There have been no shortage of incredible movies coming out recently, and some of them could even spawn new franchises of their own. While there have been great entries in long-running series that premiered this year like Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One and Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, you should also look into these phenomenal original films. Some of these already have plans for follow-ups in the works, but all of them would be worthy of it.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves
Honor Among Thieves totally smashed expectations with the perfect balance of goofy and charming performances and some beautiful depictions of the settings and creatures from the classic Dungeons and Dragons tabletop roleplaying game. Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Justice Smith were standouts as members of our central band of thieves that eventually have to stop the world-ending threat of the Red Wizards. A sequel hasn't been confirmed, but we'd love to see these characters face a new foe.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie
Obviously Mario wasn't some obscure character no one had heard of before in his animated film debut, but this movie is still a great watch for families that will delight older fans of the long-running Nintendo video game series. A second Mario movie isn't officially confirmed yet, but Nintendo seems interested in developing a cinematic universe. Reportedly, a live-action movie based on The Legend of Zelda is in the works next.
Talk To Me
Talk to Me was a tense and thrilling possession horror film about a group of teenagers that come into possession of a strange embalmed hand that lets them connect with dead spirits in the afterlife when they grasp it. It brings a solid concept to life with super creepy scenes and phenomenal performances by the ensemble. If you already saw and loved this film, directors Danny and Michael Philippou have plans for a prequel they want to get off the ground.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
It's always fun to see an old cartoon or comics series get a fresh new look, and that's exactly what TMNT: Mutant Mayhem did with its cool animation style reminiscent of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. This new incarnation of the turtles is great for fans old and new, and would be perfect for another film or series.
This is perfect horror film to show your friends that can't handle excessive violence or disturbing monsters. M3GAN is a campy, silly good time that still pulls off a couple of creepy moments. A sequel to this film is currently slated for 2025, with the working title M3GAN 2.0.
Barbie from director Greta Gerwig was easily one of the best summer films in 2023 with spirited performances by Margot Robbie, Ryan Reynolds, and the rest of the ensemble of Barbies and Kens brought together to populate Barbieland. Barbie was a huge success, but it's still unclear whether we'll see sequels, though Mattel is definitely going to try and make lightning strike twice with other toy movie adaptations.
This hilarious horror-comedy, which is based on the 2018 short by the sketch comedy group 3Peat, follows a group of Black friends being terrorized by a killer on a cabin trip in the woods. A funny and satire of racial stereotypes in horror films, a sequel would give the creatives a chance to expand the concept even further. There aren't concrete plans for it, but the director Tim Story has hinted that he is trying to get one off the ground.
Turning Red is one of the greatest recent Pixar films, with an imaginative concept that both young adults and older viewers can enjoy. We don't know if another film is coming, but the director Domee Shi would be interested in continuing the story of Mei Lee, a girl who has a family-inherited curse that turns her into a giant red panda when she feels strong emotions. Shi told Good Morning America, "I want to see how this red panda affects her into adulthood, into her own motherhood."
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