It is probably no secret to anyone who has been to a movie in the last few years, Hollywood is making an awful lot of sequels right now. The idea of sequels is absolutely nothing new, but the sheer volume of sequels being pushed out is simply staggering at times. Though some of these sequels are disappointing, getting long awaited sequels or getting to see a new movie from your favorite franchise every couple of years is very nice. And 2017 has a lot of sequels on the way that we can look forward to.
One quick scroll through IMDB, and you’ll realize just how many sequels are on the way next year, many of which you probably didn’t even know were even being made. 2017 will have every variety of sequel that a moviegoer could want, or maybe not want. There are sequels we’ve been waiting nearly two decades for, sequels that have been turned around in a stunningly short period of time and everything in between.
If 2016 has been any kind of an indicator, this sequel trend isn’t going to slow down anytime soon, but studios may become a bit more cautious. Sequels this year have enjoyed tremendous success, like Captain America: Civil War, The Conjuring 2, and Finding Dory. On the other hand, sequels that waited a little bit too long to make their way to theaters like Zoolander 2 and Alice: Through The Looking Glass bombed in a big way, so we may be seeing less of that kind of thing in the future.
What is perhaps most interesting about the slate of sequels due out in 2017 is that the ones that have a lot of potential run the gamut. Of course there are some superhero movie sequels that should be good, such as Hugh Jackman’s last time out as Wolverine, as well as the follow up to Guardians of the Galaxy. But also, next year we are getting Star Wars: Episode VIII, and pretty much any year where we get a new Star Wars movie (which looks like every year until that well dries up) is exciting.
We can’t promise that all of these sequels are going to be good, but we can say that all of these sequels have the potential to be good, and that is reason enough to get excited about them. There are no guarantees, afterall. For example, who would have guessed that a movie with both Batman and Superman in it would be one of the most disappointing movies of 2016? In any case, here are 17 movie sequels coming out in 2017 that you should be excited for.
XXX: The Return of Xander Cage – January 20
By the time XXX: The Return of Xander Cage comes out, it will have been 15 years since the original XXX was released. After the disastrous XXX: State of the Union, which didn’t even star Vin Diesel, there wasn’t a whole lot of interest in a sequel. However, in the time since, Diesel has become a massive star, largely thanks to his work in the Fast and Furious franchise. So, we are indeed getting a proper XXX sequel, and it looks awesome and terrible all at the same time. Samuel L. Jackson is also returning, which is always a good thing, and there is a lot of skiing on terrain that is not snow, which is fun. If you need some more Vin Diesel in your life outside of the Fast and Furious movies, then mark down January 20, 2017 on your calendar.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter – January 27
Video game sequels are a very tricky thing. In fact, getting the first video game movie right still seems to be a very elusive thing for Hollywood. Despite not being critically loved, the Resident Evil franchise is the most enduring video game movie franchise ever, and it really isn’t even close. After nearly 15 years watching Alice fight zombies, the Resident Evil franchise is finally coming to an end (before the inevitable reboot) with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Sure, some of the entries in this franchise have been less than great, but the first teaser trailer for The Final Chapter is encouraging. Granted, most of the time, when movies come out in January it is kind of a death sentence, but with studios needing to find room for their tentpole movies, January isn’t as much of a dumping ground as it used to be. Get ready to watch Milla Jovovich kill a whole lot of zombies and monsters when Resident Evil: The Final Chapter drops on January 27, 2017.
T2: Trainspotting 2 – February 10
It has been 20 years since Danny Boyle brought us his classic adaptation of Trainspotting, which may still be one of the best novel-to-screen adaptations of all time. Now, all of these years later, Boyle is bringing back Sick Boy, Begbie, Spud and Tommy for Trainspotting 2, which the director is boldly calling T2. Another pretty good director by the name of James Cameron once named the Terminator sequel T2 as well, which is widely considered to be one of the greatest sequels ever. Perhaps this is Boyle displaying some confidence over the material? In any case, this is probably not going to be a Zoolander 2 situation. All of the original, central cast members are coming back, and it will be loosely adapting the follow up novel Porno. This should definitely be one to look forward to.