The sequel situations from all of this year's biggest films

  • The sequel situations from all of this year's biggest films

We're over halfway through 2019 and we've seen some unexpected successes and failures in the film world.

Sequels are always big business, as they're building on a already-successful base and giving fans more of what they want.

So while we're ruling out sequels that were already announced before the film's release, such as any of the confirmed MCU sequels or Godzilla vs Kong, we're having a look at the sequel states of some of the biggest films of 2019 so far...


Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Despite being the best-reviewed live-action film adaptation of a video game, it receieved mixed feedback, but was a hit at the box office, grossing over $427 million worldwide, as fans loved Ryan Reynolds voice acting as the iconic Pokémon mascot.

Production company Legendary Entertainment announced in January - four months before the film's release - that a sequel was already in development.

SEQUEL STATUS: Signed on before the VFX artists had finished on the first one

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Unlike many others on this list, John Wick had two previous successful films going in, and was able to build on the world stacked with hitman-filled hotels, strict assasin rules and a mysterious High Table which runs the assassin world.

In Parabellum, John Wick's 'excommunicado' status from the Continental Hotel saw every assassin focus their attention on killing him to claim the $10m reward. Obviously Wick desposed of them in with brutal efficiency, and left a very big cliffhanger for a fourth film.

After Chapter 3 met expected box office returns in its opening weekend, Lionsgate announced to fans that a fourth chapter will be coming out on 21st May 2021.

SEQUEL STATUS: Release date already confirmed. Stick it in your calendars.

Escape Room

This psychological horror mystery passed many people when it was released at the beginning of the year, and based around the escape room challenges that are sweeping the globe.

Despite semi-decent reviews, the film, which saw six strangers having to navigate their way out of a maze of deadly mystery rooms, made a huge $120m box office return off its $9m budget.

This prompted Columbia Pictures to green light a sequel set for release in August 2020, with director Adam Robitel and writer Bragi F Schut returning in their original roles for the sequel.

SEQUEL STATUS: Confirmed - and hopefully it'll make as much of a profit as the original


With DC and Warner Bros. focusing less on the DCEU, Shazam! still joined Aquaman and Wonder Woman in the cinematic universe with his origin story of how he goes from teenage boy to muscular superhero at the utterance of the word 'shazam'.

Shazam! was a huge success, praised for bringing a bit of fun and jokes to the usual dark and serious tone of DC's films, and everyone was expecting that - especially with a post-credits sequel hook - that we'd be getting a sequel.

They were right, after the film's lucrative opening weekend, producer Peter Safran and director David F. Sandberg confirmed that we'll be getting more Shazam, with screenwriter Henry Gayden returning to pen a script for the sequel.

SEQUEL STATUS: A script is probably already being worked on. Expect a release at some point in 2021


Happy Death Day 2U

After the first Happy Death Day was very well received by critics and fans, a sequel to the Groundhog Day-style slasher was immediately set into motion.

With Happy Death Day 2U taking a sci-fi approach to the same formula, it was praised for adding a fresh spin on the sequel and continuing to inject the slasher with a healthy dose of black comedy.

When asked a third installment, writer/director Christopher Landon stated that he "definitely [has an idea for] the third movie in [his] head", while studio boss Jason Blum has said that if "enough people see this movie, we're gonna make a third movie, we want to make a third movie".

Following the film's less-than-projected success at the box office, Blum said a third film was "not very [likely] but not impossible".

SEQUEL STATUS: Possible, but it's up in the air at the moment

The Lego Movie 2

Where the first Lego Movie wowed fans with its constant jokes, bright and colourful animation and surprisingly deep story, the follow up didn't capture audiences' imaginations quite as sucessfully.

It seemed that the sequel wasn't able to conjure up the wonder in the sequel and also failed to meet Warner Bros' box office expectations.

Stars Chris Pratt and Will Arnett, as well as the franchise's writers/directors/producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller have all expressed their enthusiasm for another film, but we still have a couple of spin-off films, The Billion Brick Race (a LEGO inspired racing movie) and a Lego Batman Movie sequel, before any potential main sequel before that.

SEQUEL STATUS: Everyone's keen, except for perhaps Warner Bros. - and they matter the most



Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn worked with his brother Brian and cousin Mark to develop a superhero horror movie that presented the idea 'what if Superman's origins story... but he was evil.'

The fresh new approach was a standout idea in a saturated superhero market and fans were keen, but the film underperformed at the box office after middling reviews for failing to deliver on an exciting premise.

When asked about the possibility of a sequel, director David Yarovesky said that it was down to the success of the first film and remained quite reserved on any potential follow-ups:

“To me, if we are so lucky as to ever expand the universe of Brightburn, I would like to do it in the same way: that no one would see it coming and then we would drop some really surprising thing on everyone.”


“[i]f we were to expand the Brightburn universe in other installments and in other ways, we would probably be doing it in the exact same way, in total secrecy and then drop a cinematic trailer at some point that kind of teaches [one] what that new direction may be.”

SEQUEL STATUS: Not likely, but there's always a chance

Pet Sematary

The latest attempt to adapt a Stephen King novel for the big screen and the second go at this particular property, following the 1989 film, which sees a family's ill-fated attempt to bring their cat back from the dead in a nearby 'Pet Sematary'.

Unlike 2018's It, which was met by glowing reviews and an instant sequel, Pet Sematary was met with indifference from critics, but still managed to clear the $100m mark at the global box office.

A month after the film's release, screenwriter Jeff Buhler explained that they are batting about ideas for a potential sequel, which countered producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura's earlier statement that he "generally doesn't start thinking about [sequels] until they're a success."

SEQUEL STATUS: There's plenty of source material for inspiration, but this one probably won't happen

Alita: Battle Angel

It took nearly 20 years for James Cameron to get an adaptation of the Japanese manga to the big screen, who then handed the project to Robert Rodriguez to direct.

With middling feedback, Alita's visuals were roundly praised, and just about managed to cover over a muddled and protracted plot.

Rodriguez made sure to leave an open-ended climax, as he and Cameron were keen on making a follow-up, and the film managed a bumper box office return, but Alita's production company 20th Century Fox was snapped up by Disney earlier this year.

SEQUEL STATUS: Disney's takover of 20th Century Fox have left any future installments on very shaky ground


Jordan Peele had the task of following up his incredible directorial debut Get Out with something equally unsettling, exciting and gripping.

Us was another horror-thriller that sees 'tethered' feral doppelgängers coming from underground to kill their above-ground counterparts, and was just as terrifying as Get Out.

When pressed on a sequel, or building on the world of the 'tethered', Peele responded:

“Sure. It’s a fun one! There’s a lot going on there. The Us-verse ... I like that.”

However, leading lady Lupita Nyong'o was less enthusiastic about reprising her character:

Thank you, no no. I'm good. I'm retired from the tethered world, you know?”

SEQUEL STATUS: A spin-off at most, but probably not even that



M. Night Shyamalan stuck in a scene at the end of Split which tied it to his 2000 thriller Unbreakable and set the wheels in motion for an unexprected Shyamalan Superhero Cinematic Universe.

Glass saw Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis' Unbreakable character join James McAvoy's Split character(s), but turned out to be a bit of a miss with fans, but still made over ten times its budget at the box office.

While Glass ended with a potential sequel hook, Shyamanalan has repeatedly stated that he has no interest in building a cinematic universe.

SEQUEL STATUS: Shyamalan has said that there's no chance

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

The hugely-popular children's animated series sees a clumsy, young Viking named Hiccup tame a dragon named Toothless and becomes a corageous dragon rider.

Each of the three instalments, including The Hidden World - the third in the franchise - all boast over 90% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and in total have grossed over $1bn worldwide.

When asked about a fourth installment, which was surely a certainty considering the success of the three previous movies, director Dean DeBlois confirmed the third sequel, The Hidden World, will be the last in the series:

“We thought about it for a long time and came up with what we think is a bittersweet way to say goodbye to these characters, but the right way."

"And by the end of this film, you’ll have answered the question of what could have happened to them.”

SEQUEL STATUS: Not any time soon

The Kid Who Would Be King

Joe Cornish wrote and directed the modern take on the King Arthur legend with kids in the main roles, who are forced to wield excalibur to save the world from the wicked sorceress Morgana.

Despite the film receiving high praise from critics, the film failed at the box office, losing around $50m. The poor showing was believed to be down to audiences' lack of interest to the medieval source material - a thought echoed by similar flops King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Robin Hood.

While Cornish is keen to make a sequel, the film's significant box office loss means that we're unlikely to see another Kid Who Would Be King outing.

SEQUEL STATUS: The box office failure has all but ruled out a sequel


Fans were disappointed when it was announced that instead of getting a third Guilhermo del Toro's Hellboy movie, the franchise would be rebooted instead.

The Descent director Neil Marshall would be replacing del Toro, and Stranger Things star David Harbour would be replacing fan-favourite Ron Perlman as the half-demon paranormal research investigator.

Marshall's portrayal, while darker less fantastical and closer to the comics than the previous films, was a big letdown when it was released.

When asked about any potential sequels, Habour explained:

"I think the idea is to move on. The producers spoke to me just saying, 'Great job,' they really liked what I did, but I haven't heard anything about a sequel, and I'm not hanging my hat on anything like that."

SEQUEL STATUS: Probably best to move on and start afresh































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