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Upcoming Movie Sequels You Didn't Know Were In The Works

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 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 — possibly driven at least in part by an ingenious marketing campaign riffing on the 1992 Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston film "The Bodyguard" — pulling in $177 million worldwide against a $30 million budget, which proved enough to earn it a sequel, titled "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard."

Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek will all be returning as their characters from the first film, with Hayek playing a much more prominent role this time around. The film's first trailer shows ex-bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) trying to adjust to his post-bodyguarding life, only to get pulled back into the violent world of criminal protection when he's hired to protect the wife (Hayek) of Darius Kincaid (Jackson), his client from the first film. 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." And it looks like we'll get to see it on June 16, 2021.

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

For fans of the Adam Sandler-led animated monster franchise "Hotel Transylvania," a fourth spooktacular entry is on the horizon. 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. While Tartakovsky still is responsible for penning the script, he is stepping away from the director's chair for the fourth film. Taking over directorial duties for Tartakovsky are "DC Super Hero Girls" director Jennifer Kluska and "SpongeBob" writer Derek Drymon.

Selena Gomez — who voices Dracula's daughter, Mavis, in the franchise — is returning to the cast of the fourth film, titled "Hotel Transylvania: Transformania," and will also be serving as executive producer this time around. Also returning are "Hotel Transylvania" alumni Andy Samberg, Steve Buscemi, Keegan-Michael Key, David Spade, Fran Drescher, Molly Shannon, Kathryn Hahn, and Jim Gaffigan. As seen in the film's first trailer, the plot will center around an invention that turns monsters into humans and humans into monsters, which upends the reality of all of the residents of the Hotel Transylvania. While the film's release date has been shuffled around a bit, "Hotel Transylvania: Transformania" is currently set for a theatrical release on July 23, 2021.

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. Originally scheduled to crawl into theaters on March 26, 2021 before being bumped to September 17, 2021, "The Boss Baby: Family Business" 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 living happily as adults, there's apparently more story yet to be told about the brothers' childhood adventures — although not really in the way you'd expect. The first film seemed to set up a potential sequel about Tim's own baby daughter, but the trailer reveals that "Family Business" will revolve around all three characters, with her father and uncle taking a special formula to turn them back into babies. Alec Baldwin will return to voice Ted, while "X-Men" star James Marsden will be taking over for Tobey Maguire, who voiced the adult Tim in the first "Boss Baby." They'll be joined by Amy Sedaris as the voice of Tim's daughter, Tina, and will be fighting a nefarious baby-corrupting villain voiced by Jeff Goldblum.

The Kissing Booth 3

Based on the novel of the same name by Beth Reekles, "The Kissing Booth" made waves on Netflix in 2018 when, despite scathing reviews from critics, the film proved to be a smash success with teen viewers, with one in three viewers rewatching the teen rom-com, a rate that is 30 percent higher than the average re-watch rate of other films on the streamer. So it was no surprise when a sequel premiered on Netflix in 2020 to similar levels of success, with "The Kissing Booth 2" claiming the honor of being the most-viewed film on the streamer during its premiere weekend.

Only a few weeks after "The Kissing Booth 2" dropped on Netflix, Deadline reported that a third "Kissing Booth" had already been filmed. The third film was quietly filmed concurrently with the second film, banking on the success of the first film to justify making at least two more. "The Kissing Booth 3" will pick up where the second film leaves off, right before protagonist Elle (Joey King) heads off to college. The third film will also star Jacob Elordi as Elle's boyfriend Noah, and Joel Courtney as his brother — and Elle's best friend — Lee, both reprising their roles from the first two films. Back in the director's chair is Vince Marcello, who directed the first two films. Also returning for the third film are original cast members Taylor Zakhar Perez, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Meganne Young, and Molly Ringwald.

Keep an eye on Netflix, as the film will hit the streaming site on August 11, 2021.

Don't Breathe 2

In a surprising announcement in October 2020, actor Stephen Lang revealed on Twitter that he'd just wrapped filming on "Don't Breathe 2," the sequel to the 2016 home invasion horror thriller that turned the genre on its head. In the first film, Lang played the cryptically named Blind Man, a homeowner who found himself the target of a trio of small-scale burglars. Unfortunately for the would-be thieves, the Blind Man is far more capable and ruthless than they assume, and he winds up trapping them in a terrifying and deadly game of cat and mouse.

The sequel picks up with Lang's character several years after the home invasion, and finds the Blind Man living quietly in isolation with a young girl who was orphaned by a house fire. The Blind Man is forced to jump back into action when the girl is kidnapped — although, if the first movie is any indication, the kidnappers have no idea what they're in for. "Don't Breathe 2" was directed by Rodo Sayagues, who also co-wrote the script with Fede Alvarez. Prior to Lang's announcement, the production hadn't even revealed that it had managed to continue filming during the coronavirus pandemic. But now that Lang's filming has wrapped (with "all health and safety protocols observed to the letter"), "Don't Breathe" fans won't have long to wait to view the sequel, as it's set for release on August 13, 2021.

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. While not much is known about the plot of the sequel, the logline reads, "The Addams get tangled up in wacky adventures and find themselves involved in hilarious run-ins with all sorts of unsuspecting characters. Always staying true to themselves, the Addams family brings their iconic spookiness and kookiness wherever they go." Joining the cast for "The Addams Family 2" will be Bill Hader as a new character named Cyrus and Javon "Wanna" Walton as Pugsley. The follow-up to the animated reimagining of the mysterious and spooky family will be creeping into theaters in October 2021.

Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends

Following the successful reboot of the "Halloween" franchise in 2018, with a film that served as a sequel to the 1978 movie while ignoring the many existing installments, writer Danny McBride confirmed that another sequel was underway. Originally, the plan was to film two sequels back-to-back, releasing them a year apart. "Halloween Kills" was scheduled for October 16, 2020, and "Halloween Ends" would've concluded the series on October 15, 2021.

However, several wrenches were thrown into the works. The ambitious shooting schedule wound up being too much to pull off, resulting in the filming of "Halloween Kills" wrapping up with no start date for "Halloween Ends" on the calendar. And then the COVID-19 pandemic bumped both films back a year, so that "Halloween Kills" will now hit theaters on October 15, 2021, while "Halloween Ends" will debut on October 14, 2022.

Star Andi Matichak promises that "Halloween Kills" will be worth the long wait, though. Speaking to Bloody Disgusting's "The Boo Crew", Matichak said, "It is ... a movie that I think fans will be very happy with. It's big, and it's bad, and it's mean. And we see Michael ... I think Laurie, Allyson, and Karen pissed him off a little bit, by locking him in the basement, because his retaliation is next level." Of course, she's referring to the end of 2018's "Halloween," when the three female leads (Matichak, Judy Greer, and Jamie Lee Curtis) locked killer Michael Myers in a basement and burned the house down around him. No wonder he's upset.

Jackass 4

Although 2002's "Jackass: The Movie" was originally conceived as a farewell to the "Jackass" TV series, concluding the stunt-pranking antics of Johnny Knoxville and his friends in grandiose fashion, the film was successful enough to spin off multiple sequels, including "Jackass Number Two" in 2006 and "Jackass 3D" in 2010. Now, Knoxville and friends are gearing up for a fourth "Jackass" flick, bringing a whole new set of outlandish stunts and pranks to the big screen.

"Jackass 4" was originally scheduled to hit theaters on March 5, 2021, but as studios shuffled many of their release slates in the midst of 2020's industry shutdown, "Jackass 4" eventually got bumped to October 22, 2021. Previously, Knoxville said that if a fourth movie came into being, he would want to expand the cast to include some younger actors, but most of the original cast has also expressed interest in making a fourth film, including Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Bam Margera, Dave England, Weeman, Ehren McGhehey, Rake Yohn, and Rick Kosick. However, following a series of disturbing videos posted to his social media in early 2021, Bam Margera was reportedly removed from the cast of "Jackass 4." Director Jeff Tremaine will be back at the helm, having previously directed all of the other "Jackass" movies.

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

After six successful films starring Milla Jovovich, based on the successful video game series of the same name, "Resident Evil" is finally getting the origin story treatment, jumping back to a time before the events of the existing films, although many of the characters will be familiar to long-time fans. The first film not to feature Jovovich (or presumably, her character, Alice), the "Resident Evil" prequel will star Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield, Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine, Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, Tom Hopper as Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia as Leon S. Kennedy, and Neal McDonough as William Birkin. All of these characters previously appeared in other "Resident Evil" films, although they were all played by different actors.

The film will be written and directed by Johannes Roberts, who said of his approach to the film, "With this movie, I really wanted to go back to the original first two games and re-create the terrifying visceral experience I had when I first played them whilst at the same time telling a grounded human story about a small dying American town that feels both relatable and relevant to today's audiences." Roberts' approach is likely to be a significant departure from the previous six films, which were all directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. That's especially true since Roberts has said (via Bloody Disgusting) that he's drawn inspiration from John Carpenter's films, specifically "The Fog" and "Assault on Precinct 13." 

And if you're wondering about the plot, here's the official synopsis: "Once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwestern town. The company's exodus left the city a wasteland...with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, the townspeople are forever ... changed ... and a small group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night."

Filming began in October of 2020, and we expect to see "Welcome to Raccoon City" hit screens on November 24, 2021.

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 just in time for Christmas. 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 it got pushed back a year to December 22, 2021. The sequel will find Buster and his friends hoping to perform "at the most prestigious venue in the entertainment world," according to Variety. In addition to McConaughey, Egerton, Witherspoon, Johansson, Nick Kroll, and Tori Kelly, who will all be reprising their roles, "Sing 2" will be adding Bono, Pharrell Williams, Letitia Wright, Bobby Cannavale, Chelsea Peretti, Halsey, and Eric Andre to its impressive voice cast. If the first film is any indication, audiences can expect a seat-dancing, toe-tapping good time.

Downton Abbey 2

After the hit British TV series "Downton Abbey" successfully transitioned to the big screen, continuing the story of the Crawley family and their household staff in 2019, Focus Features confirmed in 2021 that a second film is in the works. Plus, they announced that it would hit theaters the same year. An April 19, 2021 tweet from the studio read, "We're thrilled to announce that Julian Fellowes and the entire 'Downton' cast are back for #DowntonAbbey2, with Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye, and Dominic West joining! See the film in theaters this Christmas."

The "entire 'Downton' cast" presumably includes all the main players from the series and first movie, including Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Maggie Smith, Joanne Froggatt, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Rob James-Collier, and Penelope Wilton, among others. Tuppence Middleton, who joined the cast for the first film, also confirmed on Twitter that she'll be appearing in the sequel. No details have yet been released about the plot, but presumably, it will be set during Christmas and will follow up on the events set up in the first film, which included new romances, a pregnancy, a wedding, and a terminal illness. We'll see what twists the newest has in store for the entire Downton crew when "Downton Abbey 2" hits theaters on December 22, 2021.

Army of Thieves

Before Zack Snyder's bloody zombie heist film "Army of the Dead" even premiered on Netflix in 2021, the movie's producers were already looking ahead to the future of the franchise. While the ending of the film didn't seem to leave a lot of room for sequels — well, not featuring the same cast anyway — the beginning suggested multiple movies worth of backstory to mine, and that's exactly what Netflix is planning. In addition to an anime series tracing the early days of the zombie outbreak, titled "Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas," the 2021 film will also receive a prequel feature centered around its expert safe-cracker, Ludwig Dieter.

Titled "Army of Thieves," the prequel will be directed by Matthias Schweighöfer, who will also star as the scene-stealing character. The film will be set in the early days of the zombie outbreak, which is depicted only as a quick, epic montage at the beginning of "Army of the Dead." According to Snyder, it will portray how Dieter's love of safe-cracking came to be, and it will also reveal a link between the vault he tackles in "Army of the Dead" and Dieter himself. Like "Army of the Dead," "Army of Thieves" will also feature an ensemble cast, although Schweighöfer will be the only carryover from the first film. Joining him for the prequel will be Nathalie Emmanuel, Guz Khan, Ruby O. Fee, Stuart Martin, and Jonathan Cohen. While Netflix hasn't yet given the film a precise premiere date, it's set to hit the streamer sometime in 2021.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Beginning with the first film in 1974, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" films have been staples of the American horror canon for decades, with seven sequels, comics, and a video game adaptation. Now, a ninth "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" film is in the works from director David Blue Garcia and writer Chris Thomas Devlin. This film will be a direct sequel to the original film, but it will be set many years later, with the cannibalistic serial killer Leatherface — who serves as the antagonist in all of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" films — now an old man.

The newest "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" film — titled simply "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" — will feature an ensemble cast, including names like Elsie Fisher, Sarah Yarkin, Alice Krige, Olwen Fouéré, and Jacob Latimore. Plus, Marilyn Burns — who played the surviving Sally in the first film — will return to the franchise. While the details of the plot are still under wraps, producer Fede Alvarez told Bloody Disgusting that fans of the original can expect the sequel to pay homage to the 1974 film in more than just its story. "Everything is classic, old school gags," Alvarez said of the film's practical effects, adding, "Never VFX ... do everything on camera. It's a very old school approach to filmmaking. Vintage lenses ... it's very similar to the original film." While no official release date has been announced, the film's official website says to expect "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" sometime in 2021.

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, the next installment in the "Has Fallen" franchise will once again center around Gerard Butler's secret service agent Mike Banning, and it will be titled "Night Has Fallen." The action-heavy "Has Fallen" films focus on Butler's character as he attempts to thwart all manner of cataclysmic conspiracies. For example, "Angel Has Fallen" saw Banning racing to clear his name after being framed for an attack on the U.S. president (Morgan Freeman). And "Night Has Fallen" will reunite the creative team behind "Angel Has Fallen," bringing back Ric Roman Waugh to direct and Robert Mark Kamen to pen the script. Despite the studio's plans for many sequels, we don't have a solid release date yet for "Night Has Fallen," although if they stick to the every-three-years schedule of the first three, we can expect the fourth one sometime in 2022.

Scream

Nearly a quarter century after the first "Scream" slashed its way into theaters, a fifth installment in the deliciously self-aware horror franchise has wrapped filming and is headed to theaters in 2022. 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 film has since spawned three sequels, with the most recent, "Scream 4," releasing in 2011.

Stars Courteney Cox and David Arquette have appeared in all four previous "Scream" installments, and both officially signed on for the fifth film in 2020. Although Cox and Arquette are divorced in real life (they got married after meeting on the set of "Scream"), their characters, Gale Weathers and Sheriff Dewey Riley, should theoretically still be married in the films. Also joining the cast for the fifth "Scream" outing will be "In the Heights" star Melissa Barrera, who will be playing a new character. 

Franchise star Neve Campbell, who played protagonist Sidney Prescott in all four prior "Scream" films, will be back for the fifth "Scream" (which, somewhat confusingly, will also be called simply "Scream"). Although her casting was never officially announced by Campell or the studio, her involvement was confirmed when Kevin Williamson tweeted a photo of himself alongside Campbell and Cox announcing the end of filming. Wrote Williamson, "I'm excited for you to return to Woodsboro and get really scared again. I believe Wes would've been so proud of the film that [directors] Matt [Bettinell-Olpin] and Tyler [Gillett] are making. I'm thrilled to be reunited with Neve, Courteney, David and Marley, and to be working alongside a new filmmaking team and incredible cast of newcomers that have come together to continue Wes's legacy with the upcoming relaunch of the franchise that I hold so dear to my heart. See you in theatres January 2022."

Intriguingly, although the return of the original cast seems to indicate that "Scream" is a direct sequel and the title suggests a reboot, Courteney Cox suggested in May 2021 that the film is none of the above and will instead mark the beginning of a "new franchise."

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

When the film adaptation of the popular video game franchise "Sonic the Hedgehog" sped into theaters in February 2020, it quickly blew away the opening weekend record for video-game based movies, and even though it was forced to halt its theatrical release early due to the coronavirus pandemic, it still managed to perform well enough for Paramount Pictures to move ahead with a sequel. Announced in May 2020, the sequel will reunite the creative team of screenwriters Pat Casey and Josh Miller and director Jeff Fowler.

Star Ben Schwartz revealed the release date for the sequel in a tweet that read, "SONIC 2 IS OFFICIALLY COMING 2 THEATERS 4/8/22!!!" Schwartz voiced the titular hedgehog in the first film, and he'll be joined once again in the sequel by returning cast members James Marsden as Sonic's human best friend, Tom, Tika Sumpter as Tom's wife, Maddie, and Jim Carrey as the villainous Dr. Robotnik. While the plot of "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" is still unknown, the stinger at the end of the first movie seemed to hint at the setup for a sequel, introducing the popular video game character Tails, who's Sonic's best friend and sidekick in the game.

Legally Blonde 3

It's been almost 20 years since audiences followed effervescent sorority girl Elle Woods to Harvard Law School in the bubblegum-hued "Legally Blonde." She continued 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 producer Marc Platt and his Platt Productions president Adam Siegel. In addition to starring as Elle, Reese Witherspoon will also act as a producer this time through her Hello Sunshine banner. Originally, "Legally Blonde" scribes Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith and Karen McCullah were attached to pen the script, but since then, "The Office" alum Mindy Kaling and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" creator Dan Goor have stepped in to completely rewrite the screenplay.

We've yet to hear much in the way of plot details, but as a big fan of the original film, Kaling is very much looking forward to revisiting an older and wiser (and likely even more fabulous) Elle Woods. "I can't wait to see what Elle Woods — what people will think of the way we wrote Elle Woods at 40," said Kaling in an interview with Access Hollywood. "How Elle Woods is at 40 versus how she was at 21 has been really fun to imagine." But for those who worry that Elle may have outgrown the Bend and Snap, never fear. "Bend and Snap is forever," Kaling reassured fans. "We definitely have a lot of fan favorites from the original movie." "Legally Blonde 3" is expected to arrive in May 2022.

Lightyear

While the main "Toy Story" franchise appears to be pretty tightly wrapped up by the end of "Toy Story 4," that doesn't mean there are no stories left to be told inside the uplifting Pixar world. Disney announced during their 2020 Investor Day event that everyone's favorite Space Ranger, Buzz Lightyear, would be getting his own feature film, which will arrive in theaters June 17, 2022. 

But before you assume you know what to expect from a Buzz Lightyear movie, you should know that "Lightyear" won't be a typical spinoff. Instead of following the Tim Allen-voiced character from the "Toy Story" films, "Lightyear" will follow a different Buzz Lightyear, voiced by MCU star Chris Evans. After Pixar tweeted that "Lightyear" would be "the definitive story of the original Buzz Lightyear," Evans followed their announcement up with a perplexing clarification of his own: "And just to be clear, this isn't Buzz Lightyear the toy. This is the origin story of the human Buzz Lightyear that the toy is based on." As best we can tell, this means that "Lightyear" will follow a human character (or possibly a "live-action" fictional character) within the "Toy Story" universe whose adventures eventually lead to him getting a line of toys based on his life and/or show/movie. Confused yet? So are we.

Indiana Jones 5

As part of Disney's whirlwind of announcements during their 2020 Investor Day event, the studio reaffirmed that a fifth installment in the iconic Indiana Jones franchise is on the way and will once again star Indy himself, Harrison Ford. At 78 years old, Ford will likely be retiring his trademark whip and fedora by the end of "Indiana Jones 5," although the studio hasn't yet indicated whether the film will see him pass the baton to a younger generation (as was the fumbled intent of 2008's much-maligned "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull") or close out the franchise. However, we do know he'll be joined in his adventure by Phoebe Waller-Bridge of "Fleabag" and Mads Mikkelsen of "Hannibal", along with Boyd Holbrook and Shaunette Renée Wilson. And they'll be accompanied by the score of John Williams, who's returning for Indy's newest adventure.

In the director's chair for "Indiana Jones 5" is James Mangold, who already knows what it's like to bring the legacy of a beloved action hero to a dignified end. Mangold previously directed 2017's "Logan," which served as the final adventure for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and Patrick Stewart's Charles Xavier, characters they'd both been playing in numerous films since 2000's "X-Men." "Logan" earned Mangold an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and served as a thrilling and satisfying conclusion for Jackman and Stewart's characters. While "Indiana Jones 5" isn't likely to skew nearly as dark as "Logan," we can only hope that its farewell to the adventurous archaeology professor will be as moving when the film hits theaters on July 29, 2022.

Puss in Boots 2

Audiences were first introduced to the character of Puss in Boots in 2004's "Shrek 2," where the ferocious feline was hired as an assassin to take out the titular ogre. Of course, he never managed to carry out his mission, and the film ended with the two characters on the same side. Voiced by Antonio Banderas, Universal deemed the character of Puss in Boots popular enough to warrant his own spinoff, which was released in 2011. Set before the events of "Shrek 2," "Puss in Boots" fleshed out the character's origin story, and it went on to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature.

In 2019, it was announced that "Puss in Boots" would be getting a sequel helmed by "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" co-director Bob Persichetti. However, in 2021, Universal announced that Persichetti had been replaced by Joel Crawford, who most recently directed "The Croods: A New Age." The sequel will be called "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish," and it will follow the courageous kitty — now on his ninth life — as he searches for the mythical Last Wish that he hopes will restore the other eight. "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish" is set to release on September 23, 2022.

Creed III

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).

We don't know a whole lot about the plot of the third "Creed" film. However, we do know that in addition to starring in the film, Jordan will be making his directorial debut with "Creed III," saying in a statement, "This franchise, and in particular the themes of "Creed III," are deeply personal to me. I look forward to sharing the next chapter of Adonis Creed's story with the awesome responsibility of being its director and namesake." On top of that, we also know who will most likely be showing up on the other side of the squared circle. Deadline announced in June 2021 that Jonathan Majors is in talks to lace on the gloves and trade blows with Adonis. Majors skyrocketed to fame after playing the lead of HBO's "Lovecraft Country." And in addition to work in films like "Da 5 Bloods" and "The Last Black Man in San Francisco," Majors has been cast in Netflix's upcoming Western "The Harder They Fall," and he'll also play Kang the Conqueror in "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania."

Will Majors' character have any connection to previous "Rocky" films? It's a legit question to ask, as the villain of "Creed II" was the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), the villain from "Rocky IV." We don't know at the moment, but we really hope to see Majors and Jordan go toe to toe on November 23, 2022.

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's since contested with "Avengers: Endgame"). 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 a while to find out; "Avatar: The Way of Water" is scheduled for release on December 17, 2022, with "Avatar: The Seed Bearer" arriving on December 22, 2024, "Avatar: The Tulkun Rider" following on December 19, 2026, and "Avatar: The Quest for Eywa" concluding the franchise on December 17, 2028.

Mad Max 5 and Furiosa

In 2015, "Mad Max: Fury Road" reinvigorated the long-dormant "Mad Max" franchise, which began 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. "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, two follow-up films are in the works, one of which is a direct sequel, while the other is a prequel centered around a younger Furiosa. The sequel, which has been given the working title "Mad Max: The Wasteland," was reportedly greenlit by Warner Bros. in early 2020, and will follow Hardy's Max Rockatansky but won't feature the return of Furiosa. And while "Furiosa" will bring back the title character, Theron herself won't be making an appearance in that film either. Director George Miller said that much as he loved Theron's performance in "Fury Road," he doesn't have enough faith in de-aging technology to allow Theron to reprise her role for the prequel.

Instead, the younger Furiosa will be played by Anya Taylor-Joy, who will be joined by MCU star Chris Hemsworth and Emmy-winning "Watchmen" actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Miller hasn't yet revealed who Hemsworth and Abdul-Mateen will be playing in "Furiosa," but the characters have likely existed in the director's head since before the previous film, since he and co-writer Nick Lathouris developed origin stories for every character while prepping "Fury Road," and in fact wrote an entire screenplay for "Furiosa" in the process. "Furiosa" will be tearing into theaters on June 23, 2023.

Knives Out 2 and 3

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 justifying not one but two sequels, which will go directly to Netflix.

The move to Netflix is a surprising one, considering that the first film was distributed theatrically through Lionsgate, but it was Johnson's call — along with his producing partner, Ram Bergman — to take the sequels directly to the streaming site. Both films will follow Daniel Craig's drawling private investigator, Benoit Blanc, but he'll be the only carryover from the first movie. Aside from Craig, Johnson says the "Knives Out" sequels will each 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 either "Knives Out" sequel, the ensemble cast is shaping up to be every bit as impressive as that of the first film, with Kathryn Hahn, Dave Bautista, Janelle Monae, Leslie Odom Jr., Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, and Madelyn Cline all signing on to appear in the second film.

Attack the Block 2

Before John Boyega was known for fighting intergalactic space battles in "Star Wars," he was fighting unsettling monstrous aliens in the urban sci-fi adventure "Attack the Block." Written and directed by Joe Cornish, the 2011 film starred Boyega as Moses, the leader of a teenage street gang in South London — a gang that decides to rid their neighborhood of vicious extraterrestrials after they unexpectedly start falling from the sky.

The sequel will reunite Boyega and Cornish, who's once again both writing and directing. This time, Boyega will also be acting as co-producer, in addition to reprising his role as Moses. Speaking to Deadline, Boyega said, "It's been a decade since 'Attack the Block' was released, and so much has changed since then. I'm excited to see this heightened story return to the streets of London. Moses has remained one of my favorite characters to play and bringing him back is a huge honor."

Cornish echoed his enthusiasm, saying, "I'm thrilled we're officially announcing our return to the world of 'Attack the Block' on the tenth anniversary of the film's release. I can't wait to work alongside John again, bringing audiences an even bigger slice of inner-city alien action." No further details have been revealed about the film, including the plot, other returning cast members, or a release gate, but if Cornish and Boyega are excited, so are we.

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. It will mark the directorial debut of Will Merrick and Nick Johnson, who edited the original film and will also be penning part two. 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. "Searching 2" will feature a new mystery featuring an entirely new cast of characters. In response to the sequel news on Twitter, producer Aneesh 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." 

While there's still no word on when we can expect to see "Searching 2" or what its plot will be, "Euphoria" and "A Wrinkle in Time" star Storm Reid will play the lead in the tech-driven sequel, and she'll be accompanied by the likes of Nia Long, Ken Leung, Joaquim de Almeida, and Amy Landecker, among others.

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. The film will be helmed by "Underwater" director Will Eubank from a script by "Happy Death Day" scribe Christopher Landon, and after a bit of shuffling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was made to skip theaters and release the film directly onto Paramount+. The film will star Emily Bader, Roland Buck III, Dan Lippert and Henry Ayres-Brown, and while no plot details have yet been released, we can take some guesses.

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.

Extraction 2

While the coronavirus pandemic sent the rest of the movie industry into a tailspin in 2020, streaming giant Netflix embraced the opportunity to deliver new movies to its homebound audience with gusto, rolling out a number of big-budget films headlined by A-list stars. Chief among them was the action-thriller "Extraction," starring the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Chris Hemsworth, which quickly established itself as the most watched original film in Netflix's history, making a sequel practically inevitable.

Sure enough, less than two weeks after "Extraction" premiered on the streamer, Deadline reported that a sequel is already in the works. "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Avengers: Endgame" director Joe Russo is once again on board to write the script, and Sam Hargrave will be returning to direct. Chris Hemsworth will also be returning, and filming is set to begin sometime in late 2021.

As for the plot, Russo sounds like he's tapping into his MCU experience and planning out an entire "Extraction" cinematic universe, saying at his CCXP panel, "We are working at building out a universe of films that could potentially explore some of the other characters from the first movie and some new characters and see more historical interaction between the characters." In a previous interview, Russo elaborated on this position, telling Collider, "We're trying to find more interesting ways to tell these stories and cross-pollinate them. ... Can we go backwards and forwards at the same time? Can things that happened in the past affect the movies in the present?"

More interesting still, Russo went on to ask, "Can we see different points of view? Every antagonist is the protagonist in their own story, so can we see their point of view? ... I think what makes that a compelling element to the Extraction universe is it is a global franchise telling global stories, and we'd like to diversify the point of view in those movies."

As for who would helm these hypothetical future installments of the franchise, Hargrave said that he's willing to step aside after the second one to allow for some fresh perspectives. "There's a lot of other super talented filmmakers out there who would have very unique visions and would bring something new and fresh to the franchise that I would be excited to see as a fan," Hargrave told Collider, adding, "I would love to see, as a fan of cinema, other young directors who, again, can push the level of action."

Enola Holmes 2

The game is afoot — again! After the smash success of 2020's "Enola Holmes," Netflix's detective YA caper starring Millie Bobby Brown as the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill), the streamer has greenlit a sequel that will bring back both Holmes siblings for another twisting caper. Based on a series of novels by Nancy Springer, the first film saw teenage Enola running away from home to investigate her mother's (Helena Bonham Carter) mysterious disappearance, against the explicit instructions of her older brother, Mycroft (Sam Claflin), who steps in as her guardian. During her journey, she befriends the Viscount Tewkesbury, Marquess of Basilwether (Louis Partridge), a young runaway who's been targeted for assassination.

Of course, by the end of the film, Enola has solved both mysteries, as well as earned the respect of her famous detective sibling. While the plot of the sequel isn't yet known, it will undoubtedly see Enola taking on another mysterious case, although whether she and Sherlock will work together this time or if Enola will venture out entirely on her own again remains to be seen. Brown and Cavill will both reprise their roles for the sequel, which will also bring back director Harry Bradbeer and writer Jack Thorne.

Hocus Pocus 2

While "Hocus Pocus" failed to make much of a splash when it was first released in 1993, it has since gathered a significant following as a Halloween staple, with new fans discovering the witchy joys of the Sanderson sisters each year. The film follows a group of kids who accidentally resurrect the trio of sisters on Halloween, three hundred years after their execution in 1693. The sisters then set about to suck away the souls of every child in Salem so that they can stay alive, unless the children who resurrected them — alongside an enchanted cat — can stop them.

While details on the sequel film remain scarce, original "Hocus Pocus" stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker are set to return in the sequel, which will bow on Disney+. Working from a script by Jen D'Angelo, "Hocus Pocus 2" was originally set to be directed by Adam Shankman, but he was replaced in 2021 by Anne Fletcher. And Bloody Disgusting revealed the official plot synopsis for the film, which reads, "Three young women accidentally bring the Sanderson sisters back to modern day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world."

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, which was previously set to release March 19, 2021 but was then delayed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vikander is set to reprise her role as Lara Croft, but after originally tapping Ben Wheatley in 2019 to direct from a script penned by his wife and frequent collaborator, Amy Jump, the studio pivoted in early 2021 to announce that "Tomb Raider 2" will be written and directed by "Lovecraft Country" showrunner Misha Green.

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.

Disenchanted

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. While the sequel, titled "Disenchanted," was slow getting off the ground, the production is now full steam ahead, and will be premiering exclusively on Disney+.

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 story is said to take place 10 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.

As for the cast, Disney has confirmed that Amy Adams will return for the sequel, and Patrick Dempsey mentioned in early 2021 that he'd already gotten the script. "Enchanted" co-stars Idina Menzel and James Marsden (who got married in the cartoon kingdom of Andalasia at the end of "Enchanted") will also be returning, and considering the Tony Award-winning Menzel never got to belt out a musical number in the first film, it seems only right that she should get a chance to showcase her impressive pipes in the sequel. Joining the original cast will be Yvette Nicole Brown, Jayma Mays, and Maya Rudolph. Rudolph, at least, will be playing a villain, with the potential of all three serving as antagonists.

The Lion King 2

After the massive commercial success of Disney's photo-realistic remake of "The Lion King," it seemed like only a matter of time until a sequel was announced. However, the person taking over the directorial reins from Jon Favreau for "The Lion King 2" is probably not a name most people would have expected to hear: Barry Jenkins, the Academy Award-winning writer and director best known for making poignant dramas with strong racial themes, including "Moonlight" and "If Beale Street Could Talk."

Jenkins won't be writing "The Lion King 2," but will instead be working from a script by Jeff Nathanson, who also penned the first "Lion King." While no specific details of the plot have been revealed, Deadline reports that "the story will further explore the mythology of the characters, including Mufasa's origin story." Although "The Lion King 2" seems like an outlier in Jenkins' filmography, the director sounds excited about working on the sequel for Disney, saying, "Having the opportunity to work with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love and legacy while furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come true."

Insidious 5

The long-running "Insidious" franchise is getting a fifth installment. And this time, franchise star Patrick Wilson will be settling into the director's chair. 

The first two films follow a couple whose young son is haunted by otherworldly beings and what happens when the family fights back, while the third and fourth are prequels that focus on the psychic who aided the heroes of the first two films. "Insidious 5" will follow the son from the original movie, now a decade older, as he heads off to college.

"I'm honored and thrilled to be at the helm of the next 'Insidious' installment, which will provide an amazing chance to unpack everything the Lamberts went through a decade ago, as well as deal with the consequences of their choices," Wilson said in a statement regarding his directorial duties for "Insidious 5." "Directing the movie is both professionally and personally a full circle moment for me, and I am extremely grateful to be entrusted in continuing to tell this frightening and haunting story. Into the further we go..."

"The further" refers to the demonic realm that houses the entities which haunt the characters in the "Insidious" films. The script for "Insidious 5" was penned by Scott Teems and based on a story by Leigh Wannell, who wrote the first four "Insidious" films.

Cloverfield 4

Even after a lackluster third film, which fumbled its surprise post-Super Bowl launch in 2018, the "Cloverfield" franchise apparently still has enough goodwill and potential to earn itself yet another follow-up. A fourth "Cloverfield" film was announced in January 2021 from producer J.J. Abrams, who's hired "Giri/Haji" creator Joe Barton to pen the script. Although the first "Cloverfield" was filmed as a found-footage story, following a group of young people in New York City fleeing an extraterrestrial monster attack, subsequent "Cloverfield" films have abandoned the found-footage device, and the fourth film will be no exception.

Thus far, each "Cloverfield" movie has been relatively self-contained, each following a different cast of characters in a totally different type of storyline, all within the same universe. The first film was a more straightforward urban monster film, while the second was a claustrophobic psychological thriller, and the third was sci-fi horror. There's no telling what the fourth film will look like, other than that it will almost certainly tie in the same monster invasion that has appeared in each of the "Cloverfield" films so far. However, unlike the second and third films, which were originally developed as standalone features and then retrofitted into the "Cloverfield" universe, the fourth "Cloverfield" will be the first sequel designed with the franchise in mind, meaning the ties to the rest of the franchise could be much more pronounced this time around.

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. In October 2020, Warner Bros. confirmed that "Rebecca" and "High Rise" filmmaker Ben Wheatley will be helming the shark-tastic sequel. We don't really know what the plot will be, but since "The Meg" is actually based on a series of books by Steve Alten, the sequel might draw on the next novel, which involves an even bigger shark, as well as the giant, crocodile-like Kronosaurus. The latest script for "The Meg 2" was written by Jon and Erich Hoeber working off a draft by Dean Georgaris, all of whom shared writing credit on the first film. And filming for this crazy sequel starts in January 2022.

Jump Street: Now For Her Pleasure

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 "Jump Street: Now For Her Pleasure" would be much in the same vein, and it 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.

Face/Off 2

As bizarre action movie premises go, it doesn't get much weirder than the original "Face/Off," which starred Nicolas Cage and John Travolta as a terrorist and an FBI agent, respectively, who literally swap faces via a gnarly surgery in order to each take the other's place. Yet even though (spoiler alert) Cage's villainous Castor Troy is killed at the end of the first film, a direct sequel is now in the works from filmmakers Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett. While original reports assumed that the new "Face/Off" film would be a reboot with a totally new cast taking on the story, Barrett and Wingard were quick to clarify on social media that they had no intention of reimagining the original, which Wingard wrote was "a perfect action movie."

Wingard and Barrett have previously worked together on pulse-pounding films such as "You're Next" and "The Guest," suggesting they're more than capable of taking on the violently wacky tone of a "Face/Off" sequel. Of course, with Troy dead at the end of the first film, bringing back the original stars could be tricky. But on the other hand, there's no rule that either Cage or Travolta would have to play their original characters in order to return, especially in a film all about people wearing faces that don't belong to them.

Pet Sematary 2

Although the Stephen King novel "Pet Sematary" ends pretty definitively, the same cannot be said for the 2019 film adaptation, which reimagined the ending to be a lot more open-ended. So it makes sense that "Pet Sematary 2" is now in the works from Paramount, which will be helmed by "Chaos Walking" scribe Lindsey Beer and will also be her directing debut. The film is set to skip theaters, debuting exclusively on the Paramount+ streaming service.

The 2019 film starred Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz as parents who discover a small cemetery (with a misspelled sign reading "Pet Sematary," hence the title) near their new house. After their cat is hit by a car and killed, they bury him in the cemetery, only for him to shockingly come back to life. Of course, everything goes downhill from there when one of their young children is accidentally killed, presenting the couple with a horrifying decision. Plot details for the sequel are unknown, but given the ending of the first film, it seems likely it would feature a new cast, with the main returning character being the Pet Sematary itself.

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.

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 on the detective role 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's since been delayed due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. After having its theatrical release bumped from 2020 to December 21, 2021, Fletcher remarked in the fall of 2020 that the sequel is "sort of sitting on the back burner at the moment until it becomes clear where the world is at and what's going to happen," indicating that the long-awaited "Sherlock Holmes" threequel may not hit its 2021 date, either.

Labyrinth 2

Jim Henson's cult classic fantasy "Labyrinth" has a diehard following thanks to its fantastical and creepy storytelling, Henson's imaginative creature creations, and of course, an iconic performance from David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King. Making a sequel to Henson's final feature film seems like a pretty intimidating task, but the Jim Henson Company feels up to the task.

News of the "Labyrinth" sequel first broke in 2017, with "Don't Breathe" filmmaker Fede Alvarez attached to direct. However, Alvarez announced in April of 2020 that he'd decided to step away from the film, telling Bloody Disgusting, "I just decided I didn't want to do things as a director that people knew already what it was. Or have a preconceived notion of how it should look on the screen. So "Labyrinth" would be something that people would judge that way, so I decided not to do it."

The project didn't stay rudderless for long, though. In May of 2020, Deadline reported that "Doctor Strange" director Scott Derrickson has stepped in to helm the highly anticipated sequel. Maggie Levin, the writer and director of "Into the Dark," will be writing the screenplay. While we don't yet have any details on the story that will bring us back into the world of "Labyrinth," back when Alvarez was attached to direct, project insiders confirmed to THR that the sequel would indeed be a continuation of the story that began in the original film, but that the character of the Goblin King would not be making an appearance.

National Treasure 3

Some films get theatrical or streaming sequels while others get turned into TV series, but if you're the Nicolas Cage treasure hunting film "National Treasure," you get both. The long-awaited threequel to 2004's "National Treasure" and 2007's "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" seems to finally be moving forward at Disney, tapping "Bad Boys 4" scribe Chris Bremner to write the script. But that's not all; "National Treasure" will also find new life as a Disney+ TV series, which producer Jerry Bruckheimer says is currently in the development process.

While the TV series will feature "the same concept but a young cast," "National Treasure 3" is expected to reunite the cast from the first two films, presumably including Diane Kruger, Justin Bartha, and of course, Cage as protagonist Benjamin Franklin Gates. Also expected to return is director Jon Turteltaub, who helmed both of the first two films. Although Bruckheimer says the Disney+ series is currently further along in the development pipeline, he's hopeful that both projects will ultimately come to fruition, delivering a veritable treasure trove of new "National Treasure" adventures.

Atomic Blonde 2

Fans of Charlize Theron in action roles are in for a treat. The "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "The Old Guard" star will soon be slipping back into the platinum wigs of Lorraine Broughton, her enigmatic character from "Atomic Blonde." Theron told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview in July of 2020 that an Atomic Blonde sequel was in active development, and that the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic was actually helping move the process along, giving Theron and the writers more time to work on the script over Zoom.

Theron elaborated in an interview with Total Film that "Atomic Blonde 2" would likely be headed to Netflix this time around, the home of the actress' 2020 smash action hit, "The Old Guard." "[Lorraine Broughton] was set up in a way where she didn't really reveal much of herself," Theron said, speaking of her character's journey in the first film. "So I feel like there's a lot of potential there. The bar's pretty high, but we're excited about it."

Also starring John Goodman, James McAvoy, and Sofia Boutella, the first film found Theron's ruthless MI6 agent investigating a murder and dodging double-crosses coming from every angle in Cold War-era Berlin. "Atomic Blonde" director David Leitch isn't sure whether he'll be involved with the sequel, but sounds as though he'd be game if asked to return. No details have yet been revealed about the plot of "Atomic Blonde 2," but if the first film is any indication, we expect another twisting spy caper with plenty of hard-hitting action.

Paddington 3

If anyone would have predicted in the early 2010s that one of the most universally beloved and critically acclaimed franchises of the decade would center around a marmalade-loving CGI bear, people would have likely dismissed them as living in a fantasy world. Yet the two existing "Paddington" films managed to enrapture critics and audiences alike, with the second film still sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes two years after its release. Viewers can't seem to get enough of the sweet-natured bear and his kind-hearted family, so it's only fitting that a third "Paddington" is on the way.

However, while the first two "Paddington" films were helmed by director Paul King, the third will have to find its way without him. King will be staying on as executive producer and called directing the first two films "one of the great treats of my life," but he's decided to step away from the director's chair for "Paddington 3," telling Empire Magazine, "At some point, you just have to stop. It might be time for somebody else to do a twist on it."

Who that someone will be is still up in the air, although King did reveal that the script has already been written and keeps the door open for even more sequels. "It's not like Paddington dies at the end," King said of the possibility for future adventures. "He doesn't ascend into the sky on a rocket-powered marmalade jar."

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 2

For anyone who spent their childhood staying up late at night reading the spine-tingling "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" short story collections by Alvin Schwartz and illustrator Stephen Gammell, the news that master horror filmmaker Guillermo del Toro was adapting some of those stories into a feature film was likely creepy music to their ears. The "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" film, which was created from a screen story co-written by del Toro, Patrick Melton, and Marcus Dunstan and directed by André Øvredal, arrived in 2019, weaving a number of the chilling short stories from the books into a single narrative.

The film was a success, receiving mostly positive reviews and performing respectably at the box office. In April 2020, a sequel was officially announced, which would reunite Øvredal, del Toro, and brothers Dan and Kevin Hageman, who contributed to the final script for the first film. Set in 1968, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" followed a group of teens who are horrified to realize that the terrifying stories written in a book they found are becoming a reality. Of the sequel, Øvredal told Collider, "I do think that we'll tap even more into [illustrator Stephen] Gammell's visual world in the sequel than we did in the first movie," referring to the iconically creepy illustrations included in the books.

Once again, del Toro will be crafting the story for the second film, although he hasn't revealed yet whether "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 2" will continue the story that began in the first film — which left the door wide open for a sequel — or if it will follow brand new characters and events unrelated to the first film.

After prequel and sequel

Based on the YA novels by Anna Todd, 2019's "After" is a romantic college drama starring Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin as Tessa and Hardin, who begin a tumultuous relationship during Tessa's freshman year of college. The film already has one sequel, 2020's "After We Collided," with two more in the works – "After We Fell" and "After Ever Happy," which are being filmed back to back. 

Yet before either of those films have even hit theaters or streamers, two more "After" films are already being made, although unlike the other four, Tessa and Hardin's romance won't be at the core of either of them. Rather, the "After" prequel will follow a teenage Hardin through his experience with his first love, before he meets Tessa in "After." Then the sequel will pick up with Tessa and Hardin's teenage kids, as they go through their own young adult drama. 

Both new "After" films will be written and directed by Castille Landon, who also directed the third and fourth films. "Seeing 'After We Fell' and 'After Ever Happy' come together in the edit has inspired us to continue expanding the universe, exploring the origins of the characters we already know and love and giving life to the next generation," Landon said. "I'm excited to have the opportunity to broaden the relatable themes already established in the series and introduce Hardin and Tessa's teenage children to a modern landscape."

Sister Act 3

In an act of divine providence — or just Hollywood nostalgia — it looks like Sister Mary Clarence will be donning her habit once again. Whoopi Goldberg announced on "The Late Late Show with James Corden" that "Sister Act 3" is finally in the works, after years of being told that there was no interest in a threequel. The film, which will premiere on Disney+, was confirmed by Disney at their 2020 Investor Day event. Goldberg will indeed be returning as both star and producer, with Tyler Perry also coming on board to produce and Madhuri Shekar signing on to pen the script

Released in 1992, the first "Sister Act" saw Goldberg play Deloris Van Cartier, a lounge singer who goes into witness protection at a convent after witnessing a murder. There, in the guise of a nun named Sister Mary Clarence, Deloris transforms the convent's humdrum choir into an upbeat musical sensation. "Sister Act" got a sequel in 1993 with "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit," which found Deloris stepping in as a music teacher for a group of low-achieving students at a Catholic school. Once again, she turned the struggling music program around into a high-energy phenomenon. Goldberg suggested in her profile for Variety in 2021 that we could even possibly see some of those kids again. "Maybe there's gonna be some of the kids [from 'Sister Act 2']," Goldberg teased. "Who can say?"

The first two "Sister Act" films also featured Maggie Smith, Kathy Najimy, and Wendy Makkena. While there's no word yet on whether any of them will be reprising their roles for the third film, it's hard to imagine a new "Sister Act" movie without them. Goldberg seems to agree, telling Cordon, "We're working diligently to try to figure out how to get the gang together and come back."

Stargirl 2

Following the mostly positive reception to 2020's Disney+ original film "Stargirl," the studio has greenlit a sequel that will bring back much of the creative team from the first film, including Grace VanderWaal, who played Susan "Stargirl" Caraway, and director Julia Hart. Adapted from the 2000 YA novel by Jerry Spinelli, "Stargirl" follows a boy named Leo (Graham Verchere) who's pulled out of his shell when he falls for a free-spirited girl at his school. The first film was a jukebox musical about first love and being true to yourself, but the sequel will feature original music written by Michael Penn and VanderWaal herself.

In addition to VanderWaal, the "Stargirl" sequel will also star Elijah Richardson as Evan, Stargirl's new neighbor and an aspiring writer, who will also act as her love interest. Judy Greer will also appear in "Stargirl 2" as Stargirl's mother, who'll be moving her daughter out of the town of Mica, Arizona — where the first film is set — to the bigger world of Los Angeles. Plus, Uma Thurman will play a singer who Stargirl admires, and names like Judd Hirsch, Al Madrigal, Sarayu Blue, Chris Williams and Nija Okoro will also show up. The script will again be penned by Julia Hart and Jordan Horowitz, who co-wrote the "Stargirl" adaptation along with Kirsten Hahn. The announcement of "Stargirl 2" makes "Stargirl" the first Disney+ original feature film to earn itself a sequel, although we're guessing it will be far from the last.

47 Ronin sequel

When the Keanu Reeves-starring samurai fantasy "47 Ronin" hit theaters in 2013, it didn't exactly blow anyone away. Not only were the reviews largely negative, but it failed to earn back its $175 million budget, making it one of the biggest box office bombs of 2013. Between the lack of critical acclaim and the lack of commercial success, it wasn't the type of film that typically gets a sequel, yet in August 2020, we learned that a new "47 Ronin" adventure is on deck at Universal 1440 Entertainment, the production arm of Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and will be headed straight to Netflix.

The sequel will be directed by Ron Yuan, who stars as Sergeant Qiang in Disney's live-action "Mulan." Of the film, Yuan said, "I'm incredibly excited to be working with Universal and the producing team on this genre-blending, martial arts, action, horror and cyber-punk film. This will be a fun, intense, supercharged thrill ride for viewers globally." As for the screenplay, that'll be penned by Aimee Garcia of "Lucifer" fame and AJ Mendez, a "New York Times" bestselling writer who's also known to WWE fans as wrestling superstar AJ Lee.

In addition to Reeves, the original film starred Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi and Ko Shibasaki. It told a fictionalized account of the real-life 47 rōnin, a group of 18th century samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master. The film added a fantasy element to the story, setting the characters' quest in a world filled with magic, witches, and giants. There's no word yet on whether Reeves or the other stars of "47 Ronin" will be returning for the sequel, which — based on Yuan's statement that the new film will be "cyber-punk" — sounds like it will be set in the far-flung future, instead of the distant past.

The Exorcist sequel

In our current age of sequels, remakes, and reboots of what can sometimes feel like every significant film ever made, revisiting one of the most iconic horror films of all time was all but inevitable. And sure enough, "The Exorcist 2" is in the works from fright factory Blumhouse Productions. David Gordon Green, who most recently wrote and is in the process of directing the new "Halloween" trilogy for the studio, is in talks to direct, although no writer is yet attached to the sequel.

The original "Exorcist" centered a 12-year-old girl, played by Linda Blair, who was possessed by a terrifying demon. Her mother (Ellen Burstyn) hires two priests, played by Jason Miller and Max von Sydow, to perform an exorcism. There's no word yet on which, if any, members of the original cast would return for the sequel, although — spoiler alert — both priests died in the original film (and Miller and von Sydow have both since passed on). Since its release in 1973, "The Exorcist" has spawned four film sequels, as well as a TV series, although we don't yet know which, if any, of these storylines would be incorporated into the new sequel.

We Can Be Heroes 2

Not long after the Christmas Day premiere of the 2020 superhero film "We Can Be Heroes" on Netflix, the streamer announced that a sequel was already on the way. Featuring characters from both "Spy Kids" and "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl," "We Can Be Heroes" is a similar sort of family adventure film focusing on superpowered kids tasked with saving the day when the adults go missing. According to Netflix's own internal metrics, "We Can Be Heroes" was viewed by 44 million households during its first four weeks.

With such impressive numbers, it's no surprise that writer and director Robert Rodriguez was already planning the sequel by January. Speaking to Collider about the possibility of a part two, Rodriguez said, "I've already got ideas in mind because we'd have to jump right into it." The tight timeline is referring to how quickly kids grow up, meaning that the sequel would need to move into production rapidly in order to keep its young stars relatively the same age. So while we don't have an official timeline for "We Can Be Heroes 2" yet, rest assured that we won't be waiting long.

G.I. Joe 3

Although a "G.I. Goe" spinoff titled "Snake Eyes," starring Henry Golding, was delayed from its intended 2020 release to July 23, 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, that hasn't stopped Paramount from moving forward with yet another "G.I. Joe" sequel. The next film in the "G.I. Joe" universe will be scripted by writers Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, who most recently penned the Kristen Stewart political thriller "Seberg." In the film, Stewart starred as real-life actress Jean Seberg, who was targeted by the FBI COINTELPRO project in retaliation for her support of the Black Panther Party.

While no plot or casting details for the third "G.I. Joe" film have been confirmed, back in 2018 it was reported that the title would be "G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant," and that it would star Dwayne Johnson, reprising his role from "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." Also rumored to be included in the third film were the characters Daina Janack, Dr. Adele Burkhart, Wild Bill, Barbecue, General Flagg, Doc, and Keel-Haul, with the main antagonists being Tomax and Xamot.

Of course, at the time that those details were announced, "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" writers Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec were also attached to write the script, which is no longer the case. With the script changing hands, it's very possible that none of the other previously announced details, including Johnson's involvement and the rumored character list, are still true. However, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura assured EW in 2021 that "G.I. Joe 3" was still in the works. "We want to get it right," Bonaventura said. "How fast? There's always a question, but no, there's absolutely a commitment from Paramount to get another Joe up and running."

Transformers 7

After announcing that they'd be taking their successful "Transformers" franchise in a new direction in the wake of director Michael Bay's departure from the franchise after finishing "Transformers: The Last Knight," Paramount has chosen Steven Caple Jr. to direct the next film in the "Transformers" universe. Caple will be working from a script written by Joby Harold, who was also responsible for the screenplay for "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" and will be serving as a writer for the upcoming "Obi-Wan Kenobi" series at Disney+.

Caple is best known for directing "Creed II," starring Michael B. Jordan. "Transformers 7" will star "Hamilton" and "In the Heights" actor Anthony Ramos, alongside "Judas and the Black Messiah" actor Dominique Fishback. Although Paramount hasn't yet revealed anything definitive about the plot for "Transformers 7", producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura previously revealed that the studio wasn't interested in developing a direct sequel to "The Last Knight" and that the next Transformers film wouldn't pick up where that one left off.

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." 

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: Twilight of the Mallrats

Along with "Clerks 3," another Kevin Smith script that got polished up while social distancing in 2020 is the sequel to 1995's "Mallrats," which he penned under the working title "Twilight of the Mallrats." The plot of the original film pivots around a dating game show being filmed at a shopping mall, and stars Jeremy London, Jason Lee, Claire Forlani, Shannen Doherty, Ben Affleck, and Michael Rooker.

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]."

Of the original cast, while Shannen Doherty was the first actor confirmed to be returning, Smith has since revealed that the entire main cast of the first film will be appearing in the second. "Everybody comes back," he told ComicBook.com. He even confirmed that iconic comic book creator Stan Lee, who passed away in 2018, will have a scene to parallel his cameo in the first movie. "The thing I feel most clever about in regard to the movie, obviously one of us can't come back, right? Stan's gone. So, there is a Stan Lee scene, and it makes absolute perfect sense," Smith said. "And when you see it, it'll f***ing break your heart and make you cry and while you're laughing. It is so like, I'm not saying I'm clever, but it's f***ing clever. And I get to pull it off without bringing in somebody that's not part of the family, so to speak. It's pretty damn wonderful."

Joining them for "Twilight of the Mallrats" will be newcomer Aparna Brielle, whom Smith says will be at the center of the sequel — which he hopes to begin shooting soon. "I was so impressed with [Brielle], I built my next flick around her," Smith tweeted. "Aparna will play [Lee's character] Brodie Bruce's daughter Banner Bruce in the movie I hope to shoot next – TWILIGHT OF THE MALLRATS."

The Hunger Games prequel: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

After the runaway success of the "Hunger Games" series, which dominated the box office from 2012 to 2015 and moved 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, and "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" hit shelves on May 19, 2020.

Set 64 years before the events of "The Hunger Games," "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" follows an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, who would eventually grow up to become the ruthless ruler of Panem in Collins' original novels. The story focuses on the Tenth Hunger Games, for which Coriolanus is chosen to become a reluctant mentor to a girl from District 12, the same district which would eventually produce "The Hunger Games" protagonist Katniss Everdeen.

A film version of "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" was confirmed by Lionsgate prior to the book's release, to be directed by "Hunger Games" veteran Francis Lawrence. Lawrence previously directed the last three films in the four-part "Hunger Games" franchise. The screenplay will be adapted by "Catching Fire" writer Michael Arndt, from a treatment by Suzanne Collins, who will also serve as an executive producer on the film.

Bad Boys 4

Before the third "Bad Boys" film, "Bad Boys for Life," had even hit theaters in early 2020, Sony was already prepping the fourth installment. "Bad Boys 4" was announced in January of 2020 as a follow-up to the first three films in the hit buddy cop action franchise, which first kicked off in 1995 with the original "Bad Boys." Starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, "Bad Boys" follows two Miami detectives as they investigate a case of stolen heroin while protecting the witness to a murder.

"Bad Boys" was successful enough to earn a sequel, "Bad Boys II," which came out in 2003. "Bad Boys for Life" catches up with Detectives Lowrey (Smith) and Burnett (Lawrence) 17 years later, as they investigate a string of murders with connections to Lowrey's past. No plot details have yet been revealed about the fourth film, but the script is being penned by Chris Bremner, who also worked on "Bad Boys for Life." While nothing is official yet, it's safe to assume that Smith and Lawrence would both return for part four, which will hopefully not take another 17 years to become a reality.

Now You See Me 3

Abracadabra, another "Now You See Me" is in the works. The newest take on the magician-heist franchise will be penned by "Top Gun: Maverick" writer Eric Warren Singer, who will reportedly introduce new characters into the illusion-filled world of the films while also bringing back the original cast. Released in 2013, the first "Now You See Me" starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco as a group of magicians who banded together to pull off an elaborate heist in order to earn entrance to an elite secret society.

In "Now You See Me 2," Fisher exited, and a new "Fourth Horseman" was introduced, played by Lizzy Caplan. Both films also featured characters played by Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman, and the second film brought in Daniel Radcliffe as its charismatic antagonist. The story for the third film has yet to be revealed, but according to Lionsgate Motion Picture Group president Nathan Kahane, we can expect a new and surprising narrative that keeps us on our toes. "The 'Now You See Me' franchise has been built on keeping the audience surprised and guessing," Kahane said. "Any great magician knows, you can't keep doing the same tricks. And Eric [Singer] and his team of illusionists have something special up their sleeve for this new film."

Spiral 2

Ahead of the release of "Spiral: From the Book of Saw," the ninth installment in the "Saw" horror franchise, star Chris Rock was already campaigning for a sequel. Speaking to RadioTimes.com, Rock said, "I hope this movie is like 'Creed.' In the sense that 'Creed' is technically like 'Rocky 7.' So, hopefully there's more 'Spirals,' and hopefully, I'm in more 'Spirals.' But, we'll see. We'll see if people like it. We'll see if people turn out."

People have indeed turned out, with "Spiral" pushing the horror franchise over the $1 billion mark at the global box office. However, on its own, the numbers for "Spiral" haven't been particularly impressive, although it's also not abysmal when compared to other horror films or when considering that it was released amid a very odd theatrical season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And even without knowing how much "Spiral" would make, Bloody Disgusting reported ahead of release that Lionsgate was in active development on a tenth "Saw" film, although that hasn't yet been confirmed by the studio.

However, "Spiral" director Darren Lynn Bousman, who's also a veteran "Saw" franchise director, thinks Rock and fans may be getting ahead of themselves. "You know, I think a lot of that [sequel talk] is wishful thinking from the fans," he told RadioTimes.com. But he went on to say that a sequel wasn't out of the question. "[The producers of the 'Saw' films] are very smart creatives, as well as businessmen," he said. "And I think that, you know, if ['Spiral'] is successful, they'll continue it on. But if this has to be successful, fans have to embrace what this is. And if they do embrace it, I think they'll continue on as they have in the past."

Chicken Run 2

In April 2018, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Aardman Animations — with StudioCanal and Pathe — will be revisiting the hens and roosters of "Chicken Run" in a brand new sequel. While the follow-up film was originally intended for theaters, Netflix announced in 2020 that the streamer would actually be the home of the "Chicken Run" sequel.

It seems the barnyard is in for a casting shake-up, as it has been reported that the two lead voice roles of Rocky and Ginger have been recast. Julia Sawahla says she was not asked back as Ginger for the dubious reason that she sounds "too old." As for why Mel Gibson might not have been invited back to voice Rocky, well ... it's not hard to guess.

The screenplay for "Chicken Run 2" is being crafted by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell, both of whom worked on the original "Chicken Run," along with Rachel Tunnard. As for the director, the film is in the fine stop-motion hands of Sam Fell, the filmmaker behind "ParaNorman." The story will once again feature Rocky and Ginger, now living happily in a human-free island sanctuary with their young chick, Molly. But when chickens come under threat yet again, Rocky and Ginger decide to leave their peaceful home to once again fight for all chicken-kind.

My Spy 2

One of the early theatrical casualties of the coronavirus pandemic was the Dave Bautista comedy "My Spy," which paired him with nine-year-old Chloe Coleman as the tiny, precocious foil to Bautista's tough-as-nails spy. The film was originally supposed to premiere in theaters on April 17, 2020, but ended up pivoting to a streaming release once most theaters shut down due to the pandemic. "My Spy" ultimately wound up premiering in the United States on Amazon Prime on June 26, although it did enjoy a theatrical release in several other countries.

Despite being forced to alter its original plan, "My Spy" did well enough on Prime Video that the streamer is now exploring possibilities for a sequel, which would bring back Bautista, Coleman, and director Peter Segal. "My Spy" follows JJ (Bautista), a CIA operative who gets demoted to surveil a family whom the CIA suspects are in possession of construction plans for a nuclear bomb. The family's young daughter catches on to JJ's plan, and in exchange for not blowing his cover, convinces him to teach her how to be a spy. Nothing about the sequel is official yet, including what the plot might be, but it's safe to assume it would find JJ and Sophie teaming up again for a brand new spy caper.

The War with Grandpa 2

In a normal year, a movie like "The War with Grandpa" probably wouldn't have delivered an especially notable performance at the box office, although its low budget may still have made the idea of a sequel appealing. But in 2020, when many theaters were shuttered while many more were only operating at extremely limited capacity, "The War with Grandpa" was a surprising success, as one of the few movies that audiences had the option of seeing on the big screen during the coronavirus pandemic. So it should probably come as no surprise that a sequel already seems to be in the works from producer Marvin Peart through his Brookdale Studios.

Starring Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, and Oakes Fegley, "The War with Grandpa" follows a kid who is upset about having to give up his room to his grandfather and decides to wage war in order to reclaim it. Although the film ends with the two in a better place, the sequel, according to Peart, would revisit the family when Grandpa proposes to his girlfriend, and needs to meet her family from London. While there's no word yet on when we can expect to see "The War with Grandpa 2" in theaters, we can only hope that when it finally does release, it will be under far less harrowing circumstances.

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 a sequel to one of his biggest hits from the '80s — "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. "Beverly Hills Cop 4" will be directed by "Bad Boys for Life" directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, and Murphy says he's ready to go as soon as the script is complete. There's no word yet on when that might be, but considering Murphy says that "we're nearly there," it hopefully won't be too much longer.

Bright 2

On paper, "Bright" sounded like it was going to be awesome. An urban-set buddy cop movie full of elves, dragons, and fairies, the action-comedy starred the ever-charismatic Will Smith (as a human) and the incredibly talented Joel Edgerton (as an orc). But when the film premiered on Netflix in 2017, 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's no surprise that Netflix gave the green light to "Bright 2" in 2018. Although "Bright" director David Ayer was originally attached to helm the sequel, he later stepped away to focus on his "Dirty Dozen" remake for Warner Bros. Instead, "Now You See Me" and "Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance" director Louis Leterrier will be stepping into the director's role, although Ayer will still get a writing credit for the original script, along with "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Huntsman: Winter's War" scribe Evan Spiliotopoulos. Ayer and Spiliotopoulos' script has since been given a rewrite by "The Maze Runner" trilogy writer T.S. Nowlin. "Bright 2" will reunite Smith and Edgerton, this time taking them outside the city limits of Los Angeles and throwing them into a new adventure that plays out on an international stage.

Tron 3

Although the original "Tron" wasn't a big hit when it was released in 1982, it developed a growing cult following in the decades that followed, which ultimately proved big enough to warrant a sequel. "Tron: Legacy" premiered in 2010, starring Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, and original "Tron" star Jeff Bridges, reprising his role from the first film. "Tron: Legacy" did well enough to earn a sequel of its own, and "It Runs in the Family" writer Jesse Wigutow was brought aboard in 2012 to pen the script, after an earlier version of the screenplay was written by David DiGilio. However, Disney couldn't figure out how to best approach a new installment in the "Tron" story, and the project was put on hold.

Now, the third "Tron" film now appears to be moving forward again, with "Lion" director Garth Davis coming aboard to direct and Jared Leto attached to star. While Davis is not known for the type of big-budget, CGI-heavy filmmaking that a "Tron" film would require, insiders say that he fought for the job, eventually convincing Disney executives that he was the right person to bring the Grid back to life. As for Leto, he may have inadvertently revealed the title for the third "Tron" in a now-deleted tweet confirming his casting, referring to the film as "Tron: Ares." Although the project has yet to receive a green light, Davis' and Leto's involvement may signal a light at the end of the tunnel for the long-gestating threequel.

The Souvenir - Part 2

Even before it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim in 2019, "The Souvenir" was conceived as a two-part story. Writer and director Joanna Hogg wrote the first film as a semi-autobiographical account of her experiences in film school. Set in the 1980s, "The Souvenir" starred Honor Swinton Byrne as Julie, a young film student caught up in a complicated relationship with the troubled Anthony (Tom Burke). Originally, Robert Pattinson was signed on to play the male lead in the second film, but he wound up dropping out due to scheduling conflicts with Christopher Nolan's "Tenet."

Still, production moved ahead on "The Souvenir – Part 2," which will feature Swinton Byrne reprising her role from the first film, along with her mother Tilda Swinton, Ariane Labed, and Richard Ayoade. Although the two "Souvenir" films were conceived as a pair, Hogg says each can also stand alone. "It's another film," Hogg told IndieWire. "It's another film and it should stand on its own, not just as a two-part thing."

As for the plot of the second film, Hogg was vague but revealed that the story won't jump forward in time. "Well, I can tell you that it begins where the first one left off," Hogg said. "I always find that, if I see something where it jumps time, I feel a bit cheated. So we begin where we ended, in a sense... We do go into Julie's future, and the story is much more about the processing of what's happened to her, and then how the processing of that affects the work she does, and her creativity. It's about her creative spirit coming alive from under the shadow of something."

The Last Starfighters

Despite the better part of four decades having passed since "The Last Starfighter" first wowed audiences, the time may actually be ideal for a sequel to the film about a teenager who beats a video game, only to discover that the game was really a recruiting tool in order to find soldiers to fight in an interstellar alien war. Video games have changed a lot since then, which could present a natural way to continue the story. Speaking to Moviehole, Jonathan Betuel, the writer of the original film, said of the sequel, "It's not a remake. It's going to continue the story. What's changed is time itself, certainly as the video world and the alien world have continued to tick away. It's not a time capsule of the '80s by any means, we're taking it to the next level. Passing the torch ... or the joystick."

Betuel will be co-writing the sequel, titled "The Last Starfighters," with "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" screenwriter Gary Whitta. In March 2021, Whitta tweeted a sizzle reel that hints at the plot of the film, which would involve an alien attempting to assassinate an adult Alex, the protagonist of the first film, and Alex then heading off into space to get to the bottom of what's going on. According to Betuel, the road to making a sequel has been a rocky one that's taken years, but he's optimistic it will finally get off the ground. "It looks like we'll be making the deal to get it going," Betuel said toMoviehole in 2020. "Gary's a gifted collaborator, we'll be writing the script together, but it's taken a long time. I had to go through a process that took years to recapture the rights, but that was recently completed, and although nothing is ever clear sailing, it looks like we have a really good opportunity now. So I'm really looking forward to taking it up." 

So while the sequel still has a long path to travel before it makes it to theaters, Betuel is hopeful it will get there.

Predator 5

Yet another franchise that's endured for decades, the first "Predator" film tore into theaters in 1987, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, and Jesse Ventura. And now, a fifth film is on the horizon. The most recent installment, 2018's "The Predator," was directed by Shane Black and starred the likes of Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, and Thomas Jane. That film was hardly a critical success, currently sitting at a dismal 33% on Rotten Tomatoes, but it still made enough money at the box office to justify yet another sequel.

"Predator 5" will be helmed by "10 Cloverfield Lane" director Dan Trachtenberg, from a script written by Patrick Aison. Each "Predator" installment thus far has focused on groups of people being hunted by a race of alien trophy hunters. Originally, the fifth "Predator" film was announced as "Skulls," and the plot was said to follow "a Comanche woman who goes against gender norms and traditions to become a warrior." Later, Trachtenberg confirmed that "Skulls" was indeed a fifth "Predator" film, but he'd intended to keep that reveal a surprise before the news was leaked by Deadline. Still, even if the reveal didn't go as he planned, hopefully the fifth "Predator" film will have enough shocks and thrills to make up for it.

It's definitely going to have an amazing lead character, as the hero will be played by Amber Midthunder, best known for starring as martial arts expert Kerry Loudermilk in FX's "Legion." However, the fifth "Predator" has hit an unforeseen snag in the form of a lawsuit filed by Jim and John Thomas, the writers of the original film, who are suing Disney for the rights to the franchise. Depending on how the lawsuit proceeds, it's possible it could be a while before we see "Predator 5" ... or that the film may need to be scrapped entirely.

Troop Beverly Hills 2

More than three decades after the original "Troop Beverly Hills" hit theaters in 1989, a sequel is in the works from Israeli filmmaker and AFI Conservatory graduate Oran Zegman, in her feature directorial debut. The script comes from "Woke" showrunner Aeysha Carr, with a rewrite by "Moxie" writer Tamara Chestna.

The original "Troop Beverly Hills" film starred Shelley Long as a pampered housewife on the brink of divorce who sets out to prove to her family that she's capable of more than they think by becoming a Wilderness Girls den mother. The film also featured Craig T. Nelson, Betty Thomas, Mary Gross, Stephanie Beacham, and Jenny Lewis, and included a number of recognizable names among its child cast, including Tori Spelling, Carla Gugino, and Kellie Martin. There's no word yet on whether Long or any of the other actors from the original will reprise their roles or cameo in Zegman's sequel, or what the storyline will be about. However, Ava Fries — whose real-life experiences inspired the events of the first movie — is back on board as executive producer, along with her husband, Charles Fries. This might indicate that the sequel could also draw from some part of her life, although nothing is official yet.

Star Trek 4

"Star Trek" has been a shining gem in Paramount's crown for decades, but where the popular franchise heads next is currently up in the air. While there's definitely the intent to boldly take the interstellar adventurers of the United Federation of Planets somewhere, the studio remains undecided about exactly where they should go, or who may be the right person to steer the ship.

Paramount currently has three possible "Star Trek" projects it's considering. There's one that would bring back the cast of 2009's "Star Trek" (minus, sadly, Anton Yelchin, who played Pavel Chekov in the first three films, and was tragically killed in an accident in 2016), one from "The Revenant" scribe Mark L. Smith (which was originally intended to be directed by Quentin Tarantino), and one from "Fargo" and "Legion" creator Noah Hawley (which would feature a new cast of characters).

However, it seems that Noah Hawley's project has been moved to the back burner by Paramount's motion picture group president, Emma Watts. Watts is reportedly considering which "Star Trek" property to prioritize moving forward, and it could be any of these three or none of them. So while a new installment in the "Star Trek" movie universe still seems likely at some point, we'll have to wait and see whether that turns out to be a sequel, spinoff, reboot, or something else entirely.

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's been 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." 

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, it does sound like Connie Nielsen, who played Lucilla, could come back. Speaking to Collider, Nielsen said that the sequel was still "on the ledger," and when asked if she'd be willing to return as Lucilla, she said, "It would obviously be amazing, and I know that a lot of people want to see more of that."

Peter Craig will be working on the screenplay, whose previous credits include "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.

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. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Edge of Tomorrow 2" is officially in development, and Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, and director Doug Liman are all expected to return should the movie move forward. Warner Bros. has also tapped Matthew Robinson ("The Invention of Lying," "Monster Trucks") to write the screenplay. 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." Should a sequel take shape, Liman says it would be much smaller in scope, telling Collider, "I've always been interested in the idea of a sequel being more character-driven than the first film because that's not how things are normally done. That's been my approach when developing the sequel and because Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt are such phenomenal actors. I get sometimes the sequel just has to have more firepower or more explosions, but no visual effect is going to top what you're going to get from a great scene performed by Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt."

However, Blunt expressed doubts in 2021 that the sequel would ever find its way to screens. During an appearance on Sirius XM's "The Howard Stern Show," Blunt said that while the team was all interested in a part two, logistical factors might get in the way. "Honestly I think the movie's too expensive," Blunt said. "I don't know how we're going to do it, and I think that it's hard to align everyone's schedules, and I would love it, Doug Liman would love it, Tom would love it — we'd all love to do it, but I think until we figure out what's going on with the industry, honestly I think we need to figure out what is the next roadmap for the kinds of films people want to make."

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 latest entry in the franchise will be called "RoboCop Returns" and will feature a fresh cast. Though Neill Blomkamp 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 2019, Orion Pictures announced that "Little Monsters" director Abe Forsythe had taken up the helm of "RoboCop Returns." The screenplay for "RoboCop Returns" was originally penned in 1998 by Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, the same scribes behind the first film, and it will receive a rewrite from Forsythe. 

Of Forsythe's version of the script, Neumeier had nothing but good things to say, telling Syfy Wire, "I didn't want to say too much [about what the script should be], I wanted him to have the ideas and not worry about any other version of it, including ours, and just do his own thing. It was very nice to be able to say that to someone like Abe with confidence. What he came back with was really interesting, it felt relevant and really crackled."

Kingsman sequels

Although "The King's Man," the third film in the Kingsman franchise, keeps getting pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic (currently slated for December 22, 2021), that hasn't stopped the studio behind the edgy action franchise from looking far into the future of the series. Marv, the production company responsible for the "Kingsman" films, is making ambitious plans for a whopping seven more "Kingsman" installments — a tall order by any measure but especially considering the second film was much more poorly received than the first, currently sitting at an unimpressive 51% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Still, the franchise already has built in plenty of room for more storytelling. While the first two "Kingsman" films starred Taron Egerton as newly minted British secret agent Eggsy, "The King's Man" is a prequel focused on the early days of the Kingsman agency. So while Marv is looking at seven more "Kingsman" films, it's possible some of them could be prequels or spinoffs following other characters, rather than direct sequels focused on Eggsy. So far, we've heard of a potential third Eggsy-centric film, possibly titled "Kingsman: The Blue Blood", and a spinoff focused on the American counterparts to the Kingsmen introduced in the second film, titled "Statesman." No release is yet scheduled for either of these films, nor any of the others, but it looks like we can expect plenty of "Kingsman" adventures for years to come.

Young Guns 3

Although it's been more than three decades since the first two "Young Guns" films hit theaters — which followed accounts of the life of Billy the Kid — it sounds like a third film in the series may be on its way, according to star Emilio Estevez. "Yeah, it's definitely in the works," Estevez said, when asked by Collider about the possibility of a "Young Guns" threequel in March 2021. "The Kid is a fun character to play. There's a lot of speculation about what happened that night, in 1881 in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Did he die? Did he not? And so, there's a lot of mythical, historical, and actually some factual things that we can examine, if we're serious about going back to that franchise, as well."

The plot of a third "Young Guns" is a bit of a mystery, since the first "Young Guns" ended with the historical account of the death of Billy the Kid, and then the 1990 sequel was forced to walk that back. Whatever "Young Guns 3" looks like, "Young Guns" co-star Lou Diamond Phillips has already said he's on board if there's a role for him. "If they can make it happen, I'll be there," he told Forbes. The actor, who played the real-life outlaw José Chavez y Chavez in the film, said he's already had conversations about returning for the threequel. "I got that phone call a year ago," he said to Forbes in April 2021. "I know that Emilio has been working on it, and what's even more encouraging is that John Fusco, the creator of the first two movies, is working on it with him. There's just enough ambiguity about Chavez's death that means he might have survived just like Billy the Kid did." 

In addition to Estevez and Phillips, the original cast of "Young Guns" included Kiefer Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, Dermot Mulroney, and Terence Stamp, but it's unknown which, if any, would return for a third film.

The Last Witch Hunter 2

When the Vin Diesel-starring fantasy action film "The Last Witch Hunter" was released in 2015, it was far from a box office or critical smash. Commercially, the film performed significantly under expectations, and reviews were mostly abysmal, with Rotten Tomatoes summarizing it as "grim, plodding, and an overall ill fit for Vin Diesel's particular charms." All the pieces seem to add up to "The Last Witch Hunter" quietly fading into oblivion, yet according to Diesel, his immortal character Kaulder may be embarking on another witchy adventure after all.

"Lionsgate is coming and saying, 'We're putting a writer on for the next one.' That's kinda cool!" Diesel revealed during an interview with Collider. "And this is just recent, by the way. But it's funny that you mentioned 'Last Witch Hunter' because I'm in a meeting with Lionsgate and they're actively creating the sequel to 'The Last Witch Hunter.'"

The first film starred Diesel as a warrior cursed with immortality after slaying the Witch Queen in the 13th century, and Michael Caine as the "Dolan," a modern-day priest tasked with helping keep the peace between witches and humans. While it sounds like Diesel is sure to return for the sequel, there's no word yet on whether Caine or any of the other original cast will be making an appearance.

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 has 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 at the beginning of 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 existing films, with Glover and Gibson both set to reprise their roles.

Since Lin's remarks, Glover has weighed in on the script that he read, saying that he liked it and found it particularly timely. "I found the plot had very strong relevance to some of the things that are happening today," Glover told Variety in July of 2020. He went on to elaborate, "It would be interesting to see how we take this within the political framework we are in; the economic framework that we are in. And especially that framework as opposed to the communities that have been affected by the kind of police violence, the kind of police standards, and the power that they exert as well. And what would be interesting from that vantage point is what that attempt could be like at this particular moment."

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.

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"), 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.

The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection

Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" focuses 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 isn't exactly an upbeat film, but despite the gore, "The Passion" became the 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 a part two. Back in June 2016, it was reported that "Braveheart" scribe Randall Wallace was working on the screenplay for the sequel, which Gibson said would be a "huge undertaking" called "The Resurrection."

In November 2016, Gibson gave some additional plot details on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." 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 asked 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.

Despite being two decades older than he was when he originally portrayed Jesus Christ (who most scholars believe was 33 at his death), Jim Caviezel (who's now over 50) will be returning for the sequel, and he's gone on the record as saying, "The film [Gibson is] going to do is going to be the biggest film in history. It's that good." As of the fall of 2020, Caviezel said he was still reading through drafts of the script, and he appeared as excited as ever to battle demons in the afterlife.

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.

Demolition Man 2

Released in 1993, the original "Demolition Man" follows a cop who gets cryogenically frozen — alongside the crime lord he's pursuing — in 1996, and is subsequently thawed out in the year 2032 in order to help the police of the future catch him again. The film stars Sylvester Stallone as LAPD Sergeant John Spartan, Wesley Snipes as the villainous Simon Phoenix, and Sandra Bullock as future police officer Lieutenant Lenina Huxley. The film was a modest success at the box office despite a lukewarm critical response, but a planned 1995 sequel never panned out, and it seemed like "Demolition Man" would remain a standalone film.

However, in May of 2020, Stallone revealed during an Instagram Q&A session that a new "Demolition Man" sequel is in the works at Warner Bros. Responding to a fan's question, Stallone said, "We're working on [a 'Demolition Man' sequel] right now with Warner Bros. It's looking fantastic. So that should come out. That's gonna happen."

Stallone didn't offer any further details on the "Demolition Man" sequel, including whether Bullock or any of the rest of the original cast will return, what the plot could be, or when we can expect the film to come out. Whenever the sequel does arrive, it will be interesting to revisit the film's vision of the future, since we're much closer to 2032 now than we were when the film originally came out in 1993, and as we've closed that gap, life has eerily imitated art in some surprising ways.

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.

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 part two and Patrick Hughes for par three. 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.

Gremlins 3

It's been more than 30 years since we last saw the fuzzy little nightmare friends who can only be fed after midnight at the owner's peril, but now it sounds like there's a chance that the gremlins could return to theaters in a new horrific adventure. Original "Gremlins" director Chris Columbus has been working for a while on getting a third "Gremlins" off the ground (a sequel to the original movie, "Gremlins 2: The New Batch," was released in 1990), and he told Collider in November 2020 that it could still become a reality.

"I would love to do it," Columbus said of a third "Gremlins" film. "I wrote a script, so there is an existing script. We're working out some rights issues right now, so we're just trying to figure out when the best time to make that film would be. I would still do it the same way -– I would do it as tangible puppets, not CGI. Maybe having — you know we had one stop-motion scene in the first 'Gremlins,' but I don't think I'd use much CGI in 'Gremlins 3.'"

The "rights issues" that Columbus is referring to is Warner Bros., which gained the registered trademark of the name and franchise and subsequently greenlit an animated "Gremlins" series for HBO Max, "Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai." Whether the studio will also give the go-ahead to Columbus' "Gremlins 3" script remains to be seen, but we can only hope that Columbus will eventually get to see his vision come to life — as long as he keeps it away from water.

The Social Network 2

Released in 2010, the Aaron Sorkin-penned drama "The Social Network," chronicling the early days of Facebook, went on to receive tremendous critical success and win three Oscars for its screenplay, editing, and score. Now, a decade later, Sorkin is eager to return to the tech empire of Mark Zuckerberg, this time looking into what Facebook has become and the role it plays in modern politics. Speaking to MTV's "Happy Sad Confused" podcast about the possibility of a "Social Network" sequel, Sorkin said, "I do want to see it. And [producer Scott Rudin] wants to see it. People have been talking to me about it because of what we've discovered is the dark side of Facebook."

However, although Sorkin and Rudin seem to be on board, there's one thing that could still stand in the way of "The Social Network 2" becoming a reality: a commitment from director David Fincher. "I will only write it if David directs it," Sorkin said. "If Billy Wilder came back from the grave and said he wanted to direct it, I'd say I'd only do it with David."

In addition to Jesse Eisenberg, who starred as Mark Zuckerberg, "The Social Network" starred Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, Armie Hammer as Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Max Minghella as Divya Narendra, and Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker. Although it's safe to assume that "The Social Network 2" would see the return of Eisenberg, there's no knowing which, if any, of the other high-caliber cast members of the first film might make an appearance in the sequel.

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.

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. Ansel Elgort, the star of the first film, mentioned in 2019 that he'd seen an early version of a sequel script and that he thought the film was likely to happen. Wright himself confirmed in early 2021 that three drafts of the script had indeed been completed, but that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he wasn't sure what, if anything, the next steps might be.

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." However, following the allegations of sexual assault against Elgort in 2020, it's unclear if Wright's original idea for the sequel will work, if he'll want to center it around Elgort's character at all or if he'll decide to go in a different direction.