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In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • The director of Space Jam doesn’t think a sequel should happen.
  • Paddington 2 is officially on the way.
  • Lionsgate is already talking about Now You See Me 3.
  • Vin Diesel is facing a lawsuit over XXX: The Return of Xander Cage.
  • Trainspotting 2 has begun filming.
  • The trailer for Kill Zone 2 arrives.
  • Kristen Stewart trash talks The Huntsman: Winter’s War.

Warner Bros. keeps on threatening to make Space Jam 2, a threat that became more clear than ever when director Justin Lin joined the project. Now, Joe Pytka, who helmed the original movie, is saying that no one should make a sequel. He argues that the first movie was lightning in a bottle:

Don’t do it. It’s doomed. Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet. When we did Space Jam, there was a perfect storm of players and ex-players available — Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing. They all had a persona that complemented the film. There are none around like that now.

Sorry, Lebron James.

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Paddington was one of 2015’s most pleasant surprises and it was a box office hit to boot, grossing $259 million worldwide. Variety, reporting from the Cannes Film Festival, has revealed that a sequel is on the way, with producer David Heyman and director Paul King returning. Although no cast has been announced yet, it is expected that Ben Whishaw will return as the voice of Paddington the bear, with Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins also returning as his new human family. Filming is set to begin this October. November 24, 2017 looks to be the release date in the U.K., so expect it to open elsewhere around the same time.

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Vin Diesel has been keeping busy this year, diving straight into Fast 8 after finishing his work XXX: The Return of Xander Cage. However, he has more to worry about than memorizing his lines and looking cool behind the wheel of a car. The Wrap reports that George Zakk, a former producer at Diesel’s One Race Films, is suing the actor for $275,000, claiming that he deserves credit for helping develop the new XXX movie before he left the company in 2007. It’s not clear if Zakk has a case or if he’s just trying to take advantage of a former employer (both feel equally probable in this industry), but expect for this to get cleared up before the new movie arrives in January.

Production has finally and officially begun on Danny Boyle’s sequel to Trainspotting and Twitter user Thomas Brown has captured some footage from the Edinburgh set. You may recognize the man in the video as Ewen Bremner, reprising his role as Spud.

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