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2008 Movie Sequel GuideThere once was a time when movie sequels could never live up to their predecessors, no matter how much they tried, and anything beyond a Part 2 was not only low budget and cheesy, it definitely never saw the inside of a movie theater. This decade, however, has seen the rise of big-budget multiple-sequel blockbusters with franchises like Spider-Man, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Bourne hitting the “threequel” mark with great box office success and more sequels on the way.

But with the steady stream of big-budget sequels in the works, it could be a daunting task for the average moviegoer to catch up with a preexisting multi-movie franchise. Here’s a list of this year’s movie franchises and a guide to how to jump on.

 

Rambo 4 Movie Poster

Rambo

Director: Sylvestor Stallone
Cast: Sylvestor Stallone, Julie Benz, Paul Schulze
Release date: January 25, 2008

Vietnam veteran John Rambo leads a band of mercenaries into a Burmese war zone to rescue a group of human rights missionaries captured by the Burmese army.

Previous Installments

  • First Blood
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II
  • Rambo III

Jump On With: Rambo: First Blood Part II

First Blood introduces us to Vietnam vet John Rambo, a former POW who uses his Green Beret training to outsmart and disable a small Washington town’s sheriff’s department after he’s wrongfully harassed and arrested. But, it’s really the second movie, Rambo: First Blood Part II, that establishes Rambo as the fearless machine-gun-firing one-man army he still is in this latest movie.

 

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Movie Poster

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett
Release date: May 22, 2008

Set against a Cold War background, the adventure hero Indiana Jones heads into the jungles of South America to find the mystical Crystal Skull before his Soviet adversaries get their hands on it.

Previous Installments

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Jump On With: Raiders of the Lost Ark

While all three films are definitely worth watching, Raiders features Karen Allen as Indy’s former love interest Marion Ravenwood. Crystal Skull marks the return of Marion and the possible introduction of her father Abner Ravenwood (this is the character John Hurt is rumored to be playing), as well as that of a rumored Indy/Marion love child (Shia LaBeouf).

 

The Dark Knight Movie Poster

The Dark Knight

Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Release date: July 17, 2008

Batman, Lieutenant Jim Gordon, and District Attorney Harvey Dent form a pact to rid Gotham City of its local criminal menaces. It’s all going well until a mysterious criminal mastermind known as The Joker arrives in town to unleash a reign of chaos throughout the city. Based on the Batman graphic novel, The Long Halloween.

Previous Installments

  • Batman
  • Batman Returns
  • Batman Forever
  • Batman & Robin
  • Batman Begins

Jump On With: Batman Begins

Batman Begins left behind the campiness of the previous films in an effort to reinvent the Batman character as the serious, dark superhero typically portrayed in the comic books. Begins is the first film with Christian Bale as Batman, who returns along with Begins director Christopher Nolan for the direct sequel, The Dark Knight.

 

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Movie Poster

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Director: Rob Cohen
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, Jet Li
Release date: August 1, 2008

Previous Installments

  • The Mummy
  • The Mummy Returns
  • The Scorpion King (spin-off)

The adventuring O’Connell family (Rick, his wife Evey, their son Alex, and Evey’s brother Jonathan) face an ancient resurrected Emperor Mummy who threatens to plague the world with the unstoppable, otherworldly force of his 10,000-undead-soldier army.

Jump On With: The Mummy Returns

Alex appears for the first time in Mummy II as a young boy tagging along on his parents’ dangerous adventure. The intelligent, resourceful little boy proves to be a benefit as well as a hindrance to his parents’ quest. In Dragon Emperor, Alex is an adult (played by Luke Ford) and is reportedly the featured “action hero” of the film.

 

Saw V

Saw V

Director: David Hackl
Cast: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson
Release date: October 24, 2008

Plot details for this fifth installment of the horror movie franchise, which centers on the mind-playing games the serial killer Jigsaw sets up for his victims, have not yet been revealed, but according to Wikipedia, the origins of Billy the red tricycle-riding puppet will be revealed; also, the film will explain what happened to Corbett, the daughter of Lynn Denlon and Jeff Reinhart, following the end of Saw III, when she was left in danger.

Previous Installments

  • Saw
  • Saw II
  • Saw III
  • Saw IV

Jump On With: Saw & Saw III

The first Saw film, which is by far the best of the series and most original, introduces us to the twisted mind of serial killer Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) and the elaborate deadly games he imposes on his victims. The tricycle-riding puppet also makes its first appearance here, helping to deliver some of the cryptic messages to the victims, which makes a Saw viewing essential for jumping into this franchise. The remainder of the films in the series are basically from the same template, but since this latest film is set to pick up where Saw III ended, it’d be helpful to check out the third film as well.

 

James Bond--007: Quantum of Solace Movie Poster

Quantum of Solace

Director: Marc Forster
Cast: Daniel Craig, Mathieu Amalric, Olga Kurylenko
Release date: November 7, 2008

Secret agent James Bond returns to Her Majesty’s Secret Service to investigate a mysterious criminal organization and also come to terms with the betrayal and death of his former lover, Vesper.

Previous Installments

  • Dr. No
  • From Russia with Love
  • Goldfinger
  • Thunderball
  • You Only Live Twice
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • Diamonds Are Forever
  • Live and Let Die
  • The Man with the Golden Gun
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • Moonraker
  • For Your Eyes Only
  • Octopussy
  • A View to a Kill
  • The Living Daylights
  • Licence to Kill
  • GoldenEye
  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • The World Is Not Enough
  • Die Another Day
  • Casino Royale

Jump On With: Casino Royale

While there were 20 prior Bond films, Casino Royale was a reboot of the franchise and the first to star Daniel Craig as James Bond. Royale serves as a prequel to the previous films, focusing on Bond’s early less-experienced years as an agent. Quantum of Solace is Royale‘s direct sequel, seeing the reprisal of Craig as Bond dealing with the consequences of events that took place in Royale.

 

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Director: David Yates
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Release date: November 21, 2008

A potions book belonging to “The Half-Blood Prince” is at the center of Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry learns more about the evil Lord Voldemort’s past, as the young wizard and his friends prepare to face the Dark Lord’s minions — the Death Eaters.

Previous Installments

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Jump On With: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Throughout all the movies, Harry is constantly in danger, but in the first two movies, he’s still just a child and his adversary Lord Voldemort has not regained full power. In the next two, he’s grown a bit physically and mentally, but it’s really in Phoenix that Harry emerges as a mature, true-born leader. Phoenix is also the first to in the series to focus on “The Order of the Phoenix,” an organization of good wizards dedicated to stopping the evil forces of Lord Voldemort and his army of Death Eaters. The Order and its efforts against the Death Eaters will feature prominently in Half-Blood Prince.

 

Star Trek XI Movie Poster

Star Trek XI

Director: J.J. Abrams
Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy
Release date: Moved to May 8, 2009 [was December 25, 2008]

Based on characters from the 1960s TV series (referred to now as “The Original Series” or TOS), this prequel chronicles the early years of James T. Kirk and his future crew of the Starship Enterprise during their time at Starfleet Academy and their first mission into outer space.

Previous Installments

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  • Star Trek: Generations
  • Star Trek: First Contact
  • Star Trek: Insurrection
  • Star Trek: Nemesis

Jump On With: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Of the ten previous Star Trek movies, only the first seven star members of the original series, with the seventh film also featuring the cast of The Next Generation. To catch up for Trek XI, the film to watch is Wrath of Khan, which is considered by fans to be the best of the series. In Khan, Captain Kirk explains how he handled the “Kobayashi Maru,” a no-win scenario test given to cadets at Starfleet Academy. A storyline in the prequel is Kirk’s controversial taking of the test and the consequences he faces once his method is discovered.

Here’s a list of first sequels for 2008.

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay Movie PosterHarold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Director: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg
Cast: John Cho, Kal Penn, Eric Winter, David Krumholtz, Neil Patrick Harris
Release date: April 25, 2008

In this sequel to 2004’s Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, John Cho and Kal Penn return as the lovable title stoners, but this time around, they are chased by the Department of Homeland Security for being suspected terrorists after boarding a plane to Amsterdam. Neil Patrick Harris reprises his role as himself.

The Incredible Hulk Movie PosterThe Incredible Hulk

Director: Louis Leterrier
Cast: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, William Hurt
Release date: June 13, 2008

Dr. Bruce Banner continues to search for a cure for his gamma radiation-induced affliction, in which anger causes him to become the giant, green-skinned Incredible Hulk. Although this is the second Hulk film, it won’t be related to events in the first film, 2004’s The Hulk, which starred Eric Bana in the title role. For The Incredible Hulk, all of the roles have been recast and this will be a new starting point for the franchise.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army Movie PosterHellboy II: The Golden Army

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Luke Goss
Release date: July 11, 2008

The first film, 2004’s Hellboy, introduces us to the big red-horned Hellboy (Ron Perlman) and his cohorts at the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.), which include his closest confidants — his pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair) and the aquatic empath Abe (Doug Jones). In this sequel, humankind’s ancient truce with an invisible fantastical realm is broken, causing a ruthless dictator to awaken an unstoppable army of creatures to create Hell on Earth. This time around, Hellboy, Liz, and Abe are joined by B.P.R.D. Agent Johann Krauss, a disembodied ectoplasmic spirit psychic who resides in a containment suit.

Punisher: War ZonePunisher: War Zone

Director: Lexi Alexander
Cast: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Wayne Knight, Julie Benz
Release date: September 12, 2008

Rome‘s Ray Stevenson takes over the role of ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle, based on the Marvel character, previously played by Thomas Jane in the first film, 2004’s The Punisher. In War Zone, waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, Castle sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw. With the “Punisher Task Force” hot on his trail and the FBI unable to take Jigsaw in, Frank must stand up to the formidable army that Jigsaw has recruited before more of his evil deeds go unpunished.

While this is the second Punisher film, it won’t be related to events in the first film, and along with the recasting of the Frank Castle character, this second film will serve as a reboot of the franchise.

Madagascar 2: The Crate Escape Movie PosterMadagascar 2: The Crate Escape

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Cast: (voices) Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Andy Richter, David Schwimmer
Release date: November 7th, 2008

A gang of Central Park Zoo animals that have spent their lives in captivity make a great escape and find themselves in the wild of Madagascar in DreamWorks’ 2005 animated hit Madagascar. In this direct sequel, the New York animals repair a crashed plane, which then lifts off of Madagascar and flies into the vast plains of Africa, where the zoo-raised crew encounters species of their own kind for the first time.

X-Files 2 (still untitled)

Directors: Chris Carter
Cast: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet
Release date: July 25, 2008

Little is known at this time about this follow-up to 1998’s X-Files, except that it’s a stand-alone supernatural thriller which will take the complicated relationship between Agents Mulder (Duchovny) and Scully (Anderson) in new directions. As with the first film, Chris Carter (who created the long-running TV series) co-wrote the screenplay with Frank Spotnitz (who also wrote for the TV show).

28 Comments »

  1. November is going to be packed. The whole year is packed tight.

    Comment by Jerry — February 12, 2008 @ 9:42 am

  2. Kick-ass article! There a lot of sequels that could go the way of Rambo this year. But there are also a lot that could go the way of Spider-Man 3…

    Comment by The Rub — February 12, 2008 @ 11:35 pm

  3. Wow. The Dark Knight is in no way related to The Long Halloween. Way to go.

    Comment by Davin — February 12, 2008 @ 11:38 pm

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    Pingback by unblogged — February 13, 2008 @ 7:22 am

  5. You forgot X-Files 2. That’s a biggie, easily moreso than Madagascar 2 or Mummy 3.

    Comment by Sketchy — February 13, 2008 @ 8:58 am

  6. Am I the only person who thought The Mummy sucked??? How is it possible they can be making a third one.

    I’m very excited to see the Quantum of Solace, Incredible Hulk, The Dark Night, and Hellboy II. Guillermo del Toro is a genius!

    Comment by Review it — February 13, 2008 @ 9:32 am

  7. No Narnia sequel?!

    Comment by darwin — February 13, 2008 @ 11:59 am

  8. @Davin
    Umm… yes it does. And way to go yourself.

    @Sketchy & Darwin
    Oops. This is why I even debated including a list of “Part 2” movies on this list. This was really a guide to jumping onto a franchise that had more than two movies in it. If a movie only has one sequel, then the “jumping on” point is obvious. Plus, now there are the complainers (not you guys) that bitch that I included reboots. You can’t please everyone I see. I added in the first sequels at the end because I didn’t want people to ask why those movies weren’t listed. So, looks like I missed a few, I’ll have to add them in at the end. Thanks for the input.

    Comment by Empress Eve — February 13, 2008 @ 2:09 pm

  9. >>The Rub Says:
    Kick-ass article! There a lot of sequels that could go the way of Rambo this year. But there are also a lot that could go the way of Spider-Man 3…<<

    Could you please be more vague? I mean, there are people that think that a) Rambo was actually a pretty good sequel. b) Spider-Man 3 blew ass. c) Rambo and Spider-Man 3 both blew ass. d) Rambo and Spider-Man 3 both were pretty decent sequels. e) I’m sure there might be a few people that think Spider-Man 3 was actually a good movie.

    Seriously though…what exactly were you trying to say?

    [ED NOTE: Sorry, Tim. We don’t flame on Geeks of Doom, we discuss.]

    Comment by Tim's a dick - start flaming — February 13, 2008 @ 3:50 pm

  10. Tim Said:
    >>I’m sure there might be a few people that think Spider-Man 3 was actually a good movie.<< Come now, Tim. Everyone knows that if you look up Spider-man 3 in the wiktionary there is, in 48pt bold type, the word FAIL! written beside it.

    Comment by Dave3 — February 13, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

  11. great article! yeah, there are a lot of potentially great sequels, and although not EVERYONE thought spidey 3 was crap, I really don’t want any of these to follow its path…

    Comment by Grievous — February 13, 2008 @ 5:05 pm

  12. Damn…they be shwangin those Saw movies lika 21st century craze.

    Comment by Ashlaleigha — February 13, 2008 @ 6:58 pm

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  14. Cool, I’m glad you don’t flame, I much prefer discussing! I just thought people would freak out because I was making a comment about a pretty vague post. Thanks for not being like everywhere else I go on the internet!

    Comment by Tim — February 14, 2008 @ 3:55 pm

  15. You’re welcome, Tim. We try our best to cultivate healthy conversation ’round our way, and we REALLY appreciate you choosing to take part.

    I understand what you mean regarding the vagueness of the Spider-man 3 comment. It’s more of an inside thing on Geeks of Doom, as many of our staff and readers have continuously voiced our dissatisfaction with that movie.

    Thanks again for being cool!

    Comment by Dave3 — February 14, 2008 @ 4:03 pm

  16. This is, just so I’m not crazy here, the third Punisher film and second reboot in the series, yes? My, that’s impressive.

    I really liked Spiderman 3, but then, I hated the second one and think “FAIL” is a pretty overused sort of nerd cliche. So I might be what you poindexters would call a Jock or something.

    Comment by Toom — February 14, 2008 @ 7:55 pm

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  18. They’re actually making a Hulk sequel? The first movie was a yawner.

    Comment by Ted — February 19, 2008 @ 12:07 pm

  19. It’s not so much a sequel as it is them trying to restart the entire series. SINCE the first one was such a bomb, it seems as if they’re going to give it another go with a new cast, plot, etc.

    Comment by Says — February 19, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

  20. Well at least they wont be doing the heath ledger replacement thing. I HOPE.

    Comment by Jenny — February 20, 2008 @ 10:29 am

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  23. […] sequels coming up. Sequels from movies such as Indiana Jones, The Mummy, and Harry Potter. At Geeks of Doom, you are given a list of what sequels are coming out in 2008. With each movie, it also tells you […]

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  24. Why isn’t Lost Boys 2 up here? The first was a classic and the second looks bad as hell!

    Comment by Joey — April 18, 2008 @ 11:20 am

  25. Terminator 4, Ghostrider 2, Austin Powers 4, and High School Musical 3 are also supposed to be coming out

    Comment by Jon — April 22, 2008 @ 4:56 pm

  26. I wish halo was coming out but wow those r some GOOOOOD movies

    Comment by Jim — June 20, 2008 @ 6:11 am

  27. […] of Doom made a pretty good Movie Sequel Guide 2008 that displays some better sequel choices. Not that I agree with all of them. Never was a Rambo girl […]

    Pingback by Decoratiina — July 6, 2008 @ 11:33 am

  28. There should most certainly be a DOOM 2 movie! I am a big fan of the DOOM franchise, and I loved the movie. There should DEFINATELY be a sequel!

    Comment by DOOMman — August 7, 2008 @ 11:55 am

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