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The dudes abide!

BILL AND TED 3

Quantum physics is set to snog rock ‘ n’ roll in the third chap­ter of the most ex­cel­lent Bill And Ted saga. Keanu Reeves re­veals that the suit­ably slacker- late se­quel will see the pair try­ing to save the world by the power of song. “They’re just like ‘ Dude, we have to write the song!’” he tells Com­ing Soon, sound­ing un­can­nily like a man im­per­son­at­ing Keanu Reeves. “The fu­ture comes back and says if you don’t write the song by this cer­tain time the uni­verse is go­ing to un­ravel and his­tory and ev­ery­thing is go­ing to change and di­nosaurs are gonna walk the Earth. Je­sus is play­ing base­ball! All sorts of weird things start un­rav­el­ling and worm­holes are twist­ing.” Je­sus is play­ing base­ball! We like to­tally want that on a t- shirt, dude. Galaxy Quest’s Dean Parisot is at­tached to di­rect from a screen­play by cre­ators Ed Solomon and Chris Mathe­son.

St ark choices!

CAP­TAIN AMER­ICA 3

See that gi­ant hy­po­der­mic over there? It’s filled with pure essence of Robert Downey Jr and it’s about to be in­jected into the quiv­er­ing flesh of the third Cap­tain Amer­ica movie. Don’t spill the goa­tee! Yes, Mar­vel’s shield- slinger is set to share his next screen ad­ven­ture with fel­low Avenger Iron Man. But is this a team- up or a face- off ? Word is that Cap 3 will riff on the Civil War saga, 2006’ s comic book crossover that saw the Mar­vel uni­verse torn in two by the in­tro­duc­tion of the Su­per­hero Reg­is­tra­tion Act, a pesky piece of leg­is­la­tion that com­pelled any­one with su­per­pow­ers to re­veal their se­cret iden­ti­ties to the au­thor­i­ties. The su­per­pa­triot and the bil­lion­aire took op­pos­ing sides in this span­dex- clad con­tri­bu­tion to the civil lib­er­ties de­bate. Win­ter Sol­dier helmers Joe and An­thony Russo re­turn to di­rect, tar­get­ing a 6 May 2016 re­lease.

LeBeau­ti­fuL!

GAM­BIT

Ca­jun- flavoured X- Man Remy Le­Beau re­mains on tar­get for some solo movie ac­tion. And he’ll reach the big screen in the form of Chan­ning Ta­tum, testos­terone-based life­form from GI Joe and 22 Jump Street. “We’re find­ing a writer and sort of beat­ing it out,” Ta­tum shares with MTV. “We re­ally do want to try our hard­est to give some­thing fresh.” An icon of ’ 90s comics, Gam­bit’s a charm--

soaked Louisiana rogue with the abil­ity to con­trol pure ki­netic en­ergy – and a lethal line in play­ing card- pow­ered vi­o­lence. “We want to in­tro­duce this character in a very dif­fer­ent way, and when you try to do some­thing dif­fer­ent you never know, right off the bat, what that is,” says Ta­tum. “It takes a lit­tle time to get it right. We’re re­ally just feel­ing our way, and we have to prove that con­cept of that per­son.” One whis­per is that Ta­tum’s take on the South­ern­fried mu­tant will have a stealth in­tro in 2016’ s X- Men: Apoc­a­lypse.

Rim shots!

PA­CIFIC RIM 2

Guillermo del Toro’s an am­bi­tious fella. Not con­tent with a mere en­core to last year’s FX punch­fest Pa­cific Rim he’s now schem­ing away on a third serv­ing of tasty mecha v kaiju good­ness – and he’s de­vel­op­ing an an­i­mated TV show, too, poised to bridge the gaps in the creature- slap­ping saga. “The di­rec­tion we’re go­ing in is very dif­fer­ent from the first,” he tells Col­lider, re­veal­ing that the first draft of the se­quel’s screen­play is now in his mighty Mex­i­can mitts. “All I can say is some of your favourite char­ac­ters come back, oth­ers don’t be­cause we have de­cided that we’re go­ing to shoot am­bi­tiously and say ‘ Let’s hope we have three movies’, so some char­ac­ters come in at the end of the sec­ond, hop­ing that it will ramp up on the third one. I hope peo­ple like it, but you’re go­ing to get a very dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence from the first one.” Pa­cific Rim 2 is set for a 3 April 2017 re­lease.

Crim­i­nal in­tent!

SUI­CIDE SQUAD

Warner Bros will follow Bat­man V Su­per­man: Dawn Of Jus­tice by spot­light­ing some sig­nif­i­cantly less noble jaws in the DC Uni­verse. The first in a newly an­nounced on­slaught of comic book movies set to hit be­tween now and 2020 ( com­pelling sci­en­tific data points to this as the year planet Earth’s pre­cious su­per­heroic re­sources are fi­nally mined to ex­tinc­tion),

Sui­cide Squad will cor­ral to­gether some of the DCU’s dead­li­est ne’er do wells, re­cruited by the US gov­ern­ment to un­der­take high- risk black- ops mis­sions. Cap­tain Boomerang, Vixen and Dead­shot are ru­moured to be the star vil­lains with the em­i­nently bank­able likes of Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Rob­bie and Ryan Gosling re­put­edly up for a spot of morally am­bigu­ous world- sav­ing. Fury’s

David Ayer di­rects.

The Hardy boy!

X- MEN: APOC­A­LYPSE

Is that Tom Hardy’s phi­zog we de­tect on the all- see­ing screen of Cere­bro? Word is that 20th Cen­tury Fox are keen to add the

Dark Knight Rises star to their ex­po­nen­tially ex­pand­ing X- verse. He’s in the frame for X- Men:

Apoc­a­lypse, or­bit­ing the ti­tle role of the world’s first mu­tant, the im­mor­tal En Sabah Nur, al­ready glimpsed milk­ing some An­cient Egyp­tian wor­ship in the post-cred­its stinger of X- Men: Days Of Fu­ture Past. Mean­while pro­ducer

Si­mon Kin­berg says that the next chap­ter of the X- saga will fully embrace its neon- friendly pe­riod set­ting: “We’re hav­ing a lot of fun with the idea of the ’ 80s,” he re­veals to Col­lider. “It’s a decade that Bryan and I both grew up in and so the mu­sic, the style, the aes­thetic, the legacy of ’ 80s movies is some­thing we’re re­ally hav­ing fun with.” Brace your­selves for the in­tro­duc­tion of new X- Man Mul­let, a mu­tant with the power to blast pure elec­tric booga­loo from his fin­gers…

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