When a movie does really well at the box office, there’s no better way to capitalize on that success than ordering a sequel. Whether it makes sense to or not, many movies are set to release follow-ups in the next few years and the list just gets longer and longer by the day with new announcements on the regular. While it’s tough to keep up with all this news, there are some movies that definitely deserve a sequel so we broke down some of the movies we’re most excited to see return to the big screen.
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Sequel to: Lucy
People either loved or hated the 2014 Scarlett Johansson movie, Lucy. While Johansson had a better critical hit with the sci-fi thriller Under the Skin that same year, Lucy raked in a considerable amount of money worldwide ($450 million compared to Under the Skin’s $5 million). But in Lucy’s defense, it was a thrilling, female-driven action movie that really proved Johansson to be a dynamic lead actress. The premise is kind of similar to 2011’s Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper, but Lucy was arguably much better. Anyway, our point is that Lucy is a good film and its commercial success has clearly helped greenlight a sequel. For those who have seen the film, it’s a little confusing as to how the story will continue beyond the first one’s grand conclusion but, hey, if ScarJo is willing to reprise her role (and if Morgan Freeman returns, too), we’re totally down for this.
Sequel to: Colombiana
Zoe Saldana will return as a vengeance-seeking killer in the sequel to this 2011 action flick. Although it wasn’t a blockbuster hit (it raked in $60 million worldwide; the production budget was $40 million), this may be one of our fave performances from the always badass Saldana. The news of this sequel was announced this week, alongside the news of a Lucy sequel so it’s been a pretty good week for female-led thrillers.
23 Jump Street
Sequel to: 22 Jump Street
As much as we’re excited to see shirtless Channing Tatum return in Magic Mike XXL, we are also dying to see Tatum return to his role alongside Jonah Hill in another Jump Street movie. At the end of last year’s hit, 22 Jump Street, the film hilariously jokes at more sequels to come (22 more, to be exact), but funny enough, a third one is actually happening now (a script is currently in the works) so expect more hijinx from one of our fave movie duos!
Avatar 2 (3, 4)
Sequel to: Avatar
Animated sci-fi juggernaut Avatar was one of the most popular films in 2009 (and even tied for most Oscar nominations in 2010), so of course there are not one, but three (possibly four) sequels confirmed. While production on the films have been delayed, director James Cameron hopes to shoot all three films in one go with releases planned for Christmas 2017 (Avatar 2), Christmas 2018 (Avatar 3) and Christmas 2019 (Avatar 4). There are rumours of a fifth one, but no confirmations on that yet.
Top Gun 2
Sequel to: Top Gun
Tom Cruise is the king of action flicks and he will continue to be this summer with the new Mission: Impossible film and soon, with a sequel to his 1986 blockbuster, Top Gun. Cruise has been confirmed for this sequel and recently explained to reporters why he wanted to do another Top Gun movie: “It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology, and fifth-generation fighters are really what the United States Navy is calling the last man-made fighter that we’re actually going to produce, so it’s really (about) exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Sequel to: Guardians of the Galaxy
One of last year’s biggest action movies, Guardians of the Galaxy, will be returning with a sequel in 2017. The film’s name was revealed recently — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — which is a play on protagonist Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) mixtape in the movie labeled “Awesome Mix Vol. 1”. Director James Gunn will be working on the sequel and has mentioned that the sequel will have a “more emotional” focus.
Sequel to: Welcome to the Dollhouse
The 1995 cult fave, Welcome to the Dollhouse, will be getting a sequel (well, sort of) a decade later. The film, titled after the original’s main character Dawn Weiner, will reportedly focus less on Weiner and more on, well, a dog that “travels around the country, spreading comfort and joy,” according to IMBD. Okay…so we’re not totally convinced by that just yet, but the cast does sound pretty stellar so far: Greta Gerwig (who is set to play the adult Dawn), Brie Larson, Zosia Mamet, Julie Delpy, Kieran Culkin, and Danny DeVito are all set to star in this new movie.
Fast & Furious 8
Sequel to: Furious 7
After the box office success of Furious 7, the seventh installment of the Fast & Furious franchise, it’s no surprise that an eighth one would be in the works. In fact, Vin Diesel has said in interviews that there could be up to 10 Furious films! Now the third highest-grossing film of all time (worldwide), it’ll be interesting to see where the franchise goes next since the latest film bid farewell to one of their main characters, Brian O’Connor, played by Paul Walker who died in a car accident before finishing Furious 7. The rest of the film was completed with the help of Walker’s two brothers and CGI.
Sequel to: Barbershop 2
It’s been 11 years since the release of Barbershop 2, but a third installment is currently being filmed and will feature the return of Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, Eve, Cedric the Entertainer and more. Joining the cast this time around will be rapper Nicki Minaj, who has teased fans on Instagram with videos and photos from the set.
Mad Max: The Wasteland
Sequel to: Mad Max: Fury Road
Even before Mad Max: Fury Road made it to theatres this year, director George Miller had reportedly mapped out up to two follow-up movies and if the box office success is any indication, a sequel will be coming soon. The fifth Mad Max film, currently titled Mad Max: The Wasteland, is aiming for a 2018 release but fans must remember that there was a 30 year gap between the last two films…
Pitch Perfect 3
Sequel to: Pitch Perfect 2
The recent success of Pitch Perfect 2 has gotten people so excited that a third movie is already in the works. Although the end of the second movie found the main Barden Bellas graduating and leaving their university a cappella group, stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson have already confirmed that they will return for the next film. Surely the new Bellas will need some guidance from some veterans!
The Lego Movie 2
Sequel to: The Lego Movie
The box office success of last year’s hit, The Lego Movie, has guaranteed a sequel and two spinoffs. While the proper sequel won’t be out till May 2018, the two spinoffs, Lego Batman and Lego Ninjago are both slated for 2017 releases.
Toy Story 4
Sequel to: Toy Story 3
As if you didn’t cry enough watching Toy Story 3, you can get another box of tissues ready for another installment of one of Pixar’s most beloved animated films. A fourth installment is due out in July 2017 and although we’re not entirely sure how it’ll top the emotional highs (and lows) of the last one, we’re sure this apparent standalone film will still find a way of including Woody, Buzz and the gang.
The Incredibles 2
Sequel to: The Incredibles
In more Pixar news, there is no release date set for the sequel to 2004’s hit animated film, The Incredibles, but director Brad Bird (Tomorrowland) will return to write and direct this exciting new film. Here’s hoping we see the return of our fave characters like Edna Mode and Frozone alongside the Parr family!
Independence Day 2
Sequel to: Independence Day
The 1996 Will Smith action flick Independence Day is getting a sequel 10 years later. The follow-up to the film will come out next year and includes returns from Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman and new stars Maika Monroe, Liam Hemsworth and Charlotte Gainsburg. If all goes well, there may be two more Independence Day movies on the way…
John Wick 2
Sequel to: John Wick
Last year’s John Wick was probably one of Keanu Reeves’ most successful action flicks in recent history and with over $75 million in box office sales, a sequel was quickly confirmed. Reeves will no doubt return as the retired hitman with a vengeance.