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Sequels: 'RockNRolla 2,' 'Ghost Rider' Tanks Early Screening and Did Tyrese Confirm Jason Statham for 'Transformers 4'?

 

Guy Ritchie Says RockNRolla Sequel Is Written, He's Just Not in a Rush to Make It

When RockNRolla opened in 2008, it didn't exactly set the box office on fire, but compared to his previous two efforts before it, Revolver and Swept Away, the film performed respectably. Of course, Guy Ritchie's first post-RockNRolla movie was the Sherlock Holmes adaptation with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law and, well, the rest is pretty much history.
 
With the sequel to the $524 million grossing Sherlock Holmes set to open in theater this Friday, that age-old Hollywood question of, "What's next?" has cropped up.
 
Truth is, ever since RockNRolla came out, there had been talk of a sequel, including the title card at the end of the movie which proclaimed that, "Johnny, Archy and the Wild Bunch will be back in The Real RockNRolla."
 
Speaking to Movieline, Ritchie said that the sequel has been written and there is a producer already set to pay him to make it, but he isn't in a big hurry.
 
"You know, I've spent a lot of time thinking about it! I've written a script, I think it's a great script and Joel [Silver] wants to pay for me to do it. But up until now, we haven't had the time to do it. It's sitting there and we'd all like to do it, it's just a question of when we're going to fit it in. So we'll wait and see."
 
 
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Tanks in Early Screening
 
What started out as a great idea ended up backfiring on Sony. At Harry Knowles' annual 24-hour film festival known as the Butt-Numb-A-Thon, a bunch of comic-book/genre-friendly sites were given the opportunity to check out an early screening of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengance, along with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Cabin in the Woods and The Grey. While the latter four movies picked up good buzz from the crowd, Ghost Rider didn't fare quite as well.
 
Badass Digest called it "a failure on every level, a cheap, chintzy, boring and stupid movie that doesn't even deliver the dumb fun you'd hope from a Neveldine/Taylor movie." Ouch.
 
Other sites including SlashFilm and Ain't It Cool also lacked in enthusiasm for the sequel, both saying they weren't impressed with the 3D. Scott Weinberg added "Ghost Rider 2 played. I have nothing else to add."
 
While audiences certainly weren't clamoring for a Ghost Rider sequel, there was admittedly a slight bit of curiosity as to what Crank directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor could bring to the table. We can all find out how weak the film really is when Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance opens February 17th.
 
 
Did Tyrese Gibson Just Confirm Jason Statham for Transformers 4?
 
While Paramount and Steven Spielberg continue to tempt Michael Bay to direct a fourth Transformers movie, Transformers 3 stars Tyrese Gibson and Ken Jeong got together over the weekend to talk about the franchise. The duo took to their Twitter accounts and may have confirmed that Jason Statham is replacing Shia LaBeouf in the franchise.
 
Statham has denied earlier reports but take a look at the tweets below and let us know what you think? Is Statham in, or are Gibson and Jeong just rooting for the action star to join the multi-billion dollar franchise? Or maybe the J.S. stands for, gasp, Jaden Smith! Or maybe James Spader, Jimmy Smits or Jason Segel and his Muppet Transformers?
 
Tyrese: @kenjeong Good seeing you last night bro. 1.1 Billion again welcome to the #TF#family you are funny as s**t!!!!!!!! JS is up next!!
 
Jeong replied: @Tyrese GREAT seeing you last night as well!! #TF3family rules!!! JS baby!!!
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