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HOLLYWOOD Star Wars Prequels
S.W. prequel rumors and entertainment info.
Secrets of the Star Wars Prequels
Interviews with those close to the Star Wars Prequel production.
On-line Interview with George Lucas
The Silencer's Star Wars Prequel Spynet
Summarizes the rumors/news from Star Wars Prequel Web Sites.

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September

Sequel to Saturday Night Fever (Hot Friday Nights); Babe 2; Where is Roger Rabbit?; Star Wars Episode One; Casper 2; Indy 4; Star Trek 9; E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial 2

Future Hollywood Films

UPDATED EACH DAY

ALLADDIN 2: SEA OF ECSTACY

STATUS: Screenplay complete and ready to go, hold up is Robin Williams asking $ 17 - $ 25 million to reprise his role as the Genie . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Alladdin and Jasmine now have kids, who go on wild adventures with Genie . . . BUDGET: $ 65 to $ 75 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 145 million domestic + $ 170 million overseas = $ 315 million total

BABE 2

STATUS: Script has been completed and filming has begun . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Developers try to take over the farm Babe and the other farm animals live on. The little animals battle the developers to save their farm from bull dozers . . . BUDGET: $ 45 to $ 55 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 105 million domestic + $ 150 million overseas = $ 255 million total

BATMAN 5: THE DARK KNIGHT

STATUS: Script being penned; George Clooney may not return; projected release date Summer 2000 . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Scarecrow, Man Bat and Harley Quinn prey on Gotham City. Cat Woman reappears to help Batman and Robin battle the forces of evil. A new vigilante, Azrael, arises to challenge Batman for the right to serve as Gotham City's protector from evil . . . ACTORS INVOLVED: Chris McDonnel, Mia Sorvino (Cat Woman--rumor), Kevin Spacey (Scarecrow--rumor), Man Bat (Computer generated), Azrael (Val Kilmer, John Travolta--rumored) . . . BUDGET: $ 80 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 120 million + $ 110 million = $ 230 million total

BROKEN LANCE

STATUS: Third script re-write is complete and Ron Howard is set to direct this fantasy adventure in late 1998 . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Patriarchal monarch of a magical kingdom on the decline finds that he is losing control of his empire and his family is fragmenting into warring factions. Also, has a sadistic, maniacal warlord . . . ACTORS INVOLVED: Val Kilmer, Live Taylor and a few unknowns . . . BUDGET: $ 70 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 75 million domestic + $ 130 million overseas = $ 205 million total

CASPER 2

STATUS: This sequel went straight to video and is available at video stores and retail stores world wide. PROJECTED VIDEO CASSETTE SALES: 7 million units worldwide.

DANCES WITH WOLVES 2

STATUS: No information on this film project

DIE HARD 4

STATUS: Script being written; with no production or release date set . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: John McClane has to save the President of the United States from terrorist who capture Washington, D.C. . . . ACTORS INVOLVED: Bruce Willis ( $ 20 million salary) . . . BUDGET: $ 90 - $ 110 million . . .PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 100 million domestic + $ 200 million overseas = $ 300 million total

E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL 2

STATUS: Script to this sequel was finished by Melissa Mathison (who wrote the first E.T. script and is coincidentally married to Harrison Ford) over ten years ago, Spielberg has stated that he will not direct a sequel to his most "personal" film. However, Universal Studios owns the copyright to the E.T. franchise, not Spielberg. Universal is itching to release a sequel to E.T. during Summer 2002 (which will be the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of E.T.) . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: E.T. returns to earth two years after the end of the first film and has more adventures with Elliot. During this film, Elliot visits E.T.'s home planet and returns to earth as an adult (Was it all just a dream? Or did E.T. really return to earth?) . . . BUDGET: $ 60 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 450 million domestic + $ 550 million overseas = $ 1,000 billion total

THE FLINTSTONES 2

STATUS: Screenplay is complete, original cast sans Rosie O'Donnel have signed on to return, release date Summer/Christmas 1999 . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Fred, Barney and company do their thing in Bedrock . . . BUDGET: $ 75 - $ 90 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 80 million domestice + $ 150 million overseas = $ 230 million total

FORREST GUMP 2: GUMP AND COMPANY

STATUS: Book sequel to Forrest Gump has already been published, Paramount is looking for the "right" screen writer to pen the script based on this book, no production dates set, no release dates, Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis apparently aren't interested in a Gump sequel at this time . . . PLOT: Read the book . . . BUDGET: $ 70 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 240 million domestic + $ 275 million overseas = $ 515 million total

GHOST 2

STATUS: Screen play is complete, problem now is getting Patrick Swayze (in a career slump) and Demi Moore (cooling off at the box-office rapidly) to sign on for a sequel both are rumored to be asking $ 15 - $ 20 million each to do a sequel . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Patrick returns to help Demi through troubled times to help guide Demi's young son and saved Demi from someone who wishes to do her harm . . . BUDGET: $ 90 - $ 100 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 105 million domestic + $ 100 million overseas = $ 205 million total

THE HOBBIT: LIVE-ACTION FILM

STATUS: Dozens of completed scripts to this T.R.R. Tolkien fantasy-adventure classic have floated around Hollywood for years, no studio is willing to put up the big bucks to make this film a reality . . . PLOT: Read the Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings, the Twin Towers and The Return of the King to experience Tolkien's epic fantasy masterpiece . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 100 million domestic + $ 175 million overseas = $ 275 million total

HOT FRIDAY NIGHTS (SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER 2)

STATUS: John Travolta has been asked to don those white, bell-bottom pants one more time. Travolta's asking price to re-visit the 1970's = $ 25 million . . . Script has been in development for years. There was no interest in this project until Travolta's stunning re-emergence as a box-office superstar with Pulp Fiction

INDEPENDENCE DAY 2: ALIEN REVENGE

STATUS: Script in development, pre-production underway, release date projected to be Summer 1999/2000 . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: The aliens defeated in part one turn out to be the "little, nice" aliens. Seven years later, the "big, nasty" aliens appear to avenge the death of their "little brothers." Earth uses the alien technology that survived part one to battle this new alien threat . . . ACTORS INVOLVED: Apparently most of the original cast, most notably Will Smith and Goldblum . . . BUDGET: $ 90 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 210 million domestic + $ 350 million overseas = $ 560 million total

INDIANA JONES 4

STATUS: Script complete; Lucasfilm waiting for Spielberg and Harrison Ford to be available for filming; earliest possible release date Memorial Day Week 2000 . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Garden of Eden, Atlantis, Noah's Ark? Take your pick. Your guess is as good as anybody else's . . . ACTORS INVOLVED: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Sean Connery, Brad Pitt (Indy's younger brother----rumored) . . . BUDGET: $ 65 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 215 million domestic + $ 285 million overseas = $ 500 million total

JAWS ALIVE (JAWS 5)

STATUS: Script in development, probably release date Fall 1999 . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Giant shark terrorizes innocent land-dwelling humans . . . ACTORS INVOLVED: Casting call for undiscovered actors . . . BUDGET: $ 25 - $ 35 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 50 million domestic + $ 85 million overseas = $ 135 million total

JURASSIC PARK 3: A NEW WORLD

STATUS: Early script development stage; no production dates set; release date probably Summer 2001 . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Corporate cloning scientists mass replicate dinosaurs. And dinosaur zoos are built and stocked in dozens of cities around the world. Of course, the dinosaurs escape and cause havoc all over the world on a mass scale and beging to breed out of control. Jeff Goldblum's character tries to stop this ecological nightmare. Dinosaurs cause a virus that wipes out mankind except Goldblum and a handful of others. Earth is returned to the Stone Age and A New World is created. The dinosaurs rule the earth once more . . . ACTORS INVOLVED: Jeff Goldblum . . . BUDGET: $ 75 - $ 80 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 210 million + $ 435 million overseas = $ 645 million total

LETHAL WEAPON 4

STATUS: Script complete; awaiting Mel Gibson's agreement to do the film . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Mel and Danny battle an underground militia group bent on taking over the United States government . . . ACTORS INVOLVED: Mel Gibson (currently in negotiations), Danny Glover, Joe Pesci . . . BUDGET: $ 85 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 125 million domestic + $ 225 million overseas = $ 350 million total

LION KING 2: RETURN OF THE KING

STATUS: Script complete, music composed, pre-production underway, release date likely to be Summer 1999/2000 . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Man encroaches on the lands of the Lion King and all the animals must work together to save their delicate world. Film will showcase the latest in Disney state-of-the-art 3D animation . . . ACTORS INVOLVED: Various actors voices will be used once again . . . BUDGET: $ 70 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 235 million domestic + $ 420 million overseas = $ 655 million total

MEN IN BLACK 2

STATUS: Script ideas bouncing around Hollywood . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Good guys save world from evil alien invaders (how original) . . . ACTORS INVOLVED: Will Smith, Linda Florintino, Tommy Lee Jones (maybe) . . . BUDGET: $ 85 - $ 100 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 165 million domestic + $ 140 million overseas = $ 305 million total

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2: THE SECRET SERVICE

STATUS: Script nearing completion, Tom Cruise will receive $ 25 million plus profit participation for this sequel (not Cruise never does sequels), release date Summer 1999/2000 . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Tom Cruise saves the world, again . . . BUDGET: $ 100 - $ 130 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 140 million domestic + $ 255 million overseas = $ 395 million total

MONTY PYTHON: OUR LAST MOVIE, HONEST

Status: No script, the living members of Python are mulling over offers to do one last Python film. The question is not if it will be made, but when, earliest release date Christmas 1999 . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: John Cleese, the defacto leader of Python, has stated that he would like to do a spoof of Sinbad and the Arabian Nights legend . . . BUDGET: $ 30 - $ 40 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 115 million domestic + $ 190 million overseas = $ 305 million total

PRETTY WOMAN 2 STATUS: No information on this project's development, if any PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 100 million domestic + $ 130 million overseas = $ 230 million total

RAIN MAN 2 STATUS: No sequel planned at this time PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 120 million domestic + $ 100 million overseas = $ 220 million total

ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES 2 STATUS: No info on this movie project PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 115 million domestic + $ 200 million overseas = $ 315 million total

STAR TREK 9: THE LAST FRONTIER

STATUS: Script is undergoing major revisions, The $ 12 million dollar man, Patrick Stewart, is back along with most of the original crew including Will Wheaton (rumored) and Denise Crosby (rumored), release date Christmas 1998 . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Picard undergoes the greatest crisis of his life and the Enterprise is destroyed again and then put back together by Q. Q tortures Picard and the rest of the Enterprise crew during this flick. Data come one step closer to becoming human (Q makes him human again, but as usual Data chooses to become android again) . . . BUDGET: $ 60 - $ 70 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 100 million domestic + $ 60 million overseas = $ 160 million total

STAR WARS EPISODE ONE

STATUS: Currently in production with a May 1999 release date . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Anakin Skywalker's father (Liam Neeson) is killed during a heroic act. Ben Kenobi befriends the orphaned Anakin and they go on many adventures together. One of these involves the search for a powerful chrystal, which can be used to greatly magnigy the Force in its possessor. The "bad guys" are defeated on a great amphibious/land/space battle in the Mon Calamari star system . . . ACTORS INVOLVED: Jake Lloyd, Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and others . . . BUDGET: $ 70 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 400 million domestic + $ 500 million overseas = $ 900 total

SUPERMAN

STATUS: Script complete, filming to commence this year with Tim Burton at the helm with an expected Christmas 1998 release, Nic Cage as the title superhero . . . PLOT: Based on the DC comic Death of Superman story arc . . . RUMORED PLOT: Superman is apparently killed by the computer-generated behemoth called, Doomsday. Superman returns to defeat Doomsday with the help of several other DC comic-book super heroes (i.e., Flash, Batman, etc.) . . . ACTORS INVOLVED: Nic Cage (Superman/ Clark Kent), Sandra Bullock (Lois Lane--rumored) . . . BUDGET: $ 105 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 200 million domestic + $ 180 million overseas = $ 380 million total

TERMINATER 3: FINAL JUDGMENT

STATUS: Script being written by James Cameron, release date Summer 1999/2000 . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Arnold is sent back from the future (one more time) to save Sarah and John Conners. Film involves multiple time-lines (with confusing, paradoxical time travel) with heavy sci-fi digital effects for the future earth . . . ACTORS INVOLVED: Arnold S., Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn . . . BUDGET: $ 120 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 185 million domestic + $ 230 million overseas = $ 415 million total

TITANIC

STATUS: Complete except for minor editing/special-effects additions . . . PLOT: The Titanic sinks . . . BUDGET: $ 175 - $ 215 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 160 million domestic + $ 180 million overseas = $ 340 million total

TOY STORY 2

STATUS: Script in development, Pixar (who produced Toy Story) are currently working on another computer-generated film and have put a sequel to Toy Story on the shelf for a while . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Buzz Lightyear and Woody get lost in the big city and have a raucous adventure and meet a ton of new Toy friends . . . Budget: $ 55 - $ 65 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 150 million domestice + $ 200 million overseas = $ 350 million total

TRUE LIES 2

STATUS: Script in development; no production schedule or release date set . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Arnold S. and Tom Arnold penetrate Communist China to destroy a doomsday virus . . . ACTORS INVOLVED: Arnold S., Tom Arnold, Jamie Lee Curtis . . . BUDGET: $ 90 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 120 million domestic + $ 200 million overseas = $ 320 million

TWISTER 2

STATUS: Script in development, but will not be penned by Michael Crichton . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: The gang chases twisters and Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton's characters create a machine that allows them to physical enter and fly around in the center of the largest twister ever recorded . . . ACTORS INVOLVED: Most of the original cast (if they survived the first one) . . . BUDGET: $ 80 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 165 million domestic + $ 190 million overseas = $ 355 million total

THE WAYWARD PRINCE

STATUS: In development for a long, long time . . . PLOT: An heir to the French throne is sent to Heidelberg for one last fling, where he falls in love with an older prostitute . . . ACTORS INVOLVED: Charlie Sheen, Jon Voight and Holly Hunter . . . BUDGET: $ 35 - $ 40 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 55 million domestic + $ 70 million overseas = $ 125 million total

WHERE IS ROGER RABBIT? (WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT 2?)

STATUS: Screenplay is complete, film is in pre-production, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Hoskins are not involved, earliest release dates Christmas 1999/Summer 2000 . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: Roger Rabbit gets amnesia (one too many anvils dropped on his head) and wanders around Toon Town and the "real" world in a silly daze . . . BUDGET: $ 90 - $ 100 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 135 million domestic + $ 175 million overseas = $ 310 million total

X-Men: The Live-Action Film

STATUS: Various scripts bouncing around; tentative release date Summer/Christmas 1999 . . . PLOT: Unknown . . . RUMORED PLOT: The X-Men, with a reluctant Magneto, battle Apocalypse, across time, to save the world from destruction . . . ACTORS INVOLVED: Unknown . . . BUDGET: $ 55 million . . . PROJECTED BOX-OFFICE GROSS: $ 130 million domestic + $ 100 million overseas = $ 230 million