Ready Player One sequel

Ernie Cline is reportedly writing a Ready Player One sequel. Let that sink in while I give you some context.

A few weeks back, there were lots of rumors about Warner Bros. going out to top notch directors after reading the latest draft to Ready Player One. Cline’s book was released in 2011 but sold its movie rights even before that. Since then, several writers have been hired to crack the story – which involves a massive online world and a pop-culture infused race to win billions – but nothing quite stuck. Then Zak Penn took over and, suddenly, names like Christopher Nolan and Peter Jackson were being thrown around. It was a huge step.

Since then, we haven’t heard much about the Ready Player One movie. So, in the meantime, I went back and read the book for a second time. The first time I read it, I finished it in 24 hours because I couldn’t put it down. The second time, even though I’d already read it, it took me all of 4 days to finish. Cline’s huge imagination and pop culture vocabulary create a story that’s both wholly original yet totally composed of the tattered remnants of our childhoods. It’s just a wonderful, exciting, vibrant and awesome book.

Since releasing Ready Player One, Cline has been working on a mysterious new book called Armada, which is out later this year. Now, in a very surprising move, he’s apparently also working on a Ready Player One sequel. Read more about it below. Read More »

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There are some big updates on some really big sequel in this edition of Sequel Bits. Below, read about the following.

  • Paul Feig says his Ghostbusters reboot will take place in New York and include winks to the original.
  • Don’t fret, Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are returning for Sharknado 3.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 starts filming in April.
  • There’s still no script for latest Friday the 13th sequel.
  • See a new poster for Hot Tub Time Machine 2.
  • Eddie Murphy sounds less than optimistic about Beverly Hills Cop 4.
  • See an image of Roland Emmerich location scouting for Independence Day 2.
  • New images of the evil D-Rex from Jurassic World have hit the web.

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Ouija movie

I have a vague recollection of seeing Ouija in the theater. I remember walking in, I remember Olivia Cooke and that iconic board game. I also have a weird memory of a finale in a basement. But that’s basically it. Suffice to say, the movie didn’t stick with me. It wasn’t that scary or compelling and I haven’t really thought about it since.

But no matter. The film only cost $5 million, had a $20 million opening, grossed $50 million domestic and another $30 million and change internationally. $5 million to make almost $85 million? That’s something film producers remember. Because of that, a Ouija sequel is in the works. Read More »

Heroes Reborn cast

Almost a year has passed since NBC announced that Tim Kring was bringing back his hit show, Heroes. The event, called Heroes Reborn, will be a 13-episode mini-series that should premiere at some point this year. In that time, only one cast member had been revealed, Jack Coleman, reprising his role as the popular “Horn Rim Glasses” man. Now casting is about to get rolling again and the first new addition is NBC and superhero movie alum, Zachary Levi. Read about the new member of the Heroes Reborn cast below. Read More »

Blair Witch Project 3

The first Blair Witch Project was a cultural landmark. We’ve covered this in the past. But no movie that grosses $250 million against a budget of $60,000 is immune to the terrors of Hollywood. A sequel, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 was released just a year later and though it made money, it was a terrible excuse for a follow-up.

Fifteen years have now passed since the last Blair Witch film and the horror genre has changed and evolved probably at least that many times over that time. You’d think the train had long left the station in terms of a Blair Witch Project 3 but, according to the film’s co-director Eduardo Sanchez, that’s not true. He said talks are ongoing with Lionsgate and a third film is “inevitable.” Then again, he’s been saying that for a long time. Read more below. Read More »

Simpsons - The Man Who Came to Be Dinner

After years of wondering whether we might ever see a Simpsons Movie sequel, it turns out we’ve already seen it. Sort of.

In the first episode of 2015, the family was whisked away to Rigel 7, the home planet of aliens Kang and Kodos, where Homer is almost eaten as a meal. Now Simpsons executive producer Al Jean reveals that storyline was previously considered as a sequel to 2007′s The Simpsons movie.

So why didn’t it get made as a film? Read Jean’s explanation of the Simpsons Movie sequel idea after the jump – as well as his thoughts on the likelihood of an actual Simpsons Movie sequel happening.  Read More »

Danny Boyle Has a ’28 Months Later’ Idea

28 Months Later

For years, there has been the potential for some combination of director Danny Boyle, screenwriter Alex Garland and producer Andrew Macdonald to return to the story they originated in 28 Days Later. That film, a “viral outbreak” zombie story set in London and the English countryside, was an early example of digital cinematography and a big influence on the explosion of interest in zombie films. It spawned one sequel, 28 Weeks Later, and now Garland says that the three men have started to talk seriously about making a third film. Read More »

Scarlett Johansson Black Widow Civil War

There are many questions surrounding the 2016 film, Captain America: Civil War, and slowly they’re being answered. We already know the basics: Film one of Phase Three will come from the same writers and directors of The Winter Soldier, and most of the cast will be back, with new additions Robert Downey Jr. and Chadwick Boseman as Iron Man and Black Panther. The crux of the film will be a disagreement between Iron Man and Cap (Chris Evans) but there will be other foes as well, primarily Crossbones, played by Frank Grillo.

We recently learned that the film would be similar in tone to The Winter Soldier and Peggy Carter might play a small role too. But what about the rest of The Avengers, especially those who don’t have their own solo films in Phase Three? Well, directors Joe and Anthony Russo recently did an interview and confirmed at least one of them will appear in Civil War. Scarlett Johansson will reprise her role as Black Widow come May 6, 2016. Read the Black Widow Civil War news below. Read More »

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