Admit it, we’ve all been there, sitting as credit rolls, hoping we could just get one more glimpse of our favourite characters. Sometimes it’s so hard to let go of them. Sure, they might have reached some sort of conflict resolution, but life is more than overcoming the hard stuff, no? What about thriving? Evolving?
Anyway, here are movie sequels that will answer some of your burning questions about your favourite characters. Hope you enjoy!
21. Indiana Jones 5
While the plot remains very elusive, Harrison Ford, now in his seventies, is confirmed to be reprising the role that made him famous. We can, therefore, expect an older Dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones Jr. Ford even thinks there could be a fresh way to approach the character, saying, “it’s interesting to see it in a different light.”
Well, we’re ready to see Ford grab his whip and Fedora one more time for another adventure!
20. Space Jam 2
Since its initial release in 1996, Space Jam has been an absolute gold mine. Through the years, we’ve seen a graphic novel, a pinball game, video games, toys, and just about anything being made to keep squeezing the money out of the hype.
It’s quite surprising it took such a long time for Warner Bros. to make a sequel to the beloved movie. This time, we should see LeBron James taking the Looney Tunes across the court to another box-office smash hit. 2021, folks!
19. Maleficent 2
Angelina Jolie was wicked good in the villainess origin story, and we simply can’t get enough. Well, she’ll be back to bring us more magic. Maleficent 2 is set to take place a few years after the first movie, and it should be released May 29, 2020.
18. Pirates of the Caribbean 6
Jack Sparrow took the seas four more times since the release of the original Pirates of the Caribbean. Well, this time, the franchise will go on without him. Honestly, we’re quite excited to see a new (female) pirate captain take the lead here.
17. Gladiator 2
Gladiator was an enormous success, scoring big both at the box office and at the Oscars, where it won five academy awards. Well, roughly 20 years after its release, a sequel is finally being made!
While we have no details about the casting, we do know that original director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Peter Craig are back. Gladiator 2 is set to focus on a new character named Lucius, which is Joaquin Phoenix’s character Commodus’s nephew.
16. Beetlejuice 2
More than 30 years after the original, Tim Burton is finally on board to bring Beetlejuice 2 to the big screen! The kid-friendly macabre movie has no release date yet, but it is definitely in the works, rest assured.
15. Doctor Sleep
The Shinning is such an important cinematic piece is part of the US National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant.” It might be hard to imagine anyone topping Jack Nicholson’s maniacal smile, but Ewan McGregor will do his best in this sequel, written in 2013 by Stephen King.
The movie is set to be released on November 8, 2019. It will focus on Danny’s psychic gift, aka the shinning, and his similarities with his father.
14. Sherlock Holmes 3
Three is a magic number, they say. Well, Sherlock Holmes is set for a third instalment! The movie should come out on December 25, 2020, and we know that Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Rachel McAdam are to reprise their respective roles to save London one more time.
13. 23 Jumpstreet
Pairing Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as undercover cops was a genius idea that worked so well the pair is up for a third instalment in the 21 Jumpstreet franchise. Little details have made their way to the public yet, but we do know that the sequel is actively in development.
12. Austin Powers 4
Austin Powers starred in three films from 1997 to 2002, and while a fourth Austin Powers has been in development since 2005 (allegedly, we should say), it looks like it’s finally going to happen.
Mike Myers will be back as the international spy and as his nemesis, Doctor Evil. The fourth movie should focus on Doctor Evil’s perspective more than previous movies. The script is still in the works but Myers is sure the audiences will be seeing a fourth Austin Powers soon. Groovy baby!
11. Avatar 2 (3, 4 and 5)
Avatar is one of the highest-grossing films of all time. James Cameron’s vision for his sci-fi epic is so complex he had to wait a few years after the 2009 success of the first movie to start filming the next instalments, which will be released in a steady stream between 2020 and 2025.
Avatar sure was beautiful and a triumph of special effects, but one can’t help but wonder how they could get away with this Pocahontas rip off. Seriously, anyone noticed it’s the same plot? Let’s hope the scenario gets better in the sequels.
10. Salt 2
It’s been confirmed that Angelina Jolie will be back in her role portraying CIA agent Evelyn Salt. It even looks like Salt could morph into a Bourne-style franchise, which is super good news if you loved the first movie. If all goes well, the movie should be released in 2020.
9. Rush Hour 4
Jackie Chan will be back in this fourth instalment alongside Chris Tucker. It sure took a long time for this to happen (the third one came out in 2007), but fans will be able to see their favourite duo one more time in August 2020.
8. Legally Blonde 3
Elle Woods first graced the legal world in 2001, and then again in 2003. While we haven’t seen her in almost two decades, we can’t wait to see Reese Witherspoon coming back as the lead character. The third movie is set to be released February 14, 2020.
7. Zombieland: Double Tap
The survived the zombie apocalypse in 2009, and Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin have made it this far together in this sequel. We’re in for more zombies, more fellow apocalypse survivors and fun kills, of course. October 11, 2019, is the release date! Put that on your calendar. Or phone. Whatever.
6. Bad Boys for Life
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett were an action-comedy coup in Bad Boys, released in 1995. We saw Bad Boys II eight years later, and we can’t wait to see them again in this third instalment, set to hit to screens in 2020.
5. Top Gun: Maverick
More than thirty years (!) after the 1986 sensation Top Gun, Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer are back to put on those aviators and give us more Maverick and Iceman action. Why it took Paramount Pictures so long to develop a sequel is a mystery, but we’ll take it, anyway. To be released at some point in 2020.
4. Gremlins 3
Gremlins was surprisingly both a financial and critical success. While the second movie didn’t do as well, the franchise still has a big enough fan base that a third movie is being made, almost 30 years after the first one.
Production is to start soon, so to release date won’t be for tomorrow, that’s for sure. But soon enough!
3. Fast and the Furious 9 (and 10)
This was a never-ending franchise, or so it seemed. While the 9th movie was set to be released in April 2019, it was pushed back a year to be released on May 22, 2020. The 10th (and final!) movie, Fast X, is set to follow soon after but has no official release date yet.
2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3
Well, it will come as no surprise here that Warner Bros. is trying to squeeze the juice out of the Harry Potter universe as much as it can with this third (out of 5) instalment of the franchise.
This third movie should be set in Rio de Janeiro in the 1930s, at least if we were to believe JK Rowling. To be released on November 21, 2021.
1. Godzilla vs. Kong
Godzilla was a monster-sized success when it came back on screens in 2014; King Kong was also successful in its comeback in 2017, and now the two are set to face off in Godzilla vs. Kong, to be released on May 22, 2020.