Posted on Friday, December 27th, 2019 by Rob Hunter
(Welcome to DTV Descent, a series that explores the weird and wild world of direct-to-video sequels to theatrically released movies. This week, we go bank robbing with Nazis in a sequel to the biggest Spike Lee joint of them all.)
Spike Lee’s film career is filled with highs and lows, films that won critical acclaim and awards and others that have been forgotten, but he’s never been a filmmaker prone to breaking the box-office. The sole exception, and his only film to gross over $100 million, is 2006’s Inside Man. Lee’s direction, alongside a stellar cast, a tight script, and a respectable budget, resulted in a film that succeeded with critics (certified fresh!) and audiences ($184m worldwide!) alike.
It’s a Universal Pictures release too which means that now, thirteen years later, the studio’s home video division has spun off a direct to video sequel. It’s not their first – and will be far from their last as follow-ups to both Sudden Death (1995) and Bulletproof (1996) are currently in post-production – but it is their most surprising. Look, it’s possible that having to endure movies like Backdraft II (2019) and Benchwarmers II: Breaking Balls (2019) has just broken me, but Inside Man: Most Wanted is actually… okay?
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In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Better Call Saul‘s Rhea Seehorn joins the cast of Inside Man 2.
- Zombieland 2 starts shooting in January.
- Bumblebee is rated PG-13 (sorry for those of you hoping it would be rated R).
- The main cast has wrapped on the Avatar sequels.
- Despite rumors to the contrary, Common isn’t in John Wick 3.
- Read about the real reason Ralph Breaks the Internet dropped Wreck-It-Ralph 2 from its title.
- Ezra Miller had a “meltdown” about the new Fantastic Beasts twist.
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Spike Lee‘s Inside Man is a nifty, stylish thriller with a whopper of a twist ending. It also isn’t exactly the type of film that cries out for a sequel. But we’re getting Inside Man 2 anyway, and the film has now found its lead. Aml Ameen, an actor who has appeared in The Maze Runner and Sense8, will play a hostage negotiator in the MJ Bassett-directed movie, which sounds less like a sequel and more like a remake.
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Fall is upon us! The weather is getting a little more chilly, and there’s no better time to curl up with some movies at home. But there’s a batch of movies leaving Netflix that you might want to prioritize before they leave the streaming service next month. It’s a shorter list overall, but there is still some great stuff leaving next month.
So let’s get down to the best TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in October. Read More »
(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Looking for something to stream? You’re in luck! I just happened to compile a list of 10 great movies you can stream right now! Here you’ll find one of 2017’s most underrated films; an early Martin Scorsese classic; a unique coming-of-age drama; a melancholy musical; two vastly different documentaries; one of Spike Lee’s most commercial (yet still excellent) films; a German action-horror film; and one nasty slasher movie.
These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.
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It’s that time again. Netflix has released the list of every movie and television show departing the service next month, so it’s time to program a marathon if you want to catch up on everything you want to see. And if you need some suggestions on what to cram in this weekend before the changeover, we’ve got you covered.
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In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley praise The Inside Man, wonder why America can’t handle miniseries, celebrate the joys of Glee, and explain the similarities between Where the Wild Things Are and Children of Men. Special guest Stephen Tobolowsky joins us for this episode. You can currently see Stephen on Glee, which airs on FOX, Wednesdays at 9 PM EST.
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Posted on Saturday, September 6th, 2008 by David Chen
Speaking at the Toronto Film Festival to promote Miracle at St. Anna, Spike Lee has confirmed that plans for a sequel to his 2006 film Inside Man are in motion, with Terry George in negotiations to write the script. Lee plans on returning to direct the sequel, tentatively and creatively titled Inside Man 2. Inside Man was scriptwriter Russell Gerwitz’s first-ever feature-length script, and I thought he and Lee did a damn good job at crafting a gripping bank caper (the next movie you may see featuring Gerwitz’s work is Righteous Kill). Terry George has written critically acclaimed films such as In the Name of the Father and Hotel Rwanda. Undoubtedly, a collaboration between George and Lee for Inside Man 2 will continue to lend the heist film genre some more credibility and (hopefully) some more commercial success, just as the first film did.
According to Lee, the movie may feature the same characters from Inside Man, with Denzel Washington and Clive Owen reportedly interested in reprising their roles. The new film would develop their relationship further, but in a different standoff-like situation.
Discuss: What robbery/heist scenario can you imagine that would top the first film?