August 7, 2012 |
Joss Whedon will return to write and direct a sequel to "The Avengers," Bob Iger, the chief executive of the Walt Disney Co., announced Tuesday. The superhero movie, made by Disney's Marvel Entertainment subsidiary, is one of the biggest hits in modern Hollywood history, with global ticket sales in excess of $1.46 billion. The film's domestic ticket sales of $616.8 million makes it the third-highest-grossing film of all time, trailing just"Avatar" and"Titanic" in non-inflation-adjusted dollars.
October 17, 2012 |
Ken Follett's historical novel "World Without End," a less beloved sequel to his much beloved historical novel "The Pillars of the Earth," has become a miniseries - a sequel itself to the 2010 miniseries "Pillars" became. Set in the 14th century in the fictional English market town of Kingsbridge - there is an actual Kingsbridge, but it is not this place - as well as in France and Italy, it follows the matter of the first book by more than a century, but hits some of the same themes in the same ways.
December 17, 2013 |
"The Bible" was a hit for History this year, so it only makes sense that more would be coming. On Tuesday, NBC announced the sequel -- "A.D. " -- is making the leap from cable to broadcast. It will air on NBC sometime in the spring of 2015. The 12-hour miniseries, executive produced by "The Apprentice" creator Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Richard Bedser, is expected to take up the story of the New Testament after the crucifixion of Jesus. NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said in a statement, "Everyone's lives were completely altered in an instant and the immediate aftermath of Christ's death had an impact on his disciples, his mother Mary, and key political and religious leaders of the time. In the first episode alone you see the last moments of the Crucifixion, Judas taking his own life after betraying Christ, Peter denying Jesus three times, and then the miracle of the Resurrection.
August 24, 1986 |
They're baaaaack! The Ghostbusters, that is. Dan Aykroyd is putting finishing touches on the script for "Ghostbusters II"--for Columbia Pics. According to Bernie Brillstein, Aykroyd's manager (and exec producer of "I"), the film will reunite Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray and director Ivan Reitman--who've all committed to the project. No word yet on whether Sigourney Weaver will return.
May 14, 2012 |
Often film sequels are slam dunks at the box office, a seamless continuation from where a previous hit left off. But as the new installment of the 15-year-old franchise "Men in Black" proves, getting to the big screen isn't always a cakewalk. One of the most troubled productions in recent Hollywood memory, Sony Pictures' latest movie in the Will Smith-Tommy Lee Jones sci-fi-comedy franchise encountered multiple script rewrites, a discontented star and a three-month production shutdown as writers and studio executives scrambled to fix a project that nearly fell apart . By the time it was over, the studio had run up a tab of nearly $250 million - making "Men in Black 3" one of the most expensive releases of the summer.
August 3, 2012 |
Stephen King published "The Shining" way back in 1977. It was his fourth novel. A year earlier, his first, "Carrie," had come out as a film directed by Brian De Palma, and had been a huge success. King was big, but he wasn't yet the giant bestselling author he's become. Now, 35 years later, King has gone back to "The Shining" and written a sequel, " Doctor Sleep . " It comes to shelves in January of 2013, just when everyone who might be snowed in will be. "Doctor Sleep" features the now-adult Danny, the child who could see ghosts in the Overlook Hotel.