5 Franchise Sequels Still to Come in 2013
It might only be August, but the summer blockbuster season is already starting to wind down. All of the big franchise (and hopeful franchise-starters) movies have come and gone, and it seems to have been more of a ruthless bloodbath than many previous years (RIP The Lone Ranger). But, as we know, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes away, and there are still plenty of sequels and threequels to look forward to in 2013. Here’s a list of five upcoming franchise sequels still to come this year:
Not technically a franchise just yet, but with the material ready and waiting to be adapted, Kick-Ass 2 arrives this month to break us out of our summer stupor with much more bad language, violence and PC-shattering than we’re used to from our superhero movies. It’s apparently so offensive that Jim Carrey has publicly denounced the movie, but a grown-up Chloe Moretz and super-villain played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse promise more of the same genre-bending fun that we had first time round. The film hits theaters on August 16th.
Fans of Pitch Black and its star, Vin Diesel, weren’t exactly shy about sharing their disappointment with 2004’s Chronicle’s of Riddick, but he’s back this year with a brand new sequel/reboot that promises to rectify some of the mistakes made with the character’s first solo outing. That’s promising quite a lot, of course, and some serious PR-work is going to have to be done to tempt scorned fans back into theaters. If it’s done, however, there’s every chance that this could reinvigorate the franchise and spawn more films in the future. The film hits theaters on September 6th.
The hard work’s arguably been done by the first post-Avengers Marvel movie, Iron Man 3, but Thor: The Dark World has almost as much to prove as the first film did. We now know that the character can work on screen and that he can integrate with other, less-fantastical, heroes, but what now? Haven’t we had enough of Loki as a maybe-villain? If sequels often take everything and make it bigger, won’t that mean the Thor universe will end up divorced from the rest of the universe? These questions will be answered when the film arrives November 8th.
The success of The Hunger Games wasn’t so much a surprise given the platform of the book series, but the scale of it must have altered a few plans behind-the-scenes. We’ve not got three movies, rather than two, to look forward to in the next few years, and the first, Catching Fire arrives later this year. We’re back in the arena, as the latest trailer revealed, but this time Katniss and Peeta are up against tributes much more experienced than either of them. Currently the last man standing from the great YA adaptation scramble of 2013, the sequel hits theaters on November 22nd.
The first Hobbit film wasn’t exactly slammed by critics, but there was much less fuss made of it than there had been when The Lord of the Rings first arrived – will The Desolation of Smaug change that indifference to elation? With Benedict Cumberbatch’s titular Smaug and an extended cameo from Legolas, there’s quite a lot more for fantasy-nerds to look forward to, and a newly created female elf played by Evangeline Lilly is also an interesting addition. Smaug arrives in theaters on December 13th.