Some sequels are happening, others might not, and there’s even one you can potentially be a part of in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following.

  • Producer Frank Marshall thinks Jurassic Park IV will be in theaters by 2014.
  • A fifth Bourne film would definitely follow Jeremy Renner‘s character.
  • Join the cast of The Expendables 2 with a new iPhone app.
  • Ben Stiller seems pessimistic about Zoolander 2.

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Something about this pre-holiday week has set sequel news on fire, and there are news bites about sequels of just about every possible variation. In this edition of sequel bits:

  • Oops, CBS reported a Big Lebowski sequel that does not, and will not exist
  • The Expendables 2 gets a tie-in video game
  • Think Like a Man gets a follow-up movie
  • The Bourne Legacy producer hopes the next installment might bring together Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner
  • Todd Phillips says the third Hangover is really the last
  • Peter Berg doesn’t rule out the possibility of Hancock 2 just yet.

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Lots of Star Trek, Transformers and even a little Indiana Jones in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read:

  • Star Trek 2 co-writer and producer Alex Kurtzman talks about why the film was delayed and won’t have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con.
  • Chris Pine talks about the scenes J.J. Abrams filmed in IMAX for Star Trek 2.
  • Steve Jablonsky will be scoring Michael Bay’s Transformers 4.
  • Producer Frank Marshall lampoons the idea of Indiana Jones 5 being set at the Bermuda Triangle.

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After kicking total ass with his directorial debut Attack The Block, Joe Cornish found himself on seemingly every short list in Hollywood. Everyone wanted to work with the man who made Moses cool again and now he’s finally ready to trust.

Cornish has just committed to write and direct Snow Crash, based on the best-selling breakthrough novel by Neal Stephenson, which will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall at Paramount. Snow Crash takes place in a futuristic world run by corrupt corporations, where a deadly computer virus/street drug is circling across the world. A samurai/hacker/pizza delivery man named Hiro Protagonist (seriously) is tasked to stop it. Think Hackers and The Matrix with a dose of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Like so many young bookworms, I counted Roald Dahl among my very favorite authors growing up. Dahl’s books were childlike without being childish, thanks to Dahl’s ability to whip up the perfect combination of humor, drama, and just the tiniest bit of terror. Hollywood apparently agrees with me, as Dahl’s works have been adapted for the silver screen several times over — Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, and The Witches are just some of his novels that have been turned into feature films.

The next Dahl book to get the Hollywood treatment will be is 1982 classic The BFG, which is being developed as a feature over at DreamWorks with E.T. scribe Melissa Mathison tapped to write the script. More details after the jump.

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Considering the massive success of the Bourne series of films, it’s not at all surprising that producer Frank Marshall‘s got his eye on another potential spy franchise. News comes today that Marshall is developing an action thriller based on A Matter of Honor, the bestselling novel by millionaire Brit novelist Jeffrey Archer. And if that adaptation goes well, Marshall’s already got a sequel planned, to be adapted from Archer’s Honor Among Thieves. Read more after the jump.

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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: The Back to the Future-inspired Nike MAG sneakers are now available on nikemag.ebay.com. The sneakers are being released in a limited edition and auctioned to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation. After the jump you can watch a commercial for the promotion directed by Back to the Future series producer (and second unit director) Frank Marshall and starring Bill Hader and Kevin Durant. I wish I could get my hands on a pair of these sneakers, but the auctions have already ballooned into the thousands within the first few minutes.

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Frank Marshall to Direct ‘Covert One’?

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Robert Ludlum didn’t entirely write the Covert One series of books; before his death, he co-wrote some and merely ‘oversaw’ or produced others. But his name’s on there anyway, which makes them just that bit easier to sell to audiences who wouldn’t mind seeing another Bourne film.

So get ready for a Covert One movie, which will potentially feature “a top-secret team of political and technical experts who fight corruption and conspiracy at the highest and most dangerous levels of society.” Read More »

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