If today’s Sequel Bits are to be believed, we’ll see one sequel earlier than expected, never see another and have begun thinking about a hypothetical one. After the jump, read all about the following:

  • Terminator 5 might be dead, and its ambitious story could be why.
  • Scary Movie 5 moves its release date, creating a curious horror competition.
  • Read about the sequel that was written for David Bruckner’s The Signal.
  • See some new set photos from the filming of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
  • Hugo Weaving says Peter Jackson hasn’t filmed the finale of The Hobbit yet, and he has yet to be contacted about Transformers 4.
  • Is it possible to make a Sinister 2?

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Posters, casting, videos and rumor control. Just another day in the world of Sequel Bits. After the jump, read about the following.

  • The Hangover Part III adds actress Lela Loren and is shooting in central California.
  • A new trailer is out for Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines.
  • Find out how you can work with Michael Bay on Transformers 4.
  • A new viral video has been released for Paranormal Activity 4.
  • Robert Rodriguez doesn’t think a Predators sequel will happen.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger says nothing is happening on Terminator 5.
  • A teaser poster for The Smurfs 2 has been released.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger may not be as young as he once was, but James Cameron’s convinced that his Terminator character has plenty of life left in him yet. Also after the jump:

  • Grown-Ups 2 will shoot in Marblehead, MA
  • Brad Bird probably won’t direct Mission: Impossible 5
  • Cloverfield 2 is still searching for a new idea
  • The Star Trek video game unveils a new teaser

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In this edition of Sequel Bits, it is once again hip to be square. As well as to be mutated, undead, and/or cyborgian. After the jump:

  • Yes, Jennifer Lawrence wants to do X-Men: First Class 2
  • Bret Easton Ellis says Patrick Bateman would want to get it on with Chris Brown and Rihanna
  • [REC]3: Genesis gets a creepy new trailer
  • Producer Victor Kubicek talks Terminator Salvation, wishes the Terminator 5 folks good luck

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Sequels! Everyone loves them. That is, if we define ‘everyone’ as studio and production executives who don’t like to take risks, and so are prone to throwing money at new projects that are recognizably related to old projects that have already made money. That particular ‘everyone’ really, really likes sequels. 2012 won’t be any different from most of the last ten years, in that a great many sequels will go before cameras during the coming months.

So, just like the title says, after the break you’ll find some minor updates on:

  • Captain America 2
  • Iron Man 3
  • Terminator 5
  • J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek sequel,
  • and a sequel to the 2011 animated film Rio.

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Justin Lin Leaves ‘Terminator 5′, But May Be Back

After a couple years of slow-moving development, progress on Terminator 5 suddenly picked up earlier this year. Arnold Schwarzenegger and director Justin Lin both came aboard, indie financier Megan Ellison grabbed the rights and Lin began talking up what he’d like to see in the next installment of the franchise.

In fact, the problem now may be that things are moving a little too fast. Lin has been forced to pull out of the project due to scheduling issues. There’s still a chance he could find his way back to the franchise, but only if Ellison and Schwarzenegger are willing to adjust their timeline to account for Lin’s busy schedule. More details after the jump.

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It’s so early in terms of Terminator 5, separating fact and fiction can be difficult. We know producer Megan Ellison has the rights. We know Justin Lin is attached to direct and Arnold Schwarzenegger will star. We also know that those two have had conversations, some of which included James Cameron, about where the story could go. However, since there’s no script, Schwarzenegger is about to make The Last Stand and Lin is directing Fast and Furious 6 next, both of which are scheduled for 2013 release, anything beyond that is rumor and speculation. Terminator 5 is still several years off.

In a new interview, though, Lin hints at the fact that he believes the Sarah Connor character is crucial to the franchise and though she was offhandedly killed in the third film, his inclination is to bring her back. Read what he had to say after the jump. Read More »

Sometimes when you watch a filmmaker’s first movie you know exactly what he’s going to be. That’s not the case for Justin Lin. His first film, the fantastic Better Luck Tomorrow, gave almost no indication of just how incredibly massive a director he’d eventually become. After back to back box office smash hits with Fast and Furious and Fast Five, Lin has been given the keys to the kingdom. We know he is planning on doing Fast and Furious 6, is attached to do a new Terminator movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Highlander reboot and and was even on the list to possibly direct Die Hard 5 and The Wolverine.

Lin spoke to The Playlist and gave updates on most of those projects. He’s turned down Die Hard 5, will direct Fast and Furious 6 next (which already has a May 24, 2013 release date) and just had a very productive Terminator 5 meeting with Schwarzenegger and James Cameron. Read Lin’s quotes on all of this after the break. Read More »

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