Your Guide to Movie Sequels in 2013
(AUTHOR’S NOTE: Due to my lack of knowledge in the area, the horror film sequels have not been included in this list)
If there’s one thing that Hollywood loves, it’s sequels. Movies can pick up where they left off, be broken down into pieces, and even resurrect some old favourites. For the curious and enthusiastic, here’s what you’re in for from the world of sequels this year.
Scary Movie 5 (April 12, 2013)
Here comes yet another Scary Movie sequel, with this one using the last few years worth of movies as supporting fodder, including the Paranormal Activity series as its base, Black Swan, and Inception. And as to all the hype about Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan making appearances, I can only say this: they’re both looking their age (except for Lindsay, who looks more like Charlie’s age). Ouch.
The Hangover Part III (May 24)
The final film of the Hangover trilogy promises to have the boys back at it again, but the director promises a lot of surprises and assures us that the final film will be the best one.
Grown Ups 2 (July 12)
Another film that may leave people scratching their heads as to why someone felt the need to make a sequel, the funny men of comedy Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Kevin James and David Spade are back in a second film. I’ll leave whether or not that’s a good move up to you.
Anchorman: The Legend Continues (December 20)
The hilarious cast of Anchorman is back for round two. We’re left to hope that it’s a good thing.
Iron Man 3 (May 3)
For anyone unsure as to whether or not changing directors in mid-series was a bad idea, the promo for this film looks promising. New director Shane Black seems to be taking the smooth-talking Tony Stark’s “I can handle anything” attitude to heart. He’s pitting the superhero against one of his greatest enemies. If it lives up to the success of The Avengers and the previous two Iron Man films, Jon Favreau may be in a bit of trouble.
Kick-Ass 2 (June 28)
There’s still some speculation as to whether or not Nicolas Cage is actually returning to the highly anticipated action sequel, but the rest of the cast looks great (including the addition of comedy great Jim Carey).
The Wolverine (July 26)
DC Comics is going to have some hard times ahead if Man of Steel doesn’t perform as well as they’d like. Marvel, on the other hand, might as well be laughing. While The Avengers fans are well taken care of with sequels this year, so are the X-Men fans with this follow up. The film will focus on Wolverine (the talented Hugh Jackman) being trained by a samurai.
Thor: The Dark World (November 8)
The Marvel universe is now running like a well-oiled machine thanks to its successful films. With the sequels to Iron Man and Thor coming out this year and the Captain America sequel the next, it’ll be interesting to see what follows what. The new Thor film is set to follow the events of The Avengers film, and looks to reunite Thor and his lady love Jane (Natalie Portman).
Monsters University (June 21)
Disney doesn’t have a good reputation for sequels, unless those sequels happen to be in the excellent hands of Pixar. Returning to it’s fourth major release, the studio has decided to make a prequel. With John Goodman and Billy Crystal reprising their roles, and the storyline revolving around their pre-friendship days (think the first Toy Story movie), it’s pure Pixar formula.
Despicable Me 2 (July 3)
It’s been three years since we saw Gru and the girls, and still there has been no information as to what the film may be about. For sony pictures animation, this is about par. The trailer for the first film barely scratched the surface of what the film was really about. Chances are we won’t have any real idea until it’s at the screening stage.
ALSO COMING OUT: The Smurfs 2 (July 31), Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers (September 27)
A Good Day to Die Hard (February 14)
As a long time fan of the entire Die Hard series, I have to say that there’s nothing like the originals. But having Bruce Willis return as John McClane brings a smile to my face, especially since this film features the last McClane family member yet unseen: his son Jack. It’s also the first of the series to take place on foreign soil. This also seems to be Bruce’s year for sequels: along with this film, he’s also in the new sequels to G.I. Joe and Red this year.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (March 29)
To say that the first G.I. Joe movie was a disappointment would not be doing the phrase justice. Apparently someone somewhere thought it would be worth making a sequel to, but with definite improvements. Channing Tatum returns in his role, but this time comes with action heavy-hitters Bruce Willis and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in tow. A look at the trailer makes this a combination a possible success.
The Fast and the Furious 6 (May 24)
Just when I thought Hollywood was learning when to cut the cord, they announce another film for this series. What’s even more surprising is that Michelle Rodriguez is returning to star in this installment, reuniting with costars Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. Also joining is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, which is either good or bad news, depending on who you are, and will be his second sequel of the year.
Red 2 (August 2)
While the film won’t be the same without Morgan Freeman, the addition of Anthony Hopkins to the already excellent cast may cushion the blow. The third and final of Willis’s sequel appearances this year, the film also will be adding Catherine Zeta-Jones, David Thewlis, and Neal McDonough to its team. Taking all bids on which ones are the baddies.
300: Rise of an Empire (August 2)
The adventures continue in this sequel to the first 300, in which Xerxes and his army are pitted against Themistocles. Even though a new director is on board, he should be starting with a great script from returning screenwriter Kurt Johnstad.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (October 4)
The first Sin City was a successful film and became a cult classic. Now, eight years later, the studios have finally gotten around to making a sequel. No trailer has been released yet, but with the original cast and directors on board, the film is already off to a good start.
Star Trek: Into Darkness (May 17)
Let’s face it: there are very few people who have seen the first film who are not excited for a sequel. If your first Captain Kirk goes back to before Chris Pine, then you have even more insight into what the film may be about (does the name Khan ring a bell?). When I watch the trailer, I see the possibility of a fantastic action movie. When die hard fans see it, they’re tallying a list of possible villains and storylines. Regardless, the trailer looks impressive, and it’ll pull everyone to the box office.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22)
Fans of the first Hunger Games film are looking forward to this next instalment at the end of the year. But unlike the first film, and like most films in a series, it is highly likely that the film will end on a cliffhanger. Saying any more may spoil the film, but if you’re feeling impatient, then I would highly recommend the books to satisfy yourself.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 13)
Fans of the first film won’t have to wait as long for the second film to come out. The second film of the series is set to release at the end of the year. Fortunately fans won’t have to wait so long until the third and final instalment: it’s set to release seven months later in July 2014.
ALSO COMING OUT: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (August 16)
Which sequel(s) are you looking forward to the most? Leave me a comment or send me a tweet at @TheRealAtellix!