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Thursday April 22, 2010 10:57 pm

Sequel News: Monsters Inc., Mulholland Drive and More

Monsters Inc.: When Toy Story 3 finally comes and goes, we’ll still have another Pixar sequel to look forward to. Disney has just announced that a follow to 2001’s Monsters Inc. is in the works. The feature will premiere on Nov. 16, 2012.

Wanted: Kristen Stewart as a replacement…for Angelina Jolie? The forces behind Wanted 2 are reportedly eyeing the Twilight star for a role in the sequel. (Although they had hoped to bring back Jolie, she has already opted out.) Director Timur Bekmambetov is considering casting Stewart as a “young, ass-kicking assassin in the Fraternity.”

Mulholland Drive: You may - may - have understood Mulholland Drive the first time around…but would you be able to follow David Lynch’s story again? According to star Laura Harring, a sequel to the 2001 film will likely happen. “I’m very sure it’s coming, it’s being born,” Harring claimed. “I cannot really tell you how I know.” Okay - but could you at least tell me what the heck the first movie was about?

Get Smart: Given the first film’s $38.6 million debut, it’s not hard to imagine why Steve Carell would be willing to Get Smart again. Although no start date has yet been announced, the Office star has already read the next script. “It’s funny, it’s a good plot, I like it,” he told MTV. “It definitely ups the ante,” he added.

Johnny English: Universal Pictures has announced plans to make another Johnny English film for those - like me - who don’t even remember the first one. Rowan Atkinson (a.k.a. Mr. Bean) will reprise the role he played in 2003 for a new tale about the “bumbling British spy.” (As if he would play anything else.) Production on the comedy will begin this August.

Tron: Disney apparently seems to think highly of the upcoming Tron Legacy; the studio is already eyeing a sequel - and possibly a trilogy - for their December entry. Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, writers on Legacy, have started on the follow-up’s script.

Harold & Kumar: I’ve seen John Cho’s flash forward and it involves his involvement in a new Harold & Kumar film. The movie will even bring the White House’s associate director in the Office of Public Engagement (Kal Penn) back into the acting fold. A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas - directed by Todd Strauss Schulson - will premiere in late 2011.

American Pie: Speaking of Harold & Kumar, the original creators of that comedy are taking on an entirely different franchise. Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg are now in the process of writing and directing American Pie 4. It’s hoped they can reunite the series’ original cast members for this outing.

Paranormal Activity: The horror movie’s sequel finally has a new director to replace the director they took from Saw VII because he ended up going back to Saw franchise. (Get it?) Tod Williams (The Door in the Floor) will now helm Paranormal Activity 2, a movie that will open on Oct. 22—the same day Saw VII does.

Mission: Impossible: He’s worked with culinary rats and a family of superheroes, so Brad Bird is obviously more than qualified to direct Tom Cruise. If he signs on to Mission: Impossible IV, this would be the Oscar winner’s first live action feature. The film is slated to open on May 27, 2011.



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