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After the jump:

  • Ju-On: The Grudge is getting another sequel
  • The Dark Crystal sequel is still in development
  • Better Call Saul will shoot in Albuquerque
  • Read the first chapter of the Apes prequel book
  • Take a peek at the first Minions teaser poster
  • 22 Jump Street reveals a couple more clips
  • See another poster for Transformers 4

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Transformers 4

If I asked you to name the most iconic movie franchise of all time, would you say TransformersMark Wahlberg would — and he’s pretty sure the new one will be the biggest film of 2014. Also after the jump:

  • Transformers 4 will use the Dolby Atmos sound system
  • Ninja Turtles, Minions, and more are getting special 3D glasses
  • Dwayne Johnson says Jon M. Chu won’t be back for G.I. Joe 3
  • Lego Movie co-financer will not be asked back for the sequel
  • Get updates on the Dark Crystal and Fraggle Rock movies
  • Leland Orser, of Taken and Taken 2, will return for Taken 3
  • Neal McDonough will be the bad guy in Paul Blart 2
  • Jurassic World is looking for extras in Louisiana

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The long, long wait for a sequel to The Dark Crystal has left me feeling doubtful about whether or not we’ll ever get to see the film at all. Consider me heartened, then, to report that Brian and Wendy Froud seem quite certain the film is on the way.

The Frouds are the designers of the sets, props and various puppet creatures that inhabit the world of The Dark Crystal, as well as the other Henson fantasy-world seen in Labyrinth. Interviewed this weekend at a signing of their new fortune-telling card set, The Heart of Faerie Oracle, they revealed that the next Dark Crystal movie is very much still on, that they have done “some designs” for it, have been “talking to the director” and have “been involved with the script”. All good, I believe. These guys are any future film’s strongest link to the first, and it can only help to have them intimately involved.

After the break: the full video of the interview, and details of upcoming Dark Crystal and Labyrinth comic books.

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In a chat with MTV, Kermit-heir Brian Henson has given the world an update on the long promised Dark Crystal sequel and Fraggle Rock spin off movie. Both, he tells us, are progressing nicely and could be entering pre-production soon. Blimey. I’m not too disbelieving about the Fraggle picture but the perennially on-off Dark Crystal sequel… well, I’m hopeful anyway. We can say that.

The plan with the Fraggle film is to net a broader audience than the TV show. Here’s Henson:

It’ll have a strong musical component. It’ll be expanded to an older audience. Fraggle Rock’ [the TV show] was presented… for a pretty exclusively children’s audience. The feature film does expand it to be more accessible to a wider audience.

Adding songs to make it accessible to a wider audience? That’s a new one on me.

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