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Bride of Next!
world of constant change and uncertainty, its nice
to know you can count on something.
we mean that literally.
movie business relies on sequels, from low-end Bride
of, Son of, Return of and
innumerable vs. to the high-end Godfathers
Die Hard-er-est, Rockys and Halloweens.
In todays market, it seems as if sequels are dominating
the moviegoing landscape as never before. Whereas sequels
used to be counted on for roughly 60 percent of the originals
business, series like the Austin Powers films
have turned that equation on its head. The latest installment,
Austin Powers in Goldmember, has taken in over
$200 million some five times the take of the original.
we be surprised, then, that the current release calendar
is fairly swimming with follow-ups? This issues November
preview alone contains capsules for Harry Potter
and the Chamber of Secrets, Friday After Next,
The Santa Clause 2 and the latest James
Bond adventure, Die Another Day.
up half as many films as the Bond franchise, and only on
its second crew, the starship Enterprise goes boldly splitting
infinitives where no infinitive has been split before in
Star Trek: Nemesis. In this 10th installment,
Enterprise officers Riker and Troi finally marry, the crew
discovers an android virtually identical to Commander Data,
and captain Jean-Luc Picard discovers he has a personal
connection to the leader of an unfamiliar and deadly alien
race. Stuart Baird (U.S. Marshals) directed
from a screenplay by John Logan (Gladiator,
The Time Machine). Once again reprising their
TV roles are Patrick Stewart (X-Men), Brent
Spiner (Master of Disguise), Michael Dorn (Jagged
Edge), Marina Sirtis (Death Wish 3), Gates
McFadden (Muppets From Space), LeVar Burton
(The Hunter), Whoopi Goldberg (Kingdom
Come), Kate Mulgrew (Camp Nowhere), Wil
Wheaton (Flubber), Majel Barrett (Star
Trek IV: The Voyage Home) and Jonathan Frakes (Camp
Nowhere). New to the franchise are Tom Hardy (Black
Hawk Down), Ron Perlman (Blade 2), Steven
Culp (Thirteen Days) and Dina Meyer (TVs
Birds of Prey). The Trek films routinely gross
at least $70 million domestically, and if Trekker lore holds
true, Nemesis, being even-numbered, should prove
one of the better installments. Paramount makes it so Dec.
a beautiful day for a sequel, lets play two! The latest
trend in sequeliana is to film more than one simultaneously
or consecutively. This minimizes the financial outlay for
studios and ensures the original cast is available. On the
downside, if the film is a loser, the studio has two (or
three, or more) losers to unload.
Matrix Reloaded comes to screens May 15, 2003.
Six months after learning to fly, Neo continues
the fight alongside Morpheus and Trinity as more and more
humans are alerted to the true nature of their existence.
Returnees from part one include writer-directors Andy and
Larry Wachowski (Bound), as well as actors Keanu
Reeves (Hardball), Laurence Fishburne (Once
in the Life), Carrie-Anne Moss (Memento)
and Hugo Weaving (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship
of the Ring, Russian Doll). Newcomers
to the series include Jada Pinkett Smith (Ali),
Monica Bellucci (The Brotherhood of the Wolf),
Nona Gaye (Ali), Harold Perrineau (Woman
on Top), Daniel Bernhardt (Blood Sport II: The
Next Kumite), Matt McColm (Space Cowboys),
Harry J. Lennix (Collateral Damage), Stuart
Wells (Billy Elliot), Lambert Wilson (Jefferson
in Paris), Ray Jones Jr. (Devils Advocate),
Christine Anu (Moulin Rouge!), Lachy Hulme (Crocodile
Hunter: Collision Course) and Collin Chou.
Bros. reportedly plans to release The Matrix Revolutions,
which was filmed in Australia at the same time as Reloaded,
a mere six months later, in November or December of 2003.
No plot has been announced.
going the simultaneous filming route are the next two chapters
of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. The
Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers is the second
installment of J.R.R. Tolkiens tale of Middle Earth
and finds the surviving companions of the ring
scattered in different directions as the coming war intensifies
and Frodo and Sam make their way toward the Dark Shadow
of Mordor alone. Returnees from part one include the Heavenly
Creatures-The Frighteners team of writer-director
Peter Jackson and screenwriter Fran Walsh, as well as screenwriter
Philippa Boyens and actors Ian McKellen (the X-Men
series) as Gandalf, Elijah Wood (Black and White)
as Frodo Baggins, Sean Astin (Deterrence) as
Sam Gamgee, Christopher Lee (Star Wars: Episode II
- Attack of the Clones) as Saruman, Liv Tyler (One
Night at McCools) as Arwen, Viggo Mortensen
(28 Days) as Aragorn, Cate Blanchett (Heaven)
as fairy queen Lorien, Billy Boyd as Pippin Took, Dominic
Monagham as Meriadoc Merry Brandybuck, John
Rhys-Davies (The Great White Hype) as Gimli
and Orlando Bloom (Black Hawk Down) as Legolas.
New Line plans a Dec. 18 release.
Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King reveals
the identity of the true King of the West, the outcome of
the Great War, and the fate of Frodo and Sam in the dungeons
of Mordor, and takes the One Ring to the Crack
of Doom. It comes to theatres Dec. 17, 2003.
to beat the onset of puberty for its pre-adolescent cast,
and to capitalize on the first films status as the
second-highest grossing worldwide release ever, the second
novel in J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter series,
Warner Bros. Harry Potter and The Chamber
Of Secrets, which one can read more about on page
51, comes to the screen Nov. 15. Book three, Harry
Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, is expected to
go into production immediately thereafter. Harry will be
menaced by a familiar-looking escapee in this episode, which
Alfonso Cuarón (A Little Princess, Y
Tu Mama Tambien) is reportedly set to direct. The
screenplay is by Steve Kloves, who also scripted the first
two Potter installments. Katharine Nicholson
reportedly gets more screen time in the previously uncredited
role of Pansy Parkinson. It should hit theatres in December
2003. Plans for Harry Potter 4 and any
subsequent books being turned into films are said to be
contingent on when Daniel Radcliffes beard starts
to come in.
George Lucas is expected to roll out the latest Star
Wars epic. Episode III has no subtitle
yet, but the story is expected to follow Anakin Skywalkers
further descent toward the Dark Side of the Force and his
assumption of the Darth Vader mantle. Lucas will direct
from a screenplay by Lucas and Episode II scripter
Jonathan Hales. Those reprising and sometimes expanding
their roles from previous films include Ewan McGregor as
Obi-Wan Kenobi, Natalie Portman as Padmé Amidala-Skywalker,
Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, Ian
McDiarmid as Supreme Chancellor/ Emperor Palpatine/Darth
Sidious, Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu, Christopher Lee
as Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus, Frank Oz as Yoda, James Earl
Jones as Darth Vaders voice, Jimmy Smits as Senator
Bail Organa, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO and Kenny Baker as
R2-D2. Fox will handle the release.
category of its been so long, does it really
count as a sequel? comes T3: Rise Of The
Machines. The sci-fi actioner, set 10 years after
the events chronicled in Terminator 2: Judgment Day,
unveils a third T-800 cyborg, this one sent backwards in
time to protect a twentysomething John Connor from a new
supermodel-like killer android dubbed the TX.
Jonathan Mostow (Breakdown, U-571)
directs from a screenplay by Tedi Sarafian (Tank Girl)
and John Brancato & Michael Ferris (The Net, The
Game). Returnees from parts one and two include Arnold
Schwarzenegger (Collateral Damage) as the T-800.
Newcomers to the series include Nick Stahl (In the
Bedroom) as Connor, Claire Danes (Igby Goes
Down) as Connors love interest Kate Miller,
and Kristanna Loken (Panic) as the TX, as well
as Mark Hicks (Love and a Bullet), Alana Curry
(TVs The Bold and the Beautiful), and
Mark Famiglietti (TVs Young Americans).
Warner Bros. says the franchise will be back July 2, 2003.
considerably hoarier Exorcist films make a comeback
with the tentatively (and scripturally) titled Exorcist
4:1. This prequel to The Exorcist
is set in the early part of the 20th century, and follows
a young priests journey through Africa and his first
encounter with demonic possession. Its based upon
characters and events in William Blattys novel The
Exorcist. Paul Schrader (Auto Focus) is
reportedly set to direct from a screenplay by novelist Caleb
Carr (The Alienist), and William Wisher (Terminator
2, 13th Warrior). Stellan Skarsgård
(The Glass House), Billy Crawford and Gabriel
Mann (Summer Catch, Abandon) star.
The Warner Bros. release repossesses audiences July 18,
Boys 2 the Miami cops from part one find themselves
approaching retirement age and in hot water once again.
Returnees from part one include director Michael Bay (Pearl
Harbor) as well as lead actors Will Smith (Men
in Black II) and Martin Lawrence (Black Knight,
National Security). Sony hopes July 18, 2003
is a good day, too.
its new, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre commemorates
the horror franchises 25th anniversary with either
a sequel or a remake, depending on what you read. Known
alternately as Texas Chainsaw Massacre 5
and TX 25, the film is directed by
Marcus Nispell from a screenplay by Eric Bernt (Romeo
Must Die) and Scott Kosar. It stars Jessica Biel (Summer
Catch, The Rules of Attraction), Eric
Balfour (Americas Sweethearts), Johnathan
Tucker (The Deep End), R. Lee Ermey (The
Salton Sea) and Erica Leerhrsen (Hollywood Ending)
New Line revivifies the old line Oct. 31, 2003.
sequel with the oldest progenitor of the bunch save Bond,
The Jungle Book II, is an animated sequel
to the 1967 Disney hit based on the Rudyard Kipling stories
of a boy raised in the jungle by animals. Longtime Disney
video animation director Steve Trenbirth helmed from a screenplay
by Karl Geurs. John Goodman gives voice to the bear Baloo,
Tony Jay to the tiger Shere Khan, and Haley Joel Osment
to the jungle boy Mowgli. Buena Vista plans a Feb. 7, 2003
animated sequel, The Rugrats Meet the Wild Thornberrys
is a sequel to the The Rugrats Movie and The
Rugrats in Paris as well as to this Decembers
The Wild Thornberrys Movie. Not much is known
about the plot beyond what one can guess from the title.
Paramount plans a June 13, 2003 release.
megahits are storming back to the multiplexes in force.
Shrek 2 will see Princess Fiona accept
a dinner invitation from her father, who is shocked to learn
that shes now an ogre and married to another ogre.
Returnees from part one include director Andrew Adamson,
screenwriter Joe Stillman (Beavis & Butthead Do
America) and the voices of Mike Meyers, Cameron Diaz,
Eddie Murphy and John Lithgow. Newcomers to the series include
screenwriters J. David Stem & David N. Weiss (the Rugrats
movies, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Clockstoppers),
as well as John Cleese as the voice of Fionas father.
DreamWorks reanimates it June 18, 2004.
Amazing Spider-Man is the follow-up to the years
biggest hit. In the sequel, Peter Parker must use his bizarre
superpowers to combat a pair of freakish supervillains dubbed
Dr. Octopus and the Lizard. Returnees from part one include
director Sam Raimi (The Gift), screenwriter
David Koepp (Panic Room) and actors Tobey Maguire
(Wonder Boys), Kirsten Dunst (Cats
Meow) and Bruce Campbell (The Majestic).
Newcomers to the series may include screenwriters Alfred
Gough & Miles Millar (Shanghai Noon, Showtime,
Shanghai Knights) and Ivan Raimi (Darkman,
Army of Darkness). Sony has already snared May
7, 2004 for its release.
2 finds the amnesiac mutant named Logan drawn
closer to his forgotten personal history when an escaped
Erik Magneto Lensherr helps X-Men leader Charles
Xavier halt a plot to wipe out the planets mutants.
Returnees from part one include director Bryan Singer (The
Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil) and screenwriter
David Hayter (The Scorpion King), as well as
actors Hugh Jackman (Kate & Leopold) as
Logan, Patrick Stewart as Xavier, Ian McKellen as Magneto,
Famke Janssen (Dont Say a Word) as Dr.
Jean Marvel Girl Grey, James Marsden (Sugar
& Spice) as Scott Cyclops Summers,
Halle Berry (Monsters Ball, Die
Another Day) as Ororo Storm Munroe, Rebecca
Romijn-Stamos (Rollerball, Simone)
and Bruce Davidson (High Crimes) as Mystique,
Shawn Ashmore (Strike) as Bobby Iceman
Drake, and Anna Paquin (Finding Forrester) as
Marie Rogue DAncanto. Newcomers to the
series include Alan Cumming (The Anniversary Party)
as Kurt Nightcrawler Wagner, Katie Stuart (Masterminds)
as Katherine Shadowcat Pryde, Brian Cox (The
Bourne Identity, The Ring) as Stryker,
Aaron Stanford (Tadpole) as Pyro, and Kelly
Hu (Scorpion King) as the mutant supervillain
Anne. May 2, 2003 marks the spot for the Fox release.
Angels 2: Halo finds director McG,
screenwriter John August (Go), and actors Drew
Barrymore (Riding in Cars With Boys), Cameron
Diaz (The Sweetest Thing), Lucy Liu (Ballistic:
Ecks Vs. Sever), Crispin Glover (Like Mike),
Luke Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums) and Matt
LeBlanc (Lost in Space, All the Queens
Men) returning to the grounds of their hit action-comedy.
Newcomers to the series include John Cleese (as the father
of the Lucy Liu character), Demi Moore (as a fallen
Angel), Bernie Mac (replacing Bill Murray as Bosley), Jaclyn
Smith (reprising her TV character Kelly Garrett), and Justin
Theroux (as Seamus). The Sony release goes into
action June 27, 2003.
Raider 2 follows up the 2001 blockbuster actioner
about the comely, artifact-chasing adventurer. Jan de Bont
(the Speed series, The Haunting)
directs. Angelina Jolie (Life, or Something Like It)
reprises the title role and Chris Barrie (TVs Red
Dwarf) returns as Hilary. Gerard Butler (Reign
of Fire) and Djimon Hounsou (The Four Feathers)
costar. Paramount uncovers it July 25, 2003.
Knights finds the cowboy and the Chinese imperial
guard from Shanghai Noon travelling to London,
where they uncover a conspiracy to overthrow the Chinese
and British empires. Returnees from part one include screenwriters
Alfred Gough and Miles Millar (Showtime), and
actors Jackie Chan (Rush Hour 2, The Tuxedo)
and Owen Wilson (The Royal Tenenbaums, I
Spy). Newcomers to the series include director David
Dobkin (Clay Pigeons), as well as actors Gemma
Jones (Bridget Joness Diary, Harry
Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), Donnie Yen (Blade
2) and Fann Wong. Buena Vista has narrowed the release
date to February 2003.
Crystal and Robert De Niro (Go ahead, say the names together:
Its still funny.) reunite for Analyze That.
Mobster Paul Vitti, newly released from prison, seeks
out his old psychoanalyst Ben Sobel only to discover
the shrink now needs therapy too. Other returnees from part
one include writer-director Harold Ramis (Bedazzled)
and screenwriter Peter Tolan (What Planet Are You
From?, Americas Sweethearts), as
well as actors Lisa Kudrow (Lucky Numbers, Bark,
Marci X) and Joe Viterelli (Shallow Hal,
Serving Sara). Newcomers to the series include
screenwriter Peter Steinfield (Drowning Mona)
and actors Anthony LaPaglia (The Salton Sea),
Cathy Moriarty-Gentile (But Im a Cheerleader),
Thomas Rosales (Traffic) and Reg Rogers (Runaway
Bride). Warner Bros. has an appointment for Dec. 6.
Fast And The Furious 2 couldnt afford to
rehire Vin Diesel to reprise his role from the first film,
but they do have Paul Walker back. Plus lots of car crashes.
And the setting has shifted to Miami. John Singleton (Shaft,
Baby Boy) takes over directing chores, using
a screenplay by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (the TV movie
Invincible). Tyrese (Baby Boy),
Eva Mendes (Training Day), Ludacris (The
Wash), Cole Hauser (Harts War, White
Oleander), Devon Aoki and James Remar (What
Lies Beneath) costar. Universal puts it into gear
June 6, 2003.
Woods goes to Washington. Thats the idea behind the
follow-up to Reese Witherspoons breakout hit Legally
Blonde. In Legally Blonde 2: Red, White &
Blonde, perky, pink-loving lawyer Elle Woods goes
to our nations Capitol to battle hardened political
Charles Herman-Wurmfeld (Kissing Jessica Stein)
directs from a screenplay by Kate Kondell. MGM plans a patriotic
July 2, 2003 release.
Whole Nine Yards 2 is the sequel to the 2000 comedy
about a dentist who gets to know his hit-man neighbor. Howard
Deutch (The Replacements) directs from a screenplay
by Mitchell Kapner (Whole Nine Yards). Returnees
from part one include Bruce Willis (Harts War),
Matthew Perry (The Kid, Serving Sara),
Natasha Henstridge (Ghost of Mars) Amanda Peet
(Igby Goes Down) and Kevin Pollak (Stolen
Summer). Warner Bros. plans a summer 2003 release.
in the Dont you understand, radiation will only
make him stronger division of films pitting the likes
of Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster or Frankenstein vs. the
Mummy comes Freddy Vs. Jason. Freddy
Krueger (star of Freddys Dead: The Final Nightmare)
and Jason Voorhees (whose prior exploits include both Jason
Goes To Hell: The Final Friday and the subsequent
Jason X) once again redefine the word final
as the two mega-murderers battle each other for control
of the powers of darkness. Directed by Ronny Yu (Bride
of Chucky, Formula 51) from a screenplay
by David S. Goyer (the Blade series). Jason
Ritter (Swimfan) stars as Jason, Robert Englund
as Freddy. Jason Bateman, Kelly Rowland, Brian Thompson,
Kenneth Tsang, Lisa Wilcox and Monica Keena costar. New
Line expects to release it, and maybe save Tokyo, sometime
Wedding, the third installment of the American
Pie franchise, depicts Stifler organizing a bachelor
party as one of the gang closes in on his wedding day. Jesse
Dylan (How High) directs from a screenplay by
Adam Herz, who also penned the two previous American
Pies. Seann William Scott, Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan
and Eugene Levy reprise their roles from the first two films.
Universal throws the rice and various other substances Aug.
The Fockers is the follow-up to the 2000 comedy
blockbuster Meet the Parents. Returnees from
part one are expected to include director Jay Roach (Austin
Powers in Goldmember), screenwriter Jim Herzfeld (Meet
the Deedles), and actors Robert De Niro (Analyze
That), Ben Stiller (The Royal Tenenbaums),
Teri Polo (Domestic Disturbance) and Blythe
Danner (The Invisible Circus). Newcomers to
the series include screenwriters Chris & Paul Weitz
(About A Boy). Universal plans a 2003 release.
Rodriguez is a solo sequel factory. First out of the helmers
Texas garage is Once Upon A Time In Mexico.
The sequel to El Mariachi and Desperado
(itself a sort of remake/sequel) is this time about a drug
lord planning to assassinate Mexicos president, and
the men who try to stop him. Returnees from Desperado
include Antonio Banderas (the Spy Kids series,
Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever, Frida),
Salma Hayek (Chain of Fools, Frida),
Cheech Marin (the Spy Kids series), and Danny
Trejo (the Spy Kids series). Newcomers to the
franchise include Mickey Rourke (The Pledge),
Johnny Depp (From Hell), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man,
Auto Focus), Rubén Blades (All
the Pretty Horses), Eva Mendes, Rodolfo De Alexandre
(Medicine Man), Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
(Original Sin), Julio Oscar Mechoso (Pumpkin),
Marco Leonardi (Texas Rangers) and pop star
Enrique Iglesias. Sony plays it again March 21, 2003.
its on to Spy Kids 3, which Rodriguez
will probably write, direct and edit between then and its
release July 23, 2003. Expect all the usual suspects for
the Miramax film.
And Generals is a prequel of sorts to 1993s
Gettysburg, this time following Confederate
general Stonewall Jackson into the Civil War. Written and
directed by Ronald F. Maxwell (The Night the Lights
Went Out in Georgia, Gettysburg), it stars
Stephen Lang (Fire Down Below), Robert Duvall
(A Shot at Glory), Bruce Boxleitner (The
Babe), Jeff Daniels (Blood Work), Jeremy
London (Mallrats), William Sanderson (Last
Man Standing, Stanleys Gig), Mira
Sorvino (The Triumph of Love, The Grey
Zone), C. Thomas Howell (That Night),
Kevin Conway (Black Knight), Patrick Gorman
(Wild Bill), Brian Mallon (Some Mothers
Son), Bo Brinkman (Laws of Deception),
Royce D. Applegate (O Brother, Where Art Thou?),
Stephen Spacek and Cooper Huckabee (Space Cowboys).
Warner Bros. sends it into battle in the first quarter of
a remake, not quite a sequel, Ripleys Game
recasts the Matt Damon character from The Talented
Mr. Ripley with John Malkovich (Shadow of the
Vampire, Knockaround Guys). The thriller,
set in Europe, is about a dying young English picture-framer
who is hired by a mysterious American to assassinate two
people in return for money he can leave his family. Its
based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, which also served
as the basis of Wim Wenders 1977 movie The American
Friend. Liliana Cavani directed from a screenplay
by Frank Deasy (Captives). Malkovichs
costars include Ray Winstone (Last Orders),
Chiara Caselli, Lena Headey (Gossip) and Dougray
Scott (Enigma). Fine Line plays it April 4,
friends overseas may sometimes scoff at American cultural
offerings, but even the French cant resist a sequel.
Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra
is a French-language comedy about the famous Egyptian queen
and her wager with Caesar that she can have a palace built
in three months. Its the sequel to the international
hit Asterix and Obelix Vs. Caesar and based
on the comic book created in 1965 by Rene Goscinny and Albert
Uderzo. Actor Alain Chabat (The Taste of Others)
makes his debuts as both director and screenwriter. Gerard
Depardieu (C.Q.), Christian Clavier (Just
Visiting), Monica Bellucci (The Matrix Reloaded),
Gerard Darmon (For Sasha), Jamel Debbouze (Amélie),
Claude Rich (La Bûche), Edouard Baer (Alias
Betty) and Chabat star. Miramax plans to release it
in June 2003.
in 2004: Mission: Impossible 3 has recruited
David Fincher to direct Tom Cruise and Ving Rhames in yet
another visually distinctive outing for the IMF. Paramount
hasnt set a date for release.
New Line has announced Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker will
continue to try to understand the words coming out of each
others mouths in Rush Hour 3.
of moderately successful thrillers are set for sequelization
(and thats not the first word weve made up in
this article). Final Destination 2 tells
the story of the teen survivors of a horrific auto accident
who begin meeting untimely fates. The survivors among the
survivors get help from some people involved in the infamous
years-old crash of the original films Flight 180.
David Ellis (Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco)
directs from a screenplay by Mackye Gruber & Eric Bress.
Returnees from part one include Ali Larter (Jay and
Silent Bob Strike Back) and Tony Todd (Caught
Up). Newcomers to the series include Michael Landes
(Harts War), A.J. Cook (Out Cold),
Keegan Connor Tracy (40 Days and 40 Nights),
Lynda Boyd (Bones), T.C. Carson (U-571),
James Kirk (Head Over Heels) and David Paetkau
(Snow Day). New Line says its coming in
Creepers 2 involves a busload of championship
basketball players, cheerleaders and coaches attacked by
a man-eating monster in the middle of a 23-day feeding fenzy.
Among the returnees from part one are writer-director Victor
Salva and Jonathan Breck, who reprises his role as the creeper.
MGM unleashes the horror April 18, 2003.
finally, defying narrative logic and dead main characters,
James Cameron announced at a press conference in September
that he has begun work on the script for Titanic