Happy Friday! Today’s Sequel Bits involves three comedies of varying degrees of hilarity, plus a spooky-sounding book. After the jump:

  • David Wain can’t guarantee a sequel to Wet Hot American Summer 2, but he’s working on it
  • Ed Helms doesn’t really know when The Hangover Part III will get going
  • Shawn Levy could “very possibly” be directing Night at the Museum 3
  • Stephen King reads the first chapter of Dr. Sleep, a sequel to The Shining

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Lots of sequel news today so let’s get right to it. After the jump, read about the following:

  • Shawn Levy gives an update on a sequel to Real Steel.
  • There’s already been talk of a third Ghost Rider according to directors Neveldine and Taylor, who are also still considering Crank 3D.
  • Latino Review has revealed some major plot points in Taken 2.
  • Fox is still moving ahead with a Waiting to Exhale sequel after the death of Whitney Houston.
  • Steven Spielberg says Peter Jackson will be starting production on The Adventures of Tintin 2 this year.

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Wedding Crashers may have taken off because of its endless quotability — I remember a period in the mid-aughts when I couldn’t have a conversation with a college classmate without the film getting referenced at least once — but the reason it remains so watchable today has to do with leads Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson and their easygoing, lived-in chemistry.

Now, seven years later, the pals are set to reunite for Interns, a comedy penned by Vaughn. Vaughn’s Neighborhood Watch producer Shawn Levy is set to helm the picture for Fox. More details after the jump.

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While James Cameron is hard at work perfecting Titanic 3D and writing Avatar 2 and 3, he’s also producing a number of other projects including a 3D reboot of Fantastic Voyage. The film has been in development for some years with several A-List directors attached, the latest being Shawn Levy (Real Steel). However, Levy just added Frankenstein and Pinocchio to his dance card, which made it seem like Fantastic Voyage was dead once again. Not the case says the mega-producer.

After the jump, read Cameron’s latest remarks on the remake of the 1966 film about a team of scientists shrunken down to explore the human body. Read More »

Good things are happening to good people in today’s TV Bits, which sees new sitcoms in the works for Conan O’Brien, Judy Greer, and Mandy Moore, among others. After the jump:

  • TBS orders a sitcom from Conan O’Brien
  • ABC develops new projects with Judy Greer, Mandy Moore, and Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry
  • The CW buys a thriller from Easy A scribe Bert V Royal
  • CBS yanks the already-cancelled How to Be a Gentleman from its Saturday lineup
  • Watch the first 9 minutes of ABC’s Once Upon a Time

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Shawn Levy to direct Pinocchio Prequel

Briefly: Shawn Levy‘s Real Steel was the box-office champ for a second weekend in a row, so it’s no surprise to see him set up with a new high-concept project. Fox has picked up a script called The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto, by Michael Vukadinovich, which is a prequel to the story told in Pinocchio. (Didn’t Fox learn anything from the returns and reviews for The Thing this weekend?)

Shawn Levy is now attached to direct the film, called “a fresh way into the Pinocchio story.” Read More »

The Sounds of ‘Real Steel’

Crowds cheering, people screaming, metal crunching and pistons pumping. Sounds in Shawn Levy‘s new film Real Steel are incredibly intricate. The film, which stars Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo and Evangeline Lilly, is set in a near future where the most popular sport in the world is robot boxing. If you think about normal boxing, the sounds are already complicated: heavy breathing, feet shuffling on the mat, leather pounding skin. Putting mechanical robots into the ring then creates a whole new set of problems. What do electronics sound like when they’re fighting? After the jump, check out the latest video from the Soundworks Collection about how the sounds of Real Steel were captured. Read More »

Watch 5 Clips and a Featurette from ‘Real Steel’

Robot boxing drama Real Steel will be out in about another week, but just in case your love for Hugh Jackman and/or Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots is such that you simply can’t stand to wait that long, DreamWorks has released five new clips (totaling a little under four minutes) and a featurette from the movie.

Directed by Shawn Levy, Real Steel unfolds in a future in which human boxing has been rendered obsolete by the rise of robot boxing. Charlie (Jackman) is a former fighter and current small-time promoter who gets one last chance to prove himself when he works with his son (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a robot for a championship match. Watch the videos after the jump.

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