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Sequel News: Zoolander, Wall Street, Eastern Promises and More

Wall Street

Wall Street: Michael Douglas will soon be reprising his Oscar-winning role in the classic tale of corporate greed. The actor will be reteaming with his old Wall Street director (Oliver Stone) for the sequel set twenty years later. (The original actually premiered 22 years ago.) Gordon Gekko, fresh from prison, is now facing a new economy and aiming to train a new protege. (Shia LaBeouf is currently in talks for the trainee role.) Production on Wall Street 2 may begin this summer.

Zoolander: It appears that another actor may be taking a trip back through his glory days. In a recent interview, Ben Stiller revealed that there may be a future for his model persona. Although no script is set in stone, Ben says the story would probably be set about 10 years in the future. An aging Derek Zoolander would most likely be joined by his son, Derek Jr., and Hansel (Owen Wilson).

Star Trek: Confidence about the sci fi prequel spurred Paramount to start a follow-up even before the reboot had opened. This time around Damon Lindelof (Lost) will be joinng Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman in the writing department. (J.J. Abrams is only signed on as producer at this time.) According to Kurtzman, the storyline will take fan reaction into account. “Obviously we discussed ideas, but we are waiting to see how audiences respond next month,” he said. “With a franchise rebirth, the first movie has to be about origin. But with a second, you have the opportunity to explore incredibly exciting things. We’ll be ambitious about what we’ll do.” The team is aiming for a 2011 release.

Eastern Promises: Could we be soon be seeing Viggo Mortensen in another nude fight scene? Director David Cronenberg told MTV News that he is interested in reuniting with his two-time collaborator for a follow to the 2007 film. “It’s the first time I’ve ever been in a situation where I actually want to do a sequel to something,” Cronenberg said. “I’ve never had the desire to do that before. But in this case, I thought we had unfinished business with those characters. I didn’t feel that we had finished with Nikolai and we had done a lot of research that was more than we could stuff into that one movie.” Mortensen earned an Oscar nomination for his role in that film.

Pirates of the Caribbean: If Disney plans on bringing a fourth installment to the big screen, the studio will have to do it with a new

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director. Gore Verbinski, the man behind the first three adventures, has decided its finally time to move on with his life. Although the series has proved to be quite lucrative, Verbinski is now focusing his attention on Bioshock, an adaptation of the popular video game. Pirates, which should once again star Johnny Depp, is still in development.

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