Blade Runner art by Benjamin Carré

Blade Runner art by Benjamin Carré

In today’s edition of Sequel bits we take a look at:

  • Brad Bird teases the origins of The Incredibles 2 story.
  • Director Denis Villeneuve talks about why he is taking on Blade Runner 2.
  • Screenwriter Max Landis pitches his idea for Man of Steel 2.
  • Shaun the Sheep 2 in development.
  • Lara Pulver joins Underworld 5.
  • Eli Roth has an idea for Hostel: Part IV.
  • Two new attraction posters for Jurassic World.
  • A new tv trailer for Ride Along 2.

All this and more. Hit the jump to get started.

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Knock Knock trailer

Every kid knows better than to invite strangers in, but sometimes adults forget. And sometimes, said adults also kinda-sorta forget they’re married, cheat on their wives with two nubile hotties, are literally tortured as a result.

That’s the premise of Eli Roth‘s new thriller Knock Knock, with Keanu Reeves as the guy making the terrible mistake and Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas as the young women who tempt and then torment him. Watch the Knock Knock trailer after the jump. Read More »

Green Inferno trailer

In Eli Roth‘s film The Green Inferno, well-meaning activist kids go to the Amazon with hopes of stopping deforestation. But the leaders of this group aren’t quite as upstanding as they first appear to be, but that’s only one of the problems facing the kids. Disaster strikes, leaving the group stranded in the Amazon, where they find themselves in a plot right out of a ’70s cannibal exploitation thriller.

The film was held in its own sort of hell for over a year, with distribution plans caught in legal wrangling between companies. Now Blumhouse and Universal will release the movie this fall under the BH Tilt banner, and a new Green Inferno trailer cut for that release is now available. There’s new footage here not seen in previous trailers cut for the old release plan, so check it out. Read More »

Meg movie

It’s been lurking in the waters of Hollywood for almost a decade, the monster movie Meg may be resurfacing once again.

Meg is a killer shark story based on a 1997 book written by Steve Allen that has been at multiple studios over the past decade, with many of different names on board. The project had been thought dormant for a good long while, but now a script by Dean Georgaris reportedly has Warner Bros. excited by the monster movie. In fact, the studio is currently in talks with Eli Roth to helm what it hopes could be a new franchise. Read more about the Meg movie below. Read More »

Green Inferno release date

Eli Roth‘s film The Green Inferno — a lurid and very violent expedition deep into South American jungle which leaves a bunch of inexperienced college-age activists in a very bad place — has a new home, and will finally come to theaters in the US. The new initiative called BH Tilt, an offshoot of Blumhouse Productions, will release the film this fall. BH Tilt is being called a label “dedicated to creating tailored distribution strategies for genre films,” and the September Green Inferno release date will mark one of the company’s big moves.  Read More »

Knock Knock trailer

Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, and Ana de Armas star in Eli Roth‘s thriller Knock Knock, and this new trailer really starts to reveal details of what happens when the married architect played by Reeves succumbs to temptation when Izzo and de Armas show up at his doorstep one night. The two women seduce Reeves, who protests, but only a little, and some time later they return to teach him a lesson in personal responsibility.

Note that this Knock Knock trailer is not technically red-band, but it has enough heavily suggested sex and violence that you might want to hold off watching if you’re unsure. Read More »

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Eli Roth Restaurant Dogs Short Film

I first discovered filmmaker Eli Roth at the Boston Film Festival in 2003. Its not that his debut Cabin Fever was incredible, but it demonstrated a new and interesting voice. And for whatever the film lacked, Roth made up with his hour-long question and answer session that followed the screening. Roth, like Kevin Smith and Robert Rodriguez, is full of interesting and funny stories about the making of his films and his discovery of movies.

One of the stories Roth told that night involved his college thesis short film, a Reservoir Dogs homage/parody titled Restaurant Dogs starring a cast of fast food characters doing things so wrong that would never be seen again. Or so I thought. The film was nominated for a Student Academy Award in 1995, and won its division, but has remained one of those talked-about shorts that has never showed up online. Until now. Watch the Eli Roth Restaurant Dogs short film after the jump now.
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Knock Knock

When Eli Roth directs a movie, there’s a certain expectation from the film. Gore, disturbing imagery and sheer terror are associated with the director of Cabin Fever and Hostel. Roth knows that as well as anyone. With his latest film Knock Knock, he uses those expectations to his advantage to toy with the audience. The film slowly builds, but situations don’t get violent. You might question what the hell you’re watching. What is the point here? That might be frustrating in the hands of another filmmaker, but not from Roth. For almost half of Knock Knock, the film presents fresh, difficult and exceedingly awkward situations for the characters. And because you have no idea what’s going to happen, that’s scary and thrilling in its own unique way.

Knock Knock, which stars Keanu Reeves as a happy husband randomly thrust into an uncomfortable situation with two young girls, premiered this weekend at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Continue reading our Knock Knock review. Read More »

Knock Knock teaser

The premise of Eli Roth‘s new film is very simple: Keanu Reeves plays a supposedly good man whose life is put to a severe stress test when two attractive young women (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) knock on his door. The film just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (we’ll have a review soon) but you can see the first Knock Knock teaser below. Read More »