the conjuring 2

In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • A creepy featurette on the story behind The Conjuring 2.
  • Take a first look at Channing Tatum in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
  • March of the Penguins 2: The Call is actually happening.
  • T.J. Miller confirms that he’s back for Deadpool 2.
  • The first poster for Super Troopers 2 is here.
  • Karl Urban is still talking about Dredd 2.
  • Michael Fassbender promises gnarly Xenomoroph happenings in Alien: Covenant.
  • John C. Reilly says Wreck-It Ralph 2 is in development.
  • NBC says it hasn’t given up on that Cruel Intentions sequel series.
  • Scientists are concerned about Finding Dory.
  • Now You See Me 2 will screen in China.

Last week, a series of The Conjuring screenings were announced around the country, drawing in dedicated horror fans who wanted to see James Wan‘s fantastic horror film in theaters again. But it was all a ruse, and these screenings were revealed to be secret advance showings of The Conjuring 2! Buzz from the screenings has been strong, which only makes the wait until next month all the harder. In the meantime, Warner Bros. has released a creepy new featurette that explores the actual case that inspired the movie.

'MARCH OF THE PENGUINS' FILM - 2005

Sequels to documentaries aren’t unheard of. There are three Paradise Lost films and the Up series has been going on for decades now. But a sequel to a nature documentary? That actually has a number in the title? That’s new. Variety reports that March of the Penguins 2: The Call was quietly filmed in Antarctica last year using 4K cameras. Director Luc Jacquet is back (no word yet on whether or not Morgan Freeman will return to narrate) and the project is currently being shopped around Cannes. Here’s how the film is described:

The sprawling and fascinating documentary follows the journey of emperor penguins of the South Pole as they travel to their traditional breeding grounds.

In other words, it sounds like more of the same. However, more of the same isn’t necessarily a bad thing for a nature documentary, especially if the new footage is fascinating and beautiful. The original film was a huge hit the box office and won an Oscar for Best Documentary, so expect this one to get a wide release.

Cruel Intentions TV Series

NBC’s television sequel to Cruel Intentions in alive. For now. Deadline reports that the series, which would follow the characters from the 1999 film, has not been picked up yet. However, the network is weighing its options. Says NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt:

It goes under the heading of embarrassment of riches. There’s just so many shows that we have scheduled or ordered.

With the pilot in the can, it’s now up to NBC to make the final call. Expect to hear something official soon.

Now You See Me 3

It can be tough for Hollywood films to screen in China, who are very strict about allowing films from other nations to screen within their borders. They infamously cap the number of non-Chinese films that are released there to 34 per year, which means that studios always have to scramble to grab one of those spots. However, Now You See Me 2 has managed to snag a release date there and dodge that normal restriction. Variety report that the film will opening China on June 24 and “is being treated as a flat fee import,” which allows it to exist beyond the usual quota. The presence of the popular Taiwanese actor Jay Chou in the film may have something to do with this.

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