Sequel Mania!

As anyone who visited the cinema in the last twelve months clearly saw, 2007 was a bumper year for movie sequels.

The next few years will be no exception, with some of the biggest installments not the 2nd or 3rd chapter, but in some cases 6th, 11th and 22nd! There are some high quality releases in store for sequel lovers. However, for every Spiderman 2, there is Revenge of the Nerds 2: Nerds in Paradise. So prepare yourself for Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2, and even Step Up 2 to the Streets. Here are the more notable upcoming sequels:

1. Quantum of Solace (2008):
Since Daniel Craig breathed life back into the series, James Bond has gone from your father’s creepy, martini-drinking best friend, to …well, an awesome secret agent, like he always should have been. Oh, and Olga Kurylenko is going to be in it. Google her now, thank me later.

2. Night at the Museum 2: Escape from the Smithsonian (2009):
How did it all go so wrong? Ben Stiller’s a funny guy, right? Cameos from Steve Coogan, Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Paul Rudd. They’re funny too! Well, it did go wrong, but it still made over $570 million worldwide. This second installment doesn’t show too much promise, but the wonderful Amy Adams has been attached as an unnamed historical figure. She’s pretty funny too,…right?

3. Spiderman 4 (2009):
Despite the main crew calling it quits after the 3rd film, Sam Raimi has agreed to either direct or produce a fourth instalment. It may be too early to write the film off just yet, especially since Zodiac scribe James Vanderbilt was announced as screenwriter. As for the new spidey? I’m rooting for Superbad’s Michael Cera.

4. Star Trek XI (2008):
J.J Abrams has rebooted the Star Trek series, Bond style, taking the crew of the enterprise back to when they were young bucks. With Eric Bana, Simon Pegg, and most of the cast of Heroes attached, this has a lot of potential. As for William Shatner fans…rent Boston Legal, because Abrams is intent to keep him out. Boo!

5. The Dark Knight (2008):
Now anticipated for being Heath Ledger’s final completed film, the latest Batman pic has had fans excited for the last year and a half of production. From what we can tell in the trailer, it is going to be spectacular; with one of the best casts of recent years, and a director and screenwriter whose pedigree is top notch. As for Ledger’s performance as the villainous Joker? It will surely be a standout performance, placing him as one of the greats, and one of the great losses in Hollywood.

– Simon

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