A poster, some behind-the-scenes footage, and a rather intriguing bit of potential casting lurk in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • A rumor says David Tennant wants to do Fast Six
  • Peter Berg is still really excited to do Hancock 2
  • Kevin Feige teases a change of pace for Captain America 2
  • Here’s what goes on behind the scenes of Men in Black 3
  • TRON: Uprising poster promises to re-program the future

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You’d be forgiven for suffering from pirate fatigue after this year’s lackluster fourth entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but these delightful trailers for Aardman Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits prove there’s still plenty of fun to be found on the high seas.

Directed by Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt, the stop motion adventure follows an eager but misguided Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) as he competes for the Pirate of the Year Award — because, as he explains, “Every time I’ve entered, I’ve failed to win. So, I must have a really good chance this time.” Along the way, he and his similarly off-kilter crew (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell ToveyAshley Jensen, and a fish with a hat on it) encounter all manner of strange characters including lepers, stuffy scientists, an evil queen (Imelda Staunton), and at least one monkey butler. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits’ UK Trailer #2

Can you resist the grinning appeal of a new claymation animated film from Aardman Animation? I’m not certain that I can, if the first trailer for The Pirates! Band of Misfits is any indication. The film adapts Gideon Defoe‘s book The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists — a loopy tale of high-seas misadventure and scientfic discovery — with a vocal cast that includesHugh Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen.

Here’s a new UK trailer for the film, which bears the original subtitle ‘In an Adventure With Scientists,’ and pushes the overall story structure more than the last US trailer, but keeps the levels of charm and appeal as high as the crow’s nest. Read More »

One of the weirder American monster legends is that which concerns the Jersey Devil, which originates in the 18th century, but became one of the breakout American pop-culture monsters thanks to reported sightings in the early 1900s.

Now Stephen Moyer from True Blood will star in a new film exploiting the legend: The Barrens. He’ll play a family man who, while on a camping trip in the New Jersey Pine Barrents, “becomes convinced [he and his family are] being stalked by the legendary winged monster that looks like a deformed hybrid of several different animals.” Darren Lynn Bousman wrote and will direct; the film shoots later this month in Toronto (what, not in Jersey? boo!) and will be released next fall by Anchor Bay. [Variety]

After the break, The Book of Mormon star Josh Gad joins Thanks For Sharing — a movie about sex addiction — and Rupert Grint and David Tennant will voice characters in the CG Postman Pat movie. Read More »

Aardman Animation doesn’t just have the CGI holiday film Arthur Christmas to release in the next year. The company also has the stop-motion The Pirates! Band of Misfits, based in part on Gideon Defoe‘s book The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists. The cast was announced not long ago, and is a thing of beauty: Hugh ‘News of the World Killer’ Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Brian Blessed, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen.

The trailer for the film hit today, and if you are (a) dissatisfied with the Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, (b) hungry for anything new from Aardman, (c) ready to see a weirdly appropriate use of a Ramones song in a kids’ pirate movie, or (d) all of the above, check it out after the break. Read More »

‘Fright Night’ Trailer and Poster

Remaking Fright Night, Todd Holland‘s still-entertaining 1985 teen vampire horror/comedy, seemed like a dire prospect. But then Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) came on to direct a script by Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) with Colin Farrell starring as the vampire who moves in next door to Charley Brewster, a high school student played by Anton Yelchin. OK, so far so good. The script is pretty solid, and adds enough things to differentiate it from the original that this isn’t at all a 100% straight remake.

Now the first trailer is out, and you’ll see how different some aspects of this version really are. While Chris Sarandon was perfect for the vampire role in the original, I’m happy to see that Colin Farrell’s version might be just as intense as intended in the script. I’ve moved past all the reservations I had about remaking Fright Night (because there’s nothing I can do about it) and while I’m not feeling mad excitement at the prospect of this version, I like the cast enough that I’m willing to give it a chance. Read More »

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Sony and Aardman Animation have teamed for a new 3D stop-motion animated film, called The Pirates! Band of Misfits, based in part on Gideon Defoe‘s book The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists. (Which is also the film’s title in the UK, I believe.) That isn’t news, but the first still, above, and the announcement of the full cast definitely is.

Aardman co-founder and Chicken Run co-director Peter Lord is directing the film, which is animated in the now-classic Aardman clay figure style, and he’s got Hugh Grant making his clay debut as the chap you see above. There are a bunch of other great names on hand to provide voices as well, and you can get the full list after the break. Read More »

‘Fright Night:’ New High-Res Images

Yesterday we saw the first three official stills from Craig Gillespie‘s 3D Fright Night remake, which stars Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Toni Collette, and David Tennant. The shots were pretty low-quality, though. Now we’ve got high-res versions of those images, complete with three more high-res images, and two magazine scans.

None of these show enough vampiric action for my liking — and none have David Tennant; get an early look at him here — but they might be worth a look, anyway, especially on a slow Friday. Read More »

Casting is heating up for The Hobbit. While the majority of the characters unique to the actual novel The Hobbit were cast last year, Peter Jackson has been turning to recruiting some members of his cast from The Lord of the Rings. So yesterday we had confirmation of the return of Andy Serkis and Ian McKellen. Along with that was word that Christopher Lee is likely to return as Saruman. We’ve got a statement from the actor about that, after the break, and a continuation of the David Tennant casting rumor as well. Read More »