What's Popping: 'Avatar 2', Fast 6 & 7, Transformers 4 & 5, 'Jupiter Ascending'

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James Cameron Reveals Avatar 2 Details
Something must have happened to James Cameron while filming Piranha II: The Spawning all those years ago because quite a few of his movies took place in the ocean. Well, he's returning to it again in Avatar 2. In an interview with Nightline, he said, "Well, I'm really writing the second and third films together, so it completes a kinda three film story arc. And we will see the oceans of Pandora, which we haven't seen at all and that's an ecosystem that I'm dying to start designing because it's going to look spectacular." So there you have it: Avatar 2 & 3 are probably filming back-to-back and oceans.

Universal Plans to Shoot Fast and Furious 6 and 7 Back-to-Back
What started out as Paul Walker's first starring role in 2001 with the first Fast the the Furious has turned into a very lucrative franchise for Universal. The talk around town is that Universal is considering shooting Fast and Furious 6 and Fast and Furious 7 back-to-back. And why not? The fifth movie, Fast 5, has a worldwide gross of $624 million; that's a some nice pocket change. By shooting the next two sequels back-to-back, Universal can strike while the iron is still hot and save quite a bit on production cost in the process. The only down side is that director Justin Lin won't be able to work on Terminator 5.

The Wachowskis Directing Jupiter Ascending
Prolific is not a term one would use to describe the Wachowskis. After their breakout with the Matrix trilogy, the movies they've directed can still be counted with one hand; even less if you pretend the Matrix sequels didn't happen. Sure, they're directing parts of Cloud Atlas, but you can't argue that movie is really theirs. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has greenlit the Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending, a sci-fi film in which I'm sure the planet Jupiter will figure prominently.

More Watchmen Movies Coming?
There is a rumor that DC Comics, owned by Warner Bros., is working on a prequel to the Watchmen graphic novel. If true, there is a very good chance that at some point, it will be turned into a movie.

Transformers 4 and 5 May Shoot Back-to-Back as Well
During an earnings call, Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner said the company is in "active discussions" with Paramount and other principals like Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg to make more Transformers movies, with the possibility of the Transformers 4 and 5 shooting back-to-back. However, Michael Bay later went to the forums to dispute Goldner's claims: "I am currently not talking to Paramount on T4 and T5 despite reports. I'm looking at a lot of possibilities coming my way right now weighing options." Which is, of course, code for show me the money.

Other News and Notes:

Bryan Singer is working on Battlestar Galactica.

Warner Bros. greenlit the live-action remake of the anime Akira.

Kim Kardashian has a part in Tyler Perry's The Marriage Counselor.

Zachary Quinto comes out, says he's gay.

Actress sues IMDB/Amazon for revealing her age.

Anne Hathaway confirmed for Les Miserables.

Green Lantern 2 is not totally off the table.

Riddick started production; new concept art posted.

Mark Hamill wants to direct.

Sony optioned the movie rights to the videogame Assassin's Creed.

Guy Ritchie may direct the Cannonball Run remake, with the car manufacturer, General Motors, putting up the funds.

The third The Da Vinci Code sequel, The Lost Symbol, may be directed by Mark Romanek.

John Singleton sues Paramount over broken promises.

Hungary is thinking about taxing porn to fund film industry.

Rooney Mara passes on Spike Lee's Oldboy remake.

Bradley Coopy circling The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Superman's dad may fight General Zod in the forthcoming Man of Steel.

River Phoenix's final film may finally be released.

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