It’s always the shitty movies that end up with the sequels, isn’t it? There will be a Grown Ups sequel this summer, Hangover 3 is on the horizon, there’s another G.I. Joe movie coming soon (actually, I kind of liked the original), and Wrath of Titans comes out this Friday (our review will be up shortly). Nobody asked for those sequels. Nobody wants those sequels. But, occasionally, a movie comes along populated with characters that we so love that we actually would like to see a follow-up. In many cases, we are promised a sequel. People are hired. Scripts are written. And then they just kind of drift. Will they ever happen?
Long-time commenter, resident grammarian, sole defender of “House,” and the guy who is hardest to mention in a sentence without looking like you’re adding an extra comma ,, emailed me last night and asked about one of those sequels we’re all dying to see, District 9, which prompted me to do a little research on that movie and four others to find their status in the production process.
District 9 — After the success of District 9, one of those rare sci-fi films that actually received Oscar attention, Neill Blomkamp assured us that one day we’d probably get a sequel. That day won’t be anytime soon. Blomkamp is currently working on his follow-up, Elysium, which won’t be out until 2013, at which point he may begin working on a District 9 sequel. The last official word on the subject was that there was not yet a story broken, and late last year, star Sharlto Copley noted that it would be another couple of years, at least, until both of their schedules aligned in such a way that a sequel could be made. Prediction: Summer 2015.
Zombieland — After the modest success of Zombieland ($75 million domestic), screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick did announce loose plans for a sequel, noting that they’d like to bring back the entire principal cast, director Ruben Fleischer, and find another superstar cameo. In the middle of 2011, Fliescher noted that a script was being written and that everyone wanted to do it, but he also said that, the longer we wait, the less relevant a sequel would be and that it may never happen. Woody Harrelson echoed those sentiments just last month, noting that the sequel may not happen and that he’s not sure it should happen. The odds of lining up the cast, especially the much in-demand Emma Stone, would also be difficult. Prediction: Won’t happen.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball — The 2009 family film was a surprise hit with both audiences and critics alike, and one of the best non-Pixar animated films in recent years. A sequel went into development almost immediately. The directors — Phil Lord and Chris Miller — decided against directing any potential sequel (they recently directed 21 Jump Street). However, the film did eventually land writers (Horrible Boss screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein) and new directors (Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn), a title Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers, and even a release date. Prediction The Release Date is Set for December 2013.
Kick Ass — When Mark Millar announced sequel plans to Kick Ass, few put much stock in it. The movie only made $48 million at the box office (on a $30 million budget) and many proclaimed the original a commercial failure. However, Millar announced last month that the sequel would be filming this summer. Millar, however, also has a reputation for talking out of his ass. There is no director attached (the original director, Matthew Vaughn, may come on in a producer capacity), no stars attached, and Lionsgate has made no announcements. Prediction: Notwithstanding Millar’s statements to the contrary, I doubt Kick Ass will ever come to fruition, which is kind of a shame because, despite a mixed reception overall, I really dug the original.
Wanted 2 — Rumors of a sequel to the 2008 Angelina Jolie flick have been swirling since that movie’s opening weekend, but it drifted as Jolie balked at doing the sequel and director Timur Bekmambetov moved on to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. However, there is still some life to a potential sequel to the $341 million worldwide grosser. The original’s writers, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, have been hired to pen a follow-up, which would likely follow James McAvoy’s character and pick up a few years after the original left off. Prediction: 50/50 chance of it actually happening, with a potential 2014 release date at the earliest.