What's Popping: 'The Avengers 2', 'Venom', 'Rambo 5', 'Mission: Impossible 5', 'Bullet to the Head'
The Avengers is not even out but talks have already shifted to the sequel. For the sequel, director Joss Whedon says he will not try to top the first movie for the sake of topping it; he wants things to evolve organically. The sequel should be "the next thing that should happen to these characters," he says.
Josh Trank was recently rumored to be in talks to helm the Fantastic Four reboot for Fox, but if Sony and Josh Trank are able to come to terms, we may see one of Spider-Man's nemesis in his own movie. According to the LA Times, Sony is talking with the Chronicle director to see if he's interested in taking on the long gestating Venom movie. Trank's found footage superhero movie Chronicle made a splash at the box office by earning over $100 million worldwide on a budget of $12 million.
When Warner Bros pulled Bullet to the Head from its release schedule, of course, the thinking is that the movie was unreleasable. Twitch reports that Sylvester Stallone is trying to salvage the movie by doing his own cut, an allegation both Stallone and Warner Bros denied. They say the director Walter Hill is doing the editing, not Stallone. Regardless who's doing work, there's no denying original premise that the movie, in its current form, is not good.
Since Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol is a success, it's not surprising that a sequel will happen sooner or later. Well, during a shareholder meeting, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman confirms that a fifth Mission: Impossible is a definite certainty.
In the First Blood novel, John Rambo died at the end, but since Sylvester Stallone wanted to make sequels, he changed the ending. After four movies, Stallone may finally allow Rambo die. When asked in an interview if he'll kill off the character, all he said was "Yeah." As to whether or not the fifth movie will get the greenlight is another matter.
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