December 16, 2013 |
"Avatar" fans hungry for information about the long-gestating sequels to the 2009 science fiction blockbuster got another morsel this week, when director James Cameron said he will film the live-action portions of the three movies in New Zealand, with production scheduled to start there in early 2015. Cameron said the intention is to shoot the three movies concurrently, releasing the first sequel in time for Christmas 2016 and the following sequels in late 2017 and late 2018. The announcement, which Cameron made at a news conference in Wellington, New Zealand, on Monday, came with a promise from "Avatar's" studio, 20th Century Fox, to spend at least $413 million in the island nation, in exchange for a 25% tax rebate there.
June 28, 2013 |
Insert “I'll be back” joke here. With Paramount reviving the blockbuster “Terminator” movie series (through a partnership with Annapurna Pictures and Skydance Productions) to deliver a new stand-alone trilogy of killer-cyborg-from-the-future films beginning in June 2015, Hollywood watchers and fans of the franchise have remained fixated on a blast from the past: Will Arnold Schwarzenegger return to reprise his role as an unstoppable T-800 in the new movies? To be sure, the former Governator attached himself to a previous “Terminator” reboot two years ago with “Fast & Furious 6” filmmaker Justin Lin in the director's chair.
January 15, 2014 |
James Cameron will make his return trip to Pandora with some familiar faces, as "Avatar" stars Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana have signed on for three sequels, studio Fox announced Tuesday. Though Cameron presumably could have taken the franchise in a different direction, Worthington and Saldana reprising their roles as Jake Sully, the disabled ex-Marine inhabiting an alien body, and Neytiri, the Na'vi huntress, suggests that their story will remain front and center. Given that "Avatar" still holds the record for worldwide gross with nearly $2.8 billion, and that Worthington and Saldana are the film's main characters, it's not particularly surprising that they've signed on for the sequels.
June 17, 2010 |
Pixar Animation Studios, the pioneering digital studio that long prided itself on creating novel stories and characters, is now treading a well-worn Hollywood path. Three of the company's next four releases are sequels. On Friday, Pixar debuts the highly-anticipated third chapter of its popular "Toy Story" saga, to be followed in the next two years by new installments of "Cars" and "Monsters, Inc." Pixar won't have another original movie until 2012, when "Brave," about a young Scottish girl of royal blood who dreams of becoming a champion archer, arrives in theaters.
August 26, 2012
What do many young-adult bestsellers have in common? The fact that they're not standalones - some of the hottest new titles this fall offer a continuation of many series in the form of sequels or prequels. SEQUELS Reached By Ally Condie Dutton, 384 pp.: $17.99, for ages 12 and up The conclusion to the "Matched" trilogy. (November) Days of Blood & Starlight By Laini Taylor Little, Brown, 528 pp.: $18.99, for ages 15 and up The second book in the "Daughter of Smoke & Bone" trilogy.
August 26, 1991 |
As scholars cringe, the publishing industry is about to give the world a $4.5-million, 768-page answer to one of the most provocative questions in American letters: Does Rhett go back to Scarlett? But "Scarlett: The Sequel to Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind," to be published by Warner Books Sept. 25, could also open the floodgates for more sequels to classic works, giving publishing a taste of what Hollywood has known for years: If you have a huge success, milk it.