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Sunday March 1, 2009 10:02 pm

Sequel News: Eclipse, Iron Man 2, Scream and More

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Alvin and the Chipmunks: You can look forward to a few new characters in the family-oriented sequel. Chuck‘s Zachary Levi has signed on to play Jason Lee’s cousin in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. (Yes, Squeakquel.) Meanwhile, the furry little guys will be introduced to Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor (a.k.a. the Chipettes) - their female rivals/counterparts.

Twilight: New Moon may still be months away from premiering, but that won’t keep the studio from talking about Chapter Three. Eclipse has just been scheduled for a June 30, 2010 debut. Since the third book will hit theaters shortly after the second installment (Moon unfolds on November 20), a new director will have to replace Chris Weitz.

One name being considered for the next adaptation is widely known for other reasons. According to Entertainment Weekly, Drew Barrymore could be the one behind the camera. Although this might seem like a strange development, Drew recently wrapped up Whip It!, her directorial debut.

The Dark Knight: Despite there being no script or formal contract agreements, E! Online claims Christian Bale and Christopher Nolan are both scheduled to return for the next installment. Assuming the money matters are settled quickly, we could be looking at a 2011 debut.

Iron Man 2: Although it looked as if a negotiations snafu would end Samuel L. Jackson’s Iron Man 2 appearance, he is now locked up for years to come. A new deal with Marvel Entertainment has the actor playing Nick Fury not only in the sequel, but in possibly nine other features as well.

Meanwhile, a scheduling conflict may have the studio looking elsewhere to fill the role of Natasha Romanoff. Twentieth Century Fox has now reportedly spoken to Scarlett Johansson about playing the Soviet spy. It was a part once rumored for Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada.)

Friday the 13th: After (only) one successful weekend at the box office, the producers of Friday the 13th are already talking sequel. According to the Hollywood Reporter, New Line and Platinum Dunes may be eyeing a possible 2010 release date.

Scream: Not surprisingly, another horror classic has also been tapped for a follow-up. Bloody-Disgusting reports that the Weinstein Company is going ahead with a fourth Scream film. Wes Craven tells the site it is possible he will return to the director’s chair. Meanwhile, offers have supposedly been made to originals Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette to make cameos in the feature.

Terminator Salvation: Plans for the fifth Terminator movie have already started prior to T4‘s May release date. Although Salvation was always considered to be the start of a trilogy, director McG has begun shaping the project with Halcyon Co. It’s expected the sequel - starring Christian Bale - will be released in 2011, possibly the same year as the next Batman.



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