De­vel­op­ment hell

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The Lego Movie’s Phil Lord is re­unit­ing with writ­ing/ di­rect­ing part­ner Chris Miller on the film ver­sion of DC’s scar­let speed­ster. “We’re try­ing to break a story,” he tells Hip­po­juice. “It’s in­ter­est­ing, be­cause there’s a re­ally pop­u­lar TV show out there, and we’re try­ing to carve out space for the movie that’s apart from that.” Lord con­firms that Ezra Miller will play Sil­ver Age Flash Barry Allen and not his suc­ces­sor Wally West. “We’re more try­ing to stick with the cin­e­matic uni­verse… it re­ally is its own thing, and kind of a stand­alone movie. We’re just try­ing to think of the best story. It’s kind of a dif­fer­ent take on su­per­hero stuff.” Lord and Miller are also han­dling an en­tirely an­i­mated Spi­der- Man movie for Sony. “We’re sort of jug­gling su­per­heroes with the colour red in them. We’re try­ing not to con­fuse their pow­ers or any­thing, but it does get tricky. But it’s the same thing – is there a way to do one of these movies in a new way?”

Here’s Jonny!

Sin City and Spy Kids supremo Robert Ro­driguez is bring­ing Hanna- Bar­bera’s Jonny Quest to the big screen. The cult ’ 60s ’ toon gave us the globe- hop­ping ad­ven­tures of Jonny, son of bof­fin Dr Ben­ton Quest, a man who rou­tinely em­broiled his off­spring in per­ilous capers in­volv­ing di­nosaurs, jaguars, ro­bot spi­ders, Egyp­tian mum­mies and ko­modo dragons ( and that was just the ti­tle se­quence). Some re­spon­si­ble par­ent­ing skills, right there. It’s a pro­ject that’s siz­zled in the mer­ci­less flames of De­vel­op­ment Hell for over 20 years – at one point it was a star ve­hi­cle for Zac Efron. Now Ro­driguez is writ­ing this live- ac­tion take with Pi­rates Of The Caribbean scribe Terry Ros­sio. Keep the groovy theme tune, guys, or we’re com­ing for your heads.

Vic­to­rian val­ues!

Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox is re­boot­ing The League Of Ex­tra­or­di­nary Gen­tle­men. And yes, the global de­mand for this is roughly on a par with cries for the re­turn of Hear’Say and dial- up in­ter­net but it’s hap­pen­ing. Stephen Nor­ring­ton brought Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s graphic novel se­ries to the screen in 2003 – it’s the last film he

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