2017 Movies That Already Have Sequels in the Works

Countless films released in 2017 were clearly hoping to get sequels and establish cinematic universes, but now never will due to poor box office performance, from King Arthur: Legend of the Sword to Blade Runner 2049. Even more so than usual, tons of non-Disney and non-superhero blockbusters seemed to wither and die.

At the same time, there were a lot of films that did unexpectedly do quite well and that, as a result, will return for more fairly soon.

Here’s a look at some of those movies released in 2017 that already have sequels in the works. We’ll be focusing only on movies where a sequel was announced after the film in question had come out. If a sequel was already in development before the movie was even released — as with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Spider-Man: Homecoming — it doesn’t count.

1. Murder on the Orient Express

Kenneth Branagh in Murder on the Orient Express

Kenneth Branagh in Murder on the Orient Express | 20th Century Fox

Based on the Agatha Christie novel, Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express did quite well at the box office in 2017. The story was wrapped up in that film, but Christie wrote a series of novels featuring the same detective, Hercule Poirot.

Now, Fox has ordered a sequel to Murder on the Orient Express that adapts another one of those Poirot novels: Death on the Nile. This one will see Poirot, expected to once again be played by Kenneth Branagh, investigating the murder of a young heiress.

Fox is moving forward with this sequel rather quickly, as it will come out in November 2019.

Next: This movie made a shocking amount of money, and the entire cast has signed on for more.

2. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle | Columbia Pictures

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was by far the biggest surprise success of 2017. Most people predicted that this reboot of the 1995 Robin Williams film would flop, but instead, it has grossed nearly $1 billion and is Sony’s most successful non-Spider-Man movie of all time.

So Sony is obviously moving forward with a sequel, as reported by Variety. Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan are all expected to return, as is director Jake Kasdan. Nobody knows what the plot of the sequel will be, but it will be interesting to find that out considering Welcome to the Jungle doesn’t exactly leave things open-ended.

Next: The star of this film says the sequel will be like Back to the Future.

3. Happy Death Day

Jessica Rothe in Happy Death Day

Jessica Rothe in Happy Death Day | Blumhouse Productions

Blumhouse’s Groundhog Day-meets-Scream slasher flick Happy Death Day opened in October 2017, and it made a killing at the box office. Naturally, a sequel is in the works. Blumhouse has yet to officially announce it, but it’s reportedly going to film this year.

Lead actress Jessica Rothe has said that it is a “Back to the Future type of genre film where the sequel joins us right from where we left off, it explains a lot of things in the first one that didn’t get explained, and it elevates everything.”

Next: This is the last film you would ever expect to get a sequel. 

4. Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name

Call Me By Your Name | Sony Pictures Classic

The Oscar-winning romantic drama Call Me By Your Name is one of the films from 2017 you’d least expect to get a sequel. But director Luca Guadagnino is currently planning one.

Call Me By Your Name is based on a book, and there was only one of them. However, at the very end of the novel, there is a flash forward to over a decade later when Oliver comes to visit Elio.

Guadagnino told Vulture that the sequel would take place in the 1990s, meaning it would be at least seven years later. HIs plan is to release the sequel in 2020.

Next: Despite not receiving great reviews, this movie is still getting a sequel.

5. Bright

Will Smith and Joel Edgerton in Bright

Will Smith and Joel Edgerton in Bright | Netflix

Critics eviscerated the Netflix sci-fi film Bright when it came out in December 2017. But that didn’t matter to Netflix, as the movie pulled in 11 million viewers over the first few days.

So a few weeks after Bright‘s release, Netflix announced a sequel. Will Smith and Joel Edgerton will reportedly return, as will director David Ayer. Netflix hasn’t revealed anything else about the sequel, including the release date.

Next: One of the biggest box office hits of 2017 is, naturally, getting a second installment. 

6. It

Pennywise the clown

It | New Line Cinema

Everyone involved with the 2017 horror film It was clearly hoping it would get a sequel. After all, the film only adapts half of the Stephen King novel, and it ends with a title card that calls what we just saw Chapter One. However, when It opened in theaters, Warner Bros. hadn’t actually ordered a sequel yet. That was going to depend on how the first film performed.

Luckily, It was a total phenomenon, becoming the highest-grossing horror film of all time. So Warner Bros. quickly ordered a sequel shortly after It‘s release. It: Chapter Two will open on September 6, 2019. This one will feature a new cast playing grown-up versions of the kids in the original, although the child actors will also return for flashbacks.

Next: This movie was not even originally supposed to be released in theaters.

7. 47 Meters Down

Mandy Moore and Claire Holt in 47 Meters Down

Mandy Moore and Claire Holt in 47 Meters Down | Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures

The Johannes Roberts shark thriller 47 Meters Down was originally supposed to go straight to video. But Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures ended up releasing it in theaters, and this turned out to be a wise move. The film grossed $61 million worldwide on a budget of $5.5 million.

Now, a sequel is in the works, and, appropriately, it’s called 48 Meters Down. According to Variety, Roberts will return as director. However, Mandy Moore apparently won’t be back, as this sequel takes place in Brazil and follows five new characters who get trapped in an underwater ruin.

Next: One of the most beloved films of the year is thankfully getting a second chapter.

8. Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, crouching on a battlefield

Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman | Warner Bros.

It technically was not a guarantee that we’d ever see a second Wonder Woman film. Going into the solo movie, no sequel was in the works, and Gal Gadot wasn’t signed on to reprise the character again after Justice League. Patty Jenkins also was not committed to any future films.

But when Wonder Woman became the highest-grossing film of the summer, it was pretty obvious that Warner Bros. was going to keep this train going. They quickly signed Gadot and Jenkins back and announced Wonder Woman 2 for a December 2019 release — although the studio later moved it to November 2019 to avoid competition with Star Wars: Episode IX.

Next: This surprise sequel was successful enough that a third installment is happening.

9. Split


Split | Universal Pictures

Universal marketed M. Night Shyamalan’s Split as a horror-thriller, but it turned out to be something else entirely: (spoiler alert!) a supervillain origin story. Additionally, the twist ending revealed that the movie was actually a surprise sequel to Shyamalan’s 1999 film Unbreakable.

Now that Split was a box office success, Shyamalan is planning a third film in the series titled Glass. It will star the cast of both films, with Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James McAvoy on board. The sequel will hit theaters in January 2019 release.

Next: This movie was able to successfully revive a dead franchise.

10. Jigsaw

Five people wearing helmets and chains sit in a cell.

Jigsaw | Lionsgate Films

The eighth installment in the Saw series but the first one in seven years, Jigsaw was a retooling that was meant to reboot the franchise, theoretically for many more sequels. The box office take ended up being the second-lowest of the entire series.

Still, it was successful enough that Twisted Pictures is currently planning a ninth film, according to Bloody Disgusting. There’s not yet any word on when the sequel might come out or who might be in it.

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