams will return, shooting is scheduled for summer 2017 and all going well it could be in cinemas the following year.
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.
Doctor Strange 2
Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson told us exclusively that he has plans for a sequel. He described the first flick as “the tip of an iceberg” before citing Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy as a perfect example of superhero sequels working well by bringing in a bigger villain (or two).
No progress recently, but 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.
Donnie Darko 2
Richard Kelly, who directed the original film, is looking to make a new sequel to his cult classic. It won’t be this year, as he’s got other plans, but it’s on the table.
Earth To Echo 2
Relativity Media have brought in Storyoscopic Films to help get a lot of sequel projects going. One of them is the follow-up to Earth To Echo, the 2015 Amblin-esque sci-fi film from David Green. The eponymous cute robot is sure to return, and we presume the young core cast will as well.
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. Director Doug Liman is set to return, and recently told IGN that the film will “revolutionise how people make sequels.”
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.