Tough guys are back
UNLESS you grew up on tales of young wizards or spent hours reading geeky comic books, it’s easy to feel like you miss out at the movies. But not any more. Sure, there’s a flurry of superhero movies coming your way, but there’s also some old-school heroes about to make a comeback. Here are 10 well-worn heroes about to be back on the big screen:
Gore Verbinski is set to bring the Lone Ranger to the big screen with Armie Hammer as the masked cowboy and Johnny Depp as Tonto. It’s set for release on December 21, 2012. If the Mayans are right, it should be a doubly big day.
2Craig Brewer ( director of the rebooted Footloose movie) is set to write and direct a Tarzan trilogy to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel. But this Tarzan might not wear a loin cloth nor swing through the trees.
3Andrew Stanton ( Wall-E ) will direct his first live-action film with John Carter, due out next March. The film is based on a Burroughs Civil War veteran who travelled to Mars by astral projection after he ’’ died’’.
4Guy Ritchie is working on
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law. Given their last outing was a success, the sequel was elementary.
year we see what Steven Spielberg has done with his motion capture 3D film of journalistic
adventurer Tintin, with a sequel to follow directed by Peter Jackson.
6What better excuse to slip on some chaps next month than Cowboys and
Aliens starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, in which Craig is the man with no name but a very handy bracelet when the UFOs ride into town.
7Jason Momoa ( above) will play Conan
the Barbarian, first played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Expect plenty of action from a beefy bloke with a point to make.
8One for all and all for Paul W. S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers. The director behind Resident Evil is having a crack at Alexander Dumas’s greatest work. It will have swords, chivalry, weird guns and big explosions.
9Brace yourself for heroes of another type with Warner Bros set to make three new 3D cartoons that will screen before feature films, including the upcoming Happy Feet 2. The cartoons will be new adventures for Sylvester,
Tweety, Daffy Duck, the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, but will include original voice work by Mel Blanc, recorded in the 1950s.
10It doesn’t get any more old school than Noah. Darren Aronofsky ( Black Swan) is pitching a big-budget retelling of the biblical tale, with a story showing the bloke with the boat as the first environmentalist.