Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:
- Jason Bourne teases tomorrow’s full trailer.
- Stephen King chats about a sequel to 11.22.63.
- J.K. Rowling shows off the wands from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
- Simon Pegg enlisted Star Trek fans to help with Star Trek Beyond.
- David Yates says a Legend of Tarzan sequel is a possibility.
- Screenwriter Justin Marks talks about writing Top Gun 2.
The first full trailer for Jason Bourne is set to arrive tomorrow, but in the meantime, Universal has released a batch of six-second teases showing off Matt Damon‘s super-spy doing what he does best. Within these snippets, you can see Mr. Bourne vanish into thin air with the help of traffic, prepare a Molotov cocktail, decimate the face of an enemy, wield an improvised weapon, and participate in a motorcycle chase. There may be more lines on his face, but this is still very much the Jason Bourne we know and love. Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.
For Jason Bourne, Damon is joined by Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, while Julia Stiles reprises her role in the series. Frank Marshall again produces alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment, and Greengrass, Damon, Gregory Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. Based on characters created by Robert Ludlum, the film is written by Greengrass and Christopher Rouse.
Like the novel it was based on, Hulu’s 11.22.63 was a one-and-done story with a beginning, middle, and end. Like many Stephen King books, this story was too big and sprawling for a film adaptation – a miniseries felt like the best and only option. But what if 11.22.63 transformed into an ongoing series? King himself brought up the subject himself in a Facebook Q&A, where he discussed a potential sequel to the time-travel drama:
I’d love to revisit Jake and Sadie, and also revisit the rabbit hole that dumps people into the past, but sometimes it’s best not to go back for a second helping. If I were to write a sequel, it would be about Jake trying to stop unscrupulous people from using the rabbit hole to change the past in some terrible way.
Of course, King writing a sequel would be a different thing altogether than Hulu deciding to move forward with a second season. The original novel is an intensely detailed doorstop that not even eight hours of TV could properly capture. The chances of King writing a follow-up novel feel slim, but it’s easy to imagine Hulu taking the author’s basic idea and running with it.
King also addressed the time portal at the center of the show’s mythology, expounding on what it was and the inherent dangers of its existence:
I thought the rabbit hole (or the wormhole, as you call it) was a cosmic mistake, a basic flaw in the universe. Because of all the potential paradoxes, time travel would be incredibly dangerous—enough to to make nuclear bombs look like toys in comparison.
All of 11.22.63 is streaming on Hulu right now if you want to watch it and judge its sequel-worthiness.