Monday, 19 September 2011

MORE SEQUELS HEADED YOUR WAY!






That's right folks, Hollywood is back doing what it does best...sequels!



First up is Johnny English Reborn, the belated second outing (the first Johnny Englishwas released in 2003) for the bumbling, goofy British spy - played by Blackadderhimself, Rowan Atkinson, and directed by Brit film maker, and action newbie, Oliver Parker (Othello, St Trinian's and it's sequel).



Although Reantimator's a pessimistic beast, he's actually quite looking forward to it. Anything with Kung Fu, Dominic West (from the breathtakingly great HBO series The Wire), Shaolin lookin' monks - and general tomfoolery - and you just know that you can count the 'Action Movie Addict' in!


(Johnny English: Reborn is out in the UK on Oct' 7 and in the US on Oct' 28)



Next, and another sequel with a distinct British flavour, is  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. The sequel to the 2009 hit Sherlock Holmes- starring Robert Downey Jr. in the titular role once more, again aided by Jude Law's 'Watson'.


Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch) is back in the director's chair again, with Noomi Rapace (The Girl Who... Millennium Trilogy star) co-starring. The always excellent, Jared Harris (son of Richard, and from TV's Mad Menand Fringe- among many other productions), plays Holmes' arch-enemy: Professor Moriarty.


(Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows is out in both the UK and US on Dec' 16)




Lastly, we have the third sequel in the re-re-reduxed Mission: Impossible re-hash (Woah, that's a helluva lot of 'Re's' HaHa!).


One-man film making army, J.J. Abrams - who's acting as producer for this one - takes a backseat and let's Brad Bird take the helm to direct a script co-written by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects). Interesting choice, as Bird is more known for the Uber-hit animated series The Simpsons, and CGI smashes The Incredibles and Ratatouille.


As usual, Tom Cruise takes centre stage as the face-swapping Ethan Hunt, and is joined again by Ving Rhames and the Hot Fuzz/ Shaun of The Deadactor, Simon Pegg (who's gone all 'action hero' in this outing), who returns as computer geek Benji Dunn.


Hopefully, this will see the franchise continue on it's upward trajectory.
(Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol is out in the US on Dec' 21 and in the UK on Dec' 26)


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