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Sunday February 14, 2010 12:04 am

Sequel News: Muppets, Chronicles of Riddick, Underworld and More

The Muppets: If you enjoyed Jim Henson’s characters in their popular “Bohemian Rhapsody” video, you’ll probably love them in their new Muppet movie. James Bobin, a co-creator of Flight of the Conchords, has been tasked with helming the family-friendly project written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller.

Valentine’s Day: Since Love Actually already covered Christmas, the writer of Valentine’s Day has a new holiday in her sights: New Year’s Eve. Katherine Fugate has reportedly turned in a draft of the script which could involve characters from the recent feature. Garry Marshall may direct this go-around as well.

Kill Bill: She may have lost her other eye in Kill Bill 2, but that doesn’t mean Daryl Hannah can’t seek revenge in Kill Bill 3. Hannah recently hinted that Elle Driver may not be gone for good. “Think about it. There’s always been a tradition of blind Samurais and you never actually saw her expire in the other film,” she told Film24. I guess we’ll just have to wait until 2014 to see if that really happens. (No pun intended.)

Enchanted: What happens when a formerly-animated princess marries a real-life father of one? We may find out in a follow-up to Enchanted. Although it’s unclear if either Amy Adams or Patrick Dempsey are game, Disney is going ahead with the script. Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) is penning the story while Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) has been tapped to direct.

Mission Impossible: Surprise, surprise. After much speculation, Tom Cruise has finally decided to board Mission Impossible IV. Although the actor was already co-producing the film with J.J. Abrams, it was unclear whether Ethan Hunt’s character would be included in the next installment. The film - which doesn’t have a director yet - will open Memorial Day weekend 2011.

The Chronicles of Riddick: This announcement was as predictable as a Tom Cruise/Mission Impossible appearance. A new Fast & Furious outing isn’t the only thing Vin Diesel’s getting ready for. The actor will also be tackling a new chapter in the Chronicles of Riddick franchise. David Twohy, the writer and director on the first two films, will also be involved with the third.

Underworld: Just when you thought Kate Beckinsale was done with the series, she comes back for more. The actress is now prepping to don the black latex again for Underworld 3D, an entry that will likely be directed by Len Wiseman—Kate’s husband. The film is scheduled for a January 21, 2011 debut.

Vacation: The planned Vacation sequel/update now has writers attached to the project. Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are in charge in penning a script about a final Wally World adventure for Rusty Griswold and his family. At this point, Chevy Chase - who played Rusty’s father, Clark - is not attached to the film.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The fourth Pirates film may be down a Bloom and up a Cruz. In a recent interview with Extra, actor Orlando Bloom (Will Turner) revealed that he won’t be seen in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. “Will’s swimming with the fishes,” Bloom claimed. Meanwhile, Penelope Cruz is in talks to reunite with her Nine director (Rob Marshall) and Blow co-star (Johnny Depp) for the upcoming adventure.

Spider-Man: If you’re going to start anew, you might as well look good. Columbia has now decided that the Spider-Man prequel/reboot will be issued in 3-D. The film - which is being helmed by Marc Webb - will be released on July 3, 2012.



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