Newsbites: The sequels and reboots edition!

Newsbites: The sequels and reboots edition! December 24, 2008

1. It has been public knowledge for some time that Jeff Bridges will reprise the role of Flynn in Tron 2.0 … but now comes word that Bruce Boxleitner may reprise the role of Tron himself! —

2. J.J. Abrams says his Star Trek movie is only a few days away from being done, done, done — and then “we’re going to flash-freeze it so it’s totally fresh for you in May.” In this day and age, when everyone from Peter Jackson to Baz Luhrman finishes their movies at the last possible minute, it might seem odd that Abrams would finish his film several months in advance. But remember, Star Trek was originally going to be released on Christmas Day, i.e. tomorrow — so it looks like Abrams stuck to his original schedule, more or less, even after the studio postponed the release date. — Facebook

3. That remake of Forbidden Planet (1956) might not be a remake, per se; it might be sort of a prequel, and it might be the first part of a trilogy. Oh, and James Cameron is reportedly interested in directing. — (x2), Latino Review

4. Frank Miller, having imposed his style on The Spirit, is now thinking of meddling with Buck Rogers. — Hollywood Reporter

5. Bedtime Stories director Adam Shankman is in negotiations to direct The 8th Voyage of Sinbad, which “centers on sailor Sinbad and his crew, who are marooned off the coast of China and embark on a quest to find the Aladdin’s lamp. Along the way they meet a beautiful empress and do battle with fantastic creatures and a rebellious Chinese general who threatens the kingdom.” — Hollywood Reporter

6. Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy says he thought of putting a gag in the sequel involving Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, but he decided against it because it would have been “historically blasphemous”. I wonder if the fact that the real-life Armstrong and Aldrin are still alive, unlike most if not all of the other historical figures in these movies, was also a factor. — MTV Movies Blog

7. They’ve already rebooted the Jack Ryan series once, with The Sum of All Fears (2002), so why not reboot it again? Paramount has hired screenwriter Hossein Amini to write an “origin story” for the character, “not derived from Clancy’s novels”. — Hollywood Reporter

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