Today’s edition of Sequel Bits is particularly chatty, as everyone has a little something to say about their next big project. After the jump:

  • Adam McKay teases a minor Anchorman 2 detail
  • Steve Carell talks about reprising his role as Brick
  • Fast & Furious 6 gets an early bit of marketing
  • Tom Cruise is still excited to fly jets in Top Gun 2
  • Lucas Till lobbies for Polaris in X-Men: First Class 2
  • Simon Pegg promises more of the Enterprise in Star Trek 2
  • Damon Lindelof discusses the film’s “nuanced” villain
  • Chris Pine thinks Trek 2 is really about the characters

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Paramount has quite a few sequel projects in the works of late, with Star Trek 2 in the finishing stages and plans for a Top Gun sequel, a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and Transformers 4. We talked about the plan for that last film earlier today, but the same interview that gave up info about T4 also provides updates on a couple other paramount projects.

In short, while Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was a tremendous success, don’t expect it to generate another sequel in extra-fast fashion. The M:I series has a pattern of going dormant for some time between films, and that looks like it will be the case nice again. But paramount wants to keep things going with Tom Cruise, and we can now expect to see Top Gun 2 before Mission: Impossible 5. Read More »

For a little while now, we’ve known that Paramount, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and potentially director Tony Scott want to make a sequel of some sort to Scott’s mid-’80s Tom Cruise blockbuster Top Gun. Last year Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, writers who contributed to X-Men: First Class, were tapped to craft the new Top Gun script. As it turns out, they never actually wrote anything for the film, but that doesn’t meant that the dogfighting sequel has crashed and burned.

Now Paramount has hired a new screenwriter: Peter Craig, the chief screenwriter on The Town, will now script for David Ellison’s Skydance Productions, Bruckheimer and Paramount. Read More »

We’ve got news for you on several sequels today, some more realistic than others. On the “coming soon to a theater near you” end, there’s a new synopsis for G.I. Joe: Retaliation; meanwhile, projects like Gremlins 3 and Pineapple Express 2 have been rumored for ages but as far as we can tell they’re still just a twinkle in some studio exec’s eye. After the jump:

  • Warner Bros. registers domains for Green Lantern 2 and Gremlins 3
  • Seth Rogen discusses the possibility of a Pineapple Express sequel
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation gets an official synopsis
  • Paramount moves forward on a Mission: Impossible sequel and Top Gun 2

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Paramount Hiring Writers For ‘Top Gun 2′

Yep, the sequel/follow-up to Top Gun is still happening. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who were jointly responsible for one of the middle drafts of X-Men: First Class, are in talks to write Top Gun 2 (or whatever it will eventually be called) for Paramount and David Ellison’s Skydance Productions. Read More »

Even as a kid, two films I never thought I’d see sequels to were Top Gun and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Both Eighties hits certainly could have continued with their storylines but there wasn’t a need because each wrapped up in a cohesive and satisfying way. In fact, if it wasn’t for each film working so well, neither would have reached the “New Classic” status they currently enjoy. But of course, in today’s no-new-idea Hollywood, each film is getting sequelized over twenty years after release and the only thing fans can hang their hat on is that the original filmmakers – Tony Scott and Robert Zemeckis – are part of the process. Both recently spoke about the very latest on each film and when you get to hear from the big men themselves, it’s worth listening. We’ve got the updates after the break. Read More »

Briefly: This is just a quick update on the developing Top Gun sequel, but it is an interesting one in that you’ve got to wonder how it might affect the story as it goes through the studio mill. Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, Wolverine 2) is being targeted to write Top Gun 2, and has written to Vulture to counter reports that Tom Cruise would have a reduced role in the film.

“There is no Top Gun 2 in which Maverick is not the starring role.” Now, he said ‘Maverick’ and not ‘Tom Cruise,’ so theorize around that if you want. But in light of the fact that director Tony Scott‘s recent comments suggest that he’s interested in a film about younger pilots and drone operators, how does Tom Cruise’s character Maverick fit in as the star? Let’s hope there’s not a new, younger, Maverick, which would get back to the whole silly idea of Cruise passing the torch to a different actor.

Tony Scott Wants to Direct ‘Top Gun 2′

Recently when we heard that Paramount was looking to woo Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott back to the studio to make a sequel to the 1986 blockbuster Top Gun I cast aspersions upon the idea that Tony Scott might actually direct a sequel. But I was wrong — Tony Scott said this weekend that he is, in fact, interested in doing Top Gun 2, and that he’s on board for the sequel. It won’t be his next film, but it could happen not too far down the road. Mr. Scott’s comments about what might draw him back to the fold are after the break. Read More »

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