The last real news we had on the film that will follow X-Men: First Class was that director Matthew Vaughn, who co-authored the rewrite of First Class (with Jane Goldman) and then made the film on a rather tight schedule, had signed to direct the sequel.

Now it looks like that next X-Men film will shoot in January 2013. The reason is one that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has looked at the top-grossing movie for the last couple weeks. Jennifer Lawrence played Mystique in First Class, but is also now the lead of the blockbuster film The Hunger Games, with a sequel close on the horizon. That means that X-Men studio Fox and Hunger Games studio Lionsgate both have films they want to get into production, and both involve Lawrence. (And you can bet that Fox wants to emphasize Lawrence in any way possible now, after the runaway success of The Hunger Games.)

The solution will likely be this: Lawrence will shoot Catching Fire, the Hunger Games sequel, later this year, and then shoot the next X-Men film in January. Read More »

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After the jump we have a ton of new sequel news bits including:

  • A first look at some of the new Men in Black 3 Aliens
  • Asylum Greenlights Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark, the third film in their Mega Shark vs. monster series.
  • Jonathan Liebsman talks about the possibilites in Wrath of the Titans and Battle: Los Angeles Sequels
  • Hammer Working on a follow-up to The Woman in Black

All this and more, after the jump.

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Talk of an X-Men: First Class sequel has been swirling around since before the first film even opened, and we’ve even heard a few intriguing story ideas from star James McAvoy and director Matthew Vaughn. But actual, confirmed details on the true plotline of the film are still few and far in between, which is why I was interested to hear screenwriter Simon Kinberg drop a few hints about what we could expect to see. In two words: More Magneto. Read his comments and watch the video interview after the jump.

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Fox did very well with two franchise prequels/reboots last year: Rise of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men: First Class. We know that the studio is actively moving forward with another Apes film, and last November we learned that Simon Kinberg had been hired to write the movie that will follow First Class.

The actors involved in the X-Men film are all likely to return, thanks to multiple-picture deals, but we didn’t know about director/co-writer Matthew Vaughn and producer Bryan Singer. The latter seemed like a lock, given that he has been involved with Fox’s X-Men film series from the beginning, and we’ve known that Fox was talking with Vaughn. Now we’ve got a report that says Singer and Vaughn have both signed deals to make the First Class sequel. Read More »

The process of doling out Oscars is a lot more transparent in some than in others. While the core categories like Best Picture, and writing, directing and acting are all the subject of great speculation for months before the nominations are even announced, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is much more open about what specific films are in contention for some technical awards.

For instance, there is the Visual Effects Oscar, for which the Academy today announced that ten films are in the running. They include most of the options one might expect, from Hugo to Mission: Impossible to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The full list is below. Read More »

How much did Nicolas Cage‘s copy of Action Comics #1 sell for? Is there an update on a comic book sequel to Watchmen? What does Robert Rodriguez have to say about Sin City 2? Does Michael Shannon have a funny anecdote about the differences between Take Shelter and Man of Steel? How should have X-Men: First Class really ended? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Simon Kinberg Writing ‘X-Men First Class’ Sequel

Since before the first film was released, everyone involved with X-Men: First Class has been talking about a sequel. The actors are contractually obligated to do it. Director Matthew Vaughn and producer Bryan Singer have discussed ideas for it. Still, nothing had been made official.

Now, mere hours after 20th Century Fox basically announced a sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they’ve reportedly hired a writer to pen a follow up to their other summer hit, X-Men: First Class. Simon Kinberg, a producer on the first film and writer of X-Men: The Last Stand (as well as the upcoming This Means War and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) has reportedly been hired to write the sequel. Read More »

Would John Carpenter ever direct a superhero movie? Which company will be making toys for The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel? Who trained Henry Cavill for Man of Steel? Want to see a new set video from The Dark Knight Rises? Which superhero did a high school principal show up to graduation as? How can you make Wolverine claws for $5? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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