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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.

The Matrix 4

After years of speculation that a fourth Matrix film was in the works — which at one point included the rumor that Michael B. Jordan might be coming aboard to star in the sequel — Variety broke the news in August of 2019 that a new Matrix was indeed on the way, and that it wouldn't be following a new character after all. Original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie Ann Moss, who played the far-future revolutionaries Neo and Trinity, will be returning for The Matrix 4, along with original writer and director Lana Wachowski. 

Wachowski partnered with her sister Lilly to make the first three Matrix movies, but the fourth installment will have only one Wachowski at the helm. In addition to Wachowski, the script for The Matrix 4 will be co-written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell, and is set to start production in early 2020. No plot details have yet been revealed for The Matrix 4, including how the film plans to incorporate Moss' character, who was killed in the third film in the franchise, The Matrix Revolutions, or whether Laurence Fishburne's character, Morpheus, will be making an appearance. Some sources have speculated that he may be recast in order to appear as a younger version of the character, but of course, that is still speculation. 

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.

The Big Lebowski spinoff - The Jesus Rolls

Nobody messes with the Jesus... except for John Turturro. After all, Turturro played the purple-clad Jesus Quintanna in The Big Lebowski, and even though he's only onscreen for two scenes, the pervy bowler made a lasting impression. So if anybody is going to get Jesus off the lanes and back on the screen — other than the Coen Brothers, anyway — it's Turturro. And as it turns out, Turturro has already filmed a sequel about the jumpsuit-loving Jesus. Once called Going Places, it's now known as The Jesus Rolls, and it has absolutely nothing to do with the Dude.  

The plot follows Jesus, who's just been released from jail after somebody framed him for pedophilia. Now a free man, he teams up with two friends — played by Audrey Tautou (Amelie, The Da Vinci Code) and Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man and Boardwalk Empire) — and goes on a wild road trip during which, according to the official plot description, the trio's "irreverent sexually charged dynamic evolves into a surprising love story as their spontaneous and flippant attitude towards the past or future backfires time and again, even as they inadvertently perform good deeds."

In September 2019, a trailer for The Jesus Rolls appeared — albeit one dubbed in Italian to promote the film's release in Italy. As for the dynamic directing duo, the Coens aren't involved with this spinoff sequel, but they're totally cool with Turturro making a part two.

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. 

Indiana Jones 5

After the poorly received Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, no one would've blamed Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg, and everyone else at Lucasfilm if they'd given up on making any more sequels featuring the adventurous archaeologist and allowed the franchise to simply fade into the annals of pop culture history. Yet it now appears as though Indy will be back with Indiana Jones 5, which (despite getting pushed from July of 2020 to July 9, 2021) is theoretically happening. 

Indiana Jones 5 has gone through a number of screenwriters, from Jurassic Park and Crystal Skull scribe David Koepp, to Jonathan Kasdan (Solo: A Star Wars Story), to This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman, and now, apparently, back to Koepp. No word has yet been given on what Indiana Jones 5 will be about — although Harrison Ford will be at least 78 when the movie starts filming, so chances are that the adventure will have to be a little less physically rigorous than previous installments — and that may be because even the filmmakers don't quite know yet. Speaking to Den of Geek in September of 2019, Koepp said, "I'm working on it again. We're still trying. And I think we've got a good idea this time. We'll see." 

If Indiana Jones 5 is still just in the "good idea" stage, it's probably got a long way to go before it actually hits theaters, but according to everyone involved, it'll get there. Eventually. 

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 (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 — 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."

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. Legally Blonde 3 is currently expected to hit screens on May 8, 2020.

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. 

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.

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. 

Candyman

Look into a mirror, say "Candyman" five times, and you might conjure up that bug-infested bogeyman. Or maybe you could just wait for June 12, 2020, when the infamous killer will return to haunt theaters everywhere. Jordan Peele and his studio, Monkeypaw Productions, are producing a film that's been described as a "'spiritual' sequel" to the 1992 original. Or you could just go get Jordan Peele for the job. According to Bloody Disgusting, the writer-director behind Get Out is currently in talks to bring the bug-infested bogeyman back to the silver screen via his Monkeypaw Productions.

In case you missed out on the original, Candyman is based on a Clive Barker story, and it follows a grad student (Virginia Madsen) who's investigating an urban legend in the Chicago projects. Unfortunately, this urban legend turns out to be the hook-handed ghost of a murdered artist (Tony Todd), a deep-voiced ghoul with a thing for honeybees and hurting people.

As the original film involved slavery, lynching, and controversy surrounding interracial relationships, chances are good this sequel is going to deal with some pretty dark themes. Aquaman villain Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is reportedly set to star, and there's a rumor that Lakeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother YouGet Out) might be playing the protagonist. As for who's sitting in the director's chair, those duties will fall to Nia DaCosta, a filmmaker with just one movie to her name so far: Little Woods, starring Tessa Thompson. That film has been widely hailed by critics, so we've got high hopes for Candyman...Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman.

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." Here's hoping the project can move forward, because we'd be first in line to buy that for a dollar.

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.

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.