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Planned Feature Films with Licensing Potential

Throughout the year, we feature upcoming movie properties with potential for licensing. All of the release dates for movies on the list have been checked against multiple sources, but there is still a high probability dates will change. The further in the future a film is, the more likely its release date is to move.

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Planned Feature Films with Licensing Potential, 2017–2025
Note: Release dates are subject to change.
Film (Description) Planned Release Film Company Sequel Reboot Book Game Toy Comic Original TV
Thor: Ragnorak Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are again Thor and Loki. In this third Thor installment they deal with the Norse apocalypse. 11/3/2017 Walt Disney Studios X X
Paddington 2 Sequel to 2014 film; based on the children's books by Michael Bond. 11/10/2017 The Weinstein Co. X X
Show Dogs A police dog must undergo a makeover to go undercover at a dog show. 11/10/2017 Open Road Films X
The Star This spin on the Nativity story stars a small but brave donkey and his animal friends as unsung heroes. 11/10/2017 Sony Pictures X X
Justice League The DC gang's all here in this story focused on the original incarnation of the Justice League: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, the Flash and Green Lantern. 11/17/2017 Warner Bros. X X
Coco Animated Pixar film stars a young aspiring musician as he stumbles into the colorful Land of the Dead and journeys to unlock the mystery behind his family history. 11/22/2017 Walt Disney Studios X
Let It Snow Three stories intertwine as teens experience a huge holiday snow storm. Based on a short story collection by John Green and others. 11/22/2017 Universal Pictures X
Murder on the Orient Express Kenneth Branagh stars as genius Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. 11/22/2017 20th Century Fox X X
Ferdinand Blue Sky Studios' adaptation of the classic Munro Leaf children's book. 12/15/2017 20th Century Fox X
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Episode VIII) Picks up where 2015's Episode VII: The Force Awakens leaves off. Second film in Disney's new Star Wars sequel series since acquiring Lucasfilm. 12/15/2017 Walt Disney Studios X
Pitch Perfect 3 Another a capella adventure. 12/22/2017 Universal Pictures X
Six Billion Dollar Man Mark Wahlberg stars as the bionic man from 70's TV series, The Six Million Dollar Man, adjusted for inflation. 12/22/2017 Dimension Films X X
The Croods 2 Sequel to the 2013 caveman hit; with Emma Stone and Nicolas Cage. 12/22/2017 DreamWorks Animation X
Greatest Showman on Earth (The) Hugh Jackman as entertainer extraordinaire P.T. Barnum in this musical. 12/25/2017 20th Century Fox X
Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes The gnomes recruit renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the disappearance of other garden statuary; voices by Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt. 1/12/2018 Paramount Pictures X
Fifty Shades Freed Third installment in the Fifty Shades trilogy details the couple's life after marriage. 2/9/2018 Universal X X
Maze Runner: The Death Cure Based on the third novel in the series by James Dashner. Sequel to the 2015's The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. 2/9/2018 20th Century Fox X X
Black Panther The royal leader of an African nation is bestowed with superpowers. Chadwick Boseman stars. 2/16/2018 Walt Disney Studios X
Larrikins Follows a young, desert-dwelling marsupial who ventures out from his sheltered life. 2/16/2018 DreamWorks Animation X
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 Rich Moore returns to direct the sequel, which will see Ralph leave the arcade to explore the internet. 3/9/2018 Walt Disney Studios X X
Tomb Raider Alicia Vikander stars in film detailing Lara Croft's first adventure. 3/16/2018 Warner Bros. X X
Anubis Animated story of a mummy's curse and Underworld monsters, based on the 2006 novel by Bruce Zick. 3/23/2018 20th Century Fox X
Pacific Rim: Uprising Sequel to the 2012 film about giant monsters and robots. 3/23/2018 Universal Pictures X
Peter Rabbit Based on the classic Beatrix Potter character, the film will mix animation and live action. 3/23/2018 Sony Pictures X
Robin Hood A gritty take on the classic Robin Hood story. 3/23/2018 Lionsgate X
MEG Science fiction and giant monster action thriller based on Steve Alten’s book, ”Meg.” 4/2/2018 Warner Bros. X
Dark Universe: Monsters franchise film New Universal monster franchise film. 4/13/2018 Universal Pictures X
New Mutants Based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. 4/13/2018 20th Century Fox X
Rampage Action adventure monster film based on the 1980s arcade video game; starring Dwayne Johnson. 4/20/2018 New Line Cinema X
Avengers: Infinity War (Part 1) This time the Avengers face the menace of Thanos. 5/4/2018 Walt Disney Studios X X
Slender Man Internet meme of a unnaturally tall man with a blank, featureless face who stalks, abducts, and/or traumatizes children. 5/18/2018 Sony Pictures X
Han Solo: A Star Wars Story Standalone "anthology" film tells the Han Solo origin story; to be directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. 5/25/2018 Walt Disney Studios X
Incredibles 2 Writer/director Brad Bird's sequel to 2004's The Incredibles. 6/15/2018 Walt Disney Studios X
Jurassic World 2 More mayhem in Jurassic World. 6/22/2018 Universal Pictures X X
Barbie Contemporary take on the toy that emphasizes feminism and identity. Anne Hathaway in negotiations for the lead role. 6/29/2018 Sony Pictures X
Justice League Dark Another adventure of Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd). 7/6/2018 Walt Disney Studios X X
Hotel Transylvania 3 Third installment in the animated series about Count Dracula and his daughter Mavis. 7/13/2018 Sony Pictures X
Alita: Battle Angel Science fiction film from James Cameron is based on Japanese manga and stars a female cyborg in a dystopian future. 7/20/2018 20th Century Fox
Scarface Reboot of the 1983 film from the Coen brothers. 8/10/2018 Universal Pictures X
Goosebumps: Horrorland Director Rob Letterman and Jack Black return for the adaptation of one of R.L. Stine's most frightening tales. 9/21/2018 Sony Pictures X X
Scooby-Doo (aka S.C.O.O.B.) Scooby-Doo and the Mystery, Inc. gang roll again. 9/21/2018 Warner Bros. X X
Aquaman The king of the seven seas appears in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the Justice League movie before anchoring his own feature. 10/5/2018 Warner Bros. X
The Girl in the Spider's Web New cast to feature in the fourth entry of the Millennium book series by Stieg Larsson. 10/5/2018 Sony Pictures X X
Venom Spider-Man villian and alien symbiote gets a standalone feature release from scriptwriters Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. 10/5/2018 Sony Pictures
Jungle Book (aka Jungle Book: Origins) Andy Serkis directs this live action tale of an orphan boy raised by animals in the jungle. Animal voices by Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett. 10/19/2018 Warner Bros. X
Marvel (untitled) Candidates include a Deadpool sequel, an X-Men spinoff, or even a Fantastic Four reboot. 11/2/2018 20th Century Fox X
X-Men: Dark Phoenix Sequel focuses on Jean Grey as she begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. 11/2/2018 20th Century Fox X X
Inhumans In this Marvel film, an isolated community of superhumans fights to protect itself. 11/3/2018 Walt Disney Studios X
Bad Boys for Life (aka Bad Boys 3) Another sequel to the action comedy series about two loose cannon cops. Past films were in 1995 and 2003. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return. 11/9/2018 Sony Pictures X
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Reimagining of the Dr. Seuss Christmas tale from animation studio Illumination Entertainment stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the Grinch. 11/9/2018 Universal Pictures X X
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them 2 Second installment in J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts trilogy. 11/16/2018 Warner Bros. X X
Transfomers Bumblee spinoff (untitled) Follows Transformers daredevil Autobot Bumblebee in his own movie. 12/18/2018 Paramount/ Hasbro X X
Animated Spider-Man (untitled) Animated feature produced by LEGO movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Developed separately from the live action Spider-Man movies. 12/21/2018 Sony Pictures X
Bohemian Rhapsody Queen biopic stars Rami Malek as Freddie Murcury. 12/25/2018 20th Century Fox X
Mary Poppins Returns Emily Blunt stars, Rob Marshall directs this 20-years-later tale of the wonderful nanny. 12/25/2018 Walt Disney Studios X X
Cruella Emma Stone stars in live-action film following the evil exploits of dognapper Cruella de Vil. TBA 2018 Walt Disney Studios X
Empty Man (The) Adaptation of Cullen Bunn and Vanessa Del Rey’s supernatural thriller comic book stars James Badge Dale. TBA 2018 20th Century Fox X
MIB 23 Mashup of the 21 Jump Street and Men in Black franchises. TBA 2018 Sony Pictures X X
Red Shoes and the 7 Dwarfs Animated parody of "Snow White" stars Chloë Grace Moretz. TBA 2018 Locus Creative Studios X
Stan & Ollie Centers on comedy duo Laurel & Hardy and their 1953 variety hall tour of Blighty; financed by eOne and licensed from Larry Harmon Pictures. TBA 2018 Fable Pictures, Sonesta Films, BBC Films X
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Ordinary people selected to be peace keepers for the United Nations are given super powers. To be filmed in the U.S. and China. TBA 2018 Huayi Brothers X
Tuzki (untitled) Live-action/CGI-animated film stars popular Chinese rabbit emoticon Tuzki. TBA 2018 Turner Asia Pacific, Tencent X
Pigeon Impossible No details available, but may be related to the 2009 short Pigeon: Impossible. 1/18/2019 20th Century Fox X
Playmobil: The Missing Piece Planned as the first in a trilogy built around the 2 3/4-inch tall figures. 1/18/2019 Open Road Films X
SpongeBob SquarePants 3 Director Paul Tibbitt returns to the TV-based franchise. 2/8/2019 Paramount Animation X X
The LEGO Movie Sequel Sequel to 2014's block building blockbuster. 2/8/2019 Warner Bros. X X
Bride of Frankenstein Part of the new Dark Universe; from director Bill Condon and screenwriter David Koepp. 2/14/2019 Universal Pictures X
Marvel (untitled) Candidates include a Deadpool sequel, an X-Men spinoff, or even a Fantastic Four reboot. 2/14/2019 20th Century Fox X
Dark Universe: Monsters franchise film Another Universal reboot of classic horror characters. 2/15/2019 Universal Studios X
How to Train Your Dragon 3 The concluding chapter in the story between Vikings and dragons. 3/1/2019 DreamWorks Animation X
Captain Marvel Marvel's first female superhero movie follows Captain Marvel, aka Carol Danvers, who can fly and shoot energy bursts from her hands. 3/8/2019 Walt Disney Studios X
Godzilla 2: King of the Monsters Sequel to 2014's Legendary/Warner Bros.'s Godzilla. 3/22/2019 Warner Bros. X
Shazam! Dwayne Johnson plays the titular ancient Egyptian wizard with a magical connection to a shy boy. 4/5/2019 Warner Bros. X X
Fast & Furious 9 Vin Diesel is expected to return to continue the F&F franchise. 4/19/2019 Universal Pictures
Avengers 4 Untitled (aka Avengers: Infinity War Part 2) Second half of the third Avengers film. 5/3/2019 Walt Disney Studios X X
Minecraft: The Movie Swedish-American 3D film based on the video game; directed by Rob McElhenney. 5/24/2019 Warner Bros. X
Star Wars: Episode IX Final chapter of the newest Star Wars trilogy. 5/24/2019 Walt Disney Studios X
The Billion Brick Race Another LEGO movie sequel built brick-by-brick. 5/24/2019 Warner Bros. X X
Charlie's Angels Elizabeth Banks directs the reboot of the 2000 film based on the 1970s TV series. 6/7/2019 Sony Pictures X X
Justice League: Part 2 Sequel follows the DC Comics-based superhero team. 6/14/2019 Warner Bros. X X X
Toy Story 4 It's one more Pixar play date for Tim Allen and Tom Hanks. 6/21/2019 Walt Disney Studios X
Transformers 7 Hasbro has said the franchise will continue at least through Transformers 8. 6/28/2019 Paramount, Hasbro X X
Bad Boys 4 Follows 2017's Bad Boys 3. 7/3/2019 Sony Pictures X
The Secret Life of Pets 2 Sequel to 2016 animated hit The Secret Life of Pets. 7/3/2019 Universal Pictures X
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 Sequel to the 2017 film that was the second reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise. 7/5/2019 Sony Pictures X X
The Angry Birds Movie 2 To be directed by Thurop Van Orman and John Rice; launches on the 10th anniversary of the original game. 9/20/2019 Columbia Pictures X X
Frozen 2 Sequel to the 2013 animated blockbuster. 11/27/2019 Walt Disney Studios X
The Lion King (live action) Live action remake of the 1993 animated film. 11/27/2019 Walt Disney Studios X
Wonder Woman 2 Gal Gadot returns as the lead; talks with director Patty Jenkins are ongoing. 12/13/2019 Warner Bros. X X
Wicked Film adaptation of the Tony-winning musical. 12/20/2019 Universal Pictures X
Batman Ben Affleck will star in and direct a standalone Batman film. TBA 2019 Warner Bros. X X
Dumbo Live-action adaptation of the story of the big-eared flying Elephant. TBA 2019 Walt Disney Studios X
Hello Kitty Cartoon feline feature film. TBA 2019 Sanrio X
Mulan Live-action reimagining of the animated 1998 feature. Stars a young Chinese maiden who disguises herself as a warrior in order to save her father. TBA 2019 Walt Disney Studios X
Shaun the Sheep Movie 2 Director Richard Starzak returns with another comedy featuring Shaun and the gang . TBA 2019 Aardman X X
Shrek 5 Sequel will revive the Shrek film brand. TBA 2019 DreamWorks Animation X
SpongeBob SquarePants 3 Sequel to the 2004 and 2015 films, the latter which grossed $323 million worldwide. TBA 2019 Paramount Pictures X
Cyborg Cyborg, aka Victor Stone, is a member of the Justice League. 4/3/2020 Warner Bros. X
Trolls 2 Poppy and Branch return in sequel to the 2016 musical comedy-adventure. 4/10/2020 Universal Pictures X
Godzilla vs. Kong The two monster francises are united in an ecosystem of giant superspecies. 5/29/2020 Warner Bros. X
Minions 2 Spinoff from the Despicable Me franchise made over $1 billion worldwide when it was released in 2015. 7/3/2020 Universal Pictures X
Indiana Jones 5 Leading actor Harrison Ford and director Steven Spielberg return for a 5th time. 7/10/2020 Paramount Pictures
Bob’s Burgers Emmy Award-winning animated TV series launched 2011 stars a family that runs a burger joint. 7/17/2020 20th Century Fox X
Green Lantern Corps A group of humans join a peacekeeping force that protects the universe. 7/24/2020 Warner Bros. X X
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3 More adventures of J.K. Rowling's Newt Scamander. 11/20/2020 Warner Bros. X X
Avatar 2 Sequel to the highest grossing film of all time. 12/18/2020 20th Century Fox X
Vivo Project from Lin-Manuel Miranda follows a musical monkey who journeys from Havana to Miami to fulfill his destiny. 12/18/2020 Sony Pictures X
Sing 2 Sequel to 2016 animated musical comedy set in a city of humanoid animals. 12/25/2020 Universal Pictures X
Disney Animation (untitled) Announced after the cancellation of Gigantic. TBA 2020 Walt Disney Studios
Nimona Animated feature based on Noelle Stevenson's graphic novel follows the titular shapeshifter and sidekick to the villainous Lord Ballister Blackheart. TBA 2020 20th Century Fox X
Pixar Animation (untitled) 13th Pixar movie to be released in June. TBA 2020 Walt Disney Studios
The Flash Scientist Barry Allen becomes the super fast superhero, a member of DC Comics' Justice League. TBA 2020 Warner Bros. X
The Boss Baby 2 Alec Baldwin returns in the sequel. 3/26/2021 DreamWorks Animation X
Fast & Furious 10 Franchise double digits for star Vin Diesel. 4/2/2021 Universal Pictures X
Avatar 3 Second sequel to the highest grossing film of all time. 12/17/2021 20th Century Fox X
Avatar 4 Third sequel to the highest grossing film of all time. 12/20/2024 20th Century Fox X
Avatar 5 Fourth sequel to the highest grossing film of all time. 12/19/2025 20th Century Fox X
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Captain Nemo explores the mysteries of the ocean deep in his submarine Nautilus. Based on the classic Jules Verne novel. TBA 2018 20th Century Fox X
Aladdin Live action reboot starring Will Smith as the Genie, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, and Mena Massoud as Aladdin. TBA Walt Disney Studios X
Ballerina Possible spinoff of the John Wick franchise; female-centric action script. TBA Lionsgate X
Batgirl Standalone movie from filmmaker Joss Whedon focuses on the original 1967 story. TBA Warner Bros. X
Bloodshot First film for the Valiant Comics superhero. TBA Sony Pictures X
Borderlands Video game adaptation will be a new story set in the universe; Shane Salerno is the scriptwriter. TBA Universal Pictures X
Clifford The Big Red Dog (untitled) Live-action/CG hybrid to be scripted by Justin Malen. TBA Paramount Pictures X X
Cluedo Second movie based on the boardgame Cluedo. In development hell. TBA 20th Century Fox X
Deadpool 3 Rumored to involve another popular group in the X-Men mythos, X-Force. TBA 20th Century Fox X X
Deadshot (untitled) Spin-off film adaptation of Suicide Squad stars the defacto leader of the task force team. TBA Warner Bros. X X
Detective Pikachu First ever live-action film in the franchise based on the 3DS game of the same name. TBA Universal Pictures X
Dune Denis Villeneuve directs the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel. TBA Legendary Pictures X
Fruit Ninja Live-action family comedy based on the popular mobile game app. TBA Vinson Films X
Gambit Channing Tatum stars in this X-Men spinoff. TBA 20th Century Fox X
Gotham City Sirens Spin-off film adaptation of Suicide Squad stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn alongside other female supervillians. TBA Warner Bros. X X
Hard Boiled Adaptation of Frank Miller and Geof Darrow’s Dark Horse comic series. TBA Warner Bros. X
Highlander Chad Stahelski directs this planned trilogy. TBA Lionsgate X X
Highlander “John Wick” director Chad Stahelski is on board for the reboot of the 1986 film. TBA Lionsgate X
Metal Gear Solid Video game adaptation to be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. TBA Sony Pictures X
Monster High Based on the Mattel toy line, children of famous monsters experience high school in this live action musical. TBA Universal Pictures X X
Mortal Kombat Simon McQuoid directs the video game adaptation. TBA Warner Bros. X
Nightwing Live action adaptation of the Batman-centric character with Chris McKay directing. TBA Warner Bros. X
Paddington 3 Second sequel to 2014 film; based on the children's books by Michael Bond. TBA The Weinstein Co. X X
Sherlock Holmes 3 Director Guy Ritchie and co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles in this sequel. TBA Warner Bros. X X
Snow White (untitled) Live-action remake of Disney's classic animation set to feature new songs from songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. TBA Walt Disney Studios X
Sonic the Hedgehog (untitled) Deadpool director Tim Miller set to executive produce a live-action CGI movie based on the videogame icon. TBA Sony Pictures X
Suicide Squad 2 A director hasn't been secured yet. TBA Warner Bros. X
The Best Man Wedding Next installment in the Best Man franchise. TBA Universal X
The Division Tom Clancy video game adaptation; starring Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal. TBA Ubisoft Motion Pictures X
The Matrix Relaunch of iconic 1999 sci-fi movie, with Zak Penn in talks to write. TBA Warner Bros. X
The Wee Free Men First novel in the bestselling Discworld series by the late Terry Pratchett. TBA Jim Henson Co. X
Uncharted Video game spin-off follows a descendant of Sir Francis Drake, played by Tom Holland, on his quest to find the golden city of El Dorado. TBA Sony Pictures X


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