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There’s been a long list of heavily promoted upcoming movies for 2016, but sequels are typically not as talked about and often get lost in the mix.
While it’s true that they’re rarely as good as the first, in some cases they’ve been nearly as good – and a few have even been better than the original (Spider-Man 2 and Terminator 2: Judgement Day are just a couple that come to mind).
Joss Whedon summed up the attitude movie fans have towards second films when he said, “I am a fan of sequels even though they are inevitably awful. When they’re bad—as they often are—fans love to hate them, but when they’re great they stir up feelings of nostalgia, transporting audiences back to cherished characters inhabiting familiar worlds.”
Bridget Jones’ Baby, the third and hugely long-awaited installment of the movie franchise following 2004’s big screen adaptation of The Edge Of Reason is set to be released on September 16, 2016. Director Sharon Maguire told Entertainment Weekly in an exclusive interview that Bridget (Renee Zellweger), 15 years later, has finally reached her ideal weight but still hasn’t solved any of her issues about love and loneliness. When she discovers that she’s pregnant, she’s not sure whether the father is her off-and-on again lover Mark Darcy, played by the returning Colin Firth, or newcomer Jack Qwant, Patrick Dempsey AKA Grey’s Anatomy‘s McDreamy. Last year, Hugh Grant stated that he wants no part of the third Jones movie and will not return.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 will be released on March 25, 13 years after the original hit theaters. Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) now have a teenage daughter who is causing them all kinds of trouble, and of course, it will include another big fat Greek wedding.
As long as moviegoers keep watching them, it seems Ice Age movies are going to keep on coming. This year brings the fifth feature-length film into theaters on July 22, with all the usual suspects coming back, including Ray Romano as Manny, John Leguizamo as Sid, Dennis Leary as Diego, and Jennifer Lopez as Shira.
In The Huntsman: Winter’s War, AKA the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel, which will be released on April 22, Charlize Theron is ready to face off against Chris Hemsworth’s title character again. This time, there is no lackluster Snow White (Kristen Stewart). Instead, warrior woman (Jessica Chastain) plays the equal of Hemsworth’s huntsman. The pair play the Ice Queen’s lieutenants, who run into trouble with her after refusing to follow orders and “harden their hearts to love — setting up plenty of battle scenes,” notes Variety.
Hemsworth says, according to CinemaBlend.com, that the “belated sequel just might be the action packed love story, with a dash of humor, that we’d always wanted from the first film.”
Horror fans may have something to look forward to with The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, coming to theaters on June 10. James Wan is set to return, along with Chad and Carey Hayes (the brothers who wrote the first film). The script is based on the allegedly true story of the Enfield Poltergeist. Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) Warren are back as well, traveling across the Big Pond to investigate this latest supernatural occurrence, with all the usual frightening moments along the way.
Based on the trailer, the U.K.’s Independent writes that it’s a “bold, promising start for a sequel horror.”