the wolverine 3

If you like movies with numbers in their titles, Sequel Bits is the news round-up for you! In today’s edition:

  • Hugh Jackman offers an update on The Wolverine 3.
  • Transformers 5 will begin filming very soon.
  • Toni Collette joins XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage.
  • Yes, Cars 3 will bring new Cars toys.
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 does something very new…
  • Jerry Bruckheimer is still trying to make Top Gun 2 happen.

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London has fallen

Welcome back to Sequel Bits, the irregular feature covering all of the sequel news you could possibly desire. In today’s edition:

  • London Has Fallen unveils a new poster.
  • XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage casts Jet Li and Tony Jaa.
  • No, Michael Bay will not talk about Transformers 5.
  • The Legend of Conan and Triplets are still very much alive.

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Michael Bay

After directing Transformers numbers one through four, Michael Bay has confirmed he will return yet again to direct Transformers 5. The news doesn’t come as a surprise, as Bay entered talks to direct last fall after months of speculation (and let’s be real, totally reasonable assumptions). There’s a catch this time, though: It’s going to be the last Transformers movie Bay will ever direct. Or so he says. For now. Read the Michael Bay Transformers 5 comments after the jump.  Read More »

GI Joe Writers Room

In an effort to reinvigorate the Transformers franchise, this year Paramount Pictures set writer Akiva Goldsman to lead a writers room comprised of about a dozen writers. The result was a roster of at least three sequels that will keep Transformers movies hitting theaters at different points throughout the next 10 years. Now the studio seems keen on using that model to help give new life to the G.I. Joe franchise, not to mention kicking off a hopeful franchise adapting the action figures known as Micronauts.

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Transformers 5 sequels

We already know that Transformers 5 is in the works at Paramount Pictures, and Michael Bay is in early talks to come back and direct yet again, though the filmmaker himself said they’re still working out specifics and nothing is official yet. Yet again it has also been said that this will be the last Transformers movie Bay will direct, but that doesn’t mean the franchise won’t continue after that.

In fact, Hasbro executive vice president and chief content officer Stephen Davis recently partook in the MIP Junior Conference and revealed that the writers room that was assembled over the summer for the Transformers franchise has resulted in a plan for a total of four live-action sequels, which means we’ll get Transformers sequels rolling out for the next 10 years. Read More »

Harrison Ford in Blade Runner

After the jump:

  • Voice actor Mark Ryan debunks a recent Transformers 5 rumor
  • Denis Villeneuve addresses Blade Runner‘s biggest mystery
  • Fantastic BeastsEddie Redmayne doesn’t want to “let everybody down”
  • The horror in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials almost got it rated R
  • Bryan Cranston and Frankie Muniz want a Malcolm in the Middle reunion
  • Robocop 2 might still happen someday, eventually, maybe
  • The Conjuring 2 and Ouija 2 add to their cast lists
  • Straight Outta Compton‘s Aldis Hodge signs up for Jack Reacher 2
  • Frank Marshall shares a photo from the set of Bourne 5

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Transformers 5 shoot

The much-discussed Transformers writers room at Paramount has done its work, and there’s now a plan to move forward. That plan may be just a bit more limited than some expected; there is no giant slate of Transformers movies coming down the line. But there is a solid plan for Transformers 5, which Michael Bay will direct next year. (As solid a plan as there can be for a Transformers film, I guess.)

And the animated prequel movie is official. That one will indeed be an origin story focusing on the planet Cybertron. Read More »

Transformers 5 plot

As we learned earlier this year, Paramount Pictures is hoping that their Transformers franchise can be turned into a more diverse collection of movies not unlike the Marvel cinematic universe, with spin-offs for characters like Bumblebee rumored to be in development. But before that, Transformers 5 is expected to arrive sometime in 2017, and some story details have just come to light.

Mark Ryan is an actor who voiced Jetfire in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Lockdown in Transformers: Age of Extinction, and while appearing at the Wings and Wheels convention in the United Kingdom, he revealed two possible Transformers 5 plot possibilities that take our human and Autobot heroes in very different directions. Read More »

Transformers 5 writers

Yesterday Steven DeKnight, former showrunner on Daredevil and current member of Paramount’s Transformers writer’s room, told us about the arrival of the Punisher to the second season of Daredevil. Today he has talked to other outlets about the Transformers project, and his comments help us understand who’s doing what (such as Jeff Pinkner writing Transformers 5 with Akiva Goldsman) and how the whole system is laid out. Read More »