Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
Perhaps the biggest entertainment news to come out of last week was the announcement of J.J. Abrams as the director of Star Wars Episode VII, after months of rumor and speculation. But as excited as fans were to hear the news, it raised a few questions as well.
First and foremost is what this means for the future of Star Trek. His involvement in Star Wars would seem to complicate his involvement in future Star Trek installments, if not preempt it altogether. Then there’s the matter of his busy schedule. Abrams had enough on his plate even before the Episode II hiring was announced, so that targeted 2015 release date could prove difficult to hit. As of now, it looks like the answers are that Abrams will produce the next Star Trek — and that there’s no promise Episode VII will hit in 2015 after all. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Lots and lots of filmmakers and actors talking about their upcoming films in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read quotes about the followin:
- J.J. Abrams gives a brief update of the development of Mission: Impossible 5.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t sure of when Terminator 5 might happen…
- …but seems excited about playing Conan in The Legend of Conan.
- Playmate Crystal McCahill posted some photos from the set of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
- Sorry everyone, William Shatner does not appear in Star Trek Into Darkness.
- A Good Day To Die Hard will get a Dolby Atmos sound mix.
- Actor Rodrigo Santoro talks the story of 300: Rise of an Empire.
- Tom Selleck is still planning on doing Three Men and a Bride.
- John Woo would like to direct a third Expendables film, but has some demands.
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With Jack Reacher releasing in just a couple of weeks, that film’s writer/director Christopher McQuarrie is finally back on screens with a directing credit to follow his debut The Way of the Gun, which hit in 2000. McQuarrie is the lead choice to direct Tom Cruise (and presumably Jeremy Renner) in Mission: Impossible 5, and talked about the job recently to Graffiti Without Punctuation:
We’ve just started talking about it. He [Tom Cruise] is very busy with ‘All You Need is Kill’, JJ [Abrams] is very busy with ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’, I’m busy promoting this movie. Obviously, I love working with him [Cruise] and would love to do it, it’s daunting in that I would have to follow Brad Bird… you know, the biggest movie of the genre. At the same time that’s kinda what I like about it, I like to come from a place of lowered expectation and I have to imagine that when they find out a filmmaker like me who feels, as someone put it earlier today ‘street level’… between ‘Way of the Gun’ and ‘Reacher’ and movies like that, I have to imagine that when it becomes real that people’s expectations could not be any lower.
After the break:
- Fast and Furious 6 moves to LA for more shooting,
- Additional effects footage shows up from The Host 2,
- Rodrigo Santoro talks about the 300 prequel/sequel,
- and new international posters hit for Riddick and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
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Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie have developed quite a good working relationship. Before the writer/director was responsible for the script and direction of Cruise’s upcoming Jack Reacher, he wrote the star vehicle Valkyrie, and after making Jack Reacher did script work on Cruise’s All You Need is Kill, and on Top Gun 2 before it went on hiatus.
Now McQuarrie is reported as the likely director for Mission: Impossible 5, which is as yet without a script, but stands as a big priority for Paramount. Read More »
While opinions vary greatly on the first three Mission: Impossible films, almost everyone agrees on the fourth one. Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol was by far the biggest international hit of the series and expertly continued the story of Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) as it also set up the franchise to continue down the road. Since its release, Cruise has been making films that appear to have a bit of aMission: Impossible vibe (Jack Reacher, Oblivion, All You Need Is Kill) but has yet to commit to another installment of the franchise.
In a new interview though, the star admitted the wheels have begun to turn for Mission: Impossible 5. While he’s travelling the world making these other films, he’s been constantly thinking about and considering different locations for a fifth Mission. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »
Paramount has quite a few sequel projects in the works of late, with Star Trek 2 in the finishing stages and plans for a Top Gun sequel, a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and Transformers 4. We talked about the plan for that last film earlier today, but the same interview that gave up info about T4 also provides updates on a couple other paramount projects.
In short, while Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was a tremendous success, don’t expect it to generate another sequel in extra-fast fashion. The M:I series has a pattern of going dormant for some time between films, and that looks like it will be the case nice again. But paramount wants to keep things going with Tom Cruise, and we can now expect to see Top Gun 2 before Mission: Impossible 5. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
Arnold Schwarzenegger may not be as young as he once was, but James Cameron’s convinced that his Terminator character has plenty of life left in him yet. Also after the jump:
- Grown-Ups 2 will shoot in Marblehead, MA
- Brad Bird probably won’t direct Mission: Impossible 5
- Cloverfield 2 is still searching for a new idea
- The Star Trek video game unveils a new teaser
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Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s the All-Ages Edition of Sequel Bits, or maybe the ‘something for everyone’ version, with news on everything from the kid-friendly Gnomeo & Juliet franchise to the 60something star of Rambo.
- Viacom CEO says there’s plans for a Mission: Impossible 5
- Sylvester Stallone could kill off Rambo in Rambo 5
- The Twilight trailer lands in front of The Hunger Games
- Elton John stars working on Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes
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