THE NEWS BUNDLE: Mark Wahlberg Says 'Ted 2' Aiming for Production Later Next Year, 'Transformers 4' to Kick Off in May

With Ted making its way to home video this week, the original feature walked out of the summer slate as the number one R-rated comedy with big box office returns for both producer Media Rights Capital and distributor Universal Pictures. As Fall came, Universal revealed a sequel was in the works as fast as possible but with early development it was unclear how long we would have to wait until we saw the foul-mouthed teddy bear back on the big screen. Now it seems a year from now might be the goal as one lead actor reveals he's making plans to ship up to Boston for the follow-up in late 2013.

In an interview with Collider, Mark Wahlberg revealed “We’re shooting Transformers [4] in May, and then I believe we’re gonna do Ted 2 right after. They’re working on it now and we’ve kind of gone through the negotiation process. The great thing about it is Seth [MacFarlane's] ideas for the second one are sick. He comes from the world of episodic television so he knows how to tell the stories, man, in a way that most people don’t, like for instance The Italian Job we’ve been trying to do the sequel for 10 years. He’s a different kind of guy.”

Though the said production start for Transformers 4 is set in stone, it's the filming for Ted 2 that just seems a bit too hopeful to be true for the time being. The Michael Bay sequel will in fact take more than a few months to complete, but Seth MacFarlane's schedule is already filled to the bone. While Wahlberg is filming Transformers 4, MacFarlane will direct and star in the comedy-western A Million Ways To Die in The West of which he also co-wrote with Ted scribes Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild. On top of this, MacFarlane will be balancing three separate television series as Family Guy and American Dad return for new seasons, with no word on a renewal yet for The Cleveland Show.

Then again as Wahlberg states, MacFarlane already has an idea of where the Ted sequel will go. He could easily whip up a script within the next few months before shooting Million Ways, while with pre-production we could see filming start in time for a Holiday 2014 release.

We'll keep you updated on both sequels in the future, and whether or not this aimed production start solidifies itself in the coming months.

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