We’ve got some odds and ends from Sequel-Land after the jump:

  • Warner Bros. is seeking writers for Contagion 2
  • Will Black Dynamite 2 be like Blazing Saddles?
  • Ian McKellan almost declined to do The Hobbit
  • See new photos from Catching Fire‘s Georgia set

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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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Read all about these sequel-related odds and ends after the jump:

  • Would Penelope Cruz do Pirates of the Caribbean 5?
  • Kathleen Kennedy offers a minor Jurassic Park 4 update
  • Catching Fire announces the rest of its supporting cast
  • Scary Movie 5 still shows a Mob Wife and a Real Housewife
  • Prometheus Blu trailer promises answers and new footage
  • Judge rules that Paramount can make more Godfather films

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A nugget of hope for what would be the most anticipated sequel of all time is just one of the many things in today’s Sequel Bits. After the jump read about:

  • Tim Burton and Winona Ryder didn’t sound enthused about Beetlejuice 2.
  • Take a peek at the Reaping stage from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and read where the beach scenes will be filmed.
  • Sin City: A Dame To Kill For just picked up international distribution.
  • Jude Law says Sherlock Holmes 3 is more a matter of “when” and not “if.”
  • Rian Johnson answers the big question: Will there be a sequel to Looper?
  • J.K. Rowling said she’d do another Harry Potter book if she had a “great idea.”

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Franchises return, franchises go away and franchises start a new in today’s Sequel Bits.

  • James Cameron might add Chinese Na’vi to Avatar 2.
  • The said to be soon-retired Jackie Chan might make Police Story 2013.
  • A major party scene in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will film in Atlanta.
  • Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan share a bed in the first still from Scary Movie 5.
  • Paramount is hoping Tom Cruise‘s Jack Reacher will start its own franchise, and mark the beginning of a franchise focus at the studio.
  • Producer Avi Lerner keep mentioning names he wants for The Expendables 3: Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, the return of Mickey Rourke etc.
  • A sequel to 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later, 28 Months Later, no longer looks likely.

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Most of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire cast has been in place for weeks if not months, but as often happens with projects this big, there’s been a last-minute tweak. Fortunately, it’s a positive one: Character actor Jeffrey Wright has just signed on to play Beetee, a former Hunger Games winner from District 3. I want to say that this is the end of major casting for the film, but every time I think we’re just about done something else seems to shift. So I won’t. More after the jump.

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The biggest piece of casting in the sequel to The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, has finally been officially confirmed. Sam Claflin, recently seen in Snow White and the Huntsman, will play Finnick Odair, the cocky, famous, good-looking former winner of the Games who not only forms a rocky alliance with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), but quickly grows into a much more important role.

The film, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, will be directed by Francis Lawrence. Shooting starts soon aimed at a November 22, 2013 release. Read more after the jump. Read More »

One actor joins a sequel and teases a second, while a different actor dismisses a sequel and approves another. All that and more in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • Mel Gibson says he wouldn’t do a fifth Lethal Weapon and was at one point interested in doing Mad Max 4.
  • Speaking of Mad Max: Fury Road, an official plot synopsis has been revealed.
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse has some choice adjectives for Kick-Ass 2.
  • Even more tributes have been cast in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
  • Gareth Evans tweeted a concept image from Berandal, the sequel to The Raid Redemption.
  • Expendables 2 and Newsroom star Terry Crews is joining Scary Movie 5 and seems confident Expendables 3 will happen.
  • The first two deaths of Scary Movie 5 have been confirmed.

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Casting, plot details and rumored start dates are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • Keanu Reeves lays out the plot of Bill & Ted 3 in a new interview.
  • Sasha Barrese will return in The Hangover Part III.
  • Yancy Butler is back for Kick-Ass 2 as mother of Red Mist.
  • Julie Delpy says a third Before movie is still happen…but not for at least a year.
  • Tributes Seeder, Chaff and Gloss have been cast in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

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With John Leguizamo‘s Javier and the as-yet-uncast Mother Russia on board to help out the villainous Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in Kick-Ass 2, it seems only fair that Kick-Ass (Aaron Johnson) start picking up some allies as well. Scrubs star Donald Faison has just entered talks to play Dr. Gravity, a Columbia University student by day and a mask-donning, baseball bat-wielding crimefighter by night.

Pre-production on Kick-Ass 2 is currently humming along for a fall shoot, with Jeff Wadlow at the helm. Returning stars Nicolas Cage and Chloe Grace Moretz are also on board. No release date has been announced at this time. [Deadline]

After the jump, John McClane’s daughter makes a comeback and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire digs up yet another former victor.

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