Everything you need to know about these upcoming sequels

If we know anything about the movie industry, it's Hollywood loves its sequels. We're constantly bombarded with trailers, posters, and concept art for franchise films, but on the flip side, there are quite a few part twos that have successfully stayed under the radar. From indie comedies to Biblical epics, let's take a look at some of the sequels you didn't know were being made.

The Accountant 2

Anybody remember The Accountant? Starring Ben Affleck as a money man on the autism spectrum who handles the financials for mobsters and terrorists (when he's not killing people, anyway), this little thriller slipped under the radar when it hit theaters in 2016, only grossing $86 million domestically on a $44 million budget. And as for the critics, they were pretty much divided straight down the middle, giving the film a 52 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In other words, this wasn't a movie screaming for a sequel, but Warner Bros. evidently saw potential for a part two. According to Deadline, Ben Affleck is eyeing a return as savant sniper Christian Wolff, and he's not the only actor who could come back for a second installment. It appears Jon Bernthal might reprise the role of Brax, a rival hitman who's actually Christian's long-lost brother. Plus, Warner Bros. is rounding up original director Gavin O'Connor and original screenwriter Bill Dubuque. At the moment, there are no details about the plot, but if nothing else, we know Ben Affleck will cook a few books and shoot a bunch of bad guys.

The Craft 2

In May 2015, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Sony was set to remake The Craft, the black magic cult classic from 1996. But as it turns out, that initial report wasn't 100 percent accurate. Instead, the filmmakers are taking the Jurassic World approach, setting the film in the same universe but 20 years after the first film, making it something of a quasi-sequel.

"There will be callbacks to the original movie," Wick explained to HitFix, "so you will see there is a connection between what happened in the days of The Craft, and how these [new characters] come across this magic many years later."

Leigh Janiak of Honeymoon will be directing, and she also wrote the original draft of the screenplay, along with Phil Graziadei, which was then touched up a tad by Daniel Casey (who previously did some work on 10 Cloverfield Lane). As for actresses, we don't know yet who's joining the high school coven, but since this thing is going to be sequel, here's hoping the original cast will bring back some of the old magic by showing up in supporting roles.

Labyrinth 2

The trippy James Henson fantasy Labyrinth has a diehard following, and David Bowie's bulge has spawned more than a few think pieces written by amorous fans. So making a sequel to Henson's final film would be a pretty intimidating task, but Fede Alvarez is up to the challenge.

Since Alvarez is best known for directing Don't Breathe and the Evil Dead remake, he'll probably do just fine recreating the eerie atmosphere from the original (yeah, we're talking about the "junk lady"). He's also writing the script with Jay Basu, who's helping him out with The Girl in the Spider's Web. At the moment, there aren't any plot details, other than the fact this film will take place in the same crazy universe. But rest assured, Labyrinth fans, there won't be another actor filling in for David Bowie. It's impossible for anyone to replace Ziggy Stardust (with perhaps the exception of Jemaine Clement), so Jareth the Goblin King will not appear in the upcoming sequel.

And sure, the idea of someone tampering with such a beloved movie is kind of frightening, but Alvarez is approaching this film as a true fan. As he explained to Deadline, "Labyrinth is one of the seminal movies from my childhood that made me fall in love with filmmaking," so at the moment, it certainly looks like we're in good hands.

Coming to America 2

Moviegoers only familiar with bombs like The Adventures of Pluto Nash might be surprised to learn that Eddie Murphy was once the undisputed king of comedy. In addition to his gig on SNL, Murphy starred in movies like 48 Hours, Trading Places, and Beverly Hills Cop. And then, of course, there was Coming to America, a comedy about an African prince traveling to the US in search of a wife. The first film in which Murphy played multiple characters, it made a killing at the box office, and some have labeled it the actor's "last great movie."

Perhaps hoping to seize a bit more of that Zamundan glory, it seems Murphy might be eyeing a Coming to America sequel. The rumors started swirling in March 2017, when Murphy fans noticed something strange on the comedian's Twitter account. It appeared he'd posted a still from the original movie, a photo of Vanessa Bell in her famous gold dress, complete with a caption that read, "Coming to America sequel?" However, the tweet was quickly taken down…as was Murphy's Twitter account.

After the surprise announcement, it was revealed that Murphy doesn't actually run the Eddie Murphy Twitter page, and some have wondered if the account was hacked. However, TMZ claimed that despite the social media kerfuffle, Murphy really is interested in Coming to America 2. The gossip site says he's currently working on the story, and as for his Twitter account vanishing, TMZ says "that's most likely because…there was a plan to post something like this, but it wasn't supposed to happen yet."

Then in September 2017, Deadline confirmed that director Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies50/50) was joining forces with Black-ish showrunner Kenya Barris to actually get this movie going. Oddly enough, Murphy hasn't officially signed on yet, although everybody fully expects him to return to the role. It's been one bizarre roller coaster of a ride since the film hit theaters in 1988, but now, it finally looks like Prince Akeem is actually coming back to the silver screen.

Eastern Promises 2 - Body Cross

Certain movies just scream for a sequel—you gotta have The Dark Knight after Batman Begins—but other follow-ups aren't quite so obvious. Take The Godfather, for example. After that door swung shut on Diane Keaton's face, who would've expected more to the story? Of course, Godfather II is often considered just as good as the original…so perhaps that's what the creative brains behind Eastern Promises are hoping for.

Best known for its crazy bathhouse fight scene (where Viggo Mortensen bares it all for the world to see), this David Cronenberg mafia movie doesn't seem like the kind of picture that would have a part two, but a blood-soaked sequel has been in the works for quite some time. In 2012, Cronenberg told The Playlist he "really wanted to see Nikolai (Mortensen) go back to Russia" where he would dig even deeper into the ink-stained underworld. Unfortunately, the director admitted that even though original screenwriter Steve Knight had written an "ambitious" and "lovely" script, the folks at Focus Features "couldn't agree on a budget," forcing Cronenberg to pull out.

The forgotten project popped up again in 2014, when Knight told IndieWire that "the script for the second one is much better than the first." But there was no word on whether or not the movie would ever get made until January 2017; when casting site My Entertainment World reported that the Eastern Promises sequel—titled Body Cross—was set to begin filming in March 2017. The database also gave a little plot description, claiming that the story picks up right after the events of the first film, implying that Mortensen and Vincent Cassel are both making their return to the Russian mob. And who knows? Maybe Mortensen will finally get that little gold statue this time around.

The Equalizer 2

Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington has been acting onscreen since 1977—and in those 40 years, he's never starred in a sequel. That's kind of shocking, especially during an era in which every other movie belongs to some cinematic universe. But Washington has finally tossed his hat into the franchise ring to revive the character of Robert McCall, the literature-loving hit man with a thing for murdering Russian mobsters.

Officially announced in April 2015, it seems The Equalizer 2 is getting the band back together. Not only is Washington coming back, but Antoine Fuqua is returning as director, and Richard Wenk is writing the screenplay. Bill Pullman and Melissa Leo are also reprising their roles, and newcomer Ashton Sanders of Moonlight is set to play a main character who, according to Deadline, looks up to Robert McCall as a "father figure." As for the bad guy, Pedro Pascal of Narcos and Game of Thrones is the man playing Denzel's nemesis, and the film is set to hit theaters on July 20, 2018.

So how did producer Todd Black get Washington to agree to a sequel? As Black told Collider, the star has "always wanted to do a franchise, and he liked the Bourne movies, the earlier ones." It seems Washington is hoping to follow in Matt Damon's world-traveling footsteps, but Fuqua has some pretty big plans too. When talking about possibly filming in IMAX, Black said, "[Fuqua] has a whole thing that he's planning…with this new effect that he's doing, which I can't talk about, but it's frickin' so cool you won't believe it."

Denzel Washington murdering people and cool effects we won't believe? We'll wait in line for that.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2 – The Girl in the Spider's Web

Before David Fincher came along, Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy had already been adapted into a successful Swedish film franchise starring Noomi Rapace. Of course, Hollywood also wanted to take a crack at the bestselling series, so in 2011, Rooney Mara morphed into Lisbeth Salander, complete with multiple piercings. The actress teamed up with Daniel Craig, and together, the two impressed critics with their performances in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Unfortunately, the film didn't earn enough to impress studio executives, and while Sony spent a bit of time working on The Girl Who Played with Fire, the sequel never made it to the screen. However, in March 2017—two years after announcing they'd started developing the project—the studio started moving again on The Girl in the Spider's Web, a Lisbeth Salander novel written by David Lagercrantz, the guy who took over the series after Larsson's untimely death.

However, Larsson isn't the only big name no longer associated with the series. The new film is going to be helmed by Fede Alvarez, the brains behind Don't Breathe and the 2013 Evil Dead reboot. And Craig isn't reprising his role as journalist Mikael Blomkvist, either, as the actor allegedly wanted a raise for any sequels, and Sony wants to keep the budget down. But perhaps most importantly, the studio plans on recasting the leather-clad protagonist, and while there were rumors of perhaps Natalie Portman or Scarlett Johansson getting the gig, the part ultimately went to Claire Foy, best known for playing Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix series The Crown.

And yeah, watching her play Lisbeth is going to be a little bit different than watching her play Elizabeth.

So what's the storyline? Well, assuming it sticks close to the book, Salander and Blomkvist will find themselves involved in a crazy plot that involves missing artificial intelligence, an autistic kid who's witnessed a murder, a group of crooks known as the Spider Society, and everybody from the NSA to the Russian mob. We also know that Lakeith Stanfield of Short Term 12Get Out, and Death Note is set to star, possibly as an NSA agent hunting down Salander. It certainly sounds like Alvarez will have his work cut out finding time for all these characters, but nevertheless, the man sounds pretty excited, saying, "Lisbeth Salander is the kind of character any director dreams of bringing to life."

The Passion of the Christ 2 – The Resurrection

With the success of Hacksaw Ridge, Mel Gibson is enjoying something of a comeback. So it makes sense that Gibson wants to stay in the limelight by revisiting his most successful film: The Passion of the Christ. The first film focused on the last hours of Jesus Christ's life, following the holy man as he undergoes torture after torture before his death on a cross. It wasn't exactly an upbeat film, but despite the gore, The Passion became—and still holds the title—of highest-grossing R-rated film in U.S. history.

With that kind of money involved, it's easy to see why Gibson is interested in part two, and back in June 2016, it was reported that Braveheart scribe Randall Wallace was working on the screenplay. Things got even more real just a few months later, when Gibson attended a Christian event in California where he admitted that, yeah, he was totally working on a sequel, a "huge undertaking" that would be called The Resurrection.

In November 2016, Gibson went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and took a few questions about his upcoming project, explaining that we shouldn't expect The Resurrection anytime soon as it's such a "big subject" that the film is "likely still three years out." Of course, Colbert was also puzzled by the potential plot. If you're familiar with the New Testament, then you know Christ's resurrection only takes a couple of pages, and there aren't any really dramatic low points or bad guys involved. When pressed about the story, Gibson said the film would focus on Jesus's descent into Hell, where he supposedly spent three days before returning to Earth.

As for villains, the director promised Christ would be going mano y mano with villains "in another realm," so it looks like Jim Caviezel (if he returns, no word on that yet) might have to tangle with some demons. Yeah, this sounds like it might be a crazy one, and Gibson promises it'll "get your imagination going."

What We Do in the Shadows 2 – We're Wolves

While he'd already won attention with movies like Boy and Eagle vs. Shark, director Taika Waititi really broke into the cinematic consciousness with his supernatural mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows. Starring Waititi and fellow New Zealander Jemaine Clement, this improv-heavy comedy tells the story of three vampire roommates just trying to get by (and get dinner) in the 21st century. The film wound up on multiple "best of the year" lists, and since then, Waititi has gone on to direct a little indie picture you've probably never heard of called Thor: Ragnarok. But despite his new job with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Waititi is still eyeing a return to the world of the undead.

In January 2016, Waititi told Crave Online that his Shadows sequel will focus on the werewolf pack led by actor Rhys Darby (werewolves, not swear-wolves). In fact, he's already got a clever title ready to go, saying, "It's going to be called We're Wolves, like, 'We are wolves.'" In June, the director explained the plot would focus on a power struggle between Darby's alpha male and Stuart Rutherford's recently transformed computer programmer.

However, Waititi has explained that making We're Wolves is going to take a while. Speaking with IGN, the director said he was working on the story with Jemaine Clement, but "the Jemaine and Taika works is a very long and slow machine….We put an idea in one end, and it takes about six years to come out the other end. And sometimes it doesn't even come out." In other words, We're Wolves is still currently creeping its way through the creative "sausage maker," but if you need your Shadows fix sooner than later, keep an eye out for Waititi's spinoff TV show, Paranormal Event Response Unit, a New Zealand series that will focus on the two bumbling cops from the original film who are incompetently trying to keep the forces of darkness at bay.

The Rocketeer 2 – The Rocketeers

When The Rocketeer flew into theaters in 1991, it found itself squashed between Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the two highest-grossing movies of the year. As a result, the Joe Johnston superhero flick took a major pummeling, essentially killing Disney's hope of establishing an Indiana Jones-style franchise. But over the years, this World War II-era adventure has picked up something of a cult following, inspiring the House of Mouse to finally revisit The Rocketeer universe. Only this time, it looks like Cliff Secord is taking page from the Luke Skywalker playbook, vanishing into the background so a new generation can take over.

Evidently, a Rocketeer sequel has been brewing for some time, with gossip spreading across the internet in 2012. But things were made officially official in July 2016, with Disney announcing The Rocketeers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new film will take place about six years after the events of the original film, and Cliff Secord has mysteriously disappeared. This time, a new pilot will be putting on the Rocketeer's streamlined helmet, only our new protagonist will be an African-American woman. And instead of facing Nazis, she'll find herself in the middle of some serious Cold War intrigue with an evil rocket scientist trying to get his hands on the all-powerful jetpack. Since we're living in the age of the superhero, we've got our fingers crossed that this sequel will fare a whole lot better than its 1991 forefather.

Edge of Tomorrow 2

The Groundhog Day of alien invasion movies, Edge of Tomorrow is one of the best sci-fi films in recent memory. Starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, this Doug Liman flick focuses on a cowardly major who finds himself reliving the same day over and over; unfortunately, said day involves an army of extraterrestrials dead set on conquering Earth. But while the film earned rave reviews, it was a major financial disappointment. Coupled with an open-and-shut ending, it didn't really seem like Edge of Tomorrow would awaken from its box-office death to find itself on theater screens yet again…but it looks like a certain Scientologist has different ideas.

According to original screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, Cruise started pitching a sequel while filming Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation. Things really started getting legitimate in April 2016, when McQuarrie joined forces with Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse (the duo who wrote the Jesse Owens biopic Race) to craft a new timey-wimey screenplay. And while Emily Blunt initially voiced a bit of skepticism—"I'm terrified of sequels," she told Uproxx—it seems she's reprising her role as the no-nonsense action hero Rita Vrataski.

Sadly, Bill Paxton was all set to return as the mustachioed Master Sgt. Farell, but the beloved actor passed away in February 2017. Nevertheless, the show must go on, and Liman is returning to the director's chair. He also seems pretty stoked about the new film, claiming part two "much better than the original film." He also insists this will be an unconventional movie, explaining "it's a sequel that's a prequel." So will the film jump back and forth in time a la The Godfather Part II? Whatever Liman means, we're super intrigued, especially since he promises Edge of Tomorrow 2 is "going to revolutionize how people make sequels."

Sicario 2: Soldado

As the man behind Hell or High Water and the upcoming Wind River, Taylor Sheridan is quickly becoming one of the most important screenwriters working today. Pretty much everything he touches turns to gold, which is why we're so excited to check out Soldado, the sequel to Sheridan's 2015 thriller Sicario.

Directed by Italian filmmaker Stefano Sollima, Soldado could potentially one-up the first film, as Sollima claims the sequel "will be much more cinematic than Sicario was." The director also promises an "incredible amount of huge action sequences." Sheridan is also pretty psyched, claiming Soldado is "ten times more unsentimental [than Sicario], more vicious, and really effective. In other words, it's going to be Sicario "on steroids."

Unfortunately for Emily Blunt fans, the actress isn't coming back as FBI Agent Kate Macer because, as Sheridan explains, there isn't anywhere else for her character to go. "What do you do next?" he rhetorically asked The Wrap. "She moves to some little town and becomes a sheriff and then gets kidnapped and then we have Taken?" Obviously, the answer is no, because the character's arc is "complete."

So who will the film focus on? Well, Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro are returning as the mysterious government agents who enforce the law with rather shady tactics. And evidently, things are going to get a lot bloodier this time around. As Sheridan puts it, they don't "have a chaperone" now, so they're hunting down druglords without anyone to rein them in. However, according to producer Basil Iwanyk, the timeline is going to be a little fuzzy, as we won't know if Soldado (which means "soldier," by the way) takes place before or after the events of the first film.

On the flip side, we know the film, set to arrive in theaters June 29, 2018, is going to feature Isabela Moner, Catherine Keener, and Jeffrey Donovan—and it'll also feel incredibly relevant. As Sheridan puts it, "People are gonna think I have a crystal ball—I don't—but the current political activities are oddly timely to what Soldado confronts."

48 Meters Down

Granted, 47 Meters Down wasn't exactly Jaws, but audiences gobbled up the shark-infested film anyway. This indie thriller was made for a mere $5.5 million, and it earned over $53 million worldwide—and naturally, with that kind of return, the filmmakers were only too happy to make another trip into the ocean. Only this time, the film's setting is moving from Mexico to Brazil, and instead of 47 meters, we're going 48 Meters Down.

Evidently that one extra meter makes a big difference, as producer James Harris has promised the sequel "will take the claustrophobia of cave diving and the thrill of shark encounters and move everything to the next level." Writer-director Johannes Roberts is returning, and while the film will focus on a different set of snacks—uh—heroes, you can probably guess the basics of the plot: a group of girls go searching for underwater ruins, and they run into some very hungry fish. There will be swimming, there will be screaming, and there will be a lot of sharks. What more do you want?

3 From Hell

Widely considered Rob Zombie's best film, The Devil's Rejects managed to impress Roger Ebert and score $19 million on a budget of just $7 million. Not bad for a movie about a bunch of serial killers cutting throats and skinning faces on their road trip across Texas. Unfortunately for fans of the Firefly family, the movie ends with the clan going out in a blaze of glory…but that's not going to stop Zombie from directing a third bloodsoaked film.

According to Bloody Disgusting, Zombie plans on reuniting his redneck rapists, although it's possible the film could be a prequel since the terrible threesome are, you know, dead. It's also not clear when the movie will arrive, but in March of 2018, Zombie revealed he'd started production and confirmed the new installment's title as 3 From Hell. Sheri Moon Zombie and Bill Moseley will reprise their roles as Vera-Ellen "Baby" Firefly and Otis Driftwood, while Sid Haig is reportedly also on board as Captain Spaulding — so if you're dying to see these killers murder another bunch of helpless victims, you should get your chance incredibly soon.

Die Hard 6 – Die Hard: Year One

Die Hard is possibly the greatest action movie of the '80s. In fact, it's one of the best action flicks ever made. But let's be honest: the series has suffered in recent years, with the last film bombing with critics and tanking at the domestic box office. So fingers crossed that Die Hard 6—a.k.a. Die Hard: Year One—can bring a bit of fun back to the franchise.

According to Len Wiseman (who directed Live Free and Die Hard), the new film will jump back and forth in time, similar to The Godfather Part II. In one timeline, we'll have Bruce Willis squaring off against some terrorists. In another, there will be a younger John McClane patrolling the streets of 1970s New York. There's no word yet on who will play the younger McClane (is Joseph Gordon-Levitt busy?), but according to a 2010 interview Willis did with Showbiz Spy, this may be the last time we hear him utter his iconic yippee ki-yay.

Beetlejuice 2

If you say "Beetlejuice" three times, then you just might summon up a sequel to Tim Burton's 1988 cult classic. Over the past few years, there's been a lot of talk about a potential part two, and according to Collider, filmmaker Seth Grahame-Smith even approached Burton during the filming of Dark Shadows with an idea. So far, the ghost with the most has failed to materialize on movie screens, but according to Deadline, the bio-exorcist might be planning a big comeback.

As it turns out, screenwriter Mike Vukadinovich has been tapped to rewrite Grahame-Smith's screenplay, so Warner Bros. is definitely still interested in making Beetlejuice 2 happen. Vukadinovich has written scripts for movies and TV shows like Rememory, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, and Runaways; as of right now, there's no word on whether or not Burton and Keaton will sign onto the project, but don't give up hope. According to Deadline, the two are definitely "excited" about the idea. So after so many years of waiting for Beetlejuice 2, maybe it's finally showtime.

Lucy 2

Scientific accuracy aside, Lucy was a pretty solid sci-fi flick. After all, who doesn't want to watch a super-powered Scarlett Johansson beat up a bunch of gangsters? Well, writer-director Luc Besson must feel the same way, because he wants to bring Lucy back for part two.

According to Screen Rant, the French filmmaker has already finished a screenplay, and his studio, EuropaCorp, may start on the project soon to make up for the money lost due to Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. If you've seen the first film, then you know things took a very weird turn for our hyper-intelligent hero, so it'll be interesting to see how Lucy returns. Johansson hasn't signed onto the project yet, but it seems likely that Lucy 2 won't move ahead without the A-list actress.

Men in Black spinoff

It's been over five years since the Men in Black last saved Earth from an alien threat, but now Sony plans on bringing the agents back to theaters. According to Deadline, the studio has their calendar marked for May 17, 2019, but don't expect to see Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones—J and K won't be returning. Instead, the film will focus on a new cast of characters. As Deadline explains, the studio wants to do a spinoff similar "to the way that Jurassic World rebooted and expanded [the Jurassic Park] franchise." At the moment, there are no actors or directors attached, but hey, if you had your heart set on the Men in Black/21 Jump Street mash-up movie, don't worry. Sony is still working on that one too.

Creed 2

After some lovably weird entries and some pretty serious misfires, the Rocky franchise came out swinging in the seventh round, giving us Creed, the second-best film of the series. Written and directed by Ryan Coogler, the movie impressed critics, won over audiences, and earned Sylvester Stallone an Oscar nod. It also pushed Coogler and leading man Michael B. Jordan into the mainstream. And now it looks like Jordan will be pulling on his boxing gloves again, only he'll be working with a different director for his upcoming rematch.

After Sylvester Stallone initially announced he would direct, Variety reported the Italian Stallion would step aside and give directorial duties to Steven Caple Jr., a complete unknown to mainstream audiences. As for the script, it was written by Stallone and Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari, and according to Collider, the film will revolve around Adonis Creed (Jordan) and "the man who killed his father, Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren)." In other words, Stallone is going back to Rocky IV for inspiration, which is odd considering the fourth film is just so bizarre. It's got super Russians, robot servants, and doesn't fit with the serious tone established in the first Creed. 

Adding to the weirdness, it looks like Creed will be squaring off against Ivan Drago's son, and as confirmed by Sylvester Stallone, the part of Drago Jr. will go to Florian "Big Nasty" Munteanu, a Romanian boxer who's quite a bit bigger than Michael B. Jordan. All this news is incredibly strange, but hopefully, despite that troubling Rocky IV connection, Creed 2 will be a real knockout when it hits theaters on November 21, 2018.

Murder on the Orient Express 2 - Death on the Nile

While it received mixed reviews from critics, Murder on the Orient Express killed it at the box office, earning a worldwide total of $339 million against a production budget of $55 million. With that kind of cash, it makes total sense that Hercule Poirot and his epic facial hair will be making a return to the silver screen. Only this time, instead of taking a train ride across the wintry European landscape, he'll be taking a boat ride through the deserts of Egypt.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Agatha Christie fans can expect to see Death on the Nile sailing into theaters in the near future. Based on the 1973 novel, this new adventure will follow Poirot as he tries to solve a murder on a riverboat that's cruising—you guessed it—down the Nile. It looks like Kenneth Branagh will both direct and play the mustachioed detective, although we don't know yet who will fill out the rest of the cast. However, we do know that Michael Green will be writing the screenplay. Not only did he pen Orient Express, but he also wrote Logan, Blade Runner 2049, and all eight episodes of American Gods. In other words, it's safe to say we can expect a pretty solid script.

Shaft 2

Who is the man that would risk his neck for his brother, man? If you answered "Shaft," then you answered correctly. The Oscar-winning franchise got started in 1971 with Richard Roundtree playing the black private dick who's a sex machine to all the chicks. Several sequels later, the series was rebooted in 2000 with Samuel L. Jackson playing Roundtree's nephew. Now, nearly 20 years later, Jackson is returning as John Shaft II. Only this time, he'll be joining forces with his son, John Shaft Jr.

Yeah, there are a lot of different Shafts running around.

The son will be played Jessie T. Usher, and Shaft Jr. will be an FBI agent trying to solve the murder of his friend. Up against the proverbial wall, Shaft Jr. will be forced to team up with his estranged NYPD detective dad (Jackson). Together, the two will take down a drug cartel, all while being incredibly cool. The film will be directed by Tim Story (the Ride Along movies), will be written by Alex Barnow and Kenya Barris (Black-ish), and will feature names like Alexandra Shipp, Regina Hall, Cliff "Method Man" Smith, Matt Lauria, and Richard Roundtree himself. Can you dig it?

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai 2

Directed by Jim Jarmusch, Ghost Day: The Way of the Samurai was a bizarre little film that featured Forest Whitaker as a homeless hitman who works for the Mafia and practices the way of Bushido. It was a strange but incredibly cool concept. However, Ghost Dog ends in a way that…well…doesn't necessarily suggest a sequel is on the horizon. But according to hip hop artist RZA—who did the incredible soundtrack for the first film—part two might actually be on the way.

Talking with Telerama (via Birth.Movies.Death) RZA confessed, "Jim Jarmusch, my good buddy, and Forest Whitaker, have both signed on with me and another writer named Dallas Jackson to executive produce another Ghost Dog. And we already have something written. So maybe Ghost Dog will make its way back to the silver screen, or small screen." So will we get a movie? Or will it be a TV show? Will Whitaker improbably reprise his role, or will somebody else fill his samurai shoes? At the moment, details are sketchy, but we'd love to see Jarmusch and company return to this wonderfully weird world of katanas and contract killers.

Master and Commander 2

Directed by Peter Weir, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is one of those movies everybody loves today but nobody saw when it was in theaters. Starring Russell Crowe as a British sea captain and Paul Bettany as his scientific BFF, the film follows the adventures of the HMS Surprise during the Napoleonic Wars. But despite rave reviews, the movie's poor box office performance seemingly sank the chance of a sequel.

However, in November 2017, Russell Crowe took to Twitter and posted this cryptic tweet (via Birth.Movies.Death.): "For the Aubrey Maturin lovers, I do hear whispers indeed that a second voyage is perhaps potentially pre-proposed a possibility. So O'Brian affectionates and aficionados, let @20thcenturyfox know of your pleasure." Admittedly, it's not a lot to go on, but if Crowe is on board for such a massive undertaking, maybe we'll see the further adventures of Captain Jack Aubrey and Dr. Stephen Maturin before too long.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!

If you're an ABBA fan, well, have we got some good news for you. It looks like moviegoers will get a second chance to hear Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sing Swedish pop songs—only this time, the veteran actors will be sharing the screen with Cinderella.

Pulling a page from the Godfather II playbook, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! will jump back and forth in time, with Lily James playing the younger version of Streep's character, Donna Sheridan. As for Brosnan, his double will be played by Jeremy Irvine of War Horse, and the cast will also feature Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Alexa Davies, Andy Garcia, and Cher as Seyfried's grandmother.

As for the behind-the-camera talent, Ol Parker will be writing and directing, and if that name doesn't ring any bells, he's the guy who wrote both of the Best Exotic Marigold movies. So if you're excited about hearing James Bond belt out ABBA tunes, then mark your calendars for July 20, 2018.