Tough guys are back

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies -

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:

1 Di­rec­tor

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.

5This

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.

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