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MARY POP­PINS 2

Winds in the east, mist com­ing in, like some­thin’ is brewin’ and ’ bout to be­gin… The be­lated se­quel to Mary Pop­pins moves ever nearer to the screen with the news that Edge Of To­mor­row’s Emily Blunt is in talks to play PL Travers’ mag­i­cal nanny, orig­i­nally brought to life by Julie An­drews in Dis­ney’s 1964 clas­sic. She’s a prac­ti­cally per­fect choice in ev­ery way. Well, aside from the fact that Julie An­drews is still around… Set to be helmed by Into The Woods’ Rob Mar­shall, the movie shifts the ac­tion to the 1930s and raids plot el­e­ments from Travers’ other books, par­tic­u­larly the se­cond one, Mary Pop­pins Comes Back. Hamil­ton’s Lin- Manuel Mi­randa is tipped for the role of Jack, a Lon­don lamp­lighter, and is also ex­pected to help write some new songs, doubtlessly to be belted out in a wonky cock­ney ac­cent.

The Wheel of K at urns!

THE DARK TOWER

The whis­pers in the Waste Lands were true. Idris Elba has of­fi­cially scored the role of Roland the Gun­slinger in the big- screen ver­sion of Stephen King’s epic fan­tasy Western. “For me it just clicked,” says di­rec­tor Niko­laj Ar­cel. “We ab­so­lutely had all the same ideas and thoughts. He had a unique vi­sion for who Roland would be.” King ap­proves: “For me the char­ac­ter is still the char­ac­ter,” he tells En­ter­tain­ment Weekly. “He can be white or black, it makes no dif­fer­ence to me. I think it opens all kind of ex­cit­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties for the back­story.” In­ter­stel­lar’s

Matthew McConaughey is a lock for sin­is­ter ne­cro­mancer the Man in Black, rac­ing against Roland to reach the tit­u­lar tower, a struc­ture that stands at the nexus of time, space and lit­er­a­ture. Ex­pect some tweaks to the sprawl­ing saga, not least that this won’t be an adap­ta­tion of the first book, 1982’ s

The Gun­slinger. King says the movie be­gins “in the middle of the story” and it seems a chunk of the film will take place in our re­al­ity, in the mod­ern world. Film­ing be­gins in South Africa this spring, tar­get­ing a 13 Jan­uary 2017 re­lease.

Mer­ce­nary ris­ing!

DEAD­POOL 2

Watch out, fourth wall – the Merc with the mouth is com­ing back to break you all over again. Yes, prov­ing the pre­vi­ously un­tapped box of­fice ap­petite for ul­tra- vi­o­lence, killer put­downs and meta- tex­tu­al­ity, the tri­umph of the first Dead­pool movie means a se­quel’s a cert. But don’t look for a sud­den injection of cash ( you know Dead­pool’s al­ready blown most of it on strip­pers and chimichangas). “We don’t want $ 150 mil­lion to go make the next movie,” screen­writer Paul

Wer­nick tells Col­lider. “That’s not Dead­pool. Dead­pool doesn’t lift cities up into the air or bat­tle aliens com­ing down to Earth. That’s just not Dead­pool. So we’re happy in that lit­tle small bud­get range that they have us in; we don’t wanna blow this next one out.” Ex­pect Dead­pool 2 ei­ther 6 Oc­to­ber 2017 or 12 Jan­uary 2018, two dates Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury Fox have al­ready ringed for an un­named pair of X- movies.

D&D R&D!

DUN­GEONS & DRAGONS

And lo, once again Hol­ly­wood rolls the d12… Yes, there’s an­other cin­e­matic take on leg­endary table­top time- stealer Dun­geons & Dragons on the way. The game sput­tered on to the big screen in em­i­nently for­get­table form back in 2000 but the fran­chise’s dun­geon­mas­ters are look­ing to sum­mon some Marvel style box of­fice sor­cery. “This new Dun­geons & Dragons will be a Guardians Of The Galaxy- tone movie in a Tolkien uni­verse,” pro­ducer Roy Lee ( The Lego Movie) tells Col­lider. “When you think of all the Hob­bit movies and The Lord Of The Rings, they have an earnest­ness to them, and to see some­thing fun, a Raiders romp in­side that world, I feel is some­thing the au­di­ence has not seen be­fore.” The screen­play’s by Wrath Of The Ti­tans’ David Les­lie John­son and Lee is al­ready talk­ing up an en­tire dice- pow­ered movie uni­verse, com­plete with spin- offs and crossovers. That’s epic level.

Bigtrou­ble in outer space!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2

The galaxy keeps ex­pand­ing… New ad­di­tions to Marvel’s next slice of hiply- sound­tracked space opera in­clude The Man From UN­CLE’s fiendishly glam neme­sis El­iz­a­beth De­bicki, The Knick’s Chris Sul­li­van and Sons Of An­ar­chy reg­u­lar Tommy Flana­gan, cast as Yondu’s se­cond- in- com­mand. Also con­firmed is the mighty Kurt Rus­sell, still valiantly at­tempt­ing to top the ca­reer high of 1969’ s The Com­puter Wore Ten­nis Shoes ( you’ll doubtlessly know him best from The Thing and Es­cape From New York). No one’s say­ing ex­actly who Rus­sell’s play­ing but he’s tipped to be the mys­te­ri­ous loins from which Star- Lord sprung. Di­rec­tor James Gunn says that Thanos doesn’t fac­tor into the se­quel – “We’ve got other fish to fry” – but it’s ru­moured that the film sees the Rav­agers take out a bounty on Rocket Rac­coon. Vol 2 hits 5 May 2017. Hey, Groot, need a lit­tle more Mir­a­cle- Gro, fella?

Pin City!

HELL­RAISER: JUDGE­MENT

Di­vert­ing news for all souls suf­fer­ing the in­fi­nite ag­o­nies of Hell: we have a brand new Pin­head. Paul T Tay­lor is set to be the walk­ing health and safety haz­ard in the next film based on Clive Barker’s saga of blood and damna­tion. He’s the third Pin­head, in fact, fol­low­ing Doug Bradley, who orig­i­nated ol’ ke­bab- bonce back in 1987 and played him a stag­ger­ing seven more times – that’s a whole load of un­end­ing tor­ment – and oust­ing Stephan Smith Collins, who starred in 2011’ s uni­ver­sally sav­aged Hell­raiser: Rev­e­la­tions. Tay­lor’s popped up in ev­ery­thing from Sin City to Prison Break and will lead the Ceno­bites in a film that’s of­fi­cially a se­quel and not, as ru­moured, a re­boot. Di­rected by make- up wiz Gary J Tun­ni­cliffe, the next in­stal­ment finds a trio of de­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing what ap­pears to be a par­tic­u­larly grue­some se­rial killer case, only to dis­cover “a spi­ralling maze of hor­ror that may not be of this world”. What are the chances?

We’ re ex­pect­ing you, Mr Bond!

JAMES BOND 25

Ex­otic lo­ca­tions have been a sta­ple of the Bond fran­chise ever since Ian Flem­ing hymned the high life of north­ern France in Casino Royale. Now comes word that 007 may be as­signed to the Croa­t­ian city of Dubrovnik for his next screen mis­sion. “Ne­go­ti­a­tions about money are go­ing on, and it’s not easy to ne­go­ti­ate with James Bond, but we have started,” says mayor An­dro Vlahušic, blow­ing his cover like an am­a­teur. Dubrovnik’s no stranger to block­buster back­drops: it’s a reg­u­lar lo­ca­tion for Game Of Thrones and will be seen in Star Wars Episode XIII. As­so­ciate pro­ducer Gregg Wil­son says “we’ve just be­gun to doodle with ideas for the next movie. Each script process be­gins when we ask our­selves the ques­tion, ‘ What is the world afraid of now?” So that’s Trumper­ball, From Rus­sia With Trump or Don­ald Is Not Enough, then…

Roland can be white or black, it makes no dif­fer­ence to me

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