Franchise Fever: Your Complete Guide To The Sequels, Reboots And Franchise Hopefuls Of 2015


Avengers: Age Of Ultron (May 1st)

Marvel’s greatest team battles a robot. Do you really need any further information than that?

Pitch Perfect 2 (May 15th)


This is the feature length directorial debut of Elizabeth Banks – who also reprises her role from the original. With the cast returning – including Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson and Alexis Knapp, as well as the writer, Kay Cannon – the story sees the all-female singing group enter an international singing competition that has never before been won by an American team.

Insidious: Chapter 3 (June 5th)

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After the first and second instalments featured Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne as the parental unit of the Lambert family, haunted by an unsettling connection to the spiritual world, Chapter 3 is a prequel focusing on psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye), who also appeared in those initial movies. While the first two were directed by James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell (Saw), Whannell makes his directorial debut here, as well as writing the script.

Ted 2 (June 26th)


The plot – from Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild and director Seth MacFarlane – is being kept under wraps, but the second instalment in the Ted franchise has held on to star Mark Wahlberg and lost actress Mila Kunis. Instead, the bear and his buddy are joined by Amanda Seyfried, Patrick Warburton, Richard Schiff, Bill Smitrovich, Dennis Haysbert, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.

Magic Mike XXL (July 1st)


This sequel is essentially the continued adventures of male stripper, Magic Mike, and will be directed by Gregory Jacobs, and written by Reid Carolin and Channing Tatum. Matthew McConaughey does not appear to have returned, but Tatum is joined by Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Donald Glover, Amber Heard, Elizabeth Banks and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Mission: Impossible 5 (July 31st)


Comprised of another top secret plot, this sequel is written by Drew Pearce and Will Staples, and directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher). Series stalwarts Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames are joined by Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, and Paula Patton, as they embark on yet another round of action and espionage.

Sinister 2 (August 21st)


Although Scott Derickson pulled double duty on the first film as writer and director, here he leaves the helming to Ciaran Foy (Citadel), and sticks to the writer’s room with co-scribe C. Robert Cargill. This time out, a young mother and her twins move into a rural house – and if movies have taught us anything, it’s that that is never a good idea.

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