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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.

in­finiTy war­riors!


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).

he-man Talk!


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

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