9 upcoming Hollywood sequels we can’t wait for (2019/2020)
- The next two years will feature sequels to popular 1980s hits, including Twins, Coming to America and Who Framed Roger Rabbit
- Many of the actors who starred in the original movies are set to return
- Hollywood has long been known to rely on nostalgia to carry a re-make or sequel to a successful film franchise
- Sequels are a big business in Hollywood: of the ten highest-grossing films of 2018, seven were sequels
- These are the biggest upcoming Hollywood sequels coming out in 2019, 2020 and 2021
Who doesn’t enjoy sitting down in front of the tellybox and enjoying a blast from the past?
But soon, you won’t be re-running an old film. Many of your favourite old-school characters are returning over the next two years, and this time you’ll be heading to the cinema to watch them.
Yes, we are now in the golden age of the Hollywood re-make or long-term sequel. Not content spinning film franchises into entire movie universes with multiple storylines and films, Hollywood has now decided it wants your nostalgia, too.
Classic films like Twins, Coming to America, Top Gun, Space Jam and Who Framed Roger Rabbit are all get re-booted and re-made (but thankfully, many of these new films will feature the same characters as the original).
We’ve rounded up nine of the best Hollywood sequels that will be coming out either later in 2019 or next year in 2020.
1. Triplets / Twins (sequel)
Original release: 1988
New release: 2020
The endearing story of two twins separated at Birth – played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito – turned 30-years-old last September. On the eve of its anniversary, rumours started to fly that a sequel was in the works, starring none other than Eddie Murphy.
In February, those rumours were confirmed to be true, with Schwarzenegger confirming that Murphy had indeed be cast. While we don’t know for sure if the loud-mouth comic will be playing the titular ‘triplet’, Schwarzenegger may as well as confirmed the news saying, “[It’s a] Funny thing that happens in the mixing of the sperm”.
2. Coming to America 2 (sequel)
Original release: 1988
New release: Mid 2020
A sequel to the Eddie Murphy classic has indeed been confirmed, with both Murphy and Arsenio Hall reuniting for a costume fitting ahead of filming later this year. Ruth E. Carter – who won an Oscar for the costumes on Black Panther – confirmed the news, Tweeting, “"GOOD MORNING MY NEIGHBORS! It’s official! Preliminary fitting for Coming to America 2 with Prince Akeem, Semmi and Oscar."
The two starred as Prince Akeem and Semmi, on a mission to learn about what makes the United States so successful (in hopes of bring back what they learned to their own mythical African kingdom).
Given the current political upheaval happening in most of the world, it’ll be interesting to see what the message revolving America will be this time around.
3. Rush Hour 4 (sequel)
Original release: 1998
New release: Summer 2021
Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker sparked rumours this week, with a photo teasing both stars together holding up four of their fingers in unison. The much-discussed Rush Hour 4 seems to have been in the works for almost five years now, with little to show of it.
The last major update came in October 2017, when Chan said the script was finishing up in a good place. “For the last seven years, we’ve been turning down the script, turning down the script,” Chan said at the time, “Yesterday, we just agreed. The script probably at the end of this month will have a second draft, and next year, probably [we will] start. I hope — if Chris Tucker agrees.”
Considering the above picture, we reckon Tucker said yes.
4. Who Framed Roger Rabbit 2 (sequel)
Original release: 1981
New release: 2022 (tentative
The original Who Framed Roger Rabbit – which is now 31-years-old – became one of the most influential films in Hollywood. It ushered in fresh interest in the animated genre (and created a live-action-cum-animation style all its own). While there is a sequel on the cards, the film’s original director – Robert Zemeckis – seems to be very much on the fence.
According to industry insiders, Zemeckis is against doing a sequel to the film but at the same time insists he has the perfect script for it. However, that might not necessarily matter. According to Zemeckis, Disney owns the rights to the film. And given the studio’s current proclivity to re-release each and every one of its iconic movies in life action….B
5. Top Gun 2: Maverick (sequel)
Original release: 1986
New release: June 2020
Top Gun 2 has been on the cards for a while now – it has been in development since 2010 - with Paramount Pictures finally confirming the sequel was in pre-production in 2017. The sequel – now dubbed ‘Maverick’ will see both Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer reprise their roles from the original film. They will be joined by a supporting cast that includes Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm and Ed Harris.
According to sources, the story will involve the titular Maverick teaching young pilots how to fly at Top Gun naval aviation school – including Miles Teller’s character (who is the son of Maverick’s former partner, Goose).
6. Space Jam 2 (sequel)
Original release: 1996
New release: Summer 2021
This time around it’s Lebron James and not Michael Jackson joining the ‘Tune Squad’ for a direct sequel to the 1996 live action meets animation sports flick. The sequel has been rumoured for years – since back in 2015 – however rumour has it the film was delayed as Warner Bros. couldn’t figure out which basketball player should feature up front.
Lebron James has said that filming will begin this summer. While Space Jam 2 will be his first starring role in a major motion picture, James is no stranger to films. He played a larger-than-life version of himself in 2015’s Trainwreck, and lent his voice to the 2018 animated film Smallfoot.
7. Austin Powers 4 (sequel)
Original release: 1997
New release: 2022
There has been much talk of a new Austin Powers outing ever since the third movie pulled in US$300 million when it came out almost ten years ago. Michael Myers himself recently came out and said that the sequel is “looking good” with a final draft of the script apparently approved.
The original Austin Powers saw the titular 1970s spy waking up in the 1990s, and learning that his old vivacious 70’s lifestyle of substance abuse and free love was no longer acceptable. Apparently, this same concept has made the making a sequel complicated; as phrases such as “Do I make you horny, baby” may fall on deaf ears given the subject matter inherently pokes fun at sexism.
8. Child’s Play (re-make)
Original release: 1988
New release: 2019
The film that terrified an entire genration of kids is being re-made, and will hit theatres this September. The re-make ditches the voodoo angle, and will supposed feature a killer artificial intelligence instead. Chucky – the world’s most deadly children’s toy – has also been given a facelift, but all the general characteristics remain: the freckles, mop of red hear and murderous intent.
While the original series had a plethora of sequels over the years, the re-make will stand alone from the original franchise.
9. BONUS! Grease (prequel)
Original release: 1978
New release: TBC
All we know is that it’s happening. A prequel to one of the most revered musicals in history is currently in development, with John August – who wrote the film Big Fish and worked on the live-action remake of Aladdin – penning the script. The film will apparently expand on the holiday romance enjoyed by the two main characters – Danny and Sandy.
Yes, Hollywood does love a re-make – and even with the above nine currently in production, there is still a lot more for them to choose from. The Breakfast Club, E.T., Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Junior and the Fast Times at Ridgemont High have all been rumoured to have sequels in the works, but perhaps studios are holding off to see how the current crop of sequels and prequels do at the box office.
And if that doesn’t work, they could always re-boot Spider-Man. They’ve done that a fair few times over the years.