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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Producer Frank Marshall provides quick updates on Indiana Jones 5 and Jurassic World 2.
  • Dwayne Johnson teases an epic prison break scene in Fast 8.
  • Charlie’s Angels hires a writer with an impressive pedigree.
  • A sequel to The Simpsons Movie is not out of the cards.
  • Vin Diesel shares more from XXX: Return of Xander Cage.
  • More Sharknado movies are on the way because the world is a cruel place.

Frank Marshall is one of Hollywood’s super producers, which means sitting down to speak with him about the latest Bourne sequel also means getting updates on Jurassic World 2 and Indiana Jones 5. Collider sat down with him and eventually steered the conversation toward what director J.A. Bayona is doing on Jurassic World 2 (he’s currently prepping the film in London for a Hawaii shoot next year) and Marshall says that the story conceived by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly has remained intact:

No, as a director Bayona has his input but Colin and Derek are writing the script, so there have been numerous meetings and we have the template for the movie, but of course he’s putting in his own ideas and taking ownership of it, but it’s pretty much the same story that they originally came up with.

So while Trevorrow moves on to Star Wars: Episode 9 (which is produced by Marshall’s wife, Kathleen Kennedy), he’ll still keep his fingers in the Jurassic pie. Collider also asked Marshall about Disney’s rumored plans to extend the Indiana Jones series, but he claims this is all news to him:

It makes sense that they want to, now that they have the universe, that they want to turn it into something like they have with Star Wars. So it’s not surprising but they haven’t had any discussions with me, so I don’t know.

Dwayne Johnson has been teasing us with images of his Fast and Furious character behind bars for months now, leading fans to wonder exactly why the most straight-shooting and heroic character in the series is in prison during Fast 8. This Instagram post shines a little light on the situation. It seems this subplot was born out of the desire to see The Rock get involved in a “holy shit iconic prison breakout” because that is something that “the fans” would want to see. And yep, he’s right.

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Well, this is interesting: The Hollywood Reporter reports that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn has been hired to write the screenplay for the upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot, which is set to be directed by Pitch Perfect 2‘s Elizabeth Banks. Auburn, who wrote the critically acclaimed Broadway drama Proof, was apparently sought out because Banks wants her new trio of female detectives to be actual characters instead of one-dimensional sex objects. Suddenly, I find myself very interested in Banks and Auburn are planning to do with this property, which is something I never thought I’d say about Charlie’s Angels in 2016. After all, McG’s two movies from the early ’00s were cute and fluffy experiences. It sounds like everyone is aiming a little higher now.

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