Sequel Bits: 'Transformers 4', 'The Fifth Element', 'Harry Potter', 'Cloudy 2'

Luc Besson wants to make another Fifth Element, kind of. Also after the jump:

  • David Heyman comments on the Harry Potter spinoff
  • Dredd finally gets a sequel... in comic book form
  • A new Terminator comic chronicles the end of the war
  • The newest Cloudy 2 clip features a dramatic entrance
  • See No Evil 2 adds Freddy vs. Jason and Hatchet II stars
  • Mark Wahlberg discusses his kids' cameo in Transformers
  • Check out the Chinese poster for Transformers 4
  • "As a fan, as a filmmaker, I am really... really... really excited," he said. "She's a great storyteller, and I'm sure this will be something really great. She wouldn't do it otherwise — she doesn't need to do it."

    Or rather, she does need to do it, but not in the sense that she needs more of that sweet franchise dough. "She's doing it because she needs to do it because she has a story to tell," he said. "It's going to be very good. I assure you." [Hypable]

    Dredd is finally getting a sequel — but only in comic book form for now. Publisher Rebellion has announced a new story called Dredd: Underbelly, which "picks up where the critically acclaimed movie left off, with Judges Dredd and Anderson fighting the tsunami of crime on the mean streets of the dystopian Mega-City One."Arthur Wyatt wrote the book, while Henry Flint provided illustrations. The book will hit shelves in the U.K. on September 18, and will be available digitally worldwide on the same day.

    As it happens, that date also marks a "Day of Action" for Dredd fans. "If everyone who's signed the petition bought an extra DVD or Blu-ray (either for themselves or as a present for a friend) or rented/bought it on iTunes and Netflix, it will send the loudest signal yet that WE WANT MORE DREDD!" write the campaign organizers. [THR]

    Along similar lines, Terminator 5 is a ways off still, but there's a new comic book sequel coming to stores this winter. Writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Pete Woods have teamed for Terminator Salvation: Final Battle, a yearlong series to be published by Dark Horse Comics. Here's a plot description:

    Hopping between the future and the past, this sweeping, 12-issue epic counts down the end of the Machine War — but not the one fans expect! Everything's at stake, and the fates of Skynet and John Connor will be told!

    Terminator Salvation: Final Battle will be released December 4. [THR]

    While director Luc Besson won't go so far as to say that he wants a direct sequel to The Fifth Element, he will gladly admit that he wants to make a "connected" movie.

    The Fifth Element I was a little bit frustrated because I made the film right before all the new effects arrived. So when I did the film it was all blue screen, six hours, dots on the wall, takes forever to do one shot. Now, basically, you put the camera on your shoulder and then you run and then you add a couple of dinosaurs and spaceships. And I was so frustrated because it was not so easy at the time. So I always think to myself that I would avenge one day and use all the new tools to do a sci-fi film for sure. [...]

    I don't know if it would be directly connected but it would be the same area and the same genre. So for me it would be connected even if the stories had nothing to do with each other.

    Okay, but good luck topping the gloriously insane Ruby Rhod. More advanced tech won't help Besson there. [The Playlist]

    Will Forte's character Chester V makes his first appearance in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, and what an appearance it is. The guy knows how to make a splash, judging by this latest clip.Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 opens September 27. Bill Hader and Anna Faris return to voice Flint Lockwood and Sam Sparks. [Sony]See No Evil 2 is filling up its cast as it prepares for a fall shoot. Danielle Harris (the Halloween remake, the Hatchet movies), Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, Freddy vs. Jason), and Michael Eklund (The Call) have just signed on, joining WWE star Kane.

    Directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), the plot will see Jacob Goodnight (Kane) arising in the city morgue to attack a group of medical students. [THR]

    Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz won't be the only up-and-comers in Transformers: Age of Extinction. In a recent interview, Mark Wahlberg discussed his kids' cameo in the film.

    My kids just did a cameo, just scared people in the street looking up, but they did a great job. I was so nervous because Michael [Bay] doesn't have time for bad performances. You have to understand; you're shooting a $300 million movie. You've got a lot going on. He's got five, six takes. If you ain't got it, you're done. I didn't want to see my kids get clipped. They were excited about, but they started to get mad at me because I'm trying to over-direct them. It went great.

    For him to take the time to set up the specific shot that he actually really wants to put in the movie for my kids. I don't like asking for those kinds of things. I was going to send him a text, but I just wanted to wait and thank him in person. I gave him a big hug yesterday.

    The $300 million figure is probably incorrect, but we have no reason to doubt that Wahlberg's kids did a great job. What he wouldn't talk about, however, was the Dinobots. "I haven't seen no Dinobot, so don't put that on me," he said. [MTV]

    A Chinese teaser poster has dropped for Transformers: Age of Extinction, and it looks... exactly like the American teaser poster. Aside from the fact that it's in Chinese, I mean.

    Transformers 4 Chinese poster

    I can't read the language, but I'm guessing it says things like "Transformers: Age of Extinction" and "coming in 2014." If any of you can understand Chinese, please help us out with a better translation in the comments. The next Transformers opens June 27 in the U.S. []