Your monthly glimpse into Hollywood’s hoped-for future
Tail of The unexpecTed!
Definitive feelgood fish-out-ofwater tale Splash is the latest slice of ’80s pop culture locked in a fast car on the freeway to Remakeville. And, just like this summer’s Ghostbusters redo, it’s set for a gender-flip. While the 1984 original gave us Tom Hanks as the guy in love with Daryl Hannah’s mermaid, the new version shakes up the chromosomes – now Channing Tatum is the amphibious object of desire, a merman attempting to pass for human whose secret is discovered by Tatum’s 22 Jump Street co-star Jillian Bell. It was Bell who came up with the concept – possibly in a late night bar, after a fourth Sambuca – and she’s hired Marja-Lewis Ryan, screenwriter of Liked and Unsupervised, to flesh it out into a script. Ron Howard directed the Hanks/Hannah version and he’s partnering with Brian Grazer – another veteran of the original – to produce this one.
now sea hear!
So just which maritime menace will Jason Momoa battle in James Wan’s Aquaman? Doctor Plankton, perhaps? The Sinister Shrimp? Or could it be the mighty Atomic Tuna, Devil-Lord of the Deep? The smart money’s on Black Manta, Aquaman’s number one nemesis in the comics, a supervillain with a hi-tech underwater suit that allows him to go fist to fist with the King of Atlantis. The Wire’s Michael K Williams is lobbying for the role but Wan won’t
confirm the character’s presence in the movie. He’s too busy working out the physics of undersea dialogue: “I love the idea of underwater speaking but with a real sort of sonic, aquatic quality to it,” he tells IGN. “So there’s this sort of aquatic, almost sonar/ whale thing. Even though it’s in a human language, there’s this slight sort of underlay to it, this ping to it, which I think would be interesting for us to design from a sound design perspective.” Alternatively, endless close-ups of goldfish-style puckering await us. Aquaman breaks the waves on 27 July 2018.
THE AVENGERS 3 & 4
Is the Marvel Cinematic Universe accelerating toward an endpoint? Or is it heading for a brand new big bang? We fed this question into a particle accelerator and it spat out a quote from co-director Anthony Russo, talking about the next two Avengers films. “I can’t get into too much detail about who we’re introducing, but these two movies are intended to be the culmination of everything that has happened in the MCU since the very first Iron Man movie. In being a culmination, these movies are in some ways going to be an end to certain things, and in some ways they’re going to be the beginning of certain things.” As we scrutinise this intriguing new data let’s also study a transmission from our deep space probe located in Vin Diesel’s head: “The Guardians will be included in Avengers: Infinity War,” confirms the voice of Groot, “and that’s incredibly exciting. Incredibly exciting.” Star-Lord and co cross paths with Cap, Iron Man and the gang on 4 May 2018.
near deaTh experience!
What lies beyond this vale of tears? What awaits us in the eternal emptiness when flesh falls away and the world as we know it recedes, replaced by the infinite void? No, we’re not talking Jackpot247 on ITV in the early hours. We mean the afterlife, the mystery probed and prodded by a bunch of foolhardy medical students in 1990’s Flatliners. Original star Kiefer Sutherland reveals that 2017’s remake is, in fact, a sequel… if you squint. “I play a professor at the medical university,” he tells Metro. “It is never stated but it will probably be very clearly understood that I’m the same character I was in the original Flatliners but that I have changed my name and I’ve done some things to move on from the experiments that we were doing in the original film…” The latest intake of death-obsessed undergrads includes Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev and Kiersey Clemons. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’s Niels Arden Oplev directs.
up from The depThs! GODZILLA
What’s the collective noun for Toho Studios’ legendary big green lizard? A stomp of Godzillas? A roar? A trample? Whatever the case, the city-trashing beast with the atomic halitosis is spawning multiple incarnations on the big screen. As Japan unleashes Godzilla Resurgence and Hollywood preps Godzilla 2 for March 2019 – soon to be followed by 2020’s Godzilla Vs Kong – it feels as though we’re all in danger of being squelched beneath a scaly prehistoric heel. Now comes word that Toho are adding to global Godzillageddon with an animated movie. Set for release next year, it’ll be co-directed by Kobun Shizuno (Detective Conan) and Hiroyuki Seshita (Knights Of Sidonia) from a screenplay by Gen Urobuchi (Psycho-Pass: The Movie).
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
The Masters Of The Universe reboot may appear trapped in Skeletor’s private dungeon of Development Hell but director McG remains determined to raise the power sword in the name of Eternia. “We’re in the middle of a script polish, and it’s my absolute passion,” he tells IGN. “I’m laser-focused on that being my next film.” McG also reveals that he’s hoping to steal a little Marvel mojo for the project. “We want to honour the fanbase, first and foremost,” he says. “We also need to be cognisant of the incredible resonance of what Kevin Feige is doing with Marvel, and the balance of full-bodied entertainment – that it’s both credible and emotional, actionpacked, and the story of a hero’s journey. It’s the genesis of He-Man, it’s the becoming of He-Man. We want it to be clicking on all cylinders in that regard. We’re not going to stop until we get it right.” Words to bellow from the ramparts of Castle Grayskull if ever we heard them.
Queen of The rockeTmen! THE ROCKETEERS
Disney’s igniting the jetpack for what’s being pitched as half a sequel and half a reboot of Joe Johnston’s pulp adventure. Based on Dave Stevens’ graphic novel, the 1990 original gave us Bill Campbell as Cliff Secord, a sky-soaring stunt pilot battling mobsters and Nazis in a throwback to the cliffhanging serials of the ’30s and ’40s. The new movie is set six years later: Cliff Secord has vanished and the Cold War is beginning to get frosty. A new Rocketeer steps up, a young African-American female pilot determined to prevent a scheming rocket scientist from stealing the coveted jetpack tech. The Jungle Book’s Brigham Taylor produces alongside Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil. The screenplay’s set to be written by Matt Spicer and Max Winkler – son of the Fonz himself, Henry, a fact that deserves a big thumbs-up and a laidback “Heyyyy…”, if not a full-on “Whoa…”
It’s the genesis of He-Man. We want it to be clicking on all cylinders