IGN Readers' Most Wanted Movie Franchise Return is an '80s Icon

With 2020 bringing back a handful of huge movie properties from the ’80s, ’90s, and Aughts, we polled the IGN community and asked which film franchise you were most looking forward to seeing return.Over 16,000 of you voted, choosing between the likes of Bad Boys, The Grudge, Saw, and more. Ghostbusters landed in the number one spot, followed by – in a mild surprise – Top Gun, which has technically never been a franchise until now.

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Here’s how the Movie Franchise poll breaks down:

GHOSTBUSTERS – 32.3%

Floating away with a third of the votes is Jason Reitman’s sequel to the two ’80s Ghostbusters films — not to be confused with Paul Feig’s 2016 reboot — featuring members of the original cast, The Leftovers’ Carrie Coon, Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard, Captain Marvel’s Mckenna Grace, Celeste O’Connor, Logan Kim, and Paul Rudd.

Original star, and co-writer, Dan Aykroyd recently called the new Ghostbusters’ script “beautiful” and “heartfelt.” As far as the late Harold Ramis’s Egon Spengler, Aykroyd explained that the film will “recognize” Ramis “in some way.” It’s slated for a July 10, 2020 release.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK – 24.4%

Your number two pick is Top gun, which is finally getting s sequel after three decades. “For 34 years people have asked me ‘When are you going to do another one,'” Tom Cruise said at San Diego Comic-Con.

Coming June 26, 2020, Top Gun: Maverick — directed by Tron: Legacy’s Joseph Kosinski (who worked with Cruise on 2013’s Oblivion) — stars Miles Teller in a lead role along with Jon Hamm and Ed Harris.

The film also reportedly features Val Kilmer returning as Iceman and a new version of the 1980s hit, Danger Zone.

BAD BOYS FOR LIFE – 22.4%

Following closely behind Top Gun is Bad Boys, which returns with its third movie (after a 17 year break), due January 17, 2020.

The Will Smith/Martin Lawrence franchise, which kicked off with Michael Bay’s 1995 original and then continued with Bay’s 2003 sequel, is now helmed by directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (who are also currently attached to the fourth Beverly Hills Cop movie).

It’s been a long road for this movie as Bad Boys For Life was initially announced back in 2009. The new film will address the long gap between films as the “once inseparable duo of Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) and Mike Lowery (Smith) is coming apart: an aging Burnett has become a police inspector while Lowery, suffering a midlife crisis, is assigned to head up AMMO, a ‘young guns’ group of millennial cops with whom he has nothing in common.”

AND THE REST…

The final films include:

  • G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes – 7.7%
  • Saw – 7/1%
  • The Grudge – 6.2%

With Crazy Rich Asians’ Henry Golding cast as Snake Eyes, the G.I. Joe franchise spin-off managed to grab fourth place, while the bottom two spots were taken by horror properties.

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Saw’s ninth movie, following 2017’s Jigsaw, actually comes with a fun twist.

It’s a “fresh reimagining” by comedian Chris Rock, starring Rock and Samuel L. Jackson. Rock will play a police detective investigating a series of crimes likely tied to the Jigsaw Killer. No word yet on whether we will see the return of John Kramer, the original Jigsaw Killer, or a new incarnation of the Jigsaw character.

From director Nicolas Pesce and producer Sam Raimi, the (R-rated) reboot of The Grudge, which will have direct ties to the Ju-On series and the 2004 American film, is coming January 3.

For more movie news, check out how the Captain Marvel/Thanos fight was a last minute change to Avengers: Endgame and all the ways the Matrix Trilogy could inform Matrix 4.

Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.

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