Whatever awful things 2019 dished out, it was a good year for movies, whether in cinemas or on streaming services like Netflix. Marvel and Star Wars climactically wrapped up their franchises, and Martin Scorsese brought us back to his genre of organised crime films with The Irishman. While it’s hard to say if 2020 will be better, a few of the upcoming movies look pretty promising. Let’s have a peek into the sequels and prequels lined up this year.

Bad Boys for Life

We first saw Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) as narcotic detectives in Bad Boys (1995). Although well-received at the box office, it garnered criticism for paying too much attention to pyrotechnic effects than the characters or the script. Eight years later, the filmmakers and producers saw fit to put more edge into its protagonists in Bad Boys II. But this too got slapped for sensationalising violence and misogyny and the use of n-word. Hey, it’s Michael Bay after all.

Seventeen years down the road from the original movie, producer Jerry Bruckheimer is making another attempt with help from up-and-coming directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah with Bad Boys for Life. No Michael Bay in the picture this time though.

This latest iteration will see Burnett “come out of retirement” as a police inspector to join Lowrey as a detective for one last ride/case. Actor Joe Pantoliano reprises his role as Captain Howard while actress Vanessa Hudgens is also involved in this film as a team member of the two detectives.

Release Date: 17 January 2020

The King’s Man

For those who are confused, The King’s Man is the prequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service and The Golden Circle. Thus, don’t expect Taron Egerton to come back as Eggsy clad in sleek suits and engaging in gory fight sequences. Additionally, don’t be surprise when Merlin (Stanley Tucci) enters the fray despite his demise in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

The King’s Man will be led by actor Harris Dickinson, the prince from Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and Ralph Fiennes, Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series, as the film provides explanation about the origins of Kingsman organisation and the tailor shop in London while pitting against the world deadliest criminal masterminds.

Release Date: 13 February 2020

A Quiet Place: Part II

Lee Abbott (John Krasinski) died. Evelyn Abbott (Emily Blunt) gave birth to her third child. The Abbotts discovered that high frequency sounds are capable of destroying the extraterrestrial creatures. This much we know in A Quiet Place.

For Part II, the focus shifts from these mysterious blind but sound-sensitive creatures, to the lives of the Abbott family. Evelyn is discovering her new strength as a single mother and Regan (Millicent Simmonds) is turning her deafness into an advantage. They now however need to struggle in an environment where humans have become selfish, paranoid and dangerous as a result of needing to survive.

Release Date: 19 March 2020

No Time to Die

I rather slash my wrist than make another James Bond film,” said Daniel Craig in an interview. But he is eating his words in doing No Time to Die, the 25th James Bond film produced. Perhaps he was persuaded since it will probably be the last instalment of James Bond.

This new film brings Bond back into active service to find a missing scientist. This comes after the time when he put Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) behind bars and left with his girlfriend Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux) in an Aston Martin DB5 in Spectre.

Release Date: 9 April 2020

Death on the Nile

Actor Kenneth Branagh returns as Hercule Poirot, the detective who solved a murder case that happened on a train in the movie Murder on the Orient Express (2017). Death on the Nile is based on a 1937 novel written by author Agatha Christie and is a sequel to the earlier film.

The 2020 film continues from the ending of previous film when Poirot disembarked from the train after his case and was approached by a British messenger to take up a new murder case in Egypt.

Note: This trailer belongs to the earlier movie Murder on the Orient Express.

Release Date: 8 October 2020

Other notable mentions: Fast and Furious 9 (21 May 2020), Wonder Woman: 1984 (4 June 2020) and Ghostbusters: Afterlife (9 July 2020).

Read Part II: the stand-alone productions here.

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Lester Tan

Lester is into films, food and basically anything culture related under the sun.
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