Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Monday, May 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Monday, April 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
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 »
Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
So much for Beetlejuice being a reboot and not a remake. Now writer Seth Grahame-Smith it’s not a reboot either, but a straight-up sequel. Also after the jump:
- Madagascar 3 gets a cute new poster to go with its cute new trailer
- There’s a teaser for the upcoming teaser for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II
- Maggie Grace talks Taken 2 and not fixing things that aren’t broken
- Warwick Davis does not want a Leprechaun remake, but he has an idea for a sequel
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Yesterday we got our first look at footage for Timur Bekmambetov‘s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, scripted by and based on Seth Grahame-Smith‘s novel of the same name. Now we’ve got a trailer for international audiences that has a lot more footage, and also offers some dialogue from Dominic Cooper. Check it out below. Read More »
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Let’s kick off another sequel news roundup with some info on a film that will be out soon. Jon M. Chu directed G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and the trailers released so far have generated a good level of interest in the film.
In an interview with Moviefone, Chu talks about enthusiasm for various Joe characters and the difficulty his team had with creating a linear follow-up to the first Joe film, The Rise of Cobra. One question many of our readers has asked regards Cobra Commander, and how this film’s character connects to the Joseph Gordon-Levitt version in the previous movie. Chu says, “Cobra Commander was an issue. But I know we couldn’t lose Cobra Commander.”
Asked if this is the same character under the mask, the director says,
No. [Smiling] But we figured out a way that’s pretty nice. And you get the Cobra Commander that you’ve always wanted. Or, to me, what I always wanted: a bad-ass villain. He’s one of the most iconic villains ever. I’m even following him on Twitter — he’s so funny.
After the break, a brief update on the chance of a Rambo 5, Michael Keaton is reportedly excited about a Beetlejuice sequel, and we’ve got some info on Judd Apatow’s sorta-sequel to Knocked Up, This Is 40. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s not so unexpected for a hit movie to get a sequel a year or two out, but it’s also becoming increasingly common for franchises to pick up with the characters again ten or even twenty years after the last installment. In this edition of Sequel Bits, we have a handful of possible upcoming projects that look back to the ’80s and ’90s for inspiration. After the jump:
- Tim Burton considers getting involved with Beetlejuice 2
- Steven Spielberg won’t be directing Jurassic Park 4
- Edward Burns could revisit his debut The Brothers McMullan, twenty years later
- Peter Facinelli discusses the possibility (or lack thereof) of a Can’t Hardly Wait 2
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