By Vivian Scimone and Michelle Verderber
Everyone loves a good movie. Even better than a good movie is a good movie sequel. So, here is a list of the most exciting and long awaited sequels and reboots of movies that will be released in the next four years.
Captain America: Civil War
“Captain America: Civil War” is the third Captain America movie, which follows “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
The beginning of the film will involve Captain America leading the Avengers around the world to fight crime. A significant amount of damage is done at one of the team’s stops. This leads superheroes to work with the government, but some refuse. Tensions rise between the team, and a fight between Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) breaks out. The release date is May 6, 2016.
Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Episode VIII
Set thirty years after the sixth movie, “Return of the Jedi”, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and his Stormtroopers fight against Han Solo (Harrison Ford). The time jump takes into consideration the aging of the original actors. The seventh movie premieres Dec. 18, 2015 and the eighth movie will premiere May 16, 2017.
Alice Through the Looking Glass
“Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” is the sequel to the 2010 production of “Alice in Wonderland”. Set to release May 27, 2016, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) will travel back in time to save the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp).
Set six months after the events in “Finding Nemo,” released in 2003, the long awaited sequel “Finding Dory” will be released June 17, 2016. The film will focus on the forgetful but lovable fish, Dory. Voiced by Ellen Degeneres, she, Nemo (Hayden Rolence), and Nemo’s father, Marlin (Albert Brooks) will return in another ocean adventure, this time using Dory’s returning childhood memories to reunite her with her family.
Arts and Entertainment Network (A&E) made the original movie in 1989. Walt Disney Pictures remade the film and will release it on July 1, 2016. “The BFG” is based off of Roald Dahl’s book about a girl, Sophie, who meets the big, friendly giant (BFG). The other giants dislike the BFG, because he refuses to eat children. Mark Rylance voices the BFG, Bill Hader voices another giant, and Ruby Burnhill voices Sophie.
A childhood favorite, “Pete’s Dragon” (1977) is being revamped and will be released with the same name on Aug. 12, 2016. This live-action-animated fantasy comedy-drama will be directed by David Lowery and will feature Pete and his dragon escaping to a town to get away from his troubled adoptive family.
“Doctor Strange” is a Marvel superhero movie being rebooted from its 1978 film production. Benedict Cumberbatch will star as the surgeon whose career is destroyed and then turns to sorcery to defeat the evils of the world. The film will be released Nov. 4, 2016.
Beauty and the Beast
“Beauty and the Beast” is being revamped as a live-action movie musical starring Emma Watson as Belle. With the release date set to be March 17, 2017, the movie will follow the same classic fairytale story of an intelligent young woman falling in love with a monstrous prince against all odds.
“Cars 3,” a sequel to “Cars 2” (2011) and “Cars” (2006), will be released on June 16, 2017. Not much plot information has been released yet, but we know that the movie will take place on California’s Route 99.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Marvel keeps its its projects a secret but there are a few paths the film can go down. The story could involve figuring out who Peter Quill’s (better known as Star-Lord) father is, or a revenge story between Drax “The Destroyer” and Thanos. The story will bring back the five main characters Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Groot (Vin Diesel), and Rocket (Bradley Cooper). The movie will be released May 5, 2017.
Toy Story 4
Pixar will expand on the lives of the toys in the upcoming “Toy Story” movie. Not much information has been released yet but the basic story revolves around Woody and Bo Peep. Bo Peep was missing in the third movie, and some speculated that she was sold at the yard sale.
“The story will have to explain what happened to her and perhaps have the characters embark on a quest to find her again,” speculated the Daily Dot. The film will be released June 15, 2018.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tells No Tales
Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow along with Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) in the new “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Kaya Scodelario from the “Maze Runner,” Brenton Thwaites from “The Giver,” and other actors will join the franchise.
In the film, Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the Trident of Poseidon, which has the power to control the sea. The usual antics throughout the film will continue as Sparrow confronts ghost pirates and his previous nemesis, Captain Salazar. The film will be released on July 17, 2017.
The Incredibles 2
“The Incredibles 2” will be a sequel to “The Incredibles” (2004). Director Brad Bird of the first film is returning to direct the sequel. The suspected release date is June 21, 2019. Aspects of the plot have not yet been released, however we expect it to be just as entertaining as the first film.