As the year draws to a close we look forward to the movie schedule for 2017 and there are plenty of sequels on the horizon to keep your eye on.
2016 was a clear indicator that the sequel trend isn’t going to slow down anytime soon, but studios need to be a little cautious.
Sequels this year have enjoyed tremendous success, like Captain America: Civil War, The Conjuring 2, and Finding Dory. On the other hand, sequels that waited a little bit too long to make their way to theatres like Zoolander 2 and Alice: Through The Looking Glass bombed in a big way.
See the movie sequels not to miss in 2017 below.
XXX: The Return of Xander Cage
When this returns to the big screen in January, it will have been 15 years since the original XXX was released. XXX: State of the Union, which didn’t even star Vin Diesel, was a disaster so there wasn’t much interest in a sequel. But thanks to the success of the Fast and Furious franchise Diesel is a huge star with plenty of box office power. As well as Diesel returning there will be Samuel L. Jackson returning too, alongside Ruby Rose and Nina Dobrev.
In cinemas January 20
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It was back in 2002 when The Ring was released, the US version, and back then people watched a VHS tape and seven days later they died. In this sequel, the curse comes through an email attachment, but essentially, it’s the same story. The trailer does look a little creepy, though.
In cinemas February 3
T2: Trainspotting 2
Danny Boyle is bringing back Sick Boy, Begbie, Spud and Tommy for T2, 20 years after the original. All of the original, central cast members are coming back, and it will be loosely adapting the follow-up novel Porno. This should definitely be one to look forward to. Hopefully, it’ll live up to the original which is widely considered one of the best novel-to-screen adaptations of all time.
In cinemas February 10
Fifty Shades Darker
The Fifty Shades franchise certainly has a target audience, and no doubt they can’t wait for the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey this year. We have to admit, it certainly looks like there’s more to the story this time around.
In cinemas February 10
John Wick: Chapter Two
Legendary hitman John Wick is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers. It’s bound to be another action-packed adventure.
In cinemas February 17
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20th Century Fox’s outing will mark his ninth (and possibly final) turn as Marvel’s angriest mutant. Logan is set in a distant future, long after the happy ending of X-Men: Days of Future Past, where Wolverine and a dying Professor X meet a young girl named ‘Laura’. There’s also mutant murdering cyborgs and government plans to turn children in weapons because apparently, that happy ending was too happy.
In cinemas March 2
The Fate of the Furious
The eighth Fast and Furious film, The Fate of the Furious, will be set in New York, and it looks as outlandish as ever as the first trailer was recently revealed.
Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains of the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage… and to bring home the man who made them a family.
In cinemas April 14
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2
James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the standout movies of 2014, and we’re hoping for the same thing with the sequel. It follows the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos and uncover the mystery of Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) true parentage.
In cinemas April 18
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A spin-off from The Conjuring, the first Annabelle film didn’t perform as well as expected, but hopefully, this one will fare better. The trailer certainly creeped us out.
In cinemas May 26
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
It’s been five years since the release of On Stranger Tides, and despite the fact Dead Men Tell No Tales reportedly wrapped filming back in July 2015 it doesn’t hit screens till 2017.
Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artefact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.
The great news? Orlando Bloom is back as Will Turner.
In cinemas May 26
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World War Z 2
For now, “World War Z 2” was scheduled to be released on June 9, 2017, but it is still subject to change. The 2017 release will mark the four-year gap of the first movie with the sequel and the Director, Juan Antonio Bayona may have something to do with this. He’s now left to work on Jurassic World 2 and everyone is expecting Gone Girl director David Fincher to helm the project.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Matthew Vaughn is back in the director’s chair and he’s bringing his core cast back with him. Taron Egerton is returning as Eggsy, alongside Mark Strong’s Merlin, Sophie Cookson’s Roxy and Colin Firth’s Harry Hart.
This time around we have Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Game of Thrones‘ Pedro Pascal as members of another spy organisation, the Statesmen.
Julianne Moore is also on board as the movie’s villain, Poppy, with Vinnie Jones as her lieutenant, and Edward Holcroft is also back as Eggsy’s nemesis Charlie.
And to top it off, The Golden Circle is also reported to feature a cameo from Elton John.
In cinemas June 16
Transformers: The Last Knight
Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson are back for the fifth Transformers film, and Michael Bay is once again directing. On screen, they’re joined by Anthony Hopkins and John Goodman.
Michael Bay says this is the last Transformers film he will direct, but that’s not to say this is the end for the franchise (because why would they put a wrap on something that financially valuable?). No, a 6th Transformers film has already been slated for 2019 and a Bumblebee spin-off has also been scheduled for 2018. No word yet on who will direct those.
In cinemas June 23
Despicable Me 3
We really can’t hide our excitement at the third film with Gru, this film has a theme of sibling rivalry, and this will come about thanks to the sudden emergence of Drew, the long-lost identical twin of Gru.
Steve Carell will be voicing both of the brothers in the sequel, and they really do look exactly the same – with the exceptions being that Drew has a full head of blond hair, and dresses all in white instead of shades of grey.
In cinemas June 30
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We don’t really know much about this upcoming third instalment of the Cars franchise, and the only released plot synopsis follows: “Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.” So it appears that this is a comeback story with Lightning McQueen having to make a comeback after a dramatic car crash.
Owen Wilson reprises his role as Lightning McQueen and will be facing a new foe in Jackson Storm.
In cinemas July 14
War for the Planet of the Apes
In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel (Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
In cinemas July
A sequel to Prometheus, Alien: Covenant sees a colony ship come across what they believe is an uncharted paradise. It’s not, it’s actually a dangerous world inhabited by the sole survivor of the Prometheus expedition (Michael Fassbender).
In cinemas August 4
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Blade Runner 2049
A sequel to the 1982 Harrison Ford movie, Blade Runner finally makes its way onto the screen in 2017. This time Ryan Gosling will star, and there’s plenty of suggestion that Ford’s character Rick Deckard won’t get as much screen time as expected. The new movie is being directed by Arrival’s Denis Villeneuve, with Michael Green and Hampton Fancher on scripting duties.
In cinemas October 6
Directing the new chapter are Peter and Michael Spierig who made half-decent chillers Predestination and Daybreakers but are new to the Saw franchise, while Gregg Hoffman and Oren Koules are returning to the franchise as producers.
The seven parts of the existing franchise became increasingly complicated and twisty towards the end – original baddie John Kramer, aka Jigsaw (Tobin Bell), died in Saw 3 but continued to haunt the franchise via flashback.
At the end of the saga, it was clear that a cult of followers had built up around Jigsaw’s ‘work’ so it would make sense if this new instalment followed his, well, Legacy.
In cinemas October 20
Insidious Chapter 4
Lin Shaye reprises her role of parapsychologist Elise Rainier, shown beside franchise newcomer Tessa Ferrer (Grey’s Anatomy) as Audrey. Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan) helms the next instalment based on a screenplay by Insidious co-creator Leigh Whannell.
In cinemas November 4
Chris Hemsworth returns for this third standalone film in the Marvel franchise, with Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins all appearing too.
Mark Ruffalo will also be showing up as Bruce Banner and his big green alter ego the Hulk.
In cinemas October 27
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Paul King is returning to direct Paddington 2, with Ben Whishaw back on voicing duties as the bear himself. Also back are Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Doctor Who, Madeleine Harris, Imelda Staunton and Samuel Joslin.
New faces? Well, they come in the form of Hugh Grant, playing a vain local acting celebrity whose star has fallen. And then there’s Brendan Gleeson as notorious local criminal ‘Knuckles’ McGinty.
In cinemas November 10
Star Wars Episode VIII
As you can imagine there’s not much known about the eighth film in the Star Wars franchise, we’re guessing we’re going to find out about Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) origins and whether or not she is actually a Jedi.
In cinemas December 15
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Pitch Perfect 3
After the successes of the first couple of films, Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and co are coming back for another acca-awesome Pitch Perfect.
In cinemas December 22
Official details are still up in the air, but according to MGM CEO Gary Barber, Creed 2 is definitely happening, and will likely make it into cinemas sometime in 2017.
Creed 2 might not be a straightforward sequel. Stallone told Variety earlier this year that the film may go back and forth between the present and the past like The Godfather 2, with (SPOILER ALERT) Apollo Creed Jr.’s father (previously played by Carl Weathers) tipped for a (sort of) return from the dead.