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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.”


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.


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



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.


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.


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.

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