Bond 23! November 9, 2012!

We have a release date and more importantly we have confirmation that Daniel Craig is on board for a third outing as James Bond.

MGM Press Release

LOS ANGELES, CA (JANUARY 11, 2011) – Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions, together with Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., today announced that the 23rd James Bond film will commence production in late 2011 for a worldwide release on November 9, 2012.

Daniel Craig will be returning as the legendary British secret agent, with Sam Mendes directing a screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan.


Miramax Sequels!

Miramax and The Weinstein Company are coming together to begin sequels on a number of films as they have already done for Scream and Spy Kids

Sequels on the front burner…

  • Bad Santa
  • Rounders
  • Shakespeare in Love

Other possible franchise sequels…

  • Bridget Jones Diary
  • Copland
  • From Dusk to Dawn
  • Swingers
  • Shall We Dance
  • Clerks
  • The Amityville Horror

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The Dark Tower Trilogy Begins in 2013


Ron Howard announced that the first installment in The Dark Tower trilogy will be in theaters on May 17, 2013.  Even more interesting  is information about a television series that will be a bridge between the big screen installments.  As far as I can remember this hasn’t been done to this extent and planning before.  I believe Star Trek had some theater/television crossover moments with the Borg Queen but nothing compared to what Ron Howard seems to have planned. 

Here is a list of Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels:

  • The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (1982)
  • The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three (1987)
  • The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands (1991)
  • The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass (1997)
  • The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla (2003)
  • The Dark Tower VI: Song of Susannah (2004)
  • The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower (2004)

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Dreamworks Renamed Sequelworks!

Well, it should be renamed Sequelworks after the latest announcement by Jeffrey Katzenburg.  I am all for sequels.  It would even be fair to say I have an obsession about sequels.  But Dreamworks is either stupid, high or genius.  Here are their plans…

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  1. Madagascar (2005)
  2. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
  3. Madagascar 3 (05.18.12)
  4. Madagascar 4 (TBD)


Kung Fu Panda

  1. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
  2. Kung Fu Panda:  Secrets of the Furious Five (2008) (V)
  3. Kung Fu Panda 2 (05.27.11)
  4. Kung Fu Panda 3 (TBD)
  5. Kung Fu Panda 4 (TBD)
  6. Kung Fu Panda 5 (TBD)
  7. Kung Fu Panda 6 (TBD)

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How to Train Your Dragon

  1. How to Train Your Dragon
  2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2013)
  3. How to Train Your Dragon 3 (TBD)

Katzenburg said Dragon would have the possibility for 8 installments to equal the books they are based off of…

  1. Hiccup the Seasick Viking (2000)
  2. How to Train Your Dragon (2003)
  3. How to Be a Pirate (2004)
  4. How to Speak Dragonese (2005)
  5. How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse (2006)
  6. How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale (2007)
  7. A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons (2008)
  8. How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm (2008)
  9. How to Break a Dragon’s Heart (2009)
  10. How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword (2011)

I suppose they were stupid (Madagascar), high (Kung Fu Panda) and genius (How to Train Your Dragon).

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History of Back-to-Backquels

With news of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and 6 possibly being shot back-to-back, a strategy becoming more common place today, I thought I would share a brief history of the more notable back-to-backquels that have led us to today where we already have Potter, Twilight and The Hobbit in some state of production doing the same thing.

  • The Three Musketeers (1973)
  • The Four Musketeers (1974)

After filming was complete for The Three Musketeers they realized they had enough footage to actually make a second movie (The Four Musketeers).   The actors were outraged that the producers were getting two movies from their one movie work and because of this it is common to have a clause in an actor’s contract to prevent it. 

  • Superman (1978)
  • Superman (1980)

Ilya Salkind came up with the idea of a Superman project in the early seventies.  Superman and Superman II commenced filming at the same time.  Beacuase of money concerns and  tensions between director RichardDonner and the producers, a decision was made to stop filming Superman II and finish the first film. Donner had already shot 75% of Superman II when he was taken off the project.  Richard Lester was eventually brought in to complete Superman II.  Donner has since said about 25% of the completed film contains footage he shot.  Actor Gene Hackman refused to work with the new director and Superman II includes only Donner footage of Hackman.  Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006) has since been released on DVD restoring much of Donner’s original vision.

  • Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
  • Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)

Peter Sellers died before production began on Trail of the Pink Panther so it is a compilation of unsed footage from past Pink Panther movies.  New footage was shot in an attempt to piece it together in one coherent work.  This new footage was shot while producers were filming Curse of the Pink PantherCurse was an attempt to restat the franchise with Ted Wass, as Detective Clifton Sleigh, a new bumbling lead.

  • Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988)
  • Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989)

 Filmed concurrently, and released 16 months apart.

  •  King Solomon’s Mines (1985)
  • Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986)

The movie was filmed simultaneously with its predecessor, King Solomon’s Mines, although it was released a couple of years later.

  • Back to the Future Part II (1989)
  • Back to the Fuure Part III (1990)

Filmed concurrently and released six months apart. 

  • Critters 3 (1991)
  • Critters 4 (1991)

 Filmed concurrently and released a year apart.

  • Blue (1993)
  • White (1994)
  • Red (1994)

 The critically acclaimed French/Polish trilogy by Krzysztof  Kieslowski.

  • Smoke (1995)
  • Blue in the Face (1995)

During and in five days after the filming of Smoke actors were shot adlibbing lines in character which eventually evolved into Blue in the Face.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

The Lord of the RIngs films were filmed concurrently which involved fourteen months of principle photography and annual pick-up shoots over the next four years.  Easily the most ambitious movie production of its time and was well rewarded at the box office and by critics. 

  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  • The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

 Filmed concurrently and released six months apart. 

  • Kill Bill, Volume 1 (2003)
  • Kill Bill, Volume 2 (2004)  (originally shot as one film; later edited into two separate films)

 With a running time of four hours Kill Bill was split into two parts and released six months apart.

  • Anchorman:  The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004?)
  • Wake up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2004) (the second film was a DTV effort assembled from deleted scenes and outtakes of the first).

Wake Up, Ron Burgandy was assembled from abandoned subplots and unused alternate takes.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

Filmed concurrently and released ten months apart. 

  • Jackass Number Two (2006)
  • Jackass 2.5 (2007)

 Jackass 2.5 was a made for TV compilation of deleted and unused scenes that were originally shot for Jackass Number Two.

  • Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
  • Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

Clint Eastwood’s two films depicting the  same battle from opposing sides they were released two months apart.

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2011)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)

Filmed concurrently and released eight months apart.   The highly successful Potter franchise broke the last book into two movie installments.  Worried fans thought it may be a cash grab by while the studio said it was the only way to do the book justice. 

  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part I (2011)
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II (2012)

Filmed concurrently and released one year apart.  

  • The Hobbit Part 1
  • The Hobbit Part 2

 Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth with the same strategy that he had success with for The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and 6!

With the finishing touches still being made on next summer’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides producers are asking cast members to clear their schedule for a back-to-back filming of Pirates 5 and 6.  As you may remember this was the same strategy done for Pirates 2 and 3 that was met with financial but not critical success.  Hopefully they will get it right this time.

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Benji Reboot!

Benji is coming back to the silver screen after what seems like decades but has really only been 5 years…well, 35 in Benji years.  I remember a recurring television ad for Benji: The Road Back when I was in college but I can’t find any record of it.  The reason I recall it so easily is because in the ad it showed Benji getting hit by a car and sliding across the street and into a curb.  We always called it Benji:  The Road Pizza.   Below is a list of the Benji movies but no sign of The Road Back.  Very strange.

  1. Benji (1974)
  2. For the Love of Benji (1977)
  3. Benji’s Very Own Christmas Story (1978)
  4. Oh! Heavenly Dog (1980)
  5. Benji the Hunted (1987)
  6. Benji: Off the Leash! (2004)

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Animated Southland Tales Prequel?


Southland Tales is a 2007 Richard Kelly movie that took place in a not-so-distant future Los Angeles.  Now, with news of an animated prequel I guess that would mean it takes place in a not-so-accurate current Los Angeles.  If you are unfamiliar with Southland Tales just think about a movie starring the cinematic powerhouses of Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Geller, Mandy Moore, Jutin Timberlake, Nora Dunn, Cheri Oteri, John Lovitz, Amy Poehler, Janeane Garofalo and John Larroquette.  Southland Tales was not critically well received and with a budget of over 15 million dollars its world-wide gross was just under $400,000.  Poor reviews, poor box office…so why a sequel?  The all-star cast must be available for some voice work.

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Paranormal Activity 3 Release Date!

Paranormal Activity 3 has a release date set of October 21, 2011.  It is looking like the Paranormal franchise is eyeing the throne of October Horror King that the Saw franchise has sat in this past decade.  Paranormal Activity 2 was succesful because it did not change course (see:  Blair Witch franchise) when it went through the sequel-generator.  Now the question is; will the audience tire of seeing the same movie over and over again with nothing but a few charater names changed (see:  Wild Things franchise).   My guess is no, they will eat it up.

Paranormal Activity

  1. Paranormal Activity (2007)
  2. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
  3. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

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Wrath of the Titans!

Clash of the Titans 2 has a new title….Wrath of the Titans.  Best sequel title using the word wrath since…well, you know.  Not sure where they may have come up with such an ingenious title though…

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