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James Cameron on 'Avatar' sequels: Scripts should be done within six weeks

James Cameron delivered major Avatar news during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session on Saturday, announcing that scripts for the next three films will be completed within six weeks.

“The second, third, and fourth films all go into production simultaneously,” he wrote. “They’re essentially all in pre-production now because we are designing creatures, settings, and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks.”

But Cameron, who penned the original Avatar screenplay, isn’t going it alone this time. Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Shane Salerno are collaborating with him on this massive undertaking.

“There’s always pressure, whether it’s a new film or whether it’s a sequel, to entertain and amaze an audience. I’ve felt that pressure my entire career, so there’s nothing new there,” Cameron added. “The biggest pressure I feel right now is cutting out things I love to get the film down to a length that is affordable. There hasn’t been a problem finding new and wonderful things to include in the movie.”

Production on Avatar 2 is slated to begin this fall. Principals Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Stephen Lang are returning for the sequels with hopes that the next films can be as successful as the 2009 original. Avatar grossed nearly $2.8 billion worldwide and won Oscars for cinematography, visual effects, and art direction. Cameron hopes to continue pushing creative and technological boundaries with the franchise.

“I believe all movies should be made in 3-D, forever, but the projection needs to be better and brighter,” he wrote during his AMA. “I want people to see in the movie theaters what I am seeing in my perfectly calibrated screening room and people aren’t seeing that. Larger formats. I’d love to see screens get bigger.”

The Avatar sequels are scheduled for release December 2016 through 2018.

Karl Urban is working 'very, very hard' to bring 'Dredd 2' to life -- VIDEO

Karl Urban wants Dredd fans to know that he hasn’t given up on a sequel — and neither should you.

While attending Emerald City Comic Con, the actor — who starred as the comic book hero in the 2012 reboot – thanked supporters and gave this update: “On behalf of everyone involved with the film Dredd — from [original screenwriter/producer] Alex Garland to the DNA boys to myself — we really, really appreciate it and we’re working very, very hard to bring you Dredd 2.” READ FULL STORY

'Goonies' director Richard Donner says a sequel is in the works

Goonies director Richard Donner says a sequel to the beloved 1985 film is on the way. Goonies never say die, after all.

In a video shot by TMZ, the Superman helmer is asked if he would ever do another comic book movie. “If you call Goonies a comic book,” he replies. “We’re doing a sequel.”

But hold off on doing a celebratory Truffle Shuffle just yet. When pressed which cast members from the original Warner Bros. film will return for Goonies 2, Donner says, “Hopefully all of them!”

Sean Astin told IGN in 2012 that he’d absolutely be on board for a second film. “It will happen,” he said. “I’m 1,000 percent certain there will be a sequel. I will bet my children on it.” READ FULL STORY

'It's a Wonderful Life' sequel: Paramount promises a fight

Paramount won’t be giving any wings to a planned It’s a Wonderful Life sequel.

A studio spokeswoman said Wednesday that Paramount would fight the proposed follow-up to the 1946 holiday classic starring Jimmy Stewart as George Baily, a desperate family man who imagines what his town would be like if he’d never been born. Star Partners and Hummingbird Productions announced plans Monday to create a sequel titled It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story.

Bob Farnsworth, president of Nashville, Tenn.-based Hummingbird Productions, told trade publication Variety that the film was set for release in 2015 and would star Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey’s daughter in the original film.

“No project relating to It’s a Wonderful Life can proceed without a license from Paramount,” the studio said in a statement. “To date, these individuals have not obtained any of the necessary rights, and we would take all appropriate steps to protect those rights.”
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Cult horror flick 'Trick 'r Treat' gets a sequel: Michael Dougherty previews what's next for Sam -- EXCLUSIVE

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Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat was the little horror film that could. Telling the story of Sam, the unofficial mascot of Halloween who punished anyone who dared to diss the holiday, Trick ‘r Treat was originally scheduled for a theatrical release in 2007. But after much confusion, the film was given a straight-to-DVD release in 2009. Four years later, the film has attracted a cult following, all of whom are dying to find out what’s next for Sam. The good news? There’s finally a sequel in the works.

After tonight’s screening of the film, which closed out Beyond Fest 2013 at L.A.’s Egyptian Theater, Dougherty announced that Trick ‘r Treat 2 will be coming your way soon enough. With Legendary Pictures behind the film, Trick ‘r Treat 2 hopes to make its way to theaters, unlike its predecessor. We caught up with Dougherty, who will be writing and directing the sequel, to talk about Sam’s return:
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How a guy with a clever Vine and Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence scored cameos in 'Dumb and Dumber To'

Peter Farrelly knows how much people love Dumb and Dumber. Of course he’s a little more self-deprecating about it than that, and attributes it more to the fact that it’s just always on television. Still, the 1994 Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels comedy that he created with his brother Bobby was a cultural phenomenon. Has anyone been able to mention Big Gulps or John Denver in the past 20 years without thinking of Lloyd and Harry?

EW spoke to Peter Farrelly, currently shooting the sequel in Atlanta, about two super fans who scored cameos in his movie. One is a guy you’ve never heard of who happened to make a Vine that made the Farrellys laugh. The other is Oscar-winning actress and proclaimed Dumb and Dumber expert Jennifer Lawrence.

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'World War Z' sequel in talks, according to Brad Pitt

World War Z may be closer to getting that zequel.

“We’re certainly talking about it, yes,” Pitt told Variety at the Toronto Film Festival. “We have so many ideas on the table from the time we spent just developing this thing and figuring out how zombie worlds work.”

The blockbuster adaptation of Max Brooks’s 2006 novel was famously addled with reshoots, rewrites, and a massively bloated budget. But despite bad buzz and an enormous $170+ million price tag, World War Z ultimately grossed $474 million internationally — making more Z movies a distinct possibility. (Before trouble struck, execs planned to make World War Z the first of three related films.)

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'Now You See Me' is getting a sequel

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For their next trick, the magician heist is getting a sequel.

During a public call this morning, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts that production on the sequel will happen in 2014. A sequel isn’t altogether surprising: Despite little buzz, the Louis Leterrier-directed picture starring Jesse Eisenberg and Isla Fisher has grossed over $275 million worldwide.

What will the plot be? While Feltheimer was mum, EW has a few ideas.

'Dumb and Dumber' sequel producers sue to protect rights from original producers

In a move that Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas would hardly understand, producers of Dumb and Dumber To — the undead follow-up to 1994′s Dumb and Dumber — have filed court documents to keep producers of the original film away from their sequel.

EW has confirmed that Red Granite Pictures, a company run by Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland, is seeking to exclude Brad Krevoy and Steve Stabler from any involvement in their upcoming film. Krevoy and Stabler were among Dumb and Dumber‘s 11 producers.

Red Granite claims that Krevoy and Stabler have no contractual right to be involved in any Dumb and Dumber remake or sequel because its current deal with Universal nullifies any deals still in place when Warner Bros. was hosting the project. (Warner Bros. dropped the sequel in June; Universal picked it up days later.)
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Kristen Wiig: Turning down 'Bridesmaids' sequel 'wasn't a hard decision'

In summer 2011, Bridesmaids took the box office by storm, and talk immediately turned to a sequel. The studio wanted it and fans wanted it, but the one person who wanted nothing to do with it was writer/star Kristen Wiig.

Fast-forward almost two years, and Wiig stands by that choice.

“It wasn’t a hard decision,” she told Harper’s Bazaar for a profile in the July issue. “We knew during the first one, this was it. We would have made a lot of money if there was a second one, but that’s not my goal in my creative life.”

And Wiig’s director and co-stars respect that choice.
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