THR recently sat down with Sony chief Doug Belgrad to discuss some of the studio’s upcoming projects, and no surprise, the studio is planning a slew of sequels in the coming years.
Surprisingly, the studio is already prepping to shoot the sequel to this year’s hit “21 Jump Street” by the Fall, with everyone expected back. The film was a surprise hit that, I think, took everyone by surprise. Made for around $42 million (I’m actually shock it cost that much. Why?) the movie has already grossed just short of $200 million worldwide, giving star Channing Tatum another notch in his belt.
On the subject of “The Amazing Spider-Man”, which has proven to be a good idea for Sony despite a lot of people questioning its too-soon reboot (myself included), the sequel is of course in the works. $530 million worldwide box office in 2 weeks is convincing. But will director Marc Webb return? Belgrad sounds doubtful, though he might just be hedging his bets:
We’d really like him back, but there are obstacles. He has an obligation to Fox. [Webb owes Fox a post-(500) Days of Summer film.]
Moving over to sci-fi land, the studio is already looking towards “Men in Black 4”. After a troubled production, the sequel finally opened this Summer. Like most Will Smith movies nowadays, the reviews were unkind, but audiences were still gobbling it up to the tune of $615 million worldwide.
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.
Translation: whenever Will Smith is available.
Belgrad goes on to confirm that the studio is working on ways to “re-imagine” the 1995 Robin Williams film “Jumanji”, and that their Steve Jobs biopic is currently boggled down a tad due to writer Aaron Sorkin’s commitments to his HBO show “The Newsroom”, but that they are still committed to him writing it.
There are also some talk about Adam Sandler’s upcoming movies, but who cares about that, really.