5 Upcoming Comedy Sequels You’ll Probably Enjoy More Than ‘Grown Ups 2’
For some horrible, unknown reason, and despite a critical slamming, Grown Ups 2 managed to out-gross far superior movies like Pacific Rim in its opening weekend. It might the final sign that Adam Sandler comedies are just critic proof and will always draw an audience, but it shouldn’t be an indication that comedy has reached a low point. The next couple of years are full of promising sequels, many of them comedies, and here are five of them that paint a far more hopeful picture than Grown Ups 3.
21 Jump Street was the surprise of last year, so it’s no surprise that a sequel is already in the works. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are thankfully both reprising their roles, returning to write a script treatment for the film, dubbed 22 Jump Street, with scribe Michael Bacall. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are also thought to be returning. Not a lot is known about the plot of the follow-up, but it’s currently set for release on June 13th 2014.
When a film spawns so many movie stars and a cult following as huge and devoted as Anchorman’s, it’s understandable that a sequel takes a while to plan and execute. Several false starts have been reported over the years, but this year we’ll finally get to see the return of the Channel 4 news team in Anchorman: The Legend Continues. All the main players like Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell are returning, but they’ll be bringing some friends along too. Look out for it this December 20th.
It’s lost Phil Lord and Chris Miller as directors (and the voice of Mr. T) but that doesn’t mean Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs won’t be a as gloriously surprising and entertaining as the first movie. This time around the food Flint Lockwood’s machine creates will be alive, with living pickles and tacodiles making up the main threat to the characters. It’s a bit of bad news that the series has lots it’s writing/directing duo to 21 Jump Street and LEGO, but our hopes are still high for this one.
As comebacks go, 2011’s The Muppets was a cracker, so the upcoming sequel Muppets Most Wanted is a pretty sure bet. Described as a semi-sequel to the first film, the movie is said to have a similar premise to 1981’s The Great Muppet Caper and will trade in Muppet tradition with celebrity cameos and comedic musical numbers. Taking place all over Europe, it’s going to be a much less intimate adventure for the gang, and hits theatres on March 21st 2014.
Recently confirmed for a 2015 release, the sequel to a cappella musical comedy Pitch Perfect is one of the many sequels currently in the works. Most of the cast, despite being really, really busy since the first movie propelled them all to super-stardom, have signed on to reappear in the next instalment (Anna Kendrick is still negotiating), and rumours have the movie set in London. Taking its lead from Glee, there are endless possibilities for the franchise, and an international excursion sounds just perfect.