Sequel Bits: 'Jumanji 3', Bill & Ted 3', 'Hobbs And Shaw', 'Jay And Silent Bob' Reboot,' 'Bumblebee' & More

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Get a first look at the sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • Hobbs and Shaw face down a helicopter
  • Kevin Smith gears up to start shooting Jay and Silent Bob Reboot
  • Jason Reitman talks briefly about Ghostbusters 2020
  • Bill & Ted 3 may finally start shooting this year
  • All that and more
  • Jumanji 3 Table ReadDwayne Johnson shared our first look at the forthcoming sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on Instagram on Valentine's Day last week. This seems like it's a shot from the movie anyway. It could also just be from camera tests, but either way, the actor has signaled the start of production.

    On top of that, The Rock also shared the above image from behind the scenes of a table read alongside fellow co-stars Kevin Hart, reprising his role from the first movie, and newcomer Danny DeVito. We still don't have any plot details about Jumanji, and the photo from the front page doesn't offer much insight, but hopefully we'll learn more soon.

    Meanwhile, Kevin Smith is gearing up to shoot Jay and Silent Bob Reboot soon, the first movie set in his own View Askewniverse since Clerks II in 2006. As Smith explains in the Instagram post above, these are the clapboards that will be used on set. There's an obvious Clerks meets Star Wars motif in the artwork, and that makes us wonder if Kevin Smith will be taking an approach to the movie similar to The Force Awakens. We're not sure how he would pull that off without introducing some key new characters, but that could be fun.

    Bumblebee Featurette

    Even though Bumblebee had to jump through some hoops in order to stay true to the mythology set forth be the previous franchise of live-action Transformers, it sounds like Hasbro might not be too worried about it. While making a presentation at the New York Toy Fair last weekend (via TFW2005), the panel specifically referred to Bumblebee as starting "a new storytelling universe," which would seem to imply that the film is basically rebooting the Transformers film universe.

    That would be great news for any of the Transformers movies that follow, especially since the timeline for events was already pretty convoluted with all the new revelations that came about regarding humanity's history with the robots in disguise. Hopefully this means the Transformers franchise will follow in the same satisfying footsteps of Bumblebee as the movies veer further away from what Michael Bay did in the past.

    bill and ted 3 production

    If all goes well, it looks like there's a chance that the long awaited Bill & Ted 3, or Bill and Ted Face the Music, might start shooting this spring. Of course, this prospective production start comes from Production Weekly (via Geek Tyrant), and those dates aren't always solid but merely hopeful. Plenty of times movies have been listed to start production a few months from the latest issue of Production Weekly but get delayed for one reason or another.

    Last we heard, Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot was slated to be at the helm of the sequel written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, and Keanu Reeves and Alex Winters were both ready to reprise their roles. But we won't hold our breath waiting for this one until the cameras are actually rolling.

    leaving neverland premiere date

    The documentary Leaving Neverland is coming to HBO in March, telling the story of two boys (now adult men) who were sexually abused by pop star Michael Jackson. The film shows how these boys and their families were traumatized by these events and still struggle with them to this day. And it might just be the beginning of an even bigger dig into the seedy past of this music icon.

    Director Dan Reed said that he's open to doing a follow-up to Leaving Neverland if other high-profile accusers like Jordan Chandler and Gavin Arvizo wanted to sit down in front of the camera and tell their story. Reed said:

    "If Jordan Chandler were to come forth, and if I could sit down with him speak to him the way I did to Wade [Robson] and James [Safechuck], that would I think, be the core of a very interesting film about that story, and the same goes for Gavin."

    It would add even more credence to these horrible accusations that continue to face criticism from Jackson's estate and hardcore fans. However, Reed says it would be a different kind of film than the first Leaving Neverland:

    "I would of course use the interviews I've already shot with investigators from those investigations — the D.A.s and all the people that were part of that wider drama," he said. "That would have been a very different type of film. It wouldn't be this sort of claustrophobic — you wouldn't be locked in a room with the Safechucks and the Robsons. I'd tell the story from Jordan and Gavin's point of view, partly, but also through the eyes of all the other participants."

    These are the kind of stories that need to be told, even and especially when they're about our most beloved heroes.

    ghostbusters 3 teaser

    Finally, Jason Reitman recently appeared on Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast, and discussion briefly turned to the forthcoming Ghostbusters sequel he's working on for release in 2020. Reitman mostly echoed what he's already said about the movie, but he did add one interesting tidbit:

    "I wrote the film in secret with my writing partner Gil Kenan. We wrote it over the last year while we were finishing up The Front Runner and we turned it in December. And I have to admit my presumption was it was going to be like any studio film that I had heard about where they do years of rewrites and they grind it into the ground and it never happens. I was fully prepared for this year to be a year of maybe taking a little time off and doing rewrites on Ghostbusters and instead, the studio read the first draft and said 'yeah go make it.'"

    That's certainly a surprising turn of events. But maybe the studio was just so hungry for a Ghostbusters sequel that followed the original franchise, especially one with Ivan Reitman's son attached to direct, that they loved the idea immediately. As for what fans can expect from the movie, it will be a "love letter" to the original franchise:

    "This is going to be a love letter to Ghostbusters. I love this franchise. I grew up watching it. I consider myself the first Ghostbusters fan. I was like seven years old when that movie came out and I love it. I want to make a movie for my fellow Ghostbusters fans."

    Hopefully this doesn't mean we'll be getting endless fan service and nostalgia in place of a good story. A new Ghostbusters can be respectful and loving of the original franchise without fawning over it for the entire runtime. Here's hoping we learn more about what's coming in the new movie at Ghostbusters Fan Fest this summer.