Sequels: “21 Jump Street,” “The Croods,” and “Star Wars” Plans

"21 Jump Street 2," coming sometime in 2014.

At Cinemacon, studios are not only busy showing clips from movies they hope theater owners and their audiences will love, but they’re full of announcements about movies that were loved in the past and are coming back for more.

  • To absolutely no one’s surprise, Dreamworks Animation has announced that they are developing a sequel to “The Croods,” the reasonably solid hit that has earned $386.6 million worldwide since its debut in March.┬áChris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, who wrote and directed the film, are on board to perform the same duties on the sequel. The voice cast, including Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman, are expected to be back as well.
  • We’ve known for a long time that there would be a sequel to 2012′s “21 Jump Street” (which I thought was hilarious, and it’s tough to make me laugh), but now Sony has announced that it is aiming for a 2014 release. No date yet, but they haven’t started filming yet, and I haven’t heard anything about any progress on it. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have both been pretty busy. I’d have to think they’re headed for something like March, or maybe even a big Christmas release.
  • In “Star Wars” news–”Star Wars Episode VII,” to be directed by J.J. Abrams with a script by Michael Arndt, is scheduled for a summer 2015 release. The plan after that is to alternate every summer between a “standalone” Star Wars movie, that is, one not part of the continuing story, and one that is part of the story. I guess the plan is to continue doing this as long as people are willing to keep paying money to see them.

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