If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? That appears to be the motto that most of the major studios are living by this year, and it looks like things will continue in that mode for a while as we have some huge sequel announcements courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. Though we’re hearing about a whole handful of films, perhaps the biggest announcement is that of a Prometheus sequel.
FOX president of production, Emma Watts, confirmed that the sequel is in the works and can be expected in either 2014 or 2015. She said that Ridley Scott is incredibly excited to get to work on it but they have to avoid rushing the process to ensure that the story is right.
Stars Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are already signed on for the sequel, but writer Damon Lindelof might not be available. So there’s still a few things to sort out before the film can get off the ground.
Considering all the hype that we saw before Prometheus was released, it seemed like a sequel was inevitable. But when the film only grossed $303 million worldwide, there were doubts as to whether it would be wise for FOX to continue with the franchise. Thankfully for fans, they’ve decided to press on and the next film is now on the road towards production.
It turns out Prometheus isn’t the only sequel to be excited about though, as Universal also has multiple films that may be set to garner the franchise label.
Director Seth MacFarlane said at Comic-Con that he’d “be open to making Ted 2” and it looks like the success of the first film has prompted Universal to give him the green-light.
There is also word that David Koepp has already been hired to pen the sequel to Snow White & the Huntsman, which Universal says will also keep director Rupert Sanders on board.
And, believe it or not, Universal is also looking at another American Pie movie to follow American Reunion. Reportedly, the studio secured a deal with the writers before American Reunion was released.
Of course, there’s also The Bourne Legacy. Although we’ve heard nothing official about a fifth Bourne film just yet, there has been plenty of speculation about the sequel and whether or not Matt Damon will be back as Jason Bourne to join Jeremy Renner on screen.
Really though, the big news here is the Prometheus sequel. I had begun to doubt that Prometheus would become a franchise after its solid, but unimpressive box office stats, so it’s nice to see that the studio is pushing forward. Hopefully Scott can come up with another spectacular film.
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