It came to my attention today that 2010 is going to be the year of sequels as far as movies are concerned. Beginning in April, there will be at least one sequel released every month except July and August, with some months hosting as many as three sequel releases, totaling over a dozen sequels released this year. While I’ve seen my fair share of disappointing follow-ups to movies I love, this crop of films seems rather promising.
The first sequel to hit theaters will be Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Although I never saw Wall Street, which was released in 1987, its successor will no doubt deliver on entertainment, thanks in large part to both Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas returning for the second film and A-listers such as Josh Brolin, Susan Sarandon and Shia LaBoeuf joining the cast.
Coming in May: Shrek Forever After, Sex and the City 2 and Iron Man 2. With the exception of the fourth Shrek film, I personally could not be more excited for these sequels. Sex and the City-a-holics such as myself are already anticipating the big-screen return of our favorite New Yorkers as they embark on yet more outrageous endeavours, including a trip to the far East (as evidenced by the trailer).
The next chapter of the Tony Stark saga is sure to be a crowd-pleaser since the revelation of his identity as Iron Man at the end of the first film. And I, for one, am anxious to see how the transition from Terrence Howard to Don Cheadle as Colonel James Rhodes pans out…
The summer months will deliver only two sequels, both of which are destined to be box office hits: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Toy Story 3. Both films are the third of their kind and will no doubt please audiences of all ages if the wide-spread success of previous Twilight and Pixar movies are any indication.
Then, in the fall, a host of sci-fi/horror sequels hit theaters, including Resident Evil: Afterlife, Saw VII, and Paranormal Activity 2. Around the same time, yet another Jackass film is set to premiere, except this one’s in 3D!
With the holiday season comes the release of two highly anticiapted movies for fantasy film fans. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part I, the first of two installments of the final chapter of the captivating wizard series, hits theaters around Thanksgiving-time, followed closely in December by The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The third Narnia film combines elements from the first two movies as Lucy and Edmund Pevensie meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader.
And, last but not least, Little Fockers, the third of the Meet the Parents series, arrives in theaters in December.
With such an extensive list of sequels lined up for 2010, there is sure to be something for almost every type of movie-goer!
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