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News of a new G.I. Joe film, the continuation of Pacific Rim and some crazy riffs on potential follow-ups are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following.

  • Jon Chu confirms Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis will be back for G.I. Joe 3.
  • Sandra Bullock doesn’t think there will be a sequel to The Heat.
  • Despite rumors, there are no plans to do a sequel to The Simpsons Movie.
  • Gareth Edwards comes up with a hypothetical idea for a Godzilla sequel.
  • James Wan says he’d love an electric car in Fast and Furious 7.
  • Mel Gibson‘s brother wants to lend his voice to the Mad Max video game.
  • Travis Beacham promises more Pacific Rim, at least in comics.
  • Dolphin Tale 2 gets a greenlight and the whole gang is back.

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Jon M. Chu Returning for ‘G.I. Joe 3′

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Director Jon M. Chu was kind of a surprising pick for G.I. Joe: Retaliation back in the day. Sure, he’d had some experience shooting action, but mostly of the dancing variety, in films like Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Not so much the military battle kind.

Now that Retaliation‘s managed to rake in $365 million worldwide, though, Chu’s become the obvious choice to helm the follow-up. And indeed, a new report indicates that Paramount and MGM are nearing a deal with him. Hit the jump to get the details.

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Now that Jon M. Chu is finally done with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, he can turn his attention to other projects. For fans, tops on that list is the He-Man reboot Masters of the Universe. Chu was revealed as the director of the film back in July 2012, but hasn’t had time to truly concentrate on it, thanks to his extra-long post-production duties on Joe. With Retaliation out in the wild, Chu uses a new interview to provide an update on Masters of the Universe. Unfortunately, that update sounds quite similar to what he said in October of last year.
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GI Joe Retaliation / Oblivion

If action heroes are your thing, you’re covered this spring. G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘s nine-month delay finally comes to an end this weekend, while Joseph Kosinski‘s gorgeous sci-fi adventure Oblivion opens a few weeks later. New spots for both have just hit the web, and you can check them out after the jump.

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In just over a week Jon M. Chu will finally see his delayed G.I. Joe: Retaliation open in theaters, which means he can truly move on to his next project. That is looking like it could be Masters of the Universe, based on the line of toys and accompanying advertisement cartoon series. Another film was once made based on the property, with Dolph Lundren starring as the alien warrior prince He-Man.

Naturally, despite the fact that no one really liked that version of Masters of the Universe when it was released, and few people like it now for anything other than a dose of kitsch, people are asking about the idea of Lundgren appearing in the new film. And because this is Hollywood, that could be enough to make it happen. Read More »

With studios snapping up dystopian YA adaptations left and right, it seems like every director is getting the opportunity to helm a franchise of his own. That group now includes G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu, who’s just entered talks to helm Disney’s Matched.

Based on the novel by Ally Condie, the story follows a society in which all citizens’ choices are made for them — everything from what to read to whom to marry. When a chance computer glitch shows young Cassia the flaws in the system, however, she decides to try and forge her own path. Hit the jump to read more.

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Who’s up for another El Mariachi movie? Robert Rodriguez and Antonio Banderas definitely are. Also after the jump:

  • Could Channing Tatum or Emma Stone be in Dumb and Dumber To?
  • Steve Carell hasn’t seen a script yet for Anchorman 2
  • Jon M. Chu has things to say about G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • Rob Zombie does not have plans for a Halloween 3
  • Robert Rodriguez is excited for Machete in Space
  • Check out the Into Darkness cover of Star Trek magazine
  • … and find out what old charater has resurfaced in Countdown to Darkness

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Last spring, Paramount made the surprising decision to delay G.I. Joe: Retaliation by nine months, from June 2012 to March 2013, so that it could be converted to 3D. Now, in just a couple of months, we’ll find out whether that costly last-minute change was worth it.

The latest trailer tries to hype up the new 3D with plenty of ninja-tastic action. But to really get a sense of how the whole 3D thing has worked out for Paramount and MGM you may want to buy a ticket to this weekend’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, as it’ll screen with a four-minute 3D preview of G.I. Joe Retaliation. Read more details and watch the new promo after the jump.

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