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Star Trek Be­yond has barely warped into cine­mas and al­ready we know where the fourth film is head­ing. It’s set to re-en­list Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk, fa­ther of James T, whose heroic self-sac­ri­fice in the open­ing mo­ments of 2009’s Star Trek not only made you cry but took your hot tears and made a nice big cup of snif­fle tea. The screen­play’s by JD Payne and Pa­trick McKay, the orig­i­nal writ­ers of Star Trek 3 be­fore the cre­ative warp core breach that ousted di­rec­tor Bob Orci. Given the next movie will clearly med­dle with the timestreams, what chance we’ll fi­nally see Wil­liam Shat­ner in­ter­act with the new cast? “I’ve talked to [Shat­ner] about it,” says pro­ducer JJ Abrams. “If Kirk had lived [in Star Trek Gen­er­a­tions] there’d be an an­swer. But there some­thing about his hav­ing died that makes it im­pos­si­ble.” Come now, JJ. We don’t be­lieve in the no-Will sce­nario…


Lord Ri­d­ley of Scott has just wrapped the pre­que­li­cious Alien: Covenant in Aus­tralia but Neill Blomkamp’s canon-fix­ing pitch for an Alien se­quel just won’t go away. First teased in early 2015, the dream project just won the back­ing of a key fig­ure in the Alien fran­chise: James Cameron, writer and di­rec­tor of 1986’s Aliens. “I think it works like gang­busters,” he says of Blomkamp’s take, which would res­ur­rect Sigour­ney Weaver’s Ri­p­ley by the cun­ning

cre­ative ploy of jam­ming its fin­gers in its ears and scream­ing “I can’t see you, Alien 3 and 4!” Cameron tells io9: “He shared it with me and I think it’s a very strong script and he could go make it tomorrow. I don’t know any­thing about the pro­duc­tion, and I don’t know what Ri­d­ley’s do­ing, but hope­fully there’ll be room for both of them. Like par­al­lel uni­verses.” Weaver’s also hope­ful she’ll kick Xenomorph ass again: “He has work to do and I have work to do. I’m hop­ing when we fin­ish those jobs we will cir­cle back and start to do it.”


Not every man is able to pull off the neck bolt. But if anyone can make it work as a style state­ment, it’s Javier Bar­dem. The Sky­fall star is said to be up for some light­ning-fu­elled re­an­i­ma­tion as Frankenstein’s mon­ster, part of Univer­sal’s ever-ex­pand­ing mon­ster­verse ini­tia­tive (other projects on the slate in­clude Tom Cruise’s The Mummy and, it’s ru­moured, The In­vis­i­ble Man with Johnny Depp and Dwayne John­son in The Wolf Man). Spin-off flick The Bride Of Frankenstein is al­ready in de­vel­op­ment and the stu­dio’s also hatch­ing a fresh take on Van Hels­ing, the crea­ture-slay­ing badass played by Hugh Jack­man in 2004. This time they’ll steal their cue from an­other re­cently re­ac­ti­vated ac­tion hero. Screen­writer Eric Heis­serer tells Hit­fix: “Early on, our in­spi­ra­tion for his be­hav­iour and man­ner­isms was all in Mad Max.” Fin­gers crossed he bat­tles were­wolves so we can de­ploy a Van Hels­ing: Furry Road pun. Oh, we just did. Feel our shame.



We know that John Boyega is set to topline the re­cently green­lit se­quel to Guillermo del Toro’s mon­ster/mecha brawl-fest from 2013. Now comes word that Char­lie Hun­nam, one of the stars of the orig­i­nal movie, won’t be back. He had a key role in an early draft of the screen­play but re­grets that other film­ing com­mit­ments have left him un­able to save the world again. “I’m very ex­cited about it,” he says. “I’m glad they’re mak­ing it.” An­other re­ported ab­sen­tee is Rinko Kikuchi, who played rookie Jaeger pilot Mako Mori. Del Toro’s only pro­duc­ing this one – it’s set to be di­rected by Steven S DeKnight, who helped bring Dare­devil to the small screen – but he prom­ises “a lot of the cast from the first movie is com­ing back”. The script’s by Jurassic World’s Derek Con­nolly and the re­turn bout be­tween hu­man­ity and mon­s­ter­dom be­gins 23 Fe­bru­ary 2018.


It’s five – five! – years since Joe Cor­nish brought us in­ner city alien in­va­sion tale At­tack The Block. Now he’s prep­ping an over­due re­turn to the big screen, adapt­ing Neal Stephen­son’s cy­ber­punk clas­sic Snow Crash. Orig­i­nally pub­lished in 1992, it’s set in an in­de­pen­dent Los An­ge­les, ruled by en­trepreneurs and con­nected by a post-in­ter­net realm. “I hope we get started on that next year,” pro­ducer Frank Mar­shall shares with Col­lider. “It’s a com­pli­cated story. It takes place in the near fu­ture and it has a lot of vir­tual re­al­ity in it. [There’s] a char­ac­ter that goes back and forth be­tween what’s called the meta­verse… the se­quences are fan­tas­tic and it re­ally gives Joe the op­por­tu­nity to show that great imag­i­na­tion that he has and cre­ate fan­tas­tic scenes.” Op­tioned on pub­li­ca­tion, the book has smoul­dered in the dig­i­tal path­ways of De­vel­op­ment Hell ever since.



It’s of­fi­cial: Tom Hol­land’s teen Spi­der-Man will tan­gle with vin­tage comic book vil­lain the Vul­ture. The creation of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the scrote-faced winged men­ace de­buted in is­sue two of The Amaz­ing Spi­der-Man, way back in 1963. “It just felt like the right thing to do, to go back to the roots in that way,” di­rec­tor Jon Watts tells “We talked about a lot of dif­fer­ent things but the Vul­ture al­ways rose to the top. And just the op­por­tu­nity to have Spi­der-Man ver­sus a guy that can fly re­ally lends it­self to some pretty cool vi­su­als.” A role ru­moured to be ear­marked for the mighty Michael Keaton, the swoop­ing repro­bate will rock a taloned, hi-tech suit that, Tom Hol­land says, “al­lows us to in­cor­po­rate a much more phys­i­cal pres­ence from the Vul­ture… he’s a re­ally for­mi­da­ble vil­lain”. The Grand Bu­dapest Ho­tel’s Tony Revolori just joined the project as Peter Parker’s jock neme­sis Flash Thomp­son.

The premise is filled with ideas that are in­ter­est­ing to re­visit


There’s a Starman re­make, wait­ing in the sky… Yes, Night At The Mu­seum helmer Shawn Levy is set to up­date John Car­pen­ter’s ’84 clas­sic, the cos­mi­cally-tinged ro­mance that bagged an Os­car nom­i­na­tion for Jeff Bridges as an alien who crash­lands on Earth – and into the heart of the wid­owed Karen Allen. “The premise is filled with ideas that are in­ter­est­ing to re­visit in a dif­fer­ent way in 2016,” says Levy, who re­cently helmed episodes of ’80s-phile’s de­light Stranger Things. “I am go­ing to try to be faith­ful to the ro­man­tic spine to the story but also the fish-outof-wa­ter hu­mour, which is gen­uinely charm­ing and win­ning in a way that Car­pen­ter and Bridges filmed it.” Levy says he’s con­sid­er­ing pre­vi­ous col­lab­o­ra­tors for the title role, mean­ing ev­ery­one from Hugh Jack­man to Ben Stiller could be in the frame for some cross-species swoon­ing. Grace Of Monaco’s Arash Amel pro­vides the screen­play.

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