6 sequels of 2015 films that we're already looking forward to

  • 6 sequels of 2015 films that we're already looking forward to

When you've got a good thing going, are you going to leave it to one side and start afresh? Of course you're not, which is why Hollywood has such a fondness for sequels.

But some of this year's best films aren't sequels or franchises (excpet Mad Max and Jurassic World), but have fared so well that they've already been lined up for a second helping.

So here are the six best films from this year that have already had their sequels announced, that we are very excited about...

1. Kingsman 2

One of the surprise hits of 2015, Matthew Vaughn's homage/deconstruction of the classic James Bond films gave us new star in Taron Edgerton and a new violent, ass-kicking side of Colin Firth.

After the film's enormous success, grossing over $400 million when it came out in February, Fox announced a sequel of the comic book adaptation in April.

It's still unknown whether Colin Firth and Michael Caine will reprise their roles (seeing as they both died in the first one), but we're certain Taron Edgerton will return as teen petty criminal-turned-super spy to save the world from another cartoonish supervillain's plan for global domination.

2. Mad Max: Fury Road 2 (Mad Max: The Wasteland)

Tom Hardy starred as Max Rockatansky in the reboot of the '80s Mel Gibson trilogy set in a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland.

It was Charlize Theron who stole the show as Furiosa, the fiery female arms expert who boasted a mechanical arm, while director George Miller's vision and use of practical effects was widely praised in an increasingly-CGI age.

It's been given a title, Mad Max: The Wasteland, and rumours are abounding that Theron will not be returning as Furiosa, as Miller has said: "I’m not sure, is the answer.

"She’s not in the Mad Max [sequel] story, but in one of the stories there’s an interaction between [Max and Furiosa].

"I can’t really say more than that because it’s still in progress."

But whether Furiosa is in the follow-up or not, expect more practical effects, crazy characters and over-the-top action scenes.

3. John Wick 2

After spending what feels like ages starring in nothing but flops, Keanu Reeves blasted back onto our screens as the grieving ex-hitman who flips out in the most violent way when his puppy is killed by the Russian gangsters.

Reeves' return to the action genre was greatly enjoyed and the film's frenetic shoot-'em-up action was appreciated by fans and critics alike.

In May the sequel was given the green light, as directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch confirmed that they were planning John Wick as "a multiple-title action franchise"

More of the same really, in the best possible way. Keanu is returning, perhaps with a new puppy, or maybe even a kitten (to mix things up).

Let's hope the concept doesn't go the way of the Taken sequels - a disappointing retread of the same ideas, after a rip-roaring first instalment.

4. Jurassic World 2

Now a fully-functioning park, we visit Jurassic Park 22 years after the events of the first Jurassic Park (and conveniently ignore the two sequels), but of course, when it comes to Jurassic Park, things will always go wrong.

Chris Pratt played Owen Grady, who was working on training the velociraptors, while Bryce Dallas Howard played the park's operations manager and Dr. Wu returned from the first film to genetically engineer the terrifying and intelligent new Indominus rex.

On its way to becoming the third highest-grossing film of all-time, it broke many records, including the fastest film to gross $1 billion and the highest opening gross ever.

In July, a month after the film's release, Universal announced that a fifth Jurassic Park film has been scheduled for June 2018 and that Colin Trevorrow will pass the directing duties onto someone else, joining Steven Spielberg as executive producer.

With the park's reputation lying in ruins after the Indominus disaster, the park is certain to be shut and the dinosaurs may have moved on.

Colin Trevorrow has hinted that the dinosaurs may not be used for companies for non-entertainment purposes such as agriculture, medicine, and war - the war aspect was a major plot point in Jurassic World, with Vincent D'Onofrio wanting to put the raptors into warzones - will that be followed through in the sequel?

5. Straight Outta Compton 2

The story of hip-hop group NWA's formation and rise to superstardom was a worldwide smash, and became the highest-grossing music biopic (overtaking Walk The Line) by grossing $188 million across the globe.

The film was caught up in controversy about aspects of the group's story, most notably Dr Dre's violence against women, being erased from the finished film, but the film was still a critical hit.

While it hasn't officially being announced, entertainment website TMZ reported that a follow-up to the film, titled Dogg Pound 4 Life and would focus on the rise of West Coast hip-hop stars Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Kurupt, and Tupac among others.

While the likes of Nate Dogg and Kurupt aren't as well-known as the original members of NWA, Snoop Dogg and, especially, Tupac's rise to fame would be incredibly interesting to see, and maybe we'll find out whether Tupac actually died (we're still saying that he didn't).

6. Sicario 2

Having been released in the UK and US in October, it would seem that the studio have ultimate faith in Sicario's potential for success, as they are already developing a sequel to the FBI Mexican drug war thriller starring Emily Blunt and Benecio Del Toro.

It's reported that Lionsgate have let Taylor Sheridan, Sicario's writer, oversee the sequel.

Meanwhile Lionsgate are pushing for Sicario's Oscar campaign, with the studio's motion picture group co-chair Patrick Wachsberger declaring: “This movie has multiple Oscar potential — best movie, best director, best cinematography, best music, and, of course, the actors.”

Without revealing too much about the film (as it has only just been released), the focus will shift from Emily Blunt's idealistic FBI agent who is drafted in to the CIA's war against a Mexican drug kingpin, to Benicio del Toro's mysterious hitman.

Hopefully it'll be as intense, taut and thrilling as Sicario.

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