Sequels from this Year’s Movies already in the Works
Returning for better and quality experience is a virtue which Studio Brow takes pride in. If you went to the movies at all this past summer, you would have noticed 2011 brought that concept as the year with the most sequels at 27 altogether. Sequels to these sequels are already being planned and some have been officially green lit.
First up with Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days due to release on August 3, 2012. The third addition to the Wimpy Kid series, the film is an adaptation of the series’ third and fourth books, with main actors Zachary Gordon and Steve Zahn returning, respectively.
Twilight Breaking Dawn: Part 2 is scheduled for release on November 16, 2012. Production on both films began in late 2009 and earlier this year, Summit Entertainment, the company who produces the Twilight Saga, announced the final two movies in the series will be released a year apart.
Fast Six, the obvious sixth entry in the Fast and the Furious series, is due to come out on May 24, 2013. Vin Diesel, Jonathan Harp, and series producer Neal H. Moritz are already developing the sixth film, which will be written by Chris Morgan. Director Justin Lin stated in an interview that he intends to get Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Eva Mendes, Dwayne Johnson and Tyrese Gibson back, as well as others.
The Smurfs 2, Sony Pictures Animation announced, is to be released on August 2, 2013. Sony began working on the sequel in early 2011 with writers David Stem, David Weiss, Jay Scherick and David Ronn.
Pirates of the Caribbean 5 has been confirmed by producer Jerry Bruckheimer and a script is being worked on. Pirates 5 is expected to be released to theaters in the summer of 2013.
Thor 2 was announced in October to have a release date of November 15, 2013. Main actors, Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, have been confirmed to reprise their roles.
Hangover Part III is in early planning stages but has no script or start date. If Hangover Part III follows the release pattern of the previous two, it will most likely be come out in the early summer of 2013.
For Captain America 2, star Chris Evans said a sequel may not be released until 2014. Screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus said in April 2011, that they have been writing a sequel for Marvel Studios. In a June 2011 interview, the duo stated, “The story will likely be in the present day.”
For Rise of the Planet of the Apes regarding the story setting up possible sequels, director Rupert Wyatt commented: “I think we’re ending with certain questions, which is quite exciting. To me, I can think of all sorts of sequels to this film, but this is just the beginning.” Andy Serkis has confirmed that there will be a sequel for the film and he will be reprising his role as Caesar, the lead primate character.
Fox Studios stated it envisions X-Men: First Class as the first film of a new trilogy. Lauren Shuler-Donner compared the franchise plans to be similar to the darker, more mature content of the Harry Potter film series. Simon Kinberg who co-wrote X-Men: The Last Stand and co-produced X-Men: First Class will write the sequel.