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Top 10 Sequels You Didn't Know Were Being Made

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Joe Pettit
Script written by Joe Pettit. Thought that was how it all ended? Think again. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Sequels You Didn’t Know Were Being Made. For this list, we’re looking at movies at some actual stage of development, or which have been confirmed by a cast or crew member. This is Hollywood, of course, so projects may eventually not make it. And titles, naturally, are tentative.
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Top 10 Sequels You Didn't Know Were Being Made


Thought that was how it all ended? Think again. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Sequels You Didn’t Know Were Being Made.

For this list, we’re looking at movies at some actual stage of development, or which have been confirmed by a cast or crew member. This is Hollywood, of course, so projects may eventually not make it. And titles, naturally, are tentative.

#10: “Furia”

A fourth installment in the Riddick franchise isn’t exactly recent news. It has been revealed some time now that “Furia” will see Vin Diesel"s titular character finding his home planet. It has been rumoured that this film may be an R-rated origin story, staying consistent with how each of the earlier installments in the “Riddick” franchise possessed their own differentiable genre. In 2015, Vin Diesel revealed that writer/director David Twohy had began penning the sequel; however updates have been scarce of late, and there’s currently no specific release date planned. The “Riddick” franchise has a lot of unanswered questions, and fans will be hungry to see how the sequel unfolds.

#9: “MacGruber 2”


In 2010, a fan favourite “Saturday Night Live” sketch came to the big screen. Created by Jorma Taccone of The Lonely Island, “MacGruber” is itself a parody of the "80s action show “MacGyver”. Though this spoof was considered a commercial flop at the box office, it has since reached cult status, and writer Will Forte has announced he’s working on a script for a sequel. After helming “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,"” Taccone has established himself as a go-to director of comedy feature films, and we look forward to seeing this one.

#8: “Beetlejuice 2”

When Tim Burton’s "Beetlejuice" was released in 1988, it stunned critics and fans alike for its mix of absurd jokes and expressionist horror. Featuring Michael Keaton as the devious ghost haunting a young Winona Ryder, the original became an instant comedy classic. After trying to get a sequel off the ground in the early "90s with "Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian", Burton became distracted by making "Batman Returns", as well as a cancelled Nic Cage Superman movie. Fast-forward 30 years, and it looks as if there’s still hope for "Beetlejuice 2". A script has been written, and both Keaton and Ryder have been rumoured to be reprising their roles. However, nothing"s set in stone.

#7: “Edge of Tomorrow 2: Live Die Repeat and Repeat”

When it was released in 2014, "Edge of Tomorrow" may have surprised a few with its overwhelming critical response. The sequel is in pre-production, and it turns out the only reason it hasn’t arrived on a cinema screen sooner is because the stars are just too busy, with Tom Cruise immersed in the "Mission: Impossible" sequel, while Emily Blunt has been occupied with one of 2018"s best horrors; "A Quiet Place". While the first "Edge of Tomorrow" was praised for its special effects, as well as the performances of Cruise and Blunt, its conclusion was somewhat controversial; and so it will be interesting to see how the sequel"s narrative unfolds.

#6: “Coming 2 America”


If you’re wondering why you don’t see much of Eddie Murphy anymore, well, the reason is pretty simple. It looks as if the comedian has an idea for a sequel to one of his more admired movies though, with Murphy personally contacting screenwriter David Sheffield to begin work, 30 years after the release of the original. Although it may have seemed like Prince Hakeem’s story was complete, the screenwriters have revealed that the plot will involve Murphy’s character pursuing his long-lost American son, who can become the king in the fictional African nation of Zamunda.

#5: “King Conan”

The proposed sequel to 1982’s "Conan the Barbarian" has been in a state of turmoil for a number of years now. Though a script named "Legend of Conan" was snubbed by Universal, Arnold Schwarzenegger is eager to reprise his role as the barbarian; and it’s fair to say that there’s not much that’s going to stop him. The film will share no relation to the 2011 reboot starring Jason Momoa. Rather, this sequel will follow Arnie as an older Conan who has spent his entire life a warrior, and now searches for one final battle. With Arnie now in his 70s, it seems the iconic action star isn’t making retirement plans for anytime soon.

#4: “Bill & Ted Face the Music”


Almost 30 years after their first adventure, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are reuniting for the third movie in the "Bill & Ted" franchise. Details of the sequel reveal that we will see the time-travelling duo now dispirited in their middle age, until they are warned that they must discover a song that will bring peace to the universe, and begin on another adventure. While there is no specific release date yet, it looks as if fans are going to see life in the franchise once again. The original creators have penned the script, and pre-production began in May 2018.

#3: “Mad Max: The Wasteland”


After the overwhelming success of 2015"s “Fury Road,” it shouldn’t be a surprise to hear that a fifth film, and even a potential 6th in the “Mad Max” franchise are in the works, including a Charlize Theron-led picture following the one-armed warrior, Furiosa. So why haven’t these productions advanced? Well, in November 2017, director George Miller’s production company filed a lawsuit against Warner Brothers over a reported 7 million dollar bonus, resulting in a hold-up in the development of sequels. “Fury Road” was one of the major blockbusters of recent years, and with Tom Hardy set to reprise his role, it shouldn’t be too long before Max is back in the dystopian wasteland.

#2: “Gremlins 3”


For a while, the future of a third "Gremlins" film looked pretty uncertain. That was until Chris Columbus revealed in April 2018 that production had gotten underway, and that the new movie will almost definitely be a reboot. What’s more exciting is that Columbus has stated that the script is "twisted and dark", returning to the elements that everyone loved about the first movie. With a whole new wave of horror films arriving on our screens, it’s going to be exciting to see how the dark humor will reflect the horror genre today, and how the reboot will stand apart from the original.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few Honorable Mentions:
“Zombieland 2”

“Baby Driver 2”


“Beverly Hills Cop 4”

#1: “The Goonies 2”


Rumours of "Goonies 2" have been surfacing on the Internet for some time. While writer Chris Columbus has played down the idea of a sequel, actor Sean Astin has stated that it will "definitely get made", with or without producer Steven Spielberg. While Astin and Corey Feldman are up for a sequel, child star Jeff Cohen, who played Chunk in the original, gave up acting to become an attorney. While plot details are unclear, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the cast from the original make a cameo appearance, while a new set of kids take the reins.

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