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Everything you need to know about these upcoming sequels

If we know anything about the movie industry, it's that Hollywood loves its sequels. That much is obvious from the way we're constantly bombarded with trailers, posters, promos, and news stories about upcoming franchise films. But even as we're being inundated with info about retreads, revivals, and follow-ups, there are quite a few Part Twos (and beyond) that have successfully stayed under the radar. 

And while we may take it for granted that every superhero adventure and action blockbuster has more franchise filler to come, some long-gestating reunions or odds-defying continuations might totally surprise you. From indie comedies to Biblical epics, let's take a look at some of the sequels you didn't know were being made.

Space Jam 2

Almost two decades after the first Space Jam mashed up live action comedy, Looney Tunes animation, and professional basketball, Warner Bros. announced in early 2014 that they'd be making a follow up to the 1996 film. The original Space Jam starred NBA superstar Michael Jordan, and featured appearances from a number of other NBA players alongside its animated cast. The sequel will star NBA MVP LeBron James, in addition to Don Cheadle, fresh off his almost decade-long stint in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the superhero James Rhodes, a.k.a. War Machine. 

With a production team that includes Black Panther's Ryan Coogler and the Fast and the Furious series' Justin Lin, Space Jam 2 will be helmed by Malcolm D. Lee, director of the Tiffany Haddish comedies Girls' Trip and Night School. Lee was not the first director attached to the film, stepping in for Terence Nance, who departed the production on good terms in July of 2019, citing creative differences. The film is set to hit theaters on July 16, 2021, almost a full quarter century after the first film premiered. 

Four Avatar sequels

James Cameron has been talking about Avatar sequels almost from the moment the first film exploded onto screens in 2009, smashing box office records and eventually becoming the highest-grossing film of all time (a title it managed to hold for nearly ten years, until it was finally unseated by Avengers: Endgame in 2019). However, despite years of Cameron's repeated promises — which ballooned over time from a modest two Avatar sequels to a whopping four sequels — it was beginning to feel as though a follow-up was as far off and unreachable as the fictional moon of Pandora. 

But believe it or not, four more Avatars really do appear to be imminent. In fact, according to Sigourney Weaver, the first two have already finished shooting. They've even got titles: Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider, and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa

What does it all mean? No one knows but James Cameron and his eclectic cast, which, in addition to original Avatar stars Weaver, Zoe Saldana, and Sam Worthington, also includes newcomers Edie Falco, Kate Winslet, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, and Vin Diesel. The rest of us will have to wait until the end of 2021 to find out; Avatar: The Way of Water is scheduled for release on December 17, 2021, with Avatar: The Seed Bearer arriving on December 22, 2023, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider following on December 19, 2025, and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa concluding the franchise on December 17, 2027.

Gladiator 2

We thought this day would never come, but it looks like Ridley Scott is heading back to ancient Rome. Nearly 20 years after the original Gladiator hit theaters, Scott is finally making a sequel to the story of Maximus Decimus Meridius. Of course, old Maximus is busy walking through wheat fields in heaven, so what's the sequel going to be about? 

Well, according to producer Walter F. Parkes, the film is going to start about 25 to 30 years after the original ended. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, part two will focus on Lucius, the son of Maximus' old flame, Lucilla. While Spencer Treat Clark played Lucius in the first film, we don't know if he's going to reprise his role for Gladiator 2. (We're thinking probably not.) However, we do know that Peter Craig will be working on the screenplay, and he's a guy with some impressive credits to his name, including The Town, both Mockingjay movies, and the upcoming Top Gun sequel. And with Scott at the helm, we're pretty sure we'll be entertained.

Alien: Awakening

As the crew of the Nostromo learned the hard way all the way back in 1979, it's hard to kill an Alien. In reflecting on his landmark sci-fi horror film on its 40th anniversary, director Ridley Scott told Variety that a third prequel — the follow-up to 2012's Prometheus and 2017's Alien: Covenant — is indeed on the way. Despite generally positive critical reviews, Covenant underperformed at the box office, throwing the future of the franchise into uncertainty. But following Disney's acquisition of Fox, both Scott and Alien's new studio home seem eager to return to the sinister stars yet again. 

As for what this third prequel might be about, one thing is for sure: it won't follow the format of the original Alien. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Scott talked about the need for the franchise to continue to evolve in order to succeed. "You can't keep repeating [the same premise] because the joke gets boring," the filmmaker explained. This next Alien film, tentatively titled Alien: Awakening, is still in the very early stages, and none of the cast of Covenant (the few who survived) has yet been asked to return. Still, Scott maintains that it's happening, he'll be directing, and that the film is currently in the script phase. 

Coming 2 America

Young moviegoers 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 U.S. 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, Murphy is revisiting one of his most beloved films. After a lot of rumors and social media shenanigans, it was officially announced in January 2019 that Murphy has signed on for Coming 2 America. Directing duties will fall to Craig Brewer (Hustle & FlowBlack Snake MoanDolemite Is My Name), and according to Deadline, the plot follows Prince Akeem (Murphy) as he returns to the U.S. to meet his "long lost son." The filmmakers are reassembling much of the original cast, including Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, and the great James Earl Jones. Joining them are current luminaries like Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, and Rick Ross, among others. The film is set to open on December 18, 2020.

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.

In March of 2019, two years after word first broke on the development of The Accountant 2, Affleck reiterated that he was still interested in the project, despite the long silence.

Legally Blonde 3

It's been 18 years since audiences followed effervescent sorority girl Elle Woods to Harvard Law School in the bubblegum-hued Legally Blonde. Two years later, Elle continued to ascend the professional ladder in 2003's Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde, which saw Elle head to Washington, D.C. Now Elle is back, along with most of the team from the first film, including scribes Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Karen McCullah, producer Marc Platt and his Platt Productions president Adam Siegel, and of course, Elle herself, Reese Witherspoon. In addition to starring, she will also act as a producer this time through her Hello Sunshine banner. 

No director has yet been announced for the film, nor have any plot details been revealed, although sources tell Deadline that the threequel will be "much in the spirit of the first film," which saw Elle draw on her fashion sense, optimism, and strong sense of sisterhood to defy the patriarchy, lift up the women around her, and look great doing it. Legally Blonde's themes of female empowerment will be back in full force for Legally Blonde 3, a film which hopes to appeal to long-time Elle Woods fans and new initiates alike.

The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection

After 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' descent into Hell, where the Bible says he 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 (currently in talks to return) 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."

Kill Bill Vol. 3

Bill may have finally been killed at the end of 2004's Kill Bill Vol. 2, but that hasn't stopped director Quentin Tarantino from being vocal about his desire for another sequel to round out the trilogy. According to Tarantino, the third Kill Bill would focus on the daughter of Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), who is now all grown up and on the hunt for revenge against the person who killed her mother — Uma Thurman's Beatrix/The Bride. 

Tarantino has said that he's had talks with Thurman about Kill Bill Vol. 3 as recently as July of 2019, telling MTV that, "If any of my movies were going to spring from my other movies, it would be a third Kill Bill." Of course, a third Kill Bill may throw a wrench in Tarantino's plans to retire after his tenth film — his ninth, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, hit theaters in the summer of 2019, and his tenth, an upcoming Star Trek film, is in the works — but then again, no one outside of Tarantino himself is going to hold him to his self-imposed film cap if he chooses to keep going. Nothing is finalized for a Kill Bill sequel yet, but it seems as though all that would be needed for it to materialize is simply for Tarantino to decide to pull the trigger. 

Labyrinth 2

Jim Henson's cult classic 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 feature 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 be "a direct continuation of the first movie many years later," according to Alvarez. 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, 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 — although fans probably shouldn't hold their breath for the sequel's arrival. "We're still excited about the idea," Henson Company chairman Brian Henson told Forbes in 2018. "We are working on something but nothing that's close enough to say it's about to be in pre-production or anything like that."

Edge of Tomorrow 2 - Live Die Repeat and Repeat

The Groundhog Day of alien invasion movies, Edge of Tomorrow (aka Live Die Repeat) 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 history is about to repeat itself.

According to The Hollywood ReporterEdge of Tomorrow 2 is officially a go, and Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, and director Doug Liman are all coming back... well, probably. Warner Bros. has tapped Matthew Robinson (The Invention of LyingMonster Trucks) to write the screenplay, and if Cruise, Blunt, and Liman like the script, we'll get the original trio back for some time-traveling action.

Liman seems pretty psyched about directing a sequel, and in the past, he's claimed part two will be "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, now titled Live Die Repeat and Repeat, is "going to revolutionize how people make sequels."

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.

Agatha Christie fans can expect to see Death on the Nile sailing into theaters on October 9, 2020. 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, and he'll be joined by some pretty big names, like Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, and Letitia Wright. In addition to the stars, 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' first season. In other words, it's safe to say we can expect a pretty solid script. 

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai 2

Directed by Jim Jarmusch, Ghost Dog: 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.

Sherlock Holmes 3

Although rumor has it that a third Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey Jr. has always been part of the Warner Bros. plan, the actor has spent the past decade anchoring the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the genius billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man. Saving the world every couple years is a draining gig, and Downey's superhero commitments kept him from being able to take up the detective's trademark deerstalker and pipe for a third time. However, now that Downey has finally exited the MCU for good (save, perhaps, for an encore appearance in Black Widow), he finally has time to team up with Watson (Jude Law, also expected to return) and solve one more case. 

The third Sherlock Holmes film will be helmed by Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher, a departure from the first two films, which were both directed by Guy Ritchie. The script comes from Narcos creator Chris Brancato, with Susan Downey, Joel Silver, Dan Lin, and Lionel Wigram producing. While Sherlock Holmes 3 was originally scheduled to release on Christmas Day, 2020, it has since been pushed back a year, and will now be striding confidently into theaters December 21, 2021. 

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.

Of course, as Bettany pointed out in May 2018, Crowe has a history of teasing this sequel in the hopes of interesting the people with the pocketbooks, and there's still no telling whether there's enough studio interest to get this project going. But if it does? As Bettany put it, "I would revisit those waters in a heartbeat."

9 to 5 Part 2

Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin went to war with male chauvinism in 1980, and now they're gearing up for round two. Almost 40 years after the groundbreaking comedy — one of the funniest American films — cleaned house at the box office, 9 to 5 is getting a modern-day sequel. The original film focused on a trio of female office workers who kidnap their sexist boss and take control of the company. According to Deadline, part two will focus on a new group of women facing yet another piggish employer. 

Desperate for help, our heroes will go to the original three stars for assistance, and together, the young and the old will teach the corporate creep a lesson about the "Me Too" movement. "Right now," said Fonda in summer 2018, "Dolly, Lily and I are all intending to be in it." As for the script, it's been rumored that original screenwriter Patricia Resnick was teaming up with Rashida Jones, though final writing credits have yet to be revealed.

In May of 2019, Dolly Parton announced that script revisions were in progress, and she expected production to begin "soon." One thing's for sure: the 9 to 5 sequel will be an incredibly timely comedy whenever it hits theaters.

Den of Thieves 2

Den of Thieves might have been a flop with critics, but this heist thriller got away with $72 million at the box office. And in Hollywood, crisp dollar bills talk way louder than rotten tomatoes. So if you were hoping to see the further adventures of Gerard Butler and O'Shea Jackson Jr., then it looks like you're in luck. The two are reuniting with writer-director Christian Gudegast for Den of Thieves 2. According to Deadline, the film "will find Big Nick (Butler) on the hunt in the streets of Europe closing in on Donnie (Jackson Jr.) who is embroiled in the dangerous world of diamond thieves and the infamous Panther mafia...." On top of all that, there's going to be a big-time jewel heist, so expect to see gunfights, Gerard Butler badassery, and familiar faces like Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. However, we don't know if any UFC fighters will show up this time around.

Call Me By Your Name 2

Based on the novel by André Aciman, Call Me By Your Name picked up several Oscar nods at the 90th Academy Awards and even won the the prize for Best Adapted Screenplay, making James Ivory the oldest Oscar winner of all time. The plot follows a 17-year-old named Elio (Timothee Chalamet) who's spending the summer in Italy when he falls in love with an older graduate stated named Oliver (Armie Hammer). The movie made its way onto multiple best-of-the-year lists, and inspired by its success, director Luca Guadagnino might check on Elio's life in a couple of years.

At the BFI London Film Festival (via Indiewire), the Italian filmmaker said that he wanted to do a sequel that takes place several years in the future. It would be set during an era where Elio would be dealing with the impact of the Gulf War, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the rise of the AIDS epidemic. He also told The Hollywood Reporter that he wanted Elio to "be a cinephile," and the sequel might open with our protagonist sitting in a theater, watching Once More, the first French film to grapple with the subject of AIDS. 

Guadagnino is also thinking about an entire series of films that follow Elio and Oliver as they grow older, referencing Richard Linklater's Before trilogy and the famous Up series. Right now, this is all very theoretical, but Guadagnino is reportedly "serious" about pursuing a sequel, and Hammer confirmed (via Variety) that it "will happen because there are already people working on it and trying to make it happen." However, not everyone will be returning if the film gets going, as Oscar-winning screenwriter James Ivory says he has no interest in working on a sequel. André Aciman, on the other hand, seems pretty gung-ho about the whole idea, as he's written a sequel of his own. Will the potential movie take any inspiration from Aciman's new book, or will Guadagnino do his own thing? Well, right now, that's a mystery... of love.

The Hitman's Bodyguard - The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

The Hitman's Bodyguard wasn't exactly a critical success, earning a pretty lousy 39 percent approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes. But the movie did pretty well at the box office, pulling in $177 million worldwide against a $30 million budget. After all, how can an audience say no to the combined charisma of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson? These two dudes are as charming as it gets, so fans of the first film will be happy to know that The Hitman's Bodyguard is getting a sequel, confusingly titled The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

Reynolds and Jackson are both returning, and Salma Hayek is also coming back at the titular wife. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plot will find Reynolds' bodyguard trying to live a peaceful life when he gets mixed up again with Jackson's hitman. Along with Hayek, the trio will "wreak havoc along the Amalfi Coast in an attempt to save Europe." The movie will also star familiar names like Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, Frank Grillo, and Richard E. Grant. If you're hoping for a wild time at the movies, insiders are describing this film as "The Good. The Bad. And the Bats**t crazy."

Chicken Run 2

When it comes to claymation, every other films feels poultry — uh, paltry — compared to Chicken Run. Even though the film came out in 2000, it's still the highest-grossing stop-motion movie of all-time, beating out the likes of Fantastic Mr. Fox, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Coraline. So it's kind of surprising that it's taken so long for somebody to make a Chicken Run sequel, but now it seems the project is finally taking flight. 

In April 2018, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Aardman Animations — with StudioCanal and Pathe — are bringing Mrs. Tweedy's hens back to cinemas. There's no word yet if Mel Gibson (Rocky Rhodes) or Julia Sawalha (Ginger) are returning to their roles, but the screenplay is being crafted by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell, both of whom worked on the original Chicken Run. As for the director, the film is in the fine stop-motion hands of Sam Fell, the filmmaker behind ParaNorman. Let's hope part two will be as egg-cellent as the first one.

Bright 2

On paper, Bright sounded like it was going to be awesome. It was a buddy cop movie full of elves, dragons, fairies — plus, it would star the ever-charismatic Will Smith (as a human) and the incredibly talented Joel Edgerton (as an orc). But when the action-comedy premiered on Netflix, it was thoroughly trashed by critics who attacked everything from its mishandled metaphors to its lazy worldbuilding

While critics were underwhelmed, the movie attracted quite a few eyeballs. After it was released on Netflix, Bright was watched by at least 11 million viewers. With those numbers, it makes sense that Netflix wants to make a little more movie magic. So keep an eye out for Bright 2, which will be directed and co-written by David Ayer and more than likely star Smith and Edgerton. The only key player missing this time around is controversial screenwriter Max Landis. Evan Spiliotopoulos is filling in, and as he wrote both Beauty and the Beast and The Huntsman: Winter's War, he has plenty of fantasy cred.

RoboCop Returns

Your move, creeps. RoboCop is back. According to Deadline, the cyborg star is returning to the big screen, although it seems this new film is going to mess around with the continuity. The original RoboCop was directed by Paul Verhoeven, and it made quite a killing when it was released in 1987. After two sequels starring original actor Peter Weller, the franchise was rebooted in 2014, with actor Joel Kinnaman and director Jose Padilha. The remake wasn't nearly as popular as the first film — although, we think it's actually pretty awesome — and sadly for Mr. Kinnaman, it looks like the new film is going to ignore the recent remake.

The latest entry in the franchise will be called RoboCop Returns, and it was written by Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, the guys who penned the first film. In fact, RoboCop Returns was written right after the success of the original. Sadly, the script never got made, but now MGM is giving it another go, with the screenplay rewritten by Justin Rhodes. Sadly, Peter Weller won't be returning to reprise his robo-role. As for the plot synopsis, Deadline writes that "Anarchy reigns and the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption."

Though Neill Blomkamp (District 9Chappie) was initially attached to direct, he announced in August 2019 that scheduling conflicts had forced him to depart the project, tweeting that he was "excited to watch it in theaters with other fans." In November of 2019, Orion Pictures announced that Little Monsters director Abe Forsythe had taken up the helm of RoboCop Returns, and would be giving the screenplay a fresh rewrite.

Big Trouble in Little China 2

Directed by the one and only John Carpenter, Big Trouble in Little China is one of the wackiest action movies ever made. This 1986 fantasy-adventure follows trucker Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) as he's drawn into the magical underbelly of San Francisco's Chinatown. Hoping to save a kidnapped woman from the forces of darkness, Burton encounters ninjas, monsters, and an ancient sorcerer.

But in addition to the hilarious action scenes and bizarre bad guys, what really makes Big Trouble special is that Jack Burton is one of the most incapable heroes in action movie history. Sure, he might swagger around like John Wayne, but really, he never knows exactly what's happening, survives only through dumb luck, and is constantly shown up by the true hero of the movie, martial art expert Wang Chi (Dennis Dun).

With its Mortal Kombat warriors and magical sword fights, Big Trouble in Little China has become a beloved classic, so naturally people were a bit worried when a remake with Dwayne Johnson was announced in 2015. There hasn't been a lot of new info since then, but we now know that the new Big Trouble will actually be a sequel. Speaking to Collider, producer Hiram Garcia admitted, "You can't remake a classic like [Big Trouble], so what we're planning to do is continue the story. We're going to continue the universe of Big Trouble in Little China."

As Garcia went on to explain, the events of the first film will still exist in the new Dwayne Johnson movie. On top of that, the Rock will be playing a brand new character, not Jack Burton. So it seems they're taking a page from the Jurassic World playbook, by crafting a movie that exists in a pre-established timeline but also serves as kind of a reboot for a new generation. Unfortunately, Kurt Russell told USA TODAY that he "probably won't be" in the sequel, so we're a bit sad that we won't get to see get to see ol' Jack Burton back in action.

Train to Busan 2: Bando

What do you get when you stick a bunch of hungry zombies on a train? A critically acclaimed blockbuster that needs a sequel.

Released in 2016, Train to Busan earned $85 million in its homeland of South Korea, and it wowed critics across the globe. The plot follows a selfish businessman who's taking his daughter on — you guessed it — a train ride to the city of Busan, when suddenly zombies start popping up everywhere. At first, our protagonist is only concerned with protecting himself and his kid, but as things get bloodier and bloodier, he starts helping the other passengers escape the oncoming cannibal horde.

Now, it seems writer-director Yeon Sang-ho is working on part two, supposedly titled Bando. Translate that into English, and you get "peninsula," which means the zombie virus has spread across Korea. Shooting began in the summer of 2019, with a new cast stepping in front of the camera.

It's evidently a good time to be in the zombie train business, as New Line is currently working on an American remake of the first film. Of course, if you're new to the whole Train to Busan phenomenon, you can prepare for both the sequel and the reboot by checking out the 2016 thriller in all its bloody glory over on Netflix.

What We Do in the Shadows – 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 (to which he will return for Thor: Love and Thunder following his "anti-hate satire" Jojo Rabbit), 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, then check out the spin-off shows set in the same universe: Wellington Paranormal and FX's What We Do in the Shadows series.

Willow 2

In 1988, Ron Howard and George Lucas teamed up for a lighthearted fantasy film called Willow. The movie follows a delightful Warwick Davis as the titular Willow Ufgood, a dwarf who dreams of becoming a sorcerer. Much like a pint-sized Luke Skywalker, Willow's dreams of adventure come true when he joins forces with a roguish swordsman (Val Kilmer) to save a baby from an evil queen (Jean Marsh). Along the way, they run across brownies, a two-headed dragon, and a sorceress with a bad habit of turning people into pigs

This little fantasy eventually became a cult classic, and since Hollywood loves revisiting beloved old properties, it looks like Warwick Davis might be going on another adventure. While doing press for Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ron Howard revealed that Lucasfilm was "seriously exploring" making a Willow Part 2. Word has it that the story might focus on adult Elora Danan — the baby from the first film — with Willow playing a significant role in this new adventure. However, if the project actually gets going, it's unknown if Howard will be coming back to direct

In the summer of 2019, Howard revealed that the Willow follow-up was being considered as a series for Disney+. Whatever happens, if more Willow means more Warwick Davis, then we're all for it.

The Meg 2

When The Meg swam into the public consciousness, some might've scoffed at this ridiculous-sounding Jaws ripoff. But this megalodon movie earned some serious coin at the box office, drawing $528 million worldwide against its $130 million budget. After all, this is a movie where Jason Statham goes to war with gigantic shark. Who doesn't want to see that?

After audiences went into a feeding frenzy for the film, plans were almost immediately set in motion for a sequel. Executive producer Catherine Xujun Ying told Variety (via Deadline) that part two was "definitely the plan," although "it's still in the very early stages." We don't really know what the plot will be, but as The Meg is actually based on a series of books by Steve Alten, the sequel might draw on the next novel. According to Den of Geek, the second book involves an even bigger shark, as well as the giant, crocodile-like Kronosaurus. In other words, The Meg 2 might feature Statham fighting a monstrous shark and a dinosaur fish, which is major win for moviegoers everywhere.

Django Unchained 2

Ever wonder what happened to Django and Broomhilda after they blew Candieland to kingdom come? Well, wonder no more, because it looks like the fastest gun in the South is riding back into theaters. Eventually. Maybe.

According to Collider, a sequel to Quentin Tarantino's  Django Unchained is in the works, and this time, he's teaming up with one of the most legendary heroes in vigilante history. Based on a comic series co-written by Tarantino and Matt Wagner, the sequel will find Django a wanted man after burning down Calvin Candie's plantation. However, he's still collecting bounties, and he heads out west to avoid winding up in jail. And that's when he runs into a Spanish nobleman named Diego de la Vega... who we all know better as Zorro. That's right. Django is going to team up with the famous masked swordsman, and together, these two are going to use bullets and blades to free the local indigenous people from some very nasty bad guys.

That right there sounds like an incredible premise for a sequel, but it's important to note that Tarantino himself would not likely be in the director's chair, though he may serve as producer. As for the screenplay, we know comedian and creator Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show) will be writing the script, but we're unsure if Tarantino is just overseeing the screenplay or co-writing with Carmichael. Either way, this is a truly epic crossover, and we can't wait to see Django and Zorro shoot and stab their way through a whole bunch of racists.

Disenchanted - Enchanted 2

In 2007, Disney captivated audiences with Enchanted, a princess story with a twist: the animated princess Giselle (Amy Adams) accidentally tumbles into real-world, live-action New York City. Although Giselle eventually found her happy ending with single dad Robert (Patrick Dempsey), that didn't stop talk of a sequel from spinning soon after the film's release. However, the sequel to Enchanted, tentatively titled Disenchanted, has been slow getting off the ground, despite the enthusiasm of both the cast and crew. Little by little, though, the sequel has been taking shape.

In 2016, Hairspray director Adam Shankman was brought on board to direct Disenchanted, and he confirmed in 2019 that he's still attached to the production and ready to go. The script for Disenchanted comes from Shrek 2 scribes J. David Stem and David N. Weiss, and is said to take place ten years after the first film, following Giselle as she questions her happily ever after and inadvertently shakes things up for both the people of the real world and the animated kingdom of Andalasia. Composer Alan Menken is also on board for the sequel, and says the production is just awaiting Disney's green light. 

As for the cast, they all appear game to return as well. Amy Adams told The Talk in 2018 that she's "absolutely up for that" and is "working on it," while Patrick Dempsey told Entertainment Tonight that as long as the sequel could live up to the magic of the original, "then we do it." 

The Expendables 4

Sylvester Stallone and The Expendables 4 have been engaging in a will-they-won't-they dance for a few years now, but the latest signs seem to point definitively to they will. Taking to his Instagram, Stallone announced in July of 2019 that the sequel was back on, via a photo of the star in his Expendables gear and the caption, "All of those July 4th Fireworks got my mind going! I am starting to cook up The next adventure!" 

Stallone directed, co-wrote, and starred in the original Expendables, which came out in 2010. He also helped write the existing two sequels, which were released in 2012 and 2014, although for those, he handed off directorial duties to Simon West for 2 and Patrick Hughes for 3. He walked away from The Expendables 4 back in 2017, but his exit now appears to have been only temporary.   

In addition to Stallone, the Expendables franchise has been a veritable Who's Who of current and former action superstars, including Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jet Li, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Terry Crews, and Steve Austin. Only Statham and Schwarzenegger have been confirmed as joining Stallone in The Expendables 4, but if and when Stallone does finalize the fourth installment in the series, we expect the cast list to grow exponentially, with an even more impressive collection of stars than the previous three films.

The Hunger Games prequel: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

After the runaway success of The Hunger Games, a series which dominated the box office from 2012 to 2015 and has sold more than 65 million books in the U.S., it seemed likely that audiences would one day get the opportunity to return to the dystopian world of Panem one way or another. Sure enough, in June of 2019, publisher Scholastic announced that it would be releasing another novel by Suzanne Collins set in the Hunger Games world. 

This book would be a prequel, set 64 years before the events of the original story, and would focus on the tenth Hunger Games. It's worth noting that fan-favorite character Mags (Lynn Cohen) was the winner of the 11th Games in the books, although it's unclear yet if this bit of trivia will come into play in the prequel. In October 2019, the book's title was revealed: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

Along with the announcement of the novel came the confirmation that Collins' prequel will also receive the movie treatment. Lionsgate chairman Joe Drake, whose studio adapted the Hunger Games films, said of the book announcement, "As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne's next book to be published. We've been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie." The Hunger Games prequel novel is scheduled to hit bookshelves on May 19, 2020, and from the sounds of things, more news about the film adaptation will be right on its heels. 

Pirates of the Caribbean 6

The Pirates of the Caribbean films have continued to rake in money at the box office, but after five outings, their appeal among audiences has been waning for a while. The latest installment, 2017's Dead Men Tell No Tales, sits at an abysmal 30% on Rotten Tomatoes. It raises the question of whether more Pirates sequels are warranted or even wanted, but it looks like Disney has decided to test the waters by dusting off the franchise for at least one more outing. Ted Elliott, co-writer of the first four Pirates movies, has been tapped to help come up with a new adventure alongside Chernobyl scribe Craig Mazin. 

Although this new Pirates film has been referred to as a reboot, the writers and studio haven't yet settled on a direction for the sixth film. Among the questions still up in the air: whether or not it will include Johnny Depp's swaggering, hard-drinking character, Captain Jack Sparrow. Despite Captain Jack's popularity, Johnny Depp's Hollywood appeal has been on the decline in recent years, bringing uncertainty as to whether the studio will want to risk hanging a fresh new Pirates tale on his shoulders, or whether they'll opt to move on to a new star. We'll have to wait to see whether the sixth Pirates of the Caribbean is a sequel, reboot, or something in between. Until then, drink up me hearties, yo ho.

24 Jump Street

Although producer Phil Lord has said that the team behind the Jump Street movies is putting a pin in 23 Jump Street, which would mark the third outing for 21 and 22 Jump Street stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, the studio is moving forward with a spinoff of the comedy franchise, this time focusing on a female duo. The first two Jump Street films followed a pair of male cops who went undercover at educational institutions (high school in 21, college in 22) in order to ferret out elusive drug suppliers. Presumably, the plot of 24 Jump Street would be much in the same vein, and would exist in the same universe as the existing Jump Street films, functioning as a continuation of the story started by officers Morton Schmidt and Greg Jenko in the first movie. 

This time, the stars at the center of the Jump Street tale will reportedly be Tiffany Haddish and Zendaya, whom we assume will both be playing undercover narcotics officers, similar to Tatum and Hill's characters in the first two movies. After directing the first two Jump Street films, Chris Miller and Phil Lord will be stepping aside for this third outing, and Rodney Rothman is coming aboard to helm the Jump Street spinoff, collaborating on the script with Bob's Burgers writers Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux. Rothman previously helped write the screenplay for 22 Jump Street, and co-directed Lord and Miller's acclaimed animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. No word yet on what the plot will entail, or whether Schmidt or Jenko will make an appearance.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

A mere two years after the live-action/computer animated family film Peter Rabbit hit theaters, we're already getting a sequel with Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway. The first big-screen adaptation of Beatrix Potter's book followed a lovably mischievous bunny named Peter (James Cordon), who spends most of the film waging war on the uptight Thomas McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) to keep him from selling the McGregor farm and romantically pursuing his kind, animal-loving neighbor, Bea (Rose Byrne). Although the end of Peter Rabbit saw Bea, Thomas, Peter, and all their furry friends living together in harmony, it seems like the bunny will be back to his old mischief in Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, which will see Peter running away from home while Bea and Thomas are away on their honeymoon. 

Cordon, Gleeson, and Byrne are all reprising their roles for the sequel, as are Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley as Peter's sisters, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail. Joining the cast for The Runaway is David Oyelowo in what was originally reported as a live-action role, but now appears to be a voice-over, with Oyelowo playing a new rabbit that Peter encounters in the big city. We'll see what sort of hijinx Peter gets up to on his new adventure when Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway hits theaters on April 3, 2020.

Baby Driver 2

Start your engines, because it sounds like a sequel to 2017's motor-tastic heist hit Baby Driver may eventually be zooming its way into production. According to Ansel Elgort, the star of the first film, not only is writer/director Edgar Wright eager to make a sequel, but he has in fact already penned the script, and Elgort has read it. "He has shared it with me," Elgort said, speaking to MTV News. "Yes, I think it's going to happen. I think there will be a Baby Driver 2. It has a different title, actually. You're gonna have to have to ask Edgar that, though."

As for what the plot of a Baby Driver sequel would look like, Wright told Empire in 2017, "[With] most sequels, you have to contrive something so they go back to square one, unless there's somewhere deeper for them to go. I think with Baby Driver there's more that you can do in that realm, and I sort of have an idea that if you did another one you would subvert his involvement in the crime in a different way so he's not kind of the apprentice anymore." Due to Elgort's and Wright's existing commitments, it could still be a while before Baby Driver 2 moves into production, but it sounds like once things do move ahead with the high-speed sequel, Baby may not be just a driver anymore.

Crazy Rich Asians 2 and 3

Coming off of the runaway success of 2018's Crazy Rich Asians, it would be surprising if the opulent film didn't earn a sequel — and in fact, it's getting two. Based on Kevin Kwan's books of the same names, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems are both moving ahead at Warner Bros., although it may be a while before we get to see them. Due to the busy schedules of the franchise's A-list cast and director Jon M. Chu, who is currently working on adapting Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical In the Heights for the big screen, it may be a while before everyone can get together again for the next two installments in the Crazy Rich Asians saga. However, producer Nina Jacobson says that the plan is to shoot both sequels back-to-back, so that fans aren't waiting years between the second and third films. So although there may be a long wait for China Rich Girlfriend, Jacobson promises, "we'll make it up to them on the back end by shooting two films together." 

As for when this back-to-back shooting might happen, it could still be a ways off. According to actress Gemma Chan, filming on China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems will begin sometime in "2020 at the earliest", making the soonest we can expect China Rich Girlfriend late 2021, or possibly even later. Chan portrayed polished socialite Astrid Leong in Crazy Rich Asians and will have an even bigger role in the sequels — whenever they arrive.

Star Trek 4

While Quentin Tarantino continues to circle his own eventual R-rated Star Trek spin-off, Noah Hawley will be continuing the story that began with J.J. Abrams' 2009 outing, centered around Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and the crew of the Enterprise NCC-1701. Hawley, who is best known for the acclaimed TV series Fargo and Legion, will be writing and directing the fourth film in the rebooted Star Trek franchise, continuing the adventures of Kirk, Spock (Zachary Quinto), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Sulu (John Cho), and Bones (Karl Urban). 

Sadly missing from the cast lineup for the fourth Star Trek film is Anton Yelchin, who played ship's navigator Pavel Chekov in the first three rebooted Star Trek films. After completing his work on Star Trek: Beyond, Yelchin was tragically killed in a freak accident in his own driveway on June 19, 2016, at only 27 years old. Since Beyond was already close to release at the time of his death, Yelchin's storyline didn't lay any groundwork for him to exit the franchise, and the film was released largely unaltered, save for a card at the end that read simply, "For Anton." Since producer J.J. Abrams has said that the role of Chekov will not be recast for future Star Trek films, that means that whenever Hawley's Star Trek moves into production, it will have to reckon with the absence of a character who ended the third film with every intent of returning.

Beverly Hills Cop 4

We appear to be in the midst of an Eddie Murphy renaissance. After gradually fading from the spotlight since his heyday in the '80s and early '90s, Murphy is suddenly back in a big way, giving a critically acclaimed performance in 2019's Dolemite Is My Name, making a triumphant return to Saturday Night Live as host, lining up new standup comedy specials for Netflix, and announcing sequels to two of his biggest hits from the '80s, Coming to America and Beverly Hills Cop

Marking the fourth installment in the Beverly Hills Cop franchise, this newest sequel will also be a collaboration between Murphy and Netflix, after Paramount previously pulled the plug on a planned Beverly Hills Cop 4 back in 2016. Murphy will be reprising his role as Axel Foley, the Detroit cop who repeatedly finds himself traveling to Beverly Hills to investigate various crimes. The first Beverly Hills Cop was a smash success at the box office in 1984, rising to become one of the highest-grossing comedies of all time, although the sequels in 1987 and 1994 brought in diminishing returns. There's no word yet on when Beverly Hills Cop 4 will move into production at Netflix, but considering how fast Murphy's star is rising (again), we wouldn't be surprised if the streaming giant decides to strike while the iron is hot.

Paranormal Activity 7

After six successful installments in the found-footage horror franchise, Paranormal Activity is coming back with a seventh film, which will once again partner Paramount Studios with horror mega-producer Jason Blum. Although Paranormal Activity 7 has yet to settle on a director, cast, or title, the studio has managed to peg down a release date: March 19, 2021. The studio is also keeping the story details under wraps, but with six existing films already in the franchise, we can take some educated guesses about what a seventh Paranormal Activity might look like.

After the first Paranormal Activity focused on newlyweds Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat), every subsequent installment has tied back to Katie and her family in one way or another. Some provide information on Katie and her sister Kristi's childhood encounters with a demon, while others detail what happened to Katie following the events of the first movie. However, the Paranormal Activity sequels most frequently focus on new characters that happen to encounter Katie and her demonic companion, Tobi, enabling the franchise to tell wider and more intricately intertwined stories. 

We expect Paranormal Activity 7 to continue this trend in some way, introducing a new group of characters doomed to have their lives ruined by crossing paths with Katie or her family. Keeping with the style of the first six films, we also anticipate the seventh Paranormal Activity to be presented as found footage recorded via security cameras, mobile devices, and other household recording equipment.

Scream 5

Nearly a quarter century after the first Scream slashed its way into theaters, a fifth installment in the deliciously self-aware horror franchise is in the early stages of development at Spyglass Media Group, which acquired the Dimension film library from majority investor Lantern Entertainment in March of 2019. The original Scream, released in 1996, was the brainchild of horror visionary Wes Craven, who passed away in 2015, and Dawson's Creek scribe Kevin Williamson. The screenplay is a near-perfect blend of meta humor and genuine scares, with its cast of horror movie aficionados frequently contrasting how characters in a horror movie would act versus how they should act. The film has since spawned three sequels, with the most recent, Scream 4, releasing in 2011.

Although Spyglass hasn't announced any details about the fifth Scream film other than that it's happening, chances seem high that the cast would include original stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette, who have appeared in all four previous Scream installments. Up until now, every Scream movie has centered around Campbell's character, Sidney Prescott, who has the terrible luck of being repeatedly targeted by a rotating carousel of killers donning Ghostface masks. While it's possible Scream 5 could move away from Sidney and focus on someone new, we'd hope that Campbell would be involved in at least some capacity, along with some of the other familiar faces from the previous Scream movies.

The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee

Crocodile Dundee, the 1986 film about a legendary crocodile hunter who finds himself distinctly out of his element when he accompanies an American journalist to New York City, was a massive success back when it premiered, raking in enough cash to make it the highest grossing Australian film of all time — a title it still holds to this day. With success like that, it's no wonder that it earned two sequels, Crocodile Dundee II in 1988 and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles in 2001.

Now, Dundee is back, although not exactly in the way you might think. The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee doesn't actually follow Mick Dundee, but rather a fictionalized version of Paul Hogan, the actor who portrayed him. This not-exactly-a-sequel sees Hogan doing everything he can to salvage his reputation, which takes a hit right as he's due to receive a knighthood.

The announcement of The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee came on the heels of a 2018 Super Bowl ad which teased the idea of a fourth Crocodile Dundee film, but turned out to be a promo for the Australian tourism industry. Featuring Australian actors such as Hugh Jackman, Chris Hemsworth, and Russell Crowe, the ad features more high-profile stars than The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee, whose trailer highlights a cast rounded out by Chevy Chase, Olivia Newton-John, and John Cleese.

Hotel Transylvania 4

For fans of the Adam Sandler-led animated monster franchise Hotel Transylvania, a fourth spooktacular entry is on the horizon, although the identity of who will be at the helm is still a mystery. The first three Hotel Transylvania films, which all center around the idea of monsters needing to take vacations from humans, were all overseen by director Genndy Tartakovsky, but when asked about the fourth film, Tartakovsky said, "They're in the writing process and I'm not directing it. So we hired a director and everything. And so it's moving slowly forward."

Still, even without a publicly confirmed director in place, Sony Pictures Animation has already blocked off a release date of December 22, 2021. According to Tartakovsky, production on the third Hotel Transylvania film, Summer Vacation, was "tumultuous," with so many people getting fired and replaced that he'd originally decided not to return for it, although he eventually changed his mind. But it would seem that even with all of the behind-the-scenes upheaval and Tartakovsky's decision not to return for the fourth film, the monstrous family franchise remains undaunted. No word yet on which cast members besides Sandler will be returning for Hotel Transylvania 4, but if past casts — which have included the likes of Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, and Steve Buscemi — are any indication, audiences are in for a frighteningly good time.

Sing 2

Fans of 2016's animated jukebox musical Sing will be tapping their toes to the beat again in 2021, when Sing 2 shimmies its way onto theater screens on July 2. The first Sing centered around an American Idol-like vocal competition, conceived by a koala named Buster (Matthew McConaughey) as a way to save his struggling theater, and featured the vocal talents of Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, and Taron Egerton as some of the hopeful contestants. (Coincidentally, one of the songs performed by Egerton in Sing was Elton John's "I'm Still Standing," a number he would later perform again when he portrayed John in Rocketman.)

Sing 2 was originally set to hit theaters December 25, 2020, but got pushed back six months to the summer of 2021. Currently, little is known about the sequel, including its plot or which, if any, of the A-list cast members from the first film will be returning. But if the first film is any indication, audiences can expect a seat-dancing, toe-tapping good time.

Tomb Raider 2

After two Tomb Raider films starring Angelina Jolie in 2001 and 2003, the franchise was rebooted in 2018 with Alicia Vikander in the lead role. Now that new franchise is also getting a sequel, currently set to release March 19, 2021. Vikander is set to reprise her role as Lara Croft, and Ben Wheatley will direct a script penned by his wife and frequent collaborator Amy Jump.

Adapted from the popular Tomb Raider video game series, the first film follows adventurous archaeologist Lara Croft as she journeys into perilous locations in search of her missing father. Although little is known about the plot of the sequel, the first film set up one possible storyline with its reveal that her father's former business partner, Ana Miller (Kristin Scott Thomas), heads up the very company that was set to release the world-ending virus that Croft prevented. The door is wide open for Thomas to return for the sequel, stepping more fully into the role of villain than she did in the first film.

The Boss Baby 2

If one movie (and a TV series) about a weirdly precocious baby who wears a business suit and speaks in the voice of Alec Baldwin was not enough for you, you're in luck, because The Boss Baby 2 is on the way. Scheduled to crawl into theaters on March 26, 2021, The Boss Baby 2 promises more bizarre adventures in the life of Theodore Templeton, the baby with the mind of an adult who was sent to an unsuspecting family to learn why people love puppies more than babies. At the end of The Boss Baby, Theodore joined the Templeton family for good, growing up alongside older brother Tim and, seemingly, living happily ever after.

However, despite the first film's flash-forward to Tim and Ted as adults, there is apparently more story yet to be told about Ted's childhood. The first film seemed to set up a potential sequel about Tim's own baby daughter, but it looks like the second Boss Baby film will still stick with baby Ted as its main character, not his eventual niece. Not much else is known about The Boss Baby 2, but it's probably a safe bet that with Baldwin back in the title role, we'll likely also see the return of his brother Tim (voiced by Miles Bakshi as a child and Tobey Maguire as an adult in the first film) and their parents Ted (Jimmy Kimmel) and Janice (Lisa Kudrow).

Addams Family 2

After raking in piles of cash over its opening weekend in 2019, a sequel to The Addams Family was quickly greenlighted by MGM. Featuring the voice talents of Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Martin Short, and Catherine O'Hara, The Addams Family introduced the altogether ooky family to a new generation of young fans.

Originally introduced in cartoons drawn by Charles Addams in the 1930s, The Addams Family has since been adapted for a variety of media, including the 1960s television show and a successful set of movies in the early '90s, starring Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, and the late Raul Julia. In every version of The Addams Family, the monstrous tendencies of the titular family always belied their genuine affection for one another. The followup to the animated reimagining of the mysterious and spooky family will be creeping into theaters just in time for Halloween, on October 22, 2021.

Aladdin 2

Disney's live-action reimaginings of their animated classics have proven to be a home run at the box office, and the live-action Aladdin was no exception, bringing in over $1 billion globally. So it comes as no surprise that it's getting a sequel, although unlike the first film, this one likely won't be modeled directly off the animated version. (The original animated Aladdin got a direct-to-video sequel in the form of 1994's The Return of Jafar.)

Few details are known about the Aladdin sequel, although stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, and Naomi Scott are all expected to reprise their respective roles as the Genie, Aladdin, and Jasmine. Guy Ritchie is also expected to return to the director's chair, working off a script from John Gatins (Flight) and Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton). As for the plot, it's still very much an unknown, although it's possible that the sequel could take the form of an adaptation of another folk tale from One Thousand and One Nights. Aladdin 2 also doesn't have a release date yet, but don't expect it to hit theaters until 2021 at the earliest.

Book Club 2

It probably should've been a foregone conclusion that a film about a group of friends reading a series of books would likely receive a sequel itself. The first Book Club followed characters played by Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen, who decide to read the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey for their monthly book club, and wind up changing their approach to their own personal relationships as a result.

The film was a big hit at the box office, making back its modest budget many times over, which according to Steenburgen, left them with no choice but to make a sequel. "I guess we're doing Book Club 2, because the film was incredibly successful," Steenburgen said. "It made so much money." No other details are known about this apparently inevitable sequel, including who would be returning (although Keaton, Fonda, Bergen, and Steenburgen are likely a given), who would direct, when to expect it, and what the plot will be. However, while the genre could possibly differ from Fifty Shades of Grey, it seems safe to assume that the second Book Club will at least center around another well-known book that will upend its readers' lives in unexpected and entertaining ways.

Clerks 3

In early 2020, most of the world's plans were upended by the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic, and Hollywood was no exception, with production on a number of films halting, theaters closing, and many completed films having their release dates pushed back by months or more. However, one of the few films to actually experience some forward movement as a direct result of the pandemic was the long-awaited Clerks 3. In a Facebook post, writer and director Kevin Smith wrote, "And now that everything has been canceled for a month or two, I will have time to finish the Twilight of the Mallrats and Clerks 3 scripts. Hiking and writing: that's my pandemic plan."

The original Clerks, released in 1994, followed a pair of clerks who worked at a combination video rental shop/convenience store, and took place in and around the store. The followup, 2006's Clerks II, follows the same characters a decade later, after a fire at the Quick Stop has forced them to start working at a fast food restaurant. However, it looks like the third Clerks will return to the original film's setting; Smith revealed in a tweet that "Clerks III takes place almost entirely at Quick Stop." With Smith still penning the script and filming schedules up in the air, don't expect a release date for a third Clerks anytime soon, but if Smith's post is any indication, a return to the Quick Stop is definitely in our future.

Mallrats 2

Along with Clerks 3, another Kevin Smith script that's getting polished up while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic is the sequel to 1995's Mallrats. In another parallel to Clerks, Mallrats takes place in another setting that was a staple of life in the '90s, but is largely irrelevant today: a shopping mall. The plot of the original film pivots around a dating game show being filmed at the mall, and stars Jeremy London, Jason Lee, Claire Forlani, Shannen Doherty, Ben Affleck, and Michael Rooker.

Smith hasn't revealed much about which, if any, of the original cast members we can expect to see make an appearance in Mallrats 2, which he is currently penning under the working title Twilight of the Mallrats. What we do know is that this time, instead of a game show, the plot will focus on some sort of convention taking place at the mall. According to Smith, "The whole thing is, there's a big convention at the mall, so there's plenty of places and opportunities [for things to happen]." Not much else is known about the Mallrats sequel at the moment, including when we might expect to see it arrive in theaters, but Smith has promised, "we're gonna make it happen."

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

While most horror franchises are solely products of their creators' twisted imaginations, The Conjuring films have the unique distinction of being based on allegedly true events. The franchise features Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who portray real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, whose investigations have inspired a number of popular horror films, including the Amityville Horror franchise. Like the first two Conjuring films, the third film will adapt a real-life Warren case, in which a murder suspect argued that they couldn't be convicted of a crime because they were possessed by a demon. Appropriately, this third film will be titled The Devil Made Me Do It.

Unlike the first two Conjuring films, which were directed by James Wan, the third film will be helmed by The Curse of La Llorona director Michael Chaves. However, Wan did help collaborate on the script alongside scribe David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, and will also be returning to produce. If all goes according to schedule, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It will ghost into theaters on September 11, 2020.

The Croods 2

While it's been a few years since the caveman family comedy The Croods grunted its way onto screens, it looks like we're finally getting a sequel to the Nic Cage-voiced animated hit. The Croods 2 is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 23, 2020, nearly eight years after the release of the first film. In addition to Cage, most of the A-list vocal talent from the first film will also be returning for the sequel, including Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, and Clark Duke. Joining the cast for the sequel are Leslie Mann and Peter Dinklage, voicing members of a rival family to the Croods who will pose "their biggest threat since leaving the cave."

The first Croods film focused on a single family, headed by patriarch Grug, whose sheltered existence is thrown into uncertainty when they encounter a teenage boy who pushes them to think outside the cave. Although they're initially resistant to any sort of change, embracing innovation and imagination ultimately winds up saving their family and broadening their way of thinking. However, the one thing they never had to deal with in the first movie was another cave-family, so it'll be interesting to see how they deal with the latest unexpected change in their lives. While the first Croods film was helmed by the team of Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders, The Croods 2 will be directed by Joel Crawford.

Has Fallen sequels

Gerard Butler just keeps on falling. Following the success of Angel Has Fallen in 2019, Millennium Media announced plans to keep the franchise going for a fourth, fifth, and sixth film, and possibly even more than that. Alan Siegel, president and CEO of Alan Siegel Entertainment, also said that there was a possibility of the franchise spawning international TV series, which could introduce new characters that could then be brought into the film universe. Speaking at the American Film Market's finance conference in late 2019, Siegel explained, "If we do it in India, the star of that could come into Angel Has Fallen 4. It could be a symbiotic relationship."

Regardless of what happens with future spinoffs and series, it's probably safe to say that at least a couple more Has Fallen sequels will center around Gerard Butler's secret service agent Mike Banning. Each of the action-heavy Has Fallen films (in addition to Angel, they include Olympus Has Fallen in 2013 and London Has Fallen in 2016) focus on Butler's character as he attempts to thwart all manner of cataclysmic conspiracies. Angel Has Fallen saw Banning racing to clear his name after being framed for an attack on the U.S. President (Morgan Freeman). Despite the studio's plans for many sequels, we don't have a solid release date yet for the next Has Fallen film, although if they stick to the every-three-years schedule of the first three, we can expect the fourth one sometime in 2022.

Knives Out 2

Although 2019's wildly fun whodunit Knives Out was written in a pretty self-contained way, telling the story of the affluent Thrombey family and how they dealt with the mysterious death of their patriarch Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), director Rian Johnson wasted no time in letting audiences know that he'd be open to a sequel, telling Collider, "If this movie does even okay, I will in a heartbeat make more of these with Daniel." As it turned out, Knives Out did a lot better than okay, bringing in more than $300 million worldwide and making greenlighting a sequel an easy choice for Lionsgate.

Of course, with the story of the Thrombeys neatly wrapped up at the end of the first film, there's really only one character left for a sequel to follow: Daniel Craig's drawling private investigator, Benoit Blanc. He'll be the only carryover from the first film, which Johnson says will feature a different cast, different setting, and a different donut-shaped mystery for Blanc to solve, similar to Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot novels, which served as an inspiration for Knives Out. While no release date has been set for Knives Out 2, Johnson has voiced his desire to begin working on it as soon as possible.

Lethal Weapon 5

Since the first Lethal Weapon hit theaters in 1987, introducing audiences to the buddy cop duo of Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover), it's spawned three sequels and a television series. However, with no new Lethal Weapon films since Lethal Weapon 4 in 1998, it was still a surprise to learn in early 2020 that Warner Bros. intended to reinvigorate the franchise with a new entry.

According to producer Dan Lin, "We're trying to make the last 'Lethal Weapon' movie. And (director Richard) Donner's coming back. The original cast is coming back. And it's just amazing. The story itself is very personal to him and to the cast, and so I really want to make that one."

Lin produced the Lethal Weapon television series, but wasn't a part of the first four films. Still, he claims that this will be a continuation of the big-screen franchise, with Glover and Gibson both set to reprise their roles. Of course, with Gibson now in his 60s and Glover in his 70s (and Donner passing 90 in 2020), Lethal Weapon 5 may look significantly different from the action-heavy earlier installments. No word yet on when we might expect Lethal Weapon 5 to hit theaters, but according to Lin, he's determined to make it happen.

Mad Max 5

In 2015, Mad Max: Fury Road reinvigorated the long-dormant Mad Max franchise, which got its start in 1979 with Mel Gibson in the title role. Fury Road offered a new spin on the post-apocalyptic tale, casting Tom Hardy as Max and shifting focus to Charlize Theron's rage-fueled Imperator Furiosa. The plot of Fury Road was fairly straightforward, with Max and Furiosa tearing through a desolate wasteland in order to escape a vicious cult leader who controls the water and fuel for the region. Mad Max: Fury Road wowed audiences and critics alike, with many considering it one of the best action films of all time, so it seemed that sequels would be inevitable.

Sure enough, five years after Fury Road roared into theaters, Mad Max: The Wasteland has finally been greenlit by Warner Bros. However, despite her importance in Fury Road, functioning in many ways as the film's lead character in spite of the title, it seems likely that The Wasteland will not involve Theron's Furiosa. Rather, The Wasteland is rumored to be a prequel to Fury Road, following Hardy's Max Rockatansky through a story that takes place before he joined forces with Furiosa. George Miller, who has helmed every Mad Max movie to date, will be returning to direct, and while there is no release date scheduled yet, we can only imagine that when The Wasteland finally does arrive in theaters, it will be worth the wait.

The Purge 5

Moviegoers apparently can't get enough of the brutal alternate world where all crimes are made legal for 24 hours, so lock your doors, because The Purge 5 is about to come knocking. The first few Purge films featured a mostly rotating cast with a few recurring characters, before the fourth Purge film, The First Purge, jumped back in time to before the first movie, detailing the events that led to the initial Purge. Now, The Purge 5 will pick up after the third movie, Election Year, which ended with Purge Night being abolished. However, lest you worry that there won't be any story left for the fifth movie, rest assured that there is still enough conflict in the Purge-verse to fuel another installment in the horror franchise, as Election Year also set up a brewing civil war.

The Purge 5 will be directed by Everardo Gout, and doesn't seem to be bringing back any of the characters from the previous Purge films. This iteration of The Purge will be led by Ana de la Reguera (Narcos) and Tenoch Huerta (Narcos: Mexico), and will also feature Leven Rambin (True Detective). Currently, the film is set to release on July 10, 2020.

Creed 3

After six Rocky movies and two Creed films, MGM may finally be making a Rocky movie without Rocky. Although the studio has hired writer Zach Baylin to pen a third Creed film, Sylvester Stallone went on the record after Creed II claiming that he was done playing Rocky Balboa for good. Granted, there's still plenty of story to explore even without Rocky, with Michael B. Jordan's character Adonis Creed ending the second movie not only a victor in the boxing ring, but also a father of a baby girl with his fiancée, Bianca (Tessa Thompson).

Little else is known about the third Creed film, including whether the Adonis-centered film will continue to follow the same formula as the Rocky films on which it is based. No director is yet attached, and considering the busy schedules of Jordan and Thompson, finding time to film may be a challenge. Because the film is still in the very early stages, there's also no release date scheduled yet. Still, even without Rocky in a central role, the Creed films have done well enough that when the third one finally arrives, we predict it's gonna fly.

Rocky 7

Despite Sylvester Stallone announcing his intention to retire the character of Rocky Balboa following 2018's Creed II, he went on to clarify that he was specifically done playing Rocky in Creed movies. Speaking to Collider in 2019, Stallone confirmed that he was "done with Creed" because "there's nothing more I can do there," before going on to say that he had an idea for a new Rocky film that the star, writer, and director called "vital."

"I have a thing that... it's politically, you would say, vital right now," Stallone revealed. "It's right on the edge. Also, it deals also with a foreign country. Well, you've heard a little bit about it and they want it badly."

While this is hardly confirmation that Warner Bros. will be moving ahead with a new Rocky sequel in addition to the already in-development Creed 3, Stallone's assurance that "they want it badly" seems to indicate a high degree of enthusiasm for his political Rocky storyline. Just what Stallone has up his sleeve, and why it's so vital to our current political moment, we'll have to wait to find out.

Searching 2

In 2018, Searching offered audiences a tight, tense thriller about a desperate father frantically trying to locate his missing daughter, told entirely through screens. Using phones, computer monitors, and televisions, Searching managed to weave the everyday technology used by its main characters into its central narrative, turning what could've been an eye-rolling gimmick into a compelling storytelling device. However, the mystery told in Searching felt pretty definitively concluded by the end of the film, which makes the idea of a sequel somewhat surprising.

And yet that's what we're getting, with Deadline reporting in August of 2019 that Searching 2 is in the works. But before you worry that making a sequel to the innovative thriller — whose plot relied heavily on chance — pushes the boundaries of plausibility, rest assured that this follow-up won't be hurling John Cho's David Kim into an improbable scenario. Although director Aneesh Chaganty and writer Sev Ohanian are returning for the sequel, Searching 2 will feature a new mystery featuring an entirely new cast of characters. In response to the sequel news on Twitter, Chaganty wrote, "It's true. But note: the story will not follow the same characters or plot line as the first. Most importantly, we see this as an opportunity to tell another original, tech-driven thriller." No word yet on when we can expect Searching 2 or which new faces and voices might make an appearance, but if the first film is any indication, the answers will be what we least expect.