Let’s face it: the holidays are here and most people’s brains are already on vacation. Since it’s just too hard to come up with an original movie idea right now, a lot of talk has turned to potential sequels. Some franchises, like Gremlins and Mission: Impossible already have more than one movie in the books while others, such as Colombiana and Pineapple Express are open to sequels just because they can be. So we’ve ransacked the internets to find some updates on sequels you’ve been dying to see and others you never dreamed of being produced. Hit the jump to check them out.
Back in January, we reported the rumor (which came from Marketsaw whose stories must be taken with a warehouse full of salt) that Gremlins 3 may be happening and happening in 3D. Empire spoke with the director of the first two films, Joe Dante, this weekend and Dante said unequivocally that Gremlins 3 was not happening, could therefore not happen in 2D or 3D, and the studio could not ask for him to direct a project that didn’t exist. However, Dante believes that the property is too valuable for the studio not to give it a remake or a sequel, but that doesn’t mean they’ll ask him to return. In any case, at this moment nothing is happening.
Dante’s next film, The Hole 3D, is still looking for U.S. distribution. It is his first film since 2003′s underrated Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Hit the jump to check out the trailer for The Hole 3D.
According to MarketSaw, the third installments of both Ghostbusters and Gremlins will get the 3D treatment. MarketSaw cites unnamed sources that say both films are going 3D. This may be true. Avatar has changed the game as far as 3D is concerned and both franchises appear 3D appropriate. But have the Ghostbusters crew really already decided on 3D when they’re still working on the script? And yes, Gremlins director Joe Dante’s next film, The Hole, is in 3D and maybe he’s fallen in love with the technology. But any rumblings about a third Gremlins have been few and far between.
These are both exciting prospects, but I just don’t trust them. I’m not going to rail against their site like I did last year, but I feel that they’re drawing hits on sensational headlines rather than doing their due diligence in their reporting. Editor Jim Dorey may trust his sources, but his sources might just be making educated guesses, especially when these projects are still in their nascent stages. I’m not saying that these movies won’t happen or won’t be in 3D. I just think it’s premature to offer it as hard fact. There’s no shame in saying “may be” instead of “will be.”