The Raid 2

It’s cold and icy and generally miserable outside right now in most of the U.S., which means now is the perfect time to pour yourself a cup of tea, bundle up in a cozy blanket, and dive into Sequel Bits. After the jump:

  • The Raid 3 will pick up before The Raid 2 leaves off
  • Friday 4 is stuck in development hell, says Ice Cube
  • Jennifer Saunders is working on the Ab Fab movie
  • Who’s making a surprise cameo in 22 Jump Street?
  • The hero and the villain of Jack Ryan get posters
  • Bad Grandpa gets a red-band trailer for the DVD
  • Watch (or rewatch) the first ten minutes of Riddick

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Fast and Furious 7 - Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Vin Diesel

Whether you want to read Keanu Reeves‘ regrets about the (non-existent) Constantine sequel, Robert Englund‘s hopes for a (theoretical) Elm Street prequel, or Alfonso Cuaron‘s thoughts on the Harry Potter spinoff, there’s a little something for everyone here. Also after the jump:

  • Gareth Evans breaks down the trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal
  • Michael Bay hints at a big theme from Transformers 4
  • Steven Spielberg gets a bit political while in Hawaii for Jurassic World
  • See more pics of Vin Diesel on the set of Fast & Furious 7
  • The 300: Rise of an Empire site offers new pics and footage

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The Raid 2 Berandal

Gareth EvansThe Raid: Redemption seemed to come out of nowhere in 2011, but it quickly found a following thanks to its intense, inventive, and shockingly entertaining action sequences. Its follow-up, The Raid 2: Redemption, doesn’t have the luxury of taking us by surprise, but based on the first trailer that shouldn’t be a problem at all. Check it out after the jump.

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Don’t worry, everyone: Tara Reid is probably coming back for Sharknado 2. At the very least, the producers are saying they want her back for Sharknado 2, along with Ian Ziering, Cassie Scerbo, and everyone else. Also after the jump:

  • Super Troopers 2 could look to Kickstarter for funding
  • It’s a wrap for The Raid 2: Berandal, reports Gareth Evans
  • Phil Lord and Chris Miller drop hints about 22 Jump Street
  • Sigourney Weaver joins the Mortal Instruments sequel

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Grown Ups 2 on Diners Drive Ins and Dives

Who better to make a special Grown Ups 2 chili recipe than Guy Fieri? Also after the jump:

  • Legendary doesn’t seem optimistic about Hellboy 3
  • Neill Blomkamp isn’t interested in Star Trek 3
  • Steven Seagal might do Expendables 3
  • Transformers 4 sets up a Chinatown in Detroit
  • Optimus Prime sees some action in new set videos
  • Machete Kills will premiere at Fantastic Fest
  • Charlie Sheen gets his own character poster
  • Rub a dub dub, it’s a guy from The Raid 2 in a tub
  • The gang’s all here in The Best Man Holiday trailer

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Hot Tub Time Machine

There’s a lot to look at in today’s Sequel Bits, including concept art for G.I. Joe: Retaliation and a bloody new image from The Raid 2: Berandal. Also after the jump:

  • Director offers status update and possible title for Tron 3
  • John Cusack may be back for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 this summer
  • Transformers 4 will shoot in May; is Shia LaBeouf returning?
  • Producer says a G.I. Joe / Transformers crossover is “possible”
  • Lindsay Lohan parodies herself in a Scary Movie 5 image

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Even for people who aren’t predisposed to love action films, Gareth EvansThe Raid earned a spot on many a 2012 top ten list. When Sony Pictures Classics picked up the film, the company also grabbed distribution rights to the planned sequel, The Raid: Berandal.

Casting details for the sequel hit before the new year, with Iko Uwais, star of the first film, set to appear again, alongside Julie Estelle (Macabre) as Hammer Girl, and Alex Abbad, Marsha Timothy, and silat fighter Cecep Arif Rahman playing an unknown but reportedly significant role.

Now Evans confirms that the sequel shoots very soon, and explains that the new film picks up right after the end of the first. Read More »

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