Franchises are the bread and butter of the Hollywood landscape. When an idea works on the silver screen, you can almost always count on the film industry to follow up on that idea. After all, there's always more story to tell in any given movie universe. This mentality has turned sequels into a thriving business, and 2017 will see an insane number of them debuts in theaters.

To help you make sense of it all, we have compiled a comprehensive list of every major franchise that is currently slated to receive a sequel over the course of the next year. It's a hefty list, so make sure to go through it carefully and get your movie going calendars thoroughly filled out. Now let's get the ball rolling with the first of 2017's many sequels...

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Underworld

Underworld: Blood Wars - January 6, 2017

The very first sequel to kick off 2017 will take the form of Underworld: Blood Wars. The fifth installment in the long-running vampire franchise, Blood Wars sees Kate Beckinsale return as the deadly Selene to do battle with vicious Lycan warriors as well as her fellow vampires. The Underworld franchise has developed a cult following over the course of the last decade, and we expect Blood Wars to deliver all of the black leather and action that fans have come to expect.

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xXx

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage - January 20, 2017

Whether you're prepared for it or not, you're definitely going to enter the Xander Zone once again when xXx: The Return of Xander Cage debuts on January 20. Vin Diesel's return to the extreme sports/espionage hybrid franchise is over a decade in the making, so we expect him to bring his A-game as the dirty, dangerous, tattooed, and uncivilized criminal-turned-spy. The film's marketing campaign has been nothing but self-aware campiness and excellent action, so we're completely on board with the self-proclaimed "Bond killer" franchise making a glorious return to the silver screen.

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Resident Evil

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter - January 27, 2017

All bets are off when Alice returns to the Hive to face off against The Red Queen, Alexander Isaacs, and an army of undead freaks looking to tear her limb from limb. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter has taken any and every opportunity to remind us that this is the last Resident Evil film. With that in mind, we have a distinct feeling that we will see Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson put everything they have got into this film to send the series out with a major bang. We expect nothing less from Hollywood's longest-running video game franchise.

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