We're well aware that the world will line up to see the next installments of the Star Wars films. Everyone will most likely be talking about the next Marvel or DC Universe flicks that continue moving the series forward. But, what about those sequels you might not have known were coming? Will you give them as much love?
We're not encouraging you not to see your favorites, but we think you should consider that there are some pretty wicked film franchises set to release sequels, and they might be the films that pleasantly surprise you, even though you might not have known that they were in the works.
2019 will be a big year for movies. From James Bond to Frozen, John Wick to IT, every genre is covered and movie studios are primed to make some big money letting fans revisit some of the histories with some beloved characters.
Below is a list of 15 films and sequels you may not have known were being talked about, produced, filmed, or edited and slated for release sometime in 2019. From this list, which would you watch?
We didn't place them in any particular order but we're pretty sure every film has an extremely good chance of being profitable. Some may even break records. We're a bit partial to '80s nostalgia (and there's a bit of that to go around on this list). What's your movie of preference? Comment, share, and enjoy. Let us know what movie you'll make sure is a can't-miss.
15 James Bond 25
If you are a fan of Daniel Craig as James Bond, this is a must-see film because it will be Craig's last time playing the titular role. He almost didn't come back for this film as he'd publicly stated many times that he was done with the franchise and would rather slit his wrists than do another Bond film. I guess he changed his mind, though.
The film will be released on November 8, 2019, and as all Bond films are, full of action, crazy stunts, and somewhat hard-to-follow plot lines. It looks as though a number of the characters and stars from the last film will be back and reprising their roles, and Christoph Waltz is only coming back because Daniel Craig is. This isn't just a sequel; this film is part of a legacy.
14 IT: Chapter Two
IT was such a huge hit that there's no reason not to make another film. This sequel will take place 27 years after the most recent IT film as the Loser's Club is all grown up and separated. They would have stayed that way except Pennywise brings them all back together for one final horrific nightmare. The film will feature adult versions of the kids but the kids will also return to play their roles in flashbacks.
The film is scheduled to be released on September 6, 2019, and the script is supposed to be completed sometime by January of 2018. While we know the film will be different from the novel, we don't know much about what's going to happen. But, does it really matter? People will line up to see Chapter Two of this movie since fans literally ate up the last film in record numbers.
13 The Angry Birds 2
The first Angry Birds film grossed $349 million worldwide on a $73-million budget. And in an effort to cash in again on that success, Sony Pictures is going for round two and will release the film in September of 2019 to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of the video game. The film will be directed by Thurop Van Orman and co-directed by John Rice.
The film is rumored to bring back stars Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, and the rest of the gang who are becoming old pros at this animation movie thing. Expect a big push and a bunch of toy-related marketing fast food blitzes and all sorts of media related to the film which probably won't be very good but will make a ton of money for the studio.
12 Top Gun: Maverick
Fans of Tom Cruise (when his movies were awesome) are probably stoked for his return to the big screen as Maverick in the Top Gun sequel that has been a number of years in the making but also put on hold due to some unfortunate circumstances. Tony Scott was set to direct until he committed suicide, but the project is still a go.
The idea is that Maverick is back but this time competing as a fighter pilot against drones programmed to take the job of real pilots. Maverick has to prove that unmanned fighter jets can't do what naturally gifted human pilots can. The film is set for release in July of 2019. It should be an action-packed joyride that might not be the best-acted film but no one who goes to see it will care. It's Top Gun for crying out loud!
11 Terminator 6
While the Terminator films of late have been disappointing, they still make money and there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to this next installment. Director James Cameron is coming back (not as a director) and so are stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.
Not much is really known about this but there is speculation that Arnold might not play a cyborg for the first time, but instead play a human who the cyborg image was based upon. Tim Miller will direct (Deadpool), and it is said that this movie will be placed in sequence after the second film, ignoring films three through five. What should be really interesting is who plays the villain as the list of potential actors has been somewhat astonishing.
10 Secret Life Of Pets 2
There is very little known about this film other than that it will star Jenny Slate (an actress who does a crap load of voice work) and will be released in June of 2019. The first film made some ridiculous money–like $875 million–and the second film is bound to be another hit, even if it's not all that great. Some movies don't have to be the best thing ever made to be one of those movies that turns a huge profit. Secret Life of Pets was alright, but it isn't the love of the movie that's behind the second take. It's the money.
Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy are producing the sequel. Brian Lynch (Minions) is writing and Chris Renaud (Despicable Me series) is directing.
9 Charlie's Angels Reboot
There isn't a confirmed cast at this point but the rumors are that Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Lupita Nyong'o (Star Wars) will be two of Charlie's Angels in this reboot film that is set to be released in June of 2019 (opposite Secret Life of Pets 2) and directed by Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect).
This one is not actually set to be a sequel but a reboot, reintroducing the characters and giving fans a whole new look at what was an extremely popular TV series and decently-profitable movie franchise. No matter what decade these movies come out, there's really no time stamp on the plot of three attractive detectives working for a mystery billionaire. It's a cheap excuse for action, good looks, and witty one-liners. Sounds good enough for us.
8 Toy Story 4
The Toy Story franchise is about the most beloved animated film franchise in history, and before there was ever an announcement that a fourth film was coming, both Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were signed up and ready to roll. You know it will be good too because the folks who produce it have always said that they have no desire to make another one if it's not as good or better than the last.
Most of the old characters will be back, but unfortunately, some of the main toys that fans grew to love so much had their voice actors pass away. Thus, news names, like the rumored Eddie Murphy, may come in to voice some old favorites. The film is set for release on June 21, 2019.
7 John Wick: Chapter 3
Keanu Reeves sure knows how to attach himself to franchises people didn't think might be a huge hit but turn out to be amazing flicks that have huge mainstream and underground followings. The John Wick series of films he's doing now is quietly becoming some of the best action work he's ever done.
There will be a third installment of the film set for release in May of 2019. The rumors say that the movie won't necessarily be produced on a larger scale (which sequels often are) but that it would be much more intense. If you've seen the first movies, that's a tall order since the action and fight scenes are already so incredible. If you like action, Keanu Reeves just kicking butt and having cool fight scenes with an awesome car (basically checking off every guy's fantasy list), then John Wick 3 is a must-see.
6 Godzilla: King Of The Monsters
The next installment in the monster-movie genre classic will pit Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. It is set for release in March of 2019 and will star Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) and Vera Farmiga.
The film will see Godzilla battle lots of monsters but the idea is to ultimately set up a showdown for Godzilla versus King Kong which is a movie set for 2020. While it is the 33rd Godzilla film, it's the only American version to receive a sequel. It's all part of the newly popular MonsterVerse (as was Kong: Skull Island).
Expect a lot more of these kinds of films as the producers continue to connect the genre and reference each character in other projects. As long as they make money, the films will keep coming.
Glass is the third movie in a series of films by M. Night Shyamalan that started with Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016) and will be starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, and Sarah Paulson.
Following the conclusion of Split, this movie finds David Dunn (Bruce Willis) pursuing Kevin Wendell Crumb's personality, The Beast (McAvoy), while Price (Jackson) plays a pivotal role orchestrating the drama as he holds secrets critical to both men. Sounds confusing. And because it's an M. Night Shyamalan film, it probably will be.
Shyamalan has a history of movies that hit and miss so this could be a fantastic film, or it could be a dud. Still, it might worth watching if you're looking for something to see in January of 2019.
4 The LEGO Movie 2
Well, if you're a fan of the Lego movies, you're in luck because it looks like there are going to be a lot of them. If you don't like the Lego movies, The Lego Movie 2 is just another film to scratch off your list of films to see.
The film has been pushed back, thanks to Toy Story 4 and How to Train Your Dragon 3 but the film is definitely still a go and, despite taking a back seat to some other animated films, is high on the priority list of the studio. There is no word on the plot, only that Dr. Who might be a character in the new film.
This is one we suggest skipping unless you have kids who love this sort of stuff. These are always funny but there are likely better things to see if you had to choose only one.
3 Men In Black Spin-Off
There's another film coming out of the Men in Black series of movies, but this time it will not include Will Smith nor Tommy Lee Jones. This is more supposed to be a 21 Jump Street turned Men In Black crossover type of film and really a spin-off from the original films with all new characters but references to the world created in the originals.
Producer Walter F Parkes said of the film, “It’s so rare to get to the end of the script and know you’re holding a movie in your hands, but Art and Matt have written a spin-off that somehow is true to the core of the MiB world and yet expands the franchise to a fresh new place.”
There are so many directions a film like this could go but who knows if it's a direction fans will be interested in? Will Smith obviously wasn't.
2 Now You See Me 3
There's really been no indication as to the plot of this third film. All we know so far is that it may star the original cast and will feature Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role of the villain. I know, that's not a whole lot to go by.
That said, the film was announced as set to happen before the second one was released in theaters. And if you like the fun mysteries and goofy ideas that is the first two films and you enjoy trying to figure out the ending of a movie before you're told what everything is leading to, this might be a good film to see. These movies are creative enough. They won't win any awards but there's nothing wrong with a popcorn flick you know you'll probably enjoy.
1 Frozen 2
If there was a movie on our list that stood to make $1 billion, it's Frozen 2. There will be kids and adults lined up to see this film, buy the toys, sing the songs, and visit theme parks all in the name of the Frozen franchise, and Disney can't really do anything wrong here. The movie could be terrible and people will still see it. They might even convince themselves that it's good.
Fortunately, the first movie was excellent and this next one should be a hit too. The regular cast will be returning to reprise their characters, and amazingly, this is the first-ever princess-centered film by Disney to be released in theaters. Buy your tickets now. The film will come out November 27, 2019. Disney sure knows how to make money.