Your monthly glimpse into Hollywood’s hoped-for future
Look, maybe Daniel Craig baulked at putting his head down a toilet.
Licence revoked! BOND 25
The name’s differences. Creative differences. Yes, Danny Boyle has hit the big red button marked ejector seat, only months before the next James Bond movie was due to enter production. Producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and star/ producer/pouting killing machine Daniel Craig announced Boyle’s exit in a joint tweet. Some say a source of conflict was Boyle’s choice of Polish actor Tomasz Kot for the role of the film’s Russian villain, part of a provocative storyline rumoured to play on current East-West tensions. Screenwriter John Hodge – Boyle’s frequent collaborator – has also left, prompting speculation Eon will revert to an earlier script by franchise warhorses Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The film was targeting a November 2019 release, but unless a new director arrives by Union Jack parachute soon, it may struggle to keep the British end up.
Year of the Bat THE BATMAN
Ignore those whispers in the Gotham underworld. Matt
Reeves’s take on the Dark Knight won’t be an adaptation of Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s seminal tale Batman: Year One. “We’re not doing any particular [comic],” shares Reeves. “Year One is one of the many comic books that I love… we’re not doing an origin tale or anything like that. We’re doing a story that is definitively Batman, though, and trying to tell a story that’s
emotional and yet is really about him being the world’s greatest detective and all the things that for me, since I was a kid, made me love Batman.” Oh, the sweet relief of knowing we won’t be seeing yet another slo-mo shot of Martha Wayne’s blood-spattered pearls… Reeves is close to finishing the screenplay and says filming is likely to begin in the spring or summer of 2019. “There’s no continuation of the Nolan films,” he clarifies. “It’s very much trying to find a way to do this as something that, for me, is going to be definitively Batman and new and cool.”
DA PLANE! DA PLANE! FANTASY ISLAND
Break out the white disco suits. The mighty Blumhouse empire is teaming with Sony Pictures to bring Fantasy Island to the big screen. Running between 1977 and 1984, the kitschy, high-concept show starred Ricardo Montalban as the enigmatic Mr Roarke, owner of an island paradise guaranteed to give each week’s guest stars the experience of their dreams – network budgets permitting. It may not sound like the usual Blumhouse fodder but
Fantasy Island occasionally tipped into the realm of the outright supernatural – one unforgettable episode roped in Roddy McDowall as the Devil himself, determined to claim the souls of that week’s B-listers. Love Island, this is what you’re missing. Malcolm McDowell, meanwhile, played Roarke in a late ’90s reboot that played up the dark weirdness. The movie is set to be directed by Kick-Ass 2’s Jeff Wadlow.
IN BRIGHTEST GRIN, IN BLACKEST NIGHT! GREEN LANTERN CORPS
Will death-taunting daredevil Tom Cruise wield Green Lantern’s power ring? He’s rumoured to be frontrunner – and when we say frontrunner, please imagine him sprinting along the very edge of the Hoover Dam, strafed by machine gun fire – for the role of Hal Jordan, hotshot test pilot turned interplanetary defender in this DC superhero adaptation. It’s claimed that he’ll only sign on if one crucial part of the script is tweaked – the part that sees his character killed off. Well, naturally. Because Tom Cruise flashes a grin at the very concept of death as he zipwires across the Grand Canyon, ravenous baby jackals tucked in his boxer shorts. Christopher McQuarrie – Cruise’s partner-inmayhem on the last two Mission: Impossible movies – has reportedly been approached to direct. With a screenplay by Geoff Johns, the movie is pitched as an ensemble piece, rebooting the Lantern franchise after the misfiring Ryan Reynolds take in 2011.
Tom Cruise is frontrunner to play Green Lantern
GUNN FOR HIRE!
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 3
It’s official – Disney is searching for a new director for the third Guardians movie. The studio relieved James Gunn of duty in July over comments he made on Twitter nearly a decade ago. It’s reported that in August, Gunn and his reps took a meeting with Disney chairman Alan Horn, putting forward the case for his reinstatement, only for the House of Mouse to stand by its decision to fire the franchise-founding helmer. Dave Bautista, for one, is not happy – he’s described the decision as “nauseating” – while the rest of the cast issued a statement showing their support for Gunn. Clearly it wasn’t enough to persuade the studio. The film was set to begin production in February 2019, but has now been put on hold until further notice as Marvel and Disney search for a replacement director – and presumably decide whether or not to keep Gunn’s already-written script. The small crew who were preparing pre-production have been told they’re free to look for other work.
CLONE COLD CLASSIC! NINE LIVES
The late Ursula K Le Guin’s story Nine Lives is heading to the screen. Originally published in a 1968 issue of Playboy – some people really did buy it for the words – it’s a darkly comic tale set on a moonbase dedicated to off-world drilling, where two disgruntled workers, thrilled by the promise of human company, find their hopes crushed when 10 clones turn up instead. Nine Lives, which earned a Nebula nomination for Best Novelette, is set to be adapted by Tom Basden (a writer on Channel 4’s Fresh Meat and ITV2 comedy Plebs) along with Siri Rodnes, who made a version of another of Le Guin’s stories in film school. Gavin Humphries (Pin Cushion) and Josephine Rose (Slaughterhouse Rulez) are the producers.
THE SEARCH FOR KIRK? STAR TREK 4
There’s a Chris crisis on the final frontier. The fourth Trek movie was all set to unite Chris Pine’s James T Kirk with his father George, played by Chris Hemsworth, reprising his heroically self-sacrificing turn from the 2009 film. The only snag? Both stars have reportedly walked away from the project after salary negotiations stalled. It’s a tactic with a long and noble history in Star Trek, of course – both Shatner and Nimoy talked a hard deal with Paramount over the years, only to return to active Starfleet duty each time. It remains to be seen whether Pine and Hemsworth are playing Kobayashi Maru or the Corbomite Maneuver, but the studio is said to be determined to push ahead with the film, still slated to be directed by SJ Clarkson. “I’ve met with SJ and she’s fizzing with ideas and she has the right attitude,” Simon Pegg tells the Edmonton Journal. “She’s reverent but she’s not slavish.” Quentin Tarantino, meanwhile, is still linked to Star Trek 5: Sulu Unchained.