Everyone loves a good sequel. When done properly, a sequel can reignite a fan’s passion for the franchise, its characters and its storyline. As the colder months begin to make their way here, the big screen is just getting hotter and hotter. Here are three of 2013’s most highly anticipated sequels. Be sure to save the date!
1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22nd, 2013) – After their defiant act at the 74th Hunger Games which forced the Capitol to declare them both winners, Peeta and Katniss are on thin ice. Their own lives as well as those of their families depend on their cooperation with President Snow, as the districts are on the brink of rebellion. Catching Fire will give us a glimpse into the harsh realities of Panem’s residents. As the pair travel from district to district on their Victory Tour, new secrets will be uncovered that shake the victors to the core. When the Capitol announces that the 75th Hunger Games will include 24 victors from previous years in an event known as the Quarter Quell, Katniss and Peeta realize that they will be returning to the deadly arena. Needless to say, the second installment of The Hunger Games series will be a true nail-biter that’ll keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 13th, 2013) – Gandalf, Bilbo and the Dwarves are back and more fired up than ever, quite literally. After narrowly escaping the Misty Mountains and acquiring the ring, the team recharges in order to get their gold back from Smaug, the lethal dragon. Of course, Smaug will just be one of many vicious enemies that they encounter on their quest. While there is sure to be many surprises along the way, there is one thing that the audience can definitely expect from this action/adventure film: the always present and undeniably beautiful scenery that the franchise is known for. The Desolation of Smaug is destined to be as epic as its predecessor.
3. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (December 20th, 2013) – While little is known about this upcoming sequel (the teaser leaves much to be desired), Anchorman 2 has gathered plenty of buzz. What we do know is that Will Ferrell’s beloved character, Ron Burgundy, is back at the top of his game. Previously San Diego’s top rated newsman, the arrogant and hilarious Burgundy has somehow managed to land a new gig at New York’s first 24 hour news channel. With an even bigger all-star cast than the original, Anchorman 2 is, as Burgundy would say, “kind of a big deal.”
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