The first half of 2019 is filled with sequels to box office hits and “new and improved” versions of films that found success with audiences. The line-up includes films derived from original ideas that exploited existing storylines.
The new installment of the adventure and fantasy film, "How to Train Your Dragon 3" premiered on March 1st in the United States.The third part of the Dream Works Animation saga arrives with Toothless in love and Hiccup as head of the Viking village. Dean DeBlois returns as writer and director of the film.
Avengers: Endgame is set to premiere in April and Marvel has officially released the film’s trailer and synopsis. After the catastrophic events that occurred in Avengers: Infinity War, the universe finds itself in ruins. The Avengers, with the help of some allies and new friends, will have to restore order, despite the consequences. All the heroes who defended earth in the battle in New York will be reunited. This installment of the franchise will be directed by brothers, Joe and Anthony Russo.
Avengers: Endgame will mark the end of Phase 3 of Marvel's Cinematographic Universe, which began more than 10 years ago with Iron-Man in 2008, and the farewell of several of the characters who were part of this era of superheroes, super-villains and beings from other universes. Still, the franchise continues to make fans everywhere.
Avengers: Endgame will premiere on April 24th in Australia; on April 25th in Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Chile, and on April 26th in Spain, Ecuador, Mexico and the United States. April 26th is the official release date.
Godzilla King of the Monsters will also premiere its sequel. The previous installment of Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards in 2014, became a cinematographic and box-office hit. This second part is set to premiere on May 31st.
Pixar's most successful saga also returns with its fourth installment of Toy Story. The film will hit theaters on June 21st in the U.S. and a few days later in Spain and Latin America. With almost a billion dollars at the box office, Toy Story 3 was the biggest animated film in history. With Toy Story 4, the company hopes to find that level of success again. Josh Cooley is in charge of directing the project.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 returns to theaters on June 7th in the United States. The sequel brings back the pets who stole our hearts in the first film and some new friends.
Chris Meledandri, founder and CEO of Illumina, and Janet Healy co-produce the sequel to the film, which was received positively by audiences of all ages.
The Secret Life of Pets 2 will be directed by Chris Renaud and produced by Chris Meledandri. Brian Lynch also returns as screenwriter.
No one can deny the success of DC Comics’ Aquaman. The superhero came stomping into U.S. movie theaters withbox office sales exceeding $67.4 million in its second weekend, according to Exhibitor Relations.
Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa and directed by James Wan, managed to position itself as a big box office success. According to Variety, the character’s look, a rough Hawaiian surfer with long hair, tattoos and a bare torso, worked so well that it reached astronomical figures. According to the website Box Office Mojo, the DC Comics film raised $1.025 million, thus obtaining the title of the most successful film from the publisher.
After all the success, it wasn’t shocking when it was announced that a sequal would be on the way. Deadline has confirmed that Momoa will reprise his role as Aquaman and that Warner Bros. wants James Wan to direct the film.
The sequel to Aquaman will most likely premiere in 2021. At the moment, there’s no script for the second installment but DC Comics won't be letting much time pass to start producing it. According to Deadline, the comic book publisher, aims to turn the world of Atlantis into a whole universe where different stories can be used for a saga.
On the other hand, it was only a matter of time before “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” also had its sequel. Jumanji is one of the funniest and most emblematic films of the 90's and in its time, it had an animated adaptation for television and a sequel with an oneiric and spiritual tone called “Zathura.”
The ending of the 1996 film, starring Robin Williams, hinted at a sequel. Twenty-one years after the first film, no one doubted that Sony would make a second part to what has been its biggest blockbuster yet.
Now, Sony has taken another step forward and will release “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” at the end of 2019. The film will once again be directed by Jake Kasdan. Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner return as the film’s screenwriters.
The shooting schedule is well on its way and December 13th has been chosen as the film’s release date. The Hollywood Reporter has also confirmed that the four protagonists of the 2017 film, Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Alex Wolff and Morgan Turner, will reprise their roles in the film.
But the cast doesn't end there. Jumanji's sequel adds Danny DeVito, Awkwafina, and Danny Glover to the ensemble.
Nick Jonas also joins the cast as a character similar to Alan Parrish, the character originally portrayed by the late Robin Williams in the original film. His character will serve as a guide to the film’s protagonists. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black have also been confirmed to star in the film.