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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!

SPI­DER- MAN

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!

WON­DER WOMAN

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.

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