So Many Sequels, So Little Time
Whether its remakes, superhero sequels or the return of long-dead franchises, the new year looks to play host to a whole plethora of potentially awesome Part Twos and Threes. No matter whether they soar or flop, the hype for these five has already broken through the roof!
#5: “Fast and Furious 9” (2020)
Cars might run out of gas, but this franchise apparently doesn’t. Over the years, it’s evolved into one of the most financially successful, high-paced action series in cinematic history. The eighth instalment, “The Fate of the Furious”, definitely suffered from the absence of Paul Walker, but with a strong ensemble cast of memorable characters in tow, this juggernaut clearly has no intention of slowing down. After 2019’s “Hobbs & Shaw” spin-off, we’ll be getting not just a ninth instalment, but a tenth as well, released in 2020 and 2021 respectively. Both will be directed by Justin Lin, the man behind films number three through six, and are sure to once again deliver the massive set pieces and intense spectacle we’ve come to expect.
#4: “A Quiet Place 2” (2020)
As surprising as it was to see Jim Halpert transform into a rugged action hero for Amazon’s Jack Ryan series, it’s his foray into directing and horror that has us most impressed. This wasn’t Krasinski’s directorial debut, but it was his first high profile project, and boy did he hit it out of the park. With its fascinating use of sound and silence, and emotionally-rooted narrative, “A Quiet Place” was one of the best horror films in recent years. Krasinski’s onscreen presence will be missed in the sequel, but the return of wife Emily Blunt as Evelyn Abbott is music to our ears. And with Krasinski once again penning the script and directing, we have the utmost faith that it’ll be a worthy follow-up.
#3: Bond 25 (2020)
Though he hasn’t exactly been shy about voicing his dislike for the role, Daniel Craig is returning for one last outing as Agent 007. And considering the great work he’s done during his time as James Bond, we’re happy to have him back. “Skyfall” was phenomenal, but it’s follow-up, “Spectre”, was admittedly a bit lackluster. The 25th film in the series has notably struggled to get off the ground, but we’re choosing to believe that the studio is using that time to ensure that Craig’s final film is a great one. With True Detective’s Cary Joji Fukunaga set to direct, all signs are certainly pointing in the right direction. And really… a milestone like 25 films deserves to a cinematic masterpiece worthy of the occasion.
#2: “Godzilla vs. Kong” (2020)
Everyone wants a cinematic universe these days, but as “King Arthur” and “The Mummy” learned the hard way… it’s easier said than done. Thankfully, Legendary has been taking their time with their MonsterVerse. And so far… so good! In 2019, our giant reptilian protector will be facing off against a myriad of familiar faces, including Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah, in “Godzilla: King of Monsters”. From the looks of the trailer, it’s shaping up to be quite a feast for the eyes. Then, in 2020, Legendary will make good on its crossover promise by pitting Godzilla and Kong against one another. Suffice it to say… we are freaking pumped from this smackdown of titanic proportions.
#1: “Wonder Woman 1984” (2020)
This wait has, quite frankly, been a painful one. In this modern age of short attention spans, we’ve come to expect a sequel two years after any successful film. But… considering we had to wait decades for Princess Diana to finally get her own live-action film, maybe three years isn’t asking that much! With director Patty Jenkins returning to direct the sequel, we have every reason to believe that Gal Gadot will once again blow us away as Wonder Woman. Add to that an 80s setting, Kristen Wiig as the villainous Cheetah and the mysterious return of Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, and well… that sounds like a recipe for another victory!
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