10 Probable Sequels For 2011

Like I said in an earlier post, 2011 will definitely be the year of the sequel. Even if said sequel won't be released in '11 -- it'll definitely be announced! Check the block text below for a list of 9 sequels that will definitely be announced...

1. Ghostbusters 3

Likely Stars : Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver

If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen this year. After that? Fugeddaboutit. Principal project stumper Dan Aykroyd says a script (apparently one that most are happy with) has been completed, that they’ve a commitment from the cast (well, Bill Murray’s still hesitant but I’m sure Sony will shut his trap with a bulky roll of bills), there’s a casting director (well, they’ve issued a call for extras, anyway), there’s a location (Chicago’s cheaper to film in than New York), a director (Ivan Reitman’s not exactly a lock, but he does want the job; Sony, on the other hand, might have other plans) and an audience (me! Me! Me!). “We have a script now,” says Aykroyd, one of the writers. “We’ve got the pieces on the floor, and now we have to bolt them together and put on wheels.” Expect to hear something on the project by mid-year – for better or worse.

2. Die Hard 5

Likely Stars : Bruce Willis

Willis – set to reprise his role as lieutenant John McClane for a fifth time (unless you count the character’s fleeting appearance in “National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1”) – recently announced a Summer 2011 start date for the fourth sequel to the 1988 hit. The ageing action hero says he’s already seen a draft of the script (by Skip Woods) and now hopes to convince “Live Free or Die Hard” director Len Wiseman to return (That blows! Can’t someone free John McTiernan from Prison!?).

3. Iron Man 3

Likely Stars : Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow

Jon Favreau may have quit the franchise (he’s instead concentrating on making a movie out of – somehow? – Disney’s Magical Kingdom) but that’s not going to stop Paramount from Peppering Tony Stark’s Potts again (Dunno what that means, it just came out). In a recent MTV News interview, Favreau said, “In theory, Iron Man 3 is going to be a sequel or continuation of Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Avengers. That whole world … I have no idea what it is. I don’t think they do either, from conversations I’ve had with those guys.” Assumingly we’ll hear of the cheap surrogate chosen to replace Favreau on the ‘everything but the kitchen sink Avengers 2 : Iron Man 3’ soonish.

4. Major League 3

Likely Stars : Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

Original “Major League” writer/director David S.Ward recently told us he plans to do a new “Major League” film – with the original cast (sans Corbin Bernsen; don’t know why!?), including Wesley Snipes! – while Charlie Sheen’s on a break from his TV series “Two and a Half Men”. “I’ve written, what I see, as Major League 3. We’re putting that together as we speak – in fact, next week I’m off to talk to James Robinson at Morgan Creek about it”, Ward said in June 2010. Of the plot, Ward says “It’s 20 years later, and Wild Thing comes out of retirement to work with this 19-year-old player. We’ve actually got three new characters in the new film. And if the new film is popular, they could carry the franchise on.” These comments, of course, were made before Mr. Sheen’s most recent troubles with the law (not to mention Snipes’ incarceration).

5. The Last Picture Show 3

Likely Stars : Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd

Jeff Bridges looks set to reprise another of his classic characters, Duane Jackson, in a second sequel to Peter Bogdanovich’s “The Last Picture Show”. Bridges said recently, “I was just in Texas with Peter [Bogdanovich] and we’re looking at doing the next installment…there’s actually five books that Larry McMurtry wrote about those characters and so we’ve done two and we wanna do the next thing. I don’t know if that’s ever happened before, every 20 years going back and doin’ that. So that’s something I’m hopin’ will come about.” Okay, so we’d much prefer to see another “Starman” or that oft-rumoured “Big Lebowski” sequel, but any Bridges is good Bridges. (Oh and if you’re wondering why I haven’t included “TRON 3” in this list, it’s because I’m not convinced Disney are going to do another. Doesn’t matter how much “TRON Legacy” makes, the film’s still only going to break even at best).

6. Predators 2

Likely Stars : Derek Mears

Hard to say where the ‘’Predators” sequel would go story wise (Can we get Arnold Schwarzenegger in this one!?), but what we do know is that it will go. The 2010 film, starring Adrien Brody and Laurence Fishburne, worked on a pretty low-budget so profit was always going to be something fairly easy to procure. More so, Rodriguez has breathed new life into the franchise – one seemingly on life support after those dire “Alien vs. Predator” movies – ultimately sparking renewed interest in the series. I’m keen for another go-around with the ugly mother fucker, you?

7. Indiana Jones 5

Likely Stars : Harrison Ford, Karen Allen

I know, I know… I couldn’t be any less enthused about a follow-up to the atrocious “Kingdom Skull” either; in some respects, I’d prefer Indiana Jones just went away. Best case scenario here : Lucas, Spielberg and Ford come up with something that feels and plays much more like one of the first three films in the series, putting story before style, sfx and Shia, and Indy goes out with a bang. Pipe dream? The main parties are apparently nutting over potential storylines for the fifth film – no word yet on whether that includes Indiana getting an alien probe or Mutt Williams heading to Hollywood to play TVs new Tarzan. It’s quite likely Ford will have to something to say about the film’s progress at the press junket for “Cowboys and Aliens” – which might just kick start the actor’s career again, we hope – mid-year.

8. Grease 3

Likely Stars : Someone cheap

A new “Grease” project is apparently one of the main priorities over at Paramount’s direct-to-DVD division at the moment. Knowing how little these DTV sequels outlay, and based on the line-up of previous Paramount famous efforts like “Without a Paddle 2” and “Road Trip 2”, I think it’s safe to say that the new “Grease” won’t feature any of the returning cast (from “Grease” or “Grease 2”) –unless, of course, Didi Conn’s prepared to work for hair dye. At one stage, around about ten years back or so, John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John were in talks to reprise their roles as Danny and Sandy, respectively, for a big screen sequel. That didn’t sound too good at the time – but now? Well…

9. Halloween 3D

Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, the duo behind the fabbo “My Bloody Valentine” remake as well as the upcoming “Drive Angry 3D” (which looks equally as fun), have been attached to this one for a while. “You’d really have to ask Dimension Films and Bob Weinstein [what’s happening with it],” director and co-writer Lussier tells Moviefone. “We were very excited about the script we wrote. Malek Akkad was very excited about the script we wrote. We loved Malek and we’d love to make the movie with him, but that’s up to the grown-ups who are above our pay grade, so who knows. I am frequently surprised by whatever happens next.” With The Weinstein’s newly renewed interest in sequels and reboots (They’ve everything from “Scream 4” to a “Spy Kids 4” coming out this year), I’d expect them to put the blade back in Michael Myers’ hand sometime soonish. Just once in the life of this franchise I’d love to see this on a poster : ‘Mike Myers IS Michael Myers’. Casting Suggestion.

Thanks to Moviehole for the incredible list!

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10. Scream 5

Likely stars : Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox

Why? Why not! It's no surprise that there is a second trilogy planned. And although Kevin Williamson has pretty much divorced himself from the franchise, the treatments are done!