Everything you need to know about these upcoming sequels

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

The Accountant 2

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

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

The Craft 2

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

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

Leigh Janiak of Honeymoon will be directing, and she also wrote the original draft of the screenplay, along with Phil Graziadei, which was then 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 James Henson fantasy Labyrinth has a diehard following, and David Bowie's bulge has spawned more than a few think pieces written by amorous fans. So making a sequel to Henson's final film would be a pretty intimidating task, but Fede Alvarez is up to the challenge.

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

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

Coming to America 2

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

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

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

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

Eastern Promises 2 - Body Cross

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

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

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

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

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

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

However, Larsson isn't the only big name no longer associated with the series. The new film is going to be helmed by Fede Alvarez, the brains behind Don't Breathe and the 2013 Evil Dead reboot. And Craig isn't reprising his role as journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Instead, he's being replaced by Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason. But perhaps most importantly, the studio plans on recasting the leather-clad protagonist, replacing Rooney Mara with Claire Foy, the actress best known for playing Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix series The Crown.

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

So what's the storyline? Well, assuming it sticks close to the book, Salander and Blomkvist will find themselves involved in a crazy plot that involves missing artificial intelligence, an autistic kid who's witnessed a murder, a group of crooks known as the Spider Society, and everybody from the NSA to the Russian mob. We also know that Lakeith Stanfield of Short Term 12Get Out, and Death Note is set to star, possibly as an NSA agent hunting down Salander. Fede Alvarez has also said the film will dive deeper into Lisbeth's background, a dark and disturbing story that we'll get to see on November 9, 2018.

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, keep an eye out for Waititi's spinoff TV show, Paranormal Event Response Unit, a New Zealand series that will focus on the two bumbling cops from the original film who are incompetently trying to keep the forces of darkness at bay.

The Rocketeer 2 – The Rocketeers

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

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

Edge of Tomorrow 2 - 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 a certain Scientologist has different ideas.

According to original screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, Cruise started pitching a sequel while filming Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation. In April 2016, screenwriters Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse (the duo who wrote the Jesse Owens biopic Race) were brought on to craft a new timey-wimey screenplay. Then in March 2018, Doug Liman announced that scribe Jez Butterworth (Black MassSpectre, and the original Edge of Tomorrow) would also be taking a crack at the script. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, it's up in the air right now whether Blunt will return as Sgt. Rita Vrataski.

According to Liman—who's returning to the director's chair—the movie isn't quite ready to go yet. Still, he seems pretty stoked about the new film, claiming part two "much better than the original film." He also insists this will be an unconventional movie, explaining "it's a sequel that's a prequel." So will the film jump back and forth in time a la The Godfather Part II? Whatever Liman means, we're super intrigued, especially since he promises Edge of Tomorrow 2, now titled Live Die Repeat and Repeat, is "going to revolutionize how people make sequels."

48 Meters Down

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

Evidently that one extra meter makes a big difference, as producer James Harris has promised the sequel "will take the claustrophobia of cave diving and the thrill of shark encounters and move everything to the next level." Writer-director Johannes Roberts (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. Roberts has described the film as "The Descent underwater," since the movie will focus on "six or seven people trapped in the caves in Brazil, an underwater city." There will be swimming, there will be screaming, and there will be a lot of sharks. What more do you want?

3 From Hell

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

According to Bloody Disgusting, Zombie plans on reuniting his redneck rapists, although it's possible the film could be a prequel since the terrible threesome are, you know, dead. It's also not clear when the movie will arrive, but filming on the appropriately titled 3 From Hell started in March 2018 and ended about a month later. Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, and Sid Haig have all returned for their respective roles as Vera-Ellen "Baby" Firefly, Otis Driftwood, and Captain Spaulding. 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 – Die Hard: Year One

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

According to Len Wiseman (who directed Live Free and Die Hard), the new film will jump back and forth in time, similar to The Godfather Part II. In one timeline, we'll have Bruce Willis squaring off against some terrorists. In another, there will be a younger John McClane patrolling the streets of 1970s New York. 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 according to a 2010 interview Willis did with Showbiz Spy, this may be the last time we hear him utter his iconic yippee ki-yay.

Beetlejuice 2

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

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

Men in Black spinoff

It's been over five years since the Men in Black last saved Earth from an alien threat, but now Sony plans on bringing the agents back to theaters. According to Deadline, the studio has their calendar marked for May 17, 2019, but don't expect to see Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones—J and K won't be returning. Instead, the film will focus on a new cast of characters. As Deadline explains, the studio wants to do a spinoff similar "to the way that Jurassic World rebooted and expanded [the Jurassic Park] franchise." This sci-fi comedy will feature Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, and F. Gary Gray (The Fate of the Furious) is set to direct. So mark your calendars, and stay away from any real Men in Black so you can remember that date.

Murder on the Orient Express 2 - Death on the Nile

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

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Agatha Christie fans can expect to see Death on the Nile sailing into theaters on November 8, 2019. Based on the 1973 novel, this new adventure will follow Poirot as he tries to solve a murder on a riverboat that's cruising—you guessed it—down the Nile. It looks like Kenneth Branagh will both direct and play the mustachioed detective, although we don't know yet who will fill out the rest of the cast. However, we do know that Michael Green will be writing the screenplay. Not only did he pen Orient Express, but he also wrote Logan, Blade Runner 2049, and all eight episodes of American Gods. In other words, it's safe to say we can expect a pretty solid script.

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai 2

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

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

Master and Commander 2

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

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

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. 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 we'd love to see where Chalamet, Hammer, Guadagnino, and Ivory can take this tender love story.

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.)

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 July 12, 2019.

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 success with Gerald's Game) is directing and rewriting a script that was previously 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 in talks for an unknown role. Here's hoping that Stephen King actually likes this adaptation.

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. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reynolds and Jackson "are believed to be reprising their roles," and chances are good that Millennium Films (the production company behind the first film) will most likely bring back Salma Hayek to play the titular wife. THR also reports that while the plot description is unknown at this time, insiders are describing the 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 yeah, both Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are coming back. Michael Bay, on the other hand, is sitting this one out. Directing duties will fall to Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Black, Gangsta), but original producer Jerry Bruckheimer is definitely returning for part three.

Maleficent 2

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 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, who haven't been cast as of this writing. 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."

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. In other words, we'd buy this for a dollar.

Zombieland 2

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 2 is set to hit theaters in October 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. 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.

Creed 2

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

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

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