What's Popping: 'Twilight Saga' Reboot, 'Dumb and Dumber 2', 'Catching Fire', 'Transformers 4', 'Jurassic Park 4'
The final Twilight Saga movie, Breaking Dawn - Part 2, comes out in theaters this November, but that won't be the last we will see of Bella et al. According to Bloody-Disgusting.com, they've heard that talks have already taken place about rebooting the franchise, a claim Lionsgate denies. One of the possible scenarios is for the Bella and friends to appear on the small screen for a spell first before making the jump to the big screen again.
Citing the lack of enthusiasm on New Line's part, Jim Carrey revealed that he has departed the Dumb and Dumber sequel. However, according to Jeff Daniels, Carrey still wants to do the sequel and he's having his people try to get the powers that be to have more enthusiasm for Dumb and Dumber To.
According to Michael Bay, Transformers 4 is not a reboot. The previous three movies will exist as canon, but the fourth installment will focus on new characters and take the story "in a new direction." Bay also revealed that Transformers 4 may find the characters leaving Earth. Paramount has already penciled in June 29, 2014 as the release date.
The Rise of the Planet of the Apes writing duo of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver has been hired by Universal to give the Jurassic Park 4 script a go. It is unclear if they'll be working off Mark Protosevich's draft or doing a completely new take. Jurassic Park 4, like Transformers 4, will kick off a new trilogy in the franchise and may focus on new characters. Joe Johnson will likely return to the movie once the script is ready.
With production starting up in two or three months, word is that Mia Wasikowska & Zoe Aggeliki are the favorites for the Johanna Mason role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, with edge going to the relative unknown Aggeliki. Mason is perceived as an enemy of Katniss at first, but will prove to be an important ally as the story unfolds. Her weapon of choice is an axe. I Am Legend's Francis Lawrence is taking over the director's chair from Gary Ross who left the project when negotiations fell apart between him and Lionsgate.
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