Viacom Confirms ZOOLANDER Sequel; Plus, Updates on STAR TREK 2, G.I. JOE 2, MOSCOW (the Jack Ryan Reboot), and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

     November 11, 2010

Viacom COO Tom Dooley has announced a few of the upcoming films that the company (which owns Paramount and Nickelodeon) hopes to produce and release sometime after next September.  During the company’s earning call today, Dooley revealed that Viacom has plans to produce the upcoming sequel to Star Trek, the second G.I. Joe movie, the upcoming Jack Ryan reboot, and the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.

We’ve known that all of these films were in the works and would be made sometime soon, but the biggest news came when Dooley announced that Viacom still thinks that Derek Zoolander is so hot right now: the company will produce the planned Zoolander sequel.  Hit the jump to read what we know about each film.

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STAR TREK 2

Risky Business confirms that the Star Trek sequel, currently still going by Star Trek 2, has a release date set for June 29, 2012.  Screenwriting partners Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers) have been writing the script with Damon Lindelof (Lost), and the trio hopes to have the latest draft ready by the holidays.  The film will not feature the fan-favorite villain, Khan, but will instead feature a non-traditional villain that has some ties to the original series.  J.J. Abrams, who directed the first film, has yet to announce if he will be coming back to direct the sequel or not, but the studio definitely wants him back.  I’m going to assume that we won’t hear an official announcement from Abrams until he’s done working on his upcoming film, Super 8.

G.I. JOE 2

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The sequel for G.I. Joe plans to begin shooting in spring 2011, and will possibly hit theaters in summer 2012.  Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland) are writing the script, and Stephen Sommers will be returning to direct the sequel.  As of right now, we don’t really know much else about the film.

MOSCOW

Jack Bender, who directed some the most memorable episodes of Lost, will make his feature film debut with the upcoming Jack Ryan reboot, currently going by the title Moscow.  Chris Pine (Star Trek) is the latest actor to play Ryan, as a soldier fresh from the marines who “goes to work as an analyst for a Russian billionaire, but winds up on the run after being implicated in a terrorist plot.”

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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes are behind the live-action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Yes, the guys behind the recent reboots and remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm Street are rebooting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  We don’t know what kind of tone the trio are going for, but the last we heard, the studio was planning on using men in suits combined with the face replacement technology that was used in Where the Wild Things Are.  Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) will be writing the script.

ZOOLANDER 2

Earlier this year, it was reported that Zoolander 2 was having problems getting a green light due to the film’s budget and the fact that the original wasn’t a hit overseas.  Maybe it’s because Paramount finally heard the uproar that fans made when that news broke, but the studio has now greenlit the film.  Justin Theroux will write and direct the film, set ten years after the events of the original.  Jonah Hill has also been attached as the film’s villain for awhile now, and he recently expressed his hope that the film would get made soon.

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