Sequel Round-Up: 'Mission Impossible,' 'Gremlins' & 'Green Lantern'
Finishing out the news week, there's seems to be some small buzz on the potential for some more sequels coming down the road. Most of these briefs aren't solid guarantees, but the updates are certainly worth noting. The first comes in the form of Paramount's pleasure at seeing Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol grossing $121 million worldwide so far, and the holiday weekend just started today. Moviehole says the numbers have executives at Skydance Productions wanting to put together a Mission Impossible 5 sooner than later, and it also has them eager to get that gestating Top Gun sequel off the ground as well.
The thought of a Mission: Impossible 5 isn't surprising, but the question is whether or not this means those reports of Jeremy Renner being set up to inherit the franchise are true. Simon Pegg recently weighed in on that concept saying: “I think that might have been the plan earlier on, but as the film progressed and we enjoyed it so much I think the idea of Ethan Hunt retiring fell by the wayside. Tom [Cruise] suddenly remembered why he loved doing these films so much and suddenly thought ‘well maybe I do want to do more?’ It’d be nice to see them go into a mission a little better equipped and prepared and have some things that actually work.” That combined with the fact that Tom Cruise can clearly still open a big blockbuster likely means Renner and Cruise will just work together.
Meanwhile, as for sequels to Gremlins and Green Lantern, Moviehole has a separate report about Warner Bros. registering website domains for Gremlins3.com and GreenLantern2.com. Now this isn't necessarily solid news that either franchise will get a sequel since studios always prepare for stuff like this well in advance of getting a project off the ground. Green Lantern wouldn't be a shock despite a less than impressive box office performance when compared to the money spent to make the film. However, the thought of a Gremlins 3 has been rumored for years and years, including the most recent talk of a sequel in 3D which director Joe Dante quickly debunked. However, with several other films from the 80's getting remakes and reboots, perhaps Warner Bros. will make this happen.