Coming attractions tailored for the SF connoisseur.
Agarorobo- a- go- go!
Ignore the internet rumblings: despite whispers to the contrary, Michael Fassbender reveals he’s still set to produce and star in this adaptation of the sword- wielding, history- hopping Ubisoft game. “I love these rumours,” he tells IGN. “Nothing has changed… We’re working on the script as we speak.” Telling of the ancient war between the Assassins and the Templars, the big- screen version will see Fassbender play Michael Lynch, a death row inmate used as a pawn in the battle between the two factions. He’ll also play Lynch’s ancestor Aguilar de Agarorobo, an assassin in the age of the Spanish Inquisition – nobody expected that – who faces the evil of Grand Inquisitor Tomas de Torquemada. “We’re approaching it as a feature film, as opposed to approaching it as a videogame,” says Fassbender. “But I love the world… I just thought, ‘ This is so rich.’”
Up and running!
BLADE RUNNER 2
Can you already feel the patter of acid rain? Ridley Scott reveals that the tardy sequel to 1982’ s future- noir classic just moved a fraction closer. Seems the screenplay is finally complete. “It’s written and it’s damn good,” the veteran helmer tells EW, confirming that original star Harrison Ford will disinter the trench coat to bring us a seventysomething Rick Deckard ( Blade Shuffler?). “Of course it involves Harrison, who is a survivor after all these years – despite the accident.” Ridley’s referencing Ford’s recent hobbling by a wayward door on the Star Wars set, of course. Let’s trust the Blade Runner 2 shoot doesn’t lay him equally low with a health and safety nightmare involving dodgy sushi. Scott is also committed to Prometheus 2 and Matt Damon astronaut drama The Martian. “That’s the problem. I’ve got a lot of ducks in a row. But they’re all written.”
All the way to Remo!
Once real men tore open Michelob bottles with their bare nostrils and raced their Harleys to the local dime store to grab cheap paperbacks that told of truly real men machine- gunning filthy hippies and punching Commie sharks in the teeth. King of the macho reading pile was Warren Murphy’s The Destroyer. Murphy’s hero was former New Jersey cop
Remo Williams, reborn as an agent of an ultra- secret US government division and – get this – the avatar of Shiva, as foretold in the legends of Sinanju ( cue spat- out Michelob in trailer homes everywhere). Blending Eastern mysticism with off- the- scale testosterone, Remo battled everything from cyborgs to shapeshifting androids to undead monks. He came to the screen in 1985’ s frankly misnamed Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. Now he’s heading back there, courtesy of Iron Man 3 helmer Shane Black and Man Of Steel
producer Charles Roven.
Casting the runes!
A spell of concealment still cloaks the identity of Marvel’s cinematic warlock. From Johnny Depp to
Jared Leto, it seems every A- lister with the power to rock a goatee has orbited the role. Now comes word of a new potential hexhurler: Jack Huston, 31- year- old star of Boardwalk Empire and American Hustle. Meanwhile Mad
Men star Jon Hamm denies that he’s been in talks for Strange duty: “It’s funny when the internet knows more about you than you do,” he tells Digital Spy, “but maybe they’ve been talking to someone at Marvel. I certainly wasn’t approached about it, but I do like Doctor Strange.” Personally we like the notion of Doctor Strange knocking back a chilled martini and a scorching redhead after banishing the dread Dormammu to the Dark Dimension.
The brain of Morpheus!
Yes, Joseph Gordon- Levitt really is bringing Neil Gaiman’s comic book opus to the big screen. We didn’t just dream it. “Right now we’re working on a script,” he tells Moviefone while out pimping
Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. “It’s me and [ David] Goyer and the screenwriter [ Jack Thorne] and Neil Gaiman, as well as the good folks at DC and Warner Bros. It’s a really cool team of people.” Don’t hold your breath, though – the sheer sprawl of Gaiman’s headspace makes this a particularly tricky proposition. “There’s not a script yet. We’re still working it out because it’s such a complicated adaptation because
Sandman wasn’t written as novels. Sin City was written as a novel.
Sandman is 75 episodic issues. There’s a reason people have been trying and failing to adapt
Sandman for the past 20 years.”
Fried gold! UNTITLED WRIGHT, PEGG & FROST PROJECT
Need an injection of hope in this dark world? Here it comes, people.
The World’s End may have officially rung time on the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy but Simon Pegg reveals that he’s set to collaborate once again with Nick Frost and
Edgar Wright. “It has a title and everything,” he tells BBC 6 Music. “We’re kind of into a creative cycle now… The coming together thing is without question on the table.” No word on what genre the new movie may riff on – how do you follow zombie apocalypse, West Country cop caper and alien invasion? – but Pegg says it may even be the beginning of a brand new trilogy. “We made three films in ten years and hopefully in the next decade we’ll make another three. I really love working with those guys and I wouldn’t ever not want to work with them. It’s not even a question.” The Three Flavours King Cone trilogy, anyone?