We’ve got some quick hits on the sci-fi action-adventure sequel front today, including:

  • Bruce Boxleitner’s prediction on when TRON 3 will get going
  • Vin Diesel’s snapshots from the Riddick set
  • Sony’s just announced release date for the Robocop remake

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Lots of Star Trek 2 and even a few other films are all part of the latest Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following:

  • What did J.J. Abrams think of the Star Trek 2 photo leaks and what did Zachary Quinto have to say about the scene?
  • Michael Giacchino confirms he’ll be back to score Star Trek 2.
  • Even more set photos from the set of the sci-fi sequel.
  • Zoe Saldana comments on the status of Avatar 2.
  • Director Chris Renaud discusses what we can expect in Despicable Me 2.
  • Two new photos of Vin Diesel on the set of Riddick.

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Full Cast and Plot Revealed for ‘Riddick’

It’s been a long eight years for fans of David Twohy and Vin Diesel‘s Riddick saga, but after numerous stops and starts, the third installment is coming together at last. Universal Studios has issued a press release announcing the start of principal photography in Montreal on the new sci-fi thriller, a follow-up to 2000’s Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick — and in the process, offered up some new crumbs of information about the film’s plotline and casting. Read more after the jump.

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This one’s too good to hide after the break, so let’s begin this roundup of sequel news with a killer quote from Nicolas Cage. The actor often seems to go off the deep end with respect to movie roles, and one of his crazier ones in recent memory is the Neil LaBute remake of The Wicker Man. There’s no way to sum up the madness of the film; if you haven’t seen it, get that sucker now.

During a recent web chat with Empire, Cage was asked about revisiting old characters, and he said

I would like to hook up with one of the great Japanese filmmakers, like the master that made ‘Ringu,’ and I would like to take ‘The Wicker Man’ to Japan, except this time he’s a ghost.

Hideo Nakata is the director of whom he speaks, and it took me a couple extra seconds to call his name to memory as my mind was busy exploding. Was Cage serious? Hard to tell of late, given the other films he’s been doing. But I would watch that Ringu Man movie, whatever it turned out to be, without thinking twice.

After the break lurks a variety of news about an incredibly disparate collection of films:  the theoretical follow-up to Before Sunset; Grown Ups 2;  a possible R.I.P.D. sequel, and Riddick. Read More »

Rising French stars Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) are set to lead Grand Central, a France-set contemporary romantic drama by Rebecca Zlotowski. Rahim will play a danger-addicted man whose nuclear facility job exposes him to deadly radiation levels. He’s transformed by a forbidden affair with a woman he meets at the plant (Seydoux).

Grand Central marks a reunion for Seydoux and Zlotowski, who previously worked together in Zlotowski’s directorial debut Belle Épine. Seydoux was also recently cast in Michel Gondry’s The Foam of the Days, and will next appear opposite Diane Kruger in March’s Farewell, My Queen. Rahim starred last year in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Black Gold, and has just wrapped Joachim Lafosse’s Loving Without Reason. Grand Central is expected to begin filming this summer. [Variety]

After the jump, Riddick adds to its cast and Sex Bob-omb frontman Stephen Stills boards an indie.

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Whether or not you’re a fan of Vin Diesel and David Twohy‘s films featuring the character Riddick (Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick), I think you have to admire the fact that, after years of being determined to make a third film featuring Diesel’s character, the duo is finally getting the movie made. Their fuel seems to be nothing short of pure willpower.

It hasn’t been easy — the project has been dismissed from the beginning, and thanks to its indie status has had some money trouble that caused the production to be put on hold late last year as it geared up to shoot. But the production is up and running once more, and Diesel has offered up the first look at his third turn as Riddick. Read More »

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It took years for Vin Diesel and David Twohy to finally get their third Riddick movie off the ground, and even once production began, the project ran into further troubles and was forced to go on a two-month hiatus while it paid off its debts. But production is back in full swing at the Montreal set now, and things are looking up, at least on the casting front.

According to new reports, Colombiana actor Jordi Mollà has entered negotiations to play the head villain, while Battlestar Galactica star Katee Sackhoff, who was offered a part back in the fall, is now in final talks to board the untitled picture. More details after the jump.

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Nothing is coming easy to Vin Diesel and David Twohy when it comes to making another Riddick movie. After years of development and teases, the star and writer/director finally began production on the sequel to Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick a few months ago but had to stop in the middle of shooting because they ran out of money. A new report says that problem has been solved, however. More money has been raised and filming will resume after Christmas. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Louis Leterrier‘s magician heist movie Now You See Me keeps getting better. The movie features a story about a group of illusionists who rob banks during their performances, and then give at least some of the proceeds out to the audience, even as the FBI is hot on their tail.

The cast already includes Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Melanie Laurent, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco, and now Michael Caine has signed on to play Arthur Tressler, the sponsor of the illusionists. The film will be released on January 18, 2013, and unless we see a trailer that looks simply horrible, Now You See Me will be high on our list of anticipated popcorn movies until that date arrives. [Moviehole]

After the break, Olivia Wilde and Steve Buscemi join the cast of another magician film, Burt Wonderstone, while Vin Diesel and David Twohy continue to try and perfect the magic trick of getting a third Riddick film made. Read More »