Your monthly glimpse into Hollywood’s hoped- for future
Life’s a witch!
Summon the monsters! Unleash the cone bra! Threaten the trembling inhabitants of planet Earth! The Power Rangers reboot has found its villain in the form of Elizabeth Banks, best known as dystopian fashionista Effie Trinket in the Hunger Games saga. She’ll play eternal nemesis Rita Repulsa – surely the greatest punk rock name that never was – the alien witch who bedevilled the Rangers in the original TV episodes. First seen in the unforgettably titled adventure “Day Of The Dumpster”, Rita has a lair on the Moon and wields the sorcerous power to make objects and creatures grow to phenomenal size. She later turned to good and rebranded herself as Mystic Mother, but that wasn’t half as much fun. With a screenplay by X- Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, Power Rangers opens on 24 March 2017. Banks is also onboard to direct the Charlie’s Angels reboot.
Shaw no more!
In space no one can hear you scream… but on the internet everyone can hear you walk away from a franchise. Noomi Rapace won’t be returning to the role of archaeologist Elizabeth Shaw in the next instalment of Ridley Scott’s xenomorphic saga. This leaves Michael Fassbender as the only returning cast member for the Prometheus sequel, reportedly set a decade after the events on LV- 223. The new movie will follow the colony ship Covenant to a paradise
planet that turns out to be a dark, desolate nightmare, doubtlessly crawling with face- hugging nasties and acid- dripping phallo- beasts. Potentially joining female lead Katherine Waterston is Danny McBride, best known for comedy roles in Rock The Kasbah and Eastbound And Down. Alien: Covenant is coming for you 6 October 2017.
Let Cylons be Cylons!
As the ancient prophecy foretold, all of this has happened before and will happen again… Yes, just as the original Star Wars was swiftly followed by small- screen clone Battlestar Galactica so the success of The Force Awakens has spurred Universal Studios to dust down their own dormant ’ 70s space opera property. Producer Michael De Luca is teaming with Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark of Bluegrass Films to reshape the star- spanning saga as a tentpole movie. It’s rumoured the cinematic version will hew closer to the vibe and iconography of the disco era original rather than the post- 9/ 11, politically charged metaphors of the noughties reboot. De Luca produced The Social Network and Moneyball and is also one of the people behind the Fifty Shades Of Grey franchise. We’re already imagining the Cylon bondage opportunities. “By your command…”
To heel and back!
JURASSIC WORLD 2
It’s all about Bryce Dallas Howard’s heels. To some a ludicrous example of gender-compartmentalising impracticality. To others a subtly wrought metaphor for psychological growth. To the rest, shoes. “Claire is a different person now,” Howard tells E! News, bringing some crucial insider insight into the hot button footwear issues swirling around the Jurassic World sequel. “The person she is at the end of the movie is not the person she was in the beginning. Her armour of sorts was that white, pristine outfit with heels in a very corporate environment. The chick at the end is totally different. So, there better not be heels!” Colin Trevorrow will write but not direct the next portion of dino action – he’s keeping busy prepping Star Wars Episode IX: Mummy’s Very Cross, Kylo Ren! – and so Universal are casting around for a new helmer, with The Orphanage’s Juan Antonio Bayona rumoured to be frontrunner for the gig.
No one is remaking Labyrinth. That movie is perfect as it is…
Lu do, call the rocks!
Don’t file this one under Potential Acts Of Cinematic Blasphemy just yet. While early reports indicated Sony Pictures were looking to remake 1986’ s goblin- infested Henson- BowieLucas jam, screenwriter Nicole Perlman insists this isn’t quite the creatively bankrupt notion it appeared to be. “Not ‘ rebooting’ anything, guys,” the Guardians Of The Galaxy scribe told the pitchfork- wielding Twitter multitudes. “No one is remaking Labyrinth. That movie is perfect as it is… Labyrinth is my favourite film from childhood, so I share your concerns that any continuation be handled with love and respect.” Perlman tells The Guardian that the project has been brewing since late 2014 – the fact it leaked in the wake of Bowie’s passing was, she says, “awful; it felt like a punch in the gut… It would have been a dream come true, to write something for him.” So that’s Lady Gaga as the Goblin Queen, then…
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THE INVISIBLE MAN
And so we lift the sinister hat, remove the equally menacing sunglasses and unwrap the positively evil yards of tightlywrapped surgical dressing to reveal… wait, there’s nothing there! The cackling fiend has no face! What ungodly perversion of science is this? No, hold on… Let’s squint a bit. Hmm. You know, in the right light, it looks an awful lot like Johnny Depp, doesn’t it? Hello, Johnny. Loved you in Ed Wood. Yes, the Pirates Of The Caribbean star is aboard a brand new franchise, part of the extended Monsterverse currently being cooked up in a bubbling vat at Universal Studios. He’ll play the scientist meddling with the visible light spectrum in an update of HG Wells’s classic tale, first brought to the screen by James Whale in 1933. The screenplay’s by Men In Black’s Ed Solomon. Depp’s deal reinforces the A- list power of the Monsterverse: Tom Cruise is already signed for The Mummy while Angelina Jolie is being wooed for The Bride Of Frankenstein.
Smile!It’ s the end of the world!
Taika Waititi is ready to wrestle with the great serpent Jörmungandr. “I started reading about the actual Norse Ragnarok and that’s even more insane than the comics. Crazy!” the helmer tells SuperheroHype. When not pondering the end of reality he’s plotting a helmet- to- hammer shake up of the thunder god franchise. “That’s what I’m really going to concentrate on, really make an effort to change the entire thing. For me, I want to treat this as if it was the first Thor film, so we’re going to redo it. You just have to flip it and freshen it up, like anything.” And humour’s going to be key to that, it seems – no surprise given his background in comedies like What We Do In The Shadows. “My strength in this is bringing my style of humour, which is probably a very different style of humour,” the New Zealander tells Crave Online. “They’ve had good jokes in them before but I think where I come from is maybe a fresher style. It could just shake the entire thing up a bit.”