November 1, 2005 |
Sylvester Stallone has a case of sequelitis. The 59-year-old celebrity will write and direct "Rocky Balboa," the sixth film in that franchise, with shooting set to begin next year. When that's finished, he will reprise his role as gun-toting John Rambo in "Rambo IV," said Ben Nedivi of Millennium Films, which is producing the project with Emmett/Furla Films.
August 12, 2005 |
It's rare that a studio will walk away from success. Movie bosses are always on the prowl for low-cost/high-return movie franchises, and the Walt Disney Co. had such a property in "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo." Made for just $18 million and released in 1999, the Rob Schneider comedy about an unlikely male prostitute grossed more than $65 million domestically and sold a ton of videos and DVDs. Not surprisingly, Disney soon started developing a sequel.
July 13, 2005 |
Tom Cruise started shooting scenes for "Mission: Impossible 3" in Rome on Tuesday by whizzing past the camera in a speedboat. Fans looked on from a bridge over the river Tiber as the star sped under them to film the third installment in the action-adventure series. All traffic was barred from the historic waterway for the day. The movie will costar Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Michelle Monaghan and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is set for release in 2006.
June 8, 2005 |
After more than a week of haggling over costs, Paramount Pictures on Tuesday reached an agreement with star Tom Cruise and his producing partner allowing "Mission: Impossible 3" to move forward as planned. Paramount confirmed that the sequel will start shooting July 18 in Italy, ending a week of brinksmanship in which new studio Chairman Brad Grey balked at a proposed budget Paramount insiders said had soared to about $185 million.
March 8, 2005 |
Repackaging the DVD of a popular movie to hype an upcoming sequel is nothing new, but it's no longer enough to tack on a preview and throw in a ticket to see the new movie. The strategy has come to involve production of elaborate "collector's editions" that not only include deleted footage and the requisite preview but add new interviews and even specially produced short films.
July 6, 2004 |
By the end of last summer, "sequel" was a dirty word in Hollywood. "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle," anyone? That was then. This summer, boosted by "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," "Shrek 2" and now "Spider-Man 2," sequels are flying high again. Unlike the huge crop in 2003 that inundated summer moviegoers -- 15, with many underperformers and outright duds among them -- this season's offerings include only eight. The smaller field has produced three major hits so far.
June 22, 2004 |
Quentin Tarantino said Monday that he plans to shoot a third part of the "Kill Bill" vengeance series, eventually. "I have plans, actually not right away, but like in 15 years from now, I'll do a third version of this saga," the director said at a news conference in Madrid to promote "Kill Bill Vol. 2," which opens in Spain next month. Tarantino said it would focus on the daughter of a hired killer that Uma Thurman's character bumps off early in her revenge spree.
January 23, 2004 |
Ever get the feeling you've been down this road before? Like life has turned into one big sequel? Not just at the movies, which thrive on multiple "Matrixes," "Legally Blondes" and other echoes of the past, but also in everyday affairs. In politics, George W. Bush is a sequel to his dad, complete with a recycled war against Iraq. CBS' "Survivor" is basically "Gilligan's Island" with a ballot box and barbecued rats. And Howard Dean's manic Iowa concession speech?
September 2, 2003 |
It must've been ages ago -- OK, maybe it was 1999 -- when I was at New Line, watching a pair of perky young screenwriters pitch then-New Line production chief Michael De Luca on their idea for a smack-talking showdown between horror moviedom's two titans of evil, Freddy Krueger from "Nightmare on Elm Street" and Jason Voorhees from "Friday the 13th."