Remember The Way of the Gun? Christopher McQuarrie's directorial debut? No. Well, neither do we. But McQuarrie's looking at nabbing himself a director's chair once again for the thriler One Shot.
He's currently adapting the script for Paramount from Lee Child's Jack Reacher books - whichever one is called One Shot. True to its witty title, it's about a sniper who approaches Jack Reacher to help him clear his name of murder. Or something. As for casting choices for Reacher, Child's manly butch hero who towers way over 6ft, that's anybody's guess.
Josh Olson wrote the movie's first draft, but Chris has picked up a pen and is re-writing it to suit his own megaphone skills. After jobs on the X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the rather likeable Valkyrie, it'll be great to see him back to doing something more of his own thing. After all, we all remember The Usual Suspects. Yeah, you won't have forgotten that one.
Director: Peter Jackson
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon
A 12A film about a girl who gets raped and murdered? Is that really possible? Oh wait, they removed the rape bit. Now that makes more sense. Except it doesn't quite. Peter Jackson's follow-up to King Kong is an equally audacious movie: an adaptation of Alice Sebold's complex creation, The Lovely Bones, which sees Susie Salmon (Ronan) stranded in the afterlife watching the folks down below trying to solve her murder. Filled with fantasy vistas, stylish flourishes, emotional breakdowns and blue contact lenses, it's a bold project to take on. It's brave. It's ambitious. It's also a mess.
Zack Snyder's Watchmen, love it or hate it, was a successful movie. It busted those blocks with financial precision. Now, since that caused Alan Moore's graphic novel to rocket to the top of the best-seller list, DC is considering making a sequel. Watchmen 2.
Paul Levitz, head of DC, always stuck by Moore's seminal work, stating that it should be left as is: that, as comic book blog Bleeding Cool puts it, "the comic is the comic is the comic". But they have now reported that, with Levitz having stepped down, DC's Senior Vice President, Dan DiDio, is keen on expanding the Watchmen universe.
Will Dave Gibbons be convinced to step in for more books, artwork and, eventually, movies? Will Alan Moore's vision, now disowned by him since it got the Hollywood treatment, be even further tainted? After all, the reason the graphic novel (and the faithful, if shallow, film) remains so good is that it's been unmolested for 20 years.
All that just might change. For the worse. It's not hard to see why they want to chase the money down the shithole, especially with such fasinating characters as Rorschach. Perhaps a spin-off just for him. In which he dons his mask, picks up a can of deodorant, and torches DC's offices. Something like that.
It's official: Sony have found The Lost Symbol. Not that it was hard to find - it was sitting on their desk all along. Ever since Dan Brown's book came out, it's only been a question of when the studio would start writing it for the screen.
And so Steven Knight (of Dirty Pretty Things) is on script duty, adapting the third outing for Robert Langdon - sure, Angels and Demons only took $486 million compared to The Da Vinci Code's $760m odd, but that's still enough money to cover Tom Hanks' haircut. Presuming they can convince him to sign on again. Then it's just a case of getting hold of Ron Howard. That shouldn't be too hard.
Director: Lee Daniels
Cast: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz
Life is hard when you come from a broken home. Especially one where your mum ritually beats you, your dad raped you and you're vastly overweight. For Precious (Sidibe), this is life. Then, to top it all off, she discovers she's pregnant with her father's baby again. So she gets kicked out of school and into 'alternative' education, where she can become an educated woman - all is not lost, it seems, because she's good at Maths. Can you feel your heart warming yet?
Director: John Hillcoat
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron
"Soon all the trees in the world will have fallen... I think it's October, but I can’t be sure. I haven’t kept a calendar for years." The post-apocalyptic world is a grey place. Drowned in decaying ash, it sits in ruins, foraged by the few who survived. Among them are a father (Mortensen) and his boy (Smit-McPhee). They wander the wastelands, over the cracked ground, stepping between dead bodies and abandoned lives. It's a sombre scene, which stops you cold. This is The Road they have to walk.
Yes, it's directed by Guy Ritchie, but we all know we're secretly looking forward to Sherlock Holmes. Reinventing the deerstalker detective in a London full of explosions, black magic and Robert Downey Jr., there's honestly no way it could look any more fun. Throw in Jude Law as Watson and Rachel McAdams as someone who occasionally takes her clothes off and it's a dead cert for silly entertainment. But now we have a new trailer to get us all excited once more.
You may have seen it on MTV the other day. Well, now it's here - clearly the better place to watch it. And, to go with the tasty new teaeser, Warner Bros. have even released 221B, an online adventure game. You can check that out over here. But before you do, head to our videos section for the third Holmes trailer, or read on for the sexy new poster.
Director: Wes Anderson
Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Eric Anderson, Brian Cox, Hugo Guinness, Michael Gambon
"Who am I, Kylie? Why a fox? Why not a horse, or a beetle, or a bald eagle? I'm saying this more as, like, existentialist, you know...?" The kids certainly won't. We all remember Mr Fox from our childhood days, that chicken-stealing ground-digging rascally Roald Dahl rogue. But as Wes Anderson's stop-motion starts up, you quickly realise that this is not the Mr Fox you read about as a child. This is Wes Anderson's Mr Fox. And he's got style.
Director: John Hillcoat
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Kody Smit-McPhee, Charlize Theron
Showing: Monday 19th October, 4:00pm
"Soon all the trees in the world will have fallen... I think it's October, but I can’t be sure. I haven’t kept a calendar for years." The post-apocalyptic world is a grey place. Drowned in decaying ash, it sits in ruins, ravaged by the few who survived. Among them are a father (Mortensen) and his boy (Kody). They wander the wastelands, over the cracked ground, stepping between dead bodies and abandoned lives. It's a sombre scene, which stops you cold. This is The Road they have to walk.
There's nothing quite like a depressing, post-apocalyptic stroll through a wasteland to cheer up your evening. So The Road, director John Hillcoat's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's bestselling novel, is your perfect pick for a night out. But how on earth can you tackle such material, especially when you're an 11 year old boy, like Viggo Mortensen's co-star Kody Smit-McPhee? Well, John Hillcoat, screenwriter Joe Penhall and Aragorn himself are on hand to fill us in.
John, your last film, The Proposition is completely different to The Road, but it somehow had a similar look to it. What attracted you to the material?
JH: Well, I love the heat and the Sun - I'm an Australian! No, the two films are really quite polar opposites, but they're both set in extreme environments. And one of the things that interests me is the impact an extreme environment has upon people; it's like another character for them to react to.