Posted on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
Universal was so confident in the buddy cop comedy Ride Along that it put the sequel in development way back in April – nine months before the first film was even scheduled to premiere. Now that the movie has actually gone on to set a January opening record, it looks like their faith is paying off.
The studio has set Ride Along director Tim Story to return for the sequel, and is working on deals with stars Ice Cube and Kevin Hart to reprise their roles. Also coming back are producers Will Packer and Matt Alvarez, and writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. More details on the next installment after the jump.
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Production is now underway on the star-studded mountain climbing drama, Everest. Directed by Baltasar Kormákur (Contraband), Everest features Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jake Gyllenhaal telling the true story of two groups of climbers who attempted to summit the world’s highest mountain in what turned out to be a horrible snowstorm. It’ll be released in IMAX 3D on February 27, 2015. Check out the full first image from the production, and the full press release, below. Read More »
In The Purge: Anarchy, which comes from the writer/director of the 2013 sleeper hit film, a young couple is stranded in the middle of a city when their car breaks down. But this breakdown happens at the worst possible time: just hours before the annual Purge begins. The Purge — that 12-hour period when all crime is legal, as outlined in the original film — is really not when you want to be out on the streets, unless you’re wearing a mask or some face paint and carrying a hefty weapon, and preferably have a gang of friends along with similar gear.
The teaser below some of the couple’s effort to survive, but it doesn’t tell us whether this sequel will be more satisfying in the end than the first film was. Read More »
With movies, rides, updates, and short films, this edition of Theme Parks Bits is jam-packed with goodies. Below, read about the following:
- Brad Bird‘s Tomorrowland finished filming, with the last few days done at Disneyland.
- See some details and video from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coming soon to Walt Disney World.
- A huge Paramount-themed theme park is coming to Spain in 2015 featuring Star Trek, Rango, Grease and Mission: Impossible rides.
- Disneyland Paris is getting a Ratatouille restaurant along with the new ride, plus the composer gets to work.
- The Universal Waterworld stunt show is getting a rewrite.
- Some new details on the Despicable Me ride have been revealed.
- There’s “active development” getting Frozen into Disney theme parks.
- Watch an It’s A Small World web series.
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Universal spent $1 million to purchase a spec script this weekend and has already set marquee director Ron Howard to helm it. The script is called Mena and was written by Gary Spinelli. It tells the true story of Barry Seal, a 300-pound pilot who illegally transported guns, drugs and other contraband for both the CIA and multiple drug cartels. (He transported, among many other things, loads of Quaaludes, the now-discontinued depressant used heavily by characters in The Wolf of Wall Street.)
Several studios were interested in the piece, including Sony, but ultimately Universal took home the prize. Read More »
Briefly: It has a director and a release date, and now Pitch Perfect 2 has its biggest stars. In what was pretty much a no-brainer, Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson have both signed on to star in the a capella sequel already set to hit theaters on May 15, 2015. Co-star and producer Elizabeth Banks will make her directorial debut from a script by Kay Cannon.
In the first film, Kendrick and Wilson were the breakout stars. Having each sign to return was likely the most crucial dealmaking for the returning cast. With them locked in, things are full steam ahead. Aca-excellent. [The Hollywood Reporter].
Briefly: While the film and television industry has already shifted almost entirely to digital, there are still a few filmmakers holding on to film as a medium for capturing images. Turns out Colin Trevorrow is one of them, and his movie Jurassic World will be shot on film. Even better, some of it will be shot on large 65mm film. John Schwartzman (The Amazing Spider-Man, Armageddon, The Rock) is the cinematographer. Read More »
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The measure of a dirty comedy can be the green-band trailer. It’s easy to sell something with outrageous jokes and sex, but can the film in question hold up when it has to play it safe? Seth MacFarlane‘s A Million Ways to Die in the West has all the raunchy stuff covered, as shown in the red-band trailer. But what about the story? We know MacFarlane can make things work without being totally nasty — his background is in TV, after all. But given the chance to cut loose, as seems to be the case here, what’s in the film that isn’t R-rated material? There are still some good PG jokes here, and Charlize Theron looks like she’s having a good time. Check it out below.
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