Three movies. All of them sound like sequels that are going to happen. Only one of them isn’t going to happen and the other is simply riding the coattails of the previous film. Ah, Hollywood.
The sequel that is happening is the follow-up to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. Variety reports that Andrew Garfield and director Mark Webb have both signed onto the sequel and Emma Stone is expected to return as well. So, if you wanted more Peter Parker as a twitchy douchebag, call this an early Christmas present.
Alex Kurtzman, Robert Orci (both of whom wrote the previous Spidey as well as STAR TREK and TRANSFORMERS) are joined by fellow J.J. Abrams alum Jeff Pinker at taking a swing at the script. The film will start shooting next year and has already staked out a May 4, 2014 release date. And surprise, it’s in 3-D.
Another big sequel about to hit theatres is TAKEN 2. People are expecting such big things from it, that many assume a third installment is a certainty. However, Neeson tells Empire that he isn’t too keen on running after kidnapped family members once again.
“I don’t think it’s going to happen. I really don’t,” Neeson said in a humorous part of the interview. “I can’t see a possible scenario where audiences wouldn’t go, ‘Oh, come on…! She’s taken again?’ Unless we do one where I give her away. She’s such a pain in the butt.”
And the third film to report on is 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT LOVE. From that title, one would expect the film to be a sequel to 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (or at least a clever Asylum-produced mockbuster). After all, it shares the same director as the 1999 film, Gil Junger. But as it turns out, the film has no relation to the previous film, although Variety says both films share “a similar spirit.”
This film, which Junger also wrote, involves two people who meet as they are about to commit suicide in a scenic spot. Er yeeeah, that sounds exactly like 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU.
10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT LIFE will start shooting in November. No word on the cast, except that the previously announced Hayley Atwell (THE DUCHESS, CAPTAIN AMERICA) has to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.
It’s worth noting that 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU did get a follow-up in the form of a television series back in 2009.
Special thanks to Dark Horizons, who made it possible to round all this stuff up without looking a million different places.