Transformers 4

If I asked you to name the most iconic movie franchise of all time, would you say TransformersMark Wahlberg would — and he’s pretty sure the new one will be the biggest film of 2014. Also after the jump:

  • Transformers 4 will use the Dolby Atmos sound system
  • Ninja Turtles, Minions, and more are getting special 3D glasses
  • Dwayne Johnson says Jon M. Chu won’t be back for G.I. Joe 3
  • Lego Movie co-financer will not be asked back for the sequel
  • Get updates on the Dark Crystal and Fraggle Rock movies
  • Leland Orser, of Taken and Taken 2, will return for Taken 3
  • Neal McDonough will be the bad guy in Paul Blart 2
  • Jurassic World is looking for extras in Louisiana

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Filming locations, new stills, set photos, videos, rumors and more: let’s get on with this edition of Sequel Bits.

  • Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez are already planning Sin City 3.
  • Pitch Perfect 2 will return to Baton Rouge with original costume designer.
  • Fast and Furious 7 is back to shooting in Abu Dhabi.
  • Check out eight new stills from The Raid 2.
  • Dreamworks hints at fifth Shrek movie.
  • The Smurfs 3 will be completely animated.
  • Paul Blart 2 continues casting.
  • Series creator Michael Patrick King has a story for a third Sex and the City.
  • Check out some crazy set photos from Sharknado 2: The Second One.

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Briefly: The Kevin James comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop may have been a punchline for anyone who wanted to tear down a dumb comedy, but the movie made money. Plenty of it, in fact. (Almost $200m globally against a $26m budget, and that’s before ancillary earnings.) With James continuing to be a draw in stuff like the Grown Ups films, you can’t be surprised that Sony thinks a Paul Blart sequel is still a good idea.

So Andy Fickman (Parental Guidance) is now in talks to direct the sequel, with James once again set to star and co-write with Nick Bakay.

THR says the film will likely shoot starting in April, and we don’t know whether or not this would hit late this year or in 2015. The latter seems more likely, which means films like Avengers: Age of Ultron and the Man of Steel sequel should start getting scared.

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