Hollywood still loves its follow-ups – here’s our round-up of 110 (and counting) sequels that are currently being worked on.
Hollywood has got just a little warier of sequels over the past few years, and many that were in development – such as a new chapter in the Die Hard franchise – now appear to be in some kind of limbo. But still: follow-ups are very much on the cards, and here’s our always-evolving list of all the sequels we know about. Obviously, timescales listed in here may now be radically altering in light of the Coronavirus lockdowns around the world.
The Accountant 2
A project that’s bumbled around for a while and is apparently still on the cooker somewhere, Ben Affleck confirmed back in March 2019 that plans were still in place for a sequel to the modest hit The Accountant. Gavin O’Connor is the incumbent director, and is likely to return if this one gets off the ground. Not heard anything for a little while, though…
The Addams Family 2
No messing around here. The new animated take on The Addams Family comfortably made its way into profit, and with that in mind, a sequel was on the stove just days after its US release. An October 2021 release date has been earmarked for the film too. The voice cast returns, but new directors are aboard: Greg Tiernan, Laura Brousseau and Kevin Pavlovic steer this one.
Based on books series of the same name we’ve already had After and After We Collided. With 4 books in the series, the film adaptations for books 3 and 4 After We Fell and After Ever After completed production at the end of 2020. In addition to this, it was announced in April 2021 that there would be an additional 2 films. Before, a loose adaptation of the prequel book, as well as another film set in the future, with the focus this time on the children of the first films leads.
After the first film crossed $1bn at the global box office, a sequel to Aquaman was inevitable. Jason Momoa will return of course, and James Wan remains the incumbent director. David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick is back to pen the screenplay for the film, and the film is called Aquaman & The Lost Kingdom. Expect it in December 2022.
Following the giant success of Disney’s live action take on Aladdin in 2019, the studio is now said to be considering a follow-up to the movie. Although whether it’ll follow the path set by the animated The Return Of Jafar is unknown. Producer Dan Lin confirmed that work is being done to explore another film, although as of yet, no further announcements have been made. There are also plans for a Disney+ spin-off project that may or may not replace a direct sequel.
A Most Violent Year 2
J C Chandor’s excellent drama A Most Violent Year gave terrific roles to Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac. And it’s Chastain, via her Twitter account, who kicked off 2020 teasing that a further production may be in the offing. Her Tweet is here, although it’s vague: does she mean a new film, or a TV spin-off? We’ll find out in due course…
Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania
It’s, we’d argue, not the most popular amongst the Marvel cinematic universe series of films, but the Ant-Man movies still have their place. And a third one, once again starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas, is duly on the roster. Filming had been expected to begin at the end of 2020, for a release in the summer of 2022. It’s now due in February 2023, with Peyton Reed directing again.
Atomic Blonde 2
Charlize Theron headlined the action hit Atomic Blonde back in 2017, and it was revealed pretty soon after that that sequel talk had begun. Director David Leitch, as recently as summer 2019, confirmed that a follow-up was still being chatted about, but he also suggested it may not head to cinemas, with instead a streaming service picking the project up. The events of 2020 do seem to have made this one less likely, sadly.
Attack The Block 2
Joe Cornish is directing the sequel to his debut feature, one decade on from the original. What’s more, he’s got his star back too, with John Boyega leading the cast once again. Boyega will also produce this time as well. We await details of a release date, but production is expected to begin sooner rather than later.
James Cameron will have completed the motion capture filming on his four planned Avatar sequels by the middle of 2020, and then it’s down to the extensive post-production work involved. Currently, the first of the films – delayed several times – is due in 2022. Then Avatar 3 in 2023, Avatar 4 in 2025, and the saga completes in 2026 with Avatar 5. Expect all the films to get posh new names in due course.
Bad Boys 4
Following the notable box office success of January’s Bad Boys For Life, Sony is already pressing ahead with a fourth film. Chris Bremner, who co-wrote the third, is back on scripting duties. Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are coming back too, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. Expect a shorter gap between films three and four than we got between films two and three.
Lord knows at the moment where this is a sequel of sorts or a prequel or a reboot or a retcon or whatever. What we do know is that the director of the last two Planet Of The Apes movies, Matt Reeves, is helming the film. Robert Pattinson is the new Batman. The film began shooting in 2020 before filming was locked down. Then started again. Then stopped again. Then started again. It’s now due in March 2022.
Beverly Hills Cop 4
In a surprise move, Paramount is partnering with Netflix on the long-mooted Beverly Hills Cop sequel, that will see Eddie Murphy reprise the role of Axel Foley for what we assume will be the last time. Jerry Bruckheimer returns to produce, and the film is likely to skip a theatrical release and go straight to Netflix’s streaming service. Filming is set to begin later in 2021.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
The second standalone Black Panther movie is tinged with sadness of course, given that the late, wonderful Chadwick Boseman won’t be involved. Director Ryan Coogler will though, and Michael B Jordan returns to the cast. It’s out in July 2022.
The Book Club 2
Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, Diane Keaton and Candice Bergen are set to return in a sequel to the 2018 hit, The Book Club. Bill Holderman directed the first one, writing the script with Erin Simms. No further details have been announced as to the next film yet, though, just that it’s happening.
It looks like the sequel to the hugely expensive Netflix movie starring Will Smith is back on. David Ayer (Suicide Squad) directed the first film, that was written by Max Landis. Landis will not be back for the sequel, with the job of penning the follow-up now falling to Evan Spiliotopoulos and T S Nowlin. Expect Smith to return, but no sign yet as to when this one goes before the cameras.
James Gunn – who co-wrote and produced the first film – is toying with a sequel to Brightburn, the low budget superhero horror that was directed by David Yarovesky. Discussions are said to be underway, but Gunn’s commitment to The Suicide Squad and Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 likely take precedence. Might be waiting a while for this one.
Bring It On
A new sequel to the hit movie about competing cheerleading squads is in discussion. Both Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union have been chatting about returning to the franchise, along with original director Peyton Reed, and it’s understood that they were developing the film come the end of 2020. Still some way to go with this one, though.
Captain Marvel 2
Brie Larson will return as Captain Marvel in a full sequel to the 2019 movie. Nia DaCosta will be directing this time around, and the plan is to have the movie in cinemas on July 8th 2022.
Chicken Run 2
The next film on the Aardman Animation slate is a sequel to its most commercially successful movie. Chicken Run 2 is currently being made at its Bristol facilities, with Sam Fell (Flushed Away) directing. No release date has thus far been announced though. Netflix now has the project.
Following his return to the View Askewniverse with Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, Kevin Smith will soon focus his attention on the on-off-on again trilogy closer, Clerks III. Smith will write and direct, and the core cast from the first two films are set to return. Parts of the original Clerks III script ended up used in Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, and thus he’s started again from scratch. It shot in the summer of 2021, with Lionsgate picking up global release rights.
Cold Pursuit 2
Studiocanal has announced that it’s ordered a follow-up to its Liam Neeson-headlined action-thriller Cold Pursuit. It’s expected that Neeson will return, but no casting and crew details accompanied the announcement. Still, don’t expect this to take too long to come together.
Crazy Rich Asians 2 and 3
Two sequels are planned to the hit 2018 romantic comedy, all based on books by Kevin Kwan. The plan is – because of scheduling conflicts – to shoot them both back to back in 2020, with the first likely to be released in 2021. Firm plans haven’t yet been announced, although there have been ructions on the writing side over fair payment.
This one looks like it may be in Michael B Jordan’s court. Following the success of the second film, Jordan was offered the chance to direct chapter three. No Stallone this time though, as he’s more interest in Rocky 7. Jordan has now confirmed he’s directing, and that a November 2022 release date is earmarked for the film.
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are working on a script for a third Deadpool movie, the first that will be made under the Disney banner. The movie will be part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, and Ryan Reynolds will be returning in the lead role. The new movie will retain the R-rating too. No word yet on a release date, just that we know the project is happening.
Death Note 2
Perhaps a surprising one considering the lukewarm reaction to the first live-action adaptation of the popular anime, Netflix has ordered a sequel to Death Note, drawing this time from the original source material. The script is being penned by Greg Russo (Mortal Kombat), but little else about the project is known.
Demolition Man 2
Out of the blue, Sylvester Stallone announced on his Instagram feed in May of 2020 that a follow-up to 1993’s Demolition Man was finally on the cards. Warner Bros is backing the project once again, and development is underway. No word yet on if writer Daniel Waters is returning, nor any timescale for the project.
Den Of Thieves 2
The first Den Of Thieves film remains a very welcome treat, with Gerard Butler leading a collection of, well, thieves, in a film that pays respectful homage to the likes of Heat. The second film has the subtitle Pantera, and Christian Gudagast is once again writing and directing. O’Shea Jackson and 50 Cent are also returning, and the film was due in 2021, but don’t be surprised if it gets pushed back a further year or two.
Detective Pikachu 2
Announced even before the first film proved to be such a delight, Oren Uziel has signed on to pen the next Pokemon movie (having previously written 22 Jump Street). Ryan Reynolds should be back on voicing duties, and Rob Letterman is the incumbent director.
This one’s back on the radar, with director Neill Blomkamp being asked about the movie extensively whilst promoting his latest horror Demonic. He’s determined that District 10 will be a sequel to eschew the idea of a follow-up having to bigger and more expansive than the original, and he’s at work on the script at the moment. Hopefully this will be his next film.
Doctor Strange 2
Benedict Cumberbatch gets a second standalone Marvel movie, with Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. Scott Derrickson, who helmed the first film, was set to be back as director, but in early January 2020 departed the film. Sam Raimi has now taken over. The film is due for release on March 25th 2022.
Downton Abbey 2
A second Downton Abbey movie is on the way, but it was waiting for Julian Fellowes – creator and writer – to have the time to pen it. Well, he’s gone and done it, and the film will be with us in March 2022, with all of the core cast returning.
Rumoured since the release of the brilliant original over a decade ago, Amy Adams is back as Princess Giselle in an Enchanted sequel. It’s going by the name of Disenchanted, and will be debuting on the Disney+ service rather than in cinemas. Filming has got underway too.
Enola Holmes 2
The original became the 9th most-watched Netflix original so it only makes sense for the streamer to set the wheels in motion for a second. Netflix has now given this the greenlight too, with Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill set to return.
The Expendables 4
This one’s back on. Scott Waugh is directing, and some old Expendables and some new ones are in the cast. Jason Statham is leading the band this time, with Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Randy Couture, 50 Cent and Megan Fox in the line-up. Filming is autumn 2021 in Europe, with a 2022 release expected.
Get ready for lots and lots of new Exorcist movies courtesy of a huge deal Universal has signed with Blumhouse Productions for a fresh trilogy of films in the saga. A trilogy that’ll also bring Ellen Burstyn back to the movies. David Gordon Green, who worked his magic on the new Halloween movies, will be involved with these too.
Joe Russo has closed a deal to pen a sequel to the huge Netfllix hit, Extraction. The expectation now is that Chris Hemsworth will return in the lead role, and Sam Hargrave is likely to return to direct. The deal was revealed in May 2020, with no date for the new movie as of yet. We know it’ll film in 2021.
Director Adam Wingard and his writing partner Simon Barrett are at work on a new Face/Off movie, that we’re now told will be a sequel to the 90s favourite, rather than a remake or reboot. That said, don’t expect either John Travolta or Nicolas Cage to return. The movie is in its early stages, so more details are a little way off yet.
Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them 3, 4, 5
Whereas J K Rowling wrote the first two films in the Fantastic Beasts series by herself, she’s been joined by Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves for the third in the franchise. This one’s set in Brazil, with filming originally set to commence in April 2020 (although that had to wait, for fairly obvious reasons). It’s now wrapped up. David Yates directs, Eddie Redmayne leads the cast. Fantastic Beasts 4 and 5 will in theory follow.
Fast & Furious 10 and 11
Justin Lin returned to the director’s chair for the fifth time in the Fast & Furious saga with the ninth film, and is the incumbent to return for the next sequel. Fast & Furious 10 is likely to be split into two parts, which should round off the current line of movies (but not the franchise, with umpteen spin-offs almost inevitable). April 2023 has been earmarked for the next one.
Fishermen’s Friends 2
Cornish fishermen singing sea shanties turned into a recipe for box office success in 2019. As such, get ready for Fisherman’s Friends 2: Bound For South Australia. The title gives away the plot of this one, mind. Most of the cast are expected to return. It was due in March 2021, but has fallen off the release schedule for now. Filming began in the spring of 2021 in the end.
Gerard Butler Has Fallen 4, 5 and 6
Following the success of Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen and more recently Angel Has Fallen, Gerard Butler is now expected back as Mike Banning up to three more times. A spin-off TV show is being planed too. No release dates as of yet, but don’t expect them to mess around knocking these out. The first will be called Night Has Fallen.
A film that follows on – by some distance – from Ghostbusters II, Ghostbusters: Afterlife unites most of the original cast, and adds Paul Rudd amongst others to the ensemble. Jason Reitman takes over from his dad as director, and the new film lands on in the autumn.
Going as spoiler-light as possible, the really good Gerard Butler-headlined disaster movie Greenland ended with a natural place to take the story next. It’s now been confirmed that a follow-up is indeed on the way, bringing back the core creatives. No word on a release date yet though.
Guardians Of The Galaxy 3
After being removed from the project, writer/director James Gunn is once again on board Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 3. It’s got to wait in line on his docket behind The Suicide Squad, that we’re coming to further down this list. The earliest we’ll be seeing this one? Well, current rumours suggest 2023.
Gunpowder Milkshake 2
Director Navot Papushado’s Gunpowder Milkshake – starring Karen Gillan and Lena Headey – hadn’t even been released when Studiocanal announced its follow-up at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. No word yet on when it’ll go into production, just that it’s happening.
Two Halloween sequels are coming, following the enormous success of the 2018 reboot. Jamie Lee Curtis will star in Halloween Kills in 2021 and Halloween Ends in 2022. David Gordon Green returns to direct them both.
Hobbs & Shaw 2
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are set to return for the Fast & Furious spin-off’s sequel, following the sizeable success of the first picture. The announce of the project’s existence came in March 2020, so there’s still a long way to go before it makes it to the screen. But it’s happening, albeit awaiting a writer and director.
Hocus Pocus 2
Hairspray director Adam Shankman has been announced as the director for the follow-up to Disney’s much-loved Halloween movie. Hocus Pocus 2 is likely to end up being a Disney+ streaming service project rather than a cinema release. Look for the original cast to have roles in the movie somewhere along the line.
Home Alone 6
Home Sweet Home Alone is now the official title of the sixth film in the run of Home Alone movies, this one destined for Disney+ at the end of 2021. Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney, Archie Yates, Aisling Bea, Kenan Thompson, Pete Holmes, Ally Maki and Chris Parnell lead the cast. Dan Mazer has directed. November 12th 2021 is the official release date.
Hotel Transylvania 4
Sony’s most successful animated movie franchise is back at the end of 2021, with Adam Sandler returning to voice Count Dracula. No further details have thus far been announced, short of a summer 2021 release.
Indiana Jones 5
Indiana Jones 5 will be directed by James Mangold now (taking over from Steven Spielberg), will star Harrison Ford, and will be out in July 2022. Harrison Ford will be 80 just in time for its release. Filming got underway in the late spring of 2021.
A fifth Insidious film was on the 2020 release roster, but then for fairly obvious reasons, it didn’t happen. It’s back happening now though, with Patrick Wilson – co-star of the first two movies – stepping behind the camera for his feature directorial debut. Expect it in 2021.
Johnny Knoxville and co are returning for a fourth cinematic collection of stunts, pranks and injuries. Paramount has inked in a July 2021 release date for the new film. And that’s pretty much all you need to know at the moment.
John Wick 4
Keanu Reeves will return for John Wick: Chapter 4, that’s likely to be directed again by Chad Stahelski. Thing is, the movie is currently scheduled for May 2022.
It seems more a case of when rather than if, but a follow-up to the $1bn grossing Joker movie is still being downplayed. Todd Phillips is all but certain to write and direct again, with Joaquin Phoenix in the title role. No firm details yet, but we’d bet a Pot Noodle on that being a formality.
The core cast of Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black are set to return for another Jumanji adventure, that’ll presumably pick up from around where The Next Level left off. Director Jake Kasdan is set to return, but the project was in its very early stages of conversation before the Coronavirus outbreak hit. Might be a while before we hear anything more.
Jungle Cruise 2
Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson have both signed up for a sequel to Jungle Cruise, that also brings back director Jaume Collet-Serra is going to direct. Expect this to take a few years to happen, but given the $100m gross at the US box office for the original – at a time when films weren’t doing that – it should get moving soon.
Jurassic World 3
Colin Trevorrow returns to the director’s chair for the next big dinosaur adventure, that’s due in cinemas in the summer of 2022 (having been Covid-delayed). Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern are all back from the very first movie, joining Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt. The film will pick up from the ending of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and is called Dominion.
Once 2021’s prequel film – The King’s Man – is out in cinemas, director Matthew Vaughn will likely be turning his attention to the promised Kingsman 3. Taron Egerton is set to return as Eggsy to tie the trilogy up, although no news on a release date has thus far come to light. It’s very much on the to-do list, though.
Knives Out 2
Rian Johnson is set to bring back detective Benoit Blanc for the first of what could be a few follow-ups to 2019’s hit Knives Out. Netflix is stumping up megabucks for the rights to a bunch of sequels in fact, that Johnson will write and direct, and Daniel Craig will star in.
The Last Starfighter 2
Here’s a surprise: a follow-up to 1984’s The Last Starfighter is finally on the way. Legal problems had held the project up, but Jonathan Betuel (who wrote the original) and Gary Whitta (who co-wrote Rogue One) are now working on a new movie. There’s some way to go before anyone agrees to pay for it to be made, but fingers crossed this one finally happens…
The Last Witch Hunter 2
Here’s another surprise. It’d generally been regarded that the Vin Diesel-headlined The Last Witch Hunter was not a very successful movie. We neither remember it burning a trail at the box office or being a huge fan success. But it certainly has its collection of supporters, as Lionsgate is now reported to be in early development on a sequel. Diesel is involved in the conversations too, although it may yet be some way away.
Legally Blonde 3
Reese Witherspoon will be reprising the role of Elle Woods for the first time in over 15 years for a third official Legally Blonde movie (the character didn’t feature in the direct to DVD Legally Blondes). The film had been announced for a 2020 release, but there seems to have been precious little activity on the project from what we see. Expect some soon though: MGM has now announced a May 2022 release.
Lethal Weapon 5
A bit of a bolt from the blue, here. In January 2020, a project long presumed dead suddenly came back to life. Producer Dan Lin is trying to get the long-mooted Lethal Weapon 5 moving, as a farewell to the franchise. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover would return, with Richard Donner in line to direct again. The loss of Richard Donner in July 2021 is likely to have brought this project to a close, but that’s not been confirmed. Still, it’s hard to see the key creatives wanting to work with a different director on it.
The Lion King 2
This one’s definitely pressing ahead at Disney, and Moonlight director Barry Jenkins is helming the new movie. Expect it to tell some of the backstory to the original movie, and feature a whole host of new songs too.
Live Die Repeat And Repeat
Tom Cruise’s crowded schedule has thus far pushed back the Edge Of Tomorrow sequel, that director Doug Liman has confirmed will be called Live Die Repeat And Repeat. Christopher McQuarrie is expected to be on screenplay duties, but both Cruise and McQuarrie are making two Mission: Impossible films back to back first. Live Die Repeat And Repeat thus has to take its place in the queue.
Mad Max 5
George Miller and Warner Bros had a legal bust-up over the proceeds of the wonderful Mad Max: Fury Road, and that put a notable spanner in the works where Mad Max 5 is concerned. It thus explains much of the delay thus far. But Miller is still keen to make the film. He was set to shoot another movie in early 2020, but has now moved onto his Mad Max prequel instead, centering on the character of Furiosa. Anya Taylor Joy is set to take on the role.
Kevin Smith has resurrected his plans for a Mallrats sequel, and is working on a screenplay for the film, that he’ll also direct. This is separate from the once-planned and abandoned MallBrats movie of a few years’ back. Expect the core cast all back. A possible 2020 start date was on the cards. No sign of it yet though.
The Matrix 4
Lana Wachowski is bringing The Matrix back to life on the big screen, with Keanu Reeves leading the cast as Neo. Carrie-Anne Moss is back as Trinity, and also added to the cast are Jonathan Groff, Jada Pinkett Smith and Neil Patrick Harris. The current release date for the film is 22nd December 2021.
The Meg 2
Jason Statham will be doing battle with another enormous sea creature in due course. This time, there’s a change of director though, with Ben Wheatley set to helm the movie. He’ll replace Jon Turteltaub, who directed the first. Filming begins in January 2022.
The second standalone Minions film will join the series up to the Despicable Me trilogy by the looks of it. The clue is in the title: Minions: The Rise Of Gru. Steve Carell is voicing Gru again, whilst Kyle Balda and Brad Ableson are directing. The film has been delayed in the midst of the Coronavirus spread, and a new date is set to be confirmed.
Mission: Impossible 7 and 8
Tom Cruise has signed up for two more outings as Ethan Hunt, and the plan is to shoot Mission: Impossible 7 and 8 back to back. Christopher McQuarrie, who has helmed the last two chapters, is back to write and direct as well. The films are out in the summers of 2022 and 2023. Nicholas Hoult is amongst the new additions to the cast.
Bob Odenkirk is set to return in the sequel to 2021’s surprise action hit. Derek Kolstad is penning another script for him, and it just needs Universal to give it all the green light.
Now You See Me 3
A sequel that was presumed to have been abandoned, Lionsgate is pressing ahead with its plan for a third Now You See Me movie. The plan this time will be to bring new cast members in, whilst offering a return to the likes of Jessie Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson from the original cast. Eric Warren Singer has been hired to write the screenplay for the new film, but no director or release date has been set as of yet.
The Nun 2
Akela Cooper is writing the following up The Conjuring spin-off The Nun. Corin Hardy directed the first Nun movie, and presumably has the option of returning for the second. The film may yet be released in 2020, but 2021 looks more likely.
The Old Guard 2
Charlize Theron returns for a sequel to the Netflix hit The Old Guard, along with KiKi Layne, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Veronica Ngo and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Victoria Mahoney steps into the director’s chair this time. Greg Rucka is on scribbling duties, based on his comic books.
What we know so far: we are definitely getting a third Paddington movie, particularly good news following 2017’s quite wonderful Paddington 2. Less good news: co-writer/director Paul King won’t be behind the camera for this one, taking on an executive producer role on the production instead. No word as of yet on who will be stepping into his shoes and trying to protect the marmalade sandwiches from hungry bears. We don know that filming will begin by the middle of 2022.
Paranormal Activity 7
Originally expected on the 4th March 2022, it’s unclear if this release date still stands, but in the US it will be going straight to streaming platform Paramount+. A cast of relatively unknown actors, little else is available on the project, but expect haunted houses and found footage.
Passion Of The Christ: Resurrection
Mel Gibson’s film The Passion Of The Christ remains one of the most successful independent movies ever made. He’s hired Braveheart writer Randall Wallace to pen the script for the film, and Jim Caviezel is once again expected to play Christ. A rough release date of 2021 has been mooted, with Gibson directing again.
Here’s a surprise one. It’s been revealed that 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg is working on a new Predator movie, the fifth in the saga if you don’t count the AvP films. No release date or details as of yet, just that it’s happening. It’s likely to debut directly on Disney+.
Puss In Boots 2
Antonio Banderas will be returning to voice Puss in a long-belated sequel to the DreamWorks animated hit Puss In Boots (itself a spin-off from the Shrek franchise). The new movie is due in September 2022, and will be called Puss In Boots: The Last Wish. Joel Crawford is directing.
Railway Children Return
The Railway Children Return is a belated sequel to the much-loved original, bringing Jenny Agutter back to the role of Bobbie. Sheridan Smith, Tom Courtenay and a whole bunch of children. It’s due out in April 2022, with Morgan Matthews directing the film. Filming began in May, and had wrapped by the end of June 2021.
Following the template set by Terminator: Dark Fate (which isn’t likely to get a sequel), RoboCop Returns will ignore the plotline of the sequels it didn’t like, and instead, it’ll pick things up after the original 1987 classic. Neill Blomkamp (District 9) was set to direct, but moved onto another project. Abe Forsythe is now calling the shots, with Justin Rhodes working on a script. Expect progress on this one in 2020, with a possible release in 2021.
The Rocketeer 2
A film mooted a while back, The Rocketeers is set to follow-on from the much-loved 1991 movie, with the plan being for it to be a direct sequel rather than an outright reboot. Azia Squire was penning the script. Now we learn though that David Oyelowo is to produce and likely star in a new Rcoketeer movie. No director as of yet, just that it’s happening, and Disney+ will be its home.
Sylvester Stallone wants one more round after the last one last round and the last one last round for Rocky Balboa. He reckons he’s got an idea for a new film, and that the studio is keen is on it too. The new film will have a political edge, and it’s got Stallone’s interest more than reappearing as Rocky in Creed 3. No word yet on when to expect it, and if it’s been officially greenlit.
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark 2
A sequel to the $100m+ global horror hit is on the way. Andre Ovredal is returning to direct, with Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman likewise on scripting duties again. Guillermo del Toro is coming up with the story for this one, presumably based on Alvin Schwartz’s source novels. No timescales as of yet, but we’ll keep you posted…
Production is still set for later in 2020 for the fifth entry in the Scream franchise. Ready Or Not helmers Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are set to take the franchise on from the late Wes Craven, with James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick penning the screenplay. Neve Campbell and David Arquette are confirmed to return for the new film. A release on January 14th 2022 is expected. It will go by the name of, well, Scream.
A new cast will take the lead in the sequel to the John Cho-headlined original thriller. Searching saw Cho restricted to technology screens to try and unravel a mystery, and the same concept is likely to underpin the sequel. Will Merrill and Nick Johnson are directing, with filming set for spring 2021.
Zachary Levi is stepping back into spandex for a sequel to 2019’s hit comic book movie, Shazam. The follow-up had a release date of April 1st 2022. It’s not known yet whether director David F Sandberg will be back as well. Filming was expected to start at the end of 2020. It didn’t. The new release date now stands at June 2nd 2023.
Sherlock Holmes 3
It’s taken a long, long time to get this far, but a third Sherlock Holmes adventure – starring Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law – was finally set to go before the cameras in 2020. Covid, though, has put the film on hold for the time being until all concerned can work out how to shoot it. Dexter Fletcher is set to take over from Guy Ritchie as director.
Sister Act 3
Whoopi Goldberg will be getting back in the habit (sorry) for a third Sister Act film, that has been greenlit by Disney. It’ll be heading to the Disney+ service rather than getting a theatrical premiere. Still in the early days this one though, but it’s definitely happening.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2
With the first film banking over $300m at the global box office, in spite of its run being curtailed by cinema closures, it’d be fair to call the Sonic The Hedgehog movie a hit. Paramount agrees, and it’s activated a follow-up. The sequel is in early development and still a couple of years away from release. No word yet on casting, either. But Jeff Fowler, who helmed the first film, is back to direct this one. A release date of April 8th 2022 has been set.
The Souvenir 2
Joanna Hogg is hard at work on The Souvenir Part II, that’s she’s once again written and directed. The acclaimed original was led by Honor Swinton Byrne, who returns for the second part. It’s completed filming, and is expected in cinemas in 2021 having now debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2
The Oscar-winning animated favourite – surely in the running for the best Spider-Man movie to date – is getting a sequel. The announced release date is April 8th 2022, and Joaquim Dos Santos is taking over as director.
Spider-Man: No Way Home
The third in Marvel’s collection of standalone-ish Spider-Man films – since it started sharing the screen rights with Sony – sees Tom Holland back as the webslinger, Jon Watts directing, and some old favourites returning. It’s due in cinemas in December 2021.
Thor: Love & Thunder
After his success with Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel wasted little time snapping Taika Waititi up to helm the fourth film in the series. That said, it’s having to wait until he’s promoted Jojo Rabbit and made Next Goal Wins. After that, Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman will be leading the cast of the new film, entitled Thor: Love & Thunder. It’s out in 2022, in May.
To All The Boys 3
Film two in this particular series is now on Netflix, and a concluding chapter is in the works. Lana Condor and Noah Centneo lead the cast. Michael Fimognari is directing, and the film is due in February 2021.
Tomb Raider 2
This should be interesting. Alicia Vikander is – after a bit of umming and aahing on the studio’s part – set to return as Lara Croft in a further Tomb Raider adventure. There’s a change of personnel behind the camera, though: Ben Wheatley was directing, now it’s Misha Green. March 19th 2021 was the release date that was announced, but that date has since been cancelled . We wait and see what happens with this one.
Top Gun: Maverick
You probably already know the drill on this one. Tom Cruise takes the lead, Joseph Kosinski is directing, Christopher McQuarrie has penned the script. And over 30 years after the original film, Top Gun will be getting a big screen sequel in May 2022 (its seventh release date so far…)
Vacation Friends 2
John Cena, Lil Rel Howery, Yvonne Orji and Meredith Hagner are all set to return for Vacation Friends 2, following the original film’s successful launch on the Disney+ Star service in the summer of 2021. Clay Tarver is set to come back behind the camera again, and it’s a fair assumption that it’ll again debut directly on streaming.
Scheduling issues led to director Ruben Fleischer dropping out of the sequel to Venom, starring Tom Hardy. In has stepped Andy Serkis to direct, with Kelly Marcel penning the screenplay. Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Stephen Graham and Woody Harrelson are also in the cast. The release date continues to undergo many delays. The film arrives in October 2021.
Wedding Crashers 2
A project that had been mooted around the time of the 2005 original, the Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson-headlined comedy hit Wedding Crashers may be finally getting a follow-up. Director David Dobkin, along with Vaughn and Wilson, have been in very recent talks over a new film, and it looks as though this one’s back on the radar. Nothing concrete yet, but it appears alive…
Currently linked to Netflix, the project is being helmed by Lucifer star Aimee Garcia and author AJ Mendez who are in the process of writing the script, with Mulan director Carl Rinsch set to direct. The 2013 film was considered a flop at the box office, focussing on ‘a fictionalized account of the titular 47 Rōnin, a real-life group of samurai in the 18th century who set out to avenge the death of their master who was killed by a merciless shogun.’ It is unlikely any of the original stars will return, the sequel is currently set to focus on powerful female leads.
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