The craving for more after a satisfying movie is a universal sentiment in cinema. Some stories leave us yearning for a continuation, a sequel that goes deeper into the characters and narratives we've come to love. Here's a list of movies, including the blockbuster hit Crazy Rich Asians, that have left audiences hungry for more and have us hoping for sequels.
Crazy Rich Asians
Since 1993's The Joy Luck Club, this was the first predominantly Asian cast movie from a prominent Hollywood studio. Crazy Rich Asians took us into the opulent world of the Young family in Singapore, leaving us captivated by its glamour, humor, and heartfelt moments.
While a sequel has been rumored, we are now going on six years of waiting. What has been reported is that Crazy Rich Asians 2 is currently in the pre-production and development stages. Warner Brothers has not provided official confirmation or significant updates.
There are two other books in Kevin Kwan’s series, providing enough material to warrant a sequel or even a third movie. Gemma Chan, who played Astrid in the first movie, was interviewed by Radiotimes.com in 2019: “As far as I know, they're starting to write scripts for the second film and the third film.” However, the proposed filming started during Covid, which could have caused some delays.
The Batman II
In The Batman Robert Pattinson's compelling portrayal of the Dark Knight left audiences hungry for more, and The Batman II promises to take us deeper into Gotham's shadows.
Colin Farrell may return to portray Oswald Cobblepot, also known as the Penguin, as he is set to star in a miniseries scheduled for release in 2024. At the same time, Catwoman's character, played by Zoë Kravitz, is expected to evolve further, exploring her complex alliance with the Caped Crusader.
The promise of a darker, more intricate Gotham City awaits in this highly anticipated sequel.
La La Land
The enchanting world of La La Land whisked audiences away into a dazzling world of song, dance, and romance, leaving us tapping our toes and humming its tunes long after the credits rolled. Damien Chazelle's cinematic masterpiece paid homage to the golden age of Hollywood and delivered a heartfelt narrative of dreams, love, and the pursuit of artistic passions.
Director Damien Chazelle is recognized for creating standalone films, but the desire for a sequel to La La Land is hard to ignore. A sequel could either revisit central characters, Mia and Sebastian, catching up with their lives and artistic endeavors or introduce a fresh ensemble making their way in the glitzy yet challenging Hollywood landscape.
Edge of Tomorrow
The sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, left audiences exhilarated with its innovative take on time travel. The narrative intricacies of the time-loop phenomenon, where the characters relive the same events repeatedly, made it suspenseful and exciting.
On Variety's Awards Circuit Podcast, Emily Blunt expressed her eagerness to return for the sequel to Doug Liman's 2014 sci-fi action movie. Blunt said, “Doug and I talk all the time about it. I know Tom wants to do it, hopefully, at some point. But it’s timing, but it’s also been ten years since we made it… There was an amazing script in the works, but I think it would only have worked if we shot it eight years ago. I’m not saying we’re that ancient, but you have to factor in it’s been ten years.”
Dungeons & Dragons
After watching Honour Among Thieves, I searched the internet for any whispers about a sequel. The scripts for a sequel could be based on the expansive lore of Dungeons and Dragons.
Details about the sequel remain tantalizingly scarce. GamesRadar spoke to Chris Pine, who plays Edgin the bard, about a possible sequel, “I've heard some rumors about it,” he says. “But I don't know anything yet. But I feel pretty confident that it may happen.” When asked if he'd be happy to return, Pine responds: “Absolutely.”
Joker: Folie à Deux
Joaquin Phoenix's award-winning portrayal in the first Joker film was an unforgettable exploration of a descent into madness. Todd Phillips directed the gripping narrative.
Anticipation is high for the upcoming October release of Joker: Folie à Deux. Teasers and hints promise a psychological rollercoaster. The legacy of the first film primes audiences for another spellbinding journey into the dark and chaotic world of Gotham's infamous Clown Prince of Crime.
Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes
In the Planet of the Apes franchise, a trilogy, audiences witnessed Caesar's compelling journey from a captive experiment to a revolutionary leader.
The highly anticipated release of Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is expected to come out in May 2024. The sequel teases a continuation of Caesar's legacy and the ongoing struggle for dominance between apes and humans. With glimpses of intense confrontations and alliances, the sequel promises a thrilling exploration of the complex dynamics that define this dystopian world.
The 1988 film Beetlejuice became a cult classic thanks to Michael Keaton's iconic performance as the mischievous ghost. Fans have long clamored for a sequel.
Now, the eagerly anticipated Beetlejuice 2 is on the horizon. Teasing a return to the afterlife with the irreverent and eccentric Beetlejuice, played by Keaton, the sequel promises a fresh blend of supernatural humor and macabre charm.
Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire
Prepare for the seismic clash in Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire set to roar into theaters under the direction of Adam Wingard. This colossal sequel follows the aftermath of Godzilla vs. Kong and promises an alliance between the kaiju against a ferocious new ape Titan.
As the new empire rises on March 29, 2024, fans can anticipate a cinematic experience that pushes the boundaries of kaiju warfare, unveiling a fresh chapter in the ongoing saga of these colossal titans.
Gear up for the epic return of gladiatorial glory as Gladiator 2 hits theaters on November 22, 2024, under the masterful direction of Ridley Scott. While Russell Crowe won't be reprising his role, the sequel promises a gripping narrative centered around Lucius, the nephew of Commodus and the witness to Maximus' legendary battles. In this installment, set two decades later, Paul Mescal steps into the role of the grown-up Lucius, seeking to honor Maximus' legacy and carve his path in the arena.
Sometimes, we go into films blind, not having any expectations.