Yes, there will be a "Rambo IV": "I’ve signed the deal and I have the old headband, machine gun and bow and arrow ready to go. I am looking forward to showing movie fans the real action hero again," Sly tells the Guardian.
Yes, there will be an "Indiana Jones IV" — via the Hollywood News, Spielberg and Lucas have finally signed off on a script, which leaves only Harrison Ford to give his approval, locate his hat, gun, bullwhip, from Manhattan Mini-Storage or such.
Dark Horizons‘ Garth Franklin checks up on the status of other rumored franchise follow-ups, while over at MSNBC, John Hartl has the least controversial top ten remakes list conceivable. Only one film on it was made within the last twenty years, despite, as Anne Thompson in the Observer, um, observes, near all of this summer’s films are tied to familiar material, whether they’re remakes of "classic" films or based on beloved comic books. "The Island," Thompson depressingly points out, despite appearing cooler (with its pairing of Scarlett Jo and Ewan McGregor) and slicker (director Michael Bay is inarguably talented at exploding things) than your average summer flick, is starting off well-behind the other big summer films because it can’t coast on the recognition value of its source material (it’s an original story).
Other randomness: via CRI, amateur historian Gavin Menzies is apparently writing a screenplay version of his controversial book "1421: The Year China Discovered America" for a medium-budgeted film set to go into production in March.
+ Rambo coming out of retirement (Guardian)
+ LucasBerger approves Indiana Jones 4 Script (Hollywood News)
+ Ring 3 Gets A Green Light (Empire)
+ Bell Tolls For DiCaprio (Empire)
+ So Many Sequels, So Little Originality (Dark Horizons)
+ Remakes: Theyâ€™re dÃ©jÃ vu all over again (MSNBC)
+ Popcorn, hotdogs, eyes front (Observer)
+ The Year China Discovered the World Adopted to a Film (CRI)
+ Trailer: "Happy Endings" (Apple)