sequel bits halloween 2018

In this edition of sequel bits:

  • Jason Blum, the man who produced Halloween, wants you to know Halloween is very good. Why would he lie?
  • Amy Adams offers an update on the Enchanted sequel.
  • Sylvester Stallone gets his own Creed II poster.
  • Stallone also provides an update on the next Rambo movie, because the past never dies.
  • Social media expert Dwayne Johnson welcomes Idris Elba to Hobbs and Shaw.
  • Steven Spielberg gave the O.K. to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom‘s twist.
  • Netflix’s Godzilla anime sequel now has a release date.
  • Want to see a blurry set pic of Chris Hemsworth filming Men in Black? Of course you do.
  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout has a new IMAX poster featuring Tommy Cruise doing dangerous stuff.
  • Behold a new image from The Crimes of Grindelwald.
  • Grumpy Gus Terry Gilliam reveals he once turned down an Alien sequel.

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robocop reboot

Neill Blomkamp could never get his Alien movie off the ground, so he’s latching onto another classic sci-fi franchise instead. The District 9 and Chappie director will helm a new RoboCop movie, titled RoboCop Returns. The film is said to be both a reboot and a sequel to the original franchise.

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Child's Play Remake

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: the Child’s Play series is doing just fine, so news of a remake is straight-up bullshit.)

Let’s get this out of the way: I am not anti-remake. Some of horror’s most recent top-tier achievements have been remakes themselves (It or Evil Dead, for starters). Modernized technology, fresh visions, and altered perspectives can do wonders for “outdated” classics or under-appreciated gems of bygone eras. May I repeat once more that I am not anti-remake – but I’m sure as hell against rebooting horror franchises that are still VERY MUCH ALIVE.

Last week, it was announced that MGM would be remaking beloved killer doll “slasher” Child’s Play with no connection to franchise controller Don Mancini and producer David Kirschner’s in-the-works television show (both of whom declined remake involvement when asked by MGM). More red flags: a “technologically advanced” toy will hunt multiple children a la “Stranger Things,” and no Brad Dourif returning to voice “Chucky” – if MGM even keeps that name. A “2.0” remake meant to capitalize on what’s being identified as “limitations” of Chucky’s current rubbery Good Guys form.

Hold up. Have any of the powers fast-tracking this remake for a September 2018 production start date even seen where Cult Of Chucky left off? Also, is MGM actually remaking Small Soldiers without even knowing it?

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child's play remake

The Child’s Play franchise is in a weird place right now. Even though original creator Don Mancini has remained involved with the film franchise from the beginning, and a new sequel arrived last year, MGM is moving forward with a remake. While that happens, Mancini is moving forward with a Child’s Play TV series. And that’s not all: Brad Dourif, AKA the voice of Chucky, will be in the TV series, but not the movie remake. But wait, there’s more! While MGM makes its remake, Mancini also plans to make more movies that remain in continuity with the original film franchise.

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in-rang the wolf brigade trailer

Maybe Hollywood has a problem adapting beloved anime and manga properties, but it looks like South Korea won’t. The latest movie from acclaimed director Jee-Woon Kim (A Tale of Two Sisters, I Saw the Devil) is a remake of a classic manga series that has already seen three successful Japanese adaptations.

The title is probably best known as Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, the classic 1999 anime film that still stands today as one of the seminal sci-fi films of the past few decades. Kim’s adaptation renames it In-rang: The Wolf Brigade, and transplants Mamoru Oshii‘s classic sci-fi story to a near-future reunified Korea. The first international trailer has been released, and though it doesn’t have subtitles, you don’t need to know Korean to know that the film is going to be great.

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child's play remake

The Good Guy Doll is about to get a face lift. MGM is working on a Child’s Play remake, proving that nothing lasts forever. Up until now, Child’s Play had been one of the few horror franchises to stand the test of time and remain remake free. Those days are apparently over.

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suspiria remake

Details remain scarce about Luca Guadagnino‘s moody, ominous Suspiria remake, but by virtue of its Oscar-nominated director and stunning trailer, it’s already one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year. Now, Suspiria star Chloe Grace Moretz and Quentin Tarantino are here to add to that anticipation.

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firestarter remake

The Stephen King adaptations keep on coming. The latest: Faith Akin, director of In the Fade and Goodbye Berlin, has been hired to helm a Firestarter remake for Universal Pictures and Blumhouse. The film will be another adaptation of King’s 1980 novel about a girl with pyrokinetic abilities. Drew Barrymore starred in the 1984 adaptation of the King novel.

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the conners

The Roseanne spin-off will be moving forward at ABC — without original star Roseanne Barr. ABC has picked up a spin-off tentatively titled The Conners, after the hit sitcom revival was embroiled in controversy following star and executive producer Barr’s racist tweets.

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point blank remake

Marvel Cinematic Universe players Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo are teaming with Everly filmmaker Joe Lynch for Netflix’s Point Blank remake. The film will be an American take on Fred Cavayé‘s French crime drama Point Blank (A bout portant). Read More »