Here are the sequels we can’t wait to see: “Matrix”, “Avatar”, “Legally Blonde”


When the summer movie season starts and people return to theaters, we think about our favorite movie franchises past, present, and future. So TODAY is celebrating sequels all week long – the sequel to a beloved franchise that you might have forgotten, the sequel that has become a cult classic, the upcoming sequels we can’t wait for, and the sequels we look back on wish they had been made.

Movies in theaters are coming back after the long hiatus of the 2020 pandemic quarantines, and that means there are a slew of new big-budget blockbuster films ready to hit your big screens again! And guess what: a lot of them will look more than a little familiar because they are sequels.

Are you longingly waiting for the next chapter of the film?TODAY Illustration / Alamy Stock Photo

And we look forward to testing them out! Who wouldn’t want to revisit the next generation of Ghostbusters, see what Elle has been up to since the last Legally Blonde, or find out where we are next on The Matrix? We have the next few episodes in several favorite franchises (some of which won’t come out until 2022!)

“No time to die”

Daniel Craig returns for the fifth and supposedly last time as James Bond (this is the 25th film in the franchise series), with a story that begins five years after 007’s archenemy Ernst Stavro Blofeld was arrested and the super agent is no longer active outside is with a license to kill. And we hear that it will take almost three hours! But Bond’s buddy, CIA agent Felix Leiter, pulls in Bond to find a missing scientist. (Oct. 8)

“Ghostbusters: Afterlife”

Two children move their single mother to an Oklahoma farm that once belonged to their grandfather around the time the city begins to quake and shake with serious paranormal activity. And then they learn they have a connection with the original Ghostbusters and things get seriously slimy and, we hear, marshmallows. (But in a great, scary way.) Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts will all return from the 1984 classic, along with “Stranger Things” actor Finn Wolfhard and “The Leftovers” actress Carrie Coon. (November 11th)

‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Thirty-five years after “Top Gun” Tom Cruise flew into our hearts, Pete Mitchell (yes, that’s the actual character name of Maverick / Cruise) is still one of the best flyboys in the Navy – and as a test pilot keeps pushing boundaries while he is fights against being raised in rank, a movement that would bind him to the earth. (November 19th)

‘The Matrix 4’ / Untitled Fourth ‘Matrix’ film

It turns out that the “Matrix” trilogy that ended in a muddy way in “The Matrix Revolutions” in 2003 wasn’t really over. Lana Wachowski (one of the original siblings who wrote / ruled the originals) is back in the director’s chair, much of the original cast (Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith) is back, and Cloud Atlas writer David Mitchell wrote the script together with Wachowski and Alexsandar Hemon. What else is there to say? You’ll have to wait to find out – the story is locked up. (December 22nd)

Who wants more “scream” time?Alamy Stock Photo

‘Scream’ / Fifth ‘Scream’ film

For over a quarter of a century since the first “Scream” movie introduced us all to the Ghostface killer, small towns, investigative young women, and horror murders have been back in style – along with a masked serial killer. Also back: David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and Marley Shelton. (January 14, 2022)

‘The Batman’

The Caped Crusader reboots in the franchise’s latest entry based on the DC Comics hero – and things look really grim. Not just because there’s so little light in Gotham based on the trailer, but because Robert Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne / Batman seems more about “revenge” than heroic. The film focuses on him being a relatively new superhero (he’s been fighting crime for about a year) and will feature versions of well-known characters like the Riddler, Catwoman, and the Penguin. (March 4, 2022)

Get ready for another royal trip to Downton Abbey.Alamy Stock Photo

‘Downton Abbey 2’

Not much is known about “Downton Abbey 2” other than that much of the cast from the “Masterpiece” series and the 2019 film will return along with new actors: Hugh Dancy, Dominic West and Laura Haddock for a start. We expect lush backdrops, elaborate costumes, grand dinner parties, romance and – Maggie Smith? Very likely: The 86-year-old legend is on the cast list at IMDb, so we think that’s a good thing. (March 18, 2022)

We have no objection to more “Legally Blonde”!Alamy Stock Photo

‘Right blonde 3’

Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) is back and more blond than ever – but there’s not much to know about this third entry in the franchise. By the end of the first film (2001) she’d graduated from Harvard Law School and made a boyfriend (Luke Wilson), and in the second (from 2003) she’d married the guy. What’s next for Elle? Little blonde babies? A dog rescue farm? resolve sensitive international legal entanglements? What we do know is that several favorites are back, according to IMDb: Witherspoon, Jennifer Coolidge, Alanna Ubach, and Jessica Cauffiel. Wilson has not confirmed a return. So we wait! (May 20, 2022)

“Jurassic World: Dominion”

There’s not much official history to the sixth entry in the Jurassic Park franchise. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are back from the newer films, while classic stars like Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum are returning. It’s going to be quite a ride. (June 10, 2022)

Indiana Jones, seen here in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” from 1984, will be bold again!Alamy Stock Photo

Untitled ‘Indiana Jones’ project

We first saw the daring archeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) in 1981. The last time was in 2008 when Shia LaBeouf played Indy’s son and drove with us. Now Ford is 79 and showing up for the latest entry, though he may be less daring than advising from the sidelines. (For reference, Sean Connery, who played Indy’s father in “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade,” was in his late 50s when they made the film.) An adventure with Ford and cast members Mads Mikkelsen and Phoebe Waller is definitely in store -Bridge, among other things – but no sign of LaBeouf at this point. (July 29, 2022)

Let’s go blue again together with a new “Avatar”!Alamy Stock Photo

‘Avatar 2’

The first “Avatar” movie came out in 2009 and astounded everyone (it’s still the top grossing movie of all time in the world) with four new movies slated for release by 2028. Despite many fan-made trailers on the internet, there is nothing official about how Jake (Sam Worthington), now permanently morphing into his Na’vi avatar, and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) will progress in the second “Avatar” movie. On board: Kate Winslet, Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Edie Falco and more. In May 2020, a producer told New Zealand-based RNZ that “Jake and Neytiri in this film have a family, they are forced to leave their homes, they go out and explore the different regions of Pandora.” Whatever happens, it will undoubtedly be a feast for the senses. (December 16, 2022)



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