This week new trailers landed for two of Autumn’s biggest sequels. At last cinemagoers can feast their eyes on the first look at the final Hunger Games film, Mockingjay Part 2, whilst James Bond fans can delight in the new teaser for Spectre. Read on to find out more about these new previews and a round-up of the hottest movie news from the past week.
Pitch Perfect 3 Confirmed
Movie musical sequel Pitch Perfect 2 opened to phenomenal success back in May. The movie has since made over $250 million and counting worldwide. Such figures, the sequel’s overwhelmingly positive reviews and the enduring popularity of the film’s characters seemed to render a third film inevitable.
Sure enough, this week The Hollywood Reporter announced a third instalment is currently in the works, with writer Kay Cannon back at the helm.
Pitch Perfect 2 reunited the Barden Bellas, the film’s endearing group of unlikely friends and acapella competitors. The sequel saw the group enter the world championships, whilst simultaneously preparing to graduate and enter the real world. The plot of Pitch Perfect 2 suggests that the third film may move beyond the college setting in order to ensure stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson can continue to be part of the film. Alternatively, the filmmakers could decide to concentrate on new Bella, eighteen-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, and her efforts to regenerate the singing group.
One of the best parts about the Pitch Perfect films is the evident camaraderie between the lead actresses. The audience have a good time because the actors seem to be having fun. That said, no matter how much the actors enjoy their roles, it may be difficult for Universal Pictures to pin the stars down for a third outing: Rebel Wilson’s role as the self-titled Fat Amy has catapulted her into stardom, whilst Oscar-nominated Anna Kendrick is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s most in-demand performers.
There is also no word yet on whether or not Elizabeth Banks, who directed Pitch Perfect 2, will return to the director’s chair for the third film. Whatever the outcome, fans will no doubt have faith in Kay Cannon’s writing and will hopefully get the chance to see some of their favourite characters sing together once more.
Remake of Sister Act in the Works
1992 hit comedy Sister Act starred Whoopi Goldberg as a murder witness who goes into hiding as a nun. The film was a big hit, generating a sequel the following year and, more recently, a Tony-Award winning Broadway musical.
This week reports suggest that Disney is developing a remake of the film. Written by the dream-team creators of Legally Blonde, 10 Things I Hate About You and She’s the Man, Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah, the new movie will reimagine the original story for a new era.
No word yet as to how closely the film will resemble the original, nor if Goldberg will be involved, but the film’s winning premise and the success of the recent show bodes well for this reimagining.
First Official Trailer: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
The long-awaited trailer has been released for the final instalment of The Hunger Games films: Mockingjay Part 2. The franchise finale sees the nation of Panem at war and protagonist Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) risking her life to assassinate the corrupt President Snow (Donald Sutherland).
Mockingjay Part 2 hits cinemas on 19 November 2015. To read the full trailer chat article click here.
First TV Spot for Spectre
Action-packed, suitably mysterious and undoubtedly fan pleasing, the new preview for November’s other big blockbuster movie sequel, Spectre, landed with a bang this week.
The 60-second preview features glimpses of Naomie Harris’ Eve (revealed in previous Bond instalment Skyfall to be Miss Moneypenny) pondering on Bond’s elusive past, a past which then rears its head with the appearance of Christoph Waltz’s villain Franz Oberhauser. The final seconds of the trailer, in which Daniel Craig’s hero introduces himself as “Bond – James Bond” before the iconic theme tune kicks in are bound to put a smile on your face, but whether or not Spectre can live up to the glory of Skyfall remains to be seen.
The movie is released on 6 November.