Jon Chu Toy Fair

Thursday’s April Fools-esque revelation Jon M. Chu would direct a Jem and the Holograms movie with producer Jason Blum is 100% true. Teamed with Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun, the trio took to YouTube to announce the project and ask the public for crowdsourced ideas. It was a big deal for lots of fans of the “totally outrageous” Eighties cartoon.

Later that night, the director took to Twitter to chat about the film. One of the revelations was that Chu will make Jem before G.I. Joe 3 because that Joe script is “taking a little longer” than expected. Read the quotes below. Read More »

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Jem and the Holograms Movie

Jon M. Chu has made or been linked to multiple ’80s cartoon revivals. There’s his G.I. Joe film, and then the Masters of the Universe movie he was attached to direct at one point. Now Chu, along with producers Jason Blum and Scooter Braun and Hasbro, has announced an intention to make a live-action Jem and the Holograms movie.

The original cartoon (and the toy line it promoted) was about of Jerrica Benton and her rock and roll alter-ego, Jem, who fronted a band called The Holograms. Based on Chu’s announcement of the project, the aim will be to keep some of the core idea while updating it for a modern telling. And the director and his producers are looking to recruit fan input for the project. Read More »

Starship Troopers

Here’s one way 2014 won’t be much different from 2013: The flood of sequels, reboots, and remakes isn’t slowing down anytime soon. After the jump:

  • Short Term 12 star Keith Stanfield will be part of The Purge 2
  • That Starship Troopers remake will be closer to the source material
  • Jon M. Chu talks G.I. Joe 3 and dropping Masters of the Universe
  • What do the new Ninja Turtles action figures tell us about the movie?
  • The guys are back together for a new Horrible Bosses 2 image

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Keanue Reeves Patrick Swayze Point Break

Keanu Reeves is the star of this edition of Sequel Bits, talking about the latest in regards to Bill and Ted 3 and dismissing another film he was never involved in in the first place. Below, read about the following:

  • Jon M. Chu hopes G.I. Joe 3 will shoot in 2014 and says Channing Tatum‘s return isn’t likely.
  • Keanu Reeves says they’re looking for funding for Bill and Ted 3.
  • Reeves also said he won’t appear in a Point Break remake.
  • Check out three new character shots from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
  • Mark Wahlberg gives some details on his character in Transformers: Age of Extinction.

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It's a Wonderful Life

Despite Paramount’s objections, the producer for It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story is confident his project will go forward. Sorry, haters. Also after the jump:

  • Channing Tatum could still return for G.I. Joe 3
  • … and Adrianne Palicki is definitely going to be back
  • Kellan Lutz had to get smaller for The Expendables 3
  • Paramount and MGM team up for Hot Tub Time Machine 2
  • NBC okays a sequel to The Bible (the show, not the book)
  • Jack O’Connell and Lena Headey get their own 300 posters

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masters-of-the-universe-3

After months of silence, Columbia’s Masters of the Universe is finally taking a big step forward. Unfortunately, it’s accompanied by an even bigger step back.

Terry Rossio, who co-write this summer’s The Lone Ranger, has been tapped to write the script for producers Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch. If you noticed that Jon M. Chu‘s name is not on that list, well, that’s the bad news: The G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer is no longer attached to direct. Hit the jump for the latest updates on this long-gestating project.

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GI Joe Dwayne Johnson

The two G.I. Joe films have been moneymakers for Paramount, and the studio is moving forward with the third installment, for which director Jon M. Chu is returning.

Now Evan Daugherty, who kickstarted his studio career with the sale of Snow White and the Huntsman to Universal, is keeping up his relationship with Paramount by writing the third Joe film. Daugherty has already done a rewrite on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Paramount and Platinum Dunes. (He also wrote Divergent, for Summit, and the De Niro/Travolta film Killing Season.) We don’t know the story of the third Joe film, and as such we can’t say which actors and characters will return. [THR]

Jon M Chu

With J.J. Abrams in a galaxy far, far away, the final frontier is wide open. After the success of this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness, Paramount is getting ready to prep a third Star Trek film and the hunt for a new director is underway. The studio has yet to make a decision, but Latino Review is reporting the frontrunner is Jon M. Chu, the director of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

Update: The director’s reps deny that Chu is connected to the film. Via email, they said “No one has contacted Jon or his reps about this project.” Now, Paramount could still be interested in him, but that may be all it is right now. Other rumors paint Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) as the next likely choice.

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