Will Smith in Bad Boys 3

Are there too many sequels? Brad Bird kinda thinks so, and he’s the one working on The Incredibles 2. Also after the jump:

  • Vin Diesel has quietly revealed the title of xXx 3
  • Will Smith says Bad Boys 3 is coming in the next 12-16 years
  • Simon Pegg never plans to direct a Star Trek movie
  • Jason Segel is writing, not directing, the Lego Movie spinoff
  • Christoph Waltz has had it with those Blofeld rumors
  • Katniss joins her “star squad” in a new Mockingjay Part 2 clip
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The Iron Giant posters

This past week, The Iron Giant returned to theaters with the Signature Edition, and the animated favorite from Warner Bros. is quite gorgeous on the big screen. If you missed it, you’ve got one more chance to see it in theaters this weekend on October 4th, so check your local theater listings to find out when and where you can catch it.

But if you’re just waiting for the The Iron Giant: Signature Edition to hit Blu-Ray and DVD, and you’re looking for some other cool stuff to show your love for the 1999 cult favorite, we have goods news. Two new Iron Giant posters are going on sale today from Brad Bird himself and Jeff Granito. One you’ve seen, but the other is brand new. Read More »

Blade Runner art by Benjamin Carré

Blade Runner art by Benjamin Carré

In today’s edition of Sequel bits we take a look at:

  • Brad Bird teases the origins of The Incredibles 2 story.
  • Director Denis Villeneuve talks about why he is taking on Blade Runner 2.
  • Screenwriter Max Landis pitches his idea for Man of Steel 2.
  • Shaun the Sheep 2 in development.
  • Lara Pulver joins Underworld 5.
  • Eli Roth has an idea for Hostel: Part IV.
  • Two new attraction posters for Jurassic World.
  • A new tv trailer for Ride Along 2.

All this and more. Hit the jump to get started.

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Brad Bird hand-drawn animation

With The Iron Giant: Signature Edition returning to theaters soon, director Brad Bird has been making the rounds talking about the 1999 animated favorite that found a much bigger audience in the years since the film hit theaters the first time. And he has some hopeful, good news for fans of hand-drawn animation.

While the director has been busy in computer animation with films like The Incredibles (and a forthcoming sequel) and Ratatouille, and his live-action features Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Tomorrowland, he hopes to direct a new hand-drawn animation feature sometime down the road. In addition, he wishes that hand-drawn animation would be used to its full potential, perhaps even venturing into the horror genre.

Find out more about the Brad Bird hand-drawn animation project and his thoughts on the genre after the jump! Read More »

Brad Bird Gives an ‘Incredibles 2’ Status Update

Incredibles 2

We didn’t see anything real from The Incredibles 2 at Disney’s D23 confab aside from a new teaser poster. (The most relevant part of that poster is above.) We don’t know when the film will be released, or what the story will be. But writer/director Brad Bird is making The Incredibles 2 his next film, and on the occasion of the re-release of his first movie, The Iron Giant, Bird is talking in very guarded terms about his upcoming sequel. Read More »

Iron Giant 2

Just last week brought the trailer for The Iron Giant: Signature Edition, a new Blu-Ray release of the 1999 animated film from The Incredibles director Brad Bird, which will also be hitting theaters for a couple days this fall. And if one of the film’s stars is to be believed, this re-release of the movie might be a way of testing the waters for a forthcoming sequel.

For those who don’t know, Vin Diesel was the voice of the titular giant robot who crash lands on Earth and befriends a young boy, making for quite the charming and unique update of the familiar E.T. The Extra Terrestrial tale. And Diesel recently took to his Facebook page to post the Signature Edition trailer, and he teased that Warner Bros. might be on the verge of making The Iron Giant 2 happen. Read More »

Iron Giant trailer

Brad Bird‘s first feature The Iron Giant didn’t make a big splash upon its release in 1999. Warner Bros. didn’t seem to know how to market the film, and with the internet publicity machine only in its first formative stage, some of the tools that can help raise awareness of a film in 2015 were not yet in place.

The Iron Giant resonated with nearly everyone who did see the film, at least, and over the years it has been celebrated as a new classic in hand-drawn animation and science fiction. The good news is that Warner Bros. is planning a brief new theatrical release for a version of the film called The Iron Giant: Signature Edition, with a bit of new footage. There’s a new Iron Giant trailer to advertise the September release, which you can watch below. Read More »

The Iron Giant

Brad Bird‘s The Iron Giant is getting polished and upgraded for a theatrical rerelease. Warner Bros. and Fathom Events announced today that a remastered version of the 1999 animated classic, enhanced with brand-new footage, is coming to cinemas for a limited engagement this fall. More details on the Iron Giant rerelease after the jump.  Read More »

Jurassic World Easter Eggs

Jurassic World, a third sequel to the 22-year old modern classic Jurassic Park, opened in theaters this past weekend. We’ve had plenty of coverage on the blockbuster sequel, including reviews from both Peter Sciretta (who loved the movie) and Germain Lussier (who was fairly disparaging), and a new interview with director Colin Trevorrow.

Fans now seeing Jurassic World are undoubtedly noticing all the direct references to Jurassic Park, as well as easter eggs placed for discovery by longtime fans. Most of these are pretty obvious, while others may only be noticed by those who have seen the original film countless times. So we’ve listed all the Jurassic World easter eggs and references that can be spotted in the film.

Check out our list of Jurassic World easter eggs after the jump, but beware of major spoilers for the movie! Read More »

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Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World Follow-up

Jurassic World is finally hitting theaters today, and as promised, here is my final interview with director Colin Trevorrow about the movie. As many of you know, I have talked to Colin two other times during the production of the film, once about the information leaks and fan backlash to some of those details and another time in an extensive interview when I visited the set of the film. My latest interview with Colin was conducted at the junket on the Universal back lot last week after having seen the movie.

In the interview, Colin talks about the Flight of the Navigator remake, how the voice cameos in the movie came about, the ideas of commercialization and sequels in the movie, how Steven Spielberg helped change the edit of the movie, the fan reaction to the trailers and the struggle to preserve surprises, how he met his writing partner Derek Connolly while working at Saturday Night Live, featherless dinosaurs in an age when science thinks different, and would he be interested in directing a Star Wars movie.

After the jump, you can read the whole interview (a couple of excerpts have run earlier in the week) which is virtually spoiler free (I have removed one question and answer which I will run next week after everyone has seen the film).

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