Sequels / Prequels / Backstories

Tom

An Old Friend
Aside from the never-ending remakes and reboots there also seems to be a never-ending supply of sequels, prequels and unnecessary side/backstory movies. Anything which does well in the box office is now game for multiple takes of the same story.

I mean, look at The Joker (2019).
The Joker was a foe of Batman. Not even a constant foe, but he did reappear in in multiple episodes and in some of the movies but he is a plot device character, not the focus, Batman was the focus.
Part of the Joker threat is how insane he can be. We don't need a backstory explaining how he got that way.
I don't want to know his life story. Its not meant to be the focus of the Batman Universe.
Then you have the Joker's girlfriend, Harley Quinn. I never heard of her before the 1st Suicide Squad and I certainly don't need to learn HER backstory!

So, this thread is about upcoming sequels, prequels and those backstory movies.
Sometimes they can be pretty good, sometimes they are obviously Hollymoney's plan to get richer.
Meanwhile, we public are forced to choose which to watch because they seem to refuse to produce (and release) new films or new films which are based on really good stories.

Some of those ignored stories could support a series of films.
Look at Dune.
Yeah, Dune has a couple of films and a mini-series but they are telling the same story over and over again.
The Dune novel series has many books worth turning into movies yet they focus on one story because we keep settling for the same ole same ole with new faces and better graphics.
I mean, c'mon!
 

Tom

An Old Friend
So, here's a few I've found...

Enola Holmes 2

Action, Adventure, Crime
Harry Bradbeer | Henry Cavill, Millie Bobby Brown
Sequel of Sherlock Holmes' rebellious teen sister Enola.

The Old Guard 2

Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Gina Prince-Bythewood | Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthias Schoenaerts, KiKi Layne
Plot Unknown. Sequel to The Old Guard (2020).

Beverly Hills Cop 4

Action, Comedy, Crime
Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah | Eddie Murphy
The plot is unknown.

Dorothy and Alice

Fantasy
Heroines from the the classic novels 'The Wizard of Oz' and 'Alice in Wonderland' are sent to a home for 'troubled' youths because of their wild and vivid dreams of far off worlds.

Bright 2

Action, Adventure, Crime
Will Smith, Joel Edgerton
Plot unknown. Sequel to the 2017 film 'Bright.'

Death Note 2

TV-MAAction, Crime, Drama
Sequel based on the 2017 film.

Live Die Repeat and Repeat

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Doug Liman | Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise
Plot unknown. A follow-up to the 2014 sci-fi film, 'Edge of Tomorrow'.

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions

2021
1h 28m
PG-13
Action, Adventure, Horror
Adam Robitel | Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll
Six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive. Joining forces with two of the original survivors, they soon...

Tron 3

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Garth Davis | Jared Leto
Plot unknown. Third installment of Disney's 'Tron' franchise.

John Wick: Chapter 4

2022Action, Crime, Thriller
Chad Stahelski | Keanu Reeves, Bill Skarsgård, Ian McShane

John Wick: Chapter 5

Action, Crime, Thriller
Keanu Reeves
The fifth installment of the 'John Wick' series.

Den of Thieves 2: Pantera

Action, Crime, Drama
Christian Gudegast | Gerard Butler, 50 Cent, O'Shea Jackson Jr.
Plot unknown. A sequel to the 2018 film 'Den of Thieves'.

Mad Max: The Wasteland

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
George Miller | Tom Hardy
Prequel to 2015's 'Mad Max: Fury Road', centering on the character Imperator Furiosa.

Bad Boys 4

Action, Adventure, Comedy
Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Lex Elle
Plot unknown. Fourth installment of the 'Bad Boys' film series.

Halloween Kills

20211h 46mRHorror, Thriller
David Gordon Green | Judy Greer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Anthony Michael Hall
The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues in the next thrilling chapter of the Halloween series.

Halloween Ends

2022Horror, Thriller
David Gordon Green | Judy Greer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak
The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode ends.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

2023Action, Adventure, Comedy
James Gunn | Karen Gillan, Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel
Plot unknown. Third installment of the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' franchise.

Jurassic World: Dominion

2022Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Colin Trevorrow | Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum
Plot kept under wraps.

Thor: Love and Thunder

2022Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Taika Waititi | Karen Gillan, Matt Damon, Chris Pratt
The sequel to Thor: Ragnarok and the fourth movie in the Thor saga.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

2022Action, Adventure, Fantasy
James Wan | Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson
Plot unknown. Sequel to the 2018 film 'Aquaman.'

The Matrix 4

2021Action, Sci-Fi
Lana Wachowski | Keanu Reeves, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Carrie-Anne Moss
The plot is currently unknown.

Sherlock Holmes 3

Action, Adventure, Mystery
Dexter Fletcher | Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris
The plot is unknown at this time.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

2021Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Jon Watts | Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland
A continuation of Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

2021Action, Thriller

Andy Serkis | Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams
Tom Hardy returns to the big screen as the lethal protector Venom, one of MARVEL's greatest and most complex characters. Directed by Andy Serkis, the film also stars Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris and

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

2021
PG-13
Comedy, Fantasy
Jason Reitman | Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon
When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

The King's Man

2021
R
Action, Adventure, Comedy
Matthew Vaughn | Ralph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, Gemma Arterton
In the early years of the 20th century, the Kingsman agency is formed to stand against a cabal plotting a war to wipe out millions.

Top Gun: Maverick

2021
PG-13
Action, Drama
Joseph Kosinski | Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller
After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would

Mission: Impossible 7

2022
Action, Adventure, Thriller
Christopher McQuarrie | Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise, Vanessa Kirby
Seventh entry in the long-running Mission: Impossible series.

Mission: Impossible 8

2023
Action, Adventure, Thriller
Christopher McQuarrie | Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Cruise, Vanessa Kirby
Plot unknown.

28 Months Later

A Quiet Place Spinoff

Alien 5

Amityville 1974

Army of the Dead 2

Bait 2

Beetlejuice 2

Blade 4

Cabin Fever: Outbreak

Chronicle 2

Cloverfield 2

Dog Soldiers: Fresh Meat

Don't Breathe 2

Evil Dead 2

Evil Dead IV

Evil Dead Rise

Final Destination 6

George A. Romero Presents: Road of the Dead

Gremlins 3

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2

Hocus Pocus 2

Insidious 5

Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer 2

Jeepers Creepers: Reborn

JeruZalem 2

Laid to Rest: Exumed

Lights Out 2

Mama 2

Night of the Living Dead II

Orphan: First Kill

Pet Sematary Prequel

Predator 5

Riddick 4: Furya

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 2

Shrooms 2

Silent Hill 3

Subspecies V: Blood Rise

Terrifier 2

The Collected

The Haunting in New York

The Host 2

The House on the Edge of the Park Part II

The Meg 2

The Nun 2

The Tunnel: Dead-End

Trick 'r Treat 2

Tucker and Dale Vs Evil 2

Wolf Creek 3

World War Z 2

SUICIDE SQUAD 2
DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS
THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER
BLACK PANTHER II
TRANSFORMERS: RISE OF THE BEASTS
CAPTAIN MARVEL II
INDIANA JONES 5
ROBOCOP RETURNS
BATGIRL
CUBED
G.I. JOE 3
GREEN LANTERN 2
JOURNEY 3: FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON
JUSTICE LEAGUE PART TWO
MAN OF STEEL 2
OBI-WAN KENOBI
SKULL ISLAND: BLOOD OF THE KING
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3
HAWKEYE
JEKYLL
THE SIX BILLION DOLLAR MAN
AVATAR 2
AVATAR 3
IRON SKY: THE ARK
STARSHIP II: RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMSES
20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA: CAPTAIN NEMO
AKIRA
AUSTIN POWERS 4
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION
DISTRICT 10
GUNSLINGER
I, ROBOT 2
INDEPENDENCE DAY 3
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 4
MACHETE KILLS AGAIN... IN SPACE!
NICK FURY
PONTYPOOL CHANGES
REAL STEEL 2
THE SINISTER SIX
SOURCE CODE 2
STAR TREK 14
THIS DARK ENDEAVOR: THE APPRENTICESHIP OF VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN
WANTED 2
LOKI
HERBERT WEST: REANIMATOR
 

screenersam

This is news, Vincenzo, NEWS!
OMG on and on and on
many of these would be better suited to miniseries (maxi-series?) of 10-20 eps (or more) to flesh out the story (if there is any story, not just rehashing)
IIRC MTV did that with Scream. never got to watch it.
they in bidness to make money and recycling usually assures a certain return.

here's a ?: which of these would we like to see a Breaking Bad type teleseries?
I would love to see Batman done that way. similar to the comics; you get a few weeks for the story then move on.

I AM looking forward to the Ghostbusters sequel. trailer looks awesome.
(an example of you mentioned better sfx now)
 

Tom

An Old Friend
Unlike many people, I can tolerate sequels as long as they continue the story. Sometimes a prequel can add to the story significantly.
What I can't understand is the side story for insignificant characters. Harley Quinn & the Joker are just two.
Its like creativity is taboo for Hollyweird.

A good example of doing it right, to me, is the Split/Glass set. They used Split to create a universe which is supported by its sequel Glass. The idea has potential to be very interesting if they do it right. Thing is, I doubt they will continue the storyline.

Using Monarch to tie together Legendary's Monsterverse is also brilliant. It opens branches for a wide range of monsters in future installments but the idiots suggested Monarch will be shut down. If Monarch disappears, they're shooting themselves in the foot.

Dark Universe was another brilliant idea. Problem is, they changed the story of The Mummy and people didn't support it. So, they scrap the idea instead of making better movies. Look what they did to The Invisible Man. It wasn't even an invisible man, just high technology and a suit being worn.

There are some I look forward to:
JUSTICE LEAGUE PART TWO
DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION
GUNSLINGER
PONTYPOOL CHANGES
I want them to make a sequel to Operation Rainfall.
The Tomorrow War 2 (not sure how that could be done?)
Infinite 2
Outside The Wire 2
Brightburn 2
Rim of the World 2
Scarlett 2
Rampage 2
Freaks 2
Deep Rising 2
Boss Level 2
Zathura 2
RED 3
Sputnik 2
Lazarus 2
Space Sweepers 2
Cosmoball 2
Clown 2
Nobody 2
The Relic 2
Guns Akimbo 2
Artemis Fowl 2
Vivarium 2
Primal 2
Little Monsters 2
Deadtectives 2
Us 2
Discarnate 2
The Darkest Minds 2
Tau 2
Spectral 2
The Belko Experiment 2

Just a few but if I were to consider really old movies there are literally hundreds of movies which beg for a sequel.
which of these would we like to see a Breaking Bad type teleseries?
I've never seen Breaking Bad or a teleseries.
Frankly, I don't watch many shows, I like movies best.
Perhaps because they are longer?
I only watch a few TV shows and will not watch them unless I have the entire season I can play in a non-stop playlist (without commercials).
Lately, I haven't been watching any new series.

As for Marvel and that mess, I'll watch them but Marvel movies are lame and uninspired.
I prefer DC over Marvel. I was really, really impressed with Zack Snyder's Justice League.
Monster Hunter was lame.
The remake of 'It' was lame.

I love monster movies.
There's a lot of monster movies which were done, with great concepts, but were left hanging.
I love intelligent science fiction.
Way too many brilliant science fiction movies left room for sequels which were never developed.
Even some syfy/asylum productions had some really good scifi concepts. Too bad they wasted them.

Lets face it, Hollyweird is not going to do what makes sense, they're going to do what makes dollar$. Its all about the money and how they look at the public reaction. Intelligence, creativity and sense is not in the equation.
 

screenersam

This is news, Vincenzo, NEWS!
The Relic (great book) had a sequel, I believe called 'Reliquary'.
not bad
I'm seeing a lot of meh in that list. 'Deep Rising'? not bad but worth a sequel?
 

Tom

An Old Friend
The Relic (great book) had a sequel, I believe called 'Reliquary'.
not bad
I'm seeing a lot of meh in that list. 'Deep Rising'? not bad but worth a sequel?
LoL, The Relic with the Kothoga

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Deep Rising's ending suggested another monster was on the island.
I'd love to see it.

I loves me sum monsters!
 
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