DE­VEL­OP­MENT HELL

If they’d made all the films they never made your shelves would col­lapse.

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Mutt put down! IN­DI­ANA JONES 5

The ex­act na­ture of In­di­ana Jones’s next archaeological quest re­mains a mys­tery – the Spear of Des­tiny? The ruins of At­lantis? Hugh Hefner’s pos­ing pouch? – But one thing’s cer­tain: Shia

LaBeouf won’t be along for the raid­ing. Screen­writer David

Koepp con­firms that the next

screen­play has no place for Mutt Wil­liams, Indy’s greaser son in­tro­duced in 2008’s In­di­ana Jones And The King­dom Of The Crys­tal

Shrug. “We’re plug­ging away at it,” he tells En­ter­tain­ment Weekly. “In terms of when we would start, I think that’s up to Mr Spiel­berg and Mr Ford. Work will be end­less and Steven just fin­ished shoot­ing

The Post… If the stars align, hope­fully it’ll be his next film.”

Indy 5 has lashed a whip to 10 July 2020. Asked what the film needs to be to en­sure he’s on board,

Har­ri­son Ford gives a trade­mark half-scowl and tells GQ “funded”.

Knife to see you again! HAL­LOWEEN

This Fi­nal Girl is still stand­ing…

Jamie Lee Cur­tis will reprise her iconic role as Laurie Strode in the next Hal­loween movie, a stag­ger­ing 40 years af­ter she first faced the slashy, Shat­ner-faced men­ace of Michael My­ers. Cur­tis came back for Hal­loween 2 in 1981 then en­cored in 1998’s Hal­loween: H20 be­fore cameo­ing in 2002’s

Hal­loween Res­ur­rec­tion, only to meet a faintly de­press­ing fate in

It’s a huge state­ment to have this sea­soned war­rior re­turn

the open­ing min­utes. The new Hal­loween isn’t a re­boot, co-writer Danny McBride in­sists – it sim­ply ig­nores the later movies, like a fear-struck vic­tim stand­ing in a pitch-black house, telling them­selves “They’re not there… They’re not there…” David Gordon Green di­rects while orig­i­nal Hal­loween helmer John Car­pen­ter is on­board as pro­ducer, and may even con­trib­ute some of his spine-rat­tling synth stabs.

CriMe havoC! THE PURGE: THE IS­LAND

As the world con­tin­ues its de­scent into a death-spi­ral of mad­ness and hor­ror, isn’t it good to know we’ll al­ways have the sim­ple, old-fash­ioned feel-good of the Purge fran­chise? Kinda like a 21st cen­tury Wal­tons. Se­ries cre­ator James DeMonaco re­veals that the next chap­ter will ac­tu­ally be a pre­quel, re­turn­ing to the night of the very first Purge. Set on New York’s Staten Is­land, it’ll an­swer one of the big ques­tions of the premise: why don’t peo­ple just leave the cities dur­ing the an­nual jam­boree of state-sanc­tioned law­less­ness? “They start mon­etis­ing it,” DeMonaco tells Vul­ture. “It be­comes a mon­eti­sa­tion of mur­der and vi­o­lence, in­cen­tivis­ing killing and keep­ing peo­ple around them to be vic­tims. So you see the in­cep­tion of how grotesque the idea of the Purge is, and the ma­nip­u­la­tion upon the so­ci­ety.” Di­rected by Ger­ard Mc­Mur­ray, The Purge: The Is­land re­veals its folksy charms 4 July 2018.

the vaughn supreMaCy? MAN OF STEEL 2

Matthew Vaughn may be about to add a lit­tle truth and jus­tice to his re­sume. The Kings­man and Kick-Ass helmer’s con­firmed that he’s talked to Warner Bros about po­ten­tially helm­ing the se­quel to 2013’s Man Of Steel. And if Vaughn does take on the Kryp­to­nian, he’ll re­turn Kal-El to first prin­ci­ples. “I think my main take would be – it’s re­ally bor­ing – but make a Su­per­man film,” he tells Col­lider. “I think [Richard] Don­ner did it to per­fec­tion for that time. I want to do a mod­ern ver­sion of the Don­ner [film]. Go back to the source ma­te­rial. For me Su­per­man is colour, feel-good, heroic. He’s a bea­con of light in dark­ness. And that’s what I think Su­per­man should be.” There’s cur­rently no word on a pro­duc­tion sched­ule or re­lease date for the pro­posed Su­per-se­quel, and given the in­sane amount of DC su­per­hero movies on the Warner slate we may be wait­ing a while for this one.

re­turn of the JJ! STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

Some­times you sus­pect there’s a Lu­cas­film equiv­a­lent of Or­der 66, one that tar­gets di­rec­tors in­stead of Jedi… Juras­sic World’s Colin Trevor­row is the lat­est high­pro­file ca­su­alty of a cre­ative skir­mish in a gal­axy far, far away. “Colin has been a won­der­ful col­lab­o­ra­tor through­out the de­vel­op­ment process but we have all come to the con­clu­sion that our vi­sions for the project dif­fer,” de­clares the of­fi­cial state­ment (it helps if you read that in a James Earl Jones voice and add the sound of a disig­nit­ing lightsaber). Re­plac­ing him at the helm of Episode IX is some guy by the name of JJ Abrams. We’ll look him up later. The be­hind-thescenes shake-up has shifted the film’s re­lease or­bit – pre­vi­ously set for 24 May 2019, it’ll now open 20 De­cem­ber 2019, which keeps this new tril­ogy con­sis­tently Christ­massy, at least.

she’ll be baCK! THE TER­MI­NA­TOR

The un­known fu­ture rolls to­ward us… but hey, at least there’s a fa­mil­iar face up ahead. Twen­tysix years af­ter kick­ing en­doskele­tal ass in T2: Judg­ment Day, Linda Hamil­ton is re­turn­ing to the undy­ing Ter­mi­na­tor fran­chise as Sarah Con­nor. “As mean­ing­ful as she was to gen­der and ac­tion stars ev­ery­where back then, it’s go­ing to make a huge state­ment to have that sea­soned war­rior that she’s be­come re­turn,” says James Cameron, who’s also back to pro­duce the next in­stal­ment. “There are 50-year-old, 60-yearold guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an ex­am­ple of that for women.” Hamil­ton will be re­unit­ing with Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger on the movie. “We’re start­ing a search for an 18-some­thing woman to be the cen­tre­piece of the new story,” says Cameron. “We still fold time. We will have char­ac­ters from the fu­ture and the present. There will be mostly new char­ac­ters, but we’ll have Arnold and Linda’s char­ac­ters to an­chor it.”

sis­ter aCt 2! WON­DER WOMAN 2

It’s of­fi­cial. Of­fi­cial and in­evitable. Patty Jenk­ins is signed to di­rect the Won­der Woman se­quel af­ter the first film made a whop­ping $800 mil­lion at the box of­fice. It’s a deal re­ported to be worth $7-9 mil­lion up­front, with a share of the back­end, mak­ing her the high­est-paid female film­maker in movie his­tory. We hear Warner Bros may also have thrown in an in­vis­i­ble Lear jet as a sweet­ener. “The most ex­cit­ing thing about [the se­quel] is lit­er­ally see­ing her loose in the world now, liv­ing those clas­sic sto­ries,” Jenk­ins tells ET On­line. “Here’s Won­der Woman, and what can she do? It should be a to­tally dif­fer­ent movie, but a grand and now full-blown Won­der Woman in the world.” She’s been col­lab­o­rat­ing with DC supremo Ge­off Johns on a story treat­ment and now The Ex­pend­ables co-writer Dave Cal­la­ham has come aboard to nail down the screen­play. One ru­mour claims the en­core will have a fash­ion­ably ’80s set­ting, pit­ting Diana against the Sovi­ets dur­ing the sock­less es­padrille phase of the Cold War. There’s a 13 De­cem­ber 2019 re­lease date al­ready locked.

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