There's only one thing movie studios love more than a certified hit: churning out a a sequel to that certified hit.
Sometimes, this is a great idea (The Godfather 2). Other times? Not so much (any non-original Pirates of the Caribbean). But it's not a trend Hollywood will cease any time soon, as evidenced by an abundance of recent movie news. To wit:
Sony has issued a release date for The Smurfs 2. The follow-up to this surprise summer hit will hit theaters on August 2, 2013.
It's been a few years since the original, but Robert Rodriguez confirmed this week: Sin City 2 is a go.
Thor won't just appear in next summer's The Avengers. He'll be featured in his own film once again in July of 2013.
The Hunger Games doesn't come out until March. But we already know when Catching Fire will take us on Katniss and company's next adventure: 11/22/13.
Taking advance planning to an even more extreme level, forget The Amazing Spider-Man, which is set to be a summer 2012 blockbuster. You can already plan a visit to the theater for May 2, 2014 to watch the sequel.
Finally, Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt has said he'd be open to a follow-up to last week's top box office hit. In other words: consider it greenlighted.
Which of these sequels are you most excited about?