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10 Most Anticipated Sequels of 2019

on January 11, 2019, 5:57pm
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Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4 (Pixar)

Toy Story 4 (Pixar)

Release: June 21st via Pixar

Why We’re Excited: It’s very, very hard to argue that anybody truly needed another Toy Story. That’s not to say that it’s unwanted, or that audiences will be unhappy to hear Tom Hanks and Tim Allen return again as Woody and Buzz. It’s just that Toy Story 3 had about as perfect an ending to a trilogy as any movie trilogy has ever put together, a poignant finale that harkened all the way back to the opening shot of Pixar’s industry-changing 1995 classic. Adults and their children wept together, and we assumed that as went Andy, so went the series. But Pixar has rarely steered its faithful wrong, and it certainly hasn’t yet with the Toy Story movies in particular. As long as the magic remains, so will the love. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (Universal)

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (Universal)

Release: August 2nd via Universal

Why We’re Excited: Whatever Instagram-fueled talk of dissension in the Furious Family ranks there may have been last year, the franchise’s first spin-off is still on the way. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham will reprise their characters from Fast Five and onward, likely leading to some variety of ridiculous large-scale vehicular chaos. It’s a fairly risky move for the franchise, which overexposed itself in the early years before returning strong in the back half. But Johnson’s as guaranteed a global box office draw as you can find these days, Statham has to tend to his other pet franchise until the Megiverse gets truly underway, and even the deeply cumbersome title of this one won’t stop it from being a late-summer smash. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Zombieland Too

Zombieland (Columbia)

Zombieland (Columbia)

Release: October 11th

Why We’re Excited: The sleeper comedy/horror hit Zombieland arrived in 2009, at a time when The Walking Dead was still a cultural touchstone and zombie-mania hadn’t yet overwhelmed every corner of American pop culture. A full decade later, we’re curious how well a sequel will still be able to reach audiences. Having said that, director Ruben Fleischer and his key foursome (Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin) have all returned a few hits and Oscars later, a strong first step for any belated sequel hopeful. It’ll just have to get even more creative this time around. –Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

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Terminator 6

Terminator 2019, Linda Hamilton, Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes

Terminator 2019 (Paramount)

Release: November 1st via Paramount

Why We’re Excited: At this point, we’re more curious than anything about the forthcoming Terminator sequel. While 2015’s Terminator: Genisys gave audiences an upset stomach with its pretzeled time logic and crude attempts to sell Jai Courtney as a stand-in for Michael Biehn (sh’yeah right), this next entry plans to be the proverbial Judgment Day for any of the sequels following, um, Judgment Day. In other words, it’s a direct sequel to the movie everyone loves most — even if this writer will go to bat for the 1984 original any day (come at me) — and even has direct involvement with the original team. Linda Hamilton returns as Sarah Connor, Arnie‘s back in some capacity, and even James Cameron lent a hand in the story department. The new blood ain’t too bad either with Deadpool director Tim Miller leading Halt and Catch Fire champ Mackenzie Davis. Okay, okay, one more chance, guys. –Michael Roffman

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Star Wars: Episode IX

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Release: December 20th via Disney/Lucasfilm

Why We’re Excited: Look, we can bicker all we want about how there are too many Star Warses, but we all know our asses are in those seats come Thursday evening. Granted, 2017’s The Last Jedi turned the fanbase into Israel and Palestine, but the Force is strong with this sequel. Director JJ Abrams is coming back to close things out — hopefully with the originality that Rian Johnson mustered up — and all of the principal heroes of yesteryear are gone, leaving the stage for our youngsters, who are pretty rad. Sure, this writer will walk out immediately if there are any echoes of Jabba’s Palace, Ewoks, or speeder bikes, but odds are we’re in for something pretty, pretty special. Disney wants people in those theme parks, and The Mandalorian needs to be a hit, so this film is all sorts of crucial for the Mouse House. May the Force be with you, JJ. –Michael Roffman

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