More late breaking news on a Friday night. Deadline is reporting that Jon Chu, whose director’s cut of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never just opened, has been chosen to direct G.I. Joe 2, the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. As previously reported, Chu was one of the finalists along with Gary Grey and Jaume Collet-Serra, but the fact that his concert documentary is currently raking in the dough for Paramount seems to have locked up the job for him. And while the deal isn’t totally finished, he’s their choice.
Yesterday, we ran some quotes that showed just how passionate Chu is about the film. Read those and more after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 by Angie Han
We’ve got some bits and pieces on some upcoming sequels for you today, from the substantiated (Ghostbusters 3) to the purely theoretical (Inception 2). Let’s dive right in.
We’ve been reporting for a while now that Bill Murray is the major holdup on Ghostbusters 3. The studio doesn’t want to move forward without him, but Murray’s been putting off reading the script for several months at this point. Well, prepare to keep waiting. Murray acknowledged yesterday that he is, in fact, the roadblock — and he still hasn’t read the script: “Yeah, I guess I’m the problem. Before I was an asset, [but] now I’m a problem. There’s a script somewhere [on my desk], but I haven’t read it yet.” More Murray, plus Tom Hardy and G.I. Joe 2, after the jump.
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Who wants more Justin Bieber? How about 40 minutes more? Well, you are in luck. After some deliberating, Paramount has decided to release a 40-minute longer Director’s Fan Cut of the hit concert documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never this Friday, February 25 only in 3D. Tickets go on sale Tuesday February 22 at 8 p.m. EST. Set those Google Calendars.
In all seriousness, I saw this film over the weekend and…it’s actually pretty good. Way better than Unknown or I Am Number Four. Read the full press release for the re-release and a few reasons why you should care about this news after the break. Read More »
When the positive reviews of Justin Bieber Never Say Never began to pour in last week, it probably caught most of us by surprise. And when the movie almost took the box office crown from an Adam Sandler romantic comedy, on Valentine’s weekend no less, the 3D documentary pretty much cemented itself as a must-see for anyone who fancies themselves a pop culture guru.
Paramount must also feel the film is creating a unique buzz among moviegoers because they’re going to try something sort of radical to squeeze a few more dollars out of it. They’re pushing director Jon Chu to cut a new version of Never Say Never to release while the movie is still in theaters. However, there’s no guarantee it’s going to happen. Read more about the logistics and specifics after the break. Read More »
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I was basking in extreme disbelief of the stubbornness and ignorance of the response of some people to my latest rant. I basically attempted to prove that Michael Bay, by literal definition, is not a “hack”, yet people refuse to believe Merriam-Webster over the nonexistent facts which most people call opinion. Responses like “Michael Bay is a hack, you don’t know what you’re talking about” remind me of the ignorant mindset which got us in such a mess overseas…. And just then two news stories popped into my RSS reader. I really can’t understand the strong hatred toward a director like Michael Bay when projects like these are being greenlit every day.
The first project is a second sequel to Disney’s Step Up series titled Step Up 3-D. Step Up 2 the Streets director Jon Chu in talks to return… yay </sarcasm> I refused to see the first film and its sequel, so there is not much I can say in offense other than “Why?”
The second is a story about how Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has signed on to a movie about an ordinary man who’s brought in to try to save the tooth fairy kingdom. Directed by the guy who did The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause, The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause, with a script which has four names on the cover by my count (never a good sign), The Tooth Fairy is scheduled to begin shooting in August. I was one of the few that believed that Dwayne Johnson had the potential to be the next big action star, instead his career has taken an off-ramp into bad family comedies which are worth some quick cash and nothing else. It’s a shame, because this guy has so much more potential.
It’s times like these when I wish Michael Bay were making more movies. At least I can sit back and enjoy those on a pure popcorn level.
Discuss: Would you rather watch Step Up 3-D, The Rock in The Tooth Fairy or a new Michael Bay action film?
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