It’s no secret that Hollywood loves creating remakes and sequels to beloved classic films. Sometimes, there are so many follow-ups in development, it can be hard to keep track — especially if it’s been years since the original movie’s debut. These films have long since been speculated over, but have recently seen new progress. Here are five long-awaited sequels now in the works:
In the decade since the 2001 flick premiered, rumors of a sequel have been flying around periodically, with no real progress seemingly being made. But recently, Justin Theroux, who played the evil DJ in the film, revealed to Vulture that the long-awaited follow-up is still a very real possibility. While he stopped short of confirming it’s actually happening, the actor confirmed they have a script and have been in talks to get it further in development recently. “We’re trying to sharpen it and hone it and, actually, I don’t want to jinx anything, but it looks like it actually might be starting to get up and running,” he said.
But while Theroux was initially also set to helm the sequel, the Leftovers star said that plan will likely change if the HBO show gets picked up for another season. In that case, Zoolander star Ben Stiller will likely take over the director’s chair.
A potential third installment of the beloved 1984 classic has long since been in development, but it didn’t seem as if it was ever going to hit the big screen. Star Bill Murray ruled out any involvement in the project early on and the original script, by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, has been revised following the death of original castmember Harold Ramis. But earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Sony was close to hiring a new director, Paul Feig of Bridesmaids and The Heat, to replace original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman. According to the report, Feig’s reboot would focus on female ghostbusters.
The Incredibles 2
The 2004 animated film earned rave reviews and $631 million at the box office. Since then, fans have been eagerly awaiting news of a follow-up to the movie about the family of superheroes. After years of speculation over a potential sequel, Disney finally confirmed they’ll be moving forward with a follow-up during the Disney Investor’s Meeting back in March of this year. The studio also revealed that Brad Bird, who directed and wrote the original film, is currently in the process of writing the script. No release date or plot details have been revealed just yet.
The 2003 cartoon film Finding Nemo won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and quickly became one of the highest grossing and most beloved Pixar movies ever. In the years since, many have petitioned for sequel, with no one pushing harder than Ellen Degeneres, the voice of the forgetful fish Dory. Plans for a follow-up, Finding Dory, were finally officially confirmed last year, with the script focusing on Degeneres’ character. The flick’s ending, which initially had characters end up in a Seaworld-like setting, had to be revised in 2013 after the release of controversial documentary, Blackfish. According to THR, the first scene of the movie just went into production. The movie is now set to premiere on June 17, 2016.
Avatar 2, 3, 4
The second, third, and fourth follow-ups to the 2009 fantasy films were first announced last year. This month, director James Cameron revealed that he’s almost done with all of the scripts and the preliminary preparations for each of the movies. Cameron is working on the set of sequels together as one giant project, in order to create what he has described as “one big story.” But while he might be creating them all at once, each of the flicks will then be released a year apart, with the first one slated to hit theaters in 2016.