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Feast your eyes on posters for Riddick, Planes, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in today’s Sequel Bits. Also after the jump:

  • Brad Pitt thinks a World War Z sequel has potential
  • Jerry Bruckheimer talks Pirates 5 and Top Gun 2
  • Don’t believe those Transformers 4 title rumors, says Michael Bay
  • Jason Statham is “really excited” about Fast & Furious 7
  • Stephen King is too scared to write an It sequel
  • … but you can see the book trailer for The Shining sequel now

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Top Gun 2 was put on hold last year following the tragic death of director Tony Scott, but now the project is slowly but surely getting back on track. “For 30 years we’ve been trying to make a sequel and we’re not going to stop,” producer Jerry Bruckheimer said at this weekend’s Produced By conference.

But before that, he’ll be ushering this summer’s The Lone Ranger into theaters. And while he’s got high hopes that the Gore Verbinski-directed Western will eventually yield a sequel as well, it’ll first have to prove its worth to moviegoers against some tough summer competition. “It’s always up to the audience,” he said. Hit the jump to read further comments from Bruckheimer on Top Gun 2 and The Lone Ranger.

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Disney’s The Lone Ranger is a summer film punctuated with a huge question mark. On the one hand, it’s from director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and star Johnny Depp, a proven triumvirate of Hollywood magic, and the trailers have certainly shown spectacle on the grandest scale. Then there’s the fact it’s based on a property many of today’s kids have never heard of and set in a genre that rarely resonates with younger, Disney centric audiences. It could either be a hit on the scale of Pirates of the Caribbean or a disappointment like John Carter. The jury is out.

The final trailer certainly helps the first argument, compacting insane effects and funny character beats into a compact 100 seconds. The Lone Ranger opens July 3; check it out below. Read More »

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Sinister helmer Scott Derrickson has a few different projects brewing at the moment, including the the steampunk video game adaptation Deus Ex. But first, he’s due to visit the paranormal world once again with Beware the Night. And now he’s enlisted some notable names to take the journey with him.

Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn have just boarded Screen Gems thriller, which is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Hit the jump for more info.

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The pilot casting blitz isn’t over yet. Also after the jump:

  • Kristen Wiig‘s Arrested Development role revealed
  • Yeah, NBC is probably going to cancel Up All Night
  • HBO decides not to go with James Gandolfini‘s pilot
  • HBO’s cancelled drama Luck finds new life as a blog
  • Survey says House of Cards is a success for Netflix
  • Nerdist’s Celebrity Bowling could head to AMC
  • Judd Apatow‘s Simpsons script is getting a rewrite
  • Watch the full-length trailer for A&E’s Bates Motel

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It’s pilot casting season! And as such, Rupert Grint, JK Simmons, Dylan McDermott, Billy Campbell, Jennifer Beals, and tons more have found new homes on the small screen. Also after the jump:

  • Peter Sarsgaard has joined AMC’s The Killing
  • Dexter Season 8 adds a Walking Dead alum
  • Ridley Scott is bringing The Terror to AMC
  • The About a Boy duo will tackle Neal Stephenson
  • FX is moving ahead with Diane Kruger‘s The Bridge
  • Up All Night will shoot just one multi-cam episode
  • ABC shifts Happy Endings to the Friday death slot
  • House of Cards is Netflix’s most-watched program
  • Comcast buys the other 49% of NBCUniversal
  • The first episode of The CW’s Cult hits the web
  • Jason Blum‘s Paranormal-esque reality show gets a trailer

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For a little while now, we’ve known that Paramount, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and potentially director Tony Scott want to make a sequel of some sort to Scott’s mid-’80s Tom Cruise blockbuster Top Gun. Last year Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, writers who contributed to X-Men: First Class, were tapped to craft the new Top Gun script. As it turns out, they never actually wrote anything for the film, but that doesn’t meant that the dogfighting sequel has crashed and burned.

Now Paramount has hired a new screenwriter: Peter Craig, the chief screenwriter on The Town, will now script for David Ellison’s Skydance Productions, Bruckheimer and Paramount. Read More »

Long before Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was released and grossed over $1 billion worldwide, screenwriter Terry Rossio was hired and completed a script for a fifth installment. The success of the fourth film all but assured Pirates of the Caribbean 5 would be made, especially when Johnny Depp said he’d do it and a list of rumored directors was leaked. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has now issued an encouraging update. In a discussion with The Hollywood Reporter, he confirmed that the script has been completed but “we decided we could do better.” They’re now re-outlining the story.

After the jump read more about this as well as his detailed and enlightening comments on the budgetary drama surrounding his next film, The Lone Ranger. Read More »

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