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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 September 25, 2023: 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.

Saw X - September 29, 2023

Want to play a game? Well, Jigsaw certainly does. The notorious serial killer/world's messiest self-help guru is coming back. Originally scheduled for October 27, 2023, "Saw X" will ride its creepy little tricycle into theaters on September 29, just in time for spooky season. And Tobin Bell himself — the actor famous for playing the Jigsaw Killer — is coming back to set all sorts of terrifying traps.

As for the plot, it's been revealed that "Saw X" is a prequel that takes place between the first "Saw" film and "Saw II." As Deadline reports, the plot will follow an incredibly ill John Kramer who "travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure in hopes of a miracle cure for his cancer — only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable." Needless to say, this doesn't sit will with Mr. Kramer who decides to make the scam artists pay in the goriest ways imaginable, accelerating his transition into Jigsaw. "Kramer is he center of the story," director Kevin Greutert told Empire, adding that "Saw X" will focus on Jigsaw's alter ego "more than in any other 'Saw," while also welcoming back Bell, not seen in a franchise entry since 2017's "Jigsaw."

"Saw" alum Shawnee Smith is returning as John Kramer's acolyte, Amanda Young. We'll also see Steven Brand ("Teen Wolf"), Michael Beach ("Dahmer"), Renata Vaca ("Rosario Tijeras"), Paulette Hernandez ("Crown of Tears"), Joshua Okamoto ("Narcos: Mexico"), Octavio Hinojosa ("How to Survive Being Single"), and Synnøve Macody Lund ("Ragnarok"). The film will be directed by Kevin Greutert — who previously helmed "Saw VI" and "Saw: The Final Chapter" — and the script is coming from Peter Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg, who penned "Jigsaw" and "Spiral."

PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie - September 29, 2023

If your kids (or you — we won't judge) love "PAW Patrol: The Movie," brace yourself for maximum excitement: It's getting a sequel. In early November 2021, Nickelodeon and Spin Master Entertainment ordered "PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie," which is set to receive an exclusive theatrical release.

In this sequel, a meteor crashes down in Adventure City, unleashing magical powers that turn the already gifted PAW Patrol dogs into a superhero team called the Mighty Pups. They find a use for their new abilities when the villainous Humdinger busts out of prison and aligns with evil scientist Victoria Vance, who plans to swipe their superpowers. Franchise veterans Ron Pardo, Callum Shoniker, and Kim Kardashian are back in the voice cast, alongside an injection of star power: Kristen Bell, Taraji P. Henson, Mckenna Grace, James Marsden, Serena Williams, North West, and Lil Rel Howery have all signed on to appear. Cal Brunker will once again direct. "PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie" will hit theaters on September 29, 2023.

Pet Sematary: Bloodlines - October 6, 2023

Stephen King has created some truly scary stories, but few are as disturbing as "Pet Sematary." However, there's something irresistible about the novel, and Hollywood keeps returning to the insidious story of undead pets. There was a film adaptation in 1989, followed by a sequel in 1992. It was then rebooted in 2019, with Jason Clarke playing a father who discovers the woods behind his house can bring the dead back to life... with terrifying results.

John Lithgow played the well-meaning Jud Crandall in the 2019 version — the neighbor who foolishly tells Clarke's character about the sour ground behind his home. Now, we're going to learn how Judd first discovered the unhallowed plot in "Pet Sematary: Bloodlines." A prequel directed and co-written by Lindsey Beer, the film will take place in 1969 and will show Jud and his friends banding together to face the darkness that holds their hometown under its sway.

Jackson White of "Tell Me Lies" and "Ambulance" will star as young Jud in 1969, and he'll be joined by two acting legends: David Duchovny of "The X-Files" and Pam Grier of "Jackie Brown." We can also expect to see Forrest Goodluck ("How to Blow Up a Pipeline"), Jack Mulhern ("The Society"), Henry Thomas ("The Haunting of Hill House"), Natalie Alyn Lind ("The Goldbergs"), and Isabelle Star LeBlanc ("True Detective"). The horror will return on October 6, 2023, when "Pet Sematary: Bloodlines" hits Paramount+.

The Exorcist: Believer - October 6, 2023

It was only a matter of time before someone decided to revisit "The Exorcist" franchise. And sure enough, a new trilogy is in the works from Blumhouse Productions. David Gordon Green — responsible for the studio's recent "Halloween" trilogy — directs, with a story that's been developed by Green, Danny McBride, Scott Teems, and Peter Sattler.

The original "Exorcist" centered on a 12-year-old girl, played by Linda Blair, who was possessed by a terrifying demon. Her mother (Ellen Burstyn) hires two priests, played by Jason Miller and Max von Sydow, to perform an exorcism. 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 when his daughter and her friend are possessed by evil spirits. They'll be joined by Lidya Jewett of "Nightbooks," country singer/Broadway star Jennifer Nettles, Ann Dowd of "The Handmaid's Tale," as well as Raphael Sbarge of "Once Upon a Time" as a pastor, Olivia Marcum of the "Matilda" stage musical, and artist Okwui Okpokwasili. 

Potential spoiler alert — It's also possible that Linda Blair might show up in the film. According to reporting from Above the Line, Blair was seen on the "Exorcist" set. No one official has confirmed that Blair is acting in the film, but Blumhouse did reach out to Above the Line, saying she was there to serve as a consultant. However, it does seem likely that she was there to reprise the role of Regan MacNeil, the little girl possessed in the very first "Exorcist" film.

"The Exorcist: Believer" will get a theatrical release on October 6, 2023.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes - November 17, 2023

"The Hunger Games" was one of the bestselling book series of the 21st century and a blockbuster smash at the movie theater. The four films take place in a dystopian United States of the future, which has been broken down into districts that annually send two children to fight to the death in sophisticated arenas, as punishment for uprisings against the totalitarian government. They earned nearly $3 billion, and launched their young stars into the stratosphere. Both the books and films end quite conclusively, so the only way to make more content is to go back in time. Thus, in 2020, author Suzanne Collins published "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes," a prequel novel set 60 years before the events of "The Hunger Games."

This tome tells the origin story of the trilogy's villain, President Coriolanus Snow. In the official "Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" trailer, released in April 2023, he's a young man assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, a captivating and deft draftee into the 10th annual Hunger Games. Snow finds himself pulled in disparate directions: Should he remain loyal to his prominent family and their vicious and problematic government, or give into his emotions and pursue a forbidden romance with Lucy? As for who's playing the star-crossed lovers, Snow will be portrayed by Tom Blyth of "Benediction," and Lucy will be played by Rachel Zegler of "West Side Story." Rounding out the cast, we'll see big names like Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage, Jason Schwartzman, and Hunter Schafer.

"The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" hits theaters on November 17, 2023.

Good Burger 2 - November 22, 2023

"Good Burger," based on a series of sketches from Nickelodeon's "All That," hit movie theaters in 1997. Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell both put on blue-and-white striped uniforms to play the teenage employees of the titular fast food place, but they couldn't be more different. Thompson's Dexter is a crafty teen, while Mitchell's Ed is an out-of-it space cadet with a slow surfer drawl, best known for delivering the franchise's catchphrase: "Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?"

The "Good Burger" movie — which revolves around a rivalry between Good Burger and a soulless corporate joint — earned a modest $23 million at the box office, but nostalgia, home video, frequent airings on TV (particularly on Nickelodeon), and Thompson's rise as an iconic pop cultural figure (largely thanks to his tireless tenure on "Saturday Night Live") have turned the film into a cult classic. Paramount took note of this and placed an order for some more "Good Burger" in March 2023. 

Set to debut on Paramount+ on November 22, 2023, "Good Burger 2" will follow a down-and-out Dexter as he returns to Good Burger to work alongside Ed, who's still employed at the restaurant decades later. Along with Thompson and Mitchell, '90s icon Carmen Electra, who co-starred in the first "Good Burger" as villainous femme fatale and would-be Mondo Burger secret sauce recipe thief Roxanne, will return, along with Josh Server and Lori Beth Denberg. We can also expect to see newcomers such as Lil Rel Howery and Jillian Bell, and it's possible that NBC's "Today" weatherman Al Roker may pop up in a cameo, likely captured during a June 2023 visit to the "Good Burger 2" set in Rhode Island.

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget - December 15, 2023

It's been over 20 years since we visited the claymation world of "Chicken Run," but now, Aardman Animations is almost ready to take us back to the barnyard with "Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget." 

The long-awaited sequel is heading for Netflix, and there's been quite a few changes in the cast since the original film hit theaters. The original voices of Rocky and Ginger — Mel Gibson and Julia Sawalha, respectively — will be replaced by "Westworld" star Thandiwe Newton and "Shazam!" headliner Zachary Levi. They'll be joined by Bella Ramsey from "The Last of Us," who will play their daughter, Molly. Other characters include Babs (Jane Horrocks), Bunty (Imelda Staunton), and Mac (Lynn Ferguson), who will appear alongside Frizzle (Josie Sedgwick-Davies), Fowler (David Bradley), Nick (Romesh Ranganathan), Reginald Smith (Peter Serafinowicz), Fetcher (Daniel Mays), Dr. Fry (Nick Mohammed), and Mrs. Tweedy (Miranda Richardson).

The screenplay for "Dawn of the Nugget" has been 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 the birds come under threat yet again, Rocky and Ginger lead an attack on a new threat to chicken-kind: A nugget-processing fortress, lorded over by "Chicken Run" villain Mts. Tweedy,

Following its premiere at the Annecy International Film Festival in June, Netflix will exclusively stream the sequel on December 15, 2023.

A Quiet Place: Day One - March 8, 2024

While the nearly silent "A Quiet Place" stays entirely focused on one small family headed by parents played by Emily Blunt and John Krasinski (who also co-wrote the script and served as director), the sequel, "A Quiet Place Part II" zooms out. That film brings the surviving characters from the first film into contact with a small, peaceful community that has 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. But Paramount is positioning it as a spin-off, according to Deadline.

"Pig" writer-director Michael Sarnoski will oversee "A Quiet Place: Day One." Word has it that Blunt and Krasinski won't appear here. Instead, the leads will be played by Lupita Nyong'o and Joseph Quinn of "Stranger Things" fame. Nyong'o posted a cast photo to Instagram in March 2023, revealing that Djimon Honsou would return to the "Quiet Place" universe, likely reprising his role as "Man on Island" from "A Quiet Place: Part II."

 We don't know much more about the plot, but we do know that "A Quiet Place: Day One" wrapped production in mid-April 2023. Around that time, Krasinski presented a sneak peak of the film at CinemaCon, revealing that Alex Wolff ("Hereditary") would also appear in the New York City-set alien invasion film — technically a prequel, not a sequel. Theatrical day one for "A Quiet Place: Day One" comes on March 8, 2024.

Kung Fu Panda 4 - March 8, 2024

The "Kung Fu Panda" franchise combined some potentially ill-fitting pieces — martial arts, talking animals, an ancient setting, comedy, and action — but in terms of acclaim and box office, the gambit worked. In the original "Kung Fu Panda" from 2008, comedic whirlwind Jack Black voiced Po, an energetic panda in a fantastical ancient China where animals rule and people don't exist. He's selected as a chosen one, the Dragon Warrior, a master of kung fu spoken of in sacred prophecy. Po then trains under a red panda, Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), learns to be a hero, and teams up with other dangerous animals to fight a bunch of dangerous bad animals, particularly in the film's two sequels, released in 2011 and 2016, completing a planned, finite trilogy.

But the "Kung Fu Panda" movies brought in $1.8 billion at the box office, prompting studio DreamWorks Animation to consider a revival. On August 12, 2022, DreamWorks Animation revealed via its Twitter page a release date for the fourth entry in the animated martial arts saga. "Kung Fu Panda 4" arrives in movie theaters on March 8, 2024.

In lieu of a trailer, according to TheWrap, franchise star Jack Black took the stage at CinemaCon 2023 to provide a dramatic accounting of the plot of "Kung Fu Panda 4." In the upcoming sequel, Po is on the verge of taking a position as the spiritual leader for all those who reside in the Valley of Peace. But first, Po must find his own replacement in the role of Dragon Warrior. It just might be a cranky but talented fox named Zhen, with whom Po will team up to do battle against a frightening villain called The Chameleon, who can seemingly resurrect the heroes' vanquished foes.

Dune: Part Two - March 15, 2024

Are you ready to return to Arrakis? So are we, and so is director Denis Villeneuve. The critically acclaimed filmmaker is coming back with "Dune: Part Two," which will pick up right after the events of the first sci-fi film. As Villeneuve told 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."

A tale of political maneuvering, religious intrigue, and really big sand worms, "Dune: Part Two" will see the return of Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides and Zendaya as his Fremen love interest Chani, along with Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Stellan Skarsgård, and Dave Bautista. This time around, they'll be joined by some of the most exciting actors in Hollywood. Florence Pugh will play Princess Irulan Corrino, Christopher Walken will appear as Emperor Shaddam IV, and "Elvis" star Austin Butler will portray the villainous Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen. You can also expect to see Léa Seydoux as Lady Margot, and Time Blake Nelson is portraying an unknown character. 

Hans Zimmer is coming back to compose the score, and the script has been penned by Villeneuve and co-writer Jon Spaihts, along with additional work by "The Last of Us" showrunner Craig Mazin. After being scheduled for release on November 3, 2023, "Dune: Part Two" has been pushed back to March 15, 2024 due to the SAG-AFTRA strike. When the film finally arrives, you can expect high drama, breathtaking visual effects, and sweeping romance.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife 2 - March 29, 2024

A third sequel to "Ghostbusters," the 1984 mega-hit starring comedy icons Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, and Rick Moranis, was on the table for decades. Aykroyd had ambitious plans, but they never panned out. Instead, fans got a reboot with 2016's "Ghostbusters," which features a whole new set of spirit-trapping scientists played by Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Melissa McCarthy. 

That film's middling box office returns and just-okay critical reviews ensured any sequels to its take never came to pass. And so Sony rebooted "Ghostbusters" once more with 2021's "Ghostbusters: Afterlife." Set in the world of the original two "Ghostbusters" films, with cameos from living cast members and appearances from characters like Egon Spangler's daughter and grandchildren, the film was a hit at the relatively subdued COVID-era box office, prompting Sony to order a sequel. 

Jason Reitman, director of "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" and son of original "Ghostbusters" helmer Ivan Reitman, will return to co-write and produce. Gil Kenan ("Monster House," 2015's "Poltergeist") will direct and co-write with Reitman. As the end sequence of "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" suggests, the film will take place in New York City, just like the '80s "Ghostbusters" films, where we'll return to their iconic firehouse hangout. 

We also know that Paul Rudd, Carrie Coon, and Mckenna Grace are coming back for part two, and we can expect to see newcomers Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, James Acaster, and Emily Alyn Lind. Amidst the SAG-AFTRA strike in July 2023, Sony announced that it had put off the release date of the latest "Ghostbusters" movie. It finished filming but needs some additional input from actors, and so the studio bought itself some time, moving the theatrical debut from December 20, 2023, to March 29, 2024. 

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire - April 12, 2024

Let's get ready to rumble ... again! Everybody's favorite giant monsters — 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 critics. The man in charge of the film, Adam Wingard, will return to direct, and this time, he's teaming up with an old friend.

Dan Stevens will be playing the lead character. Stevens and Wingard previously worked together on the horror cult classic "The Guest," with the actor best known for "Downton Abbey," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Legion." He'll be joined by MonsterVerse veterans Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, and Kaylee Hottle, along with newcomers Rachel House, Fala Chen, and Alex Ferns.

The script is being penned by longtime Wingard collaborator Simon Barrett, Jeremy Slater of "Moon Knight," and Terry Rossio of "Pirate of the Caribbean" fame. But what's the plot of "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire?" We have a vague idea based on the official synopsis: The follow-up film will find the huge lizard and massive ape joining forces against "a world-ending threat so terrifying that neither could survive alone." And the epic new film will delve further into the histories of these Titans, their origins and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind forever." Whatever ends up happening, we're excited for the showdown when it happens on April 12, 2024.

Rebel Moon: Part 2 - The Stargiver - April 19, 2024

Zack Snyder is that rare celebrity filmmaker whose reputation precedes him. Responsible for a series of DC comic book movies, as well as "Sucker Punch" and "300," his films have a particular look that's very popular with the filmgoing audience. Thus, Netflix plunked down a record-setting $166 million for Snyder's latest, "Rebel Moon."

An epic team-up in the tradition of "Seven Samurai" and "The Magnificent Seven," "Rebel Moon" is also a space opera like "Star Wars."  Set on the peaceful farming planet of Veldt, trouble arrives when the universe-ruling Imperium invades and demands all their wheat. A plucky resistance movement forms, led by a rogue named Kora, who heads out on an interplanetary voyage with a farmer named Gunnar.

Zack Snyder isn't the kind of filmmaker who easily walks away from a story, and "Rebel Moon" is a big, ambitious, and complicated one. His first screenplay came in at 200 pages, which would translate to a single film running nearly three and a half hours. Snyder didn't want to cut anything, so he worked out a deal with Netflix: "Rebel Moon" would be edited into two films, and released months apart. Following the release of "Rebel Moon: Part 1 — A Child of Fire" on December 22, 2023, the concluding half, "Rebel Moon: Part 2 — The Stargiver," is set to arrive on Netflix on April 19, 2024.

Furiosa - May 24, 2024

In 2015, "Mad Max: Fury Road" offered a new spin on a classic post-apocalyptic series, casting Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky 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 eponymous character, although Theron herself won't be showing up. 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 the part.

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." Hemsworth is starring as a villainous biker warlord named Dementus, but we don't know who Burke will be playing in "Furiosa." However, the character has 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 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.

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes - May 24, 2024

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. The series seemed to reach its natural end with 2017's "War for the Planet of the Apes," but according to Ball, "Kingdom" will continue the legacy of Caesar.

Of course, Caesar (Andy Serkis) — the leader of the apes in the first three films — died in "War," so where will the fourth film go? "Kingdom" will take place years after Caesar's death, with apes running the show and humans as the lower class. While some apes are trying to live a peaceful existence, others are trying to build empires, enslaving their fellow primates and hunting for game-changing human tech. The story will follow an ape who stands up to his bloodthirsty brethren, as well as a human woman who will help our furry hero while advancing her own goals.

As for the cast, Owen Teague ("IT," "The Stand") has been cast the lead ape, and he'll be joined by costars Freya Allen ("The Witcher"), Peter Macon ("The Orville"), and William H. Macy ("Shameless"). They'll be joined by Dichen Lachman of "Severance," Travis Jeffrey of "Unbroken," Sara Wiseman of "One of Us Is Lying," Ras-Samuel Welda'abzgi of "The Clearing," Lydia Peckham of "Cowboy Bebop," and Neil Sandilands of "Sweet Tooth."

The script is being penned by Patrick Aison, Josh Friedman, and Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa — who wrote "Rise" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Talking to FilmSpeak, the latter two elaborated a bit on the themes of the upcoming movie, saying, "Caesar created something and left a legacy. So then the questions are: What happens with that? What becomes of his legacy?"

Inside Out 2 - June 14, 2024

After bringing children's playthings to life with the "Toy Story" films and inviting viewers into the secret worlds of fish, monsters, and superheroes with "Finding Nemo," "Monsters, Inc." and "The Incredibles," respectively, Pixar gave us "Inside Out" in 2015. The film explored the very relatable triumphs and pains of adolescence, experienced through the point of view of a San Francisco kid named Riley — and the personified emotions (Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust) that live inside her head, constantly jockeying for control, and who go on a journey through their host's subconscious. The emotionally stirring "Inside Out" won best animated feature at the Academy Awards and took in $857 million, prompting Disney to put Pixar to work on a sequel.

At Disney's annual D23 Expo in September 2022, "Inside Out" director Pete Docter concluded the Pixar presentation by bringing out Amy Poehler, who voiced Joy in the original film, to announce the follow-up. Kelsey Mann, a Pixar veteran who co-wrote "The Good Dinosaur," will direct "Inside Out 2," and "Inside Out" screenwriter Meg LeFauve will pen the sequel. Sadly, we know for a fact that Mindy Kaling will not reprise her role of Disgust. As for the plot, Riley is now a teenager, a time of much emotional upheaval. "A bunch more emotions get to come in," Pixar creative chief officer (and original "Inside Out" writer-director) Pete Docter told Variety. "It's not just the five we saw in the first film. The team on that one put together a really great story that I think also has real depth and meaning to it."

The public can see "Inside Out 2" on June 14, 2024.

Bad Boys 4 - June 14, 2024

In 1995, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence teamed up with director Michael Bay for "Bad Boys," an action flick that found the two stars as Miami detectives. The film was successful enough to kick off an entire franchise, and after the success of "Bad Boys for Life" in 2020, a fourth installment in the series is on the way. 

"Bad Boys for Life" directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will direct the follow-up and work from a script by the predecessor film's screenwriter Chris Bremner. Also returning, we've got the two titans themselves — Smith and Lawrence. The stars proclaimed their commitment to the film by simultaneously releasing videos captioned "IT'S ABOUT TIME." 

As for the rest of the cast, Vanessa Hudgens will reprise her "Bad Boys for Life" role as Kelly in the new sequel. Alexander Ludwig and Paola Núnez will also show up, Eric Dane of "Euphoria" will reportedly play the villain, and Ioan Gruffudd of Fox's "Fantastic Four" series will play a Miami political candidate. You can also expect to see Rhea Seehorn of "Better Call Saul" fame, although Theresa Randle has been recast with Tasha Smith as Martin Lawrence's wife.

Many other key details about "Bad Boys 4," including an official title, have yet to be divulged. But according to Deadline, the film wrapped filming just before the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, and is scheduled to arrive in theaters on June 14, 2024.

Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part Two - June 28, 2024

Ready for more Ethan Hunt stunts? Can't wait to see if our IMF heroes can outsmart the coldly calculating Entity? Well, we won't have to wait too long, as "Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two" is scheduled to hit theaters on June 28, 2024.

The plot of "Dead Reckoning Part Two" will directly follow the events of "Part One," in which Ethan Hunt and crew got their hands on the cruciform key that can defeat the Entity. Their mission will then lead them to sunken sub in the Arctic Circle, and it'll also introduce several new faces to the franchise, including Holt McCallany of "Mindhunters," Janet McTeer of "Ozark," Nick Offerman of "Parks and Recreation," and Hannah Waddingham, the Emmy-winning breakout star of "Ted Lasso." We'll also get to see the return of a character from the original film — poor William Donloe, who was shipped off to Alaska after Ethan Hunt broke into Langley under his nose. Original actor Rolf Saxon will play the part.

We also know there will be a stunt involving a biplane 2,000 feet up in the air, with Tom Cruise actually standing on the thing instead of sitting in it like a normal person, as well as some sort of underwater action. We can't wait to see what happens up in the great blue yonder in June 2024 — although that date could change. The next entry in the blockbuster saga was scheduled to begin filming after Cruise and other cast members promoted "Dead Reckoning Part One" in July 2023. That break will last indefinitely, as the SAG-AFTRA strike led to a halt in production on the next "Mission: Impossible" film.

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.

Mufasa: The Lion King - July 5, 2024

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" — now titled "Mufasa: The Lion King" — 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 "Mufasa: The Lion King," 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 the film to be a prequel to the first film, following Mufasa (played by Aaron Pierre of "The Underground Railroad") and Scar (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) in their younger years. It will also introduce a number of new characters, who are reportedly named Adah, Horatio, Elijah, Celia, Kaliban, Cardi, and Zola. 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." He's also promised quite a few exciting tunes, telling Entertainment Weekly, "Please expect musical numbers. Really wonderful musical numbers, I'd say." Expect to hear those songs on July 5, 2024.

Twisters - July 19, 2024

In 1996, "Twister" stormed its way to blockbuster status, offering an irresistible combination of fantastic actors (Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman), romantic tension, science jargon, and a frightening villain: the weather. Directed by action movie stalwart Jan de Bont, "Twister" picked up $241.7 million at the box office, so a sequel makes sense. It just took a long time for all the necessary pieces to come together. 

In October 2022, Deadline reported that Steven Spielberg loved a script written by Mark L. Smith, best known for "The Revenant," and helped put the film into pre-production. After "Top Gun: Maverick" director Joseph Kosinski dropped out over a scheduling conflict, Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and producing partner Universal hired Lee Isaac Chung of "Minari" fame to direct.

Interestingly, "Twisters" won't be a traditional sequel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it's not a direct-up follow-up to the first film, and no one from the '96 flick is coming back. Instead, it will focus on a former tornado chaser who's forced back into the field thanks to some serious cyclone action. The tornado chaser will be played by Daisy Edgar-Jones of "Where the Crawdads Sing," and she'll be joined by Glen Powell of "Top Gun: Maverick," Anthony Ramos of "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts," and Brandon Perea of "Nope." 

Maura Tierney ("The Affair"), Kiernan Shipka ("Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"), David Corenswet ("Superman: Legacy"), Tunde Adebimpe ("Spider-Man: Homecoming"), Sasha Lane ("American Honey"), Harry Hadden-Paton ("Downton Abbey"), Nik Domain ("Atypical"), will complete the main cast. "Twisters" is set to roar into theaters on July 19, 2024, but the film entered production right when two labor stoppages blew through Hollywood — the WGA writers strike and the SAG-AFTRA actors strike. Production can continue when both strikes end.

Beetlejuice 2 - September 6, 2024

Rejoice, Tim Burton fans – "Beetlejuice 2" is finally in the works, with Warner Bros. confirming development at CinemaCon 2023. "Beetlejuice" starred Michael 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 (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 living human who can see the ghosts of the Maitlands — and someone who narrowly avoids marriage to the bio-exorcist Betelgeuse. Ryder is coming back for the sequel, alongside the ghost with the most himself — Michael Keaton. They'll be joined by the returning GOAT Catherine O'Hara, as well as a ton of new faces. Jenna Ortega of "Wednesday" fame will be playing Ryder's daughter. We'll also see Monica Bellucci playing his wife and Justin Theroux as an unknown character. 

You can also expect the Green Goblin himself, Willem Dafoe, reportedly playing some sort of afterlife cop. While we don't know the plot, Burton himself is directing, and we'll see all the haunted fun on September 6, 2024. "Beetlejuice 2" filmed partially in the U.K., and partially in the U.S. The U.S. end will take some more time, as production on the almost finished film shut down in the wake of the SAG-AFTRA actors strike in July 2023. "Literally, it was a day and a half," Burton told The Independent. "We know what we have to do. It is 99 percent done."

Joker: Folie à Deux - October 4, 2024

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 suggests a tantalizing team-up. As it turns out, Phoenix will return in the title role, alongside Lady Gaga as Harley Quinn. And in a fascinating twist, the new film will be a musical, one set in Arkham Asylum. Providing at least some of the musical accompaniment will be composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, who won an Academy Award for scoring the first "Joker" film.

As for the rest of the cast, Phoenix and Gaga will be joined by Brendan Gleeson, Catherine Keener, Harry Lawtey, Jacob Lofland, and returning "Joker" actor Zazie Beetz. The film will dance its way into theaters on October 4, 2024.

Smile 2 - October 18, 2024

A horror flick with a truly upsetting premise, "Smile" is one of the few non-franchise horror hits of recent years — one so successful that it's probably the first in what will be a whole series of movies. 

From writer-director Parker Finn, the original "Smile" mines terror and discomfort out of a usually friendly facial expression. The simple smile becomes twisted and unsettling when it's plastered on the faces of those possessed by an evil presence. As for the first movie's plot, after witnessing a college professor's inexplicable death, a student experiences haunting visions of a creepy, smiling creature. Thus, we bear witness to a string of horrific smiles and deaths, which force psychiatrist Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) to figure out how and why the evil virus strikes when she ends up cursed herself.

"Smile" grossed $217 million on a relatively meager budget, so it was a hit in every possible way for Paramount Pictures. And now, we're getting more gruesome, gleeful terror. Parker Finn is coming back to helm the sequel, and we'll see all the unsettling horror play out when "Smile 2" hits theaters on October 18, 2024.

Gladiator 2 - November 22, 2024

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, the film is going to start about 25 to 30 years after the original ended and will focus on Lucius, the son of Maximus' old flame, Lucilla. Instead of original actor Spencer Treat Clark, grown-up Lucius will be portrayed by Paul Mescal of "Aftersun." Connie Nielsen — who played Lucius' mom in the first film, Lucilla — is returning for part two. Derek Jacobi will also reprise his "Gladiator" role of Gracchus. Better still, two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington has joined the cast of "Gladiator 2," which is a reunion of sorts with Scott, his "American Gangster" director. 

Joseph Quinn of "Stranger Things" fame will star as Emperor Caracalla. Fred Hechinger of "The White Lotus" will likely fill the role of Emperor Geta, vacated by Barry Keoghan after a scheduling issue. Pedro Pascal will take a break from killing zombies to play an unknown part, and May Calamway of "Moon Knight" is playing the lead female character.

As for the script, the initial screenplay for the film came from Peter Craig — whose previous credits include "The Town" and 2022's "The Batman" — but it was subsequently worked on by David Scarpa, who also wrote Scott's "Napoleon" film. "Gladiator 2" has received a release date of November 22, 2024, but when actors affiliated with SAG-AFTRA voted to strike in July 2023, production on "Gladiator 2" immediately stopped, which will almost certainly push back its release.

The Karate Kid sequel - December 13, 2024

"The Karate Kid" franchise has rarely lain dormant. In the first film from 1984, Ralph Macchio played Daniel LaRusso, a new kid in a karate-obsessed area of California learning the martial art with the aid of mentor Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), ultimately defeating sneering rival Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) of the ruthless Cobra Kai dojo. The smash hit led to two sequels in the '80s, the 1994 semi-reboot "The Next Karate Kid," and a 2010 remake. Interest in the original films ticked up in the 2020s thanks to the Netflix series "Cobra Kai," which brought the now middle-aged Daniel and Johnny back with new karate rivalries, revived dojos, and in charge of a bunch of headstrong teens.

According to Variety, Sony announced that a new "Karate Kid" movie was in the works. Executives characterized the forthcoming film as the "return of the original 'Karate Kid' franchise," indicating that the '80s films' characters would factor in significantly. However, "Cobra Kai" has no connection to the new big-screen project. "The guys and I would love to make 'Karate Kid' and 'Cobra Kai' movies and hope to someday," co-creator Jon Hurwitz tweeted. "But this one isn't from us or focused on the 'Cobra Kai' cast. Don't know much about it, but wish it well." Sony is yet to release many details about the new "Karate Kid," including a character list, plot synopsis, director, or screenwriter, and in April 2023, Macchio told Deadline that he's yet to be approached about the movie. But there is a release date. After initially claiming a theatrical debut on June 7, 2024, Sony delayed it because of anticipated delays over the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes. As of July 2023, the new "Karate Kid" will kick its way into multiplexes on December 13, 2024.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 - December 20, 2024

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). Much like the blue hedgehog himself, Paramount is moving fast: According to Production List, filming will get underway for "Sonic the Hedgehog" in London on August 31, 2023 and then speed into theaters on December 20, 2024.

Den of Thieves 2: Pantera - Late 2024

"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. We also know that former UFC champion Michael Bisping is joining the cast, which means we should expect some pretty awesome fight scenes.

Currently, "Den of Thieves 2: Pantera" is aiming for a late 2024 release, so the wait for more pulse-pounding heist action shouldn't be long.

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 DiBergi — 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.

M3GAN 2.0 - January 17, 2025

Killer dolls amass devoted cult audiences by combining innocent childhood playthings with evil, murder, mayhem, and usually a little comedy. Following in the steps of Chucky, Annabelle, and "The Boy" comes "M3GAN," a high-tech take on the formula. In this film, a toy company's roboticist (Allison Williams) creates M3GAN, an eerily life-like doll with sophisticated artificial intelligence on board. She's able to learn and adapt to make life better for the child she's imprinted upon — in this case, the roboticist's niece (Violet McGraw). Naturally, things go awry, and M3GAN becomes violently overprotective of her young charge.

"M3GAN" earned $30 million its January 2023 opening weekend, far exceeding industry prognostications. Just days later, Universal took the early steps to bring a sequel to the big screen. Allison Williams and Violet McGraw are returning for the sequel, as is Akela Cooper, who penned the original script (as well as the wonderfully bonkers horror film "Malignant"). However, it's unknown if original director Gerald Johnstone is returning, but we do know that James Wan, Jason Blum, and Williams herself will be producing. Expect "M3GAN 2.0" to dance into theaters on January 17, 2025.

The Batman - Part II - October 3, 2025

After Matt Reeves' gritty version of Batman swooped into theaters in 2022, earning praise for 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 not gotten a sequel? Sure enough, "The Batman Part II" will bring back Reeves and Pattinson. We know that Andy Serkis is returning as Alfred Pennyworth, and it's been rumored that Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, and Zoë Kravitz are returning to their respective roles of Penguin, Riddler, and Catwoman.

But who will be the main antagonist? Well, similar to how Reeves transformed the Riddler from a catsuit-wearing supervillain into a serial killer, Reeves has said he'd like to similarly reimagine another classic Batman villain. "In my view, I just feel drawn to finding the grounded version of everything," Reeves said during a 2022 press event. "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." Pattinson himself said he'd like to see the Court of Owls — a behind-the-scenes organization calling the shots in Gotham — appear in the story, while there have been rumors that possibly Clayface or Harvey Dent might show up.

However, none of the Reeves-Pattison "Batman" movies will tie in with the rebooted DCU. When announcing their plans in January 2023, co-franchise head James Gunn explained that darker and more mature DC films, such as "The Batman Part II," would be released as standalone entities under the "DC Elseworlds" banner.

Avatar 3 - December 19, 2025

With its mix of blue-skinned aliens, environmental messages, and incredible action sequences, James Cameron's "Avatar" series has grossed billions of dollars at the box office. The first two "Avatar" films are among the highest-grossing movies of all time, and Cameron is gearing up for a third trip to Pandora. The man has plans for a five-film series, and we already know quite a bit about the upcoming third installment.

In January 2023, the director spoke to Deadline about "Avatar 3," saying, "Fire has a symbolic purpose in the film, and there's a culture that is specifically around that concept. ... You're going to meet two completely new cultures in the next film."

Evidently, this fire nation will be a bit different from your normal Na'vi. Led by Oona Chaplin from "Game of Thrones," the so-called "Ash People" will actually be a villainous bunch, with Cameron telling 20 Minutes (via /Film), "I want to reveal the Na'vi from another angle because [so far] I have only shown their good sides. In the early films, there are very negative human examples and very positive Na'vi examples. In 'Avatar 3,' we'll do the reverse." We also know that instead of Jake Sully doing voiceover, "Avatar 3" will be narrated by his son, Lo'ak, and we can also expect to see the return of Payakan the tulkun and Scoresby the whaler. We're also assuming that the movie will officially be called "Avatar: The Seed Bearer."

However, we will have to wait a while to return to Pandora. Originally, "Avatar 3" was meant to release on December 20, 2024, but after Disney majorly reshuffled their release slate, the film received a new theatrical date: December 19, 2025

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Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse - TBA

Now that we've all seen "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse," we have a pretty good idea of what to expect in the third installment, titled "Beyond the Spider-Verse." Gwen Stacy and her cadre of Spider-Pals (including the likes of Peter B. Parker, Spider-Punk, and Spider-Byte) have to rescue Miles from an alternate dimension ... where he's been kidnapped by a version of himself who also happens to be that universe's Prowler. To make matters worse, the all-powerful Spot is preparing to murder Miles' dad while a furious Miguel O'Hara is doing everything in his power to prevent Miles from saving his father.

There's a whole lot of drama going on, so when will see the third film play out? The film was at one point scheduled to hit theaters on March 29, 2024, although the directing trio of Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson aren't 100% sure they're going to hit that date. With all that gorgeous, complex animation, it takes a while to make a "Spider-Verse" movie. In July 2023, Sony officially gave the film a release date of "TBD"; additional voiceover work is needed from actors, currently in the middle of a work stoppage due to the SAG-AFTRA strike.

But when we see our heroes back in action, it will be the last time we visit this particular Spidey tale. Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, co-producer and co-writer Chris Miller (who penned both "Across" and "Beyond" with Phil Lord and David Callaham) said the third movie will be "the end of the Miles Morales trilogy and this whole thing is like working towards that."

Attack the Block 2 - TBA

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."

According to Deadline, the "Attack the Block" sequel will find Moses nearing the age of 30 and reflecting on a London changed by real-life events like the riots of 2011 and rampant gentrification. "We go back and look at the locations where we shot the first movie — once dodgy areas — and we find that it's all gleaming, high-end apartments and Starbucks," Boyega said. "There's a whole world that we're about to explore here with a whole new take on that universe, building and revisiting those characters."

Guns 3: Alias Billy the Kid - TBA

Although it's been over 30 years since "Young Guns II" hit theaters, it sounds like a third film may be on its way. "Yeah, it's definitely in the works," star Emilio Estevez said, when asked by Collider about the possibility of a "Young Guns" threequel in March 2021. "[Billy 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."

The plot of a third "Young Guns" is a bit of a mystery since the first film ended with the historical account of Billy the Kid's death, 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 they can make it happen, I'll be there," he told Forbes. It's unknown if actors like Kiefer Sutherland and Charlie Sheen would return for a third film — tentatively titled "Guns 3: Alias Billy the Kid" — but Christian Slater, who appeared in "Young Guns II," is currently listed on the movie's IMDb page

In May 2023, Estevez told Uproxx that a script is ready, but they're having to sort out the rights to the project. "It all comes down to the legal minds that work out IP," Estevez said. "So it's just a question of when." Lou Diamond Phillips said something very similar about the film's slow development, telling Entertainment Weekly, "It's in limbo right now. It was chugging along there for a minute, but then I think they got into a rights situation. ... It's not dead, but it's not happening right now."

Alita: Battle Angel 2 - TBA

Partially live-action and partially CGI, the visually arresting "Alita: Battle Angel" hit theaters in 2019. "Avatar" and "Titanic" filmmaker James Cameron produced and adapted the classic manga series for the screen, while "Spy Kids" and "Grindhouse" auteur Robert Rodriguez directed a cast including Oscar winners Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, and Mahershala Ali. Leading the picture is relative newcomer Rosa Salazar. She plays Alita, an amnesiac cyborg looking to find her place in the post-apocalyptic world and discover the truth about a robotic parts trafficking operation.

"Alita: Battle Angel" earned $404 million worldwide against a massive $170 million budget. It wasn't exactly a blockbuster, but in an August 2023 interview with Forbes, Cameron let slip that multiple sequels were in the works. The filmmaker announced plans to sell his Santa Barbara ranch because work would take him too far away. "On 'Avatar,' I'm working in Wellington and Los Angeles. And on the new 'Alita: Battle Angel' films, I'll be working in Austin, so it just didn't make sense for us anymore," he remarked. Beyond that, nothing else has been revealed about the new "Alita" entries. However, it's likely that Cameron will hand over directing duties to another filmmaker; he'll be busy for much of the next decade working on the effects-heavy "Avatar" series, with "Avatar 5" scheduled to hit theaters in 2031.

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.

Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley - 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 previously said he's ready to go as soon as the script is complete, and in August 2022, Deadline reported that Will Beall, best known for story credits on "Aquaman" and "Zack Snyder's Justice League," had taken on "Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley." The one and only Kevin Bacon, "Zola" breakout star Taylour Paige, and veteran actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be joining Murphy in his fourth outing as the title character. Plus, original stars Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Paul Reiser, and Bronson Pinchot will all be returning to the franchise.

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."

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 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. As McQueen passed away in 1980, Spielberg will be recasting the role with none other than Bradley Cooper (via Deadline). McQueen's son, Chad, and granddaughter, Molly McQueen, have also signed on as executive producers for the film. Josh Singer ("The Post," "Spotlight") 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.

Cliffhanger 2 - TBA

Sylvester Stallone's first era as an A-lister who drew huge crowds came to an end shortly after the release of "Cliffhanger." One of the biggest box office hits of 1993, it stars Stallone as Gabe Walker, a mountain ranger, expert climber, and rescue hero who braves treacherous peaks to save a group of lost hikers searching for the stolen fortune they lost in an airplane accident. Also starring John Lithgow and Janine Turner, the dizzying action flick was one of the last original hit movies for Stallone before he started revisiting and rebooting earlier franchises like "Rocky" and "Rambo."

After revitalizing his career with a string of "Expendables" movies, Stallone will now look to the past once more: A sequel to "Cliffhanger" will be arriving more than 30 years after the original film's release. Replacing Renny Harlin in the director's chair is Ric Roman Waugh, best known for "Greenland" and "Angel Has Fallen," working from a script by Mark Bianculli. 

Waugh told Collider that the film will be a legacy sequel as well as a franchise expansion, in the style of "Top Gun: Maverick" or "Creed." "We are gonna be doing a very similar thing with 'Cliffhanger,' but what I think also makes this unique is this guy named Sylvester Stallone, who's created some of the most iconic characters of all time, but he's also been really gracious in passing the torch," Waugh said. In the contemporary "Cliffhanger," Stallone's character and his daughter run a mountaineering firm in the Italian Alps. "Tragedy strikes that's very similar to what happened in the original movie, so that father and daughter have to deal with that," Waugh said. "And of course, there might be some nefarious bad guys that show up."

Cloverfield 4 - TBA

Every few years, another "Cloverfield" movie comes along. As recounted by Deadline, "Cloverfield" sequels have historically been developed under codenames, and aren't revealed to be part of the popular franchise until their trailers hit the big and small screens — or, in the case of 2018's "The Cloverfield Paradox," just before the film hit Netflix on Super Bowl Sunday. All three "Cloverfield" movies are dramatically different from one another: 2008's "Cloverfield" is a found-footage horror movie about a stampeding monster, 2016's "10 Cloverfield Lane" takes place almost entirely in a bunker, and "The Cloverfield Paradox" is a space thriller.

Considering this history of secrecy, it's likely nobody will know what the fourth "Cloverfield" movie is really about until just before it's released, which will be some time in the next few years. According to The Hollywood Reporter, franchise producer J.J. Abrams hired "The Ritual" scribe Joe Barton to write the screenplay in January 2021. In September 2022, Babak Anvari landed the director's job, following his well-received work on thoughtful and unsettling fare including "Under the Shadow" and "I Came By." Almost everything else about the movie, in true "Cloverfield" fashion, remains a mystery.

Constantine 2 - TBA

Back in the early 2000s, comics-based movies were confined to a few X-Men and Spider-Man flicks. But in 2005, Hollywood took a gamble on "Constantine," based on the relatively obscure DC Comics title "Hellblazer." Keanu Reeves portrays the titular John Constantine, a sardonic, world-weary exorcist who can talk to demons and angels and move back and forth between Earth and the underworld. Budgeted at a steep $100 million, "Constantine" earned $230 million at the worldwide box office. This doesn't cement blockbuster status, but it is enough to earn a cult following. John Constantine would go on to inspire the short-lived but well-received 2014 series "Constantine," where he was played by Matt Ryan.

Nearly 20 years after "Constantine" hit the silver screen, Warner Bros. started to consider making a second film. In September 2022, Deadline reported that a follow-up was underway. Reeves is set to reprise the role of John Constantine, while original movie director Francis Lawrence will helm the sequel. Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman will pen the script and produce.

However, when Warner Bros.' DC adaptation department leaders James Gunn and Peter Safran unveiled their plans for the next few years, "Constantine" didn't even merit a mention. "We're trying. I don't know if it's gonna happen," Reeves told CinemaBlend in March 2023. His "Constantine" costar Rachel Weisz echoed that pessimism, telling ComicBook.com in April 2023, "Nobody's mentioned anything to me." Writer Akiva Goldsman gave a semi-positive update in July 2023, telling Bingeworthy that he's figured out the plot for "Constantine 2," but as he put it, "I just haven't started typing yet."

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, it may be a bit before everyone can get together again for the next two installments in the "Crazy Rich Asians" saga. It also seems the scripts aren't completed yet, as Michelle Yeoh told E! News, "We are still waiting on it. We know there's a writer on it, so we'll see." That writer, according to Deadline, will be Amy Yang ("From Scratch"), supplanting the original film's authors Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim.

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.

The first film sees aspiring fashion designer and petty criminal Estella scheme her way to the top of the fashion industry and usurp the reign of fashion queen Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson). By the end of the film — which is part "The Devil Wears Prada," part "Joker" — Cruella fully embraces her dark and semi-villainous persona. Yet she still has a great love of dogs — even Dalmatians — which begs the question of just how she transforms into someone who wants 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.

Paul Michael Hauser, who stole scenes in "Cruella" as Horace, one of the titular designer's partners-in-crime, told Forbes that the sequel will likely start shooting in 2023. "I'm told we're doing it next year," he said. "I don't know when but I think Tony McNamara is writing the script right now ... We got to work around the ever-busy schedule of Craig Gillespie and Emma Stone, who are worth the wait, so anytime they want to do it, I'll be there."

Dodgeball 2 - TBA

It's been two decades since the "Frat Pack" dominated Hollywood comedy. Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, stalwarts of that scene, collaborated in many mid-2000s movies, notably 2004's "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story." A broad and wacky sports movie that simultaneously satirizes sports movie clichés, "Dodgeball" is a tale of good vs. evil set on the dodgeball court. In the world of this film, dodgeball a popular sport for spectators and adults, not just a grade school gym class activity. Vaughn portrayed Peter La Fleur, a good-guy slacker and leader of the Average Joes, the motley team of weirdos representing his workout center. Stiller played the cartoonish, fitness-obsessed and downright evil White Goodman, playing on behalf of Globo Gym. The Joes win, of course, staving off a takeover of Peter's gym by Goodman.

"Dodgeball" wraps up happily and conclusively, but since it was a massively profitable hit (netting a $168 million box office take against a $20 million budget) and an enduring favorite on cable TV, a sequel is on the way. In April 2023, Deadline reported that 20th Century Studios had ordered another round of "Dodgeball." "The Binge" screenwriter Jordan VanDina will pen the script, taking over from original writer (and director) Rawson Marshall Thurber. A director is yet to be announced, but Vaughn has already agreed to reprise the role of Peter, having successfully pitched an original idea for the movie to VanDina.

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 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. 

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, 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, "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."

Speaking about the upcoming sequel, Cage told Collider there's a whole lot going on in with the new script, saying, "It's almost like if you factor in the idea of offspring and Castor and Sean having children and these children grow up, then it becomes like three-dimensional chess, and then it's not just the two, John Travolta and myself, it's four of us ping-ponging and going at different levels, and it becomes even more complex. I think there's a lot of fertile ground there. I had maybe one meeting in an office, but I haven't heard anything since, so I don't know."

Fall 2 - TBA

In August 2022, "Fall" was released with little fanfare. But this visceral indie thriller became a hit anyway, in large part because of its captivating and novel premise. Grace Caroline Currey and Virginia Gardner play a couple of friends who decide to climb all the way up a 2,000-foot tall radio tower in the middle of the desert. The scares and intensity don't come from the ascent, but from the aftermath — the pair gets trapped on the tower, without any clear means of getting down or being rescued. "Fall" earned nearly $22 million at the global box office, which is a tidy profit off its modest $3 million budget. It also became a hit on Netflix.

Clearly, there exists an audience eager for another scary movie about people getting caught in a high and precarious place. Tea Shop Productions and original "Fall" director Scott Mann announced in March 2023 that they were working on a sequel concept. "We've got a couple of ideas we're kicking around," Tea Shop co-creator James Harris told Deadline. "We don't want to make something that feels like a copycat." That being said, Currey may reprise her role in the "Fall" sequel," which filmmakers want to get rolling by late 2023.

Freaky Friday 2 - TBA

"Freaky Friday" follows a mother and daughter who magically switch bodies and come to understand one another better after literally spending some time in each other's shoes. It's an easily repeatable formula, as evidenced by the multiple versions of the movie released in 1976, 1995, and 2018. The 2003 take, which stars Jamie Lee Curtis as stressed-out mother Tess Coleman and Lindsay Lohan as wannabe rock star daughter Anna Coleman, earned $160 million at the box office and launched Lohan's post-child star career.

While hitting the awards show circuit for 2022's "Everything Everywhere All at Once" (for which she won an Academy Award), Curtis repeatedly mentioned that she'd like to play Tess Coleman again, and that she'd already engaged in preliminary talks with Disney about a sequel. The movie became official in May 2023, when Curtis and Lohan announced "Freaky Friday 2" in a New York Times retrospective on the first film. Short film auteur Elyse Hollander has been hired to write the screenplay in what will be her first feature-length project.

"Freaky Friday 2" would need to begin production relatively soon. After acquiring an Oscar and reaching retirement age in 2023, Curtis is seemingly looking ahead to a victory lap. "I'm 65 this year. I think 'Freaky Friday' would be a nice little revisit. I have some other things I'm trying to do. I got to wind it down," Curtis told ComicBook.com.

Girls Trip 2 - TBA

Following comedies like "The Hangover," in which friends go on a trip and endure hilarious and raunchy chaos, "Girls Trip" was a summer blockbuster in 2017, winding up the top grossing comedy of the year. Four old friends head to New Orleans for the Essence Festival to reconnect, hang out, and network, but they wind up partying way too hard. Several big stars headlined the cast, including Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, and Jada Pinkett Smith, but "Girls Trip" offered the breakthrough role for comedian Tiffany Haddish, who stole the movie with her over-the-top portrayal of wild card Dina.

Hall told BuzzFeed News' "AM to DM" in August 2018 that a sequel was in the early stages. More than four years later, in January 2022, producer Will Packer announced on "Good Morning America" (via People) that work had officially started on a sequel. Packer assured viewers that all four principal cast members wanted to return, as did the original film's director, Malcolm D. Lee. But by August 2022, little progress had been made, on account of pandemic-related delays. "We're not in production. We're not ready yet," Hall told "Good Morning America" (via Entertainment Weekly). "Everything gets slowed down with schedules. It was going to move, and then Omicron happened." 

However, "Girls Trip" co-writer Tracy Oliver told Variety in January 2023 that work had progressed. "We're looking to set it in Ghana," she said, adding that Hall, Latifah, Smith, and Haddish were all set to reprise their roles.

The Gray Man 2 - TBA

With a roughly $200 million price tag, according to Deadline, "The Gray Man" is one of the most expensive movies Netflix has ever made. The streaming-only title boasts an all-star cast in Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, and, most prominently, Ryan Gosling. Gosling anchors the action thriller as Six, an elite CIA operative who runs for his life after revealing highly classified state secrets.

Netflix hadn't even released viewership numbers for the film's opening weekend when it announced a sequel to "The Gray Man." According to Deadline, star Gosling and directors Joe and Anthony Russo will all return for the second film. Though screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus shared writing duties with Joe Russo for the first movie, McFeely will be going it alone for the second. A "Gray Man" spin-off is also in the works, with "Deadpool" and "Zombieland" writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick taking a crack at the screenplay. According to Joe Russo, this spin-off will more than earn its R rating.

Heat 2 - TBA

For fans of 1970s-style new American cinema and crime epics like "The Godfather," the cinematic event of 1995 was "Heat." Featuring the rare and precious on-screen pairing of two of the most acclaimed tough-guy actors of their generation, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, "Heat" is a lengthy film noir about professional thieves who make a big mistake during a high-profile heist, and the LAPD officers closing in on them. "Heat" performed moderately well at the box office, earning $187 million worldwide, but it has since become a cult phenomenon.

"Heat" is also a project close to the heart of writer-director Michael Mann, who fashioned the film out of an overlooked made-for-TV movie called "L.A. Takedown." In 2022, Mann released a sequel, "Heat 2," in the form of an original novel. That tome will serve as source material for "Heat 2" the movie. Original "Heat" studio Warner Bros. entered into talks in early 2023 to produce the sequel. At the top of the studio's list of preferred actors for the project: "Marriage Story" and "Star Wars" star Adam Driver, who would play the young Neil McCauley, portrayed by De Niro in the first "Heat."

As 2023 wore on without a lack of notable development on the project, Variety asked Mann if he felt he had the time or inclination to make the "Heat 2" film now that he's in his eighties. "Don't misunderstand. I want to make it," Mann said. "But if I don't, I won't be incomplete."

I Am Legend 2 - TBA

Based on Richard Matheson's novel, 2007's "I Am Legend" starred Will Smith as Robert Neville, the seemingly sole survivor of an apocalyptic plague that transformed most of the world's humans into a terrifying cross between zombies and vampires. However, Neville eventually encountered another pair of survivors — a woman and a young boy — although the film's ending didn't leave a lot of room for Smith to return for a sequel since he sacrificed himself in order to save his new allies.

However, an alternate ending found all three characters heading to a survivors' camp in possession of a cure. According to the original film's writer, Akiva Goldsman, the sequel — announced in 2022 — will follow that unused ending. "This will start a few decades later than the first. We trace back to the original Matheson book and the alternate ending," Goldsman told Deadline. "What Matheson was talking about was that man's time on the planet as the dominant species had come to an end. That's a really interesting thing we're going to get to explore." 

Michael B. Jordan is set to headline "I Am Legend 2," along with Smith. 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 will come long after the incident, it's possible that "I Am Legend 2" will still go ahead with Smith attached. One actor who'd love to appear is Alice Braga, who portrayed survivor Anna in the original film. "I was very excited to hear that they were continuing with the movie. I hope they do," Braga told Complex in 2023. "I was almost jumping on the phone and saying, 'Can I please be in it? Can I please be in it?'"

Speaking with Bingeworthy, Goldsman said that he'd begun writing the script for "I Am Legend 2" before the Writers Guild of America strike had begun. But at the moment, the screenplay is on pause.

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.

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 The Hollywood Reporter 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.

Legally Blonde 3 - TBA

It's been 20 years since we last saw Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde," but it looks like the effervescent character is coming back for a third installment. Needless to say, Reese Witherspoon will reprise her iconic character, and she'll also act as a producer through her Hello Sunshine banner. Plus, 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. We're not sure if anyone else from the original cast is coming back, but we do know we'll see a lot of diverse new faces. "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."

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 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.

However, we do wonder if the fate of Bron Studios will prevent us from seeing "Legally Blonde 3" in the near future. The company that backed films like "Joker," "Judas and the Black Messiah," and "Licorice Pizza" was also involved with "Legally Blonde 3," and the studio declared bankruptcy in July 2023.

Lethal Weapon 5 - TBA

Released in 1987, "Lethal Weapon" introduced audiences to the buddy cop duo of Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover), and the action-comedy kicked off an entire franchise, with three sequels and a TV series. However, with no new "Lethal Weapon" films since "Lethal Weapon 4" in 1998, it was 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 — 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, Mel Gibson has since confirmed that he's in talks to take over directorial duties. In September 2022, Gibson also told Screen Rant that things could be moving in a positive direction, saying, "It's [coming along] great, we've got a really good screenplay." Gibson confirmed that the script had been worked on by both Donner and himself, among others. However, there's been no word on the film's development since then, so it remains to be seen if we'll see these two cops back on the big screen.

Lords of War - TBA

A very dark drama about the morally and legally questionable practice of international arms dealing, "Lord of War" was a solidly received minor box office hit of 2005. Nicolas Cage stars as Yuri Orlov, a notorious Queens-based criminal who tries to avoid capture by federal agents and keep his business afloat. This involves a lot of interplay and ethical juggling between Orlov and his younger brother, Vitaly (Jared Leto). Now a sequel is coming, which will feature a similar dynamic. Here, Yuri meets and wages war against Anton, the son he supposedly never knew he had, played by "It" and "John Wick: Chapter 4" star Bill Skarsgard. 

In this "Lord of War" sequel, titled "Lords of War," Anton is driven to take down his father's dangerous enterprise, and aims to build an army of soldiers of fortune to participate in U.S.-led military operations in the Middle East. Produced by Vendome Pictures and Cage's Saturn Films, "Lords of War" will begin filming in fall 2023 with a script and direction from Andrew Niccol, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of "The Truman Show" and the filmmaker behind the first "Lord of War."

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.

Mortal Kombat 2 - TBA

Although 2021's "Mortal Kombat," based on the hit video game franchise, didn't wow the 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 "Moon Knight" creator Jeremy Slater, with Simon McQuoid returning to direct. 

Lewis Tan will reprise the role of martial artist Cole Tan, and basically everybody from the first film is coming back for part two. Expect to see Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson as Kano, Mehcad Brooks as Jax, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Max Huang as Kung Lao, Tadanobu Asano as Lord Raiden, and Chin Han as Shang Tsung. Plus, the epic rivalry continues, as Joe Taslim is back as Sub-Zero and Hiroyuki Sanada is returning as Scorpion.

The sequel will presumably pick up where the first film left off, with Cole on a mission to seek out the martial artist and movie star Johnny Cage. Cage is set to play be played by "The Boys" lead Karl Urban, and we can also expect to see Tati Gabrielle ("You") as Jade, Adeline Rudolph ("Chilling Adventures of Sabrina") as Kitana, Martyn Ford ("F9") as Shao Khan, Desmond Chiam ("Joy Ride") as King Jerrod, Ana Thu Nguyen ("The Spy Who Never Dies") as Queen Sindel, and Damon Herriman ("Once Upon a Time in Hollywood") as Quan Chi. 

The first film released simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters, but we're expecting this one to play exclusively in theaters. As for its current status, filming began in June 2023. However, when screen actors labor union SAG-AFTRA voted to strike in July 2023, "Mortal "Kombat 2" temporarily stopped production. That's certain to delay the release of the video game adaptation sequel.

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 as lost as 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 confirmed the film is in progress. A few months later, he told ComicBook.com that the screenplay was finished, that it was good, and he planned to send it off to original franchise star Nicolas Cage. The film is apparently still in the works, despite the existence of the Disney+ series "National Treasure: Edge of History."

Nobody 2 - TBA

2021's "Nobody" stars unlikely action hero Bob Odenkirk — best known for his performance as Saul Goodman on "Better Call Saul" and "Breaking Bad" and his extensive comedy career — as seemingly unassuming dad Hutch Mansell. When his mundane life is upended by Russian mobsters, Hutch must get back in touch with the skills he cultivated as an assassin.

Conditions were ripe for a sequel. There's rage to spare in Hutch's heart, and "Nobody" was a rare hit of the COVD-19 era. In August 2022, "Nobody" director David Leitch told Collider that another film was in the (very early) works. "Everyone involved is like, 'Full steam ahead,'" Leitch said. "We are in the script process ... the studio loved the results, and it's happening. I mean, I think it's happening as fast as we can make it happen." 

As far as that script goes, "Nobody" screenwriter Derek Kolstad participated in a Collider interview of his own in April 2021, during which he discussed the possibility of a sequel. As it turns out, he already has some killer ideas for a potential opening scene. And it seems like the film will be shooting in 2023, so expect to see Odenkirk beating up bad guys very soon. And if he has his way, the action will be mixed with a bit of humor.

Speaking with IndieWire, Odenkirk revealed, "I found the action sequences [in 'Nobody'] a great deal of fun and close to doing sketch comedy. I love the early Jackie Chan films, which had humor in them. I'd like to get that in the future." He also added that he wants to do a third film one day. "My hope is we get to do a trilogy, and he ends up with nothing. He destroys everything he loves."

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 after centuries of drowning? While a firm release date hasn't been locked down, Charlize Theron told The Hollywood Reporter in December 2022 that filming had wrapped.

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, and 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, 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 will be Dougal Wilson, a veteran of commercials and music videos making his feature film directorial debut. 

As for the actors involved, Hugh Bonneville (Henry Brown), Samuel Joslin (Jonathan Brown), Madeleine Harris (Judy Brown), Julie Walters (Mrs. Bird), Jim Broadbent (Mr. Gruber), Imelda Staunton (Aunt Lucy), and Ben Whishaw (Paddington) are all set to return. Emily Mortimer replaces Sally Hawkins in the role of Mary Brown, while Oscar-winner Olivia Colman will play a chipper nun who runs a home for retired bears. Rounding out the main cast, we've got Antonio Banderas as Hunter Cabot, a roguish riverboat captain who guides the Browns through the wilds of Peru, and Rachel Zegler ("West Side Story") as daughter, Gina Cabot.

Plane 2: Stowaway - TBA

Despite its simple title, 2023's "Plane" is anything but a straightforward thriller about stuff going haywire on a jet. First, commercial pilot Brodie Torrance (action movie stalwart Gerard Butler) has to save his passengers from death after their plane absorbs a bolt of lightning. Then, he discovers that the island where he makes an emergency landing is engulfed in a war. The passengers quickly become hostages. Torrance's only ally and muscle is Louis Gaspare (Mike Colter), an elite French soldier and accused killer who is mid-extradition. 

"Plane" turned out to be exactly what audiences were craving: It grossed $74 million at the worldwide box office. Thus, in September 2023, production moved forward on a "Plane" sequel, with filmmakers agreeing to an interim deal with SAG-AFTRA, the striking actors union. "Plane 2: Stowaway" won't be set on an airplane, however. Colter will once again portray Gaspare as he sneaks onto a cargo ship and does battle with a human trafficking ring. "Plane 2" director Jean-Francois Richet will helm the sequel, while Butler will return only as a producer.

The Pope's Exorcist 2 - TBA

The rare supernatural horror movie that's also a 1980s period piece and something of a biopic starring an Oscar-winning actor, "The Pope's Exorcist" was a solid hit, earning a tidy $66 million in spring 2023. Russell Crowe stars as Father Gabriele Amorth, a character based on the very real person of the same name, who allegedly spent years casting out demons on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church.

"The Pope's Exorcist" tells just a small part of Amorth's story — specifically, the time during which he claimed to have expelled tens of thousands of demons. That makes for a lot of sequel potential, and indeed, just two weeks after "The Pope's Exorcist" hit movie theaters, Screen Gems began development on another movie about Amorth's demon-hunting adventures. No word yet on whether Crowe will return to the role, or if the original film's helmer Julius Avery is in line to direct the sequel.

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, most likely 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. According to producer Beau Flynn, the script for "Red Notice 2" is finished and the third one is almost done (via Collider). In June 2023, Gadot told Collider that she'd read the finished script for "Red Notice 2," meaning filming could get underway sooner rather than later. Chances are good that we'll see "Red Notice 2" hit Netflix sometime in 2024, with "Red Notice 3" hot on its heels.

The Sea Beast 2 - TBA

In 2022, Netflix premiered "The Sea Beast," an adventurous folk tale from Chris Williams. "The Sea Beast" is set in a distant land and time where giant ships rule the global economy, scary beasts roam the sea, and fearsome monster hunters explore the far corners of the Earth. Jacob Holland (Karl Urban), the greatest hunter of them all, gets an unexpected sidekick when a lost little kid named Maisie (Zaris-Angel Hator) stows away on his vessel.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "The Sea Beast" quickly became one of Netflix's biggest-ever in-house hits. It's the streamer's most-watched animated original movie, and spent the second-most time of any 2022 film in the top 10 most-watched list. Naturally, Netflix wants to be in long-term business with Chris Williams. The director has two more movies in the works for Netflix, one of which is a sequel to "The Sea Beast." The follow-up film will pick up after the events of the first installment, and will likely feature some kind of seafaring adventure. Interestingly, Williams won't say if Red, the titular monster from the first film, will make an appearance in the new movie.

Williams has some ideas of where a follow-up could go, and they've informed his scriptwriting. "I kept thinking about that image of Jacob and Maisie on the dock and the fact that they're this new family. And that image, it doesn't tell the entire truth of what it is to be a family. A family's much more complicated than that," he told /Film. He's also intrigued about what would happen to the hunting community after the events of the first film. "I started wondering, 'Would every single hunter in the world be so willing to lay down their lance and give up their source of income and their identity and their source of pride and their sense of history? Would they be so willing to give it up?' And maybe not all of them would be."

Sister Act 3 - TBA

In an act of divine providence, it looks like Sister Mary Clarence will be donning her habit once again. "Sister Act" will premiere on Disney+, as was confirmed by Disney at their 2020 Investor Day event. Whoopi 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 Sister Mary Clarence, Deloris transforms the convent's humdrum choir into an upbeat musical sensation. Then, 1993's "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" found Deloris stepping in as a music teacher for a group of low-achieving students at a Catholic school. Goldberg suggested in a 2021 Variety profile 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?"

So what's the sequel's status? In November 2022, Goldberg went on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and told the talk show host, "The script came in yesterday. I really like it, but it has a whole lot of adults to go through. So, if they don't get in its way, it could actually be pretty good." However, there's another caveat in regards to Goldberg reprising her role. "I want to let Maggie Smith know that I'm holding the part of Mother Superior for you," the actor said on the British talk show "Loose Women" (via Entertainment Weekly). "Because I just can't do it with anybody but you."

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.

Troll 2 - TBA

Monster film "Troll" hit Netflix in December 2022. Soon after, it became the streaming service's biggest non-English movie ever, with a whopping 103 million views and a place in Top 10 lists all over the Netflix-using world. "Troll" concerns the efforts of brave paleontologist Nora (Ine Marie Wilmann) who finds clever ways to stop a monstrous troll. Said troll has been unhappily awakened from a very long slumber by an industrial explosion in the Norwegian mountains, and sets off on a trail of destruction and chaos.

There are many more Norwegian folk, fairy, and monster tales to explore. Since "Troll" was such a smash, a follow-up will start filming in 2024. All the creative principals from "Troll" will return for "Troll 2," including director Roar Uthaug, screenwriter Espen Aukan, producers Espen Horn and Kristian Strand Sinkerud, and Norwegian production studio Motion Blur.

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.

The Return of the Rocketeer - TBA

Dave Stevens' '80s cult comic book "The Rocketeer" clearly took inspiration from mid-century movie matinee adventure serials, and in 1991, things came full circle when Disney brought the story to the big screen. Billy Campbell starred as Cliff Secord, a stunt pilot living in Los Angeles in 1938 who finds a jet pack that allows him to soar through the sky while evading the FBI, its inventor Howard Hughes, and the Nazis that want it badly. Before "The Rocketeer" was even released, Disney (parent company of the production companies that made the movie) thought it could launch a trilogy. But shortly after the film hit theaters in 1991 and performed only moderately well at the box office, Disney discontinued sequel plans, star Billy Campbell told MTV News

The company floated the idea of a "Rocketeer" remake in 2012, then nearly got a sequel off the ground in 2016 called "The Rocketeers," which would've focused on a Black female pilot. With both those projects dead, Disney is now taking a new stab at a legacy-style sequel. In 2020, the company started work on what would later officially be titled "The Return of the Rocketeer." The following year, Disney revealed that Ed Ricourt ("Now You See Me") had taken over screenwriting duties, with Emmy-nominated actor David Oyelowo producing and maybe starring too. However, director J.D. Dillard — who'd been involved with the project since 2020 — has stepped away from the movie.

Assuming the film moves forward without Dillard, the upcoming "Rocketeer" movie will follow a new character, a retired member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen who becomes the latest brave pilot to strap on that fantastic jetpack. While we don't know when it will be released, we know it will land on Disney+.

Darkman Sequel - TBA

After writing and directing the classic indie horror movies "The Evil Dead" and "Evil Dead II" but before he became the A-lister behind blockbusters like the first "Spider-Man" trilogy, Sam Raimi ventured into the superhero realm for the first time with "Darkman." It's a dark, comic book-like revenge thriller about a scientist presumed dead, who dons a hat, trench coat, and thick facial bandages to get his revenge on the bad guys who nearly burned him to death. Oh yeah, he's also super strong and can create new faces out of experimental skin, but these disguises never last long as they're sensitive to light. 

Not only was it directed by Raimi, it was one of the first major movies for future superstar Liam Neeson and three-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand. A couple of obscure sequels to "Darkman" already exist in the form of the straight-to-video "Darkman II: The Return of Durant" and "Darkman III: Die Darkman Die" starring Arnold Vosloo in lieu of Neeson. Raimi didn't have anything to do with those, and he'd love to revisit the "Darkman" world with a sequel set many years after the events of the first film. In 2022, he told TheWrap that the sequel was in the extremely early stages of development. "There's a producer attached. I haven't heard the story yet or gone into it," Raimi said, adding, "But I think it's cool." Nothing in the way of creative crew, cast, or release date has officially been confirmed quite yet.

Phenomena 2 - TBA

The century-old Titanus studio produced some of the most iconic movies in Italian history, according to Variety, and exposed the world to the works of filmmaking pioneers like Federico Fellini, Luchino Visconti, and Dario Argento, the creator of haunting, stylish, cult-favorite horror films. One of his more memorable and well-received works is the 1985 spook-fest "Phenomena." Jennifer Connelly stars in the film, written and directed by Argento, as Jennifer Sorvino, a teenage scion of a movie star who can communicate with all manner of insects and bugs. She's shipped off to an elite boarding school in "Swiss Transylvania," where she uses her odd and creepy gift to solve a series of horrific murders.

In 2022, ex-Disney Italy marketing head turned Titanus general manager Sefano Bethlen announced plans to bring the company back to contemporary film and to create new projects based on the studio's extensive library of intellectual property. At the top of Titanus' to-do list? Partner with an American studio to make a new film based on "Phenomena," specifically a sequel set in the present day. The "Phenomena" continuation is in the very early stages of production, not much more than an announcement of intent by Titanus executives, so little is known about cast, director, or release date.

The Conjuring: Last Rites - TBA

Not only one of the most consistently creepy franchises in recent years, the Vera Farmiga/Patrick Wilson headlined "Conjuring" universe is also one of the most lucrative series of any kind, raking in over $2 billion at the global box office. That includes the haunted doll "Annabelle" movies, "The Nun," and the original "Conjuring" trilogy, set off by the '70s-set modern horror classic from 2013 about paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren who look into claims of a dark and evil presence at a spooky rural farmhouse where a bunch of dark and evil acts once occurred. The Warrens' ghost-hunting continued in 2016's "The Conjuring 2" and 2021's "The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It."

With plenty more ghost stories to tell and a receptive, paying audience ready to watch them, "The Conjuring" franchise will expand again with a fourth movie, subtitled "Last Rites." According to The Hollywood Reporter, lead studio New Line has already signed up David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who penned both "Conjuring" sequels, to write the script for the fourth movie. Franchise-originating producers James Wan and Peter Safran will also return to oversee the new film. Farmiga and Wilson are once more playing the roles of Lorraine and Ed Warren, although we don't know the plot or the release date. More importantly, will this be the final "Conjuring" movie? The film's title seems pretty ominous in that regard. Well, when asked that question in a January 2023 interview with Collider, Wan responded, "You never know. We'll see."

The Princess Diaries 3 - TBA

Ready for another trip to Genovia? Well, it looks like Disney is preparing for a new adventure full of romance and royalty with "The Princess Diaries 3." It was reported in November 2022 that Aadrita Mukerji — best known for her TV work on series like "Supergirl," "Reacher," and "Scorpion" — is working on a screenplay.

We don't know any plot details yet, and it doesn't look like anyone has been officially cast as of this moment. However, Anne Hathaway has expressed her desire for a threequel in the past, so chances are good she'll be returning to play Mia Thermopolis. It seems like Julie Andrews, on the other hand, plans on sitting this one out, as she told The Hollywood Reporter in June 2022, "[For] especially me, it's too far down the line now to go back to it. It's a lovely thought, but I don't think it would probably be possible."

Rush Hour 4 - TBA

Now one of the most beloved stars who's ever kicked his way across the silver screen, Jackie Chan found Hollywood success with the action-comedy "Rush Hour." The 1998 film paired Chan's martial arts-savvy Hong Kong detective with Chris Tucker's joke-a-minute Los Angeles cop. Together, the two rescued the kidnapped daughter of a Chinese diplomat, starred in the eighth highest-grossing movie of the year, and kicked off two sequels.

Well, better make that three sequels. At the Red Sea International Film Festival, Jackie Chan revealed that he's in talks to make a "Rush Hour 4." He even added that he was about to go talk with the director about the upcoming film. However, he didn't clarify the filmmaker's identity. The previous installments in the series were all helmed by Brett Ratner, but as Ratner is now persona non grata in Hollywood, you'd think a new director would be stepping up to bat. However, back in 2018, Ratner claimed he'd be making a fourth "Rush Hour" film, so it remains to be seen who'll be helming the new martial arts comedy.

However, it does look like Tucker is coming back. Speaking with V-103's "Big Tigger Morning Show," Tucker talked about his upcoming work schedule, saying, "You're going to see a lot of good stuff coming, but it's going to be on a whole other level. ... 'Rush Hour 4,' that's something I definitely will probably drop in there because I love working with Jackie."

Election 2: Tracy Flick Can't Win - TBA

One of the definitive films of the '90s, "Election" is a pitch-black satire, taking aim at the U.S. political system and '90s America through the lens of a high school election. The movie finds Reese Witherspoon's Tracy Flick tirelessly campaigning to become student body president — doing whatever it takes to win. All the while, bitter teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) is desperately trying to destroy Tracy's chances of earning any votes.

Now, all these years later, it looks like Tracy Flick is coming back, determined as ever to be #1. "Tracy Flick Can't Win" will bring Witherspoon back to the role and Alexander Payne — who directed the original '99 film — back to the director's seat. The project is based on the novel by Tom Perrotta (who wrote the first book, along with other novels adapted for the screen, such as "Little Children" and "The Leftovers"), and it finds Flick back at high school, trying to become principal while struggling with a life that hasn't panned out how she planned.

While we don't have a release date yet, expect the "Election" sequel to campaign its way to Paramount+.


Indian films rarely find success in the Western world, but evidently, nobody told that to "RRR." The movie has become a phenomenon thanks to its over-the-top action, incredible dance choreography, and bromance between NTR Jr.'s Komaram Bheem and Ram Charan's Alluri Sitarama Raju as they flip motorcycles and unleash big cats in their battle against the British. And if you need more numbers like "Naatu Naatu" in your life, never fear. It looks like the Tollywood sensation is getting a sequel, as Variety confirmed with director S.S. Rajamouli that his father, V. Vijayendra Prasad — who wrote the first film — will pen part two. We also know that NTR Jr. and Ram Charan Teja will be returning to fight their English enemies. 

Prasad told Bollywood Hungama that his son is too busy with another film for the time being, and would approach "RRR 2" when his schedule clears. It's possible that Rajamouli could use his father's idea and completed script for the sequel. "The story continues with Sitarama Raju and Komarem Bheem set in Africa," he said (via Koimoi). That's all the information that exists at the moment, but we're incredibly psyched for three more hours of epic fight scenes and glorious dance sequences.

Shrek 5 - TBA

Back in 2001, Disney dominated the animated blockbuster market. Then DreamWorks came along with the first entry in a franchise tailor-made for millennials. Part fractured fairy-tale, part pop culture reference parade, and all wacky comedy, the first "Shrek" stars Mike Myers as the titular grumpy ogre, Eddie Murphy as his excitable sidekick, Cameron Diaz as a princess with a big secret, and many other celebrities playing skewered storybook tropes. "Shrek" earned nearly $491 million and won the first Academy Award for best animated feature. It went on to spawn three sequels and two spinoffs, for a global box office haul of more than $4 billion.

DreamWorks hasn't put out a proper "Shrek" movie since 2010's "Shrek Forever After," but the studio is keen to return to the world of ogres, swamps, talking donkeys, and fairy tale magic. In 2016, "Shrek 5" entered pre-production, scheduled for a 2019 release. Development has obviously stalled since then, but in April 2023, DreamWorks Animation consultant Chris Meledandri told Variety that contract discussions with cast members were underway. "Talks are starting now, and every indication that we've gotten is there's tremendous enthusiasm on behalf of the actors to return," he said.

Tron: Ares - TBA

Released in 1982, Disney's "Tron" was the first film featuring long sequences rendered entirely with computers. Starring Jeff Bridges as a video game designer trapped in one of his own projects, the film became a cult classic, so much so that Disney released "Tron: Legacy" in 2010, starring Garrett Hedlund as Flynn's son, who enters the dangerous cyber dimension to retrieve his father.

"Tron: Legacy" performed well enough to prompt Disney to order a sequel, "Tron: Ascension." "Tron: Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski had the entire film written and storyboarded when Disney canceled the project in 2015. That third "Tron" movie project lay dormant for seven years. However, Academy Award winner Jared Leto stepped up to get "Tron 3" into production as far back as 2017, and in 2023, Disney finally green-lit a new sci-fi adventure titled "Tron: Ares." 

A direct sequel to "Tron: Legacy," the new film will star Leto, acting out a script by Jesse Wigutow, best known for writing a never-produced reboot of "The Crow." Joachim Rønning, a live-action Disney favorite who helmed "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," is set to direct. Leto will play Ares, the Tron program in its human form, who somehow enters the human world. Greta Lee of "Past Lives" and "Russian Doll" has been cast in a lead role, and Emmy-winning "Mare of Easttown" actor Evan Peters will co-star in a yet to be disclosed part. 

You can also expect to see Jodie Turner-Smith of "Queen & Slim," and it's been rumored that Cillian Murphy might play the villain, reprising his role as ENCOM bigwig Edward Dillinger Jr. Sarah Desjardins ("Yellowjackets") and Cameron Monaghan ("Shameless") also joined the cast of the film in July 2023.

Violent Night 2 - TBA

With a darkly funny name that described the film perfectly and used a bit of Christmas carol-ribbing wordplay, "Violent Night" became a holiday hit in late 2022, earning $75 million. The rare Christmas movie that wasn't a comedy, romance, or warm family feature, "Violent Night" was an unhinged action extravaganza, sort of a skewed take on Christmas-set movies like "Die Hard" as it depicted Santa Claus ("Stranger Things" breakout David Harbour) as a mighty mythological warrior who in contemporary times fights off deadly mercenaries and invaders to save Christmas for one unlucky-then-lucky family.

Such a novel premise proved immediately profitable — it earned three times its budget— meaning a sequel is on the way. "Violent Night" director Tommy Wirkola is all set to direct the next installment in the series, which will expand and explore the mythology surrounding Santa Claus, including Mrs. Claus, the toy-making elves, and what goes on at the North Pole.

It doesn't sound like "Violent Night 2" will arrive in time for Christmas, however — at least not the next Christmas season. "We're just making deals and getting everything in order," Wirkola said, adding that the first movie's screenwriters, Pat Casey and Josh Miller, will pen the sequel. "We have time to really crack the script and figure out the story."

Toy Story 5 - TBA

During a quarterly earnings call in February 2023, Disney CEO Bob Iger delivered some news designed to get investors hyped about the future of the entertainment conglomerate — sequels to some of Disney's biggest movies were on the way. Along with new "Zootopia" and "Frozen" movies, the Disney-owned Pixar will produce and release "Toy Story 5."

The yet-to-be-announced plot of "Toy Story 5" would have to find a way to reunite the franchise's characters and start fresh. "Toy Story 4" ended conclusively, with Woody leaving his toy gang to build a life with Bo Peep while the rest returned to live in Bonnie, their human overlord since "Toy Story 3." Pixar creative chief officer Pete Docter told Variety in June 2023 that both Woody and Buzz would be back, the former presumably voiced by Tom Hanks as usual and the latter by Tim Allen — who seemingly confirmed his return via a tweet.

As for when "Toy Story 5" might lighten the idea of movie theaters, Disney has claimed a few far-off release dates with no specific films attached. It's likely that "Toy Story 5" will occupy one of the slots earmarked specifically for Pixar projects. There's June 13, 2025, it could be March 6, 2026, or there's also June 19, 2026.

Hocus Pocus 3 - TBA

"Hocus Pocus" was only a moderate hit during its initial theatrical release in 1993. A Halloween movie released in July for some reason, it earned just under $40 million. But it became a hit on home video and through repeated, heavily-watched annual airings, and by the early 2000s, "Hocus Pocus" was a classic family film and required October viewing for countless viewers. It tells the not-too-scary story of teenager Max, who's new to Salem, Massachusetts. Along with his little sister Dani and crush object Allison, Max awakens a trio of witches who've been lying in wait for 300 years to wreak havoc, lure children, and become immortal beings.

"Hocus Pocus" is a Disney production, and the company certainly noticed the annual success of the film and ordered a sequel-meets-reboot for its Disney+ streaming service. Debuting in September 2022 — nearly 30 years after the first film — "Hocus Pocus 2" set a viewership record for Disney+ (and straight-to-streaming movies), racking up 2.73 billion minutes of watch time over its first three days of availability. The plot involved another group of teenagers who once again revive the Sandersons. The plot of "Hocus Pocus 3" will probably follow a similar trajectory — and it's on the way. In June 2023, Walt Disney Studio Motion Picture Production president Sean Bailey told The New York Times that a trilogy-completing entry to the comedic witch series was in the works.

Zootopia 2 - TBA

In an investor earnings call in February 2023, Disney CEO Bob Iger hinted at a bright future for the company's cinematic prospects, announcing that pre-production had started on some big franchise entries. In addition to mentioning "Toy Story 5" and "Frozen 3," Iger broke the news that "Zootopia 2" was happening.

Earning more than $1 billion at the global box office in 2016, "Zootopia" presented a bustling city populated by talking animals, with the plot centered around idealistic rookie rabbit police officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) and scrappy small-time fox crook Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). Together, they solve a mystery with links to the city's most powerful mammals while gently suggesting allegorical lessons about the importance of tolerance and diversity.

Disney expanded the "Zootopia" universe in 2022 with the "Zootopia+" series of shorts for its Disney+ streaming service in advance of a full-fledged big-screen sequel. The plot of "Zootopia 2" will further flesh out the universe, although the premise is yet to be announced. However, we're guessing it will likely involve the police exploits of Hopps, along with new force member Wilde. It's also unclear when "Zootopia 2" will hit theaters. Disney staked out a few release dates with the titles to be named later. "Zootopia 2" will likely fill one of the spots reserved for animated projects: November 27, 2024; November 26, 2025; November 25, 2026.

Extraction 3 - TBA

After delving into producing original content to go along with its vast catalog of streaming options, Netflix developed a bona fide blockbuster franchise worthy of the multiplex. In April 2020, Marvel Cinematic Universe star Chris Hemsworth headlined Netflix's "Extraction," portraying black ops mercenary Tyler Rake, who embarks on a perilous mission to rescue the son of an international crime boss. "Extraction" swiftly became Netflix's most-watched original film ever to that point, viewed at least in part by 99 million homes in its first month of availability, and remained a popular choice well into the summer.

It was so widely captivating with such a repeatable premise — Rake gets into and out of a seemingly unsurvivable situation involving ruthless criminals and thrilling action sequences — that Netflix ordered "Extraction 2," debuting on the service on June 16, 2023. Just one day later, at the streamer's Tudum festival, Hemsworth and franchise director Sam Hargrave appeared to break the news that "Extraction 3" was in the works. No details beyond the involvement of Hemsworth and Hargrave have leaked yet, including a release date. If the trajectory of past films holds true, "Extraction 3" will likely hit Netflix three years after its predecessor, which would mean sometime in mid-2026.

Frozen 3 - TBA

Since it started making animated features back in 1937 with "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," Disney has produced a lot of classics that have made a lot of money. The most recent addition to that rarified canon was "Frozen." Released in 2013 and based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen, "Frozen" earned $1.2 billion by combining a plot about self-acceptance (Queen Elsa's ice touch inadvertently creates a permanent winter) with unforgettable characters (Olaf the self-aware snowman) and showtunes (the Oscar-winning "Let It Go"). 

The global embrace of "Frozen" — and probably the $122.7 billion in merchandise sales — made "Frozen II" a given for Disney. The enchanted road movie, in which Elsa, sister Anna, Olaf, and others leave their kingdom to discover the secret behind the queen's freezing powers, out-earned its predecessor with a $1.4 billion box office haul.

Clearly, the people want more "Frozen," and Disney is more than happy to provide it. During a 2023 investor call, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that "Frozen 3" was in the early stages of production. Cast members Josh Gad (Olaf) and Idina Menzel (Elsa) have publicly confirmed that they'll return to the franchise. Meanwhile, and while she'll remain on the production in some way, "Frozen" and "Frozen II" co-director Jennifer Lee announced in June 2023 that she won't helm "Frozen 3."

Disney has yet to say much about the plot of "Frozen 3," but fans can probably figure out a tentative release date. Without committing specific titles to any as of yet, Disney will release movies on a few dates in 2025 and 2026. Look for "Frozen 3" to arrive on November 26, 2025 or November 25, 2026.

Terrifier 3 - TBA

One of the most notable entries in the horror sub-genre of killer clown movies, 2016's "Terrifier" indeed terrified audiences with the gruesome and murderous actions of Art the Clown, a dryly humorous prankster not unlike a mix of Pennywise and Freddy Krueger, determined to kill three women on a cursed Halloween evening. With an ultra-low budget of $35,000, "Terrifier" turned into a cult classic and prompted a 2022 sequel. "Terrifier 2," in which Art the Clown is brought back to life by evil forces to stalk and kill on Halloween again, took in $15 million — blockbuster numbers for an unassuming horror sequel.

In May 2023, Deadline announced that a third franchise entry, "Terrifier 3," would soon haunt movie theaters. Set to start filming in the final weeks of 2023, "Terrifier 3" filmmakers are working toward a release date of sometime in late 2024 — which will likely be around Halloween, on account of the subject matter. David Howard Thornton is likely to return as Art the Clown, as is Lauren LaVera as the evil prankster's nemesis, vengeful angel Sienna Shaw. As for the plot, writer-director Damien Leone tweeted that "Terrifier 3" will pick right up after part two. However, he also told Variety that it will be more in line with the tone of the first film.  

"I want to shift back a bit to the tone of 'Part One,'" Leone said, "which I felt was a little more simplistic and old-school, gritty slasher. I want this one to go back in that direction, and I want this to be the scariest one of the trilogy. This one will actually have a little bit more of an evil overtone to it, so this is going to be hopefully the scariest and the darkest?"

Scream 7 - TBA

The original "Scream" was one of the biggest smash hits of 1996, earning $173 million. Starring the era's biggest young stars, the movie lays out the rules of what has become an enduring franchise: A series of murders take place, with every move the killer makes evoking a different horror movie trope. What ensures are some seriously bloody, gory, and frightening horror movies, but they're also self-aware, clever, and utterly savage parodies. Hit sequels followed in 1997 and 2000, along with a one-off franchise reboot attempt in 2011.

Like an undead horror movie villain who's back for more mayhem, the "Scream" franchise has returned from dormancy multiple times. 2022's "Scream" and 2023's "Scream VI" were both successful enough to ensure further flicks; Spyglass entered preproduction on "Scream 7" in August 2023. Christopher Landon will direct, which is welcome news. Landon is a specialist in helming horror movies laced with pitch black-comedy, including "Freaky" and the "Happy Death Day" movies. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, directors of the previous two "Scream" entries, will be too busy making a new horror film for Universal, so they'll serve as executive producers on "Scream 7."

Talk 2 Me - TBA

"Talk to Me" was a breakout hit of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival's Midnight Selections showcase. Zeitgeist-capturing indie film company A24 grabbed the theatrical rights, and the modestly-budgeted horror movie emerged as a robust and unexpected hit, earning more than $50 million at the box office in its first month in theaters in summer 2023. The plot: Mia (Sophie Wilde) honors the anniversary of her mother's death with a séance, aided by her friends and a ghastly embalmed hand. The séance works too well, the lines between worlds crumble, and Mia and her gang are soon pestered and attacked by viciously violent supernatural pests.

Less than two weeks after "Talk to Me" hit theaters, A24 asked for a sequel. Like its predecessor, "Talk 2 Me" will be directed by former YouTube filmmakers and twins Danny and Michael Philippou. Danny Philippou and "Talk to Me" co-writer Bill Hinzman will collaborate on the screenplay. There could also be even more entries in the "Talk to Me" cinematic universe on the way: "We actually shot an entire Duckett prequel already," Danny Philippou told The Hollywood Reporter, of another film featuring the character portrayed by Sunny Johnson. "It's told entirely through the perspective of mobile phones and social media, so maybe down the line we can release that."

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem 2 - TBA

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been part of pop culture for decades. Starting out as the stars of a darkly funny underground comic book, these four mutated turtles are named after Renaissance artists, study with a wise old rat named Splinter, and fight a crime lord named Shredder — when they aren't living in the sewer and eating pizza, that is. They've starred in multiple animated TV series and seven theatrical movies. Following a trilogy of martial arts-oriented live-action films in the early 1990s and 2016's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows," the Turtles returned to animation with 2023's critically acclaimed "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem."

Days before the projected blockbuster opening of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem," Paramount got ahead of the demand. The studio announced development of a two-season, 2-D animated series on Paramount+, "Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." A sequel to "Mutant Mayhem," the series will lead to another newly announced project: yet another theatrical film in the rebooted franchise. "Mutant Mayhem" director and co-screenwriter Jeff Rowe is set to return to the second movie, as will franchise overseer Lukas Williams on behalf of production company Point Grey Pictures. The primary voice actors of "Mutant Mayhem" — Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr., Nicolas Cantu, and Brady Noon — have signed up for the connected TV series, which means they're likely to come back for the yet-to-be-subtitled film sequel.  Plot details and the release date remain undisclosed.