15 Movie Sequels That Better Happen In 2017

James Cameron knows his sequels.

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While it's an oft-decried reality that Hollywood lives and dies by sequels, franchise potential and basically anything that stops filmmakers from needing to have an original thought, not all potential follow-ups are a sure-fire sign of creative bankruptcy.

Sometimes a movie begs a sequel or is simply so much fun that another go-around doesn't seem like a total, craven cash-grab. These 15 proposed sequels are probably going to happen at one time or another, but fans have really been waiting long enough already, and if the various pieces of the puzzles fall into place, at least some of these films could start shooting if not actually release by the end of 2017.

Of course, Hollywood being the unpredictable beast it is, nothing is ever certain, but short of another writers' strike or global financial collapse, some of these films will probably go before cameras over the next 12-or-so months. Fingers crossed.

Here are 15 movie sequels that better happen in 2017...

15. Top Gun 2

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The Original: Tony Scott's inimitable 1986 cheese classic, revolving around a brazen young Naval aviator (Tom Cruise) who goes to flight school and learns a lot about what it means to be a man. Or something. Everyone remembers the homoerotic volleyball montage and that sex scene set to Berlin's "Take My Breath Away", anyway.

The Sequel: Serious work on a follow-up has been happening since around 2010, though director Tony Scott's 2012 suicide threw something of a spanner in the works, yet Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are still committed to making it (eventually) happen.

How Likely Is It?: With Cruise preparing to shoot Mission: Impossible 6 and the possibility of his upcoming The Mummy becoming a franchise, there simply may not be room in 2017 to get the movie shot. Plus, there's no word yet on who will be replace Scott as director.

If the film has gone before cameras a year from now, it'd be pretty damn surprising. 3/10

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