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Sequels, prequels, reboots and reduxes. The good, the bad, and the downright ugly of those being made… Some we still have no idea what they’re about, or if they will be made, but they are rumoured – chances are, [hopefully] they *won’t* be made.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey- December 14th, 2012
It’s not really a sequel, but rather a prequel which features the cast of The Lord of the Rings in an expanded version of the classic book.
A Good Day to Die Hard- February 14th, 2013
Oz: The Great and Powerful- March 8th, 2013
This will actually be a prequel to the 1939 classic, depicting the story of how Oz came to be.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation- March 29th, 2013
Starring mostly everyone in the first movie, as »
- Catherina Gioino
Tough week? Too busy to catch up on everything in the world of entertainment? Here are 10 stories you likely missed including Will Smith's surprising comments on "I Am Legend 2," casting news for "American Horror Story" and "Smash," the continuing Drake vs. Chris Brown feud/fight/drama and former Disney star Ashley Tisdale gets a nice role on FX's "Sons of Anarchy." Oh, and much more. »
- HitFix Staff
Back in February, we reported that I Am Legend 2 is forging ahead at Warner Bros., with Arash Amel writing the screenplay. Will Smith recently spoke about the project, revealing he is not ready to commit to the sequel.
"Producers are working on it. I'm not actually working on it. If it's great, I'm into it. I don't want to be the sequel guy. I figure I've got about six or seven more years where I can run and jump a little bit and then I'm going butt and gut for the rest of my career. Butt and gut."
When asked if the actor would reconsider his position, he replied, "Probably not." Our report from February also revealed the star would not sign on until the screenplay is ready. This doesn't necessarily mean that he won't star in the sequel, but it's not a sure thing that he will ever return as Robert Neville either. »
“Producers are working on it. I’m not actually working on it. If it’s great, I’m into it.”
So they’d better come up with a take that’s legend…wait for it…dary.
And I Am Legend...Wait For It...Dary could include a song which goes "The nightmare's real / Doctor Le-gend-wait for it-dary is here / To make vampires quake in fear / So hail to the awesome..." You know, for the Doctor Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog fans who are still waiting on tenterhooks for Doctor Horrible 2. That is, basically all of them. What's a tenterhook?
"Producers are working on it. I’m not actually. If it’s great, I’m into it,” Smith told the BBC. “I don’t want to be the sequel guy. I figure I’ve got about six or seven more years where I can run and jump a little bit and then I’m going butt and gut for the rest of my career. Butt and gut.”
Arash Amel is currently writing the script for the producers.
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It's never the most reliable of indicators but, if IMDb is to be believed, Will Smith is going to spend the next few years dwelling exclusively on well-trodden ground. After the success of Men in Black 3 – although that's a relative term, based on whether or not you believe "slightly better than Men in Black 2" to be a valid definition of success – the site would have you believe that Will Smith is only interested in making sequels from now on.
- Stuart Heritage
Superstar Will Smith, the most bankable actor working today and the man who recently chose to end a four year absence from movie screens to star in Men in Black 3, has now shed a little bit more light on why he turned down the leading role in the next Tarantino movie.
According to The Playlist, the former rap idol told Empire Magazine the following:
“I came really close, it was one of the most amazing screenplays I had ever ever seen. I was in the middle of Men In Black 3 and [Tarantino] was ready to go, and I just couldn’t sit with him and get through the issues, so I didn’t want to hold him up. That thing’s going to be ridiculous. It is a genius screenplay.”
Well, if you’re in the middle of Men in Black 3, Will! At this stage it looks like »
- Robert Beames
Some actors have no problem revisiting their gallery of iconic characters to maintain relevance (Sylvester Stallone, anyone?). However, Will Smith fans might have a bit of a wait before the former Fresh Prince – fresh off the release of Men in Black 3 - reprises another of his popular roles.
Indeed, Smith recently said that he “probably” wouldn’t be appearing in the prequel/sequel I Am Legend 2, despite previous reports that indicated he would.
“Probably not. Producers are working on ['I Am Legend 2']. I’m not actually working on it. If it’s great, I’m into it. ...
- Robert Yaniz
Back in February it was reported that Warner Bros is developing a sequel to "I Am Legend" with hope that Will Smith will return to play scientist Robert Neville. At the time, Smith said that he'll produce but won't sign on to star until he sees the script. Now, Smith has confirmed that the sequel is still in the works. "Producers are working on it," he said. "I'm not actually working on it. If it's great, I'm into it." When asked if he will once again star, Smith replied: "Probably not." The actor went on to say that he's no longer interested in making sequels. "I don't want to be the sequel guy," he explained. "I figure I've got about six or seven more years where I can run and jump a little bit and then I'm going butt and gut for the rest of my career." Sounds like Smith »
It's a bit ironic that Men in Black 3 star, Will Smith, was recently quoted as saying, "I don't want to be the sequel guy," especially when there are a number of potential franchise sequels with him in the works. Including a possible Men in Black 4, there are also Independence Day 2, Hancock 2, Bad Boys 3, I Am Robot 2 and, of course, I Am Legend 2. While some of you may be confused by Smith's possible return in that last one, I'll point you to the alternate ending of the original 2007 blockbuster. Hit the jump for a few snippets on sequel work from Smith and an anecdote about why he passed up the title role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. While I wasn't a fan of the 2007 sci-fi flick I Am Legend (being more a fan of the source story), I can understand the studio appeal of a sequel. »
- Dave Trumbore
Eurweb is reporting that despite sequel talks taking place, star Will Smith isn’t too keen on making I Am Legend 2. Earlier this year, Warner Bros. announced that a deal was close to being made for a sequel to Francis Lawrence‘s post-apocalyptic drama. The studio had hoped to have Will Smith return but according to the actor himself, he doesn’t seem too excited about signing on.
“Producers are working on it,” Smith said. “I’m not actually working on it. If it’s great, I’m into it.” When asked if he would reconsider, Smith said, “Probably not.”
“I don’t want to be the sequel guy,” he recently said. “I figure I’ve got about six or seven more years where I can run and jump a little bit and then I’m going butt and gut for the rest of my career. Butt and gut, »
- Matt Joseph
After a 4 year break Will Smith returned to the big screen last month in Men in Black 3, which has already made more than the second film and is edging closer to the $589 million worldwide gross of the original (not taking 10 years of inflation and 3D ticket prices into account). In an [...]
- Liam Goodwin
Back in February it was reported that Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment (the production company owned by Will Smith) had begun working with producer Akiva Goldsman to craft a sequel to the 2007 winter blockbuster I Am Legend. What was interesting about the report, however, was that it said Smith would likely return to the film as Robert Neville, despite the fact that the character met an unfortunate end at the finish of the first movie. This was explained away by saying that I Am Legend 2 wouldn't be a direct sequel, but instead would just tell a different story in the same universe, but now it's looking like Smith may not be involved at all. In an interview last month with the BBC (via Movies.com), Smith revealed that he actually doesn't have a hand in the development of I Am Legend 2 and isn't contractually obligated to return for the sequel. »
Methuselah has always sounded like a fascinating action-adventure project with serious franchise potential, but we can.t decide whether Variety.s news that it.s getting a top-to-bottom rewrite is good or bad. The original Methuselah draft was penned by The Woman in Black director James Watkins, who plans to helm this feature, as well. The story follows a 1,000-year-old man who, according to the trade, has "used his time on the planet to develop an unparalleled set of survival skills" (and we can.t read that sentence aloud without thinking of Liam Neeson.s Taken character). Maybe Warner Bros. will look to Neeson when it comes time to cast Methuselah. But before we get to the casting stages, Variety says Warner has hired I Am Legend 2 screenwriter Arash Amel to polish Watkins. treatment and deliver a tighter script. He won.t start on the Methuselah script, however until »
With major tentpole films such as “World War Z” and “GI Joe: Retaliation” recently experiencing major structural changes, in both cases executed well after the majority of the film has been shot, the public awareness of just how much behind-the-scenes finagling occurs has gone up ten-fold. Constant revisions and re-edits may appear to be damaging to the final product, but in actuality they're oftentimes just another essential part of the process -- or at least Universal and Warner Bros. are hoping so, as they begin major rewrites to two scripts floating around within their gates.
At the start of the year, the Mark Wahlberg actioner “Contraband” may not have revolutionized cinema in really any way, but the film nevertheless stood out at the box office amidst an otherwise quiet field, taking in nearly $100 million worldwide. Naturally, it makes sense for Universal to keep those involved around, and for the film's writer, »
- Charlie Schmidlin
The aim is to scale back the budget for director Timur Bekmambetov. Ahab will also be depicted as more charismatic, rather than just hell-bent on revenge. [Source: Chicago Tribune]
Paramount Pictures has plans to adapt Libba Bray's upcoming novel into a feature with Bray herself attached to provide the screenplay.
The story follows a young girl shipped to New York who has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult. A rash of occult-based murders soon comes to light. [Source: Screen Daily]
The story follows a 1,000-year-old man who has used his time on the »
- Garth Franklin
Variety reports that I Am Legend 2 writer Arash Amel will do a page-one rewrite of Methuselah for Warner Bros. Pictures. James Watkins ( The Woman in Black ) is attached to direct the action adventure, which David Heyman (the "Harry Potter" films) will produce through his Heyday Films. The trade adds that film will "follow a 1,000-year-old man who has used his time on the planet to develop an unparalleled set of survival skills." Amel will write Methuselah once he turns in I Am Legend 2 , which Akiva Goldsman is producing with Will Smith and James Lassiter's Overbrook Entertainment. »
The action film follows a 1,000-year-old man who has spent his time on the planet to build an unparalleled set of skills for survival. The Woman in Black director James Watkins is directing the project with David Heyman producing through his Heyday Films.
No production schedule was given for Methuselah. »
Since Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan was such a surprise hit, it's no wonder Hollywood wants to follow in his footsteps with other tales from the Bible. Aronofsky's got Noah finally setting sail soon, Ridley Scott is working on a Moses movie, and now Variety reports that I Am Legend 2 writer Arash Amel has been hired to rewrite Methuselah, a film based on the biblical story of the oldest man who ever lived. He lived to be almost 1,000 years old, and this adaptation will depict him as a man who used that extended time on Earth to develop an "unparalleled set of survival skills." Skills that make him a nightmare for people like you? The Woman in Black director James Watkins is set to direct the movie, and Amel has been hired to do a page one rewrite of Watkins' original script (I wonder how he feels about that? »
- Ben Pearson
Some writer news recaps for you today. Here they are in brief: Warner Bros. has tapped I Am Legend 2 screen writer, Arash Amel, to do a page-one rewrite of director James Watkin's Methuselah draft. Universal Pictures is looking to Contraband scribe Aaron Guzikowski to turn in a new draft of Evan Spiliotopoulos's treatment of Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Hit the jump for more details on each project. First up from Variety comes the news that Amel will turn in a fresh new draft of Methusaleh. The original draft, written by director Watkins (The Woman in Black), followed a 1,000-year-old man who developed an extensive set of survival skills during his lifetime. The picture is set as an action-adventure film and will be produced by David Heyman of the Harry Potter franchise. Amel is expected to begin work on Methuselah after turning in his draft of the I Am Legend sequel, »
- Dave Trumbore
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