With Spider-Man 3 earning a worldwide gross of $382 million in its first weekend, Sony Pictures quickly decided that the franchise is something worth continuing. The BBC is reporting that Sony executive Michael Lynton said the studio “has every intention of making a fourth, a fifth, a sixth, and on and on.” This sounds great if they can turn out great stories that aren’t as convoluted as this last one. If they do intend to make this many more, they will have to change the cast and director at some point. I doubt Sam Raimi, Tobey Maquire, and Kristen Dunst will want to do three more no matter how much money is thrown at them. Well… maybe. Personally I’d like to see a new cast and director step in. My suggestion for the next film would be from the Kraven’s Last Hunt storyline with the Lizard replacing the role of Vermin. It’s easily one of the best Spider-Man stories ever done, and would translate beautifully to the screen.
Not sure how reliable this source is, but Jim Hill Media is reporting that Walt Disney Pictures plans on making a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean to be released in Summer 2009. According to the article, Johnny Depp has already told the execs at Disney that he would be willing to reprise his role of Captain Jack Sparrow. However, they may have to find a new director for a fourth Pirates. Word on the street is that Gore Verbinski, director of the Pirates trilogy, is definitely not interested in making more films on the high seas. The source of this info is none other than the creator of the Bloom County comic strip, Berkeley Breathed. Verbinski and Breathed are currently working together to make Breathed’s children’s book, Flawed Dogs, into a CG film for Disney. Apparently, Verbinski has told all of this to Breathed who is now telling everyone else. Not sure I would want to see another Pirates of the Caribbean. Wasn’t crazy about the last Dead Man’s Chest, and have little interest in At World’s End.
Before it has even been released, Transformers is getting sequel talk as the studies expect to have a big block buster on their hands. An article by the Los Angeles Times chronicling the sequence of events that led to Michael Bay directing Transformers mentions that the studio “likes what it has seen and is already developing a Transformers sequel script.” That doesn’t mean much at this point because Transformers has yet to earn any money. However, if the film does score big at the box office you can bet a sequel will quickly move into development. With a fanbase of two generations and a storyline that is very unique and interesting, I won’t be surprised to see at least one sequel happen.
Fantastic Four News
The Los Angeles Times also wrote an article about the upcoming Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and director Tim Story made a very interesting comment at the end of the article. When talk of a sequel started after he had directed the first Fantastic Four, Story saw it as a perfect opportunity to bring in other comic characters from the Fantastic Four universe. Of course, the Silver Surfer made it into the newest film, but what other characters were on his mind at the time? None other than Black Panther who was on his mind to play Black Panther? Djimon Hounsou of Amistad, Gladiator, and Blood Diamond for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Black Panther never did it for me as a super hero, but I have liked Hounsou’s acting in every film I’ve seen him in. I would definitely be curious to see what he could bring to this role. Unfortunately, this may never happen because I have a feeling the newest Fantastic Four will not live up to the studio’s box office expectations, thus killing any more sequels. We’ll know June 15th when Rise of the Silver Surfer is released.