Back in the good ol’ days, before remakes and reboots took over Hollywood, execs looking to make a quick buck turned to sequels for a fast infusion of easy cash. Say what you will about sequels (many of them are terrible because they’re attempts to continue stories that already had a well defined ending point), at least they took a little more creativity than the standard remake (many of which just take an existing story and add some minor modern tweaks to the tale). In a perfect world, we’d have fewer remakes and sequels – and more original films – but I think we can all agree that this isn’t a perfect world at all. So, with that in mind, here’s all the latest sequel buzz making the rounds in Hollywood.
-- Timur Bekmambetov’s action flick Wanted took in over $340 million dollars when it was released back in 2008 – and from the moment the opening weekend figures were tallied, there’s been talk about doing a sequel. Until recently, it’s been just that – talk. The long rumored follow-up took a big step forward yesterday when Cinemablend reported that original screenwriters Derek Haas and Michael Brandt were hired to begin work on a follow-up feature.
Derek Haas broke the news on Twitter, so details are pretty scarce at the moment beyond the hiring details. Questions abound about what direction the sequel will go in – will Angelina Jolie’s character return (she’s stated before that she wouldn’t be back for a sequel…)? Will James McAvoy reprise his role from the first film? Will Bekmambatov return to direct (he should be clear of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter well before this project reaches the shooting phase)? What kind of story are they envisioning? So many questions, so few answers. We suspect that more details will be coming shortly – and we promise to pass them along as soon as we know about them.
-- Meanwhile, Universal has been hard at work on a sequel to its animated kids film Despicable Me – and while the title isn’t expected to hit theaters until summer of 2013, they’ve already unveiled the first piece of the film’s advertising.
An alert Collider reader sent the site a shot of the first Despicable Me 2 teaser poster. Promising more “More minions, more despicable,” we can only hope this is one of those times where there’s truth in advertising. Check out the one-sheet below.
-- We’ve known that Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich were working on a fifth installment in the Resident Evil series – and know we’ve learned that they’ll be joined by Michelle Rodriguez and Johann Urb in the latest entry in the franchise. Deadline tells us that Urb is set to play the leader of a resistance group that teams up with Jovovich’s Alice in her fight against the undead and the evil Umbrella Corporation that spawned them.