If what is going on the floors of Bollywood is anything to go by, 2011, is going to be the year of sequels with as many as five blockbusters getting ready with the next instalment of their stories -- "Race 2", "Dhoom 3", "Wanted 2", "Partner 2" and "Don 2".
Like the 2008 hit action "Race", "Race 2" is also directed by Abbas-Mustan and produced under the Tips Films banner. The original, which explored themes of sibling rivalry, betrayal and passion, starred Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu and Katrina Kaif in pivotal roles.
Except Bipasha Basu, the directors plan to retain the same cast for the sequel. It was reported that Bipasha would be replaced by another actress, although nothing is official at the moment.
The other sequel in the works is "Partner 2". The original starring Govinda, Salman Khan, Katrina and Lara Dutta released in 2007.
"Partner 2" was supposed to release this year, but the shooting dates got postponed till 2011. The sequel will retain its original cast.
Boney Kapoor, producer of the Salman Khan-starrer "Wanted", is also planning to launch the film's second part next year.
"Wanted", a remake of Telugu film "Pokiri", was directed by southern dancing star Prabhu Deva and also starred Ayesha Takia.
The third instalment of action film "Dhoom" will also make an appearance next year. While "Dhoom" released in 2004, "Dhoom 2" hit screens in 2006. Now, after a gap of five years, "Dhoom 3" is expected to release in 2011.
It was reported that Aditya Chopra will himself direct "Dhoom 3", which will have some alterations in the star cast.
Later in the year releases "Don 2", a sequel to Farhan Akhtar's remake of the 1978 film "Don" (2006).
The crime thriller, directed, co-written and co-produced by Farhan Akhtar, will star Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Rampal, Ishaa Koppikar, Boman Irani and Om Puri all reprising their roles from the previous film.