Check your upcoming film schedule. You will see that there are an exorbitant amount of highly-hyped film events on their way in the next couple of years, be they prequels, sequels, remakes, reboots, adaptations, or some combination of the above. But in addition to the ones officially on the studios’ roster, there are a number of in-development projects that have yet to receive an official date for us to look forward to them on. You may not see these on every list of upcoming releases, but they are all, for the most part, likely to actually happen.
First off, we have all those X-Men films!!!
“X-Men: First Class 4”
It was recently revealed that there will, indeed, be a continuation of this series after Apocalypse, and that it will take place in the 1990s. The teaser at the end of Apocalypse certainly seems to indicate what the threat of this film will be.
The X-Men spinoff New Mutants was announced back in May 2015, to be directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars). In March of 2016, it was reported that Maisie Williams ("Game of Thrones") and Anya Taylor-Joy were cast as Wolfsbane and Magik, respectively. That same report named Alexandra Shipp as returning as Storm, but Shipp gave no indication of knowing that. As such, although Prof. X has been a character it's not yet official if it will be the James McAvoy or Patrick Stewart version of the character.
Jeff Wadlow was hired to write and direct this film three years ago, with nothing to show for it yet. However, after the release of Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds has stated that he believes the character wills soon appear in an X-Force film. So there still appears to be life in this. (After all, Deadpool took longer than that to happen!)
This long-in-gestation film was supposed to come out in October of this year. However, it lost it’s director, Rupert Wyatt, and was significantly delayed. Although Doug Liman has apparently been in final talks to direct , no more news has hit in quite a few months, and even Wikipedia lists the film as “possibly cancelled.”
Moving on from those, we have...
The Jungle Book 2
Shortly before the live-action Jungle Book remake’s release this April, Disney announced that a sequel was already in the works, with screenwriter Justin Marks returning to write the film, and John Favreau once again directing. Neel Sethi will reprise his role as Mowgli, and it can be assumed that Bill Murray and Ben Kingsley will also return to voice Baloo and Bagheera.
Marvel caused a bit of a stir last month when they officially took this film out of it’s scheduled 2019 release date. The film is apparently not scrapped yet, just delayed, so we’ll have to wait and see.
All that’s really confirmed about this project so far is that Alicia Vikander will be playing the title roe, and it will presumably still by using the script that Marti Noxon wrote in 2013.
Neil Blomkamp’s Alien film
This next chapter in the Alien franchise, directed by Blomkamp and produced by Ridley Scott, will ignore the continuity of the third and fourth films, and will feature Sigourney Weaver reprising her role as Ripley, along with a grown-up Newt. However, the film is now on the backburner, waiting to get started until after the release of Scott’s next prequel to the series, Alien: Covenant.
The Little Mermaid
This retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale comes from Universal Studios, and thus is not to be confused with the many Disney remakes of their animated films.
Chloe Grace Moretz is signed on to star in the lead role, while the script is written by Richard Curtis. (For those unaware, Curtis is an acclaimed veteran screenwriter, whose credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’ Diary, and Love Actually. He also is the co-creator of Mr. Bean and has penned multiple episodes of Doctor Who.)
All those Disney remakes
Disney has confirmed nine remakes or re-imaginings of their classic animated features. This I have an entirely separate article on, which can be found here. Technically, there ARE release dates for these, it just hasn’t been revealed (or decided) which films will premiere on each date.
Are there any more unscheduled films out there we should know about? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below!