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Acid Dreams! ALIEN 5

Ear­lier this year Dis­trict 9 direc­tor Neill Blomkamp up­loaded a truly tan­ta­lis­ing splurge of con­cept art for an un­made Alien se­quel, briefly snar­ing the col­lec­tive gaze of the in­ter­net be­fore LOOK! CATS! ROLLERBLAD­ING! It was an idle piece of cre­ative dreaming to break up post- pro­duc­tion chores on Chap­pie – but hey, in Hol­ly­wood dreams come true ( when they’re not be­ing thrown down el­e­va­tor shafts, of course). Blomkamp has re­vealed that he’s now of­fi­cially the helmer of the next Alien movie for Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox. Ri­d­ley Scott pro­duces through his pro­duc­tion com­pany Scott Free while con­tin­u­ing to prep pre­quel tale Prometheus 2. In­trigu­ingly, Blomkamp’s vi­sion ap­peared to erase Alien 3 and 4 from con­ti­nu­ity, re­unit­ing Ri­p­ley with Michael Biehn’s Hicks, but there’s no word on whether Sigour­ney Weaver will be re­turn­ing to xenomorph-bat­tling duty.

As the Crow flies! THE CROW

Say, do you have a day­light­dodg­ing pal­lor, easy ac­cess to the Boots make- up counter and a frankly un­healthy fix­a­tion with the es­sen­tial tragedy of ex­is­tence? Con­grat­u­la­tions. Hol­ly­wood is call­ing your name, goth boy. Luke Evans has just bailed on the re­make of The Crow, leav­ing a dis­tinctly star- shaped hole in a project that’s al­ready hem­or­rhaged sev­eral po­ten­tial lead­ing men and di­rec­tors ( ex­is­tence, man! It sucks!). Corin Hardy – the movie’s helmer of the mo­ment – tells Fan­go­ria that his take will be “in­cred­i­bly emo­tional and bru­tal”, tak­ing its cues di­rectly from James O’Barr’s orig­i­nal comics. “I’m very much go­ing back to the graphic novel, par­tic­u­larly look­ing into the il­lus­tra­tions them­selves as much as the story and pick­ing out all those beau­ti­ful ideas and de­tails that haven’t re­ally been used yet.”

X- ing it up! DEAD­POOL

Looks as though the Dead­pool movie will tie the smart- mouthed su­per- mer­ce­nary closer to Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox’s X- uni­verse than we first sus­pected. Look for an ap­pear­ance by metal- plated X- Man Colos­sus along­side Fast And Fu­ri­ous 6’ s Gina Carano as An­gel Dust, a mem­ber of un­der­ground mu­tant group the Mor­locks in the orig­i­nal Marvel

comics. Star Ryan Reynolds, mean­while, is en­thus­ing about FX- man- turned- direc­tor Tim Miller, who makes his fea­ture­length de­but with this film. “Tim’s al­ways been the right guy,” he tells

Col­lider. “He’s al­ways shown noth­ing but a fierce loy­alty to the canon of Dead­pool and that’s the thing you look for first and fore­most, a guy that is al­ways want­ing to push a lit­tle bit far­ther. And the ad­van­tage of do­ing a movie like this on a bud­get that is sig­nif­i­cantly less than any other kind of su­per­hero movie is that you get to do things that you don’t get to do on other su­per­hero movies…”

Ghost­bustiers! GHOST­BUSTERS

As the wan­der­ing bal­ladeer Bobby Brown once told us, “Too hot to han­dle, too cold to hold/ They’re the Ghost­busters and they’re in con­trol.” Yes, the cast has fi­nally been re­vealed for Paul Feig ’s re­make of the slime­drenched ’ 80s clas­sic – and it’s one that, as long hinted, adds a sig­nif­i­cant dose of XX chro­mo­some to Man­hat­tan’s pre­mier spookchasers. As ru­moured, Brides­maids stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy will lead the team, joined by Satur­day Night Live play­ers Les­lie Jones and Kate McKin­non. In­trigu­ingly Feig is also chas­ing orig­i­nal ’ Buster Bill Mur­ray for the role of a pro­fes­sional de­bunker of the su­per­nat­u­ral ( our quick, off- the­cuff cal­cu­la­tions tell us this film would be ap­prox­i­mately 72% more amus­ing with Richard Dawkins in this part). Stay Puft Man ahoy!

Wa ke me up be­fore you go- go! PAS­SEN­GERS

Cur­rent Hol­ly­wood ace faces Jen­nifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are in the frame for a new SF tale to be helmed by Morten Tyd­lum, direc­tor of The Imi­ta­tion Game. Pitched as a love story for the cryo­genic sus­pen­sion gen­er­a­tion, it’s set aboard a star­ship trans­port­ing thou­sands of colonists through in­ter­stel­lar space to a new world. A mal­func­tion in the craft’s sleep cham­bers causes one of the colonists to wake 90 years ahead of his fel­low trav­ellers. Fac­ing the prospect of grow­ing old alone – with­out even a work­ing credit card and a high- speed broad­band con­nec­tion to soften the blow – he chooses to wake an­other pas­sen­ger. Nat­u­rally ro­mance blooms. Well, drips like a de­frost­ing re­frig­er­a­tion unit. It’s a project that’s at­tracted some A- list heat of late: Keanu Reeves, Reese Wither­spoon and Rachel McA­dams all briefly fell into its or­bit. The screen­play’s by Jon Spai­hts, who penned Prometheus as well as Marvel’s Doc­tor Strange.

Phoenix rises! X- MEN: APOCA­LYPSE

Game Of Thrones star So­phie Turner is talk­ing up her role as the young Jean Grey in Bryan Singer’s next X- fest. “I think Famke [ Janssen] played Jean in­cred­i­bly well,” she tells IGN. “I want to em­u­late Famke in a sense, be­cause she has to seem like the Jean in the first two movies, but I’m also go­ing to put my own twist on her. I think I’m also go­ing to take in­spi­ra­tion from the comics.”

X- Men: First Class star Rose Byrne will reprise her role as Moira MacTag­gert in Apoca­lypse, play­ing a sig­nif­i­cant role in the sto­ry­line. And dust down your mir­ror balls, for boo­gie- themed su­perheroine Daz­zler may also fea­ture in this ’ 80s- set adventure, no doubt swear­ing vengeance for the death of disco…

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