Casting, plot details and rumored start dates are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • Keanu Reeves lays out the plot of Bill & Ted 3 in a new interview.
  • Sasha Barrese will return in The Hangover Part III.
  • Yancy Butler is back for Kick-Ass 2 as mother of Red Mist.
  • Julie Delpy says a third Before movie is still happen…but not for at least a year.
  • Tributes Seeder, Chaff and Gloss have been cast in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

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Maybe when we first heard about the possibility of a third Bill & Ted, it sounded like an outlandish idea. As Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves have continued to offer little updates, however — and as more and more ’80s and ’90s properties have found their way to the big screen — it’s started to seem more and more plausible. And now the project’s taken one more big step forward, with Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) just hired to direct. More details after the jump.

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Everything old is new again in today’s Sequel Bits, which looks to the ’90s, the ’80s, and even the 19th century for inspiration. After the jump:

  • Transformers 4 auctions off a walk-on role
  • Bill & Ted 3 has a script, but no green light
  • Men in Black 3 implores you to share your alien encounters
  • Journey 3 gets fast-tracked for 2014
  • Michael Bacall’s working on 21 Jump Street 2

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‘Bill & Ted 3′ Script is Finished

A year ago, Keanu Reeves said in an interview that he was “trying” to get a third Bill & Ted film made, and we weren’t sure if he was joking. In retrospect, I’m not sure why we were doubtful — it seems like every other popular film from the ’80s and ’90s is getting a reboot, remake, or sequel, so why not Bill & Ted? Over the past year, he and former co-star Alex Winter have mentioned Bill & Ted 3 in various interviews, and now some real progress has been made on the project: According to Winter, the script has now been completed. Read more after the jump.

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As unlikely sequels go, Bill and Ted 3 always seemed pretty damn unlikely. But last year both Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have talked about the script, and now a draft is almost done. Keanu Reeves recently told MTV that writers are about six weeks from a draft, and that “When we last got together, part of it was that Bill and Ted were supposed to have written the song that saved the world, and it hasn’t happened… So they’ve now become kind of possessed by trying to do that. Then there’s an element of time and they have to go back.” So the film, should it somehow get made, which could itself almost be the plot of a Bill and Ted type movie, would jump right off from the end of the last one. Which was released twenty years ago. There’s some comedy to be mined there — have the two lovable goons been stuck in some sort of time bubble for two decades? I’ll be quietly fascinated to see how this one goes.

After the break, Roberto Orci, who is writing Star Trek 2 with working partner Alex Kurtzman, talked a bit about their approach to the sequel. Read More »

How did a third Bill and Ted movie become the ’80s sequel that keeps coming up? Is there that much nostalgia for the middlebrow comedies of twenty years ago? Evidently so, as Keanu Reeves said during the Toronto Film Festival, “I’d love to play the role, I’d love to work with Alex [Winter] and [writers] Chris and Ed again, and we’ll see what they do.”

And now Alex Winter says that there is indeed an idea in play for a third film, and that a script is underway right now. Read More »

Earlier this week, it was reported that Fox has a a scriptment for Speed 3, which involves the return of Officer Jack Traven, the lead character played by Keanu Reeves in the original film. Many people just assumed that Keanu would want to return to the down and out action film franchise. But Reeves didn’t return for Speed 2: Cruise Control, so why would he return for this one? Especially since he’s made enough bank from the Matrix sequels to pick and choose his projects. And it looks like I was right. Reeves told IGN UK:

“I don’t know if they are going to make another one, and if they are it won’t be with me… honestly!”

That said, Reeves seemed to entertain the idea of another Bill and Ted movie:

“Maybe we could do it with them both grown up — they haven’t saved the world and they’re just living their lives as middle-aged men. That sound’s quite funny.”

As much as I love the Bill and Ted movies, I think I’d much prefer to see Speed 3 with Keanu in the lead.

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