2017 is going to be a huge year for movies. If you thought 2016 had a bloated summer, just wait until this year. Stretching from April to August — the summer movie season is starting earlier each year — there’s the potential for over a dozen sure-fire big blockbusters.
Much of that will be because we are getting a lot of sequels. While some are hotly anticipated (we’re looking at you “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), others may feel like cash grabs — we only keep getting those “Transformers” movies because they’re making a lot of money overseas.
Keep reading to see all of the big sequels coming in 2017. You may not have even realised some of these were coming to the big screen.
Kate Beckinsale is back in the vampire franchise's fifth film and is joined this time by 'Divergent' star Theo James. The movie was originally set for an October release before being pushed back.
While reviews for the film aren't pretty, that shouldn't deter from the film's box-office potential. Collective reviews for the series have always been pretty rotten, yet each film is well-received by its fan base.
The series' last movie in 2012 was the highest-grossing of the franchise.
Yep. Vin Diesel is back in the role of the athlete-turned-spy 12 years later.
It's tough to say if this will be a big performer since the third film is out a decade later, but Diesel's been talking about this film since 2006. Never count out the star's loyal fanbase on Facebook.
Is it ever really the final chapter of 'Resident Evil'? One of the most profitable video game movie franchises, Milla Jovovich is back once again as Alice with Ali Larter fighting the undead and mutants.
The first five movies combined have grossed over $915 million worldwide.
'John Wick' was the unexpected hit of 2014 no one saw coming. When Keanu Reeves took the stage at New York Comic Con this past October, the 52-year-old actor received a standing ovation. Fans can't wait to see him back taking names as the titular ex-assassin. Better yet, they can't wait to see him reunited with his 'Matrix' costar Laurence Fishburne in the sequel.
Clearly, the film series knows how to cater to the fans. Hopefully, the movie lives up to the hype.
The first instalment of the 'Twilight' fan fiction grossed nearly $600 million at theatres.
You know fans are hungry for more of Christian and Ana's BDSM tale and will be coming in droves this Valentine's Day.
There's no stopping the 'Fast and Furious' train. The last film brought in over $1.5 billion and now that it looks like Diesel's playing the villain in the eighth movie, everyone's going to want to know why Vin's ditching 'family.'
We've been counting down the days for more of Baby Groot since the end of the first film in 2014 right along with you.
A sixth film? The next 'Alien' movie will be a sequel to 'Prometheus' and a prequel to 'Aliens.' Yeah, it's a little confusing, but Ridley Scott is back to direct and it looks like the sequel/prequel will be making a frightening return to its roots.
It won't be the only continuation of a franchise that month. A week later, we'll see Johnny Depp return for a fifth time as Captain Jack Sparrow. This time, Orlando Bloom will be back and Javier Bardem will join the franchise as Sparrow's old nemesis, Captain Salazar.
'Cars 2' is the worst-reviewed Pixar movie. Can another Cars movie save face? Instead of focusing on Mater, the third film in the franchise will focus on Lightning McQueen as he faces competition from a newer and younger generation of racers.
Yes, there is going to be another 'Transformers' movie this summer, and, yes, it's from Michael Bay.
The films, based on the Hasbro action figures, may not be big money makers domestically anymore, but the series continues to make a substantial amount of money internationally to warrant more sequels.
If it has the adorable little yellow minions in it, you know kids and parents alike are going to line up to make this another billion-dollar entry in the series.
It's been three years since the last 'Planet of the Apes' movie, but from what we saw at New York Comic Con, it looks like this entry with Andy Serkis and Woody Harrelson is going to be good.
The last film cracked $700 million for Fox. This should be another hit.
Low-budget horror movies slay. 2014's 'Annabelle' made $256.8 worldwide, ushering in a sequel that may skyrocket during a quiet August month. It will be the fourth movie in the popular 'Conjuring' franchise.
Here's the case of another unexpected runaway hit. The 2015 R-rated bloodbath from Matthew Vaughn featuring Colin Firth will bring on some big names in the sequel including Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, Jeff Bridges, and Channing Tatum.
Can a sequel work 34 years later? Maybe -- 'Jurassic World' worked 20 years later with some of the original cast returning, after all, but the same formula failed for 'Independence Day.'
With director Denis Villeneuve ('Prisoners,' 'Arrival') at the helm of the rebooted 'Blade Runner' and Harrison Ford back, we have our fingers crossed.
No one knows how to do successful low-budget horror movies quite like Jason Blum. The first two installments followed a family whose son becomes a vessel for ghosts. The third film in the franchise was a prequel. It's not clear where the fourth film will take viewers.
You didn't think the 'Saw' franchise was over, did you? An eighth film in the Lionsgate franchise featuring Jigsaw will hit theatres just in time for Halloween.
It's been over three years since we've had a proper Thor movie. Since Loki took over Asgard in the last film, we're ready to see Tom Hiddleston reprise his role as the cunning trickster.
I think it's safe to consider this a sequel to 'Batman v Superman.' 'Justice League' will follow the events of 'BvS' as Wonder Woman and Batman assemble a team to protect the earth against the vision Bruce Wayne had of a bunch of parademons taking over the world.
The ultimate event film of the year. We presume Rey will train with Luke in the yet-untitled film. Hopefully, we'll get some answers as to why Luke ran off, who the mysterious Snoke is, and who Rey's parents are.
'Episode VII' made over $2 billion in theatres worldwide. We wouldn't be surprised if 'Episode VIII' is even bigger.
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