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High school movie reunions are recurring theme in today’s Sequel Bits. Zac Efron and Lindsay Lohan tease High School Musical and Mean Girls reunions, respectively, while Kristen Bell discusses a potential Veronica Mars sequel. Also after the jump:

  • Ralph Fiennes hints at M’s future in Bond 24
  • Fifty Shades producer isn’t thinking sequel just yet
  • Producer gives a status update on Immortals 2
  • Agent 47 adds Thomas Kretschmann as the villain
  • The Raid 2 reveals a striking new poster

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Gran Turismo 6

Gran Turismo, one of the most celebrated racing franchises in video game history, is coming to the big screen. This we’ve known this for a while as Social Network/50 Shades of Grey producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti signed onto the Sony franchise over the summer. The move makes sense, based both on the success of the Fast and Furious films and another popular video game franchise, Need for Speed, also heading into theaters.

Now, the next step in the film’s construction has taken place. Alex Tse, who adapted Zack Snyder’s Watchmen film and is rewriting Highlander, has been tapped to pen the screenplay, which is based on a real life competition that allows video game users to eventually build and race their own cars, just like in the game. Read More »

Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey

Lars von Trier’s plan to release hardcore and softcore versions of Nymphomaniac didn’t go quite as planned, but now another developing project has glommed onto a similar idea.

Producer Dana Brunetti recently revealed that he hopes to put out two edits of Fifty Shades of Grey: an R-rated one for more general audiences, followed by an NC-17 edit for the more hardcore fans. Hit the jump for more details on his thoughts on how that might work.

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At the end of last week I got into a twitter debate with producer Dana Brunetti (The Social Network, 21, Fifty Shades of Grey). Dana, executive producer on the new David Fincher-produced/directed tv series House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey, began tweeting about how he didn’t understand how some people didn’t get Netflix’s decision to release the entire season onto their streaming service all at once.

I understand it, and I get why Netflix thinks this is the way things should be. Netflix has ton of television programing available, and their users binge watch seasons in the matter of days. They have the stats to prove this. Why change whats been working for them? Why not challenge the status quo of releasing an episode a week with an original series?

I’m all about challenging the way things are done… but does it make sense?

So I responded to Dana and our back and fourth debate has now been chronicled by Mentorless and other sites. I thought it might be worth exploring further in a format that allowed me more than 140 characters.

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Despite its humble origins as a bit of Twilight fanfiction, E.L. JamesFifty Shades of Grey is picking up some interesting talent on its road to the big screen. The Social Network producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti signed on back in July, and have been looking for a writer to adapt the erotic novel ever since.

A shortlist revealed in August suggested an unexpected mix of names in the running, and as of today, Saving Mr. Banks writer and Terra Nova co-creator Kelly Marcel has emerged as the winner of the highly coveted gig. Sorry, Bret Easton Ellis. More after the jump.

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This year, Channing Tatum has certainly made the jump from charming leading man to A-list superstar and now he’s about to make an even bigger jump. On a motorcycle. Over a bunch of cars. He’s going to produce and star in a film about Evel Knievel, the legendary daredevil, being developed with the help of producers Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti, who did The Social Network and are also working on 50 Shades of Grey. Reid Carolin is writing the screenplay based on the 2008 book Life of Evel by Stuart Barker. Read More »

In January it was announced that The Social Network producers Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti would reteam to produce an  adaptation of author Ben Mezrich‘s (who wrote  The Accidental Billionaires, upon which The Social Network was based) new book proposal Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History. A director has been hired to bring the book to the big screen.

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