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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If this collection of remake news bits is anything to go by, the ’70s and ’80s are back in full force. After the jump, the new Carrie dishes about Kimberly Peirce’s update, Ally Sheedy gets news of a WarGames remake, and Elijah Wood’s turn as a Maniac heads to Cannes.

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Plenty of young talents have attempted the leap from precocious child star to grown-up actor, with severely mixed results, but Chloe Grace Moretz seems to be having an easier time of it than most. Though she’s just 15, she’s already shown a facility for between family-friendly fare like Hugo and more mature entertainments like Let Me In and Kick-Ass over the last few years, and she’s lucky enough to have (apparently) skipped an awkward phase altogether. As far as I’m concerned, she doesn’t need to “prove” that she can transition into mature parts.

But that appears to be exactly what she’s doing in Derick Martini‘s Hick. Moretz plays a teenager who decides to ditch her neglectful parents in Nebraska and strike out for Vegas, meeting all sorts of interesting characters (played by Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne, Rory Culkin, and Alec Baldwin) along the way. Watch the red-band (i.e., NSFW) trailer after the jump.

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Whether or not you think Stephen King‘s Carrie needs to be remade yet again, the latest incarnation of the ultimate outcast revenge tale continues chugging along. At least the project’s attracting some solid talent: Boys Don’t Cry helmer Kimberly Peirce is lined up to direct, with rising star Chloe Grace Moretz in the lead role. Now, with those two on board, the project is firming up its schedule and has announced a targeted spring 2013 release date. Read more after the jump.

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