We’ve got a lot of odds and ends to cover in today’s Sequel Bits, so let’s get right to it. After the jump:

  • MIB3 helmer says shooting with an incomplete script was either “genius” or “really stupid”
  • Vehicles from Mad Max: Fury Road revealed
  • Benedict Cumberbatch says lovely things about his Star Trek 2 colleauges
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 may have a new title
  • Percy Jackson casts stars from Community, Reno 911!, and Dodgeball
  • Chris Tucker is not so excited for Friday 4

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs contains so many crazy, fantastical elements that I never figured the story could’ve worked as anything but an animated film. I mean, c’mon. Live-action hobbits or dragons or space battles are one thing, but live-action hamburger storms would just be ridiculous, right?

But perhaps that’s just my own lack of imagination talking, because appropriately named YouTube user Megasteakman has reimagined the foodie tale as a 60-second live-action short, and the results are actually quite charming. Watch the video after the jump.

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Briefly: It has been quite a while since we heard anything about a sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Last time we got wind of the film that Sony Animation has been developing, original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were said to be attached, and the source material was said to be the Cloudy sequel book Pickles to Pittsburgh.

Now Variety updates on the project, saying that two animators from Sony Animation, Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn, are set to direct a film that is currently being called Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Both worked on the original film, so they’re coming to the sequel from a position of great familiarity. The film isn’t yet greenlit, and that’s all the info the trade provides. We’ve got no info on the script at this point, or of a timetable for production.

Couple of bits of info on upcoming sequels for you today. First up, Brent Spiner, who played Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation and in several movies that followed, might like to appear in the upcoming Star Trek sequel currently being written by Damon Lindelof, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and J.J. Abrams. Emphasis on ‘might,’ however. In an online chat to promote his new series Fresh Hell, the actor joked about a possible role in the Trek sequel:

I am thinking more about the next Star Trek movie and more about who can I be in it. I did this character Arik Soong [on Star Trek Enterprise], not to be confused with Dr. Soong on the [TNG], this was his predecessor. And I would like to start a campaign, maybe right here tonight, its called BBS – Bring Back Soong.  And I want you to flood JJ Abrams offices with that: BBS, Bring Back Soong.

So: little more than a joke, but not the worst one. Better to have Soong come back than Data, who would stick out amid the Abrams versions of the classic characters. After the break, we carry on with minor sequel news with a bit of info on the sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Read More »

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bad-lieutenantIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley assess whether or not Joss Whedon would make a good Avengers director, try to figure out what Summit Entertainment is trying to do with the final Twilight films, and discuss why the Green Lantern’s CG-only suit…actually makes a lot of sense.

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The public hasn’t had a chance to check out Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood, which premieres at Cannes, but if the receipts are high, we may see more than one episode featuring Russell Crowe as the famous British character.

Speaking to the Times Online, Scott defines this film as an origin story, saying, “It is the beginnings of how the man becomes known as Robin the Hood…You don’t really get that until the last few minutes. When you realize that ‘Ah, this is who he is’. Let’s say we might presume there’s a sequel.”

From his perspective, the idea of a sequel seems natural. “If there were to be a sequel to Robin Hood, you would have a constant enemy throughout, King John, and you would follow his reign of 17 years, and the signing of Magna Carta could be Robin’s final act.”

Read the source for some great quotes about that semi-famous early draft of the script, in which Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham were the same character. Some pretty blistering comments in there about that take (“CSI: Sherwood Forest,” Crowe calls is) which makes the long development and rewrite process make more sense.

After the break, we’ve got word on possible films to follow Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Mulholland Drive. Yeah, I’m confused about that last one, too. Read More »

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daybreakers posterIn this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley ring in the new year with thoughts on Total Recall, Land of the Lost, and Youth In Revolt. Also, some thoughts on Sam Mendes doing Bond, Spidey IV being scrapped, and the classic Casablanca. Special guest writer/director Rian Johnson joins us this week (and felt incredibly honored to do so). Rian’s latest film, The Brothers Bloom, is now available for purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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Sony to Release First 3D Movie on Blu-ray

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced on Thursday that it will begin to release 3D movies on Blu-ray Disc worldwide for the first time, beginning this summer with the computer animated release Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. And I’m not talking about the paper red and blue glasses that you might have gotten with some past DVD and Blu-ray releases. This new disc will coincide with the release of Sony Electronics’ 3D compatible Bravia LCD televisions and 3D compatible Blu-ray disc players, essentially brining the digital 3d experience of recent theatrical releases into your living room. Additional 3D Blu-ray titles are expected to appear this summer from Sony. Look for an announcement this spring.

I wonder if the 3D version of the film will be included on the regular Blu-ray release, or if Sony plans to release the 3D versions as their own standalone releases. I would hope that it would not be the latter, as 3D adoption in the home is probably going to take a few years longer than the industry is expecting. And it would be good to have Blu-ray discs which are forwards compatible.

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