In this era of remakes and sequels, a sequel to a remake is inevitable if there's enough money to be made. According to Deadline Hollywood, that's just the case with the reconfigured 'The Karate Kid,' which opened last weekend to $56 million (on a $40 million budget). Sources tell DH that Sony's Columbia Pictures execs are meeting with writers to pitch their ideas on a sequel to the Jaden Smith-Jackie Chan-starrer.
Remember 'Ghost Rider,' the 2007 adaptation of the Marvel comic book starring Nicolas Cage? Well, Columbia Pictures is hot to fire up a sequel, even going so far as to start talks with Cage and enlisting the helming team of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor ('Crank') to direct. According to Variety, the studio would lose the property if it couldn't put a sequel into production by November. The first film earned $229 million on a $110 million budget. Cage would reprise his role as Johnny Blaze, a stunt motorcyclist who makes a deal with the devil in order to save the life of a loved one.
Simon Baker and Paul Bettany are in talks to make the financial crisis worse -- as high-powered Wall Street traders in 'Margin Call,' an independent drama about the current economic meltdown. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project revolves around employees of an investment bank during a tumultuous 24-hour period during the 2008 financial collapse. Baker will star as a ruthless securities broker who drives his colleagues to win by any means necessary; Bettany will play a top-tier trader deeply involved in the crisis. The film, which also stars Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci and Zachary Quinto, will begin shooting next week in New York.