File this story in the “I wish I were joking” pile: Gary Marshall‘s ensemble romantic comedy Valentine’s Day doesn’t even open until Friday but Hollywood is already planning a sequel. According to Finke, the film’s producers have hired screenwriter Katherine Fugate write another holiday-themed film as a follow-up titled New Years Eve. The sequel/spin-off will feature some of the Los Angeles-based cast/characters from Valentine’s Day, in a new setting – New York City, over the course of 24 hours surrounding the new year.
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Perhaps the least surprising thing about the new trailer for Valentine’s Day is the final card that tells us the film will be released in February. That’s going some, though, because there’s absolutely nothing in the whole thing that will catch you off guard in any way. Judge for yourself, because we have it embedded below the break.
Is this familiarity a crippling thing though? The movie is certainly a star studded affair and seems to have lots of comic situations and broad scope for complex romantic entanglements. Those are the generic requirements for a picture like this aren’t they? Perhaps the truly clever twists and plot surprises are being kept back for when you’re actually watching the film. That was certainly the case with He’s Just Not That Into You, Love Actually and Feast of Love, the three films this one most closely resembles. I know that Joe Jonas is credited as providing the voice of a dog so that’s… something different, anyway.