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Why not make your audience happy one more time?

Leila Harper, Beyond the Gates editor

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The new decade is here and I, for one, am excited for what the roaring 2020s have to hold. Sidestepping the irrevocable sadness of leaving behind the 2010s, I think I can safely say that we’re all ready for the things the new decade will bring us, especially when it comes to movies, TV shows, music and books. However, I’m here to talk about movie and book series that have not ceased to exist because the “1” is now a “2” in the year’s  ten’s place.

Beginning with movies, a flood of new films will be taking up the big screen in 2020. Some of them are sequels, others are remakes, others can be considered reboots. Here is a list of 15 upcoming movies tied to a franchise (or soon-to-be franchise) chosen by relevance and my personal bias.

In the horror category, we have Brahms: The Boy II (February 21), A Quiet Place Part II (March 20), a SAW Reboot (May 15), Escape Room 2 (August 14), and Halloween Kills (a sequel to the 2018 reboot; October 16).

My second category is related to Action movies or throwbacks:  Legally Blonde 3 (May 8), Fast & Furious 9 (May 22), Wonder Woman 1984 (June 5), Ghostbusters: Afterlife (a modern continuation of the original series; July 10), and Bill & Ted Face the Music (August 21).

My final category belongs to family and animation films, including Trolls World Tour (April 17), Peter Rabbit 2 (April 3), The Spongebob Movie: On the Run (a sequel to the 2015 one; May 22), Minions: The Rise of Gru (July 3), and Croods 2 (December 23).

For the full list, visit this website: https://www.movieinsider.com/movies/genres/sequel/2020. I’m not supposed to give my opinion, but I hope they’re good and respectful to their predecessors.

Speaking of “respectful to their predecessors,” in 2020 there are quite a few movie adaptations of books, as well. The second book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, PS, I Still Love You will be coming to Netflix sometime this year. As the first adaptation was stellar when portraying this teen romance, the final of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before books is sure to be on Netflix soon enough. To the big screen, though, on January 24, The Turn of the Screw, a novella by Henry James will be turned into a full-length film, The Turning, starring Mackenzie Davis, Brooklyn Davis, and Finn Wolfhard. If you haven’t seen the trailers, I definitely recommend it, but I might be a bit biased. For more books turned movies, you can visit this website https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/books-becoming-movies-2020.html/.

As for books, I think it’s easy that I can’t get to them all. I’ll leave this article with the most anticipated addition to a series—in my humble opinion, of course: The Ballad of Songbird and Snakes, by Suzanne Collins. It is a prequel to The Hunger Games books that begins on the morning of the reaping of the tenth annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is one of my favorite series, so I cannot wait to begin this new decade by revisiting the thrilling, devastating story of Katniss Everdeen and a revolution against a Totalitarian society.

If you have time, I’d suggest looking through this Goodreads tag for 2020 releases for your To Be Read for the year: https://www.goodreads.com/list/tag/2020-release. Happy reading/watching/critiquing!