Whereas the first movie concentrated on a small group of costumed vigilantes, Kick-Ass 2 widens the scope to bring in new allies for both the heroes and the villains. The latest additions to the good guy side are Morris Chestnut (Boyz n the Hood), who’ll be helping out Chloë Moretz‘s Hit-Girl, and Robert Emms (War Horse), who’ll join forces with Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson).

As for when we’ll actually get to see Chestnut, Emms, and everyone else engaged in battle, Universal’s just set a summer 2012 release. That puts the sequel just over two years after the original, which isn’t a bad pace considering Kick-Ass 2 looked unlikely to happen at all until a few months ago. More details after the jump.

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Given that Brian De Palma’s 1976 Carrie is revered as a classic of horror cinema, it’s tough to avoid thinking of Kimberly Peirce‘s new version of Carrie as a remake. But strictly speaking, it’s not a rehash of De Palma’s version but rather a fresh interpretation of Stephen King‘s original 1974 novel. And Peirce and screenwriter Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa seem to be working hard to make the story their own.

The new Carrie will be set in the modern day rather than in the ’70s, and star Chloë Moretz has previously described it as “a more Black Swan version” of the story. So how will that translate onscreen, exactly? Check out the first pic of Moretz in costume and the new official synopsis after the jump.

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Today’s Sequel Bits is bursting with plot details — for Kick-Ass 2, Cloudy 2, and Curse of Chucky. There’s even a tidbit of info about what we might or might not see in Beetlejuice 2. After the jump:

  • Kick-Ass 2‘s plot involves mean girls and identity crises
  • Set videos reveal A Good Day to Die Hard footage
  • Child’s Play 6, a.k.a Curse of Chucky, headed straight to DVD
  • Seth Grahame-Smith plans to use Beetlejuice sparingly
  • Kristen Schaal joins Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers

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With a few exceptions, the idea of remaking a classic horror film has proven to be one that faces many pitfalls. And when the original in question is Brian De Palma’s version of the Stephen King story Carrie, a film crafted with impressive style and quite a lot of moxie, there might be more pitfalls than usual. De Palma’s favored split-screen technique has been put to work telling many stories over the years, but the use of the device in Carrie is particularly good. The film is one of the director’s best, and one of the best adaptations of King’s work. It’s a tough act to follow.

But Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce is an interesting choice to tackle a new version of Carrie, and she’s got a good start with the cast, as Chloe Moretz is the titular young girl whose telekenetic powers and emerging puberty put her at odds with her fundamentalist mom, played by Julianne Moore.

Portia Doubleday (Youth in Revolt) and Judy Greer (Arrested Development) were also added to the lineup today. More info on their roles, as well as Moretz’s comments about the Black Swan-like tone of this version, are below. Read More »

With Carrie‘s June 1 start date just around the corner, director Kimberly Peirce is adding the final touches to her cast. Leads Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore have been locked in since this spring, but it’s only in the past couple of weeks that the production has been staffing up on supporting players.

Chronicle star Alex Russell and theater actor Ansel Elgort signed on earlier this month, and now we’re hearing that Judy Greer, Ivana Baquero (Pan’s Labyrinth), and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) are circling three key supporting roles. More details after the jump.

Update: Sources say this casting info isn’t yet set, so we’ll report further as official word is released.

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Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow had really better hope those talks with star Chloë Grace Moretz go well. In volume 2 of the comic book series by Mark Millar that inspired the movie, Moretz’s Hit-Girl character is somewhat sidelined because (this is a possible spoiler) she ultimately gives up her superhero persona. But Wadlow said over the weekend that he planned to make Hit-Girl, aka Mindy Macready, “a major, major part of the film,” and now we know exactly how major that is.

According to Millar, Kick-Ass 2 will open with 30 minutes centered on the Hit-Girl character before shifting focus back to the titular Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson). Read his comments after the jump.

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After years of talk, Kick-Ass 2 finally made some real progress earlier this month as Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down) signed on to write and direct, and it’s now on track to shoot this year for a 2013 release date. At a Kapow! Comic Convention event, Wadlow spoke out about the sequel, even addressing the little matter of getting in-demand young star Chloë Grace Moretz back on board.

Hit the jump to read his comments and his status update on Moretz’ possible involvement — and while he gets that casting issue sorted out, check out some unused marketing materials from the first Kick-Ass film that could actually be cooler than the actual marketing materials that Lionsgate wound up using.

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Earlier this week, Kick-Ass co-creator John Romita Jr. said he believed Kick Ass 2 would start filming this summer aimed at a spring 2013 release. It’s the kind of thing we’ve been hearing for years, ever since the release of Matthew Vaughn’s fantastic 2010 adaptation of the comic by Romita Jr. and Mark Millar. This time, however, it seems that statement might actually be true.

Deadline is reporting that Universal is in talks to make Kick-Ass 2, taking over from original distributor Lionsgate. That’s the good news. The bad news is Vaughn is out, replaced by Jeff Wadlow, who directed Never Back Down and Cry_Wolf. There’s more after the jump. Read More »

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