Departed, “Mean Girls,” “Taken” Sequels?

Not all films need sequels. Today comes word on follow-ups to three recent features that certainly don’t need them.

The Departed

Beantown reports that a sequel to Martin Scorsese’s 2007 Oscar-winning crime thriller is already in development and could get a 2012 release.

Scribe William Monahan has previously indicated he already has ideas for the sequel, while actor Mark Wahlberg has apparently suggested that Scorsese regular Robert De Niro has been asked to portray a corrupt State House politician.

Mean Girls

A casting call via /Film indicates that Paramount has not only greenlit a sequel to the 0204 comedy, but shooting is already planned for next month around Atlanta.

The release reports that Emmy-winning director Melanie Mayron will helm the project which revolves around a new high school student, Jo, who agrees to befriend an outcast, Abby, at the urging of Abby’s wealthy father in exchange for paying all of Jo’s costs for the college of her dreams.

Jo and Abby team up to take on the school’s “mean girls,” the Plastics. The story becomes a high stakes battle of loyalty that ultimately comes to a head when one of our heroines finds out that her friendship has been bought and paid for.

It essentially sounds like a direct-to-video follow-up, a fact helped by the film being produced by Paramount Famous Productions who created the recent direct-to-DVD title “Van Wilder: Freshman Year”.


Liam Neeson says a sequel to his surprise hit revenge thriller “Taken” could be in the works.

The actor tells MTV News that he and writer/producer Luc Besson have discussed ideas for a possible follow-up, but “it is hard to get a plot that’s going to be believable”. So, later this month, he and Besson are “going to sit down and see if we can hash it out”.

The low-budget film was released in mid-2008 internationally and in January last year in the US. Not only did it get decent reviews, it ended up taking $226 million globally.