Devel­op­ment hell

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

Avatardy!

Bad news, planet- hop­pers. The next Earth shut­tle to Pan­dora has been de­layed. You’ll just have to amuse your­selves in the de­par­ture lounge. Tech- bul­ly­ing vi­sion­ary James Cameron says that the first in his tril­ogy of Avatar se­quels has been bumped from De­cem­ber 2016 to De­cem­ber 2017. What gives, Jim? “There’s a layer of com­plex­ity in get­ting the story to work as a saga across three films that you don’t get when you’re mak­ing a stand­alone film,” says Cameron, who plans to shoot all three films at once, the ma­niac. “We’ve done that so that ev­ery­thing tracks through­out the three films. We’re not just go­ing to do one and then make up an­other one and an­other one af­ter that. And par­al­lel with that, we’re do­ing all the de­sign. So we’ve de­signed all the crea­tures and the en­vi­ron­ments.” A De­cem­ber 2017 re­lease po­ten­tially puts Cameron Na’vi dag­ger- to­lightsaber with Rian John­son’s Star Wars Episode VIII…

Keep it civil!

“I have a brand new cos­tume; I’m in full ef­fect,” says An­thony Mackie, poised to reprise his role as Cap­tain Amer­ica’s faith­ful wing­man the Fal­con in the shield- slinger’s third solo adventure. “I will tell you this: Cap 3 is gonna be ev­ery­thing you can imag­ine. Cap 2 was re­ally Avengers 1. 5 and Cap 3 is gonna be Avengers 3.8.” He’ll show you his work­ings later. With Scar­lett Jo­hans­son signed to re­turn as Black Widow, Civil War will pitch Cap against Iron Man in a knock- down squab­ble over su­per­hero rights ( can’t they just go on Ques­tion Time like ev­ery­one else?). Co- writer Stephen McFeely tells IGN the movie needs to tweak the 2006 comic books it’s based on. “The MCU didn’t ex­ist [ then]. There isn’t a Robert Downey Jr or Chris Evans who has helped cre­ate the char­ac­ter, so we need to make sure that that tem­plate gets ad­justed, in or­der to make sure it ser­vices th­ese char­ac­ters and not just rip off their parts and make them look like them.”

As­tral cinema!

Who’s this we find float­ing in the lo­tus po­si­tion through the as­tral plane? He looks a lit­tle pale. And, frankly, a tad in­sub­stan­tial. Why, it’s a non- cor­po­real pro­jec­tion of Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch him­self,

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