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Some new pics, some casting, and some very interesting quotes in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Ethan Suplee is also back for Mallrats 2
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 books Bella Thorne
  • Sam Jones says he’s already set for Ted 3
  • Sharknado 3 will be “the worst,” says the Hoff
  • See Zoolander and Hansel model for Valentino
  • Vin Diesel predicts Best Picture for Furious 7
  • There will be a gay couple in Independence Day 2
  • James Wan is getting to work on The Conjuring 2
  • Simon Pegg is “terrified” to write Star Trek 3

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Independence Day sequel star

Jessie Usher, who plays the lead role in the Starz series Survivor’s Remorse, is now set to play one of the primary characters in the Independence Day sequel, which Roland Emmerich will direct for release almost exactly 20 years after the drop of the original film. Usher will play Dylan Dubrow, who in the original movie was the young stepson of Will Smith’s character, and as such he’s probably either the Independence Day sequel star, or one of them.

UPDATE: In addition, director Roland Emmerich confirmed two names who were previously mentioned for the film: Liam Hemsworth and Jeff GoldblumRead More »

‘Stargate’ Reboot Gets New Writing Team

Stargate Reboot Writers

Briefly: Roland Emmerich is rebooting the film Stargate, and his version of the story has a new set of writers. And, no, that’s not a typo — Roland Emmerich did direct the original 1994 film starring Kurt Russell and he is also going to direct this new reboot. Emmerich’s partner Dean Devlin, who co-wrote the original film, is producing this time out.

THR reports the hire. Nicolas Wright and James A. Woods are the Stargate reboot writers, and if those names sound familiar you might have heard them connected to another Emmerich news thread, concerning the upcoming Independence Day sequel. Woods and Wright have also been working on that sequel, after they came to Emmerich’s attention with an action thriller spec.

This new Stargate film is meant as the first chapter of a new trilogy. There’s no publicly available release date, cast or plotline at this point. The original press release said the upcoming film(s) will be “a new feature film trilogy that reimagines the 1994 film Stargate.”

Liam Hemsworth Offered ‘Independence Day’ Sequel

Liam Hemsworth in The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

Liam Hemsworth can currently be seen fighting a totalitarian state in the Hunger Games series, but once it’s over he could move on to more otherworldly enemies. The Aussie actor has reportedly received an offer for the Independence Day sequel, titled ID Forever. More on the Liam Hemsworth Independence Day casting after the jump.  Read More »

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We present to you the very last Sequel Bits of 2014. After the jump:

  • Woman in Black 2 unveils a motion comic prequel
  • See a leaked image of the Jurassic World Lego set
  • Bryan Mills has a big problem in this Taken 3 clip
  • Katherine McNamara joins The Maze Runner 2
  • Could Randy Quaid return for Independence Day 2?
  • Jamie Oliver is still sad he wasn’t in The Hobbit
  • Watch the latest Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk! 2 trailer
  • Tom Hardy glowers in a new look at Mad Max: Fury Road

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Independence Day sequel

Buried in the news of 20th Century Fox finally greenlighting a sequel to Independence Day was a major change in the release strategy. Once envisioned as a trilogy, Roland Emmerich is now only making one sequel, not two like originally planned. There was no reason given for the change and, frankly, it was a tad worrysome as a fan. Was this new Independence Day not worthy of a sequel itself?

Well, that’s not the case at all. It’s much more logical than that. In a new interview, series co-creator and producer Dean Devlin explains the reasoning for only making one Independence Day sequel. For now. Read More »

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Independence Day sequel

Execs over at Fox are finally pulling the trigger on that long-rumored Independence Day sequel. The studio has given producers a green light for the film, which will now get into motion with the goal of shooting in May 2015. And while there’s no formal announcement yet, it seems like this will be one film, rather than a two-movie split as previously rumored. And it sounds like Will Smith won’t be back for the new chapter. Read More »

New Angeles

Roland Emmerich is known for making action-packed popcorn flicks, the bigger the better. But one of his next projects will see him going small. He’s set to direct New Angeles, a sci-fi TV series about a bored guy who escapes into a virtual reality world.

If that sounds a bit like The Matrix, this next fact will make the resemblance feel even stronger: Keanu Reeves is also on board. Hit the jump to learn all about New Angeles.

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Stargate

In a semi-shocking announcement, MGM and Warner Bros. revealed Roland Emmerich will direct a remake of his own 1994 film Stargate. Dean Devlin will be back to produce and the film is being developed with the hopes to be the start of a trilogy.

There’s no word on when this will happen, however, as the release says Emmerich will be shooting Independence Day 2 and Independence Day 3 back to back. Read More »

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