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Stalked: Sequels for Avatar, G.I. Joe, Ghost Rider, District 9

Sequels galore today as we hear about director's wished and ideas, and nothing really new for sequels for Avatar and District 9, while word on a sequel to G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra tells us that it's moving forward, and details of what Ghost Rider 2 would and would not be come in.

However in the end it's money and talent that talks, and with all these films sporting tremendous price tags, I'm not sure if we'll see all of them come to fruition. Saying that I bet you Ghost Rider 2 makes it.

First up is the news on a possible sequel to G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and while Collider found out that a writer had been hired for the project it was IESB, through First Showing, that suggested the identity of the writer, or should I say writers.

The good news is that the writers of Zombieland (Filmstalker review) and the upcoming Deadpool film, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, are the men for the job (if the rumours are right), and why not? Could they do a better job than the last film? Well that depends on how many rewrites and changes are made on the way to the big screen, but there's certainly a good starting point that's for sure.

While others are positive about this move I'm not so sure, is the Zombieland tone right for a G.I. Joe sequel, or should that series be headed towards pure action and effects?

Next up word on the Ghost Rider sequel - do we really need one? - and from Collider through Coming Soon we hear from the producer Mike De Luca who reveals some key points of what will and won't be in the sequel:

Mark Steven Johnson is not directing the sequel
Eva Mendes will not return as Roxanne Simpson
Ghost Rider 2 (or Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance) will be a hard PG-13
The film is going to take place in Europe
De Luca is open to David Goyer directing the sequel but it all comes down to his very busy schedule
The sequel will be like "pushing the reset button" on the franchise
As you might expect from the success of Avatar, Ghost Rider 2 might be done in 3D
Goyer has just delivered his updated outline to the studio
Ghost Rider 2 could easily be in front of the cameras this year

Now for me this is most promising, David Goyer writing, a change of director, a restart of the character and it could be a little harder/darker. That all sounds good to be honest, but I'm not sure I've enough love for the character to want to see another film, unless there are radical changes. Would Goyer be the one to deliver them?

Mind you, the thought of it being in 3D is worrying, all that flaming head bike mounted flying towards the screen action is making me queasy already.

The news that there may be a sequel to District 9 (Filmstalker review) isn't new, we've been talking about it for some time, everyone has, and they've already decided on District 10 as the title, however Neill Blomkamp may have different ideas. Talking to the L.A. Times' Hero Complex blog through SciFi Wire he says:

"A television show I wouldn't really want to do. That would be...well, I just don't want to do that. But a sequel might be interesting…But the concept of aliens in Johannesburg is such an appealing idea to me and the issues of race and how they meet. All of the things that I had going on with it. I wouldn't mind messing around with it again. I'm open to it if the story works and there's a reason to do it. And [Sharlto Copley's character] Wikus is so funny to me, I'm very interested in a sort of passive racist like that. If you go forward [with his story beyond "District 9"] it's more of a traditional film but if you go backward I'd be intrigued in that. I'm not so interested in aliens coming back and blowing things up but [a prequel] might be interesting"

Okay so let's get some of this in context first, he seems to have been asked outright if he'd do a television show, and he answered no but talked about the things he'd rather do instead of a television show, not the things that they are going to do, just things he'd rather do other than a television show.

So that's the context laid it doesn't seem as concrete now. However he's bringing up the idea of a prequel instead of a sequel, and that's something that might be interesting, the initial arrival of the aliens and the set up of District 9. Interesting, but would it really go anywhere exciting? That's the problem with prequels, we know where they're going to end.

I think a sequel has to be the way to go, wouldn't there be something much more interesting in the arrival of the rest of the alien race and how the two species react, particularly around the way the aliens have been treated.

Is there really room to see another film about covert racism and segregation on the same topic?

Regardless of what option it is, it's clear that he's debating the possibility of which way to go and things are still undecided.

Finally, and this is just everywhere right now, James Cameron is saying that there will be a sequel to Avatar (Filmstalker review). No great surprise since he's been saying there's going to be a sequel since the figures started coming in and from the very beginning he's been saying that it's going to be a trilogy. So just what he's been saying all this time. The real news is when we hear something about the actual story.



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