MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION

We’ve got more sequel bits than you can shake a stick at. After the jump:

  • Syfy’s Lavalantula sequel gets a brilliantly bad title
  • Kung Pow 2 is happening, says director Steve Oedekerk
  • The Transporter Refueled drives into IMAX theaters this fall
  • Ride Along 2 gets a PG-13 rating from the MPAA
  • Neighbors 2 and Sinister 2 get release date changes
  • Simon Pegg has an issue with the Mission: Impossible marketing
  • Tom Cruise is adamant Top Gun 2 won’t be filled with CG jets
  • Chris McQuarrie explains why he’s not doing Jack Reacher 2
  • Josh Gad gives a (jokey) tease about the Frozen 2 plot
  • Charlie Hunnam hopes Pacific Rim 2 is more character-driven
  • Idris Elba will be “interesting” and “complex” in Star Trek 3
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 unveils a new travel promo

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Syfy’s Lavalantula reunited much of the Police Academy cast, including Steve Guttenberg, Leslie Easterbrook, Marion Ramsay, and Michael Winslow. Now it’s hoping to do the same with the just-greenlit sequel, titled — wait for it — 2 Lava 2 Lantula. As of now, the plan is to premiere 2 Lava 2 Lantula in summer 2016. [Deadline]

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13 years later, Kung Pow: Enter the First is finally getting a sequel. Steve Oedekerk, who wrote, directed, and starred in the original, confirmed the news at Dragonfest earlier this month. The first film was a critically panned flop, but it’s since gained a cult following. [JoBlo]

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The new Transporter will be larger than life. The Transporter Refueled is being digitally remastered for an IMAX release on September 4 in the U.S. and select international markets. Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones) replaces Jason Statham as badass driver Frank Martin. [PRNewswire]

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The MPAA has given Ride Along 2 a PG-13 rating for “sequences of violence, sexual content, language and some drug material.” That doesn’t sound too far off from the original, which earned the same rating for “sequences of violence, sexual content and brief strong language.” Starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, Ride Along 2 opens January 15, 2016. [Rope of Silicon]

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The new Neighbors will move in a bit later than expected. Universal has pushed Neighbors 2 from May 13, 2016 to May 20, 2016, pitting it against The Angry Birds Movie and Shane Black’s The Nice Guys. Chloë Grace Moretz recently joined the Nicholas Stoller-directed sequel. [Deadline]

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Bughuul is taking his sweet time getting to cinemas. Sinister 2 is now set to open August 28, one week later the originally planned August 21 date. It’ll be up against Alejandro Amenabar’s Regression, which stars Sinister 1 lead Ethan Hawke. [Box Office Mojo]

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Simon Pegg has a minor problem with the Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation marketing campaign. Specifically, the way Rebecca Ferguson‘s character poster emphasizes her physical assets:

When the posters came out, it was me in a jacket, Tom in a jacket. Jeremy in a jacket, Ving (Rhames) in a jacket and Rebecca in leather with her (butt) sticking out. It was like, ‘No, don’t do that.’ We’re doing something good here. Trying to, at least.

While it’s true she’s unnecessarily sexualized in the poster, Ferguson may yet get the last laugh. Rogue Nation is a breakout turn for the Swedish actress. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is in theaters this weekend. [USA Today]

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