News — January 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

SEQUEL NEWS ROUNDUP

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It’s officially the new year and another great year for movies (hopefully).  A lot has happened over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday in the name of film and it’s worth starting off the new year with a look at what has changed in Hollywood’s only hope for making a profit:  the sequels.

Skyfall is the 23rd James Bond film and it opens on November 9th.  This is the 50th anniversary of the James Bond series on film and in celebration the web site has relaunched with some new features.  There is a countdown clock, an introduction video by producer Michael G. Wilson with some behind-the-scenes footage (check it out here).  Also related is Ralph Fiennes told the Sunday Mail that his involvement in the film is that he is “a government agent.”  Sounds vague enough.

The film stars Daniel Craig (as Bond, duh), Dame Judi Dench (M), Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCrory and Ola Rapace.  It’s also directed by Sam Mendes of American Beauty fame.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space, the 1988 cult horror classic, is finally getting the sequel its been promising in 2012.  A few new tidbits about the sequel have surfaced recently and it’s very important to take a look at what important plot details have come out about this cinematic beauty.

First there is an official Facebook page about the film with consistent updates, which points to things looking like the film is pretty late into its own development.  A video tease indicates that the film will be in 3D and is being directed and written by the Chiodo Brothers, the first film being their only other film they’ve made.  The film will also be more of a remake/sequel, a “requel” they stated at Screamfest in this video, so who knows if the plot will deviate from the original too much.  Actor Grant Cramer starred as Mike Tobacco in the original and has already confirmed his involvement in the requel, saying ”be the mentor to the two new young leads that have to try save the world from the Klowns when they return.”

Thor finally seems to have a director in place.  After Patty Jenkins dropped out (see previous post here) to Marvel’s sequel to this year’s blockbuster Thor the film was in a bit of limbo finding a new director.  Deadline is now reporting that Alan Taylor has stepped into the role, his previous work being on the HBO cable series Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones.

This all seems very interesting as Marvel seems to be a studio that has a hard time getting along with its talent, and vice versa.  In the past Jon Favreau (Iron Man) has expressed his distraught over the quality control he desires, Natalie Portman has complained about Thor, Terrence Howard left Iron Man and was replaced by Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2, and Edward Norton even had frustrations after his Hulk movie.  Thor 2 is looking like it will reach its November 15, 2013 release date just fine, but hopefully Marvel can get a better relationship going with its talent sooner than later.

3 Comments

  • I’m not the biggest Bond fan in the world, but that cast is pretty sweet. Not so sure about the titles they’ve come up with for the last two movies, though…

  • I have mixed feelings about the Killer Klowns re-boot/re-make/sequel/requel/whatever. The idea that they’re putting it in 3D slays me. On one hand, the original is such a craptacular classic of epic proportions that they should probably leave it be. On the other hand, it’d be borderline impossible not to create a better product than the original.

    In the long run, I fear what’s going to happen is that they’ll “improve” it. But it’ll still suck. And by “improving” it, they’ll take a film that’s so-bad-it’s-good and turn it into a film that’s just bad.

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