We are in the age of franchises. Movies connect so well with audiences that sequels and remakes are made to cash in on the hype. Sequels bring the promise of a readymade fanbase who has watched all the previous movies of the franchise, so production houses know whom to target with their marketing activities. The last couple of years have proven that this strategy works. Movie franchises are making more money than ever and fans are loving each new version of their beloved films and characters. So if you are a cinephile who eagerly awaits the release of every new film in your favorite franchise, you have an exciting year ahead of you. In the first quarter itself, here are the biggest sequels, prequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots releasing in 2020:

The Grudge

DirectorNicolas Pesce
CastBetty GilpinAndrea RiseboroughJohn Cho
Release Date: Jan 03

The latest film of the Grudge series was a reboot of the 2004 American movie of the same name, which by itself was a remake of the 2002 Japanese horror film Ju-On: The Grudge. The film took us through a single mother’s ordeal of saving herself and her son from a violent death in a cursed house. Read our review here.


DirectorStephen Gaghan
CastRobert Downey Jr.Jim BroadbentAntonio Banderas
Release Date: Jan 17

This new take on the popular fantasy tale took us back to the beloved veterinarian who can talk to animals. In the film, Dolittle had set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island where he crossed old adversaries and encountered new wondrous creatures. Read our review here.

Bad Boys for Life

Director: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
CastWill SmithMartin Lawrence
Release Date: Jan 17

A sequel to Bad Boys (1995) and Bad Boys II (2003), this final film of the franchise reunited Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett for an epic mission. Just as they’re about to retire, an old adversary whose brother they had killed earlier resurfaces and the bad boys’ duo faced their one last enemy. Read our review here.

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

Director: Cathy Yan
CastMargot RobbieMary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett Bell, Rosie Perez, Ewan McGregor
Release Date: Feb 07

Harley Quinn stole the show in Suicide Squad (2016), so it was only a matter of time before she got her own spin-off film. The latest DC film followed her split with Joker as she joined Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya on a mission to save a young girl from an evil crime lord. Read our review here.

Brahms: The Boy II

Director: William Brent Bell
CastKatie HolmesOwain YeomanRalph Ineson
Release Date: Feb 21

A sequel to The Boy (2016), this horror film explores the sinister history of the Heelshire Mansion even further. A new family moves in, unaware of the past horrors, and soon begins to feel afraid when their young boy becomes friends with the eerily lifelike doll named Brahms. Read more.

The Invisible Man

DirectorLeigh Whannell
CastElisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Release Date: Feb 28

Based on the book by H. G. Wells, this sci-fi horror film is a remake of the 1933 film of the same name. It focuses on Cecilia who is haunted by the invisible spirit of her abusive ex-boyfriend, whose death she believes to be a hoax. She must now stop this evil before it destroys everyone she loves.

A Quiet Place: Part II

DirectorJohn Krasinski
CastEmily BluntCillian Murphy
Release Date: Mar 20

A sequel to A Quiet Place (2018), this horror film takes us back to the post-apocalyptic world infested by monsters with a highly sharp hearing sense. Evelyn Abbott returns with her kids Regan and Marcus, after the death of her husband in the first film and the birth of their newborn baby.


DirectorNiki Caro
Cast: Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee
Release Date: Mar 27

A live-action remake of Disney’s famous story from China, Mulan is about a young woman of the same name who masquerades as a male warrior in battle. She takes the place of her ailing father and trains with the other men to be just as strong, powerful, and fit for the battle that earns her the respect of the nation.

This isn’t all for 2020! From No Time to Die to Black Widow, there are many more sequels, prequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots on the way. The above list only consists of movies releasing in the first quarter of the new year and we shall be updating the list soon. So keep coming back and click on the ‘Interested’ button for direct updates on these upcoming movies. Don’t forget to book your tickets for Brahms: The Boy II, releasing this Friday.