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Today’s action-packed Sequel Bits contains news about spies, martial artists, giant alien robots, tortured mutants, and so much more. After the jump:

  • Transformers 5 and 6 depend on Transformers 4
  • James Mangold offers a minor Wolverine 2 update
  • Winona Ryder is “sworn to secrecy” about Beetlejuice 2
  • Simon Pegg says he’ll return for Mission: Impossible 5
  • Ong-back star Tony Jaa joins Wu Jing in SPL 2
  • Dwayne Johnson shares a fiery Fast & Furious 7 pic
  • Somehow The Hobbit is not done putting out new posters

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The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman has already played Wolverine in six different movies over a decade and a half — seven if you count the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past – and now he’s going for one more. Jackman and his The Wolverine director James Mangold are now in negotiations to star in another installment of the series, which will be produced once again by Lauren Shuler Donner. Hit the jump for all the details.

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Who will direct the Wolverine sequel for Fox? Since Darren Aronofsky elected not to make the film we’ve heard about some possible options, but none have been offered the gig so far, and the film remains sidelined for the moment. But a shortlist of eight names has emerged, and it contains a few that are surprising. Read More »

Best known for small budget psychological thrillers, the addition of Darren Aronofsky to the Wolverine franchise was initially a curious one. Brows were certainly furrowed thinking about why Aronofsky would want to follow up a film which was populated by a ton of random characters and featured several departures from the canon Wolverine story. A new interview with the director might clear all that up. Aronofsky revealed that the second Wolverine film is not a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but will instead be a one-off  story. He also said the film, starring Hugh Jackman, will simply be called The Wolverine. Bad-ass. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Take this post as a confirmation of something many of us have hoped, but we know now that cinematographer Matthew Libatique will shoot Wolverine 2 for director Darren Aronofsky. Read More »

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This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the possibility of new Star Wars films, get excited about an Aronofsky-directed Wolverine film, and ponder whether Mel Gibson truly has been subjected to a double standard. Special guest C. Robert Cargill joins us from Ain’t It Cool.

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While we haven’t had a press release from Fox or another final confirmation that Darren Aronofsky would direct the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it has seemed like a done deal over the past week. (We’ve treated it as such thanks to a variety of reports.)

Now Hugh Jackman, the returning star of the franchise, seems to have confirmed the director, and is (unsurprisingly, given that he’s a driving force for the series) talking about enthusiastically about the potential for this picture. Read More »

I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that Darren Aronofsky is going to direct Wolverine 2. But success and doing a big film with an actor you like (Hugh Jackman) has to be appealing at this point, and after a run of very well-liked movies in the indie realm, why not jump up into the studio arena? It’s looking like a done deal at this point, with one report pegging the beginning of the shoot schedule in March 2011. That date is timed to allow the director enough schedule leeway to promote Black Swan and, hopefully, show up at a few awards ceremonies in celebration of his latest film. Read More »

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