We’ve got handful of sequel-related quick hits for you. After the jump:

  • Tim Burton “would love to revisit” Beetlejuice sometime
  • Want to be an extra on Iron Man 2, Machete Kills, etc.?
  • A blazing-hot new Expendables 2 poster hits the web
  • When will the second trailer for The Hobbit debut?

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Cary Fukunaga‘s Jane Eyre wasn’t a horror movie per se, but the director brought a distinctive ghostly chill to the classic Gothic romance. And now he’ll be bringing that same knack for dread and suspense to another literary adaptation that more obviously calls for it. Fukunaga has just been hired to direct a remake of Stephen King‘s It, which Warner Bros. plans to split across two films. More details after the jump.

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So far, the footage we’ve seen from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has been, well, pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a movie called Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The “secret history” of our 16th president’s double life as a hunter of supernatural monsters is a premise that’s deeply silly but potentially entertaining, and accordingly, the first trailers have been both kind of dumb and kind of cool.

But I do have one big quibble, and it’s that we haven’t seen nearly enough actual vampire hunting. Honest Abe (Benjamin Walker) wields his axe pretty much constantly in the footage we’ve seen so far, but where’s the satisfying splatter of blood and guts? Fortunately, the new red-band trailer rectifies that situation, offering up plenty of bloodshed, several explosions, a couple of decapitations, and even a bit of what the MPAA might call “brief sensuality.” Watch the NSFW video after the jump.

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Today’s Sequel Bits features all kinds, from Depression-era gangsters to noirish femme fatales to drunken school bus drivers. After the jump:

  • Nick Swardson and Cheri Oteri board Grown-Ups 2
  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For gets its first teaser poster
  • A new G.I. Joe: Retaliation image shows Cobra Commander
  • Seth Grahame-Smith is a little intimidated by Beetlejuice 2
  • Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz talk Tron: Uprising
  • Paramount is letting a Godfather (book) prequel go forward
  • Jon Favreau likes where Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 is headed

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Casting on Machete Kills continues to speed ahead, as Modern Family star Sofia Vergara becomes the latest to sign on. Also after the jump:

  • Leonard Nimoy has not confirmed a Star Trek 2 cameo
  • Tim Burton offers a tiny Beetlejuice 2 update
  • Anna Faris probably won’t do Scary Movie 5
  • Men in Black 3 gets creative with its marketing
  • Kristen Stewart spills about the Breaking Dawn reshoots

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Today’s Sequel Bits is all about the number 2. As in Beetlejuice 2, Anchorman 2, Grown Ups 2, Dr. Horrible 2, and Percy Jackson 2 (okay, that’s not technically what it’s called, but you know what I mean). After the jump:

  • A small update on Seth Grahame-Smith’s Beetlejuice 2
  • Judd Apatow has a wishlist, Adam McKay has ideas for Anchorman 2
  • A Hunger Games tribute becomes a daughter of war
  • Grown Ups 2 casts another young’un to join Taylor Lautner
  • Joss Whedon teases Dr. Horrible 2 and more death

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Like many folks in Hollywood, Tim Burton has a handful of people he likes to work with time and time again. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carters are probably the most obvious examples of his frequent collaborators, having co-starred in approximately four hundred Burton movies, but in the past year the filmmaker appears to have added another name to his speed-dial list: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies author Seth Grahame-Smith.

Grahame-Smith scripted the upcoming Burton-directed Dark Shadows, while Burton produced the Grahame-Smith adaptation Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter; in addition, they’ve also been talking about Grahame-Smith’s script for his sequel to Burton’s ’90s classic Beetlejuice. And now Grahame-Smith has let slip that he’s got yet another project with Burton on his upcoming slate, a stop-motion animation titled Night of the Living. Read more after the jump.

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One of summer’s biggest wildcards is the 3D, hyper-stylized, historical action-horror film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Based on a novel of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith (who also wrote the screenplay) the film is directed by Timur Bekmambetov and tells the fictional story, infused with a lot of non-fiction, of how Abraham Lincoln decicated his life to killing vampires after losing a family member. It’s a biopic of our 16th President, played by Benjamin Walker, just with vampires everywhere.

If you saw our WonderCon video blog you heard about the footage that was shown but, before that happened, I got about two minutes with both the director and screenwriter to talk about the film. For Bekmambetov, I talked about how this film was different visually from his others. With Grahame-Smith, I asked what Timur brought to the project that he couldn’t imagine when writing it as well as the public’s reaction to the latest trailer for Dark Shadows, a film he wrote for Tim Burton, who also produced Vampire Hunter. Read my mini-interviews after the jump. Read More »

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