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Everything you need to know about these upcoming sequels

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

Gladiator 2

We thought this day would never come, but it looks like Ridley Scott is heading back to ancient Rome. Nearly 20 years after the original Gladiator hit theaters, Scott is finally making a sequel to the story of Maximus Decimus Meridius. Of course, old Maximus is busy walking through wheat fields in heaven, so what's the sequel going to be about? Well, according to producer Walter F. Parkes, the film is going to start about 25 to 30 years after the original ended. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, part two will focus on Lucius, the son of Maximus' old flame, Lucilla. While Spencer Treat Clark played Lucius in the first film, we don't know if he's going to reprise his role for Gladiator 2. (We're thinking probably not.) However, we do know that Peter Craig will be working on the screenplay, and he's a guy with some impressive credits to his name, including The Town, both Mockingjay movies, and the upcoming Top Gun sequel. And with Scott sitting beside the camera, we're pretty sure we'll be entertained.

The Accountant 2

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

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

The Craft 2

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

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

Leigh Janiak of Honeymoon will be directing, and she also wrote the original draft of the screenplay, along with Phil Graziadei, which was then rewritten by Daniel Casey (who previously did some work on 10 Cloverfield Lane). In February 2018, Casey told his Twitter followers that the finished script had been submitted, and it was now up to the producers to start working their magic. As for actresses, we don't know yet who's joining the high school coven, but Robin Tunney has expressed interest in returning for part two. Here's hoping the rest of the original cast will bring back some of the old magic by showing up in supporting roles.

Labyrinth 2

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

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

And sure, the idea of someone tampering with such a beloved movie is kind of frightening, but Alvarez is approaching this film as a true fan. As he explained to Deadline, "Labyrinth is one of the seminal movies from my childhood that made me fall in love with filmmaking," so at the moment, it certainly looks like we're in good hands — although fans probably shouldn't hold their breath for the sequel's arrival. "We're still excited about the idea," Henson Company chairman Brian Henson told Forbes in 2018. "We are working on something but nothing that's close enough to say it's about to be in pre-production or anything like that."

Coming to America 2

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

Perhaps hoping to seize a bit more of that Zamundan glory, Murphy is revisiting one of his most beloved films. After a lot of rumors and social media shenanigans, it was officially announced in January 2019 that Murphy has signed on for Coming to America 2. Directing duties will fall to Craig Brewer (Hustle & FlowBlack Snake MoanDolemite Is My Name), and according to Deadline, the plot follows Prince Akeem (Murphy) as he returns to the U.S. to meet his "long lost son." The filmmakers are trying to assemble the original cast, which includes names like Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, John Amos, and the great James Earl Jones, and the film is set to open on August 7, 2020.

The Passion of the Christ 2 – The Resurrection

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

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

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

As for villains, the director promised Christ would be going mano y mano with villains "in another realm," so it looks like Jim Caviezel (currently in talks to return) might have to tangle with some demons. Yeah, this sounds like it might be a crazy one, and Gibson promises it'll "get your imagination going."

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

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

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

However, Waititi has explained that making We're Wolves is going to take a while. Speaking with IGN, the director said he was working on the story with Jemaine Clement, but "the Jemaine and Taika works is a very long and slow machine… We put an idea in one end, and it takes about six years to come out the other end. And sometimes it doesn't even come out." In other words, We're Wolves is still currently creeping its way through the creative "sausage maker," but if you need your Shadows fix sooner than later, 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 Rocketeer 2 – The Rocketeers

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

Evidently, a Rocketeer sequel has been brewing for some time, with gossip spreading across the internet in 2012. But things were made officially official in July 2016, with Disney announcing The Rocketeers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new film will take place about six years after the events of the original film, and Cliff Secord has mysteriously disappeared. This time, a new pilot will be putting on the Rocketeer's streamlined helmet, only our new protagonist will be an African-American woman. And instead of facing Nazis, she'll find herself in the middle of some serious Cold War intrigue with an evil rocket scientist trying to get his hands on the all-powerful jetpack. Since we're living in the age of the superhero, we've got our fingers crossed that this sequel will fare a whole lot better than its 1991 forefather — and while Disney tinkers with the follow-up film, the younger set can look forward to an animated spinoff, set to debut in 2019.

Edge of Tomorrow 2 - Live Die Repeat and Repeat

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

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

Liman seems pretty psyched about directing a sequel, and in the past, he's claimed part two will be "much better than the original film." He also insists this will be an unconventional movie, explaining "it's a sequel that's a prequel." So, will the film jump back and forth in time a la The Godfather Part II? Whatever Liman means, we're super intrigued, especially since he promises Edge of Tomorrow 2, now titled Live Die Repeat and Repeat, is "going to revolutionize how people make sequels."

47 Meters Down: Uncaged

Granted, 47 Meters Down wasn't exactly Jaws, but audiences gobbled up the shark-infested film anyway. This indie thriller was made for a mere $5.5 million, and it earned over $44 million—and naturally, with that kind of return, the filmmakers were only too happy to make another trip into the ocean. Only this time, the film's setting is moving from Mexico to Brazil.

Originally called 47 Meters Down: The Next Chapter, the sequel has been renamed 47 Meters Down: Uncaged. Producer James Harris has promised the sequel "will take the claustrophobia of cave diving and the thrill of shark encounters and move everything to the next level." Writer-director Johannes Roberts (The Strangers: Prey at Night) is returning, and while the film will focus on a different set of snacks—uh—heroes, you can probably guess the basics of the plot: a group of girls go searching for underwater ruins, and they run into some very hungry fish. And not just any fish. According to the official plot synopsis, these scuba-diving teens are going to swim smack dab into "the deadliest shark species in the ocean." 

Uncaged will mark the feature film debuts of both Corinne Foxx (daughter of Jamie) and Sistine Stallone (daughter of Sylvester), and it will feature other names like John Corbett and Nia Long. On August 16, 2019, there will be swimming, there will be screaming, and there will be a lot of sharks. What more do you want?

3 From Hell

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

According to Bloody Disgusting, Zombie plans on reuniting his redneck rapists, although it's possible the film could be a prequel since the terrible threesome are, you know, dead. The movie will arrive sometime in 2019, with Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, and Sid Haig all returning for their respective roles as Vera-Ellen "Baby" Firefly, Otis Driftwood, and Captain Spaulding. Danny Trejo is coming back as Rondo, and in a nice bit of casting, Austin Stoker (Lt. Bishop from Assault on Precinct 13) also signed onto the project. So if you're dying to see these killers murder another bunch of helpless victims in a film that Bill Moseley has called a "masterpiece," then you'll probably get your chance incredibly soon.

Die Hard 6 – McClane

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

According to Len Wiseman (who directed Live Free and Die Hard), the new film will jump back and forth in time, similar to The Godfather Part II. In one timeline, we'll have Bruce Willis squaring off against some terrorists. In another, there will be a younger John McClane patrolling the streets of 1970s New York. As reported by The Tracking Board (via FilmSchoolRejects), the script is being rewritten by Chad and Carey Haynes of The Conjuring series. As for the cast, there's no word yet on who will play the younger McClane (is Joseph Gordon-Levitt busy?), but Wiseman has promised the appearance of a young Holly Gennero, who fans know grows up to become McClane's wife — and according to a 2010 interview Willis did with Showbiz Spy, this may be the last time we hear him utter his iconic yippee ki-yay.

However, there's been a snag in getting the film to the big screen. Die Hard was originally owned by 20th Century Fox, but now that Fox has been bought out by the House of Mouse, the folks at Disney have to give the movie the go-ahead. But according to McClane producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Disney does indeed like the script, so at the moment, it looks like Die Hard 6 is still in play.

Murder on the Orient Express 2 - Death on the Nile

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

Agatha Christie fans can expect to see Death on the Nile sailing into theaters on October 9, 2020. Based on the 1973 novel, this new adventure will follow Poirot as he tries to solve a murder on a riverboat that's cruising — you guessed it — down the Nile. It looks like Kenneth Branagh will both direct and play the mustachioed detective, and he'll be joined by some pretty big names, like Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, and Letitia Wright. In addition to the stars, Michael Green will be writing the screenplay. Not only did he pen Orient Express, but he also wrote Logan, Blade Runner 2049, and all eight episodes of American Gods. In other words, it's safe to say we can expect a pretty solid script. 

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai 2

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

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

Master and Commander 2

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

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

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

9 to 5 Part 2

Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin went to war with male chauvinism in 1980, and now they're gearing up for round two. Almost 40 years after the groundbreaking comedy—one of the funniest American films—cleaned house at the box office, 9 to 5 is getting a modern-day sequel. The original film focused on a trio of female office workers who kidnap their sexist boss and take control of the company. According to Deadline, part two will focus on a new group of women facing yet another piggish employer. Desperate for help, our heroes will go to the original three stars for assistance, and together, the young and the old will teach the corporate creep a lesson about the "Me Too" movement. "Right now," said Fonda in summer 2018, "Dolly, Lily and I are all intending to be in it." As for the script, it's believed original screenwriter Patricia Resnick might team up with Rashida Jones, and while there's no production date yet, the 9 to 5 sequel will be an incredibly timely comedy whenever it hits theaters.

Den of Thieves 2

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

Call Me By Your Name 2

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

At the BFI London Film Festival (via Indiewire), the Italian filmmaker said that he wanted to do a sequel that takes place several years in the future. It would be set during an era where Elio would be dealing with the impact of the Gulf War, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the rise of the AIDS epidemic. He also told The Hollywood Reporter that he wanted Elio to "be a cinephile," and the sequel might open with our protagonist sitting in a theater, watching Once More, the first French film to grapple with the subject of AIDS. Guadagnino is also thinking about an entire series of films that follow Elio and Oliver as they grow older, referencing Richard Linklater's Before trilogy the famous Up series. Right now, this is all very theoretical, but Guadagnino is reportedly "serious" about pursuing a sequel, and Hammer confirmed (via Variety) that it "will happen because there are already people working on it and trying to make it happen." However, not everyone will be returning if the film gets going, as Oscar-winning screenwriter James Ivory says he has no interest in working on a sequel. André Aciman, on the other hand, seems pretty gung-ho about the whole idea as he's writing a sequel of his own. Will the potential movie take any inspiration from Aciman's new book, or will Guadagnino do his own thing? Well, right now, that's a mystery… of love.

Top Gun 2 - Top Gun: Maverick

Feel the need? The need for…a sequel? We certainly hope so, because Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is soaring back into theaters. Over 30 years after Top Gun turned Tom Cruise into a legitimate star, the A-list actor is returning for part two. And he's not the only original cast member making a comeback. According to The Wrap, Val Kilmer is set to star as Tom "Iceman" Kazansky, so we've got our fingers crossed for more biting action.

However, don't expect Top Gun: Maverick to be a clone of the first film. While nobody knows the plot for sure, Variety says that Cruise's character will be a flight instructor, and that the movie will "explore a world of drone technology, fifth-generation fighters, and the end of the era of dog-fighting." And to represent this new world, Miles Teller is playing the son of Maverick's late-and-great wingman, Nick "Goose" Bradshaw, played in the original by Anthony Edwards. (Teller reportedly beat out both Nicholas Hoult and Glen Powell for the part, although Powell was later signed for a separate role.) Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, and Ed Harris will round out the cast.

As for a director, we've got Joseph Kosinski, who broke onto the scene with Tron: Legacy and previously worked with Cruise on Oblivion. And with a screenplay by Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle), Peter Craig (both Mockingjay movies), and Justin Marks (The Jungle Book), expect Top Gun 2 to land on June 26, 2020.

The Shining 2 - Doctor Sleep

Widely considered one of the scariest movies ever made, The Shining certainly seems like a standalone story. Jack Torrance dies, and Danny Torrance escapes the Overlook Hotel. What more needs to be said?

However, there was one person who disagreed with conventional wisdom and thought The Shining needed a sequel. Over 35 years after publishing the original novel, Stephen King returned to the psychic world of Danny Torrance with Doctor Sleep. Published in 2013, the plot follows a middle-aged Danny as he overcomes alcoholism and uses his "shining" abilities to help hospice patients find peace. But things get a bit complicated after befriending a young girl with incredible powers, as she's being hunted by a cult that wants to feed off her psychic energy.

Now, following the success of It, Warner Bros. is adapting Doctor Sleep for the big screen. Mike Flanagan (who previously had Stephen King experience with his adaptation of Gerald's Game) is directing and rewriting a script that was drafted by Akiva Goldsman (Cinderella Man, I Am Legend, The Dark Tower), and there are some impressive stars joining the cast. Ewan McGregor will play the older Danny Torrance and Rebecca Ferguson of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is co-starring as the villain known as Rose the Hat, while Westworld vet Zahn McClarnon is on board to play her lover and lieutenant, Crow Daddy. Newcomer Kyleigh Curran will play Abra Stone, the girl with a psychic gift, and we're also going to see the return of some classic Shining characters. Alex Essoe of Starry Eyes will play Danny's mother, Wendy Torrance, and Carl Lumbly of Alias and Supergirl will play the telepathic Dick Halloran. 

So how exactly will Doctor Sleep connect to the Stanley Kubrick original? Well, speaking with Bloody Disgusting, Flanagan said that while this movie isn't The Shining, his sequel will indeed acknowledge the 1980 horror classic. Here's hoping that Stephen King actually likes this adaptation when it's released on November 8, 2019.

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

The Hitman's Bodyguard wasn't exactly a critical success, earning a pretty lousy 39 percent approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes. But the movie did pretty well at the box office, pulling in $177 million worldwide against a $30 million budget. After all, how can an audience say no to the combined charisma of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson? These two dudes are as charming as it gets, so fans of the first film will be happy to know that The Hitman's Bodyguard is getting a sequel, confusingly titled The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard. Reynolds and Jackson are both returning, and Salma Hayek is also coming back at the titular wife. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plot will find Reynolds' bodyguard trying to live a peaceful life when he gets mixed up again with Jackson's hitman. Along with Hayek, the trio will "wreak havoc along the Amalfi Coast in an attempt to save Europe." The movie will also star familiar names like Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas, Frank Grillo, and Richard E. Grant. If you're hoping for a wild time at the movies, insiders are describing this film as "The Good. The Bad. And the Bats**t crazy."

Chicken Run 2

When it comes to claymation, every other films feels poultry — uh, paltry — compared to Chicken Run. Even though the film came out in 2000, it's still the highest-grossing stop-motion movie of all-time, beating out the likes of Fantastic Mr. Fox, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Coraline. So it's kind of surprising that it's taken so long for somebody to make a Chicken Run sequel, but now it seems the project is finally taking flight. In April 2018, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Aardman Animations — with StudioCanal and Pathe — are bringing Mrs. Tweedy's hens back to cinemas. There's no word yet if Mel Gibson (Rocky Rhodes) or Julia Sawalha (Ginger) are returning to their roles, but the screenplay is being crafted by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell, both of whom worked on the original Chicken Run. As for the director, the film is in the fine stop-motion hands of Sam Fell, the filmmaker behind ParaNorman. Let's hope part two will be as egg-cellent as the first one.

Bright 2

On paper, Bright sounded like it was going to be awesome. It was a buddy cop movie full of elves, dragons, fairies — plus, it would star the ever-charismatic Will Smith (as a human) and the incredibly talented Joel Edgerton (as an orc). But when the action-comedy premiered on Netflix, it was thoroughly trashed by critics who attacked everything from its mishandled metaphors to its lazy worldbuilding. But while critics were underwhelmed, the movie attracted quite a few eyeballs. After it was released on Netflix, Bright was watched by at least 11 million viewers. With those numbers, it makes sense that Netflix wants to make a little more movie magic. So keep an eye out for Bright 2, which will be directed and co-written by David Ayer and more than likely star Smith and Edgerton. The only key player missing this time around is controversial screenwriter Max Landis. Evan Spiliotopoulos is filling in, and as he wrote both Beauty and the Beast and The Huntsman: Winter's War, he has plenty of fantasy cred.

Bad Boys 3 - Bad Boys for Life

While Paramount Pictures has no trouble churning out one Transformers movie after another, there's another Michael Bay franchise that hasn't been so lucky. Fans have been clamoring for a new entry in the Bad Boys series since 2003. Part three has been in the pipeline at Sony Pictures for quite some time, and according to Collider, it's taken almost 10 years to get things going. So if you can't wait to see the further adventures of Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowrey, then you'll be happy to know that Bad Boys for Life is on its way. According to Variety, the movie is slated for release on January 17, 2020, and both Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are coming back. Joe Pantoliano is also returning as Captain Howard, and a couple of new names are showing up. 

Deadline reports that Jacob Scipio will play Armando Armas, a drug dealer who enjoys taunting our heroes, and Paola Nuñez will star as a "tough and funny criminal psychologist" who just so happens to be Mike's ex-girlfriend. The cast will also include the likes of Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games), Charles Melton (Riverdale), Kate del Castillo (La Reina del Sur), Happy Anderson (Mindhunter), and DJ Khaled. As for who's behind the camera, Michael Bay will be sitting this one out. Directing duties have fallen to Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (BlackGangsta), but original producer Jerry Bruckheimer has returned for part three.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Looks like Angelina Jolie is getting ready to cast her spell on audiences again, because Disney is currently cooking up a sequel to its 2014 fantasy blockbuster, Maleficent. The A-list actress is returning on October 18, 2019 to play the titular evil fairy, and Elle Fanning is coming back as the fairy tale princess, Aurora. The movie will also star some high profile names like Michelle Pfeiffer and Chiwetel Ejiofor (a guy who might look kind of familiar). Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville are all coming back, and there will be a few new faces, including Ed Skrein, Robert Lindsay, and Judith Shekoni. Director Joachim Ronning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) will be at the helm. As for the plot, according to the official synopsis (via Collider), the sequel will explore the relationship between Maleficent and Aurora as they "struggle to protect the moors and the magical creatures that reside within."

Bill & Ted 3 - Bill & Ted Face the Music

Ready for some totally bodacious news? Bill S. Preston and Theodore Logan are re-teaming for another timey-wimey adventure. Bill & Ted Face the Music takes place nearly 30 years after their Bogus Journey, and it finds the two excellent rock stars (Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, respectively) stuck in a serious mid-life crisis. After a visitor from the future shows up with a dire warning, Bill and Ted must travel through time and write a musical masterpiece that will save all of space-time. Along the way, the duo will be joined by their daughters, played by Brigette Lundy-Pain (AtypicalThe Glass Castle) and Samara Weaving (The BabysitterThree Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). Lundy-Pain will be starring as Ted's daughter, Billie, and Weaving will be playing as Bill's daughter, Thea. 

So it looks like the two buds have named their kids after each other, which is pretty sweet. Plus, rapper Kid Cudi is going to show up, although we don't know who he's going to play, and William Sadler is reprising his role of Death, which is pretty cool news. Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) will direct, original screenwriters Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon will pen the screenplay, and the legendary Steven Soderbergh (Out of Time, Ocean's Eleven, Magic Mike) will produce. Even though a lot of time has passed since the last film, screenwriter Ed Solomon told Collider that part three will "maintain the tone, the sweetness, the absurdity" of the first two while being "something unique — something people haven't seen before." Prepare to see their bogus and incredible new adventure on August 21, 2020.

RoboCop Returns

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

The latest entry in the franchise will be called RoboCop Returns, and it was written by Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, the guys who penned the first film. In fact, RoboCop Returns was written right after the success of the original. Sadly, the script never got made, but now MGM is giving it another go. The screenplay is being rewritten by Justin Rhodes, and Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie) is directing. As for the plot synopsis, Deadline writes that "Anarchy reigns and the fate of Detroit hangs in the balance as RoboCop makes his triumphant return to fight crime and corruption." Sure, that sounds par for the course with these films, but we're still interested to see where Blomkamp and Rhodes will take the project, especially since they're ignoring every other film in the series except for the first one. Sadly, Peter Weller won't be returning to reprise his robo-role, but still, we'd buy this film for a dollar.

Zombieland: Double Tap

It's been almost a decade since Zombieland staggered into theaters, earning rave reviews and over $100 million worldwide against its $24 million budget. Since then, the movie has only grown in popularity, with fans wanting to see Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock back in action. While there's been talk of making a part two for quite some time, the film was never able to come to life — but now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, a sequel is finally rising up from development hell. 

Zombieland: Double Tap is set to hit theaters on October 18, 2019, and it's bringing everybody back to the big screen. Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin are all returning, as is original director Ruben Fleischer. Plus, both Rosario Dawson of Daredevil and Zoey Deutch of Set It Up have signed onto the project. Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese — who penned the first film, not to mention both Deadpool movies — are also coming back. We don't exactly know the plot yet, but THR says our heroes will go "from the White House to the American heartland as they face off against new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors." They'll also have to learn how to get along with one another as they make a new life for themselves in a zombie-filled, Twinkie-less world, which is way easier said than done.

Big Trouble in Little China 2

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

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

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

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

Train to Busan 2

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

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

Now, it seems writer-director Yeon Sang-ho is working on part two, supposedly titled Bando. Translate that into English, and you get "peninsula," which means the zombie virus has spread across Korea. Other than that, we don't know a whole lot yet, except that it will focus on different characters and supposedly start filming in early 2019. It's evidently a good time to be in the zombie train business, as New Line is currently working on an American remake of the first film. Of course, if you're new to the whole Train to Busan phenomenon, you can prepare for both the sequel and the reboot by checking out the 2016 thriller in all its bloody glory over on Netflix.

The Boy 2

It's an unspoken rule of cinema that if you make a horror movie, then you've got to make a sequel. That's especially true if the first film made a lot of money. So when The Boy grossed $64 million against its $10 million budget, it was only a matter of time before that freaky Brahms doll came creeping back onto the big screen. 

Director William Brent Bell and writer Stacey Menear are returning for Brahams: The Boy II, and they're bringing along a big-time star: Katie Holmes. As for the plot, Entertainment Weekly says the story will follow "a young family that moves into Heelshire Mansion, where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend." Enter the creepy doll, who's sure to scare up the big bucks at the box office. Ralph Ineson of The Witch, Owain Yeoman of The Belko Experiment, and Christopher Convery of Gotham are also set to star. And chances are good that when Brahams comes back, he'll fill film critics with dread. If you can't wait to see old Brahms up to his horrible hijinx, this diabolical doll will be returning to theaters July 26, 2019.

Willow 2

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

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

Inside Man 2

While Spike Lee has made his fair share of masterpieces, the man isn't exactly what you'd call a blockbuster filmmaker. The biggest moneymaker of his career was Inside Man, a thriller about a hostage negotiator, a bank-robbing genius, and Nazis. Now, 12 years after the original film, it looks like we're returning to the high-stakes world of Inside Man, only nobody from the original film is involved in any way.

That's right. Spike Lee isn't coming back. Denzel Washington isn't coming back. Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, and Willem Dafoe aren't coming back. Instead, Inside Man 2 will be helmed by M.J. Bassett, who's worked on TV shows like Da Vinci's Demons, Ash vs. Evil Dead, and Iron Fist. According to Deadline, the plot will involve a new hostage negotiator (Aml Ameen of Sense8 and The Maze Runner) as he tries to placate a group of thugs who've broken into the U.S. Federal Reserve. The plot sounds very similar to the original film, and it's a little odd there's a new main character played by a different actor, but we'll get our chance to see if Inside Man 2 can match its predecessor when the film eventually lands on Netflix.

Night of the Living Dead 2

When it comes to quintessential horror films, it doesn't get much more iconic than Night of the Living Dead. Directed by George Romero, this black-and-white fright flick established the zombie as a major monster in the horror genre, inspiring every undead movie and TV series to come. The film also sparked a bunch of follow-up films of varying quality, but now it looks like the dead are going to rise again.

According to Bloody Disgusting, Living Dead Media — the company in charge of the Living Dead franchise — has gotten an old script written by "the original writers and producers of Night of the Living Dead," which possibly indicates the late Romero's involvement as he penned the screenplay for the first film. Making things more interesting, this screenplay functions as a sequel to the 1968 classic. And we're not talking like a Day of the Dead-style sequel. According to Empire, the new Living Dead movie will be a "more direct follow-up" to the original. Of course, as pretty much everybody in the first film was violently murdered before the end credits, we're not exactly sure how that's going to work. But whatever kind of sequel staggers onto the screen, it will probably be a gory good time.

The Meg 2

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

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


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

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

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

The Sopranos prequel - The Many Saints of Newark

One of the most influential shows in TV history, The Sopranos ended in 2007, not with a bang but a fade to black. The gangster series earned massive acclaim, set the stage for shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad, and gave us one of television's most iconic characters: Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). Now, over a decade later, show creator David Chase is bringing his Mafia saga to the big screen with The Many Saints of Newark, a movie that serves as a prequel to the Emmy-winning series.

According to Deadline, the film will be set in the 1960s, during the deadly Newark riots, and it will focus on Dickie Moltisanti (Alessandro Nivola), Tony Soprano's mentor and Christopher Moltisanti's father. The film will also star the likes of Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring), Jon Bernthal (The Punisher), Billy Magnussen (Game Night), Corey Stoll (Ant-Man), and Leslie Odom Jr. (Murder on the Orient Express and Broadway's Hamilton). And, oh yeah, gangster legend Ray Liotta will also show up. The screenplay will be co-written by David Chase, and Alan Taylor will be sitting in the director's chair. In addition to working on Thor: The Dark World and Game of Thrones, Taylor also directed several episodes of The Sopranos, which makes him a natural fit for the prequel.

Speaking with Deadline (via IndieWire), Chase explained this new film will take place in an era when the mob was a bit more dapper than they are today. "It is going to depict when it was good," Chase said. "The mafia was very polished at that time, how they dressed and what they did… These weren't guys who wore tracksuits back then." And in the most interesting bit of news, Tony Soprano is actually going to show up, and he'll be played by none other than Michael Gandolfini, son of James. Here's hoping he can fill his father's legendary shoes. We'll find out on September 25, 2020.

The King's Man

Based on the comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, the Kingsman films have followed the adventures of Gary "Eggsy" Unwin (Taron Egerton), a London street tough who joins an organization of gentlemen spies. Soon enough, he finds himself in a violent world of electric lassos and bulletproof umbrellas, and now, director Matthew Vaughn wants to expand on the franchise's quirky and messed-up mythology by finding out how Kingsman came about.

The King's Man will explain the origins of the well-dressed intelligence agency going all the way back to the early 20th century. According to Collider, the story will focus on an Eggsy-style hero named Conrad (Harris Dickinson (The Darkest Minds, FX's Trust) who gets involved in World War I, and while we don't know the exact plot, the film boasts an impressive lineup of actors. We've got Ralph Fiennes, Matthew Goode (Watchmen), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), and Daniel Bruhl (Captain America: Civil War). On top of that, there's Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man), Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace), Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise), Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones), and Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy).

Collider also reports that this will feel more like a "period drama than a spy thriller," which might make for an interesting departure from the previous two Kingsman films. Whatever Matthew Vaughn has in store, we'll find out on Valentine's Day, 2020.


Nearly 50 years ago, moviegoers were introduced to John Shaft, a detective who was "hotter than Bond; cooler than Bullitt." Played by Richard Roundtree, this super smooth P.I. showed up in three films before passing the mantle to his nephew, John Shaft II (Samuel L. Jackson), in 2000. Now, we're getting a Shaft family reunion, with Roundtree and Jackson joining forces with yet another member of their badass family.

In this 2019 sequel — named, you guessed it, Shaft — we'll be introduced to the newest member of the detective clan: John Shaft Jr. (Jessie T. Usher of Independence Day: Resurgence and Starz's Survivor's Remorse). Shaft Jr. is an MIT graduate who works as a cyber security expert for the FBI. He's not as slick as his old man, and they aren't exactly close, but he's forced to ask his estranged dad for help when his friend is mysteriously murdered. Eventually, the duo team up with the original Shaft himself, and all the family declares war on any fools who dare to stand in their way.  

This upcoming film will be directed by Tim Story (Barbershop, 2005's Fantastic Four, both Ride Along movies), and it also stars Method Man, Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse), Lauren Velez (Dexter), and Regina Hall (Scary Movie). The movie is set for release on June 14, 2019, and we can't wait to see all three generations of Shafts in action.

The Big Lebowski spinoff - Going Places

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

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

The film is riffing off a controversial 1974 French film with the same title, and it's going to feature a "gun-toting hairdresser" and will be "much more sexual" than the original Coen brothers movie. As for the dynamic directing duo, the Coens aren't involved with this spinoff sequel, but they're totally cool with Turturro making a part two.

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.

According to Collider, Quentin Tarantino is working on a sequel to Django Unchained, 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 we're not sure how involved Tarantino is going to be with the whole thing. We know he's ultimately in charge of the project, but the folks at Collider believe he'll be producing instead of directing. 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.