Men in Black: International - June 14
The men (and in this case women) in black are back for another go at fighting aliens on Earth, unbeknownst to the planet's natural inhabitants. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith have retired as agents J and K, but Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, who reunite after a very memorable team-up in Thor: Ragnarok, are our new duo in Men in Black: International, which takes the action overseas and also features Liam Neeson in a lead role. F. Gary Gray, the man behind Straight Outta Compton and The Fate of the Furious is at the helm for this sequel/reboot.
Shaft - June 14
That whole idea that legends never die is just as true for Shaft as it is for anything else. This is a franchise that has endured now for more than four decades and, with any luck, this latest movie will bring the icon back for a new generation. This time around, Samuel L. Jackson returns to reprise his role from the 2000 movie, with Richard Roundtree once again back as the original Shaft. They're joined by Jessie T. Usher as Jackson's estranged son, who looks to pick up the family mantle. Tim Story directs, with X-Men: Apocalypse star Alexandra Shipp also set to star.
Toy Story 4 - June 21
For many, Toy Story 3 felt like the perfect way to wrap up Pixar's first franchise. But money talks and Disney loves money more than any other studio out there. So, we're getting Toy Story 4 whether we like it or not. This time around, Woody, Buzz and the gang will be making their way to a carnival, where we'll meet some new faces such as Forky and the duo of Ducky and Bunny, as voiced by comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele. Josh Cooley takes over as director of the franchise, in place of John Lassetter who, in light of recent controversies, is no longer working with Pixar in any meaningful way. Hopefully, this movie will wind up being more than a cash grab and won't undo the excellence that was accomplished in the last outing.
47 Meters Down: Uncaged - June 28
There are some great shark movies out there, with Jaws and, in a very different way, Deep Blue Sea coming to mind. But there aren't so many great shark movie sequels out there. Can 47 Meters Down: Uncaged be the exception to the rule? The first movie wound up being a surprise hit at the box office and Johannes Roberts is back in the director's chair for the follow-up. This time around, he's bringing a pair of daughters from very famous stars along for the ride in the form of Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx, and Sistine Rose Stallone, daughter of Sylvester Stallone. That alone should make this pretty interesting.
Annabelle 3 - July 3
James Wan gave horror lovers one of the great modern movies in the genre with The Conjuring. He also birthed an entire cinematic universe that has become one of the most reliable properties at the box office over the last handful of years. Next up is Annabelle 3, which sees screenwriter Gary Dauberman making his directorial debut. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as Ed and Lorraine Warren in what is being described as a horror version of Night at the Museum. Given how good Annabelle: Creation was when compared to its predecessor, this should be one for horror fans to mark down on their calendars.
Spider-Man: Far from Home - July 5
After The Amazing Spider-Man reboot failed to do what Sony needed it to do, the path was carved out for everyone's favorite webslinging hero to finally make his way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside the rest of the Avengers. Homecoming proved to be a satisfying start to this new Peter Parker's journey and Tom Holland will be back in Spider-Man: Far From Home. This time, Spidey is heading overseas for the first time in the history of the franchise and fan-favorite villain Mysterio, as portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal, is finally making his way to the big screen. Jon Watts is back to direct the sequel, which has the dubious honor of being the first MCU movie to come out after Avengers: Endgame. No pressure.
The Angry Birds Movie 2 - August 16
Video game movies have always been a tricky thing in Hollywood. While many moviegoers may not have adored the first movie in this franchise, it did more than well enough to justify The Angry Birds Movie 2. And, when looked at as a kid's movie, the first entry was mostly harmless and not altogether terrible. Will the sequel be able to improve upon its predecessor and be able to deliver something a bit more universally enjoyable? Probably not, but it's happening anyway. Thurop Van Orman is in the director's chair for the sequel.
IT: Chapter 2 - September 6
IT not only defied expectations; it went on to become the highest-grossing horror movie of all time. So, to say that expectations are high for IT: Chapter 2 would be an understatement. The adult version of the Losers Club, which includes James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James Ransone, Jay Ryan, Andy Bean and Isaiah Mustafa, is heading back to Derry to finish what they started with Pennywise 27 years after the events of the first movie. Andy Muschietti returns to the director's chair to brings us what is probably the most highly-anticipated non-superhero-related sequel of the year.
Zombieland 2 - October 11
It's taken an entire decade to make it happen, but we're finally getting a sequel to one of the best horror comedies ever made with Zombieland 2. The entire original team is back, with Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick penning the screenplay and Ruben Fleischer, hot off of Venom, back in the director's chair. On screen, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin are all back as well to show us what the world looks like more than a decade into the zombie apocalypse. The real question is, can they possibly top that amazing Bill Murray cameo?
Terminator 6 - November 1
To say the least, Terminator: Genisys wasn't what many fans were hoping for. But Paramount wasn't ready to let one of the great sci-fi franchises die. Not yet. So, they've brought back Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in what is being billed as a more direct sequel to T2. Arnold Schwarzenegger is also back, once again, as the T-800 alongside franchise newcomers like Mackenzie Davis and Gabriel Luna. Franchise creator James Cameron isn't in the director's chair, but he is heavily involved as a producer, with Deadpool helmer Tim Miller taking on directing duties. With any luck, Paramount is hoping Terminator 6 will kickstart a new trilogy and get the series back on track.
Kingsman: The Great Game - November 8
Perhaps not so much a sequel as it will be a prequel, but this is going to be the third Kingsman movie overall. Matthew Vaughn is coming back to direct a movie that won't feature Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and will, instead, focus on new characters years before the events of the first movie. Kingsman: The Great Game will also be one of the last major blockbusters to enter production at Fox before the Disney merger is complete. In some ways, this is going to help to mark the end of an era as the Mouse House will be in control of these properties moving forward. Let's hope Vaughn delivers the goods.
Frozen 2 - November 22
Disney scored themselves one of the biggest hits ever, period, with Frozen in 2013, which grossed a staggering $1.2 billion at the box office alone, not to mention the success of merchandise and the soundtrack. It's taken a while, but Frozen 2 is finally hitting theaters in 2019, with directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee back to deliver what promises to be one of the biggest guaranteed hits of the year. Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood and This Is Us favorite Sterling K. Brown join Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Idina Menzel this time around. But can they possibly deliver a song as popular as Let It Go?
Jumanji 3 - December 13
Never, ever underestimate the power of The Rock. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle went on to become a hit the likes of which nobody could have possibly expected, earning just shy of $1 billion worldwide and garnering mostly favorable reviews. And that's even more amazing considering that the sequel was going up against The Last Jedi. Sony, naturally, was quick to get the team back together for Jumanji 3, which sees Jake Kasdan back to direct with the core cast, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan, all returning as well. Can they really manage to capture lightning in that same bottle twice?
Star Wars 9 - December 20
This is it. It's all come down to this. The Last Jedi became the most divisive movie in the history of the Star Wars franchise and now, director J.J. Abrams has been brought in to finish what he started with The Force Awakens. Star Wars 9 is being billed as the end of the Skywalker saga, that journey we started more than 40 years ago in 1977 with George Lucas' original game-changing blockbuster. Billy Dee Williams is finally coming back as Lando Calrissian, alongside other returning old favs such as Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and, thanks to some repurposed unused footage from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Carrie Fisher will return as Leia. Will Rey rebuild the Jedi order? Can Kylo Ren be redeemed? So many questions. For now, precious few answers.
The sequel trend isn't slowing down and, while we're not prophets, a very large chunk of these are poised to be huge hits at the box office. So don't expect this trend to slow down any. If some of these are successful, expect to see some sequels to these sequels get the green light in the not-too-distant future. And when that happens, we'll be sure to let you know about it, perhaps in a similar list. But before we get too ahead of ourselves, there's a lot of movie watching to be done in 2019.