Monday, June 27, 2011

Checkup: Sequels & Reboots - Part 1...

I did a post on sequels and reboots a little while back and I figured it would be a good time to check in and see where some of these movies are at this point. I also want to add a few more sequels and reboots to the list since there are so many coming out so quickly. Here we go again:

Goonies 2 - There still isn't much to say on this film. Corey Feldman says it's a possibility, but isn't making any promises. Josh Brolin says there is a script, but won't say more than it's written by Aaron Sorkin, popular for his work on movies like The Social Network and A Few Good Men. There is also talk of taking the sequel's script and turning it into a Broadway show instead. This treasure chest is still a long ways from being discovered; and whose to say whether we'll like what's in the box if we find it.

Starfighter - This film sequel is still floating around in space and may or may not happen. There is still talk on whether it would be a sequel where the son of the main character (typical sequel cop-out) will be the star or if it will be a prequel (typical sequel cop-out #2).

Three Men and a Bride - The only words from the baby's mouth on this film is a tentative release year, being 2012. Nothing more to tell.

The Amazing Spider-man - Finally, something with news! The beloved webslinger caught a reboot franchise in his web set to be released on July 3, 2012. The script is penned by James Vanderbilt (The Rundown) and stars Andrew Garfield (popular for his depiction of Eduardo in The Social Network) as the new Peter Parker/Spider-man. Production stills are available here.

Men in Black III - It's no secret that MIB3 got the green-light and is in full production now with a release date of May 25, 2012. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return to pelt some alien scum with the help of Josh Brolin and Emma Thompson. The plot involves Agent J traveling back in time and teaming up with a younger Agent K. You can see some production stills here.

Wrath of the Titans - This undesired sequel of Clash of the Titans is in full Greek god-like swing and boasts much of the same cast. Wrath has a release date of March 30, 2012. The storyline seems to be taken from another popular Greek-inspired film - Hercules. Like the crowd-pleasing Disney film, Wrath is about Hades using the titans to overpower and capture Zeus. A word of caution to Hades, if should fight, you will fail. Production stills available here.

Avatar 2 & 3 - James Cameron is working on two scripts concurrently to shoot two sequels back-to-back. Michelle Rodriguez has confirmed that Cameron will return to his Abyss roots and take the first Avatar sequel to the underwater realms of Pandora (I knew he couldn't resist opening that box). The first sequel is set for a release date in December 2014 with the third film possibly arriving in December 2015.

The Bourne Legacy - Not only will the next Bourne film be written by Tony Gilroy, it will be directed by him as well. But you can forget Jason Bourne; he's not in this film and that goes for Matt Damon as well. This is apparently about a new hero, played by Jeremy Renner, and triggered by the events of the first three films. The movie will also feature Rachel Weisz and be released August 3, 2012.

Fantastic Four: Reborn - While this title is still pending, the movie still seems to be stretching forward. The rumors flying around so far include Bruce Willis as a CGI version of The Thing and Alice Eve as the Invisible Woman. If history is any indication - a 1994 version of the film that was bad enough to not see a U.S. release, a fluffy reboot in 2005, and a fallen sequel in 2007 - we should avoid a film franchise reboot.

Oz: The Great and Powerful - Disney is taking us back through the looking glass (oh, wait, that's the wrong series) to the wonderful world of Oz on March 8, 2013. Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-man trilogy) and drawing power from acting wizards like James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz, the hope is that this film will be a bigger, better, and more successful equivalent of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

Happy Feet Two - A sequel has danced its way into production and will chill our theaters this November. Let's hope they have an actual ending planned and won't treat us to a half-hour PSA as the climax. Elijah Wood and Robin Williams return and we will be treated to new characters voiced by Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Hank Azaria. The story evolves around Mumble's son Erik, who wants to fly.

P.S. - The images used in this post are copyrighted by Warner Bros. Pictures and Columbia Pictures.

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