Updates on '21 Jump Street,' 'MiB,' 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequels & More
It's been a pretty successful year for Columbia Pictures to the point that a handful of their major releases are getting sequels. We've already heard that 21 Jump Street has a sequel in development (if you didn't catch the buddy cop comedy in theaters earlier this year, then you're missing out), and it's been presumed that Men in Black and The Amazing Spider-Man would keep the blockbuster party going, but we haven't heard anything from the studio on them yet. Now boss man Doug Belgrad weighs in on those projects with THR, including the expected but uncertain sequel for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo also. Read on!
First, The Amazing Spider-Man is definitely coming. In fact, there's supposed to be at least a trilogy when all is said and done, and that might be why the "untold story" that was teased in the trailers ended up on the cutting room floor. After all, audiences need a reason to keep coming back to the theaters besides webslinging action (though Andrew Garfield should be a good enough reason as he disappears into Peter Parker in the same way that Christian Bale becomes Bruce Wayne and Batman). However, the sequel might be coming our way without the first film's director Marc Webb on board? Why? Well, the filmmaker still has a commitment to make a film at Fox, after his work on (500) Days of Summer for Fox Searchlight. Belgrad say that and maybe a couple other obstacles might keep Webb out of the director's chair.
Meanwhile, Columbia's franchise that hasn't gotten a reboot yet is looking to continue as Belgrad talks of plans for more Men in Black following the success of the time traveling threequel earlier this summer. The studio head said, "We're very pleased with the financial performance of Men in Black 3, and we believe it is an ongoing franchise. We're going to do [another one], but we don't have clarity yet on how it should be done." Perhaps that means they're not sure if they should reboot the franchise, have Will Smith hand it off to another guy putting on the last suit he'll ever wear, or something else. We'll have to wait and see.
As for the new franchise on the scene, 21 Jump Street seems to be the sequel that will hit theaters before all the rest. Jonah Hill was already said to be working on the script, and it sounds like it's at least to the point where it only needs some polishing. Belgrad says the sequel, which was implied to be heading to college for the new undercover assignment, is looking to shoot this fall. So that means we might get 21 Jump Street towards the end of 2013, or maybe another spring release like the first film. Considering the film is my favorite comedy of the year so far, and Channing Tatum even surprised me, I can't wait to see it.
Finally, fans of Stieg Larsson's novels that started with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and hit the big screen courtesy of The Social Network director David Fincher, might be pleased to hear that Columbia has decided to move forward with the sequel, The Girl Who Played with Fire. Belgrad apparently said they're "pushing ahead" with the sequel, but it's not clear if Fincher is returning to direct. Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig are already slated to return, and a script from Steve Zailian is already complete (along with a screenplay for the third installment, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest). The film wasn't a runaway hit at the box office, but apparently it found a big enough audience to warrant the sequel. Stay tuned for more on these sequels and other projects as updates become available.