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HOLD THE NUPTIALS! THE BRIDE OF FRANKEN­STEIN

The Bride isn’t mak­ing it to the church on time. Uni­ver­sal has paused pre-pro­duc­tion on Bill Con­don’s re­make of the 1935 crea­ture clas­sic. The stu­dio has also scratched the in­tended 14 Fe­bru­ary 2019 re­lease date. David Koepp is now per­form­ing rewrites on the screen­play, ru­moured to down­play con­nec­tive tis­sue to the Dark Uni­verse fran­chise that sput­tered into half-life with The

Mummy ear­lier this year. Con­don tells Col­lider his fo­cus is purely on the film: “What I’m do­ing is 100% mak­ing a re­ally good mon­ster movie. It has noth­ing to do with any­thing else. Noth­ing. Zero.” The helmer adds, “What I love about David Koepp’s script is he turns ev­ery­thing on its head. This is Eve be­fore Adam, the bride comes first.” An­gelina Jolie was orig­i­nally in the frame for the Bride but her com­mit­ment to

Malef­i­cent 2 might see her bow out – if she does, Con­don’s back-up choice is said to be none other than that won­drous Ama­zo­nian princess Gal Gadot…

GO, GO, GOMEZ! THE ADDAMS FAM­ILY

Creepy? Check. Kooky? Check. Mys­te­ri­ous and spooky? Check. Al­to­gether ooky? The ook­i­est. Yes, it’s the Addams Fam­ily, des­tined for a big-screen come­back cour­tesy of Sausage Party helmer

Con­rad Ver­non. Named for car­toon­ist Charles Addams, who il­lus­trated their proto-goth

life­style in the pages of The New

Yorker, the macabre brood were im­mor­talised in a 1960s TV show be­fore en­joy­ing an early ’90s re­vival in the cinema (we’ll draw a dis­creet pair of gold harem pants over MC Ham­mer’s soul-cur­dling spin-off sin­gle “Addams Groove”). Here’s the twist: the new movie will be an an­i­mated fea­ture, which kinda makes it the spir­i­tual Cousin Itt to Hanna-Bar­bera’s ’70s car­toon ver­sion. The screen­play’s by Pamela Pet­tler, no stranger to the ghoul­ish given her work on

Corpse Bride and Mon­ster House.

How’d ya like that? AKIRA

Thor: Rag­narok’s Taika Waititi is the lat­est di­rec­tor linked to a live-ac­tion ver­sion of iconic manga Akira. “There’s been some chats,” he con­firms to IGN. “[It’s] some­thing that I [am] pas­sion­ate about… I ac­tu­ally love the books. Love the [1988] movie but I would not do a re­make of the movie. I would do an adap­ta­tion of the books.” There’s been talk that the film will re­lo­cate the ac­tion from Neo Tokyo to New Man­hat­tan, en­list­ing such Hol­ly­wood faces as Kris­ten Ste­wart and Gar­rett Hed­lund, but Waititi’s vi­sion hews closer to Kat­suhiro Otomo’s orig­i­nal epic of bike gangs and psy­choki­netic pow­ers. “Asian teenagers would be the way to do it for me,” he re­veals. “Like no­name, sort of un­found, un­tapped tal­ent. Yeah, I’d prob­a­bly want to take it a bit back more to­wards the books.” Leonardo DiCaprio re­mains on­board as pro­ducer.

Ca­jun Heat! GAM­BIT

Orig­i­nal Pi­rates Of The Caribbean helmer Gore Verbin­ski will bring South­ern-fried mu­tant Remy LeBeau to the screen. 20th Cen­tury Fox’s X-Men spin-off has been locked in the Ge­orge Fore­man grill of De­vel­op­ment Hell for some time now, mari­nad­ing in the sweet juices of de­parted di­rec­tors Doug Li­man and Ru­pert Wy­att. With Verbin­ski signed, the stu­dio has an­nounced a new re­lease date: 14 Fe­bru­ary 2019. Yes, the ideal Valen­tine’s date flick.

Chan­ning Ta­tum will fling the cards in the lead role while Daniel Craig is said to be first choice for pri­mary vil­lain Mr Sin­is­ter – Mr Mis­un­der­stood to his mother. Other sources claim Can­dra the Bene­fac­tress, tele­ki­netic leader of the Thieves’ Guild, will be the movie’s chief an­tag­o­nist. Oh, fight it out, you two.

James Cameron has wiped Ter­mi­na­tor 3, 4 and 5 from ex­is­tence

tHe Hor­ror, tHe Hor­ror! THE NEW MUTANTS 2

We’ve seen the goose-flesh­ing trailer for next April’s The New Mutants. Turns out it’s only our first inkling of a darker, scarier X-Men uni­verse. “These are all go­ing to be hor­ror movies, and they’ll all be their own dis­tinct kind of hor­ror movie,” film­maker Josh Boone tells IGN, out­lin­ing his plans for a spine-rat­tling tril­ogy of ad­ven­tures. “This is cer­tainly the ‘rub­ber-re­al­ity’ su­per­nat­u­ral hor­ror movie. The next one will be a com­pletely dif­fer­ent kind of hor­ror movie. Our take was [to] ex­am­ine the hor­ror genre through comic book movies and make each one its own dis­tinct sort of hor­ror film, draw­ing from the big events that we love in the comics.” And if you haven’t glimpsed your fave mu­tant yet, don’t de­spair. “We’re go­ing to in­tro­duce new char­ac­ters in the next movie as well. Char­ac­ters like Karma and War­lock… all that will be in fu­ture movies.” Rub­ber­re­al­ity hor­ror? What, like a sa­tan­i­cally-pos­sessed gimp-suit?

kinG’s tHe tHinG! THE TAL­IS­MAN

It’s a good time to be a Stephen King fan. It’s also un­doubt­edly a very good time to be Stephen King. Yet an­other adap­ta­tion of the hor­ror mae­stro’s work is set to fol­low IT and The Dark Tower to the screen. Look, here it comes now, head­ing out of Maine like a clown-masked hell­hound at the wheel of a de­monic truck pow­ered by pig’s blood. Run! New Mutants helmer Josh Boone is pen­ning this take on The Tal­is­man, King’s fan­tasy-flavoured 1984 col­lab­o­ra­tion with Peter Straub. It’s the tale of a 12-year-old boy who sets out on a jour­ney across Amer­ica, hunt­ing for a crys­tal that can save his dy­ing mother. En­ter­ing an eerie mir­ror realm known as the Ter­ri­to­ries, he gains the power to flip be­tween two worlds… Boone has been deep-min­ing King’s imag­i­na­tion for a while now, writ­ing screen­plays for adap­ta­tions of The Stand and Re­vival too.

ter­mi­nated witH ex­treme prej­u­diCe! TER­MI­NA­TOR 6

You have to ad­mire James Cameron’s ded­i­ca­tion. All those years work­ing on next-level cam­era tech­nol­ogy? A front for time-travel ex­per­i­ments. He’s just gone back and wiped Ter­mi­na­tor 3, 4 and 5 from ex­is­tence, es­tab­lish­ing a new re­al­ity where the next movie is the only true se­quel to T2. Se­ri­ously, check your shelves. He’s done it, the lu­natic. “This is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the story from Ter­mi­na­tor 1 and Ter­mi­na­tor 2,” he tells The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter. “We’re pre­tend­ing the other films were a bad dream. Or an al­ter­nate time­line, which is per­mis­si­ble in our mul­ti­verse. This was re­ally driven more by [di­rec­tor] Tim [Miller] than any­body, sur­pris­ingly, be­cause I came in pretty ag­nos­tic about where we took it. The only thing I in­sisted on was that we some­how re­vamp it and rein­vent it for the 21st cen­tury.” Tim Miller says the film will lean into the ad­vanc­ing years of ti­tle star Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger: “I think we should em­brace his age, and that’s what’s go­ing to make it in­ter­est­ing and fresh for the fans.” Re­unit­ing Arnie and Linda Hamil­ton, the new Ter­mi­na­tor movie is set to be­gin film­ing in spring 2018, and it’s tar­get­ing a 26 July 2019 re­lease date.

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