If you’re tired of remakes, then maybe today’s avalanche of sequel news will brighten your afternoon. We’ve got the latest details on everything from a new still courtesy of The Raid 2: Berendal, to a brand new interview with Peter Jackson discussing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in today’s roundup.
Bloody New Raid 2 Still Is Like a Kick in the Face
First off we’ve got this bloody new still from Gareth Huw Evans’ The Raid 2. The sequel to the action cinema sensation is about halfway through its shooting schedule, and if this new bloody image is any indication it looks set to deliver everything that made the first film such a huge hit. [via Twitch]
Fast & Furious Racing Back to Theaters Next Summer?
Meanwhile, Fast & Furious 6 isn’t out until this summer, but Vin Diesel is already hinting that the seventh film in the series is in the works and could be coming sooner than we think. The actor offered up the following cryptic hint on his Facebook page recently:
“There was an early screening in L.A. this week of Fast 6. The crowd reaction was surreal… and their demand for the continuation was powerful… It’s remarkable to think I first embodied this character in 1999… and the evolution continues. P.S. Filming begins this summer in L.A., where it all started… talk about a studio in sync with the audience…”
If this pans out, fans could be seeing the next installment in the series by summer 2014. Is that too much too soon?
Scoot Over Because John Cusack May Be Hopping Back into the Hot Tub
We’ve known that stars Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and director Steve Pink were all returning for a sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine, but early buzz indicated that John Cusack wouldn’t be back. Well, hold the phone – because Robinson says the beloved actor may be involved after all. We expect to know more in the near future, as the film is set to start shooting this June. [via Collider]
Once More into the Grid
Who’s ready for more TRON? Anyone…?
Ready or not, director Joseph Kosinski says he expects to get his first look at the script for the next installment in the sci-fi series in roughly two weeks. What can fans expect? Kosinski breaks it down.
“This is a story we’ve been working on since 2009, so that’s four years now. I’m really excited about the idea that we have for it. I think it delivers on the promise that both TRON movies have made.
It opens the movie up, in a way that I think is going to give it a much broader appeal. Whereas TRON really, ultimately, in the end, catered most to TRON fans, this idea broadens it some more, in really exciting ways. But, it’s all about the script and making sure that that story is compelling enough to get all of us back together.”
The filmmaker also adds that while TR3N is the title everyone keeps using, that’s really just a code name for the feature. He’s currently working on coming up with a proper title before the film releases. [via Total Film and Collider]
Peter Jackson Talks Hobbit Sequel, Questions Stephen Colbert
Peter Jackson’s sequel to The Hobbit isn’t due in theaters until this December, but it’s never too early to get the fans buzzing, so the filmmaker recently sat down and answered some questions in video format.
Jackson is all business until Stephen Colbert infiltrates the proceedings and asks the kind of question only Colbert can. Jackson’s response is equally entertaining, as you can see in the video below.
If that’s not enough for you, stick around until the end, where Jackson reveals some really impressive concept art for what Mirkwood will look like in the upcoming film. [via GeekTyrant]