How easy is it to walk away from a franchise after delivering its biggest-ever success, especially when the span of the series covers fifty years? Director Sam Mendes has waffled on the idea of doing another Bond, at first suggesting that he wouldn’t do a second Bond movie prior to the release of Skyfall, and slowly seeming more open to it. Now that the film is a monster success, is he rethinking?

We know that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have worked on Bond films since The World is Not Enough, won’t be back for Bond 24, and that Skyfall writer John Logan has been hired to draft the 24th and 25th films in the series. But Wade also says that the story idea for Bond 24 comes from Logan and Mendes… so is there a chance that Mendes will returns after all? Probably too soon to say, but here’s what Wade had to say in a press release confirming his and Purvis’ departure from the series:

We’re very happy to have done five Bond movies, I think we’ve gotten it to a good place. I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time.

We probably won’t get any confirmation of the talent set for Bond 24 for a while, but at least we might have real info on that movie sooner than we do for the new Star Wars film.

More sequel news is after the break, including:

  • Star Trek Into Darkness will feature native IMAX film footage post-converted to 3D,
  • Zachary Quinto addresses rumors that the Trek sequel is his last,
  • Sylvester Stallone offers possible plots for The Expendables 3,
  • Vin Diesel delivers a couple new The Fast and the Furious 6 shots,
  • David Twohy debuts the Riddick logo and a look at Karl Urban in the film,
  • and new toys show off a couple new Monsters University characters.

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The Robocop reboot has had its share of skeptics since the moment it was announced, and last month’s scathing review of the script from Drew McWeeny (of HitFix, and formerly of AICN) only seemed to confirm doubters’ worst fears about the project. Now another film writer has weighed in, however, and while his response falls short of glowing, it is significantly more optimistic.

Latino Review‘s Da7e has posted a video recounting the plot details for José Padilha‘s remake as spelled out in the draft he read, as well as a writeup on his reactions. Hit the jump to watch the video and read his comments.

Also after the jump: Robocop adds Gary Oldman‘s manager in an on-camera role, DreamWorks sets out to remake the ’80s comedy All of Me, and Dredd uploads some behind-the-scenes footage.

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The biggest Star Trek news of the past week was, of course, the fact that the official title to J.J. Abrams‘ sequel is Star Trek Into Darkness, a move that was met with an equal amount of confusion and excitement. And while no one has officially come out to comment on the title yet [UPDATE - One star now has.] earlier this week two of the stars did their best to build up fan’s hopes even more.

Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the May 17 release, says he left the set feeling “fulfilled,” calling the film “bigger and bolder.” Karl Urban, who plays Bones, says it’s more “character driven” and “action packed” than the previous film from Abrams. Watch them both talk about the film after the jump. Read More »

Earlier this summer, Lionsgate exhibited extreme confident in Pete Travis‘ comic book film Dredd 3D when they screened it for fans at San Diego Comic-Con. The gamble paid off. Buzz was solid for the film, which is an incredibly tight, focused, hard R-rated, violent throwback to the simple, bad ass action movies of the Eighties. Watch our review here.

Karl Urban plays Dredd, a no-nonsense Judge in a futuristic city called Mega City One. He and other Judges serve as judge, jury and executioner when dealing with the criminal element. Dredd is asked to help break in a new recruit (Olivia Thirlby) and the pair get stuck in a massive apartment complex run by a drug czar named Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). She decides to shut the entire building down and tell everyone to bring her the two Judges dead or alive. And that’s where the fun begins.

Yes, Dredd 3D sounds like the plot of The Raid: Redemption and Karl Urban is well aware of that fact. We spoke to the star while at Comic-Con and he discussed the similarities between the two films, acting without ever showing your face, the seemingly simple scope of the film and the mind games he was then playing with fans when being asked about Star Trek 2. Read our interview after the jump then see Dredd 3D on September 21.

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Today’s action-packed Sequel Bits includes updates on Independence Day 2, The Expendables 2, Fast and the Furious 6, and more. After the jump:

  • Dean Devlin says they’ve “cracked” Independence Day 2
  • Skunks invade the New England set of Grown Ups 2
  • Karl Urban would be happy to play Dredd in a sequel
  • Fast Six adds model Clara Paget as a gun-toting sidekick
  • A new featurette goes behind the scenes of Expendables 2

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A quick recap of this week in Star Trek 2: Karl Urban seemingly slips and says Benedict Cumberbatch is playing a character named “Gary,” likely referring to Gary Mitchell. He then says Trek 2 footage will appear online during Comic-Con. I ask him about both these things and he swears up and down he doesn’t lie or play games. This is then proved to be a lie as he releases the aforementioned “footage,” a video of him surfing.

Now that you’re caught up, here’s the latest. Star Trek 2 co-producer and co-writer Roberto Orci, who previously said Gary Mitchell was not the villain, stuck to that statement and added that both Cumberbatch and Alice Eve are playing canon Star Trek characters while Peter Weller was someone new. He also commented on when we might see a trailer, get a title and more. Read about it after the jump. Read More »

True to his word, Karl Urban has given fans exclusive peak at Star Trek 2 during San Diego Comic-Con. Kind of. Earlier this week, the star of Dredd said he’d post a video called “Star Trek Comic Con Sneak Peak” on YouTube and he did just that. The video features about three minutes of Urban himself surfing to a Cage The Elephant song followed with 10 seconds of Star Trek 2 set footage featuring J.J. Abrams wrapping production. Are there any clues in this footage? Check it out below. Read More »

Paramount and Star Trek 2 aren’t at San Diego Comic-Con 2012, but Karl Urban is. The star of Dredd plays a big role in Trek 2, and in an interview we conducted to talk about Dredd, he said that there will be some kind of Star Trek 2 footage premiering on YouTube this weekend. Is he being honest? Is this a J.J. Abrams twist? Read his quote and speculate after the jump. Read More »

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