‘Dragon,’ ‘Titans’ Readying Sequels – Warner Bros. Drops Batman, Superman, ’Hobbit’ Hints

Sequel-mania is alive and well in Hollywood!

DreamWorks Animation will launch a follow-up to “How To Train Your Dragon” in 2013, CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg announced Wednesday.

The 3-D animated film has grossed almost $375 million worldwide, making it a strong franchise candidate.

Another 3-D film, fantasy remake “Clash of the Titans,” will also see a sequel, according to Deadline, which reported that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are aiming for a follow-up as soon as spring 2012. The film’s worldwide gross sits at an impressive $389 million.

The site reported that star Sam Worthington and a number of cast members will return, though director Louis Leterrier will not. The studio reportedly hopes to get to production before Worthington needs to turn his attention to “Avatar 2.”

In further film news, IMAX and Warner Bros. announced a new agreement on Wednesday that will see the theater chain releasing up to 20 of the distributor’s films in its format through 2013.

Films planned for inclusion, according to a studio release, are “Legends of the Guardian: The Owls of Ga’Hoole 3D,” both “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” films in 3-D, “Happy Feet 2” in 3-D, and the long-gestating “Lord of the Rings” prequel “The Hobbit” – now scheduled for a two-part release in 2012 and 2013.

The release also noted plans for a third Batman film and a fresh installment of Superman during the course of the new deal; films whose production has not yet been formally announced.

Warner Bros. has previously released 25 films in IMAX format, including 2008’s “The Dark Knight” – which was partially filmed with IMAX cameras.

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