Reboots, Remakes, Sequels & Prequels:
It is most definitely the year for reboots, remakes, sequels and prequels with so many films from the 80s and 90s getting a new instalment of some kind. Some wanted, some not.
Bad Boys For Life (17th Jan)
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return for a third and final instalment in the Bad Boys trilogy, the last of which we saw in 2003, as Lowrey and Burnett reunite once again when a Romanian mob boss exacts revenge on the duo just as they are about to officially retire. Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the film will also star Vanessa Hudgens, Charles Melton, Paola Núñez, and Joe Pantoliano.
Top Gun: Maverick (17th July)
A sequel to the 1986 film with Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer reprising their roles, Maverick is set nearly 30 years later as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell (Cruise), is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. The film also stars Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, and Ed Harris.
No Time To Die (2nd April)
The twenty-fifth instalment in the James Bond series and the fifth outing for Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond, No Time To Die is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and also sees Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Léa Seydoux, and Christoph Waltz reprise their roles from previous films, with Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, and Lashana Lynch joining the cast.
The film follows Bond after he has left active service, but his peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. It will be great to see how the film ties up from the previous films, as this will undoubtedly be Craig’s final appearance in the role.
Fast & Furious 9 (22nd May)
Directed by Justin Lin and a sequel to 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, the ninth instalment in the Fast & Furious franchise will star Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron and Michael Rooker. The plot is currently unknown.
Godzilla vs. Kong (20th Nov)
Directed by Adam Wingard and a sequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and Kong: Skull Island (2017), it is the fourth film in Legendary’s MonsterVerse. The film is also the 36th film in the Godzilla franchise and the 12th film in the King Kong franchise in total.
The film sees the gigantic Kong meet the unstoppable Godzilla, as the world watches to see which one of them will become King of the Monsters. It stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, Zhang Ziyi, and Demián Bichir.
Dune (18th Nov)
The first film in a planned two-part adaptation of the 1965 novel of the same name by Frank Herbert, which will cover roughly the first half of the book, and directed by Denis Villeneuve, the film is about the son of a noble family who is entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.
A loose remake of the 1984 film by David Lynch, the film stars an ensemble cast including Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem. The cast is certainly impressive so I can’t wait to see a trailer for this one.
The King’s Man (18th Sep)
A prequel to the Kingsman film series, which is loosely based on the comic book series Kingsman, the film follows a man who must race against time to stop a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds who have gathered to plot a war to wipe out millions. It features an ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance.
Ghostbusters 3: Afterlife (10th July)
A direct sequel to Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989), although it looks much more like a reboot, Afterlife follows a single mom and her two kids who, after arriving in a small town, begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy that their grandfather left behind. With Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts all set to reprise their roles from the original films, and directed by Jason Reitman, the film will also star Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Logan Kim and Celeste O’Connor.
Downhill (28th Feb)
Inspired by the Swedish film Force Majeure by Ruben Östlund and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, the film follows a family who, after barely escaping an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps, are thrown into disarray as they are forced to reevaluate their lives and how they feel about each other. The film stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Will Ferrell, Miranda Otto, Zoë Chao, and Zach Woods.
Bill & Ted 3: Face The Music (21st Aug)
The third film in the Bill & Ted franchise and a sequel to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991), Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter both reprise their roles as the title characters with William Sadler also reprising his role as the Grim Reaper. Directed by Dean Parisot, the film will see the two would-be rockers, now middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song, fulfil their destiny when they’re told they can save the universe during a time-travelling adventure.
The Christmas Chronicles 2 (TBC)
Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn are set to reprise their roles as Mr and Mrs Clause in this Netflix Christmas festivity, as Kate (Darby Camp), now a cynical teenager, is unexpectedly reunited with Santa Clause when a mysterious troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas forever. Directed by Chris Columbus, the film will also star Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Judah Lewis.
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (TBC)
Directed by Patrick Hughes and a sequel to the 2017 film The Hitman’s Bodyguard, the film sees Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson return alongside Salma Hayek, Frank Grillo, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hopper, Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman. It is set three years after the events of the original film, when bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) continues his friendship with assassin Darius Kincaid (Jackson) as they are going out to a new universal adventure to save Sonia (Hayek), Darius’s wife, from new threats.
Coming 2 America (18th Dec)
A sequel to the 1988 original, Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall return alongside Leslie Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos, Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, and James Earl Jones. Directed by Craig Brewer, the film sees Akeem (Murphy) learn that he has a long-lost son in the United States and must return to America to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda. Obviously his marriage didn’t end very well, or they were just really desperate to find an excuse to jump on the bandwagon of unexpected sequels.
Legally Blonde 3 (8th May)
Another sequel that nobody asked for is the third instalment in the Legally Blonde franchise. Directed by Jamie Suk, Reese Witherspoon will reprise her role as Elle Woods, although nothing else is known about the film as of yet.