It’s the most stressful day of a person’s life. We hope and hope that one day our wish will finally come true. Some have waited decades, waiting patiently with hope in their hearts. Others are full of stress and anxiety, while they bite on their nails in fear. Hope that it won’t be a disappointment, and fear that it will tarnish a legacy. No, we’re not talking about a wedding day or the birth of a child. We’re talking about something much more important… the sequel to our favorite movies. Sequels are generally in a very difficult position. They must live up to the original while carving out their own places in history. Some sequels have been considered horrible failures, such as The Exorcist II: The Heretic. The Exorcist is considered one of the greatest and most influential horror films made. However, the sequel is regarded as one of the worst sequels ever made. Not all sequels are complete failures, though; in fact several sequels are considered as good, or even better than the original, such as The Godfather part II, Aliens and The Dark Knight.
There have been several films over the years that fans have desired a sequel for. Of course, there are also fans that have serious doubts about a sequel. In regards to these films, fans have been waiting a very long time for the sequel and at times, seemed like it would never happen. In all cases, these are projected release dates and very well can change or might be further delayed. Here is a look at 15 Upcoming Sequels We Have Been Waiting Forever For.
15 Avatar 2
In the 22nd century, humans have drained Earth of its resources and are now colonizing on a habitable moon known as Pandora. Pandora is in the Alpha Centauri star system and contains the valuable mineral, unobtanium. This brings them into direct conflict with the local tribe, Na’vi. Avatar was a major success upon its release. It was critically acclaimed and commercially successful at the box office. The film was praised for its innovations in visual effects and broke several box office records, including becoming the highest grossing film of all time. James Cameron directed the movie, and it starred Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver. Avatar was released roughly 7 years ago to rave reviews on December 18, 2009. It’s been reported that James Cameron had already started thinking about a sequel prior to Avatar's release but it all depended on how the first film did. With its success, he began to work on the sequel, which evolved in the four additional films. The release dates have been pushed back several times, so things can still change. Currently, Avatar 2 has a tentative release date for December 2018. Three sequels are expected to follow in 2020, 2022 and 2023.
14 XXX: Return of Xander Cage
XXX revolved around Xander Cage, who is a stuntman and extreme sports enthusiast. He is forced to become a spy for the National Security Agency. It starred Vin Diesel, Samuel L. Jackson and Asia Argento. Rob Cohen directed the film, which received mostly mixed reviews, however it was considered a success at the box office. A sequel, XXX: State of the Union, was released on April 29, 2005. Neither director Rob Cohen, or star Vin Diesel, returned for the sequel. Lee Tamahori directed and it starred Ice Cube, Willem Dafoe and Samuel L. Jackson. The sequel received almost universal negative reviews. However, rumours soon began to swirl of a possible third film with the involvement of Vin Diesel. It was officially announced that D.J. Caruso will direct the sequel and it will star Vin Diesel, Deepika Padukone, Nina Dobrev, Samuel L. Jackson, Donnie Yen and Ruby Rose. XXX: Return of Xander Cage has a current release date of January 20, 2017. If the release date is unchanged, the sequel will be released roughly 12 years since the previous film.
13 Kill Bill Vol.3
At this point, there has been no work on an actual sequel for Kill Bill, but there has been a tremendous amount of speculation. Director Quentin Tarantino announced that he’d be retiring after his tenth film. Presumably, he’ll release two more films. Kill Bill revolved around The Bride, who is out to gain revenge against her former lover and his group of assassins. Kill Bill was a massive success at the box office and was critically acclaimed. It starred Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen and Lucy Liu. Kill Bill Vol.1 was released October 10, 2003, and Kill Bill Vol.2 was released roughly 12 years ago on April 16, 2004. Tarantino has gone back and forth on the possibility of a sequel. He has stated that he is interested in revisiting the characters and even floated a possible storyline. It’s rumored the plot would follow Nicky Green, the daughter of Vernita Green (Vivica A. Fox), as she seeks revenge against The Bride for killing her mother. In 2012, he stated that a sequel was very unlikely, which broke the hearts of fans all over the world. However, he once again stated that there is a possibility of a third film. In December 2015 he said, “I’m not committing to it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if The Bride made one more appearance before the whole thing is said and done”.
12 Blair Witch
The Blair Witch Project was a critically and commercially acclaimed found footage horror film. It revolved around three filmmakers who go into the Black Hills to shoot a film about the legend of the Blair Witch. The film was a massive success with most critics giving the film positive reviews. Daniel Myric and Eduardo Sanchez directed the film and it starred Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams and Joshua Leonard. It was released on July 30, 1999. A sequel, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 was released roughly 16 years ago on October 27, 2000. The sequel followed a group of people who are investigating the Blair Witch. A direct sequel to The Blair Witch Project will be released shortly. Adam Wingard will direct the sequel Blair Witch, which will be released on September 16, 2016. The plot will follow James Donahue (James Allen McCune) as he and a group of friends try to find out what happened to his sister Heather Donahue, from the first film.
11 Bridget Jones’s Baby
Bridget Jones’s Diary revolved around the clumsy and somewhat accident-prone Bridget Jones, who finds herself in a love triangle. The film was a commercial success upon its release. Sharon Maguire directed the film, which starred Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. Renee Zellweger was nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards for her performance in the film. It was released on April 13, 2001. A sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason was released nearly 11 years ago on November 3, 2004. A third film in the series will be released shortly. Bridget Jones’s Baby will follow Jones after her break-up from Marc Darcy (Colin Firth) and falling in love with a handsome and charming American. To make things more difficult for Bridget, she finds out she’s pregnant and must figure out who the father is. Patrick Dempsey will be joining the cast as Bridget’s new love interest. Bridget Jones’s Baby will be released on September 16, 2016.
10 Beetlejuice 2
Beetlejuice followed an obnoxious trouble-making ghost named Betelgeuse, who attempts to scare away the new owners of the house he haunts. Beetlejuice was a massive success and in many ways become a cultural phenomenon at the end of the 80s. It won an Academy Award for Best Makeup and is listed on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs list. Tim Burton directed the iconic film, which starred Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis. It was released around 28 years ago on March 30, 1988.
Immediately there was talk of a sequel. At one point a sequel titled Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, was in the works but was later scrapped. For years now speculation has run wild about a sequel. According to writer Seth Grahame-Smith, the script is complete and he and Burton are working out the final details. In 2015, Winona Ryder confirmed she would be a part of a sequel and also noted that she would only do the sequel if both Burton and Keaton were returning. As of right now, no official release date has been announced and Beetlejuice 2 is still in the works.
The Ring revolved around journalist Rachel Keller, who finds herself entangled in a series of mysterious deaths possibly caused by a cursed videotape. The Ring was a remake of the hugely successful 1998 Japanese film, Ringu. Gore Verbinski directed The Ring, which starred Naomi Watts, Brian Cox and Martin Henderson. It was released on October 18, 2002, and was met with mostly positive reviews. It did very well at the box office, which resulted in a sequel, The Ring Two. The director of the original Japanese film, Hideo Nakata, served as director for The Ring Two. The sequel was released roughly 11 years ago on March 18, 2005. The Ring Two received mostly negative reviews. Speculation of a sequel had been discussed but never confirmed until recently. A third film in the series is slated for release later this year. F. Javier Gutierrez will direct and it will star Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki and Vincent D’Onofrio. Rings will be released on October 28, 2016.
8 Top Gun 2
Top Gun revolved around Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell and Nick “Goose” Bradshaw, who get the chance to train at the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School. Tony Scott directed and it starred Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards, Kelly McGillis and Val Kilmer. It was released roughly 30 years ago on May 16, 1986. Top Gun was the highest grossing film of 1986. It was met with mixed reviews from critics but was praised for its action sequences. It was nominated for several Academy Awards and won for Best Original Song “Take My Breath Away”, by Berlin.
Since 2010, talk of a sequel became more rampant. There was talk of a sequel but was delayed due to the death of Tony Scott. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Tom Cruise are both very interested in returning. Justin Marks is working on the screenplay and revealed in 2016 that it’s a dream project. He noted that Top Gun was one of the first movies he remembers seeing in theatres. Val Kilmer announced that he would be returning to reprise the role of LT. Tom “Iceman” Kazanski. At this point, no official release date for Top Gun 2 has been announced but work on the script continues.
Mallrats followed best friends T.S Quint and Brodie Bruce, as they loiter around the mall and eventually crash a dating game show taking place at the mall. Mallrats is the second film in the View Askewniverse. Kevin Smith directed the film, which included an outstanding ensemble cast. It starred Jeremy London, Jason Lee, Shannen Doherty, Claire Forlani, Ben Affleck, Stan Lee, Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith. It was released roughly 21 years ago on October 20, 1995. Mallrats received almost universal negative reviews from critics. However, over the years Mallrats has gained a very strong cult following. A sequel, Mallbrats, is in the works but is going to be very different than most sequels. Instead of a film, the sequel will be a 10 episode TV series. Initially, Smith was working on a film sequel but in 2016, announced the TV series. All cast members are confirmed to return and will included the iconic characters Jay and Silent Bob, played by Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith respectively. Additionally, Smith's daughter, Harley Quinn Smith, will be joining the cast. No release date has been announced as of yet and Mallbrats is still in the works.
6 Bad Boys III
Bad Boys revolved around two best friend cops in the narcotics division, Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett. Michael Bay directed Bad Boys and it starred Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. It was released on April 7, 1995, and was a commercial success. It received mixed reviews but did well enough at the box office that some fans hoped for a sequel. Bad Boys II was released on July 18, 2003, with Michael Bay, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence returning. Similar to the first film, the sequel did very well at the box office but was met with negative reviews from critics. Regardless, there had been talk about the possibility of a third film. Bad Boys III has a very tentative release date of January 12, 2018, and rumors suggest it will be titled Bad Boys For Life. That date could change, as it has already been pushed back several times. If the release date remains the same, the sequel will be released roughly 15 years after the previous instalment. A fourth film, Bad Boys IV, is also in development and has a current release date of July 3, 2019.
5 Bad Santa 2
Every Christmas, criminals Willie T. Stokes and Marcus, pose as Santa and his Elf in order to rob shopping malls. Bad Santa did well at the box office upon its release. Terry Zwigoff directed Bad Santa and it starred Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Lauren Graham, Bernie Mac, Bret Kelly and John Ritter. It was released roughly 13 years ago on November 21, 2003, and received mostly positive reviews. Bad Santa is notable for being the final film appearance by John Ritter. Bad Santa has become a favorite around the holiday season. In 2010, it was confirmed that work on a sequel would begin. The long talked about sequel is finally slated to hit theatres soon. Mark Waters will direct Bad Santa 2 and it will star returning cast members Billy Bob Thornton, Brett Kelly and Tony Cox. Kathy Bates and Christina Hendricks will be joining the cast for the sequel. Bad Santa 2 will be released on November 23, 2016.
4 Indiana Jones 5
Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones is an archaeologist and professor. Despite what may seem like an ordinary job, Indiana is constantly going on dangerous and wild adventures. There are four films in the Indiana Jones series, which are Raiders of the Lost Ark (June 12, 1981), Temple of Doom (May 23, 1984), The Last Crusade (May 24, 1989) and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (May 22, 2008). Indiana often finds himself battling the Nazis and later the Soviet Union. Raiders of the Lost Ark was a massive success both critically and commercially. The third film The Last Crusade, also received positive reviews from critics and did very well at the box office. However, Temple of Doom and Kingdom of the Crystal Skull received mostly negative reviews. Steven Spielberg directed all four films and Harrison Ford has starred as Indiana Jones in all films. In March of 2016, a fifth film was announced for the series. Both Spielberg and Ford will return to the series. Indiana Jones 5 has a tentative release date of July 19, 2019. If the release date is unchanged, Indiana Jones 5 will be released 11 years after the previous installment.
3 The Incredibles 2
Bob Parr is a retired superhero known as Mr. Incredible. He lives with his family in a nice, little neighborhood living a normal life. The family is forced to keep their superpowers a secret. However, Mr. Incredible, his wife Elastigirl and their three kids, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack, soon find themselves battling the evil super-villain, Syndrome. The Incredibles was universally critically acclaimed and was praised for its writing, themes and innovation in animation. It was a big success at the box office upon its release. Brad Bird wrote and directed The Incredibles, which starred Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Spencer Fox, Sarah Vowell, Jason Lee and Samuel L. Jackson. It was released on November 5, 2004. It won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Sound Editing.
Since its release there have been rumors circulating about a possible sequel. At times it seemed like it was never going to happen. In 2015, it was confirmed that Brad Bird had been working on the sequel for some time. Later that year, it was announced that The Incredibles 2 has a tentative release date of June 21, 2019. If the release date remains the same, the sequel will be released roughly 15 years after the original.
2 Untitled Blade Runner Sequel
In a future dystopian Los Angeles, The Tyrell Corporation has created genetically engineered replicants that are identical to humans. Replicants are banned from Earth and sent to off-world colonies. Rick Deckard is a member of special police force of “Blade Runners”. He is tasked with tracking down a group of Replicants who are hiding on Earth illegally. Blade Runner is widely regarded as one of the greatest science fiction films of all time. Ridley Scott directed the film, which was based on the 1968 Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Harrison Ford starred as Rick Deckard and the cast included Rutger Hauer, Sean Young and Edward James Olmos. It was originally released on June 25, 1982. It didn't do very well at the box office but over the years, has gained a very strong cult following.
Several different versions of Blade Runner have been released, including the theatrical run, a director’s cut and the final cut. Some fans of the original have been waiting for a sequel, while others are bit hesitant. In 2012, Ridley Scott confirmed that a sequel was in the works. In 2015, Denis Villeneuve was announced as the director with Ridley Scott serving as a producer. Harrison Ford will return and the cast will include Robin Wright, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto and Dave Bautista. If the current release date remains unchanged, then it will be roughly 35 years since the release of the original. The Untitled Blade Runner Sequel is scheduled for release on October 6, 2017.
1 Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Poppins revolved around a dysfunctional family in 1910. Their world is turned upside down when a nanny by the name of Mary Poppins enters their lives. Robert Stevenson directed the film, which was released on August 27, 1964. Julie Andrews starred as Mary Poppins, and the cast included David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns and Dick Van Dyke. Mary Poppins was universally critically acclaimed and was a commercial success. It was praised for its acting, writing and tremendous original songs. It won 5 Academy Awards that year (including an award for Best Actress, which went to Julie Andrews). The Library of Congress added the film to the National Film Registry in 2013.
Since the release of the original, many fans have wondered about a potential sequel. In 2014, Walt Disney Pictures announced the sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, with a tentative release date of December 25, 2018. If the release date is unchanged, Mary Poppins Returns will be released roughly 54 years after the first film, Mary Poppins. Rob Marshall will direct the sequel. It will take place 20 years after the events in the first film and will star Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins.