Hey, I'd love to write about some original movies too, but Hollywood isn't in, shall we say, an original kind of mood. So... SEQUELWATCH!
• WWZ2?!?! Friendly reminder, everybody who whined about it not being enough like the book: Nobody cares what you think, four-eyes. Despite a tsunami of terrible buzz, World War Z made a lot of money last weekend, and now—even though they're still reeling from surprise—Paramount and Brad Pitt are revisiting their plans for sequels. Maybe they'll use some of the stuff they shot but didn't use, or you know, look at the book—as the Hollywood Reporter says, "Last week, when attending the Moscow premiere, Pitt himself hinted at a sequel and said there is plenty of material left over from Max Brooks' novel." You don't say.
• JURASSIC PARK 4?!?! The latest reports from the delayed-but-still-almost-100-percent-guranteed-to-be-awesome dinosaur flick have it sounding like Sea World... but with dinosaurs?!?! 65 million thumbs up! This rumor sounds super unreliable but I am choosing to believe it wholeheartedly. I trust you will understand why.
Jurassic Park 4, set in present day Isla Nublar, is now an actual theme park, as originally intended by John Hammond in the first film. It garners 10 million visitors per year and is completely safe—until it's not. The park itself is described as very Sea World-esque and includes an area called the Isla Nublar Lagoon. That means underwater dinos for the first time. No indication of what kind, but there's concept art showing one of the aquatic dinos, as part of a show, jumping out of the lagoon and eating a strung up great white shark like it was a fish for a dolphin. (Via.)
• INDEPENDENCE DAY 2 AND 3?!?! Apparently fixated on the fact that Independence Day was inexplicably called "ID4" in its marketing materials, Roland Emmerich claims that his two forthcoming sequels will be called ID Forever Part I and ID Forever Part II, which makes even less... goddammit, Roland. Anyway, he also says Will Smith won't be back, because why would anyone want to see an ID Twoever or Three-ever with Will Smith in it? (Twenty bucks says these movies follow "the next generation," when aliens return for REVENGE... and it's Jaden Smith who picks up his dad's mantle. Jeff Goldblum will be like an old Obi-Wan Kenobi guy, and... man. That sounds terrible. Also, I do not think Independence Day has the kind of cultural cachet that 20th Century Fox thinks it does.)
• VALHALLA RISING 2... IN TOKYO?!?! Whatever you say, Nicolas Winding Refn. Seriously. Whatever you say. I will follow you anywhere.
That's it! Unless my Google Alerts have failed me, there is still no news regarding Mac and Me 2. :(