Could Sean Connery return to the Bond franchise? Believe it or not, it almost happened a third time. Also after the jump:

  • The Muppets shoots this winter, Bret McKenzie returns to write more songs
  • Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore has ideas for a sequel
  • Robert Zemeckis isn’t planning a Roger Rabbit sequel
  • Daniel Craig says Dragon Tattoo sequel needs a script
  • Watch a montage of A Good Day to Die Hard filming
  • Star Trek Into Darkness will be released in Dolby Atmos
  • Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura talks about Red 2

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We call it Sequel Bits, but technically speaking, two of these items are about prequels, not sequels. After the jump:

  • Watch a short animated prequel to The Man with the Iron Fists
  • Star Trek Into Darkness will get a prequel comic book miniseries
  • Is Michael Bay planning to shoot Transformers 4 in London?
  • Latest Skyfall clip has 007 and Q meeting for the first time
  • Which Skyfall stars are already signed on for future Bond films?
  • Zach Galifiankis goes for an eventful drive in The Hangover Part III set video

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Though we’ve been eagerly awaiting the Star Trek sequel for years now, thanks to director J.J. Abrams‘ famous reticence, we don’t know very much about Star Trek Into Darkness just yet. While a few plot details and set photos have leaked out here and there, Abrams has as predictably tight-lipped about the new film as he is about most of his projects.

During an appearance on Conan tonight, however, the filmmaker debuted a brief clip from Star Trek Into Darkness. And when I say brief, I mean very, very brief. Still, it’s just exciting to finally get a first peek at the movie, no matter how small. Check it out after the jump.

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The biggest Star Trek news of the past week was, of course, the fact that the official title to J.J. Abrams‘ sequel is Star Trek Into Darkness, a move that was met with an equal amount of confusion and excitement. And while no one has officially come out to comment on the title yet [UPDATE – One star now has.] earlier this week two of the stars did their best to build up fan’s hopes even more.

Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the May 17 release, says he left the set feeling “fulfilled,” calling the film “bigger and bolder.” Karl Urban, who plays Bones, says it’s more “character driven” and “action packed” than the previous film from Abrams. Watch them both talk about the film after the jump. Read More »

That awkward period when you know a film will have a sequel but you don’t know it’s name. It happens with the best of them. How long was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull called Indiana Jones 4? Remember when The Dark Knight Rises was referred to as The Dark Knight 2? The list goes on and on. One film that’s recently finished shooting and still going with the numeric title is Star Trek 2, J.J. Abrams’ sequel to the hit 2009 film, scheduled for release May 17, 2013. However, for a few months now multiple sources, including the writers, confirmed an actual title would be selected and word was a decision had finally been made this week.

While Paramount has yet to officially reveal this title, it now seems likely Star Trek 2 will officially be called Star Trek Into Darkness.

Update: Deadline says Paramount is definitely using the title. Original article follows. Read more after the jump.

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Casting, rumors, hopes, desires and much more are in this huge holiday edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • Producer Jon Landau clarifies the possibility of Avatar 4 and offers an update on 2 and 3.
  • See Chris Pine on the set of Jack Ryan with Kevin Costner and read some thoughts on the tone of Star Trek 2.
  • Is the Iron Patriot going to be in Iron Man 3 after all?
  • Also, Wang Xueqi joins the Shane Black directed sequel in an intriguing role.
  • Screenwriter Alex Garland laid out some thoughts for a possible Dredd 3D sequel.
  • Grown Ups 2 built a set for an outdoor, night time go-kart scene to film indoors and during the day.
  • Director Jeff Wadlow hints that Jim Carrey has, in fact, been cast in Kick-Ass 2.
  • Rick Jaffa, a writer/producer of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, confirms a big franchise staple won’t be in the sequel.

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The ultimate geek battle, Star Wars vs. Star Trek, takes an interactive turn today as upcoming video games in each franchise have released new trailers. We’ve written about both Star Wars 1313 and Star Trek: The Game in the past and though each won’t be out until 2013, these trailers provide the best look yet at what’s in store for video game playing sci-fi fans, whether you favor Trek or Wars. Which one looks better? Decide after the jump. Read More »

Two comic book movies and two long-in-the-making comedy sequels make their appearance in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • Ivan Reitman will return for Twins 2, says Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Dumb and Dumber 2 could get rolling by fall, says Bobby Farrelly
  • Check out pics and video of stunt performers on the Iron Man 3 set
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse will probably murder a dog in Kick-Ass 2

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Sequel Bits is more badass than usual this time, with updates on skilled assassins, demonic heroes, costumed villains, and more. After the jump:

  • Watch Bruce Willis on the set of A Good Day to Die Hard
  • Alex Kurtzman talks about the villain’s central role in Star Trek 2
  • Lindsay Lohan is in talks for a part in Scary Movie 5
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse won’t rape anyone in Kick-Ass 2
  • Matt Damon isn’t convinced he’s needed for Bourne 5
  • Guillermo del Toro still really, really wants to make Hellboy 3

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A quick recap of this week in Star Trek 2: Karl Urban seemingly slips and says Benedict Cumberbatch is playing a character named “Gary,” likely referring to Gary Mitchell. He then says Trek 2 footage will appear online during Comic-Con. I ask him about both these things and he swears up and down he doesn’t lie or play games. This is then proved to be a lie as he releases the aforementioned “footage,” a video of him surfing.

Now that you’re caught up, here’s the latest. Star Trek 2 co-producer and co-writer Roberto Orci, who previously said Gary Mitchell was not the villain, stuck to that statement and added that both Cumberbatch and Alice Eve are playing canon Star Trek characters while Peter Weller was someone new. He also commented on when we might see a trailer, get a title and more. Read about it after the jump. Read More »