With a slew of new movies to still be released this year, there’s nothing wrong with looking forward to 2015, when there will be even more films to get excited about–especially sequels. As we all know, Hollywood has seemed to run out of new ideas, so they keep rehashing the same ones: sequels galore, reboots, more superhero franchises. In 2015, Hollywood’s resurrecting some very old franchises in order to make a lot of money. Within the same year, we’ll have a new Bond movie and a new Star Wars. Besides blockbuster sequels, there are a few comedy sequels slated for release. This year’s box office is down a little from last year, so here’s hoping all the major films 2015 has to offer will inject some life into it.
12. Ted 2
The first film about a man who brings his teddy bear friend to life made so much money (a hefty $549,368,315 worldwide) that it (obviously) demanded a money-making sequel. Three years later, Mark Wahlberg is back, but instead of Mila Kunis, this time around, Amanda Seyfried plays the love interest. Seth MacFarlane returns as director, co-writer and the voice of Ted. Also along for the ride are Liam Neeson, David Hasselhoff and Morgan Freeman. The film will be in theaters in June.
11. Furious 7
As we are all aware, Paul Walker tragically died before he could complete the filming for this seventh Fast and Furious film (the first since 2013), but his brothers acted as stand-ins for the rest of his role. Horror filmmaker James Wan (Saw movies, The Conjuring) directs Vin Diesel, The Rock Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Lucas Black and Jason Statham, in what will be yet another powerhouse of a movie. In April, audiences will have the chance to see Walker on-screen for one last time.
10. Mission Impossible: 5
Ghost Protocol came out in 2011 and quickly became the highest-grossing Mission: Impossible movie, reaching a huge sum of almost $700 million worldwide. For the fifth film, which will open next Christmas, Mr. Mission Impossible himself, Tom Cruise returns as the famous Ethan Hunt. New faces such as Jeremy Renner and Alec Baldwin will also star alongside Cruise. There is a lot of hype around this upcoming sequel, as Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie, who directed Cruise in Jack Reacher, took care of directing this one.
9. Hot Tub Time Machine 2
In 2010, Hot Tub Machine proved to be a hugely successful comedy, so of course, and this is practically always the case, there had to be a sequel. Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke and Chevy Chase all reprise their funny roles, but John Cusack opted not to participate. The movie takes place in 2024, and now Lou (Corddry), is the Father of the Internet. When Lou gets shot, he and his friends travel back to 2014 to try and stop the incident, replete with a funny zing about The Terminator. Originally, Hot Tub was supposed to come out this month but it was pushed back to February.
8. Magic Mike XXL
The first Magic Mike film had an undoubtedly great formula: hot, ripped guys like Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey taking their clothes off on stage. People loved the concept so much, the movie grossed over $160 million on a small $7 million budget. For the sequel, Gregory Jacobs replaced Steven Soderbergh as director. Unfortunately for many ladies out there, McConaughey decided not to return, but Tatum, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello will be back, as will new cast member Donald Glover. The strip tease will commence in July.
7. Mad Max: Fury Road
It’s been almost 30 years since there’s been a Mad Max movie, but this is all going to change very soon. Come this May, he’ll be back, and madder than ever. The fourth film has been in development for 25 years. Mel Gibson reportedly lost interest to star in the movie, so Tom Hardy replaced him. (This will be the first Mad Max film without Gibson). George Miller, who directed all of the original movies, directs Hardy and Charlize Theron, in what will probably be an action-packed thrill ride of a post-apocalyptic western.
6. Jurassic World
After almost ten years of being delayed, the fourth installment of Jurassic Park (and first since 2001) will finally hit theaters in June, after a long period of anticipation. Colin Trevorrow, who has never directed a big-budgeted film, helmed the film that will star newly initiated action star, Chris Pratt. The movie takes place at the dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, and similar to the first movie, things go for the worst when a genetically-modified dinosaur is introduced into the park.
5. Terminator Genisys
Arnold’s back. Schwarzenegger had to sit out the last Terminator film, 2009’s Salvation, because he was still the governor of California. For the fifth one, Alan Taylor directs Arnold, Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke (Sarah Connor) and Zero Dark Thirty’s Jason Clarke (John Connor). The movie takes place in 2029, and John Connor sends Kyle Reese to the past to save Sarah. Judging by the newly released trailer, the film will feature innovative special effects and Arnold uttering his signature line again: “I’ll be back.” Terminator will be back on the big screen in July.
4. Pitch Perfect 2
On May 15, the Barden Bellas return in this musical-comedy about a group of a singers competing in an international a cappella competition that Americans have never won (there are a lot of jokes about that in the film). Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp and Brittany Snow reprise their roles, with newcomer Hailee Steinfeld joining the group. This time, Elizabeth Banks directs and also returns as commentator, Gail Abernathy-McKadden. The first film and soundtrack were unexpectedly successful, so it’s fair to say that we should expect even more success for the sequel.
3. Avengers: Age of Ultron
When The Avengers came out in 2012, it grossed over a 1.5 billion worldwide and shattered records. Naturally, a sequel had to be made. Avengers director Joss Whedon returns, as do Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury). The superheroes will fight against new villain Ultron, played by James Spader. It’ll be interesting to see if the sequel can not only match its predecessor, but also topple it. With at least two more sequels in the works, Marvel’s banking on The Avengers.
For the 24th Bond film, Skyfall’s director and writer (Sam Mendes and John Logan, respectively) will return, along with Daniel Craig as Bond. Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz plays bad guy Oberhauser, Ralph Fiennes plays M and 50-year-old Monica Bellucci plays Bond’s love interest—the oldest and possibly sexiest Bond woman ever. SPECTRE is an acronym for Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, so the plot will probably revolve around that. Also announced is the new Bond car: The Aston Martin DB10. There’s a lot riding on this movie financially, as Skyfall grossed over 1.1 billion worldwide. Shooting begins soon, and if all goes well, Spectre will be released next November.
1. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
Whenever a Star Wars film comes out, it always promises to be a huge event. It’s been almost 10 years since we’ve had a new Star Wars movie, so everybody’s geeking out about The Force Awakens, slated to come out a year from now. The seventh installment takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi. This will be the first Star Wars distributed by Disney, the first directed by J.J. Abrams and the first time George Lucas isn’t involved in the script. Luckily for fans, original cast members Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher return, as does Empire Strikes Back and Jedi screenwriter, Lawrence Kasdan. The trailer, which was released the day after Thanksgiving, made history when it hit 58.2 million YouTube views in its first week.
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