With the turn of the millennium, it appeared that more and more major motion picture and television studios were beginning to invest in movie remakes and franchise continuations, as opposed to original ideas from new and upcoming visionaries. Figuring out that it was more cost efficient for studios to guarantee profits with audiences rushing to see their favorite movies either remade or continued in a sequel, instead of trying to entice viewers into falling in love with new franchises, productions, stories, and characters, more and more studios began to slowly give up the abundance of original content they were producing and distributing. As a result, more and more remakes and sequels have been hitting the screens, with some upholding the standards set by the original predecessors, such as the terrifically terrifying remakes of The Evil Dead and It, and with others bringing shame to the very franchises they sought to continue or renew, including such titles as the 2015 remake of Fantastic Four and the seemingly never-ending Fast and the Furious franchise.
Despite critics and audiences begging for something new and original–for something other than the constant theatrical streaming of the newest superhero movie and predictably unsatisfying movie sequels–the studios appear adamant in their decision to stick to releasing remakes of already produced and released content and have plans to continue releasing numerous sequels and remakes in the coming years ahead. Here are the 16 most notable movie remakes and sequels you may not have known were happening:
16. It: Chapter 2
Given the recent success of the latest Stephen King remake, It, “it” comes as no surprise that the film will be continuing on the story of the beloved Loser Club. Andy Muschietti, director of the 2017 remake that starred Bill Skarsgard in his distinctly unsettling performance as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, has already been signed onto the sequel project, It: Chapter 2. The sequel will reportedly take place 27 years later after the loser club has grown up and moved away, until “a devastating phone call brings them all back,” according to the plot listed online. The only set casting is Skarsgard, who again will be reprising his role as the evil demon clown, with a release date currently set for September 6th, 2019. New Line Cinema will additionally produce and distribute the highly-anticipated horror production.
15. Guardians Of The Galaxy 3
With the first installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy grossing over $771 million worldwide and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 achieving even more commercial success and grossing $860 million worldwide, a third “volume” of the successful franchise was surely to be in the works. Again stepping up to the director’s chair, writer and director James Gunn is credited with bringing about the third installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. With Elizabeth Debicki and Pom Klementieff joining the highly-regarded cast, the new production will definitely be worth the watch, especially if Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana continue their incredible onscreen chemistry as Peter Quill and Gamora. The production was announced to be in the works in April of 2017, but other than that, not much else is known about the release or the plot of the film, except that it is supposedly the last installment in the franchise.
14. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Another exciting adventure sequel of the Jurassic Park franchise, this upcoming production again stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in their rekindled roles as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, respectively. Throughout the entirety of the first Jurassic World feature, the chemistry between Howard and Pratt was undeniable, so the upcoming release will hopefully play more into the relationship between the two, in addition to adding new bigger and scarier dinosaurs into the mix for the couple to battle. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, while again written by Colin Trevorrow, will this time be directed by J.A. Bayona, who previously directed A Monster Calls and the distinguished thriller The Orphanage. Joining the cast again in the globally-successful Jurassic Park franchise will be Jeff Goldblum and BD Wong.
13. Suicide Squad 2
Superhero movies continue to score immense profits, with the $180 million budgeted feature film Thor: Ragnarok currently anticipated to dominate the box office and other upcoming Avengers movies such as X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Deadpool 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 set to hit theatres in upcoming years. The Marvel Entertainment universe is growing what some would consider too large, with very few production and distribution companies able to keep up with their repertoire of superhero productions. Warner Bros. is one company that has attempted to hold its ground on the superhero front, responsible for the past and upcoming release of such superhero titles as Tomb Raider, Aquaman, Justice League, and Wonder Woman.
Suicide Squad was one of the higher-grossing films by Warner Bros., and ironically focused on the supervillains instead of the mainstream heroes. Although Jared Leto was atrocious as The Joker both on and off camera, Will Smith and Margot Robbie put fun and humor into the spin on the typical superhero story. Grossing over $746 million, Warner Bros. has started on the sequel Suicide Squad 2, rumoring the return of Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, and Joel Kinnaman to their villainous roles.
12. The Lion King
Walt Disney Studios has figured out one of the easiest ways to rake in the big bucks in recent years, simply producing and distributing live-action remakes of all of their original classic animated films. With the nostalgic appeal and live-action casting in some of the most beloved animated motion picture characters, they are definitely proving to have shown lack of creativity in original content over the years. The upcoming production of The Lion King is another upcoming live-action Disney remake. Re-casting James Earl Jones in his acclaimed role as Mufasa, the new 2019 release additionally will star Donald Glover as Simba, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, and Billy Eichner as Timon and will also star other A-list performers, such as John Oliver and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The future release is stated online as being a “CG-animated re-imaging of the 1994 classic.”
Throughout the Halloween seasons, Michael Meyers has established himself as one of the most infamous serial killer slasher villains in motion picture history. Tormenting the ever-talented Jamie Lee Curtis throughout the films of the horror franchise, the new remake, set for release on October 19th, 2018, will again feature the signature compositions of John Carpenter and will star Jamie Lee Curtis in her legendary role as Laurie Strode. Also joining the cast in this much-awaited release will be the gorgeous Judy Greer, known as the voice of Cheryl Tunt on the comedy animated series, Archer. The 2018 production is being produced by Blumhouse Productions, which has had such recent horror motion picture releases as Happy Death Day, Get Out, Split, and Amityville: The Awakening. Additionally, the script for the 2018 Halloween production was written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green.
Originally starring Ron Perlman as the sassy, bad-a*s hero Hellboy, written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, the hit science-fiction thriller will have the future distribution of the feature by the well-established Lionsgate motion picture and television production company. Currently filming as of October 16th, 2017, the remake is being directed by Neil Marshall, whose previous credits include the brutal claustrophobic horror production The Descent, as well as other horror films like Doomsday and Dog Soldiers. The upcoming remake will star David Harbour, who is most recently known for his role as Jim Hopper on Stranger Things, Milla Jovovich as Nimue the Blood Queen, Ian McShane, and Daniel Dae Kim. With Harbour leading the cast as the devilish “superhero,” one can only expect the upcoming release to hold up to the standards of the original.
9. Toy Story 4
Another adored Pixar classic, Toy Story, went on to achieve massive success following its release. Pixar continued the franchise with the release of Toy Story 2 and the heartbreaking Toy Story 3, building on the story of one of their more popular original animated titles. Pixar will continue the story of the nostalgia-inducing toy characters, voiced by Tom Hanks (Woody), Joan Cusack (Jessie), and Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear). The upcoming Pixar-animated production will be directed by Josh Cooley, who has additional credits as a storyboard artist on Ratatouille, The Incredibles, and Up, and wrote the screenplay for the Oscar Award-winning Disney-Pixar production Inside Out. Although a plot for the movie has been released, in which Woody and Buzz go to find Bo Peep, one will have to wait until June of 2019 to watch how the adventurous tale of the animated characters play out in the third sequel of the celebrated franchise.
8. Pet Sematary
Stephen King’s reputation has been soaring through headlines in recent weeks, with the 2017 remake of his horror novel It breaking numerous box office records and being re-released to hundreds of additional theaters throughout the U.S. for Halloween, as well as Gerald’s Game and 1922, additional films based off of two more of his hit horror novels, trending for the spooky Halloween season on Netflix. It comes as no surprise that studios want to profit more off of the obviously-bankable Stephen King and have now put into production a remake of another one of his popular book-based horror features, Pet Sematary. The original 1989 motion picture was actually written by Stephen King, who wanted to put as much of his original works into the theatrical adaptation. While information on the Paramount Pictures production is limited, sources list that the script has been in the works since 2011 and additionally state that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo–writer and director of 28 Weeks Later–has been signed on as director since 2014.
7. The Crow
In 1994, Miramax released The Crow, the story of a murdered man who comes back to life to avenge the murder of him and his fiancé, and immediately garnered a cult following for the esteemed fantasy film. The Crow Reborn has been in pre-production since May of 2013, with Corin Hardy signed on to direct the film and Jason Momoa currently rumored to redefine the role of the avenging Eric Daven. The budget for the feature is reportedly $40 million, although an actual start date for production is still yet to be determined, as Corin Hardy is currently working on the upcoming production The Nun, another feature set in the James Wan horror-verse. The Crow Reborn will also be produced by Columbia Pictures and will be distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
6. M:I 6 – Mission Impossible
While nearly reaching the Fast and the Furious threshold of too many movies in a franchise, the Mission Impossible movies have kept audiences entertained with the adventurous spy-thriller plot lines starring A-list celebrity Tom Cruise. The franchise has continued to push the creativity of the plot lines, gadgets, and narrow escapes by Ethan Hunt and has gone on to achieve massive commercial profits, grossing in total franchise global box office sales of nearly $3 billion. The latest upcoming installment in the Mission Impossible franchise will once again star Tom Cruise in his role as Ethan Hawke, along with Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan, Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Alec Baldwin. With audiences clearly still rushing to the theaters to enjoy Tom Cruise parade about the action-packed scenes of another presumably intriguing story, one can only wonder how many more movies the franchise will continue churning out before burning out.
5. Avatar 2…3, 4, And 5?
Critics were completely divided on James Cameron’s 3D visual-effect masterpiece Avatar, with some saying that the plot directly paralleled original stories such as Pocahontas and merely adding an innovative visual element, and others worshiping the profound 3D effects displayed to audiences in the theater. It was questioned whether the production would be met with a sequel as a result of the critiques, but not long after, it was confirmed that a sequel would be released. However, not only is there one sequel in production, but there are four in total! As recently reported, James Cameron is in the works on creating 4 more Avatar movies, with upcoming releases of Avatar franchise sequels set for as far ahead as December of 2024 and 2025. The total budget for the upcoming productions is estimated to reach over $1 billion, with Fox set to release the first sequel on December 18th, 2020.
In the last decade, renowned filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan has been a hit or miss with his credited list of directorial releases. Starting out in his career strong, with hit thrillers that included The Sixth Sense and Signs, Shyamalan moved into audience-dividing territory with The Village, considered either boring or chilling by audience viewers. Eventually, Shyamalan started to lose fans, putting into motion picture failures that included Lady in the Water, The Happening, and the truly atrocious take on the hit Nickelodeon series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. M. Night Shyamalan recently decided to expand on one of his earlier hit successes, Unbreakable, starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and Robin Wright. The tale of the superhuman presented in Unbreakable is additionally expanded upon in Split, following Anna Taylor-Joy and her two friends who are kidnapped by an individual with superhuman capabilities. The production had an incredibly low $9 million budget yet accumulated extensive box office success, leading M. Night Shyamalan to start production on the upcoming thriller Glass, set for release in January of 2019. Glass combines the superhuman stories of Unbroken and Split and brings together the highly-acclaiming cast of both productions, including Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, and Anna Taylor-Joy, along with television starlet Sarah Paulson.
3. Mamma Mia!: Here We Go Again
Here we go again indeed. With the first motion picture release of the widely-praised musical production Mamma Mia being met with scathing reviews that called out some of the horrible singing and atrocious cheese-level dialogue presented in the movie, it is a definite surprise that the industry decided this was definitely a sequel that needed to be made. Set for its release in the summer of 2018 (June 20th), the production sees the return of delighted performers Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Christine Baranksi, and Stellan Skarsgard (and a not-so-delightful return of Pierce Brosnan’s singing), as well as newcomer Lily James in the role of Young Donna. The plot to the Universal Pictures production is still unknown, but with the entirety of the story focused on the relationship of Donna (Meryl Streep) to the three potential fathers of her daughter, as Lily James playing the role of Young Donna, one can only assume that the upcoming flick will be filled with musical flashbacks.
2. Incredibles 2
It’s been 13 years since the 2004 release of the 2-time Oscar Award-winning Pixar-animated feature Incredibles, and finally, there is a release for the long-awaited sequel in 2018. Written and directed by Brad Bird, the future Incredibles 2 is set to be released in June of 2018, with rumors of the production’s plot focusing more on the adventures of Helen Parr (Elastigirl), whereas Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) will take on the role of the housekeeper, remaining at home to take care of baby Jack Jack. Rejoining the franchise’s cast will be Samuel L. Jackson in his role as the hilariously sarcastic Lucius Best or “Frozone,” as well as Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter in their roles as Mr. and Mrs. Parr/Incredible. It may have been a while since the original Incredibles movie’s release, but there is nothing but high hopes for the turn of the highly-anticipated Pixar-Disney release.
1. The Purge: The Island
In 2013, Universal Studios gave audiences a thrilling social commentary unlike any other. Highly-regarded industry celebrities Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey star as the Sandins, an upper class privileged family who has made their fortune in selling high-priced home security systems. During the annual Purge, where all crime becomes legal, the Sandins and their two children end up in a surprising fight for their lives, when the “fully-protective” security system fails and an intruder is let into their home. From this suburban thriller came The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Night, which expanded the original feature production into a horrifying commentary on the livelihoods and well-being of individuals surviving in differing socioeconomic communities. The franchise sparked success and massive fan following gave it the funds for a prequel, set for release on July 4th, 2018.