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ALITA: BAT­TLE AN­GEL

We all as­sumed James Cameron would fi­nally get around to helm­ing this adap­ta­tion of the clas­sic Ja­panese manga once he’d fin­ished with the world of Avatar. Only now do we re­alise he will never be fin­ished with the world of Avatar, ex­iled to Pan­dora like one of those po­ten­tial Mars colonists forced to con­tem­plate a one-way ticket to the red planet. So he’s tak­ing a step back to pro­duce this tale of a 26th cen­tury fe­male cy­borg, let­ting Sin City’s Robert Ro­driguez get on with the messy busi­ness of di­rect­ing it. “We’re al­ready like two kids build­ing a go-kart, just hav­ing fun riff­ing cre­atively and tech­ni­cally,” says Cameron. “This project is near and dear to me, and there’s no­body I trust more than Robert, with his tech­ni­cal vir­tu­os­ity and rebel style, to take over the di­rect­ing reins.” Cameron con­tin­ues to prep no less than three Avatar se­quels, doubtlessly weep­ing into his beard as Earth re­cedes on the scan­ner screen.

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KONG: SKULL IS­LAND

Don’t look for any bi­planeswat­ting Em­pire State show­downs in the next King Kong movie. Star Tom Hid­dle­ston has con­firmed that the big ape’s im­mi­nent big-screen come­back is no mere re­make. “It’s not set in the ’30s,” he tells Va­ri­ety. “There’s no movie di­rec­tor with a map. There’s no out-of-work ac­tress down on her luck. All of that stuff is re­spected, we’re just try­ing to do

Re­becca Fer­gu­son in the frame for Ri­d­ley Scott’s Alien: Par­adise Lost… Creed helmer Ryan Coogler linked to Mar­vel’s Black Pan­ther… Joe Cor­nish, Doug Li­man and Shane Black in con­tention to re­place Ru­pert Wy­att as di­rec­tor of Gam­bit… Kings­man se­quel locked for June 2017… Ari San­del in talks to di­rect Mon­ster High… New Line mov­ing for­ward on Annabelle se­quel… Lion­s­gate adapt­ing graphic novel Z-Men… Luther’s Neil Cross set to write Es­cape From New York re­make for Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox… Steven Spiel­berg says he’ll “prob­a­bly” do In­di­ana Jones 5 with Harrison Ford… Ron Perl­man join­ing Pot­ter spin-off Fan­tas­tic Beasts And Where To Find Them… James McAvoy team­ing with M Night Shya­malan on su­per­nat­u­ral thriller Split… Jeremy Irons and Bren­dan Glee­son join­ing As­sas­sin’s Creed… Sony de­vel­op­ing an an­i­mated Ghost­busters movie… Matthew Vaughn or­bit­ing SF epic As­cen­sion… Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox adapt­ing RL Stine’s Fear Street books… Ellen Page in talks for Flat­lin­ers re­make… some­thing new with the myth be­cause Kong is an icon of movies. I think he’s some­one peo­ple want to see again.” Ru­mours of a funky ’70s set­ting have been stoked by word that co-star Sa­muel L Jack­son has re­cently been learn­ing to pi­lot a vin­tage ’Nam era he­li­copter – though given his cos­mic level of bad-ass cool that may sim­ply be for shop­ping trips to Wal­mart. Warner Bros and Leg­endary Pic­tures have con­firmed that uber­mon­key shall clash with me­galizard in 2020 mon­ster­fest Godzilla Vs Kong, fol­low­ing Godzilla 2 in 2018.

Ex­pect a lighter touch among all the Vik­ing apoca­lypse

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POWER RANGERS

The colour-coded cast is com­ing to­gether for Lion­s­gate’s take on Mighty Mor­phin Power Rangers, Ja­pan’s span­dex-heavy small screen ex­port from the ’90s. Marco Polo’s Ludi Lin will play the Black Ranger while RJ Cyler – re­cently seen in Me And Earl And The Dy­ing Girl – gets to be Blue. Mean­while The Mar­tian’s Naomi Scott is the big-screen in­car­na­tion of the Pink Ranger, join­ing new­comer Dacre Mont­gomery as Red. We’re still wait­ing to hear who’ll com­plete the Zord-bat­tling spec­trum as the Yel­low Ranger. Don’t ex­pect a re­boot – the new movie is said to pre­serve the con­ti­nu­ity of the fran­chise while pro­vid­ing a neat jump­ing on point for any­one un­fa­mil­iar with the orig­i­nal. Word is the new Rangers will tan­gle with vil­lain­ous fave Scor­pina, Rita Repulsa’s shapeshift­ing min­ion in the old show. Project Al­manac’s Dean Is­raelite di­rects, tar­get­ing a 13 Jan­uary 2017 re­lease.

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SANDMAN

Neil Gaiman’s Dream King re­mains bound for the big screen. Set to be di­rected by Joseph Gor­don-Le­vitt, the project re­cently jumped from Warner Bros to sis­ter stu­dio New Line Cin­ema, of­fi­cially home to the quirkier con­tent of DC’s Ver­tigo line. Now pro­ducer David Goyer re­veals that an­other screen­writer is tak­ing a crack at con­dens­ing the sprawl­ing 75-is­sue saga of the End­less into a vi­able slice of mul­ti­plex en­ter­tain­ment. “We’re just about to do a new draft,” he tells Col­lider. “We’re just start­ing a re­write with a re­ally fan­tas­tic writer… but I can’t quite an­nounce it yet.” Goyer’s con­fi­dent that the movie will go into pro­duc­tion next year. Johnny Depp – once a po­ten­tial Sandman him­self – will pro­duce and star in an­other Gaiman adap­ta­tion, chil­dren’s time travel tale For­tu­nately, The Milk, po­ten­tially to be di­rected by Edgar Wright from a script by Flight Of The Con­chords star Bret McKen­zie.

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WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

Spot the tiny ti­tle tweak? What was once War Of The Planet Of The Apes is now War For The Planet Of The Apes – surely a tan­ta­lis­ing hint that the next movie in the simian saga will see the ape hordes take on hu­man­ity in a sav­age, blood-drenched bat­tle over ir­ri­tat­ingly repet­i­tive prepo­si­tions. Juras­sic World’s Judy Greer is set to re­turn as Cor­nelia, chimp bride of Andy Serkis’s Cae­sar, while Karin Kono­val is back as Mau­rice, surely the great­est screen orang­utan since King Louie. Or at least Cud­dles the Mon­key. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid’s Steve Zahn joins the cast as a new mo-cap pri­mate while Woody Har­rel­son sup­plies the hu­man vil­lainy. Matt Reeves is back in the di­rec­tor’s chair, work­ing from a screen­play he co-wrote with The Wolver­ine’s Mark Bom­back. The knuck­le­drag­ging may­hem is un­leashed 14 July 2017.

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