More Sequels: The Host, Kung Fu Panda, 300, Hellboy and More!
by Alex Billington
June 26, 2008
With the Saturn Awards this week as well as upcoming press junkets in Los Angeles for Hellboy II and The Dark Knight, fresh news has been rampant. We already mentioned Bourne 4 earlier today, but some minor details have hit on so many other various sequels that I thought it would best to put all of the sequel news together into one article. Not only for the sake of conveniently finding the news you want, but because I'm getting tired of writing and reading about sequels all day long. Below you'll find the latest updates on sequels to The Host, Kung Fu Panda, 300, Hellboy, and Cloverfield. Not all of it is great news, but most of it is at least exciting to hear about. Read on to find out all the latest details.
The Host 2 - Although it's been mentioned before, Variety now confirms that a sequel to 2006's Korean monster flick The Host is in the works. Although it's being produced partially by the same Korean company, Chungeorahm, the film is a "Chinese sequel" that will explore what happens when people ignore a monster due to their desire for money. The production budget is around $12 million and shooting will start sometime early next year for release by the end of 2009.
Kung Fu Panda 2 - This is completely unconfirmed, but the blog of The Animators Guild recently wrote a post that mentions that DreamWorks is already working on a story for a sequel to Kung Fu Panda. Considering the film has already earned $162 million at the box office, it's very likely that this is accurate. The film definitely leaves open the possibility for sequels at the end and I think I'm not alone when I say I'd love to see Po the Panda return in yet another adventure.
300 - We first mentioned that this was "in the works" after 300 hit theaters in early 2007, now it seems to be actually coming together. Producer Gianni Nunnari tells Collider that they're currently working on a sequel to 300. He says that they're working with Frank Miller and Zack Snyder to create something authentic which would involve a new story of some kind. If you don't believe it, Collider says they spoke with Zack Snyder separately and confirmed that it is indeed true and is indeed in the works.
Hellboy III - All eyes are currently set on Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy II: The Golden Army, due out in theaters on July 11th, and his work on The Hobbit soon thereafter. However, Guillermo told Collider that he would love to make Hellboy III after he finishes work on The Hobbit, so if all goes as planned, we might see Hellboy III in 2012 or 2013. Don't hold your breath though - that's so far out and the success of Hellboy II hasn't been guaranteed yet, so the possibility of this actually happening anytime soon is very slim.
Cloverfield 2 - Unfortunately this is the bad news of the bunch today. Cloverfield's director Matt Reeves also spoke to Collider and told them that unfortunately Cloverfield 2 is on hold. He confirms that they promised only to make a sequel if they could find a story that was as fresh and unique as the first Cloverfield and right now they haven't come up with that. He does say that they do have a couple of exciting ideas, but it's in the very early stages and it's not clear if they'll develop into anything.
There's not much to specifically discuss from all of this news, but I'm interested in the sequel to 300 the most. First off, I loved The Host and would be open to a sequel, but I'm not entirely sure about this Chinese aspect to it. I just hope it's as good as the original and the story doesn't deviate too far from the concept that made the first one so interesting. As for 300, I've been excited at the prospect of a sequel (or a prequel) since first reporting on it in 2007. The first one sets the stage for so many potential sequel ideas that I'm sure Frank Miller and Zack Snyder will come up with something exciting. Does a 300 sequel sound appealing to anyone else? Are any of these other sequels a good idea either?