Today’s Sequel Bits is jam-packed with quotes, videos, images, and more. After the jump:

  • Die Hard is getting a permanent mural for its 25th birthday
  • J.J. Abrams talks Star Trek; what do the comics tell us?
  • Who wants a walk-on role in Insidious Chapter 2?
  • Jack Reynor comments on his Transformers 4 casting
  • Dave Franco would like to come back for 21 Jump Street 2
  • Bruce Boxleitner is not sure if he’s coming back for Tron 3
  • Katee Sackhoff talks Riddick, Vin Diesel offers a new pic
  • See the futuristic cars of Mad Max: Fury Road in action

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Things are slowing down as we get closer to Christmas, but there’s always talk of sequels. Today, we’ve rounded up discussion of many forms of upcoming sequels, from sci-fi to comedy and action. After the break,

  • The Russian title for Star Trek Into Darkness has some opposition
  • and Paramount has revised the synopsis for Trek 2
  • Mark Wahlberg thinks Ted 2 will shoot next year, after Transformers,
  • Judd Apatow discusses reuniting everyone for Anchorman 2,
  • Riddick gets a September 2013 release date,
  • and Taken 2 can be had digitally, right now.

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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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Let’s run through a few sequel-related odds and ends. After the jump:

  • Katee Sackhoff explains why Riddick got an R rating
  • Steven Spielberg reveals that he once offered to do Bond
  • Get your first peek at the horror anthology S-VHS
  • Corey Feldman confirms that Lost Boys, as a series, is dead

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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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Click past the jump for sequel-related bobs and bits, including:

  • The Vatican is not immune to Skyfall‘s spell
  • Vin Diesel‘s Riddick gets rated by the MPAA
  • Women in Black 2 has a spooky new poster
  • Expendables 3 and Mechanic 2 are happening
  • Is Terminator 5 picking up steam again?

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That’s a new still from Riddick, above, which was recently shared by Vin Diesel. In addition to that, this Sequel Bits features the following stories:

  • Casino Royale title designer comes back to open Skyfall
  • Sly Stallone gets happy in a clip from The Expendables 2
  • Captain America 2 may follow Iron Man 3 to North Carolina
  • and Katy Perry wants to be one of Ridley Scott’s replicants.

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Because nothing works up the appetite quite like traveling back in time and fighting aliens, Baskin-Robbins is introducing a limited-edition line of Men in Black 3-inspired menu items. Also after the jump:

  • Will Scary Movie 5 be a Black Swan spoof?
  • Piranha 3DD soundtrack listing revealed
  • Anchorman 2 teaser to debut before The Dictator?
  • Vin Diesel drops another Riddick photo
  • Expendables 2, G.I. Joe: Retaliation get new posters

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