SAN ANDREAS gets a sequel – and volcanoes

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So, it would appear that next up on Hollywood’s list of inevitable sequels is that of San Andreas, which is not a surprise considering it made $470 million at the box office, you can read Nick’s review here. The Hollywood Reporter has brought word that a sequel to last year’s film has been greenlit. The film’s star Dwayne Johnson will also be returning for the sequel, alongside Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario and Paul Giamatti with Producer Beau Flynn and director Brad Peyton also set to return.

The only change that it looks like they will be making is that of the screenwriters, with Carlton Cuse, Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore not returning for this outing, with New Line bringing in Neil Widener and Gavin James (nope, not sure who they are either) to write the script instead. And so what can we expect of a sequel that can top a film about an almost apocalyptic size earthquake… To add volcanoes of course.

The initial idea behind the sequel will see the same team of people now rescuing people along the entire Pacific Ring of Fire as dangerous volcanoes start to erupt as a result of the various fault lines in the area. Tell me, why do people live there again?

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It’s not too much of a surprise for the sequel to head in that direction, even if it’s not exactly original. They need to do something of a bigger scale to make the film worthwhile and the area is home to 75% of the world’s volcanoes. How they are going to spin the science that all of them are erupting at the same time remains to be seen, but I guess the last movie threw science and belief out the window in favour of over the top action and special effects, so we shouldn’t have expected anything different for this one.

No release dates have yet been announced for the film, as its still in pre-production, but Johnson is quite a busy man with a lot of films in active development including Central Intelligence, Moana, Rampage (also with producer Flynn and likely being directed by Peyton) and the next Fast and Furious movie, so I wouldn’t expect production to start anytime soon.

Is a new San Andreas something you are keen to see?

Last Updated: February 22, 2016

Craig Risi

A man of many talents, but no sense how to use them. I could be discovering the cure for aids or finding ways to achieve world peace, but I’d rather be watching movies and writing here instead.

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