'Prometheus 2,' 'Magic Mike 2' lead a raft of sequel talk
If you don't already think every movie in Hollywood is derivative and recycles the same old schlock, don't read this list of potential studio sequels compiled by the Hollywood Reporter. Even the ones you knew were coming pile up and get depressing.
First up, an Alien-influenced Prometheus 2 is getting a green light from Fox, even though the movie's R rating kept receipts to $303 million globally. The story needs to be written, which may be a problem, since Damon Lindelof may not be available to finish ruining what he started tearing apart. Ridley Scott is hot to direct, though, and Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are committed to return. "Ridley is incredibly excited about the movie, but we have to get it right. We can't rush it," Fox president of production Emma Watts said. Yeah, wouldn't want that. Expect that in 2014 or 2015.
Sony is actually considering making another Men in Black movie, which is baffling, but that's what happens when you shell out money for bad fourth installments. The Amazing Spider-Man already has a follow-up coming in May 2014, and a sequel to 21 Jump Street with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill is slated to begin shooting in fall 2013.
Universal is planning another American Pie movie, plus a sequel to Seth MacFarlane's Ted and even Snow White & the Huntsman, which may be risky, given the way Kristen Stewart likely turned off her audience by cheating on Twilight boyfriend Robert Pattinson with the film's director, Rupert Sanders.
Disney has another Avengers in the works, natch, but THR says four other Marvel movies need to come out first: Iron Man 3 (May 2013), Thor: The Dark World (November 2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy (August 2014). Speaking of Thor, Deadline.com notes Christopher Eccleston has signed on to play the villain, Malekith the Accursed, the ruler of the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim. That's in case you found the first installment too easy to follow.
Paramount will be crossing its fingers that pushing G.I. Joe: Retaliation from June back to March 2013 will keep that shambling franchise alive, while Paranormal Activity will return about Halloween time. Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher will start a new franchise for the studio, THR says.
Warner Bros., meanwhile, will be focusing on Superman reboot Man of Steel next summer, and THR notes Batman may return as part of a Justice League franchise, which could be nearly impossible to do. But hey, if they made Avengers good, anything is possible. The good news for local boy Tatum is his ideas for a Magic Mike sequel may come to fruition if director/producer Steven Soderbergh sees fit. After making $108 million on a $6.5 million investment, you never know.
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