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Sequel news: KUNG FU PANDA 2 gets serious; STAR TREK 2 gets pre-production

Ryan Mahoney

by: Ryan Mahoney
March 1st, 2011

Update on two Paramount sequels: Kung Fu Panda and Star Trek

Here’s an update on two highly anticipated sequels from Paramount Pictures: KUNG FU PANDA 2 and STAR TREK 2.

KUNG FU PANDA 2’s animators are touching up the film before its release on May 26. Melissa Cob (a producer of the film) talked about the film’s tone with The Hollywood Reporter:

"The movie deals with pretty tough, emotional issues that he goes through, as well as a huge adventure. This movie is on a much bigger scale then the first movie. It’s been much more ambitious and hard to make from a filmmaking standpoint…It really builds on what was set up in the first movie, and has Po struggling with bigger issues than he did the first time."

These issues could help KUNG FU PANDA 2 reach its potential as a masterpiece of animation filmmaking; I felt my lack of emotional involvement is what prevented the first PANDA from being a truly great film. Check out news on STAR TREK 2 after the break.

On the STAR TREK front, Paramount is already putting money in pre-production for the film even though a script has yet to be complete. The film (scheduled for a June 2012 release, apocalypse permitting) is also without a director, but it seems almost certain that J.J. Abrams will direct the sequel after finishing up SUPER 8.

I hope that both sequels outshine the originals, but this will be a tall order considering the success (both critically and commercially) that each film had. Which film are you more excited about?

Source /film

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  • http://twitter.com/emdub52 Marc Walker

    While I will appreciate Po and the furious five. I’m more excited about ST2. JJ really brought this franchise back with a bang and I really want to see what could happen next.

    It’s really great what Bob Orci and Rob Kurtzman do. Take Fringe for instance. That has to be one of the best shows on TV right now because of what they can do and what direction it goes. And they can do anything. They can go anywhere and it all seems to work and make sence.

    With writers like this and a mind like Abrahams it’s hard not to imagine this franchise going places.

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