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Trust us, these are the movies of the fu­ture.

TRI­AN­GU­LA­TION! BER­MUDA TRI­AN­GLE

Noth­ing says ’ 70s cryp­tophe­nom­ena quite like the Ber­muda Tri­an­gle. Lurk­ing be­tween the Florida Straits, Ber­muda and Puerto Rico, this shud­der­some, com­passt­wirling re­gion of the Caribbean is said to be re­spon­si­ble for un­told dis­ap­pear­ances of planes and ships across the decades. Now Skydance Pro­duc­tions – home of Ter­mi­na­tor Genisys – are prep­ping a big- screen take with a screen­play by Prince Of Per­sia’s Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard. Uni­ver­sal has a ri­val pro­ject in de­vel­op­ment, writ­ten by Ouija’s Juliet Snow­den and Stiles White, while Warner Bros have had their own ver­sion sim­mer­ing since 2013. Yes, it’s a tri­an­gle of Ber­muda Tri­an­gle movies. Ex­pect Hol­ly­wood it­self to van­ish in a vor­tex of in­ex­pli­ca­ble weird­ness.

Chi­nese Rocks! BIG TROU­BLE IN LIT­TLE CHINA

Still reel­ing from the news that Dwayne John­son dares to star in a re­make of John Car­pen­ter’s cult ’ 80s ac­tion flick? You’re not alone. The Rock is equally rocked. “I loved read­ing the re­ac­tions from the fans, that they were so po­larised – I’m the same way,” he tells En­ter­tain­ment Weekly. “My re­sponse is: know that I come to the pro­ject with noth­ing but love and re­spect for the orig­i­nal, which is why we want to bring on John Car­pen­ter.” Yes, John­son wants to reach out to the di­rec­tor of the ’ 86 orig­i­nal, which starred Kurt Rus­sell as trucker Jack Bur­ton, em­broiled in a cen­turies- old mys­ti­cal con­flict in San Fran­cisco’s Chi­na­town. Car­pen­ter re­veals he knew noth­ing of the planned re­make un­til the news broke but he’s suit­ably zen about it all: “I’m do­ing fine. I didn’t write the orig­i­nal one – no harm, no foul.”

awe­some mix­ing it! GUARDIANS OF THE GAL­AXY VOL 2

Seems the Guardians se­quel will drill a lit­tle deeper into our favourite bunch of A- holes. “I think it’s a more emo­tional movie,” writer and di­rec­tor James Gunn tells Col­lider. “It’s both a big­ger movie and a smaller movie be­cause we fo­cus more in­tensely on some of the char­ac­ters. We get to learn a lot about fathers in the sec­ond movie.” Chris Pratt is al­ready sold on Gunn’s vi­sion for the cos­mic encore. “I will say that his pitch and his idea le­git­i­mately put tears in my eyes,” he tells Dig­i­tal Spy. “It

is so good, it’s so good. And I can­not wait to get started on it and I can­not wait for peo­ple to see what he’s go­ing to pull off with the sec­ond movie.” Gunn may have an en­tire gal­axy to play with but in one re­spect he’s di­alling it back: “We ac­tu­ally have less char­ac­ters in Guardians Of The Gal­axy 2 than we have in 1 be­cause ev­ery­thing is just get­ting too sprawl­ing and too crazy for me in these su­per­hero comic book movies.”

shark! shark!

MEG

Call it the Juras­sic World ef­fect. Yes, ravenous pre­his­toric beasts are clearly cin­ema’s next big thing – and, in the case of this par­tic­u­lar Car­char­o­don Me­ga­lodon, a jolly big thing in­deed. Steve Al­ten’s novel of an an­cient, su­per- sized shark ter­ror­is­ing the Cal­i­for­nian coast­line has been screen­bound since 1997, only to drift like a sun- blasted car­cass on the broil­ing seas of De­vel­op­ment Hell ( at one point Guillermo del Toro was set to be spoon­ing the chum). Now Warner Bros will fi­nally bring it to the movies with a screen­play by

The Manchurian Can­di­date’s Dean Ge­or­garis. Hos­tel’s Eli Roth is at­tached to di­rect and word is the bloody, beach- clear­ing ac­tion will switch to Chi­nese wa­ters in a shame­less bid to woo the Eastern box of­fice. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the wa­ter… No, let’s face it, it’s never safe to go back in the wa­ter.

Dream PRO­JECT!

SAND­MAN

Imag­ine a world where Jason Statham is play­ing the pale and windswept king of dreams, givin’ it sahm knuck­les up the ’ ooter as tanker trucks fire­ball in slo- mo. Re­lax – it’s not this re­al­ity. The big- screen ver­sion of Neil

Gaiman’s Sand­man saga will be a faith­fully fist- free zone, vows pro­ducer – and po­ten­tial di­rec­tor – Joseph Gor­don- Le­vitt. “It was ac­tu­ally one of the things that Neil Gaiman said to me,” he tells MTV. “He said ‘ Don’t have punch­ing.’ Be­cause he never does. If you read the comics, Mor­pheus doesn’t punch any­body… It’s go­ing to be a grand spec­tac­u­lar ac­tion film, but one that re­lies on none of those same old or­di­nary clichés. So that’s why it’s tak­ing a long time to write, but it’s go­ing to be re­ally good.” Don’t look for the film to slot into the up­com­ing Warner Bros DC pan­theon – it’ll be brought to the screen by sis­ter stu­dio New Line Cin­ema.

EN­TER­PRIS­ING!

STAR TREK BE­YOND

And yes, that’s the con­firmed ti­tle, once again de­fi­antly colon- free. Di­rec­tor Justin Lin re­veals that the new movie will see Starfleet’s finest fi­nally em­bark­ing on their fa­bled five- year mis­sion. “As great as JJ’s films were, there’s still a lot to be mined from these char­ac­ters,” he tells Dead­line. “What we ex­pe­ri­enced in the TV show hasn’t been touched on yet. That sets up an op­por­tu­nity for ex­plo­ration and the deeper you go, the more you are ex­am­in­ing hu­man­ity.” And this time the man­date is truly on strange new worlds, new life and new civil­i­sa­tions. “It’s all new and fresh. The Klin­gons, Ro­mu­lans and other species are great, but it’s time to go fur­ther. It has been fun to fo­cus on cre­at­ing whole new worlds and species.” And stars

Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto will be ex­plor­ing the fi­nal fron­tier for the forsee­able: they’ve just rene­go­ti­ated their deals and now have an op­tion on a fourth Star Trek ad­ven­ture. Pre­pare the whales!

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