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Vil­lage life!

THE PRISONER

What do you want? In­for­ma­tion? You’ll get it… Vet­eran helmer Ri­d­ley Scott is the lat­est name at­tached to the big- screen re­make of cult se­ries The Prisoner. First seen in 1967, the show was the in­fin­itely per­plex­ing, fre­quently sur­real vi­sion of star Pa­trick McGoohan, play­ing a se­cret agent who re­signs from the ser­vice only to find him­self exiled to a bizarre sea­side vil­lage con­trolled by a sin­is­ter, om­ni­scient force with a fetish for piped blaz­ers and penny- far­things. Cue much fist- wav­ing at the telly by the steam- eared gen­eral au­di­ence and an equal amount of chin- stroking the­o­ris­ing by com­mit­ted afi­ciona­dos. The most re­cent draft of the screen­play was penned by The Departed’s William Mon­a­han. Christo­pher Nolan was plan­ning his own take back in 2009 but to date re­fuses to talk about why he aban­doned it, de­spite ex­haus­tive in­ter­ro­ga­tion and the ap­pli­ca­tion of gi­ant white bal­loons.

Ac­tors as­sem­ble!

AVENGERS: IN­FIN­ITY WAR

We’re al­ready trem­bling at the thought of the Lower Man­hat­tan in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums in the next Avengers film. “Peo­ple will not be dis­ap­pointed in the amount of char­ac­ters in the movie,” co- di­rec­tor Joe Russo tells Comic­Book. com. “The con­cept of In­fin­ity War is that the Marvel uni­verse unites to bat­tle the great­est threat to the world and uni­verse that you’ve ever seen, and we’re go­ing to hon­our that con­cept… We have so many

char­ac­ters we’re deal­ing with. We have a board with 67 char­ac­ters on it.” Sixty- seven char­ac­ters? That’s al­most a col­lectable card set… Russo prom­ises in­creased screen­time for some of the su­per­heroic subs bench. “I want to see some sto­ry­telling from some of the sec­ondary char­ac­ters. We’re fo­cus­ing on that right now… which char­ac­ters can we pull to the fore­front who po­ten­tially haven’t had their own ‘ A’ story arc to this point.” Mr War Ma­chine, we’re ready for your close- up…

Wakanda talkin’ about?

BLACK PAN­THER

Hear it on the bush tele­graph: Ryan Coogler is the man who will helm the first solo Marvel movie ded­i­cated to T’Challa, prince of Wakanda, fol­low­ing the char­ac­ter’s de­but in this year’s Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War. “I’m ex­cited,” Coogler tells HeyUGuys, stress­ing his cre­den­tials as a long­time geek. “I grew very into pop cul­ture, very into comic books, so it’s some­thing that is just as per­sonal to me as the last cou­ple of films I was able to make. I feel re­ally for­tu­nate to be able to work on some­thing I’m this pas­sion­ate about again.” Coogler’s first film was 2013’ s award- win­ning indie true- life drama Fruit­vale Sta­tion. He’s just brought us the equally ac­claimed Creed ( and if the epic sin­gle- take box­ing match in that film is any­thing to go by we’re in for some thrilling su­per­heroic ac­tion with Black Pan­ther). Chad­wick Bose­man is the man be­hind the mask when the movie opens on 16 Fe­bru­ary 2018.

To Elba and back!

THE DARK TOWER

This am­bi­tious, film- and- TV take on Stephen King’s sprawl­ing fan­tasy Western may have found its Gun­slinger. Idris Elba is the fron­trun­ner to pick up the guns of waste­land- wan­der­ing hom­bre Roland Deschain, a choice that’s backed to the hilt by the film’s writer and pro­ducer Akiva Golds­man. “I’m un­be­liev­ably proud of it as a col­lab­o­ra­tor on this en­ter­prise and be­cause I think that he’s a great ac­tor,” he tells IGN. “I couldn’t be more thrilled that he is likely to play a part.” Pre­dictably Elba’s casting has gen­er­ated com­ment, given the char­ac­ter is cau­casian in the books. “I un­der­stand that peo­ple who are thought­ful about the sto­ry­telling and the racial pol­i­tics… might want to un­der­stand how that in­forms the sto­ry­telling,” says Golds­man. “I re­spect that and I hear that, and those things are not things we didn’t think about or don’t think about.” King him­self puts it more sim­ply: “To me, the colour of the gun­slinger doesn’t matter. What I care about is how fast he can draw… and that he takes care of the ka- tet.”

Shrink to fit!

FAN­TAS­TIC VOY­AGE

Guillermo del Toro is turn­ing in­ter­nal, not so much Pan’s Labyrinth as Pan’s Ali­men­tary Canal. He’s the lat­est name at­tached to Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox’s re­make of Fan­tas­tic Voy­age, the mi­cro­cos­mic caper that saw a crack- squad of wet- suited ad­ven­tur­ers shrunk to atomic size and in­jected into the body of a dy­ing Cold War sci­en­tist (“Take one Raquel Welch and call me in the morn­ing…”). Pre­vi­ously at­tract­ing heat from helmers as di­verse as Paul Green­grass, Roland Em­merich and Shawn Levy, this take now has a screen­play by David Goyer, who worked with del Toro on 2002’ s Blade 2. It’s a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Fox and James Cameron’s Light­storm Entertainment, so ex­pect the FX to be suitably daz­zling. And given del Toro’s fond­ness for cin­e­matic mon­sters we’re al­ready braced for some truly ter­ri­fy­ing platelets and cor­pus­cles…

Still Miller time!

MAD MAX 5

Re­lax, Thun­der­domers. De­spite a re­cent news story that claimed Ge­orge Miller was fi­nally done with the saga of Max Rock­atan­sky, the di­rec­tor as­sures us there’s still a post- apoc­a­lyp­tic fu­ture in his fu­ture. “That was a com­pletely gar­bled in­ter­view,” he tells The Wrap, blam­ing the noise of the red car­pet for the mis­in­for­ma­tion. “I said no, [ an­other Mad Max movie] will not be next, and [ the jour­nal­ist] took that to mean I never wanted to make an­other Mad Max. It won’t nec­es­sar­ily be next, but I have two more sto­ries.” And Miller tells EW that there’s se­ri­ous sto­ry­telling po­ten­tial in Char­l­ize Theron’s film- steal­ing Imperator Fu­riosa. “She’s a pretty com­pelling char­ac­ter… Her back­story is re­ally in­ter­est­ing. We only al­lude to it in [ Mad Max: Fury Road] be­cause this movie is on the run. Peo­ple don’t have much time for recre­ational talk…”

The script’s great. Much darker, but we’re very ex­cited…

Rey of light!

STAR WARS EPISODE VIII

Now that the Force has well and truly awak­ened and is stum­bling around in its jim- jams, pour­ing out the Cin­na­mon Gra­hams, we’re hear­ing there’ll be more ac­tion for Finn next time around. “I’m back to keep­ing se­crets again,” star John Boyega tells Vogue. “[ The script is] great. Much darker, but we’re very ex­cited… My part in the next film will be much more phys­i­cal so I might be in the gym a bit more.” Episode IX di­rec­tor Colin Trevor­row, mean­while, prom­ises that the pay- off to the dan­gling mystery of Rey’s parent­age will be worth the wait. “We’re go­ing to make sure that that an­swer is deeply and pro­foundly sat­is­fy­ing,” he tells Entertainment Tonight. “Rey is a char­ac­ter that is im­por­tant in this uni­verse, not just in the con­text of The Force Awak­ens, but in the en­tire galaxy. She de­serves it. We’ll make sure that that an­swer is some­thing that feels like it was some­thing that hap­pened a long time ago, far away, and we’re just telling you what hap­pened.” We al­ways sus­pected Lobot put it around a bit, the sly old goat.

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