In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom wraps production this week
- Vin Diesel addresses the latest Fast & Furious controversy on Instagram
- A bunch of photos from the set of Godzilla 2
- The future of the Transformers franchise
- Will Ferrell has talked about making a Step Brothers 2
- And more!
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Shortly after Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters hit theaters, one executive at Sony Pictures had no doubt that a sequel to the movie would come together. However, the tune behind the scenes appeared to change drastically about a month later as the theatrical release was winding down, and the box office numbers were not as high as the studio had hoped. A sequel was not looking likely.
At the time, one estimate indicated that Ghostbusters would need to make $300 million to break even, while another source said that estimation was way off and didn’t take into consideration all the money earned from “consumer products, gaming, location-based entertainment, continued international rollout, and huge third-party promotional partnerships.” Well, the movie ended up raking in just over $229 million at the box office, and while the call for a Ghostbusters reboot sequel hasn’t been made, Paul Feig is still hopeful that it will happen. Read More »
This past weekend brought the debut of Ghostbusters at the box office, and while it wasn’t big enough to take down Illumination Entertainment’s second weekend for their massive hit The Secret Life of Pets, it still pulled down a respectable $46 million. It’s not clear if that’s a bit of a disappointing number for the studio, but apparently it doesn’t matter, because they have “no doubt” that a Ghostbusters sequel will come together.
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While there are plenty of fans claiming that the new Ghostbusters movie will ruin their childhood, most who haven’t even seen the whole movie yet, it’s a wonder that it wasn’t already ruined. Because while the reboot is undoubtedly an attempt by Sony Pictures to cash in on the nostalgia and love for the original movie, Ghostbusters 2 already did that in 1989.
Just in time for the reboot to hit theaters this week, the Ghostbsuters 2 Honest Trailer shows that the sequel to the classic paranormal comedy is almost certainly worse than the reboot could be. Not even the presence of the original cast can make this one easy to swallow despite the fact that it’s the exact same movie as the first one. Read More »
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If you’re one of those people who thinks the Ghostbusters reboot starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones just shouldn’t happen, even though we’ll get an awesome LEGO set out of it, the old Ghostbusters franchise may hold some hope for you. But beware that it will ruin a lot of other things for you as well.
Although Ghostbusters 2 isn’t anywhere near as beloved as the first film starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson, it’s still a rather enjoyable sequel. One of the more amusing elements of the sequel was learning what Dr. Peter Venkman was up to after the first film, which included having his own talk show called The World of the Psychic. In one of the tapings of the show that we see, one of the guest psychics predicts the end of the world, and it just so happens to be nearly upon us. Read More »
Briefly: Everything is turning up Ghostbusters recently. Art shows, Lego sets, it’s a fitting tribute to the second highest grossing film of 1984, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this weekend. (It opened June 8, 1984.) That celebration will continue through the summer as well, with more art shows and then the crown jewel – a 700 screen, digitally remastered theatrical re-release. That’ll take place August 29 followed by brand new Blu-ray release of the first and second Ghostbusters films. Read more about the Ghostbusters re-release below. Read More »
JJ Abrams loves his secrecy. There may not be a filmmaker alive who hates spoilers and set photos more than the Bad Robot director. So what happens when a bunch of set photos leak out of Star Trek 2? JJ Abrams orders a massive blockade to prevent the view of photographers on public property. The photo above is of part of 30 large shipping containers which are strung together to create a privacy wall for the Star Trek 2 set.
After the jump we have a ton of new sequel news bits including:
- An update on when we can expect Ghostbusters 2 on Blu-ray
- Why Hangover 3 Will Be The Last in the comedy film series
- How Kick-Ass 2 Will focus completely on the villains
- Randy Couture Hints at plans for The Expendables 3
All this and more, after the jump.
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America isn’t the only place that can have a massive pop culture inspired art show. While Crazy 4 Cult 5 is going on in Los Angeles, Geek-Art.net has teamed up with Artoyz in Paris, France for Blockbusterz, an exhibit of work based on some of the biggest and best known films of all time: Batman, Ghostbusters, Iron Man, Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park, Gladiator, you get the idea.
It runs through September 3 but many of the pieces are now available for sale online. Check out a select gallery of images and links to view the full show after the break. Read More »
Studio produced EPK featurettes usually suck. From time to time, we post B-roll footage on the site (usually in Page 2) because I love watching the making of a movie in the unedited form. I’ve always loved the cinema verite-style film documentaries, but they’re rare. Special effects artist William Forsche has posted 47-minutes of fly on the wall behind the scenes footage from the set of Ghostbusters 2. Forsche shot the footage during FX tests and actual FX production of the film.
We get to see the effects team putting together the suit operated animatronic puppet Slimer, director Ivan Reitman working out a ghost-heavy sequence with the effects team and star Bill Murray, the prosthetic make-up being applied and filming of the moving Vigo painting segments, model builders recreating a New York City subway tunnel in miniature for the subway of slime sequence, and much more. Hit the jump to watch the videos now.
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I’m embarrassed to admit that I still haven’t seen the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove despite all the huge acclaim and buzz (I hope to finally see it later this week). Louie Psihoyos‘ film follows a group of activists, led by renown dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, who use state-of-the-art equipment to infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan “to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.”
Apparently during the film, the crew get the idea to have a friend at ILM to build them spy cameras to capture the act of the crime. But it is during that segment where we get a small cameo from another big screen villain: Prince Vigo the Carpathian from Ghostbusters 2. You can see the screencapture from The Cove, along with a full photo of the Vigo the Carpathian painting after the jump. It haunts my dreams!
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