April 16, 2014

10 Upcoming Sequels We’re Excited About

We all love to bitch and moan about sequels, prequels and remakes, however sequels are something I’ve never really had a problem with.

If the first movie in a franchise has made some serious bank then why the Hell not have a follow-up and try to capture lightning in a bottle twice? Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, but part of the fun is anticipating them.

There are a few upcoming sequels I’m particularly interested in and some I’m just plain excited about.

Below are a few off the top of my head that I am counting down to seeing.


London Has Fallen: Olympus Has Fallen was one of my favourite action movies of the past few years. A Die Hard style “contained” movie which had plenty of hard R violence and an awesome new hero in Mike Banning (Gerard Butler). The upcoming sequel has Banning going to London with the President and his Secret Service detail for the funeral of the prime minister, where a plot to strike the British capital is uncovered. Count me in.


Fast & Furious 7: Although surrounded by tragedy after Paul Walker’s death, the 7th entry in the hugely successful franchise has recently started filming once again with a supporting cast that includes Tony Jaa and Jason Statham… but definitely not Michael Jai White. The film is set to be released next April and with news that Paul’s scenes will be completed using CGI and family members, I’m intrigued to see how the film looks and if the series will continue after it.


Expendables 4: They could make 100 movies in this franchise and it’ll never be enough; big action, awesome cast and a sense of fun guarantees my money every time and with early rumours about Steven Seagal and Pierce Brosnan joining the fray, then colour me excited. Make Seagal the antagonist please.


Terminator: Genesis: With Arnold coming back as the T-800 and a frankly rather good explanation as to why he looks old, I’m hoping we can get a real return to the classic status of the first two Terminator movies. A supporting cast that includes Byung-hun Lee, Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke and J.K. Simmons, it’s shaping up nicely.


Star Wars: Episode VII: I have always been a huge Star Wars geek and always will be; I know everyone hates J.J. Abrams but  I actually think he just might be the perfect choice for this series. He essentially already turned Captain Kirk into Han Solo so I can’t wait to get a glimpse of the first footage… just make sure no Gungans make an appearance…


James Bond 24: After the phenomenal success of Skyfall, I think we’re all excited to see what director Sam Mendes can come with this time. Daniel Craig is set to return with rumours of Penelope Cruz and possibly Chiwetel Ejiofor also joining the cast, I say the first trailer can’t get here quick enough. It’s due to hit theatres November 2015.


The Avengers: Age of Ultron: The first Avengers movie was hilariously successful and ended up making a Billion dollars worldwide in about a week. With Captain America 2, Thor 2 and Iron Man 3 all being huge hits, I’m sure the peeps over at Marvel will be able to buy solid gold mansions… with wings. I’d be surprised if any other film can match its box office next year.


Mad Max: Fury Road: This is a movie that we’ve been talking about for a long time and yet never seems to get released; its release date keeps getting moved and we haven’t seen an footage yet. However I’m confident as it’s directed by George Miller who directed the original trilogy. We’ve also got Tom Hardy stepping into Mel Gibson’s rather large shoes. I think he’ll do a good job though and I can’t wait to see the film.


Sin City: A Dame to Kill For: Another movie that had been moved around a lot finally got a trailer a while back and looks like it may capture the spirit of the first movie. Sin City is one of my favourite movies so I will be there opening night to catch this.


Jurassic World: Dinosaurs. I shouldn’t have to say anything else; it’s already guaranteed my 10 bucks as I love all the JP movies. This new entry sounds like a real change in direction though with few original cast members returning and a new director in Colin Trevorrow. It is meant to be the start of a whole new trilogy but we’ll see if it actually makes money.. it will.


Batman vs. Superman AKA Man of Steel 2: This will probably end up being called something else but for now we’ll call it Batman vs. Superman. With Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill playing the lead roles, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor  and Gal Gadot cast as Wonder Woman, some fans are nervous that this all may be too much, too soon. Personally, I remain optimistic and I am one of the few who think Affleck may just do a good job. I’m at least wiling to give him a shot. It’s set to be released in 2016 and will go up against Captain America 3.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.

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