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Feb172012

This week in sequels and remakes: Beetlejuice 2, Ghost Rider 3, TMNT, Hannibal TV series, and more

This week has tossed up more than a few interesting news snippets regarding sequels and remakes of some extremely well known movies. With all the news circling, it might be good to recap a few of the more notable titles floating around including Beetlejuice 2, a Cabin Fever prequel, TinTin 2, and Ghost Rider 3

Beetlejuice 2

Michael Keaton is apparently very keen on making a sequel to the Tim Burton classic Beetlejuice. ShockTillYouDrop got to speak to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter scriptwriter Seth Graham-Smith recently and he said of the Beetlejuice sequel, “It’s a priority for Warner Bros. It’s a priority for Tim (Burton). I met with Michael Keaton last week…he’s been wanting to do it for 20 years.” The writer is currently scripting an animated movie for Tim Burton followed by an adaptation of the book Unholy Night, with Beetlejuice 2 pencilled in after that.

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, the prequel to Eli Roth’s 2002 original, has found a director in Kaare Andrews, better known for contributing art to X-Men and The Incredible Hulk. The film takes place on a Caribbean cruise ship that encounters a research vessel carrying the virus featured in the first movie. If successful expect to see the ‘prequel sequel’, Cabin Fever: Outbreak.

TMNT

The next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle live-action adaptation is to be directed by Jonathon Liebesman under the watchful eye of Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company. With that combination and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol scriptwriters Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec writing it’s probably fair to expect lots of bangs.

Bad Santa 2

Billy Bob Thornton has said Bad Santa 2 is to start shooting this fall and may be ready for a Christmas release in 2013. Speaking to The Playlist at The Berlin Film Festival Thornton said, “The writer is still working on the script, he’s doing his rewrite right now. We saw the first draft and we just had a few little things we wanted to take away or add and he’s doing that.” As with Beetlejuice this is a great stand-alone movie that really doesn’t need a sequel so fingers crossed with both of those.

Tintin 2

In an interview with Total Film Steven Spielberg has stated that Peter Jackson is to direct the sequel to The Adventures of Tintin, which hit theaters over the holidays. Spielberg said, “Peter [Jackson]’s doing it. I wanted to do it, but Peter has to because we made a deal. I said, ‘I’ll direct the first one, you direct the second one’.” Neither director will say as yet which of the books the movie will be based on but a script is already being written.

Ghost Rider 3

Also from Total Film comes the news that hot on the heels of the first Ghost Rider sequel, Nicolas Cage wants to make Ghost Rider 3. Keen to get the series back on track after the hugely disappointing original, Cage turned to Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Bryan Taylor. If Ghost Rider 2 shows an improvement at the box office expect an announcement in the near future.

Beauty and the Beast

As we reported earlier this week, former Harry Potter starlet Emma Watson is in final negotiations to star in Gullermo Del Toros retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Titled simply Beast it’s probably fair to say that based on Del Toros previous movies it will be somewhat darker than the Disney version.

Hannibal TV series

And finally NBC has ordered 13 episodes of Hannibal, the TV series that will serve as a prequel to the Hannibal Lecter movies Red Dragon and Manhunter. Revolving around FBI agent Will Graham and his Mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter it should make for good weekly viewing, just settle down on the sofa with a nice Chianti…

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