With Avatar 2 in the works, M. Night Shyamalan's Glass hitting theatres early next year (though we can't promise how they will fare), not to mention the amount of Marvel movies churned out at factory rate, sequels seem to be the trend on the big screen. There must be something about our need for continuity. Or the immense faith that adding to what's been done can make it better, that has granted the part deux of these three films.
Expected release: Early 2020
AKA the sequel to 1980's The Shining, Danny Torrance, to be played by Ewan McGregor, returns to the screen in his adult years. The shining gift is still very much prevalent in the film, especially with the character introduction of Abra Stone, who shares it in a greater strength and is central to the plot. Like the movie, the novels carry a gap of close to forty years between the two.
Why we're excited: The film, directed by Mike Flanagan (of other Stephen King adaptation Gerald's Game), is supposedly sticking more closely to the book compared to Kubrick's, a version which King himself notoriously spoke against. But we'll see.
Top Gun: Maverick
Expected release: Mid 2020
Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer reprise their roles alongside original film producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who will be joined by Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski. Adding to the star-studded cast are Mad Men's Jon Hamm and veteran actor Ed Harris. The crew of pilots are slated to deal with modern military drones in this sequel.
Why we're excited: Tom Cruise being Tom Cruise wants no CGI on the jets and to fly them himself. Meaning we get to watch Tom Cruise be Tom Cruise in a Tom Cruise film that we can pretend is not about Tom Cruise.
Space Jam 2
Expected release: Early 2021, if you take the locker numbers as hint
This one is for the '90s kids. Although it has been confirmed to be a reboot and not a sequel, Space Jam 2 is bringing Black Panther director Ryan Coogler on board to produce the film. LeBron James is taking over from Michael Jordan, and even the original villain Monstars will return to the mix.
Why we're excited: Like Incredibles 2, it will be interesting to see the evolution of the animation in the number of years since. Plus the re-introduction of the unlikely combination of basketball and Looney Tunes to a whole new generation.
What else to look out for
Rush hour: The buddy cop franchise is allegedly working on the second draft of script after acknowledgement from both Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker verbally.
Beetlejuice: Aside to the film being adapted into a musical to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, there are talks surrounding Keaton's and Burton's mutual eagerness on a sequel. Only time will tell.