Sequels: Segel Won't Write 'The Muppets 2,' 'Top Gun 2' Gets Writer and the Minions Announce 'Despicable Me 2' with a Song

 

Jason Segel Will Not Write 'The Muppets' Sequel

Spurred on by the modern-day Muppets revival and the overall success of Jason Segel's 2011 Oscar-winning (for best song) big screen feature, a sequel was almost a sure thing. There is one hitch though – this time Segel will not be attached as a writer.
 
This time around, director James Bobin and The Muppets co-writer Nicholas Stoller will handle scriptwriting duties. Segel's lack of involvement on the Muppets sequel is a result of the actor having to fulfill his commitments to the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, which in its seventh season, you'd think would be getting around to answering that question.
 
Segel will also be doing publicity for a pair of upcoming comedies The Five-Year Engagement co-starring Emily Blunt and Judd Apatow's This is Forty.
 
The great thing about The Muppets is that though Segel's character Gary had a full character arc, the adventures of Kermit and new muppet Walter can continue in future films. The big question is if Bret McKenzie, who wrote the Oscar-winning song Man or Muppet, will return. If he doesn't, there might some cause for concern.
 
 
'The Town' Writer Brought in to Tweak 'Top Gun 2'
 
Top Gun 2 looks to be inching closer to actually happening with Variety reporting that Peter Craig has been hired to work on the script. Craig wrote the adaptation for the Oscar-nominated film The Town starring Ben Affleck.
 
A sequel to the mid-'80s Tom Cruise flick has been in the works since 2010 with not much progress. Would you be interested in checking out Iceman, Maverick and the rest of the Top Gun characters more than 25 years after the original or should they focus on a new cast of hotshot fighter pilots?
 
'Despicable Me 2'
 
Finally, we've known that a sequel to 2010's surprise hit Despicable Me has been in the works for quite some time. The sequel has already been pegged for a July 3, 2013 release and principle cast members have been locked in, including Steve Carell reprising his role of Gru. Al Pacino and Jason Segel are also on board, with Pacino playing the sequel's villain. Segel returns as Gru's nemesis Vector.
 
Today, we get a little treat from Universal in the form of those awesome Twinkie-shaped creatures otherwise known as Minions singing a song in the tune of The Beach Boys' Barbara Ann. Take a look below and let us know if you're hyped for more Despicable Me.
 

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