Universal is in an interesting position now. The studio is free of the contract with Hasbro that had it dedicated to developing board-game properties for some time, and has started to settle into a place where it floats on the performance of big comedies (Ted), the occasional well-chosen pop-culture adaptation (Les Miserables), and affordable franchise installments (Fast & Furious, Bourne) rather than massive tentpoles.

And so Universal is working on sequels to the giant hit Ted and horror performer Mama. In a new interview, studio chairman Adam Fogelson explains that he also may made an Identity Thief sequel (“we created great characters, so we’ll discuss how to re-pair Jason [Bateman] and Melissa going forward”) and an “at long last” film version of Wicked (“I believe that we are collectively moving toward Wicked coming to the screen sooner rather than later”).

But the real focus is on those franchise installments, including another Snow White and the Huntsman movie, and the new Mummy and Van Helsing films. Read More »

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Universal’s been unambiguous about its desire to see a Snow White and the Huntsman 2, but it’s been less clear about the direction it wants that sequel to take. After the studio fast-tracked the follow-up in June, news broke in August that Snow White (Kristen Stewart) could but cut out of the equation altogether — only for the studio issue a denial and insist that they were still “exploring all options.”

Now it looks like they’ve finally made a decision. Stewart is following up last month’s comments about the “strong possibility” of her return with an actual confirmation. More details after the jump.

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The sequel news today involves from pretty big franchises, or some high-profile ones at least. After the break read about the following:

  • One Expendables film was enough for Chuck Norris,
  • David Koepp is no longer working on a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel,
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire remains in development, but David Fincher’s participation as director remains uncertain,
  • and the UK comedy The Inbetweeners is looking likely for sequelization.

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First Universal spun the classic Snow White fable into an action-adventure tentpole pic with equal billing for the Huntsman, and now fairy tale princess is about to get dropped from the equation altogether. Even before Snow White and the Huntsman opened, the studio was lining up plans for a sequel. And as of today, that follow-up is still moving forward — only it’s being reconfigured to focus on Chris Hemsworth‘s Huntsman, cutting Kristen Stewart‘s Snow White out completely.

While there are undoubtedly a number of factors that have gone into this decision, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that the news comes weeks after Stewart was discovered to be having an affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. It’s unclear whether Sanders will be returning to the helm for the spin-off. More details after the jump.

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Snow White and the Huntsman was a slightly rushed production, and a (more than) slightly frustrating viewing experience, but it might be performing well enough that Universal is really going forward with a sequel. The studio started talking to David Koepp about scripting a sequel in the last couple months, and Koepp is now scripting a Hunstman sequel that Universal is looking to fast-track.

Who will direct? Rupert Sanders who made his feature debut with the first movie, is a very possible choice, but he isn’t locked yet. Read More »

No, it wasn’t just you — Men in Black 3, entertaining as it was, made no sense at all. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that starting the shoot without a completed sequel did not help. Also after the jump:

  • Robert Rodriguez talks up Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • G.I. Joe toys pulled from shelves after Retaliation shifts release date
  • Nick Frost talks possible Snow White and the Huntsman sequels
  • Don’t worry, Robert Pattinson has not been offered Catching Fire

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So does this mean that Charlize Theron‘s evil queen doesn’t die at the end of Snow White and the Huntsman? We had some idea that Universal envisions the movie as the beginning of its own Lord of the Rings-style action/fantasy franchise, and the very good response to Huntsman footage so far has pushed the studio to move forward with plans for a sequel.

And so Universal is now in talks with David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Premium Rush) to write a Huntsman sequel. Read More »