In the wake of the tragic suicide of director/producer Tony Scott, there was some small murmuring about the future of Top Gun 2. Scott had been developing the sequel to his 1986 hit along with Tom Cruise, David Ellison’s Skydance Productions, and Paramount. And while the news one the film was hitting the web at a slow trickle, there was no doubt that the film was moving forward.

Without Scott, however, that seems to have changed. Paramount converted Top Gun to 3D, in part to prime audiences for the sequel, and is now trying to figure out how to release that film even as the sequel is stalled out. Read More »


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With the exception of Machete Kills, which is a sequel to 2010 film, everything in today’s Sequel Bits is pretty old school, featuring characters or properties that have been around at least a decade. After the jump:

  • Joss Whedon talks a little bit about The Avengers 2
  • Bruce Campbell says the new Evil Dead is “fabulous”
  • Production resumes on Iron Man 3 after RDJ‘s injury
  • Benedict Cumberbatch reveals when we’ll see Smaug
  • Bobby Farrelly spills Dumb and Dumber 2 plot details
  • Marko Zaror joins Machete Kills, see his character poster
  • See Paul Walker and Vin Diesel on the Fast Six set

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The best sequel news today is a blast of set photos from the new Mad Max movie that reveal some weapons, vehicles, and bad guys that we haven’t seen before. After the break, you’ll find:

  • Prop and mutant creature designs from George Miller’s in-progress Mad Max: Fury Road,
  • Info on technology developed for James Cameron’s Avatar sequels,
  • International posters for Skyfall and the latest Resident Evil film,
  • And a bit of info on the planned sequel to Top Gun, though the future of that film is now in doubt after the passing of Tony Scott.

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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 »

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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 »