Video game fans, children of the ’80s, and Olivia Wilde enthusiasts everywhere are pretty excited about the opening of “TRON: Legacy” tonight. Very strangely, it’s the sequel to “TRON,” a Jeff Bridges movie about a man stuck in a video game made 20 years ago. (It bombed at the box office, but went on to be a cult classic.) And it seems to have started a trend of very random movies getting sequels. “Shakespeare in Love 2″? “Bill and Ted 3″? Read on to see what movies will bizarrely be getting the sequel treatment soon. Which are you excited for and which are you dreading?
- “Shakespeare in Love 2.” The movie won Gwyneth Paltrow an Oscar and made Joseph Fiennes more famous than big brother Ralph. And 12 years later, the flick about the man behind the world’s most famous plays is getting a reboot. It is part of a deal the Weinstein Company just made to create follow-ups to some of the studio’s most famous movies. [Huffington Post]
- “Swingers 2.” Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau were money when “Swingers” came out in 1996. Jon has hinted at the idea of a part two before, but now it’s actually happening, also a part of the Weinstein deal. That’s funny, because when I first saw the trailer for “The Dilemma,” I thought that’s what it was. But something just isn’t as fun with Vince and Jon looking older and much more bloated than they used to. [Huffington Post, Hemingsway Lounge]
- “Bad Santa 2.” Sure, the original “Bad Santa” (another of the Weinstein sequel deals) may have been a Coen Brothers movie, but I have a no Bernie Mac policy, so I didn’t see it when it came out in 2003. Unfortunately, the makers of this sequel won’t be able to call the flick “Badder Santa”—that’s what they called the director’s cut DVD version of the original. Way to plan ahead. [Huffington Post]
- “Zoolander 2.” Now, I’m legitimately excited for “Zoolander 2.” The 2001 classic tale of a male model battling an evil plot to take over the world is one of the movies I’ve watched most often in my life. Here’s hoping for more spot-on spoofing in the sequel, and more great cameos—though how do you beat David Bowie judging a walk-off? Let’s hope the makers of this one have some good tricks up their sleeve—heck, Owen Wilson likes the script.
- “Bill and Ted 3.” The Wyld Stallyns—Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter—appear to be reuniting to travel through time in a phone booth again, like they did in 1989′s “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” Winter says, “We kicked around the idea over the years and had always thought if we could make something that was as kind of genuine in spirit as the originals and without falling prey to kind of retro cynicism.” Too bad George Carlin won’t be around to resurrect the role of Rufus. [Perez Hilton]
- “Scream 4.” “Scream” reinvented the horror movie, and Drew Barrymore‘s career, when it came out in 1996. And while it had two follow-ups, it’s been a decade since the last one. Luckily, Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox are back, and joining newcomers to the franchise like Emma Roberts, Kristen Bell and Anna Paquin. No wonder we’ve been so riled up about this one.
- “A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas.” OK, I thought the first one was funny. But “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay” was an abomination. We think Kal Penn should have kept his White House job rather than sign on for this stinker. [Slash Film]
- “Pineapple Express 2.” I take it as a very bad sign that Judd Apatow is recycling a movie idea. And really, it’s 2008′s “Pineapple Express” over “Knocked Up” or “Superbad”? I would have much preferred “Freaks and Geeks: The Movie.” [MTV]'li>
- “Ghostbusters 3. People have been talking about making a third installment of the 1984 classic for eons. And now, it apparently is in production. But get ready for the disappointment of the year: it will be animated. Please, the Stay-puft Marshmallow Man just wouldn’t have been as thrilling if he were drawn. [Slash Film]