It seems like every week a new movie sequel or reboot is announced. A Labyrinth reboot, a continuation of the story, was recently announced, with plans to continue with the project even after David Bowie’s death. There are (so far) a reported 155 sequel movies in the works, plus even more reboots and remakes, and here are 20 you might not know.
20. Road House
Fighting champion Rhonda Rousey will star in a reboot of the Patrick Swayze punch-fest movie Road House. Rousey will play Swayze’s role, and was hesitant to do so until she reached out Swayze’s widow, Lisa Niemi, for her support. Niemi gave her the go-ahead and production is soon underway.
Disney is hard at work on their sequel to the smash hit Frozen. In the meantime, guests can spend time with Anna and Elsa at Disney World, where Frozen mania is at an all-time high. Expect the Frozen ride to open at EPCOT’s Norway in 2017. The movie has the same screenwriter and producers, and it’s expected the cast will reprise their roles.
18. Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is now underway, and James Gunn, who directed the first, is back as well. The movie is set to arrive in theaters in May 2017, and will probably be as big a hit as the first movie, given the trend of Marvel’s money-making machine. The biggest mystery at the center of the movie is who exactly is Peter Quill’s father. The movie also adds a new character, Mantis, who can teleport.
Disney’s story of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty fame was a big hit, and now the studio has plans to make another. The plot is being kept under wraps, but should be just as much as a feminist tale as the first movie.
The Ant-Man returneth. Details are scant, but here’s what we know: The movie will be released July 2018, and will feature the same cast. The film is entitled Ant-Man and the Wasp, with the Wasp played by Evangeline Lilly and Ant-Man played by Paul Rudd.
15. Fifty Shades of Grey
Yes, the Fifty Shades world continues. Two more movies are planned for release in 2017 and 2018. The films will be based on the novels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. A lot of buzz has surrounded these films, and reports say that author E.L. James’ husband will write the screenplay, a move that was controversial in the movie world.
14. The Smurfs
The blue men (and woman) are back in a tentatively-titled third film known as Get Smurfy. So far little is known except for the cast: Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, and Mandy Patinkin. The plot: “Smurfette and her brothers trekking through the uncharted Enchanted Forest to try and discover a fabled Smurfs village before their nemesis, the evil wizard Gargamel, does. Along the way, some of the mysteries of the little blue creatures’ origins are brought to light.”
13. Jeepers Creepers
It’s been 13 years since the last Jeepers Creepers movie was released, but that didn’t stop director Victor Salva from mounting this new installment. The movie is about a mother teaming up with past victims of the fleshy-winged serial killer to end his reign of terror for once and all.
12. The Da Vinci Code
We haven’t heard much about Dan Brown’s books in the years since The Da Vinci Code film was released, but that ends in 2016. Inferno is the next film in the Robert Langdon saga, with Tom Hanks reprising his role again.
11. The Ring
Cinemas in the early 2000 featured a creepy adaptation of a Japanese horror classic all the time, and one of the biggest films at the box office was The Ring. The new film in the series will complete the trilogy and is entitled Rings. The film stars Johnny Galecki and Aimee Teagarden. The movie should arrive April 2016.
Remember Cloverfield, the monster movie from J.J. Abrams? His company’s new film, 10 Cloverfield Lane, takes place in that world, as a “blood relative to the film,” says Abrams. The trailer recently dropped and shows us that the movie stars John Goodman and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The movie’s plot is “Waking up from a car accident, a young woman finds herself in the basement of a man who says he’s saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable.”
We last saw Calvin and his crew over 10 years ago, but the Barbershop franchise is back. Ice Cube returns as Calvin, as does Cedric the Entertainer. Anthony Anderson, Nicki Minaj, and Eve are in the film as well. The shop is now co-ed, and that may make for some interesting plot points. The movie arrives April 2016, like a lot of other films with sequels, remakes or reboots.
8. Dazed and Confused
Richard Linklater takes his time when directing movies, or at least we can say so with how long it took for a Dazed and Confused sequel. While not a direct sequel (thankfully), the movie is called Everybody Wants Some and features baseball players in the 80’s. Based on the strength of his movies, especially Dazed and Confused, it could be good. It arrives in April 2016.
7. Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins is a Disney classic and many fans hold it dear in their hearts. The new Poppins film will be based on the books, same as the first movie was, and will not be a sequel; instead it will be a continuation of the Poppins world. Honestly, this one could be good.
6. SLC Punk
Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 stars Devon Sawa just as the first movie did. This movie was a long time coming and is the continuation of the 1998 film. “Ross, 19, is the love child of Trish and Heroin Bob, who died before Ross was born. During their odyssey, and with the help of a healthy dose of drugs, alcohol and punk music, Ross shreds his darkly Gothic outlook and embraces life. His mother Trish, who raised Ross alone in her steam punk shop, discovers that he is in a crisis. She recruits his ‘uncles,’ Bob’s old SLC gang, to help find him. When all collide at the concert, they are forced to deal with their unresolved relationships with Bob.”
5. The Incredibles
Wanted for years by fans, The Incredibles will finally gets its sequel. Brad Bird will again direct, and also wrote the screenplay. The news was announced and confirmed by Disney at D23, their bi-annual fan gathering.
4. Independence Day
Independence Day 2 has been in the making for years, and it finally arrives in 2016. The film doesn’t feature Will Smith, as his character has died, but it does feature Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Sela Ward and Liam Hemsworth. The film is formally known as Independence Day: Resurgence.
3. Fast and the Furious
The newest film in the Fast and Furious franchise, Furious 8, is in the works now. It arrives in April 2017, and stars most of the same cast. It’s also set in NYC, which is new for the franchise.
2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
16 years after the first film, the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Legend, arrives in theaters February 2016. It’s also based on the novel Iron Knight, Silver Vase. It also will arrive on Netflix the same day.
1. Bridget Jones’ Diary
Bridget Jones’ and her diary are back with Bridget Jones’ Baby, the third film in the franchise. The movie features Patrick Dempsey, Renee Zellweger, and Colin Firth. As you can tell from the title, the movie is about Bridget having a baby.