De­vel­op­ment Hell

Com­ing attractions tai­lored for the SF con­nois­seur.

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Agaro­robo- a- go- go!

AS­SAS­SIN’S CREED

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!

THE DE­STROYER

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!

DOC­TOR STRANGE

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!

SAND­MAN

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?

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