By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Last week it seemed like most film news really centered on Avengers: Infinity War but now that the news cycle is ramping down on that, a whole bunch of sequel related news hit the ground running. And when I say a whole bunch I mean a LOT of sequel news popped out of the woodwork!
Bill and Ted 3
File this one under “I did not expect this to get made”. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have officially signed on to the third Bill and Ted film Deadline reports. According to the outlet Reeves and Winters said the following:
We couldn’t be more excited to get the whole band back together again. Chris and Ed wrote an mamazing script, and with Dean at the helm we’ve got a dream team!
Chris and Ed refer to Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon who wrote both cult classics Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey and spent years crafting Bill & Ted Face the Music. The third film will be helmed by Dean Parisot who directed one of my favorite comedies of all time: Galaxy Quest. Bill Sadler is expected to reprise his role as the Grim Reaper (and Wyld Stallyns bassist) and the late George Carlin will appear in a few scenes as Bill and Ted revisit their own past.
Jurassic World 3
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has yet to premiere but a third film is all but certain. One of the things that both Jurassic World and its sequel seem to focus on is the creation of hybrid dinosaurs. Director and producer Colin Trevorrow (who will return to the director’s chair for the third movie) revealed that the next movie will focus more on dinosaurs telling Total Film (via Bloody Disgusting) that:
I’m looking forward to, in the third film, getting a little back into the Paleontological, wild animal, true dinosaur nature of all of it
He went on to say that the Indoraptor in Fallen Kingdom will be the final hybrid dinosaur of his trilogy. Trevorrow has previously described Jurassic World as an action adventure, Fallen Kingdom as a horror suspense film, and that Jurassic World 3 would be a science thriller in the same way that Jurassic Park was. Makes the franchise feel like it is coming full circle.
You are not misreading that. Deadline is reporting that Sylvester Stallone is looking to reprise his role as John Rambo in a fifth instalment. Avi Lerner is shopping the film around with his Millennium production company at Cannes. The movie will find Rambo living on a ranch when the daughter of one of his friends gets kidnapped by a Mexican cartel. This seems to have scrapped the idea of rebooting the franchise with a film called Rambo: New Blood which would have seen a new actor play the role much in the same way that the Bond films have recast their lead.
Sherlock Holmes 3
Warner Bros. has announced the release date for the third Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law led Sherlock Holmes film. The studio has set Sherlock Holmes 3 to hit theaters worldwide on December 25, 2020. At this point it’s unknown whether Guy Ritchie will be directing the film or not but it would be hard to see anyone else helm the movie since his style really colors this iteration.
Fast and Furious 9 & 10
Everyone has a guilty pleasure and mine happens to be the Fast and Furious franchise. The series has gone on to be one of the most profitable franchises of all time which is a far cry from where it originally started… a Point Break clone with cars. A lot of the popularity of the films needs to be given to Justin Lin who directed the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth films of the series before passing the torch to James Wan for Furious 7 and F. Gary Gray for The Fate of the Furious. In an interview with Vin Diesel in Orlando, Florida for the grand opening of Universal Orlando’s Fast & Furious – Supercharged ride, the actor revealed to Today that Lin would return to the director’s chair for not only Fast and Furious 9 but also the tenth film as well saying:
It [the film franchise] does get bigger. I just got off the phone with Justin Lin, who is directing Fast 9 and Fast 10, and I can’t tell you how excited he is.
These two films are set to close out the franchise and are supposed to be parts 2 and 3 of a final trilogy that kicked off with Fate of the Furious. Having Lin being the vision behind these two films seems to be the right way to go for the final act.
I can’t help but feel that all of these sequels have that common: they all feel like they’re the closing acts to their respective franchises. At least, in their current forms. I don’t expect these to be the final films in their franchises but I do suspect they’ll go through reboots or some other massive changes.