Den Of Geek, one of the best sites on the internets for things from the nerdier side of movies and TV, have compiled a rather intriguing (or depressing, depending on your outlook) list of upcoming, prospective and proposed film sequels; one hundred and eleven to be precise. You can read the full list by clicking here, but we’re going to take a look at some of the exciting and interesting projects on the list…
10 Things I Hate About Life A sequel to cult teen hit 10 Things I Hate About You is a peculiar choice, especially considering original star Heath Ledger has since passed away, whilst Joseph Gordon Levitt’s stature is far too great for a project such as this. However the first film’s director Gil Junger is back for this one and Evan Rachael Wood has signed up to star, so it might end up being half-decent.
Black Dynamite 2 The most quotable film of the past half decade, and a loving pastiche of everything blaxploitaton; who’d say know to a second helping? Director and star Michael Jai White has said the film will be a “comedy western”, so expect nods to Blazing Saddles and Django Unchained.
Chronicle 2 The first installment was a sleeper hit of huge proportions and likely to go down as a cult classic of both the sci-fi and superhero genres. The second is nowhere near being greenlit however with director Josh Trank signed on to the Fantastic Four reboot in 2015 and screenwriter Max Landis’s script being rejected by Fox. If it doesn’t reach production, it’ll be disappointing but we’ll still have the original to enjoy.
Cloverfield 2 Long mooted, but unlikely to materialise for quite some time. Writer Drew Goddard’s profile skyrocketed thanks to last year’s Cabin In The Woods; director Matt Reeves is beavering away on the Planet Of The Apes franchise and producer JJ Abrams is doing something called Star Trek and Star Wars… nope, never heard of them either.
The King’s Speech 2 Yep, they’re that desperate for cash. The original stutter-ploitation flick was hugely successful, leading to this sequel being in early development (set at the time of the London Blitz), and the major players - Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, director Tom Hooper - have all shown interest. No doubt it’ll be terrible.
Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 2 & 3 The development of Marvel into a movie powerhouse (thanks largely to its acquisition by Disney) is truly remarkable. Phase One resulted in the super hit Avengers, but plans for the resulting phases were drawn up long before that was released. Phase Two will bring us Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with The Avengers 2 leading us into the third phase. It’s basically a licence to print money.
The Muppets 2 It was inevitable after the success of the first film that our favourite felt friends would be back for a second installment. Director James Bobin and co-writer Nicholas Stoller are returning to the project, but there’s no Jason Segel this time around; the How I Met Your Mother star is being replaced by Ricky Gervais… bit of an odd choice, no? Less so when you factor in reports of a Euro-centric road trip plot. March 2014 is the expected release date.
Prometheus 2 Prometheus: the most opinion dividing film in recent memory? It’s certainly a contender. We loved it, and gave it a five star review, but others weren’t so kind. Criticism mainly took the form of shots at some nonsensical plotting and the fact it “wasn’t an Alien film”. Well any sequel (rumoured to be titled Paradise) will naturally take us closer to that first encounter with the Xenomorph. Stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are both set to return, along with Sir Ridley Scott. However, the good news is Damon Lindelof, script doctor for the original, will be nowhere near the sequel. Hallelujah!
The Raid 2 The Raid was most certainly the movie with the highest HSQ (holy shit quotient) in the last decade. The sequel, titled Berandel, is already well into production with star Iko Uwais and director Gareth Evans returning. Berandel is set just two hours after the conclusion of The Raid, so basically, shit is going to go down.
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For Robert Rodriguez returns to direct the second adaptation of Frank Miller’s legendary graphic novel series. Miller is back on co-directing duties, whilst Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke and Michael Madsen return, and Eva Green (as the titular Dame) and Joseph Gordon Levitt entering the black & white world. RR expects to have the film in cinemas by late 2013, but it’s likely to fall into mid-2014.
Star Wars: Episode VII Please be good, please be good, please be good, please for the love of Yoda, be good! By the time Episode VII is released in 2015, it’ll have been a decade since the end of the prequel trilogy and there’ll be a fresh new generation to educate on the ways of the force. With JJ Abrams directing and Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) writing the screenplay it has to be half decent… right?
Transformers 4 NO. NO NO NO. BAD MICHAEL BAY. STOP IT. MAKE BAD BOYS III THEN STEP AWAY FROM THE CAMERA.