9 Sequels and Remakes Hitting the Big Screen

Hollywood is a fan of repetition. Each year, old movies are remade and sequels are added to films that proved to be successful. This year is no exception. From remakes of old favorites, such as Ghostbusters, to sequels that fans have been waiting years for (Jason Bourne, anyone?) here are several films that you can expect to see hit movie theaters this year.

1. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (May 20)

Landing in theaters on May 20, this sequel to 2014’s Neighbors features Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne as a young couple who must find some way to deal with hard-partying neighbors who are disrupting their lives. If this sounds familiar, it’s because that was essentially the plot of Neighbors. The only difference this time around is that the out-of-control neighbors are members of a sorority, rather than a fraternity, and the  Radners (Rogen and Byrne) now have another child on the way.  Chloë Grace Moretz stars as the leader of the sorority, while Zac Efron returns as the former fraternity leader to help the couple outwit the sorority sisters.


2. X-Men: Apocalypse (May 27)

X-Men: Apocalypse is the sequel to 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past and the ninth installment in Fox’s convoluted X-Men film series.  The returning cast includes James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, and Nicholas Hoult as Beast. Hugh Jackman will also return as Wolverine, although it’s unclear at this time how big a role his character will play. The film will also introduce plenty of new actors to the X-Men universe, including Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey, Olivia Munn as Psylocke, Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, and Lana Condor as Jubilee. The team of superhero mutants must battle Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), a powerful and ancient mutant who threatens to destroy humanity.

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (June 3)

The latest installment in the long-running Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series lands in theaters this summer. Produced by Michael Bay and directed by Dave Green, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows will feature the Ninja Turtles’ longtime foe Shredder (Brian Tee), fellow crime fighter Casey Jones (Stephen Amell of Arrow fame),  and human allies April (Megan Fox) and Vern (Will Arnett). The film will also feature mutant henchman Bebop and Rocksteady (voiced by Gary Anthony Williams and Stephen Farrelly, respectively) for the first time on the big screen.

4. Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24)

Twenty years after humanity successfully fought off an alien invasion (thanks, Will Smith!), the aliens have returned in this sequel to the 1996 film Independence Day. And while Will Smith won’t be joining the battle this time, there are plenty of other stars who will, including Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, and  Vivica A. Fox. Independence Day: Resurgence also introduces Liam Hemsworth as a fighter pilot, Sela Ward as the first female U.S. president, and Maika Monroe as the former First Daughter and love interest to fellow fighter pilot Jake Morrison (Hemsworth).


5. Ghostbusters (July 15)

After years of trying to make a sequel to Ghostbusters II with the original cast, the studio opted to make a reboot instead. Although the trailer for the reboot set a record for the number of  “dislikes” it earned on YouTube (per BBC), it features a strong cast of comedy heavyweights, including Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig. Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones round out the new, all-female ghostbusting crew, while Chris Hemsworth completes the gender-flipped cast as the Ghostbusters’ secretary. Original stars Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray will also be making cameos in the rebooted Ghostbusters that lands in theaters on July 15.


6. Star Trek Beyond (July 22)

Set to hit theaters July 22, this is the sequel to 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, and the third installment in the rebooted Star Trek film series that kicked off with 2009’s J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek. Star Trek Beyond features the regular core group of Enterprise crew members — Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Bones (Karl Urban), Sulu (John Cho), and Scotty (Simon Pegg) — and introduces a new villain in the form of an alien named Krall (Idris Elba). With Justin Lin at the helm this time around, Star Trek Beyond will be the first film in the rebooted Star Trek series to not be directed by J.J. Abrams (who was apparently too busy working on another iconic sci-fi franchise).

7. Jason Bourne (July 29)

Matt Damon will finally reprise his starring role as Jason Bourne after leaving the franchise following 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum. With original director Paul Greengrass at the helm, fans are hoping that Jason Bourne will recapture the magic that some felt was missing from the last installment (2012’s The Bourne Legacy) which focused on the character of Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), rather than Bourne.

8. Ben-Hur (August 19)

Based on the same novel that inspired the 1959 Academy Award-winning classic Ben-Hur, this film may be the ultimate example of a remake that no one asked for. However, it does feature some impressive cast members, including Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) as the titular character, and Morgan Freeman, who will bring his butterscotch smooth voice to the role of Sheik Ilderim.

9. The Magnificent Seven (September 23)

While it would be easy to dismiss The Magnificent Seven as yet another unnecessary remake of a beloved classic, this one has real potential to top the original. Besides featuring a stellar cast that includes Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, and Ethan Hawke, The Magnificent Seven was penned by Nic Pizzolatto (of True Detective fame), and is being helmed by acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Southpaw).

All movie cast, crew, and awards information courtesy of IMDb.

Additional reporting by Nathanael Arnold.

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