What’s cooking in Hollywood’s kitchen. Some of it smells mighty good.
Your monthly glimpse into Hollywood’s hoped- for future
Psychological warfare! CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
Scarlett Johansson’s read the Civil War script. And she’s impressed. “You know, the film has a very different feeling than anything of Marvel’s that I’ve read or been a part of before,” she tells Collider. “I think these films are kind of maturing with the audience, so there’s even more complex psychological twists that I hadn’t necessarily anticipated.” These mind- melting twists will be brought to you in the glory of IMAX 2D – in fact it’ll be the first film to be shot with IMAX’s new 2D digital cameras. Expect a movie stacked deep with Marvel franchise faces: Black Panther, Ant- Man, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, the Winter Soldier, the Falcon, the Vision and War Machine are all onboard, alongside The Incredible Hulk’s William Hurt, returning as General “Thunderbolt” Ross. Inglourious Basterd Daniel Brühl plays classic Cap nemesis Baron Zemo. Oh, and there’s Sherlock’s Martin Freeman, too. And just one wafer thin mint?
What’s happening, Flash? FLASH GORDON
Just a man. With a man’s courage. And Layer Cake, Kick- Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service on his resume. Yes, none other than Matthew Vaughn is tipped to direct the Flash Gordon remake, returning Alex Raymond’s interplanetary champion to the big screen for the first time since 1980’ s joyous Mongo- fest ( and no, Sam J Jones’s rocket cycle- riding cameo in Ted doesn’t count). Vaughn’s reportedly in negotiations with Twentieth Century Fox to helm this new blockbuster take, set to be produced by Chronicle’s John Davis and penned by The Bourne Ultimatum’s George Nolfi. No word on whether the movie will retain the ’ 30s setting of the original comic strip adventures or deliver a wholly modernised Flash but one thing you should know: this morning’s unprecedented solar eclipse is no cause for alarm…
To the kitchen blenders! GREMLINS
Top tip: if you feed Chris Columbus after midnight he’ll give you the inside word on the Gremlins reboot. “I am involved,” he confirms to Slashfilm. Columbus wrote 1984’ s original but bailed on 1990’ s Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Now he’s returning to the Gizmoverse as producer. “We were approached with an idea
that really sounded like an interesting version,” he says. “It’s not a remake of the movie at all. It’s just a reinvention of it.” Columbus aims to tap into the kind of generational nostalgia that recently saw the world weep tears of simple joy for a Wookiee and his pal. “When I saw the Star Wars trailer and saw Chewie and Han Solo at the end, it was emotional. And that’s what everybody wanted for the past 30 years. We had wanted that. So, for me, I would want to get involved if we could create some sort of emotional connection, even though it’s a new story.”
Austin power! THE SIX BILLION DOLLAR MAN
The Bionic reboot has a new writer ( we’re not entirely sure what happened to the last one but we suspect it may have involved a slo- motion scrap with a cybernetic Bigfoot). Argentina’s Damián
Szifron is the man set to return reconstituted flyboy Steve Austin to the screen in an inflationadjusted take on the classic ’ 70s TV show. He’s a left- field choice with impressive form: Szifron directed 2014’ s Wild Tales, nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. “The themes surrounding this beloved property allow for the creation of a memorable sci- fi actioner as well as a bold spy thriller,” says Szifron, as Dr Rudy Wells installs a screenwriting chip directly behind his cornea. “I’ll do my best to deliver the strongest basis for an amazing cinematic experience.”
Caught in the web!
We know the Webslinger is officially swinging his way into the Marvel movie universe. The big question remains, though: whose mug will be behind the mask? Current frontrunner for the most coveted gig in young Hollywood is Ender’s Game star Asa
Butterfield. At just 18 he’s close to Lee and Ditko’s original teen take on Peter Parker – but put away your radioactive spiders, for thankfully we’ll be spared yet another retread of the origin tale. “We are going to take it for granted that people know that, and the specifics,” Marvel main man Kevin
Feige tells Crave Online. Hear the planet sigh with relief. “There is a young kid [ already] running around New York City in a homemade version of the Spider- Man costume in the MCU, you just don’t know it yet. We’ve already designed the costume, which is different than any of the ones that have come before. And yet ours is classic Spidey…”
Helmer hell on Amazon Island!
Even invisible jets encounter turbulence. The upcoming big- screen take on Wonder Woman just lost its original choice of director. Game Of Thrones helmer
Michelle MacLaren was set to deliver a solo adventure for the Amazon warrior, building on Gal
Gadot’s debut in the role in 2016’ s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of
Justice. Now she’s gone, citing “creative differences” with paymasters Warner Bros. It’s said that MacLaren craved an epic,
Braveheart- styled origin tale while the studio demanded a more character- driven take, lighter on the action and spectacle. Warner wasted no time replacing MacLaren – her successor is
Monster helmer Patty Jenkins, the original director of Thor: The
Dark World before she bailed on Marvel, citing “creative differences”. Yes, that sweet sound you hear is the irony klaxon. Wonder Woman is still targeting a summer 2017 release.