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

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

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

Updated on July 1, 2022: Sequels are hitting theaters and streaming services all the time, and we've updated this list to keep you informed on all the future films that you might've missed out on. We've got the lowdown on part twos, threequels, and installments that are decades in the making. So keep coming back for all the latest info on these upcoming sequels.

Predator 5: Prey - August 5, 2022

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

"Predator 5" will be helmed by "10 Cloverfield Lane" director Dan Trachtenberg, from a script written by Patrick Aison. Originally, the fifth "Predator" film was announced as "Skulls," but the official title has since been confirmed as "Prey." Each "Predator" installment thus far has focused on groups of people being hunted by a race of alien trophy hunters, and "Prey" seems like it will follow in that same tradition. This time, the story will be set 300 years in the past and center on the Comanche Nation, following "Naru (Amber Midthunder), a skilled female warrior who fiercely protects her tribe against a highly evolved alien predator," according to Deadline

"Prey" wrapped filming in September 2021, and it's set to premiere on Hulu on August 5, 2022.

Hocus Pocus 2 - September 30, 2022

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

While details on the sequel film remain scarce, original "Hocus Pocus" stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker are set to return in the sequel, which will bow on Disney+. Also joining the cast for "Hocus Pocus 2," which will hit Disney+ in the fall of 2022, will be original star Doug Jones, Tony Hale of "Arrested Development," Hannah Waddingham of "Ted Lasso," and Sam Richardson of "Veep" and "The Afterparty." Plus, they'll be joined by Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham, Belissa Escobedo, Juju Brener, Froy Gutierrez, Taylor Henderson, and Nina Kitchen.

Working from a script by Jen D'Angelo, "Hocus Pocus 2" was originally set to be directed by Adam Shankman, but he was replaced in 2021 by Anne Fletcher. And Bloody Disgusting revealed the official plot synopsis for the film, which reads, "Three young women accidentally bring the Sanderson sisters back to modern day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world." Prepare for all sorts of witchy fun on September 30, 2022.

Creed III - November 23, 2022

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

We don't know a whole lot about the plot of the third "Creed" film. However, we do know that in addition to starring in the film, Jordan will be making his directorial debut with "Creed III," saying in a statement, "This franchise, and in particular the themes of "Creed III," are deeply personal to me. I look forward to sharing the next chapter of Adonis Creed's story with the awesome responsibility of being its director and namesake." 

Both Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad are returning, and on top of that, we also know who will be showing up on the other side of the ring. Trading blows with Adonis in "Creed III" will be "Lovecraft Country" actor Jonathan Majors. In addition to his lead role in the HBO series, Majors is likely most recognizable to fans from his surprise appearance as He Who Remains/Kang the Conqueror in Marvel's "Loki" and the upcoming "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania." Of his "Creed III" role, Majors told NME, "With intimacy comes complexity. It's he and I. It's a story about these two men trying to work something out, and it's very different from the others."

Majors' comments make it sound as though his character may be someone from Adonis' past, possibly even with ties to previous "Rocky" films. That would be in keeping with the themes of previous movies, as the villain of "Creed II" was the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), the villain from "Rocky IV." Whoever he's playing, we look forward to seeing Majors and Jordan go toe to toe on November 23, 2022.

Disenchanted - November 24, 2022

In 2007, Disney captivated audiences with "Enchanted," a princess story with a twist: the animated princess Giselle (Amy Adams) accidentally tumbles into real-world, live-action New York City. Although Giselle eventually found her happy ending with single dad Robert (Patrick Dempsey), that didn't stop talk of a sequel from spinning soon after the film's release. While the sequel, titled "Disenchanted," was slow getting off the ground, the production is now full steam ahead, and will be premiering exclusively on Disney+.

In 2016, "Hairspray" director Adam Shankman was brought on board to direct "Disenchanted." According to Disney, the story will pick up 15 years after the first film, following Giselle as she moves to the suburbs with Robert and his daughter, Morgan, "where she must juggle the challenges that come with a new home and discover what happily ever after truly means to her and her new family." Composer Alan Menken is also on board for the sequel, along with lyricist Stephen Schwartz.

As for the cast, "Enchanted" stars Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey will be returning for the sequel, along with co-stars Idina Menzel and James Marsden (who got married in the cartoon kingdom of Andalasia at the end of "Enchanted"). Considering the Tony Award-winning Menzel never got to belt out a musical number in the first film, it seems only right that she should get a chance to showcase her impressive pipes in the sequel. Joining the original cast will be Yvette Nicole Brown, Jayma Mays, Kolton Stewart, Oscar Nuñez, and Maya Rudolph in a villainous role. Additionally, Gabriella Baldacchino will be stepping into the role of the teenage Morgan, who was played by Rachel Covey in the first film. "Disenchanted" will hit Disney+ on Thanksgiving — November 24, 2022. 

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery - Holiday Season 2022

Although 2019's wildly fun whodunit "Knives Out" was written in a pretty self-contained way, telling the story of the affluent Thrombey family and how they dealt with the mysterious death of their patriarch Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), director Rian Johnson wasted no time in letting audiences know that he'd be open to a sequel, telling Collider, "If this movie does even okay, I will in a heartbeat make more of these with Daniel." As it turned out, "Knives Out" did a lot better than okay, bringing in more than $300 million worldwide and justifying not one but two sequels, which will go directly to Netflix.

The move to Netflix is a surprising one, considering that the first film was distributed through Lionsgate, but it was Johnson's call — along with his producing partner, Ram Bergman — to take the sequels to the streaming site (which will also release the movie in theaters). Both films will follow Daniel Craig's drawling private investigator, Benoit Blanc, but he'll be the only carryover from the first movie. Aside from Craig, Johnson says the "Knives Out" sequels will each feature a different cast, different setting, and a different donut-shaped mystery for Blanc to solve, similar to Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot novels, which served as an inspiration for "Knives Out." 

The second installment in the series — "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery" — will be released during holiday season 2022, and the ensemble cast is shaping up to be every bit as impressive as that of the first film, with Kathryn Hahn, Dave Bautista, Janelle Monae, Leslie Odom Jr., Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Ethan Hawke, and Jada Pinkett Smith all signing on to appear in the second film, playing characters that, according to Bautista, "are even more quirky than the [characters in the] first one." Bautista also boldly stated that he believes "Knives Out 2" will be "as good, if not better, than the first one," and that "people are really going to dig this." Keep an eye out for this mystery flick in fall 2022.

Puss in Boots 2 - December 21, 2022

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

The sequel, which will be helmed by "The Croods: A New Age" director Joel Crawford, will be called "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish," and it will follow the courageous kitty — now on his ninth life — as he searches for the mythical Last Wish that he hopes will restore the other eight. The trailer shows him teaming up with Salma Hayek's character Kitty Softpaws, who reminds him that "when you only have one life, that's what makes it special." They'll be joined in their adventures by "What We Do in the Shadows" star Harvey Guillén, who will play Puss and Kitty's puppy pal Perro. Also joining the impressive cast are Florence Pugh, Olivia Colman, Wagner Moura, Ray Winstone, John Mulaney, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Anthony Mendez, and Samson Kayo. "Puss in Boots: The Last Wish" is set to release on December 21, 2022.

Four Avatar sequels - December 16, 2022

James Cameron has been talking about "Avatar" sequels almost from the moment the first film exploded onto screens in 2009, smashing box office records and eventually becoming the highest-grossing film ever. For a long time, it seemed like Cameron's promises of more movies were as far off and unreachable as the fictional moon of Pandora. But now, it's finally time to revisit our old Na'vi friends.

"Avatar: The Way of Water" will hit theaters on December 16, 2022, and judging by the trailer, the film is going to look incredible. As for the plot, The Hollywood Reporter sums it up, saying the film "centers on returning Jake Sully, played by Sam Worthington, along with Na'vi Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldana, and their family, and the lengths they go to keep each other safe."

A good chunk of the movie will take place in the water, with The Guardian reporting that Cameron created new mo-cap tech to work underwater. As for the rest of the cast, Worthington and Saldana will be joined by returning co-stars Sigourney Weaver and Stephen Lang, as well was newcomers Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Edie Falco, Vin Diesel, and Kate Winslet. And after "The Way of Water," you can expect three more "Avatar" films, allegedly titled "The Seed Bearer," "The Tulkun Rider," and "The Quest for Eywa."

Murder Mystery 2 - 2022

After earning its crown as the most popular Netflix film of 2019, it shouldn't come as a surprise twist that "Murder Mystery" is getting a sequel. The original film starred Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston as a married couple who find themselves wrapped up in a murder mystery aboard a billionaire's yacht. Sandler and Aniston will both be reprising their roles as Nick and Audrey Spitz, respectively, for the sequel, which will bring together a new ensemble cast for a whodunit that will film in both the Caribbean and Paris.

Also returning for the sequel is writer James Vanderbilt, and Jeremy Garelick will be replacing Kyle Newacheck in the director's chair. Considering that the Spitzes stumbled into their first murder mystery mostly by chance, it will be interesting to see how they wind up entrenched in another, but perhaps the circumstances that Vanderbilt's script will cook up will stem from the promotion to detective that Nick received at the end of the first film. We'll find out when "Murder Mystery 2" hits Netflix sometime in 2022.

Extraction 2 - Late 2022

When the action-thriller "Extraction" hit Netflix in 2020, it quickly established itself as the most-watched original film in Netflix's history, making a sequel practically inevitable. Sure enough, less than two weeks after "Extraction" premiered on the streamer, Deadline reported that a sequel was already in the works, with MCU veterans Chris Hemsworth and Joe Russo set to star and pen the script, respectively. Original director Sam Hargrave will be returning to direct.

The sequel will once again center around Hemsworth's mercenary character of Tyler Rake, who the first teaser confirms survived the original film despite all evidence to the contrary. That said, Russo has indicated that he's just as interested in exploring Rake's backstory as he is following him after the events of "Extraction," so the plot really could go in any direction. Although we don't yet have a release date for "Extraction 2," Hemsworth indicated it would start shooting in late 2021, meaning we could see a finished film as early as late 2022.

Russo also has big plans for the "Extraction" franchise beyond the sequel, saying at his CCXP panel, "We are working at building out a universe of films that could potentially explore some of the other characters from the first movie and some new characters and see more historical interaction between the characters." In a previous interview, Russo elaborated on this position, telling Collider, "We're trying to find more interesting ways to tell these stories and cross-pollinate them. ... Can we go backwards and forwards at the same time? Can things that happened in the past affect the movies in the present? ... Can we see different points of view? ... I think what makes that a compelling element to the 'Extraction' universe is it is a global franchise telling global stories, and we'd like to diversify the point of view in those movies."

Attack the Block 2 - Early 2023

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

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

Cornish echoed his enthusiasm, saying, "I'm thrilled we're officially announcing our return to the world of 'Attack the Block' on the tenth anniversary of the film's release. I can't wait to work alongside John again, bringing audiences an even bigger slice of inner-city alien action." According to Cornish, filming on "Attack the Block 2" is expected to start at some point in 2022, indicating we can potentially hope to see the sequel premiere as early as 2023.

Scream 6 - March 31, 2023

Before the bodies of the latest victims of the Ghostface killer even had a chance to cool off, a sequel to 2022's newest "Scream" installment had already been greenlit by Paramount. The fifth installment in the "Scream" franchise, the 2022 film once again saw Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox), and Dewey Riley (David Arquette) on the run from a killer in a Ghostface mask, along with a host of new characters, many of whom were fated for a bloody end. "Scream" was well-received by both audiences and critics, leading the studio to move ahead with plans for the next film in the franchise.

The sixth "Scream" film will once again be helmed by the filmmaking trio Radio Silence, with Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett directing and the third member, Chad Villella, executive producing. The plots of "Scream" films are always kept heavily under wraps, but we've learned quite a few fascinating casting details. Courteney Cox has already confirmed she'll be appearing, and Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, and Jenna Ortega will be reprising their roles from the fifth movie. It's been reported that Dermot Mulroney will be playing a cop, Henry Czerny of "Mission: Impossible" will show up, Hayden Panettiere will be playing her character from "Scream 4," making for a delightfully frightful reunion. It also appears that Ghostface is leaving Woodsboro to terrorize the Big Apple, with "Scream 6" taking place in New York City.

Sadly, it looks like a key player in the "Scream" franchise won't be showing up this time — Neve Campbell as Sydney Prescott. As reported by Deadline, Campbell wasn't happy with the offer she got from the studio to her reprise her classic horror role, with the actress saying, "As a woman, I have to work extremely hard in my career to establish my value, especially when it comes to 'Scream.' I felt the offer that was presented to me did not equate the value I have brought to the franchise." While it's a major bummer that we won't be seeing Sydney square off against Ghostface, we are excited to hear — courtesy of Jenna Ortega (via Entertainment Tonight) — that things are gonna get gory, as this will be "the most aggressive and violent version of Ghostface we've ever seen."

Prepare to enjoy this super scary movie on March 31, 2023.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse - June 2, 2023

A dazzlingly original film full of humor, action, comic book theatrics, and heart, 2018's "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" earned $375 million at the global box office, took home an Academy Award for best animated feature, and became one of the most critically acclaimed superhero movies ever made, according to Rotten Tomatoes. All that, plus an endlessly repeatable premise — Miles Morales travels through the multiverse and meets other Spider-beings — made a sequel very likely. 

A follow-up was officially announced in November 2019, with Christopher Miller and Phil Lord returning, along with new director Joaquim Dos Santos and screenwriter David Callaham. In April 2021, Variety revealed that Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson will join Dos Santos as co-directors. As Sony executive Amy Pascal told Vanity Fair, the upcoming sequel will examine Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy's burgeoning relationship, which will deepen from friendship into romance. In June 2022, Sony Pictures Animation's Twitter account announced they, and the film's other heroes, will face The Spot, voiced by Jason Schwartzman. This interdimensional baddie is able to sprint through the multiverse at incredible speed.

"Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse" was initially set to hit theaters in April 2022, but Sony pushed the release to June 2, 2023 and split the film in two. The third film in the series, "Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse," will arrive on March 29, 2024.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts - June 9, 2023

After announcing that they'd be taking their successful "Transformers" franchise in a new direction in the wake of director Michael Bay's departure after finishing "Transformers: The Last Knight," Paramount has chosen Steven Caple Jr. to direct the next film in the "Transformers" universe, which will be titled "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts." The film will bring back popular Autobots such as Optimus Prime and Bumblebee while introducing several new-to-the-films "Beast Wars" characters such as Optimus Primal, who will be voiced by Ron Perlman. The main villain of "Rise of the Beasts" will be the Terrorcon Scourge, and the film will also introduce his sidekick Nightbird, although voice actors have not yet been confirmed for either character. "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" is set to hit theaters June 9, 2023.

Caple will be working from a script written by Joby Harold, who was also responsible for the screenplay for "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" and will be serving as a writer for the upcoming "Obi-Wan Kenobi" series at Disney+. Caple is best known for directing "Creed II," starring Michael B. Jordan. "Transformers 7" will star "Hamilton" and "In the Heights" actor Anthony Ramos, alongside "Judas and the Black Messiah" actor Dominique Fishback. Although Paramount hasn't yet revealed anything definitive about the plot for "Transformers 7", producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura previously revealed that the studio wasn't interested in developing a direct sequel to "The Last Knight" and that the next Transformers film wouldn't pick up where that one left off. 

Whatever "Rise of the Beasts" turns out to be about, it will be enough to fuel at least three movies. Paramount revealed in early 2022 that the film would actually kick off a new "Transformers" trilogy, promising plenty of Autobot action for many years to come.

Indiana Jones 5 - June 30, 2023

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

In the director's chair for "Indiana Jones 5" is James Mangold, who already knows what it's like to bring the legacy of a beloved action hero to a dignified end. Mangold previously directed 2017's "Logan," which served as the final adventure for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and Patrick Stewart's Charles Xavier, characters they'd both been playing in numerous films since 2000's "X-Men." "Logan" earned Mangold an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and served as a thrilling and satisfying conclusion for Jackman and Stewart's characters. While "Indiana Jones 5" isn't likely to skew nearly as dark as "Logan," we can only hope that its farewell to the adventurous archaeology professor will be as moving when the film hits theaters on June 30, 2023.

Meg 2: The Trench - August 4, 2023

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 a gigantic shark. Who doesn't want to see that?

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

Joining Jason Statham (via The Hollywood Reporter) in the cast of "The Meg 2" are Sienna Guillory as "the head of an applied sciences division," Skylar Samuels as "an adventure-loving member of Statham's submarine crew," and Sergio Peris-Mencheta, who will play "one of the film's antagonists, a hard-edged mercenary." The film is also gaining Chinese action superstar Wu Jing in an undisclosed role but is unfortunately losing Li Bingbing, who played an oceanographer in the first film. "Meg 2: The Trench" will be swimming into theaters on August 4, 2023.

The Equalizer 3 - September 1, 2023

After his Oscar-nominated performance as Macbeth in "The Tragedy of Macbeth," Denzel Washington began prepping to pivot into a very different role by returning to "The Equalizer" franchise, in which he plays ex-Marine Robert McCall who tends to go on violent vigilante tears when people he cares about are harmed. The first "Equalizer" film saw Washington's character protecting a teenage sex worker from the Russian mafia, while the second caught up with him as he avenged the death of one of his friends from the first film.

"The Equalizer 3" is expected to once again be directed by Antoine Fuqua, who helmed the first two films. Although no official plot details are known yet, Fuqua mentioned in 2018 that he had big plans to take Robert McCall to Europe in his next adventure. As for Washington, he's looking forward to returning to the role of McCall, teling Collider, "I gotta get in shape and start beating people up again. I get to beat people up again. 'The Tragedy of Macbeth' and then going and beating some people up. Can't get any better, right?"

The movie will also see Washington reunite with Dakota Fanning. The two famously starred together in Tony Scott's 2004 thriller "Man on Fire," and now, the two will be sharing the screen again in this exciting new action flick.

The Exorcist sequel - October 13, 2023

In our current age of sequels, remakes, and reboots of what can sometimes feel like every significant film ever made, revisiting one of the most iconic horror films of all time was all but inevitable. And sure enough, "The Exorcist 2" — and "3" and "4" — are in the works from fright factory Blumhouse Productions. David Gordon Green, who most recently wrote and is in the process of directing the new "Halloween" trilogy for the studio, will helm the new trilogy, which will be penned by Green, Danny McBride, Scott Teems, and Peter Sattler.

The original "Exorcist" centered a on 12-year-old girl, played by Linda Blair, who was possessed by a terrifying demon. Her mother (Ellen Burstyn) hires two priests, played by Jason Miller and Max von Sydow, to perform an exorcism. Although — spoiler alert — both priests died in the original film (and Miller and von Sydow have both since passed on), Burstyn will be reprising her role, aiding new protagonist Leslie Odom Jr. as he searches for help with his own possessed child. The first film in the new "The Exorcist" trilogy will get a theatrical release on October 13, 2023, although there's a possibility that the following two films could premiere on the Peacock streaming platform.

Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie - October 13, 2023

If your kids (or you — we won't judge) loved "Paw Patrol: The Movie," brace yourself for maximum excitement because it's getting a sequel. In early November 2021, Nickelodeon and Spin Master Entertainment greenlit "Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie," which is set to receive an exclusive theatrical release instead of the day-and-date theatrical and Paramount Plus streaming release that the first film got. 

As for the plot, Deadline reports that "The Mighty Movie" will see a meteor land in Adventure City — a meteor that grants superheroes to our adorable canine heroes. Unfortunately, a mad scientist teams up with their old rival, Humdinger, in a plot to steal their powers for dastardly purposes. In the previous film, the cast was played by a list of all-stars, including Tyler Perry, Kim Kardashian, Randall Park, and Jimmy Kimmel. While none of those actors have confirmed their involvement, it looks like there's going to be just as much talent on board this time around, as Taraji P. Henson has signed on to voice an unknown character.

Director Cal Brunker is confirmed to return for part two, which will hit theater screens October 13, 2023.

Dune 2 - November 17, 2023

Within days of the simultaneous theatrical and HBO Max release of "Dune," a sequel was officially greenlit, with a release date set for November 17, 2023. "Dune: Part Two" won't come as a shock to anyone who read Frank Herbert's novel or saw the first film, which ended at what seemed to be a pretty pivotal point in the character arc of protagonist Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) and not long after the official introduction of Zendaya's character, Chani. "Dune" began a sprawling tale of feuding households, political maneuvering, religious intrigue, and resource mining on the desert planet of Arrakis, told through an impressive ensemble cast that included Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem, and Dave Bautista, in addition to Chalamet and Zendaya.

Of course, not all the central players in "Dune" survived until the end, but those that did are expected to reprise their roles in the sequel. Also returning are director Denis Villeneuve and composer Hans Zimmer, the latter of whom joked in a tweet, "Thank goodness I have some music left." As for Villeneuve, the director clarified that he considers "Dune: Part Two" the same movie as "Dune" rather than a traditional sequel, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "It's not a sequel where it's another episode or another story with the same characters. It actually has direct continuity to the first movie. It's the second part of the big, huge movie that I'm trying to do." 

Reportedly joining the cast for "Dune 2" are Florence Pugh, who insiders say will likely play Princess Irulan Corrino, and Christopher Walken as Emperor Shaddam IV. "Elvis" star Austin Butler will portray the villainous Feyd-Rautha, and Léa Seydoux will join the cast as Lady Margot. Interestingly, unlike the first film, "Dune: Part Two" will receive an exclusive 45-day theatrical window, as opposed to the simultaneous theatrical and streaming release that the first film got. This was a "non-negotiable" for Villeneuve, who says that for him, "The theatrical experience is at the very heart of the cinematic language." 

Star Trek 4 - December 22, 2023

"Star Trek" has been a shining gem in Paramount's crown for decades, and there are a number of directions the popular franchise could head next. While there's definitely the intent to boldly take the established interstellar adventurers of the United Federation of Planets on a new adventure, the studio is also considering a couple other intergalactic options.

Moving forward right now is a fourth "Star Trek" film in the current franchise, which would bring back the cast of 2009's "Star Trek" (minus, sadly, Anton Yelchin, who played Pavel Chekov in the first three films and was tragically killed in an accident in 2016). The studio is also considering "Trek" films from "The Revenant" scribe Mark L. Smith (which was originally intended to be directed by Quentin Tarantino) and from "Fargo" and "Legion" creator Noah Hawley (which would feature a new cast of characters).

While Noah Hawley's project has been moved to the back burner by Paramount's motion picture group president, Emma Watts, "Star Trek 4" is full steam ahead. "WandaVision" director Matt Shakman has signed on to helm the project, working off a script from Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, making this the first "Star Trek" film to be penned by women. "Star Trek 4" is set to hit theaters on December 22, 2023

However, that release date may pose a problem for Karl Urban, who plays Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in the franchise. When asked about the film in March 2022, Urban told Variety, "I haven't seen a script, I know nothing," while also making a point that, "I'm shooting [his Amazon series] 'The Boys' through the end of the year." Doesn't seem like it leaves much time to film a whole movie, but since we can't imagine "Star Trek" without Bones, we hope they can figure it out.

Triplets (Twins 2) - 2023

On his 35th birthday in 1988, Julius Benedict (Arnold Schwarzenegger) was informed that he was separated at birth from his twin brother, Vincent (Danny DeVito), after they were both conceived in a lab as part of a genetic experiment. "Twins" followed the unlikely duo as they reconnected and uncovered the long-buried secrets about their past. Now, 33 years later (nearly the lifespan of Julius and Vincent before they each learned they were part of a mismatched set), the Benedict clan is growing yet again in "Triplets."

The sequel will bring back Schwarzenegger and DeVito as Julius and Vincent, and they'll be joined by Tracy Morgan as a yet-unnamed third brother. The premise, as conveyed by original film director Ivan Reitman — who was slated to direct the sequel until his death in 2022 — will start out similarly to the first film, with each of the brothers being surprised to learn of another sibling's existence. "They don't know each other, and very early in the movie, they meet," Reitman said of the film's plot to Deadline. "It's how they achieve a bond together after all these years. It's really a film about family, and no matter how different we all are, we have to learn to get along." 

Following Reitman's passing, the status of the film felt uncertain, but Schwarzenegger seemed confident that "Triplets" would eventually move forward, saying, "That's a project suppose to be filmed in October, and so it could still be you know, but we just have to now look into a different director and just get into and to see if we are going to continue with this project." Originally, the film was set to begin shooting in 2022 from a script penned by Dylan Dawson and Lucas Kavner, although now we wouldn't be surprised if it gets pushed back.

This Is Spinal Tap 2 - 2024

In his Great Movie review, Roger Ebert hailed the original "This Is Spinal Tap" as "one of the funniest movies ever made." The 1984 mockumentary tells the story of fading band Spinal Tap, desperately searching for musical glory in a world that's forgotten them. And the whole time, they're being filmed by the not-so-talented documentarian Marty Di Bergi — played by the film's actual director, Rob Reiner.

With its so-terrible-they're-amazing songs and its improvised jokes, it's no wonder that "This Is Spinal Tap" became an instant classic, and now, Reiner is getting the band back together. Original stars Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer will be picking up their guitars and rocking 'round Stonehenge in the film's upcoming sequel, scheduled for release in 2024 — right in time for the original's 40th anniversary. Reiner will return as both the film's director and Di Bergi. Here's hoping they can turn this sequel up to 11.

Godzilla vs. Kong 2 - March 15, 2024

Let's get ready to rumble ... again! Everybody's favorite Titans — Godzilla and King Kong — have begun training for their anticipated rematch. The first film hit theaters and HBO Max in 2021, earning $468 million at the box office and impressing a fair amount of critics. The man in charge of the film, Adam Wingard, will be returning to direct, and this time, he's teaming up with an old friend.

Deadline has reported that Dan Stevens will be playing the lead character. Stevens and Wingard previously worked together on the horror cult classic "The Guest," and if you haven't seen that '80s-inspired pic, you probably know Stevens from projects like "Downton Abbey," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Legion."

So what's the plot of "Godzilla vs. Kong 2?" We're not sure yet! Movie studio Legendary is keeping that a secret, although we suspect that while the two monsters will have their differences, they'll eventually join forces to fight a larger foe. In the original film, they teamed up to take out Mechagodzilla. This time around, will they throw down against Mecha-King Ghidorah? Mechani-Kong? Some non-mecha monster? Whatever ends up happening, we're excited for the showdown.

Furiosa - May 24, 2024

In 2015, "Mad Max: Fury Road" reinvigorated the long-dormant "Mad Max" franchise, which began in 1979 with Mel Gibson in the title role. "Fury Road" offered a new spin on the post-apocalyptic tale, casting Tom Hardy as Max and shifting focus to Charlize Theron's rage-fueled Imperator Furiosa. "Mad Max: Fury Road" wowed audiences and critics alike, with many considering it one of the best action films of all time, so it seemed that sequels would be inevitable.

Sure enough, there's a "Fury Road" follow-up in the works — or more accurately, a "Fury Road" prequel. Titled "Furiosa," it will bring back the title character, although Theron herself won't be making an appearance in the film. Director George Miller said that much as he loved Theron's performance in "Fury Road," he doesn't have enough faith in de-aging technology to allow Theron to reprise her role for the prequel.

Instead, the younger Furiosa will be played by Anya Taylor-Joy, and she'll be joined by MCU star Chris Hemsworth and Tom Burke of "Mank." Miller hasn't yet revealed who Hemsworth and Burke will be playing in "Furiosa," but the characters have likely existed in the director's head since before the previous film, as he and co-writer Nick Lathouris developed origin stories for every character while prepping "Fury Road." In fact, Lathouris wrote an entire screenplay for "Furiosa" in the process. 

As for the plot, the official synopsis (via Collider) states, "As the world fell, young Furiosa is snatched from the Green Place of Many Mothers and falls into the hands of a great Biker Horde led by the Warlord Dementus. Sweeping through the Wasteland they come across the Citadel presided over by The Immortan Joe. While the two Tyrants war for dominance, Furiosa must survive many trials as she puts together the means to find her way home." "Furiosa" will be tearing into theaters on May 24, 2024.

Despicable Me 4 - July 3, 2024

Even ahead of the release of "Despicable Me" spinoff feature "Minions: The Rise of Gru," Universal is looking ahead to the next installment of the main franchise, "Despicable Me 4," which is slated to hit theaters July 3, 2024. The animated "Despicable Me" films center around a reformed supervillain named Gru (voiced by a heavily accented Steve Carell) who leaves his dastardly ways behind him after adopting a trio of adorable daughters and discovering the joys, frustrations, and responsibilities of parenthood. Aided by his troupe of gibberish-speaking yellow Minions, Gru has spent each "Despicable Me" film venturing into the unfamiliar world of heroism in an effort to make the world a safer place for his family.

Along with Carell, returning for "Despicable Me 4" are Kristen Wiig, Pierre Coffin, Miranda Cosgrove, and Steve Coogan, along with director Chris Renaud, who helmed the first two films. He will be joined by co-director Patrick Delage, who directed both "Sing" movies, and the duo will be working off a script penned by "School of Rock" scribe Mike White. While we don't know the plot for "Despicable Me 4" yet, we can only imagine it will once again see Gru face off against a dastardly villain to save the world — even though he admires their diabolical plan just a little bit.

A Quiet Place Part III - 2025

While the first nearly silent post-apocalyptic horror movie "A Quiet Place" stayed focused entirely on one small family headed by real-life couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, the sequel zoomed out a bit, bringing the surviving characters from the first film into contact with a small, peaceful community that had managed to stay isolated from the sound-seeking monstrosities prowling the world around them. Now a third "A Quiet Place" film is on the docket, which will likely once again follow Blunt's character, Evelyn, and her now-teenage children (Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe) as they come of age in a world where any sound can lead to a sudden and grisly death.

As with the first two films, "A Quiet Place Part III" is expected to be written and directed by John Krasinski, although his involvement — along with that of Blunt, Simmonds, and Jupe — has not yet been officially confirmed by Paramount. Much like the characters in the films, Paramount hasn't said much, committing only to a release date sometime in 2025. This is separate from another "A Quiet Place" film in the works from writer and director Michael Sarnoski, which is thought to take place in the same world but with different characters at the center of its story. That film is scheduled to hit theaters September 22, 2023.

Legally Blonde 3 - TBA

It's been almost 20 years since audiences followed effervescent sorority girl Elle Woods to Harvard Law School in the bubblegum-hued "Legally Blonde." She continued to ascend the professional ladder in 2003's "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde," which saw Elle head to Washington, D.C. 

Now Elle is back, along with producer Marc Platt and his Platt Productions president Adam Siegel. In addition to starring as Elle, Reese Witherspoon will also act as a producer this time through her Hello Sunshine banner, and she's brought on "Never Have I Ever" creator Mindy Kaling and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" creator Dan Goor to pen the screenplay. Also returning for the sequel is Jennifer Coolidge, who starred in both previous films as Elle's friend Paulette, a character who Kaling teased will have a "really juicy" role in the film. As for the rest of the original cast, we're still not sure who will be returning, but we do know that there will be "a lot of new faces" in "Legally Blonde 3," along with a lot more diversity. "Reflecting the world as it is now is something that's really important to Reese, and so having there be like diversity is super, super important," Kaling promised (via E! Online). "You can definitely count on that."

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

Blade of the 47 Ronin - TBA

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

Titled "Blade of the 47 Ronin," the sequel will be directed by Ron Yuan, who stars as Sergeant Qiang in Disney's live-action "Mulan." Of the film, Yuan said, "I'm incredibly excited to be working with Universal and the producing team on this genre-blending, martial arts, action, horror and cyberpunk film. This will be a fun, intense, supercharged thrill ride for viewers globally." As for the screenplay, that'll be penned by Aimee Garcia of "Lucifer" fame and AJ Mendez, a "New York Times" bestselling writer who's also known to WWE fans as wrestling superstar AJ Lee.

While the original Keanu Reeves film told a fictionalized version of an 18th-century samurai tale, the new sequel will take place in modern-day Budapest and focus on three female warriors who aren't exactly welcomed by the samurai elite. Needless to say, when the katanas come out and things get intense, the old-school swordsmen will see our three heroes can totally hold their own. According to Collider, YouTuber Anna Akana will lead up the cast, along with names like Teresa Ting, Dustin Nguyen, Chris Pang, Fukuyama Chikako, Luna Fujimoto, and Nino Furuhata. Also watch out for Mike Moh (Bruce Lee from "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"), Mark Dacascos (the bad guy from "John Wick 3"), and Koieyama Akira, who actually played in the original "47 Ronin."

Aladdin 2 - TBA

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

Few details are known about the "Aladdin" sequel, although stars Will Smith, Mena Massoud, and Naomi Scott are all expected to reprise their respective roles as the Genie, Aladdin, and Jasmine. Guy Ritchie is also expected to return to the director's chair, working off a script from John Gatins ("Flight") and Andrea Berloff ("Straight Outta Compton"). As for the plot, it's still very much an unknown, although it's possible that the sequel could take the form of an adaptation of another folk tale from "One Thousand and One Nights." 

Atomic Blonde 2 - TBA

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

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

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

Baby Driver 2 - TBA

Start your engines, because it sounds like a sequel to 2017's motor-tastic heist hit "Baby Driver" may eventually be zooming its way into production. Ansel Elgort, the star of the first film, mentioned in 2019 that he'd seen an early version of a sequel script and that he thought the film was likely to happen. Wright himself confirmed in early 2021 that three drafts of the script had indeed been completed, but that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he wasn't sure what, if anything, the next steps might be.

As for what the plot of a "Baby Driver" sequel would look like, Wright told Empire in 2017, "[With] most sequels, you have to contrive something so they go back to square one, unless there's somewhere deeper for them to go. I think with 'Baby Driver' there's more that you can do in that realm, and I sort of have an idea that if you did another one you would subvert his involvement in the crime in a different way so he's not kind of the apprentice anymore." However, following the allegations of sexual assault against Elgort in 2020, it's unclear if Wright's original idea for the sequel will work, if he'll want to center it around Elgort's character at all or if he'll decide to go in a different direction.

Bad Boys 4 - TBA

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

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

Beverly Hills Cop 4 - TBA

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

Marking the fourth installment in the "Beverly Hills Cop" franchise, this newest sequel will also be a collaboration between Murphy and Netflix, after Paramount previously pulled the plug on a planned "Beverly Hills Cop 4" back in 2016. Murphy will be reprising his role as Axel Foley, the Detroit cop who repeatedly finds himself traveling to Beverly Hills to investigate various crimes. "Beverly Hills Cop 4" was originally going to be directed by "Bad Boys for Life" directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, but after they dropped out to focus on "Batgirl," the job went to Mark Molloy, a rising filmmaker who's gained attention for his Apple commercials.

As for the screenplay, Murphy says he's ready to go as soon as the script is complete. There's no word yet on when that might be, but considering Murphy says that "we're nearly there," it hopefully won't be too much longer.

Big Trouble in Little China 2 - TBA

Directed by the one and only John Carpenter, the 1986 fantasy-adventure "Big Trouble in Little China" 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.

With its mythic warriors and magical sword fights, "Big Trouble in Little China" has become a beloved classic, so naturally people were a bit concerned when a remake with Dwayne Johnson was announced in 2015, but it turns out the next film 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, and the Rock will be playing a brand new character, not Jack Burton. However, while that would seem to leave room for Russell to return, the actor 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 ol' Jack Burton back in action.

The Boondock Saints III - TBA

After first blasting onto screen in 1999, and then again in a 2009 sequel, "The Boondock Saints" looks to be getting a third installment, which would bring back director Troy Duffy along with stars Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery. In the first two films, Reedus and Flanery played fraternal twins Murphy and Connor MacManus, who become vigilantes seeking to rid Boston of all crime after dispatching a couple members of the Russian mob in self-defense. The sequel caught up with the twins in Ireland eight years later, when they were forced to return to Boston after being framed for murdering a priest.

That film ended with the brothers in jail, and the third film will see them stepping out of prison into a world that's much different from the one they left. This time, based on input from the fanbase, Duffy says they'll be going up against a different type of villain — politicians. "Where we're going is, the brothers are older," Duffy told Deadline. "They are coming out into a brand new world that is not like the one they left. They are at odds. One wants to continue, the other doesn't. There's a new enemy out there, not like the traditional ones they've faced. That's the thing that is timely about this one."

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget - TBA

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

It seems the barnyard is in for a casting shake-up, as it has been reported that the two lead voice roles of Rocky and Ginger have been recast. Julia Sawahla says she was not asked back as Ginger for the dubious reason that she sounds "too old." As for why Mel Gibson might not have been invited back to voice Rocky, well ... it's not hard to guess. They'll also be joined by Bella Ramsey from "Game of Thrones," who will play the fowl couple's daughter, Molly, along with returning characters Jane Horrocks as Babs, Imelda Staunton as Bunty, and Lynn Ferguson as Mac, along with new cast members Josie Sedgwick-Davies as Frizzle, David Bradley as Fowler, Romesh Ranganathan as Nick, Daniel Mays as Fetcher, and Nick Mohammed as Dr. Fry.

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

Clerks 3 - TBA

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

The original "Clerks," released in 1994, followed a pair of clerks who worked at a combination video rental shop/convenience store, and took place in and around the store. The followup, 2006's "Clerks II," follows the same characters a decade later, after a fire at the Quick Stop has forced them to start working at a fast food restaurant. The third film will return to the Quick Stop and will follow Randal (Jeff Anderson) asking his friends to help him tell his life story by making an indie film after suffering a heart attack. In addition to Anderson, original franchise actors Brian O'Halloran, Jay Mewes, Rosario Dawson, and of course, Kevin Smith will all be reprising their roles. While "Clerks 3" doesn't have a release date yet, Kevin Smith revealed in February 2022 that post-production on the film was finished, and that we would likely see a trailer sometime in May. Given that timeline, we can probably expect to see "Clerks 3" hit theaters sometime in late 2022 or early 2023.

Cloverfield 4 - TBA

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

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

Crazy Rich Asians 2 and 3 - TBA

Coming off of the runaway success of 2018's "Crazy Rich Asians," it would be surprising if the opulent film didn't earn a sequel — and in fact, it's getting two. Based on Kevin Kwan's books of the same names, "China Rich Girlfriend" and "Rich People Problems" are both moving ahead at Warner Bros., although it may be a while before we get to see them. 

Due to the busy schedules of the franchise's A-list cast and director Jon M. Chu, who's been adapting Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical "In the Heights" for the big screen, it may be a while before everyone can get together again for the next two installments in the "Crazy Rich Asians" saga. However, producer Nina Jacobson says that the plan is to shoot both sequels back-to-back, so that fans aren't waiting years between the second and third films. So although there may be a long wait for "China Rich Girlfriend," Jacobson promises, "We'll make it up to them on the back end by shooting two films together." 

Cruella 2 - TBA

While 2021's "Cruella" was set up to serve as a prequel to Disney's animated film "One Hundred and One Dalmatians," by the time the end credits rolled on the high fashion film, it was clear that there was plenty more of Cruella's story to tell. Sure enough, "Cruella 2" is in the works, which will see Emma Stone returning to the role of Estella and her ruthless alter ego, Cruella de Vil. Also coming back is director Craig Gillespie and writer Tony McNamara, although none of Stone's fellow "Cruella" cast members are yet confirmed for the sequel.

The first film saw aspiring fashion designer and petty criminal Estella scheming her way to the top of the fashion industry and usurping the reign of reigning fashion queen Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson). By the end of the film — which is part "The Devil Wears Prada," part "Joker" — Cruella has claimed the Baroness' empire as her own and fully embraced her dark and semi-villainous persona. Yet she still has a great love of dogs, particularly Dalmatians, which begs the question of just how she transforms into someone who would want to make coats out of puppies. Perhaps we'll find out — or perhaps this version of Cruella will decide to ditch the dog-skinning altogether — when "Cruella 2" eventually struts into theaters.

Demolition Man 2 - TBA

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

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

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

Den of Thieves 2: Pantera - TBA

"Den of Thieves" might have been a flop with critics, but this heist thriller got away with $80 million at the box office. And in Hollywood, crisp dollar bills talk way louder than rotten tomatoes, leading to the announcement of a sequel just weeks after the first film hit theaters. "Den of Thieves 2: Pantera" will reunite original film stars Gerard Butler, O'Shea Jackson Jr, and Meadow Williams with writer-director Christian Gudegast. Joining them for the sequel is Swen Temmel in an undisclosed role.

According to Deadline, the film will follow "Big Nick (Butler), this time on the hunt in Europe for Donnie (Jackson Jr.), who's embroiled in the dangerous world of diamond thieves and the infamous Panther mafia as they plot a massive heist of the world's biggest diamond exchange." Deadline further reports that once again, Gudegast spent time "with notorious thieves and the investigators that hunt them" as part of his research for the film. Currently, "Den of Thieves 2: Pantera" has no release date, but with filming set to start in late spring 2022, the wait for more pulse-pounding heist action shouldn't be long.

Edge of Tomorrow 2 - Live Die Repeat and Repeat - TBA

The "Groundhog Day" of alien invasion movies, "Edge of Tomorrow" (aka "Live Die Repeat") is one of the best sci-fi films in recent memory. Starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, this Doug Liman flick focuses on a cowardly major who finds himself reliving the same day over and over. Unfortunately, said day involves an army of extraterrestrials dead set on conquering Earth. 

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

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

Enola Holmes 2 - TBA

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

Of course, by the end of the film, Enola has solved both mysteries, as well as earned the respect of her famous detective sibling. The second film, which will hit the streamer sometime in 2022, will see the newly minted detective once again taking on an intriguing case. The synopsis reads, "Now a detective-for-hire like her infamous brother, Enola Holmes takes on her first official case to find a missing girl, as the sparks of a dangerous conspiracy ignite a mystery that requires the help of friends — and Sherlock himself — to unravel."

The creative team of director Harry Bradbeer and writer Jack Thorne will be returning for the sequel, along with Brown in the starring role, Cavill as Sherlock, Bonham Carter as Eudoria, Partridge as Tewkesbury, Adeel Akhtar as Inspector Lestrade, and Susan Wokoma as Edith. While we don't yet know if Claflin will be reprising his role as Mycroft, "Enola Holmes 2" will be adding a number of new actors to its impressive cast, including David Thewlis, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Hannah Dodd, Abbie Hern, Gabriel Tierney, and Serrana Su-Ling Bliss.

The Expendables 4 - TBA

Sylvester Stallone and "The Expendables 4" have been engaging in a will-they-won't-they dance for a few years now, but now, it's official. The muscle-bound gang is getting back together again, with Scott Waugh directing and Spenser Cohen writing the script. 

In addition to Stallone, the "Expendables" franchise has been a veritable who's who of current and former action superstars, including Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jet Li, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Dolph Lundgren, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Terry Crews, and Steve Austin. This time around, we know that Stallone and Statham are coming back, as are Lundgren and UFC legend Randy Couture. Additionally, Megan Fox, Andy Garcia, Levy Tran, Jacob Scipio, Tony Jaa, and rapper 50 Cent have signed onto the film in undisclosed roles. Plus, the former holder of the World's Strongest Man title, Eddie Hall, was personally offered a role by Stallone himself. Hall will play a villain, as will martial arts star Iko Uwais, who will be facing off against Statham's Lee Christmas in the film, according to Statham's Instagram.

Of course, these are still early days for the project, so we totally expect more "Expendables" veterans to return, and we'll keep an eye out for any exciting newcomers who might join the project.

Face/Off 2 - TBA

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

Wingard and Barrett have previously worked together on pulse-pounding films such as "You're Next" and "The Guest," suggesting they're more than capable of taking on the violently wacky tone of a "Face/Off" sequel. Speaking to the Associated Press, Cage expressed enthusiasm at the possibility of reprising his role for the sequel, saying, "I would love to get back into that character and to work with Travolta," adding that the first film was "such a fun movie to make." Wingard has also expressed interest in seeing Cage return, telling Empire Online, "He's just having such a moment. ... A couple of years ago, the studio maybe would have wanted a hot, young, up-and-coming actor or something. Now, Nicolas Cage is one of the hottest actors in Hollywood again."

The director went on to say that once the script is done, they'll be sending in Cage's way. Of course, as Cage's character died in the first film, it'll be incredibly interesting to see how they would bring him back. But in a world as crazy as "Face/Off," anything is possible.

Gladiator 2 - TBA

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

Well, according to producer Walter F. Parkes, the film is going to start about 25 to 30 years after the original ended. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, part two will focus on Lucius, the son of Maximus' old flame, Lucilla. While Spencer Treat Clark played Lucius in the first film, we don't know if he's going to reprise his role for "Gladiator 2." (We're thinking probably not.) However, it does sound like Connie Nielsen, who played Lucilla, could come back. Speaking to Collider, Nielsen said that the sequel was still "on the ledger," and when asked if she'd be willing to return as Lucilla, she said, "It would obviously be amazing, and I know that a lot of people want to see more of that."

The initial screenplay for the film came from Peter Craig, whose previous credits include "The Town" and 2022's "The Batman," but was subsequently worked on by David Scarpa, who also wrote Scott's Napoleon film — once titled "Kitbag," now called simply "Napoleon." Scott revealed in late 2021 that the script is already complete, and "Gladiator 2" is queued up to be the director's next project once he's finished with "Napoleon." And with Scott at the helm, we're pretty sure we'll be entertained.

Gremlins 3 - TBA

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

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

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

Has Fallen sequels - TBA

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

Regardless of what happens with future spinoffs and series, the next installment in the "Has Fallen" franchise will once again center around Gerard Butler's secret service agent Mike Banning, and it will be titled "Night Has Fallen." The action-heavy "Has Fallen" films focus on Butler's character as he attempts to thwart all manner of cataclysmic conspiracies. For example, "Angel Has Fallen" saw Banning racing to clear his name after being framed for an attack on the U.S. president (Morgan Freeman). And "Night Has Fallen" will reunite the creative team behind "Angel Has Fallen," bringing back Ric Roman Waugh to direct and Robert Mark Kamen to pen the script. Despite the studio's plans for many sequels, we don't have a solid release date yet for "Night Has Fallen," and with Gerard Butler now suing the producers of "Olympus Has Fallen" over their alleged failure to pay the actor his share of the profits on the film, there's no telling when we may see him fall again.

Insidious 5 - TBA

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

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

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

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

Joker: Folie à Deux - TBA

2019's "Joker" takes a daring new approach to Batman's most famous adversary, as inspired by gritty '70s cinema as it is by comic books. Joaquin Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, a troubled wannabe comedian who suffers an emotional breakdown on the way to becoming the clownish supervillain. Phoenix won an Academy Award for his performance, and "Joker" earned more than $1 billion at the box office. Clearly, there's significant demand for additional movies about this Joker's rise to infamy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Todd Phillips discussed tackling more DC Comics movies mere days after "Joker" debuted. In June 2022, Phillips cemented rumors of a sequel when he posted a photo of the next "Joker" script to Instagram. The snapshot revealed that the film will be titled "Joker: Folie à Deux." "Folie à deux" is a psychological term referring to a delusion shared by multiple people, which might suggest a team-up, the introduction of other villains, or a city-wide revolt. While Phillips photographed Phoenix reading the screenplay, he hasn't officially signed on, according to DeadlineThe Hollywood Reporter soon revealed that pop star-turned-Oscar-nominated actor Lady Gaga is interested in a major role in the film, which is rumored to be a musical.

Jump Street: Now For Her Pleasure - TBA

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

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

Kingpin 2 - TBA

For fans of the 1996 bowling comedy "Kingpin," you're in luck because a sequel is rolling down the pipeline. The original film featured Woody Harrelson as a former bowling prodigy who believes he's found his claim to fame when he discovers an Amish bowling superstar, played by Randy Quaid. It also starred Bill Murray as Harrelson's lifelong rival, as well as Vanessa Angel, Chris Elliott, Rob Moran, and Lin Shaye.

No details have yet been revealed about the sequel, other than that Peter and Bobby Farrelly, who directed the first film, will be back on board to produce "Kingpin 2." However, it's unclear whether the Farrelly brothers are intending to write or direct the sequel in addition to their producing duties. Similarly, none of the original cast is confirmed to be returning for the sequel, although fans would surely welcome another chance to see Harrelson and Murray unite on the big screen.

Kingsman sequels - TBA

Although "The King's Man," the third film in the Kingsman franchise, didn't do much to endear itself to critics when it hit theaters in December 2021, that hasn't stopped the studio behind the edgy action franchise from looking far into the future of the series. 

Marv, the production company responsible for the "Kingsman" films, at one point had ambitious plans for a whopping seven more "Kingsman" installments — a tall order by any measure but especially considering that each film in the franchise so far has been more poorly received than the one before it, with the second film sitting at 50% on Rotten Tomatoes and "The King's Man" failing to clear even that low bar, coming in at a meager 41%. Now, director Matthew Vaughn seems a little more restrained in his planning, telling The Hollywood Reporter that he's got two more sequels ready to go, "and if they work, then one step at a time."

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

Labyrinth 2 - TBA

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

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

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

The Last Starfighters - TBA

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

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

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

The Last Witch Hunter 2 - TBA

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

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

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

Lethal Weapon 5 - TBA

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

Prior to the death of acclaimed director Richard Donner — who directed the first four "Lethal Weapon" films in addition to numerous other beloved films, including "Superman" and "The Goonies" — producer Dan Lin said that the fifth film was particularly special to Donner, who at the time was attached to direct. "We're trying to make the last 'Lethal Weapon' movie," Lin told The Hollywood Reporter in 2020. "Donner's coming back. The original cast is coming back. And it's just amazing. The story itself is very personal to him and to the cast, and so I really want to make that one." Lin also produced the "Lethal Weapon" television series and claimed that "Lethal Weapon 5" will be a continuation of the existing films, with Glover and Gibson both set to reprise their roles.

Of course, none of that may pan out now, as Donner passed away in 2021. However, in the wake of the filmmaker's death, Mel Gibson has confirmed that he is in talks to take over directorial duties, although a deal has not yet been reached, following third-party speculation that he could step into the role.

The Lion King 2 - TBA

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

Jenkins won't be writing "The Lion King 2," but he'll instead be working from a script by Jeff Nathanson, who also penned the first "Lion King." While no specific details of the plot have been revealed, we know that "The Lion King 2" will be a prequel to the first film, following Mufasa (played by Aaron Pierre of "The Underground Railroad") and Scar in their younger years. It will also introduce a number of new characters, who are reportedly named Adah, Horatio, Elijah, Celia, Kaliban, Cardi, Zola, and someone named Taka, voiced by Kelvin Harrison Jr. ("The Trial of the Chicago 7"). However, no further information has been provided about these characters, including what types of animals they are or whose side they might be on. 

Although "The Lion King 2" seems like an outlier in Jenkins' filmography, the director sounds excited about working on the sequel for Disney, saying, "Having the opportunity to work with Disney on expanding this magnificent tale of friendship, love and legacy while furthering my work chronicling the lives and souls of folk within the African diaspora is a dream come true."

Magic Mike's Last Dance - TBA

Probably not many predicted back in 2012 that the Channing Tatum-led, semi-autobiographical stripper film "Magic Mike" would go on to spawn a successful trilogy, but the magic is set to continue in "Magic Mike's Last Dance." Original director Steven Soderbergh is returning to the director's chair, and Tatum will reprise his role as Mike Lane. While the first "Magic Mike" centered around a teen played by Alex Pettyfer first entering the world of stripping, Tatum's Mike took center stage in the 2015 sequel, "Magic Mike XXL," which saw a retired Mike donning his rip-away pants once more to join his friends on a road trip to a stripping convention in Myrtle Beach.

The plot of "Magic Mike's Last Dance" is still under wraps, but Soderbergh has offered a few teases of what to expect, including seeing Mike in a serious relationship for the first time. "The third [movie] is the sort of apex of everything that we've been talking about in that area," Soderbergh said during a roundtable interview in early 2022 (via Collider). "Not just taking the dancing to another level but really getting into the relationship aspect that's been an undercurrent in all of the films. Like Mike has a full-on relationship that's at the center of this movie, while all this stuff is going on, and we haven't done that before."

Like the first two films, "Last Dance" has been penned by Reid Carolin, while Gregory Jacobs, who directed "XXL," is acting as a producer this time around. We don't yet know whether any of Mike's friends from either of the first two films — which also included Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, and Matthew McConaughey (who is game to return, telling Channing Tatum to "call me, bro!") — will be showing up for the threequel, but we know that Salma Hayek is playing the female lead (replacing Thandiwe Newton), who will most likely help Mike Lane's last magic dance be the best it can be. "Magic Mike's Last Dance" will be released exclusively on HBO Max.

Mallrats 2: Twilight of the Mallrats - TBA

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

This time, instead of a game show, the plot will focus on some sort of convention taking place at the mall. According to Smith, "The whole thing is, there's a big convention at the mall, so there's plenty of places and opportunities [for things to happen]."

Of the original cast, while Shannen Doherty was the first actor confirmed to be returning, Smith has since revealed that the entire main cast of the first film will be appearing in the second. "Everybody comes back," he told ComicBook.com. He even confirmed that iconic comic book creator Stan Lee, who passed away in 2018, will have a scene to parallel his cameo in the first movie. "The thing I feel most clever about in regard to the movie, obviously one of us can't come back, right? Stan's gone. So, there is a Stan Lee scene, and it makes absolute perfect sense," Smith said.

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

Midnight Run 2 - TBA

More than 30 years after the original hit theaters, the action-comedy "Midnight Run" is getting a sequel. The original film starred Robert De Niro as a bounty hunter in pursuit of a former Mafia accountant, played by the late Charles Grodin, after the latter skips bail. The road trip comedy sees the two travel together across the U.S. while evading both the FBI and the mob. When the film was released in 1988, it did well with audiences and critics alike and led to several direct-to-TV sequels without De Niro or Grodin. However, with De Niro acting as producer for the new "Midnight Run," hope remains that he may reprise his role as Jack Walsh.

The sequel will star Regina Hall, although the story is still under wraps. At one point in the early 2010s, there was discussion of a sequel centered around De Niro's bounty hunter pursuing a new, younger character, but it's unclear whether that will be the premise of this film. "Midnight Run 2" will be written by "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" scribe Aeysha Carr, but with no news yet on a director or additional cast, it's still unclear when we can expect to see it hit screens.

My Spy 2 - TBA

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

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

National Treasure 3 - TBA

The last "National Treasure" film hit theaters in 2007. That was a world before the Marvel Cinematic Universe existed. It was the year "Mad Men" debuted. That was three U.S. presidents ago. In other words, it's been a long, long time since we've seen the adventures of Benjamin Franklin Gates. Will we ever see the treasure hunter back on the big screen?

Over the years, we've heard different things about a third "National Treasure" film, and while at times the project has seemed lost like some ancient stash of gold, it finally looks like a new installment is on the way. "Bad Boys 4" scribe Chris Bremner was tapped to write the script in 2020, and in May 2022, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has confirmed the film is in progress. On Reddit (via CinemaBlend), Bruckheimer told a fan, "I love Nicolas [Cage]. He's a brilliant actor, and we are currently working on a script for National Treasure."

Now You See Me 3 - TBA

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

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

The Old Guard 2 - TBA

With the open-ended conclusion of the 2020 Charlize Theron action hit "The Old Guard," it seemed as though the film was begging for a sequel. Sure enough, "The Old Guard 2" is in the works for Netflix, which will bring back star Charlize Theron as Andy, the millennia-old mercenary who, in the first film, realized her immortality was finally beginning to wane. Also returning will be Marwan Kenzari and Luca Marinelli, who played Joe and Nicky, respectively, life partners for centuries who were also part of Andy's group. We'll also get to see the return of KiKi Layne as new recruit Nile Freeman, Matthias Schoenaerts as the traitorous Booker, Veronica Ngo as a very angry immortal, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as the CIA agent who becomes their handler. Plus, Variety has reported that Uma Thurman and Henry Golding are joining the cast.

Victoria Mahoney is attached to direct, and while no plot details have been released yet, the first film set up some intriguing possibilities. Spoiler alert: After betraying the other members of their group and being punished with a century of exile, Schoenaerts' Booker comes face to face with Ngo's Quynh, a former member of their immortal squad who they had thought was lost forever at the bottom of the ocean. Although Quynh used to be Andy's closest ally, who knows whose side she'll be on now after centuries of drowning over and over.

Paddington in Peru - TBA

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

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

That somebody else, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will be Dougal Wilson, a veteran of commercials and music videos making his feature film directorial debut. The full cast and plot remain tightly guarded secrets, although StudioCanal and Heyday Films, the companies behind the first two "Paddington" installments, have agreed to start filming in London and Peru (Paddington's canonical home) in 2023.

The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection - TBA

Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" focuses on the last hours of Jesus Christ's life, following the holy man as he undergoes torture after torture before his death on a cross. It isn't exactly an upbeat film, but despite the gore, "The Passion" became the highest-grossing R-rated film in U.S. history. With that kind of money involved, it's easy to see why Gibson is interested in a part two. Back in June 2016, it was reported that "Braveheart" scribe Randall Wallace was working on the screenplay for the sequel, which Gibson said would be a "huge undertaking" called "The Resurrection."

In November 2016, Gibson gave some additional plot details on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." If you're familiar with the New Testament, then you know Christ's resurrection only takes a couple of pages, and there aren't any really dramatic low points or bad guys involved. When asked about the story, Gibson said the film would focus on Jesus' descent into Hell, where the Bible says he spent three days before returning to Earth.

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

Pet Sematary 2 - TBA

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

The 2019 film starred Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz as parents who discover a small cemetery (with a misspelled sign reading "Pet Sematary," hence the title) near their new house. After their cat is hit by a car and killed, they bury him in the cemetery, only for him to shockingly come back to life. Of course, everything goes downhill from there when one of their young children is accidentally killed, presenting the couple with a horrifying decision. The second "Pet Sematary" film will be a prequel, providing an origin story for the supernatural cemetery. The cast will include Jackson White, Forrest Goodluck, Jack Mulhern, Natalie Alyn Lind, Isabella Star LeBlanc, and the legendary Pam Grier. As for White, he'll be playing a younger version of Jud Crandall, the ill-fated character who was portrayed by John Lithgow in the 2019 film.

RoboCop Returns - TBA

Your move, creeps. RoboCop is back. According to Deadline, the cyborg star is returning to the big screen, although it seems this new film is going to mess around with the continuity. The original "RoboCop" was directed by Paul Verhoeven, and it made quite a killing when it was released in 1987. After two sequels starring original actor Peter Weller, the franchise was rebooted in 2014, with actor Joel Kinnaman and director Jose Padilha. 

The latest entry in the franchise will be called "RoboCop Returns" and will feature a fresh cast. Though Neill Blomkamp was initially attached to direct, he announced in August 2019 that scheduling conflicts had forced him to depart the project, tweeting that he was "excited to watch it in theaters with other fans." In November 2019, Orion Pictures announced that "Little Monsters" director Abe Forsythe had taken up the helm of "RoboCop Returns." The screenplay for "RoboCop Returns" was originally penned in 1998 by Ed Neumeier and Michael Miner, the same scribes behind the first film, and it will receive a rewrite from Forsythe. 

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

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 2 - TBA

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

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

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

Searching 2 - TBA

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

And yet that's what we're getting, with Deadline reporting in August of 2019 that "Searching 2" is in the works. It will mark the directorial debut of Will Merrick and Nick Johnson, who edited the original film and will also be penning part two. But before you worry that making a sequel to the innovative thriller — whose plot relied heavily on chance — pushes the boundaries of plausibility, rest assured that this follow-up won't be hurling John Cho's David Kim into an improbable scenario. "Searching 2" will feature a new mystery featuring an entirely new cast of characters. In response to the sequel news on Twitter, producer Aneesh Chaganty wrote, "It's true. But note: the story will not follow the same characters or plot line as the first. Most importantly, we see this as an opportunity to tell another original, tech-driven thriller." 

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

Sister Act 3 - TBA

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

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

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

Spiral 2 - TBA

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

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

Josh Stolberg, who co-wrote "Spiral" alongside Pete Goldfinger, posted a photo on Twitter of both writers alongside producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules, claiming the group is already "polishing up" the script and dropping a tease that is sure to delight "Saw" fans, writing, "This is gonna make John Kramer fans very happy!!!" John Kramer, of course, is the real name of Jigsaw, indicating that the franchise's iconic — and deceased — villain may make a shocking comeback in the "Spiral" sequel.

Tomb Raider 2 - TBA

After two "Tomb Raider" films starring Angelina Jolie in 2001 and 2003, the franchise was rebooted in 2018 with Alicia Vikander in the lead role. Now, that new franchise is also getting a sequel, which was previously set to release March 19, 2021 but was then delayed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vikander is set to reprise her role as Lara Croft, but after originally tapping Ben Wheatley in 2019 to direct from a script penned by his wife and frequent collaborator, Amy Jump, the studio pivoted in early 2021 to announce that "Tomb Raider 2" will be written and directed by "Lovecraft Country" showrunner Misha Green.

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

The Tomorrow War 2 - TBA

Mere days after the 2021 Chris Pratt sci-fi action film "The Tomorrow War" dropped on Amazon Prime, Amazon Studios and Skydance were already talking about a sequel. The first film — which also starred Yvonne Strahovski, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson, Edwin Hodge, and J.K. Simmons — centered around Pratt's character, who's recruited as a soldier to travel to the future and fight a war to save humanity. The sequel would reportedly bring back the entire main cast, along with director Chris McKay and writer Zach Dean.

"The Tomorrow War" earned an enthusiastic reaction from Amazon Prime subscribers, who viewed it enough for it to debut as the number one film across streaming platforms over the July 4 holiday weekend. So it's no wonder that the studios would be eagerly circling a sequel, although no plans are confirmed yet. And while we don't yet know what the story of a potential "The Tomorrow War 2" would be, we have no doubt it will be just as thrilling and action-packed as the first film.

Tron 3 - TBA

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

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

We Can Be Heroes 2 - TBA

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

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

Young Guns 3 - TBA

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

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

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

I Am Legend 2 - TBA

Adapted from the book by Richard Matheson, the 2007 film "I Am Legend" starred Will Smith as Robert Neville, the seemingly sole human survivor of an apocalyptic plague that transformed most of the world's humans into a terrifying cross between zombies and vampires. However, Neville eventually encounters another pair of survivors, a woman and a young boy who are both also immune to the virus. The ending of the film didn't leave a lot of room for Smith to return for a sequel since it saw Neville sacrificing himself in order to save the other two, but an alternate ending found all three heading to a survivors' camp in possession of a cure.

This, presumably, is the ending the sequel – announced in 2022 — would follow since the announcement included the news that Smith was once again set to star, this time alongside Michael B. Jordan as the second lead of the film. However, not long after "I Am Legend 2" was announced, Smith made headlines for slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars, putting the fate of several of his future projects in jeopardy. Since the release would likely come several years after the incident, it's possible that "I Am Legend 2" could still go ahead with Smith attached. Or, since there's no director attached or plot announced yet, it's also possible that the script (once again penned by Akiva Goldsman) could pivot to follow the original ending of the film, where Smith's character died, allowing Jordan to carry the movie on his own.

The Batman 2 and 3 - TBA

After Matt Reeves grounded and gritty new version of Batman swooped successfully into theaters in 2022, earning praise for Reeves' direction and Robert Pattinson's performance as the Caped Crusader, it seemed a foregone conclusion that there would be more movies to come. After all, since when has a Batman movie ever not gotten a sequel? Sure enough, "The Batman" is currently slated to receive not just one but two sequels, which would bring back Reeves and Pattinson and, presumably, supporting players Jeffrey Wright as Lieutenant James Gordon (fated to one day become police commissioner, if his character follows the comics) and Andy Serkis as Bruce Wayne's loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth.

"The Batman" reinvented the iconic Batman villain the Riddler, played by Paul Dano, as an awkward internet extremist with a penchant for puzzles and a bizarre fascination with the Batman. In the sequel, Reeves has said he would like to similarly reimagine another classic Batman villain previously seen in a Joel Schumacher movie: Mr. Freeze. "In my view, I just feel drawn to finding the grounded version of everything," Reeves said during a 2022 press event (via Collider). "So to me it would be a challenge in an interesting way to try and figure out how that could happen, even the idea of something like Mr. Freeze, that such a great story, right? I think there's actually a grounded version of that story, which could be really powerful and could be really great." 

The last time we saw Mr. Freeze on the big screen, he was played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and had a fondness for icy puns, but it sounds like Reeves' version of the character will be as far removed from Arnold's Freeze as Dano's Riddler was from Jim Carrey's. There is still no official release date for "The Batman 2," so we expect it to still be a few years away.

Mortal Kombat 2 - TBA

Although the 2021 film based on the hit video game franchise "Mortal Kombat" didn't especially wow critics, it performed well enough at the box office and on HBO Max to get a sequel greenlit. The script for "Mortal Kombat 2" will come from the pen of "Moon Knight" head writer Jeremy Slater, but no director is yet in place for the sequel. Similarly, there's no word yet on which, if any, members of the first film's cast — including Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, and Hiroyuki Sanada — will return for "Mortal Kombat 2." 

The plot of "Mortal Kombat" follows a down-on-his-luck mixed martial arts fighter named Cole Young (Tan), who finds himself being hunted by an assassin named Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim). In an effort to defend himself and his family, he seeks out a group of elite fighters tasked with protecting the world from malevolent outside forces. A sequel would presumably pick up where the first film left off, with Cole now aware of his heritage and his destiny and on a mission to seek out the martial artist and movie star Johnny Cage. The first film released simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters, but we don't know yet whether the sequel would also have a similar hybrid release or whether it would exclusively release in one format or the other.

Beetlejuice 2 - TBA

Considering the slew of films from the '80s and '90s being reimagined for modern audiences, it was always going to be just a matter of time before the bizarre 1988 Tim Burton haunted house comedy "Beetlejuice" got the sequel treatment. Sure enough, "Beetlejuice 2" is finally in the works from Brad Pitt's production company Plan B, with Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder each expected to reprise their roles from the first film. "Beetlejuice" starred Keaton as the titular malevolent spirit (technically named Betelgeuse, although the film title favored the phonetic spelling), who's hired by deceased couple Adam and Barbara Maitland (played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, respectively) to rid their former home of its current inhabitants.

Winona Ryder played Lydia Deetz, the teenage daughter of the new homeowners and the only one of the living humans who can see the ghosts of the Maitlands. After they hire Betelgeuse, who markets himself as a freelance "bio-exorcist" that scares humans out of haunted residences, nothing goes according to plan, leading to Lydia only narrowly escaping being married off to the ghastly spirit. By the end of the film, the Deetzes and the Maitlands are happily sharing the house, while Betelgeuse is banished to an eternal waiting room for the non-living. Although the script for "Beetlejuice 2" has not yet been written, we imagine it will find him finally returning to the world of the living to find Lydia all grown up, although how his path will cross once again with his reluctant ex-fiance's is sure to be anyone's wild guess.

Bullitt sequel - TBA

We've got a lot of sequels on this list that are set to release many years — or even decades — after the last installment in the series, but this one may win the award for longest gap between the original film and part two. Deadline reported in February 2022 that Steven Spielberg is eyeing a follow-up to the 1968 action thriller "Bullitt" as one of his next projects, following his Oscar-nominated remake of "West Side Story" and his upcoming semi-autobiographical coming-of-age drama "The Fabelmans." "Bullitt" starred Steve McQueen as San Francisco cop Frank Bullitt working to solve the murder of a key mob witness who was assassinated while under his protection.

Deadline's sources report that Spielberg's "Bullitt" will not be a remake of the McQueen film but rather a new story centered around the same character (although, of course, the title role would need to be recast; McQueen passed away in 1980), making this film effectively a sequel. McQueen's son, Chad, and granddaughter, Molly McQueen, have also signed on as executive producers for the film. Josh Singer will be penning the script for Spielberg's "Bullitt," but since no other details or casting are in place yet, it may be a while before we see this one hit screens.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 - TBA

After the initial trailer sparked revulsion from fans and a hasty redesign by the studio thanks to a bizarrely rendered version of Sonic the Hedgehog, the first film to feature the character managed to win crowds over at the box office, enough to earn itself a sequel. Yet before "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" even zoomed on to screens in April 2022, a third film had already been greenlit by Paramount, which will once again bring together Ben Schwartz as the voice of the titular hedgehog and James Marsden as his endlessly patient and forgiving human best bud Tom, along with Jim Carrey as the villainous Dr. Robotnik

Considering that "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" hadn't even hit theaters when the threequel was announced, plot details about the third film are still sparse. However, considering that Paramount and Sega have also announced a spinoff television series centered around Knuckles, a new character introduced in the second movie and voiced by Idris Elba, we wouldn't be surprised if Knuckles also shows up in a third Sonic, along with Sonic's new sidekick Tails (Colleen O'Shaughnessey), Tom's wife, Maddie (Tika Sumpter), and Maddie's scene-stealing sister, Rachel (Natasha Rothwell). No release date has been announced yet for "Sonic the Hedgehog 3," but much like the blue hedgehog himself, we expect it to move fast.

Red Notice 2 and 3 - TBA

When Netflix ponied up its largest chunk of cash yet for the star-studded globe-trotting heist film "Red Notice," some wondered if the hefty investment could possibly pay off for the streamer. Apparently, the answer is yes, as Netflix has signed up for two more "Red Notice" films set to be filmed back to back with writer and director Rawson Marshall Thurber. The first film saw FBI agent John Hartley (Dwayne Johnson) teaming up with art thief Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds) in order to apprehend the even more wily thief Sarah Black (Gal Gadot).

The sequel will reportedly bring back the main mega-star trio of Johnson, Gadot, and Reynolds and add a number of new characters who will team up to pull off an ensemble heist in the spirit of "Ocean's Eleven." Presumably, the third film would build on that idea even more, with even grander heists and more spectacular action. Currently, production on the two "Red Notice" sequels is set to start in early 2023, which means that we can probably expect to see "Red Notice 2" hit Netflix sometime in 2024, with "Red Notice 3" hot on its heels.

A Christmas Story Christmas - TBA

It's time for a whole new generation of kids to worry about shooting their eyes out. Several decades after the classic holiday film "A Christmas Story" was first released, a sequel is in the works. "A Christmas Story Christmas" will bring back Peter Billingsley as Ralphie, the elementary aged protagonist of the first film, now all grown up and facing the holidays yet again in the 1970s. Also returning for the sequel are Ian Petrella as Ralphie's brother, Randy, along with Zack Ward, Scott Schwartz, and R.D. Robb as Ralphie's trio of friends from school.

Joining the original cast for the sequel will be newcomers Julie Hagerty, Erinn Hayes, River Drosche, and Julianna Layne. Hayes will play Ralphie's wife, while Drosche and Layne will play his children in a plot that follows Raphie returning to his childhood home in an attempt to give his children a Christmas like the ones he experienced as a kid. During his visit, "Ralphie reconnects with childhood friends, reconciles the passing of his Old Man, and sews the seeds for the origins of the beloved holiday classic," according to Deadline. (If you'll recall, the first film was narrated by an adult Ralphie.) "A Christmas Story Christmas" will premiere exclusively on HBO Max and will be directed by Clay Kaytis from a script by Nick Schenk.

Girls Trip 2 - TBA

Buckle up and prepare to laugh because a sequel to the 2017 comedy "Girls Trip" is on the way. The first film starred Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett Smith as four friends who decide to travel to a music festival together but wind up having a much more entertaining story to tell by the time all is said and done. All four cast members are expected to return for "Girls Trip 2," which was announced by producer Will Packer during an interview with "Good Morning America" in early 2022.

"Can't we all use a post-pandemic trip, my friend?" Packer said on GMA (via Collider), teeing up his announcement. "I think that the time is actually right, and this is something that I will tell you and break right now at 'GMA': the 'Girls Trip 2' sequel, we are underway. We are absolutely in the stages, the ladies are in, I just talked to the director. [...] We are underway with 'Girls Trip 2,' and now it's just about what kind of trip do we take, right? Post-pandemic with all our favorite crazy ladies, what do we do with them? That's what we got to figure out."

Also returning for "Girls Trip 2" is director Malcolm D. Lee, although we don't yet have any word on who might be penning the screenplay. Maybe that will all depend on where the girls are going on their next trip, which sounds like it could be anywhere and is destined to be a good time.

Planet of the Apes 4 - TBA

Following three successful films in the rebooted "Planet of the Apes" franchise, a fourth is on the way from "The Maze Runner" director Wes Ball and screenwriter Josh Friedman. The three films — with the last two helmed by "The Batman" director Matt Reeves — seemed to reach their natural end with 2017's "War for the Planet of the Apes." But 20th Century Studios (now under the Disney umbrella) announced after the conclusion of the trilogy that another "Apes" film was in the works, this time under Ball's direction, which he said on Twitter in 2020 would continue Caesar's legacy.

Of course, Caesar (voiced and performed via motion capture by Andy Serkis), the leader of the apes in the first three films, ended the third movie mortally wounded, leading to speculation that Ball was actually referring to Caesar's son, Cornelius. Since then, news on a fourth "Planet of the Apes" film has been scarce, leading some to wonder whether it was even happening. But in a 2022 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Studios president Steve Asbell assured us that the film was still moving forward, saying, "We are expecting a draft very shortly, and its Wes Ball attached to direct. We hope to go by the late summer, early fall." This film has already been in development for so long that we're still not expecting to see it on screens any time soon, but it sounds like in a couple years, the apes will rise again.

The Nun 2 - TBA

Valak is back, baby. The demonic nun — who's been haunting the "Conjuring" universe ever since the second film in the franchise — is getting her very own sequel. "The Nun" terrorized audiences back in 2018, scaring up a whopping $365 million across the globe (via Collider). And whether you're a Hollywood producer or a malignant evil entity (wait, is there a difference?), money talks.

Speaking of "Malignant," Akela Cooper — the screenwriter behind James Wan's absolutely bonkers 2021 thriller — is going to pen the script for "The Nun 2." If she can bring the same wild energy to Valak's tale that she brought to Gabriel's gory tale, then this next installment in the "Conjuring" franchise will be something special indeed. There's no word yet on the plot or release date, but we're waiting with baited, terrified breath.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 - TBA

In 2002, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was as massive a pop culture phenomenon as it was an unexpected one. As star Nia Vardalos told ABC News, the flick began as a semi-autobiographical one-woman show which became a surprising hit. Actor and producer Rita Wilson loved it, and soon enough, so did her husband, Tom Hanks. A few years later, they co-produced the film adaptation, which was quietly released in April 2002. It became a blockbuster that grossed $368 million worldwide, making it the highest-earning romantic comedy of all time.

"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" led to "My Big Fat Greek Life," a CBS sitcom, and a sequel, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2." In June 2022, Vardalos announced in an Instagram video that "My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3" had not only been given the go-ahead by production companies and distributors, but that filming had already begun on location in Greece. She'll be reprising the role of Toula Portokalos and directing the film as well.