Now that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is putting the finishing touches on his second directorial feature, A Million Ways to Die in the West, he’s starting to put the pieces together for the Ted sequel—and a casting shakeup is in the works. Deadline reports that Amanda Seyfried is set to play the female lead in Ted 2, with Mila Kunis only expected to reprise her role as Lori in a “tiny appearance”, if at all. This is due to a creative decision on behalf of MacFarlane and co-writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and not some falling out between MacFarlane and Kunis, so it sounds like Mark Wahlberg’s John will likely be getting a new love interest in the follow-up.
Though Seyfried has been doing more dramatic or genre-oriented work in the past few years, fans of Mean Girls will remember she’s also a pretty skilled comedic actress. She also has a supporting role in A Million Ways to Die in the West, so she and MacFarlane already have a rapport. Ted 2 is slated for release on June 26, 2015, while A Million Ways opens this May.
Universal Pictures has set a prime summer release date for the comedy sequel Ted 2. While an April 2015 release date had been bandied about, Universal announced today that the follow-up will officially open in theaters on June 26, 2015. The film currently has that weekend all to itself, but the following 4th of July weekend will see the Terminator reboot and Independence Day 2 hit theaters. Seth MacFarlane returns to co-write, direct, and star in Ted 2 along with Mark Wahlberg, but plot details are pretty much non-existent at this point. Ted scribes Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild also return to pen the screenplay.
MacFarlane is currently in post-production on his second directorial feature, the live-action comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West. That film is poised to open next May, so production on Ted 2 will likely get underway next spring or early summer.
With this weekend’s holiday comes the official close of the 2013 Summer Movie Season. We’ve seen our share of flops (The Lone Ranger), hits (Iron Man 3), and surprises (Now You See Me), and while there are definitely some exciting films on tap for next year, keen fans have already started looking excitedly at 2015. Why skip over an entire year, you ask? Well, if all goes according to plan, 2015 will see a perfect storm of sorts, as a crazy number of massive franchises are poised to launch some highly anticipated properties. Two years from now, The Avengers follow-up will square off against Batman vs. Superman, and a brand new Star Wars film is poised to open alongside the long-promised Jurassic Park sequel.
As the Labor Day weekend is normally a time of relaxation, we thought it might be fun to look ahead to the craziness that will ensue two years from now. Hit the jump as we run down the nutty release schedule for 2015, including what we know about each film thus far.
2015 just got another crazy addition. Seth McFarlane has tweeted that with regards to Ted 2, “We’re aiming for a 2015 Passover release date.” To be more specific, that’s April 3, 2015, but right now, Universal [via ScreenCrush] is only going so far as to say April 2015. April 3rd wouldn’t surprise me considering that the summer movie season no longer has to actually take place anywhere close to the summer. For me, I always considered the start of the season as the first week of May, but with blockbusters now starting to roll out in mid-March, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier taking an April 4, 2014 release date, I can see Ted 2 heading out in April 2015, and avoiding the blockbuster onslaught that will go down in the middle of that year.
Right now, McFarlane is working on A Million Ways to Die in the West, which is due out on May 30, 2014. If Ted 2 keeps the same scale as the first film, then it’s quite possible that McFarlane could make an April 2015 release date for the highly-anticipated comedy.
Opening this weekend is director Michael Bay’s fantastic dark comedy Pain & Gain. The film is based on a crazy true story and stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two bodybuilders who get caught up in an extortion ring and kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong. Pain and Gain also stars Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Ken Jeong, and Bar Paly. For more on the film, watch some clips or the red-band trailer.
Recently, I landed an exclusive phone interview with Johnson and Wahlberg. We talked about how the craziest stuff is true, the way they prepared for the role, whether they were nervous to play these characters, collaborating with Michael Bay, future projects like Ted 2, Hercules, G.I. Joe 3, and more. In addition, I asked Wahlberg if we can get Johnson walking around in the background of Transformers 4 so that there can eventually be a G.I. Joe/Transformers movie. Hit the jump for what they had to say.
Opening this weekend is Disney and director Sam Raimi’s fantastic prequel to The Wizard of Oz, Oz The Great and Powerful. The film centers on a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics (James Franco) who finds himself transported to Oz and drawn into a battle between the three witches Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams). Loaded with incredible visuals, amazing 3D, and a beautiful world created by production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland, Avatar), Oz is the type of movie that definitely should be seen on a movie screen and it’s absolutely worth the extra charge to see it in 3D. Oz The Great and Powerful also stars Zach Braff and Joey King.
Recently, I got to speak with Kunis. We talked about what it was like to walk on the yellow brick road for the first time, her reaction to the finished film, 3D, the Ted sequel, and the Wachowskis‘ upcoming film, Jupiter Ascending. Hit the jump to watch.
Since Seth MacFarlane is hosting this year’s Oscars, it’s not much of a surprise that his Ted co-star Mark Wahlberg will be making an appearance alongside the foul-mouthed teddy bear. Ted was one of the biggest hits of 2012, and it would almost be a letdown to not see the duo show up in some capacity. Wahlberg confirmed the appearance on the talk show Anderson Live, and I’m curious to see if they’ll be presenting an award, or if it will just be a comic bit. Either way, this year’s ceremony is shaping up to be pretty entertaining with MacFarlane as the host.
Wahlberg also confirmed that writing is underway on the script for Ted 2. In a recent interview with Steve, Wahlberg says he plans to shoot Transformers 4 and then move on to Ted 2. Hit the jump for Wahlberg’s appearance on Anderson Live.
Opening January 18 is director Allen Hughes’ (The Book of Eli) political thriller Broken City. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as a private detective who is hired to identify the lover of a powerful politician’s wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Russell Crowe plays the morally ambiguous politician. The film also stars Jeffrey Wright. For more on the film, here’s the first clip and the brand new trailer.
Over the weekend I sat down with Wahlberg for a fun interview. We talked about how he got involved in Broken City, putting together the great cast, the way he produces, and upcoming projects like Pain & Gain, Ted 2, and Transformers 4. However, while it was great to talk about his film projects, the best part was hearing him talk about the New England Patriots and getting to attend the game last week with his son. While I thought about editing out his comments on the Patriots after the disappointing loss last night, I thought some of you might like to see it. Hit the jump to watch.
Mark Wahlberg is quite a busy guy, and his schedule doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. The actor hit the comedy jackpot this summer in Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane’s feature directorial debut Ted, which already has a sequel in the works, and he’s also poised to delve into franchise fare as the lead in Michael Bay’s upcoming Transformers 4. Steve recently got to interview Wahlberg in anticipation of the upcoming political thriller Broken City, and the actor gave updates on Transformers 4 and a sequel to Ted, and talked briefly about Bay’s small-scale black comedy Pain and Gain. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
It looks like Universal Pictures is planning to firm up its film slate by focusing on franchises and animation over the next few years. One of the most successful franchises to date started with The Fast and the Furious, which continues to hold strong (Fast Six is due May 24th, 2013). Universal also plans on going ahead with sequels to this summer’s The Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz, as well as a follow-up to Seth MacFarlane’s Ted, with Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. They’re also getting ambitious on the animated front by expecting to crank out two films a year, versus their current rate of two every three years. Hit the jump for more.