Sequels seem to be the name of the game in the film industry right now, but a few of them have gone under the radar and aren’t front page news, let’s have a look at a few of them coming your way in the near future.
Bad Boys 3
Release date: TBC
Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are icons of the 90s/00s period when it comes to action and comedy movies, and no movie franchise is more indicative of those two at the height of their game than the Bad Boys duology. It’s soon to become a trilogy – with both Lawrence and Smith reprising their roles, but it’s a little uncertain about whether or not this movie will resonate with audiences the way the first and second ones did. Firstly, Bad Boys 2 released in 2003 – 15 years ago – so the relevance of the franchise is in question, a lot of the current movie-going audience likely doesn’t remember it. Secondly, the movie has been in progress for quite some time, changing creative and directors and generally struggling to get off the ground. It’s been delayed numerous times and is currently looking likely to get a 2019 release date, but it’s not certain – let’s hope the extra time bodes well for its quality.
Release date: 2019
Declaring that M. Night Shymalan’s career has been tumultuous would be an understatement, as he’s directed cult and commercial hits like Sixth Sense and Split, while also being responsible for trainwrecks like The Last Airbender and The Happening. Glass is the direct sequel to the well-received and popular Unbreakable, which starred Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson in a movie about a Bruce Willis’s character who discovers that he has unusual abilities, and Samuel L. Jackson’s character’s developing fascination with him because of it. Both A-listers will return for the follow-up, which will also include a character from one of Shymalan’s recent hits Split – but in case you haven’t seen it, we’re going to avoid any further details. Suffice it to say, that if you watch Unbreakable and Split you may begin to get an idea of what Glass’s plot will entail.
John Wick 3
Release date: 2019
After the breakout success of the first film, especially considering its modest budget, and the fantastic follow-up in 2017, John Wick will indeed become – at the very least – a trilogy. The third movie seems to be going global after the increased scope of John Wick 2, and the plot allegedly involves John Wick going up against a Japanese crime boss while trying to evade the world’s best assassins trying to claim a bounty on his head. Keanu Reeves, Lawrence Fishburne, and Ruby Rose will all take up their roles from the second movie, and Chad Stahelski (director of the first John Wick) returns to direct, too. The creative team has managed to bring a fresher approach to the usual action fare we’ve become used, and hopefully their quality work continues in the third instalment due to release in mid-2019.
Indiana Jones 5
Release date: 2020
When the fifth entry in this longstanding series eventually releases (most likely in 2020) it means the franchise will have spanned four decades from the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981, all the way to 2020. More impressive than its longevity is the longevity of its prized star Harrison Ford, who will return for the fifth instalment alongside Steven Spielberg, who was recently confirmed to be returning to the director’s chair. One relatively obvious problem for an adventuring archeologist known for swinging between chasms and outrunning crashing boulders is that Harrison Ford is 75 – not exactly the age where one is in peak condition for artefact-stealing parkour moves. His age didn’t stop him from doing a decent amount of physical stunt-work in 2017’s Blade Runner 2049, though, but he probably won’t be the swash-buckling Indy of old. There are few available details about the plot, so we’ll need to wait until it’s been under production for a while before we’ll get an idea about the plot.
Top Gun: Maverick
Release date: 2019
Speaking of aging blasts from the past, the Top Gun series will now span roughly the same period of time as Indiana Jones does. The first, a cult 80s classic released in 1986, follows a group of fighter pilots training at the most elite level. It’s far better known for its cheesy lines and 80s aesthetic than its riveting plot, but it created some fan favourite characters that a lot of people probably won’t mind seeing again. Tom Cruise is set to return, and Val Kilmer has expressed his interest in being involved, but outside of those two names little else has been discussed. Cruise seems to be incapable of aging, but with so many action roles taking a toll on him, he’s probably going to try and grind out all the movies he can before his career starts taking a nose dive in the near future.