Dumb and Dumber To hits theaters today, nearly 20 years after the original Dumb and Dumber came out. Which prompts a question: How will a franchise that’s almost the age of a legal adult perform, in terms of both critical acclaim and box office dollars?
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Grab the bikinis and machine guns — Spring Breakers 2 is in the works.
Titled Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, the film will follow a new group of revelers battling an extreme militant Christian sect attempting to convert them.
Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) wrote the screenplay, with Jonas Akerlund (Spun, Small Apartments) set to direct. Muse Productions, which was behind the first movie, is producing alongside Wild Bunch.
“It’s not a direct sequel, although there are allusions to some of the characters in the original,” Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval told Screen Daily, which first reported the story. READ FULL STORY
The recent YA rush strikes again!
Alloy Entertainment is developing the final Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book, Sisterhood Everlasting, for a big-screen adaptation. This film will follow the 2005 original, as well as the 2008 sequel, both of which starred Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, and Amber Tamblyn. No word on whether the ladies will reprise their roles (reps didn’t immediately respond), but all four real-life friends have seemed open to the idea in the past. “The characters are all basically the ages that we are now,” America Ferrera told EW when we reunited the cast last fall. “I know that the four of us would love [to make another film], and it would be wonderful.” READ FULL STORY
Cue Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like a Lady” on your tape deck: Fox 2000 Pictures is developing a sequel to the 1993 comedy Mrs. Doubtfire. And lest you worry that they’ll cast Zac Efron in the title role (actually, we might watch that movie), the plan is to reunite original star Robin Williams with director Chris Columbus, as The Hollywood Reporter first reported. Elf writer David Berenbaum is attached to pen the script.
The film — which was No. 67 on the AFI’s America’s Funniest Movies list — told the story of a dad in the middle of a divorce (Williams) who is so desperate to see his kids more often that he dresses in drag and takes a job as their housekeeper and nanny. Sally Field played his estranged wife, and Pierce Brosnan was her love interest. No word yet on who from the original cast besides Williams will reprise their roles.
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“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 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 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
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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