Harrison Ford Talks Blade Runner Sequel"I’m quite curious and excited"
This weekend Harrison Ford submitted himself to a Reddit grilling in which, between revelations about snakes (likes them) and David Blaine (“spooky”), he shared his thoughts on the long-mooted Blade Runner sequel. Positive thoughts, too.
“I’m quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner”, Ford wrote. “If in fact the opportunity would exist to do another, if it’s a good script I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again. He’s a very talented and passionate filmmaker.”Despite painful memories of a Blade Runner shoot he still recalls as the most difficult he’s experienced, with 50 night shoots in a row and almost constant rain, he said that he’s keen to get back under the skin of Deckard. “I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character.”Ridley Scott, of course, is already on record saying that the sequel to his Philip K. Dick-inspired sci-fi “will happen sooner or later”, and Ford’s enthusiasm means that a big part of the jigsaw should fall more easily into place. But since they have differed in the past on whether or not Deckard is himself a replicant, it remains to be seen whether the star and director can really see eye-to-eye on a new script."I quite understand that everybody has an ambition when they come and do a film, and everyone’s ambition may not be focused on the same thing," the actor explained, with some vagueness, back in October. “I truly admire Ridley as a man and as a director, and I would be very happy to engage with him again in the further telling of this story.”For more from Ford on this and some Raiders and Star Wars recollections, head over to the Reddit page.
Phil de Semlyen

Harrison Ford Talks Blade Runner Sequel
"I’m quite curious and excited"

This weekend Harrison Ford submitted himself to a Reddit grilling in which, between revelations about snakes (likes them) and David Blaine (“spooky”), he shared his thoughts on the long-mooted Blade Runner sequel. Positive thoughts, too.

“I’m quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner”, Ford wrote. “If in fact the opportunity would exist to do another, if it’s a good script I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again. He’s a very talented and passionate filmmaker.”

Despite painful memories of a Blade Runner shoot he still recalls as the most difficult he’s experienced, with 50 night shoots in a row and almost constant rain, he said that he’s keen to get back under the skin of Deckard. “I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character.”

Ridley Scott, of course, is already on record saying that the sequel to his Philip K. Dick-inspired sci-fi “will happen sooner or later”, and Ford’s enthusiasm means that a big part of the jigsaw should fall more easily into place. But since they have differed in the past on whether or not Deckard is himself a replicant, it remains to be seen whether the star and director can really see eye-to-eye on a new script.

"I quite understand that everybody has an ambition when they come and do a film, and everyone’s ambition may not be focused on the same thing," the actor explained, with some vagueness, back in October. “I truly admire Ridley as a man and as a director, and I would be very happy to engage with him again in the further telling of this story.”

For more from Ford on this and some Raiders and Star Wars recollections, head over to the Reddit page.

Phil de Semlyen

Anna Paquin Will Appear In X-Men: Days Of Future Past Rogue returns 
In the beginning, Anna Paquin’s Rogue was set to appear in the new X-Men movie, X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Then director Bryan Singer said her future-set scene had been cut, and fans - well, some fans - were in uproar. Now, after appearing on a cover of Empire and admitting she was disappointed not to make it into the film… she’s back in.
Buzzfeed spotted that her name appears in the credits at the end of the latest X-Men: Days Of Future Past trailer, and after contacting Fox to check whether she might be a mutant once more, news has arrived that she will be, albeit briefly. “Essentially, [it’s] a cameo,” were the words the representative used.
Sounds like a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it affair - no pun intended - but it should please her legion of admirers (and possibly peeve folk who didn’t like her interpretation of the much-loved comic-book character to boot).
To fill you in, Days Of Future Past finds Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellen), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and the current X-team confronting a dark alternate future where mutants are an endangered species, tracked down, imprisoned or killed thanks to Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage)’s Sentinel program and an overwhelming level of distrust from regular humans.
They boldly plan to send Wolverine’s consciousness back in time to the First Class era (or a few years after we last met those versions of the characters) to convince the younger Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and the rest to work together to stop the threat at its source.
With Ellen Page, Daniel Cudmore, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore and others back, including most of the First Class cast, Days Of Future Past is out on May 22.
James White

Anna Paquin Will Appear In X-Men: Days Of Future Past 
Rogue returns 

In the beginning, Anna Paquin’s Rogue was set to appear in the new X-Men movie, X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Then director Bryan Singer said her future-set scene had been cut, and fans - well, some fans - were in uproar. Now, after appearing on a cover of Empire and admitting she was disappointed not to make it into the film… she’s back in.

Buzzfeed spotted that her name appears in the credits at the end of the latest X-Men: Days Of Future Past trailer, and after contacting Fox to check whether she might be a mutant once more, news has arrived that she will be, albeit briefly. “Essentially, [it’s] a cameo,” were the words the representative used.

Sounds like a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it affair - no pun intended - but it should please her legion of admirers (and possibly peeve folk who didn’t like her interpretation of the much-loved comic-book character to boot).

To fill you in, Days Of Future Past finds Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellen), Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and the current X-team confronting a dark alternate future where mutants are an endangered species, tracked down, imprisoned or killed thanks to Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage)’s Sentinel program and an overwhelming level of distrust from regular humans.

They boldly plan to send Wolverine’s consciousness back in time to the First Class era (or a few years after we last met those versions of the characters) to convince the younger Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and the rest to work together to stop the threat at its source.

With Ellen Page, Daniel Cudmore, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore and others back, including most of the First Class cast, Days Of Future Past is out on May 22.

James White

New Title Rumoured For Third Hobbit FilmCould it become Into The Fire?
The film has been known as There And Back Again since 2012 at least, but today a rumour surfaced from usually reliable fan site TheOneRing.net that the third Hobbit adventure could conceivably be called Into The Fire.
While the site is at pains to point out that its sources are simply pointing to New Line registering the title as a way of protecting copyright, it wouldn’t be the first time the film has been floated under a different name – there was the thought it may end up being called The Battle Of Five Armies when the plan to split the story into a trilogy was first announced.
Of course, it seems awfully late to be changing things now – especially with merchandising partners’ long lead times to consider and the fact that both die hard fans and general moviegoers are used to referring to the film as There And Back Again. It’s also possible that the title registration is simply to cover the company’s bases in case it decides to use it for another project such as a video game tie-in. There has been no official word on the matter just yet.
For now, what we do know is that the third Hobbit entry will see Bilbo, the dwarfs, Gandalf and the Elves taking arms against the destructive force that is the dragon Smaug and other dark forces swirling around Middle-earth. It’ll hit cinemas on December 26.
James White

New Title Rumoured For Third Hobbit Film
Could it become Into The Fire?

The film has been known as There And Back Again since 2012 at least, but today a rumour surfaced from usually reliable fan site TheOneRing.net that the third Hobbit adventure could conceivably be called Into The Fire.

While the site is at pains to point out that its sources are simply pointing to New Line registering the title as a way of protecting copyright, it wouldn’t be the first time the film has been floated under a different name – there was the thought it may end up being called The Battle Of Five Armies when the plan to split the story into a trilogy was first announced.

Of course, it seems awfully late to be changing things now – especially with merchandising partners’ long lead times to consider and the fact that both die hard fans and general moviegoers are used to referring to the film as There And Back Again. It’s also possible that the title registration is simply to cover the company’s bases in case it decides to use it for another project such as a video game tie-in. There has been no official word on the matter just yet.

For now, what we do know is that the third Hobbit entry will see Bilbo, the dwarfs, Gandalf and the Elves taking arms against the destructive force that is the dragon Smaug and other dark forces swirling around Middle-earth. It’ll hit cinemas on December 26.

James White

First Trailer For Eli Roth’s Green Inferno
Stomachs rumble in the jungle

The film debuted at TIFF last autumn, but aside from the odd still and a lot of talk from Eli Roth, non-festival audiences haven’t yet experienced much of The Green Inferno. That’s sort of of changed this morning with the arrival of the first trailer, but given its - appropriately for the title - green-band nature, there’s still not too much to see here. Prepare for another Roth lesson in never going travelling. Stay in your homes, kids.

Roth’s tribute to the gonzo Italian likes of Ruggero Deodato and Umberto Lenzi sees a group of student activists head deep into the Peruvian jungle and face the threat of being eaten alive at the hands of a hungry indigent tribe. 

Sticking to Roth’s penchant for a clever marketing hook, you’ll notice the trailer is at pains to point out that Green Inferno stars a Peruvian rainforest tribe that’s never been filmed before. Roth has been keen for everyone to know this all through the project’s development. 

"We travelled deep into the Amazon, like Aguirre," he told Empire a year or so ago. “We found a village with no electricity or running water, where most of the young children and the elders had never seen a movie or television before. We brought a generator and showed them [Deodato’s infamous] Cannibal Holocaust to see how badly it would freak them out, but they laughed and thought it was the funniest thing they’d ever seen, and after that about 80 people signed up to be in the movie!”

A sequel, Beyond The Green Inferno, is already in the works, to be directed by Roth’s Aftershock collaborator Nicolas Lopez. There’s no Aussie release date for the first instalment yet, but it’s out in the States on September 14.

Owen Williams

David Koechner To Lead Scouts Vs. ZombiesGing gang zombie zombie zombie gonna eatcha
Lumbering through development hell since at least 2010, zom-com Scouts Vs. Zombies is finally heading into production. Last we heard (a year ago), Tropic Thunder and Men In Black 3 writer Etan Cohen was directing, but he’s since been replaced by Christopher Landon, who most recently made Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and wrote 2007’s Disturbia. The film also now has its scout leader, in the jocular form of Champ Kind himself, David Koechner.
As you might surmise from the title, Scouts Vs. Zombies finds a troop of bob-a-jobbers facing down a horde of flesh-craving types on a camping trip. They’ll need all their survival skills to avoid becoming the zombies’ latest meal, and to help save their small town.
Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki wrote the original script, which hit the 2010 Black List and attracted interest from Race To Witch Mountain director Andy Fickman. He’s still involved, but only as producer, with a subsequent screenplay draft knocked out by Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous). Cohen’s name no longer appears anywhere in connection with the film.
Koechner, meanwhile, obviously has a cracking comedy heritage, including Anchorman's aforementioned Mr Kind, and credits on The Office and American Dad. But as of recently, he's not a stranger to horror either: there was Piranha 3DD, and his turn in E.L. Katz’ brilliant Cheap Thrills is a thing of deep joy, both humorous and utterly sinister. We’re thinking simply “humorous” will be the emphasis this time around though. Nobody wants a sinister scout leader.
Scouts Vs. Zombies is currently in pre-production, with shooting set to start on May 8.
Owen Williams

David Koechner To Lead Scouts Vs. Zombies
Ging gang zombie zombie zombie gonna eatcha

Lumbering through development hell since at least 2010, zom-com Scouts Vs. Zombies is finally heading into production. Last we heard (a year ago), Tropic Thunder and Men In Black 3 writer Etan Cohen was directing, but he’s since been replaced by Christopher Landon, who most recently made Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and wrote 2007’s DisturbiaThe film also now has its scout leader, in the jocular form of Champ Kind himself, David Koechner.

As you might surmise from the title, Scouts Vs. Zombies finds a troop of bob-a-jobbers facing down a horde of flesh-craving types on a camping trip. They’ll need all their survival skills to avoid becoming the zombies’ latest meal, and to help save their small town.

Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki wrote the original script, which hit the 2010 Black List and attracted interest from Race To Witch Mountain director Andy Fickman. He’s still involved, but only as producer, with a subsequent screenplay draft knocked out by Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous). Cohen’s name no longer appears anywhere in connection with the film.

Koechner, meanwhile, obviously has a cracking comedy heritage, including Anchorman's aforementioned Mr Kind, and credits on The Office and American Dad. But as of recently, he's not a stranger to horror either: there was Piranha 3DD, and his turn in E.L. Katz’ brilliant Cheap Thrills is a thing of deep joy, both humorous and utterly sinister. We’re thinking simply “humorous” will be the emphasis this time around though. Nobody wants a sinister scout leader.

Scouts Vs. Zombies is currently in pre-production, with shooting set to start on May 8.

Owen Williams

First Poster For The EqualizerDenzel Washington walks the line
So far, all that the world at large has seen of the new film version of classic ‘80s show The Equalizer is a couple of pictures featuring Denzel Washington looking grumpy in character as Robert McCall. We got a look at a scene last month at CinemaCon, and the poster is now online, which makes us think the trailer can’t be far behind.
This updated peek into the world finds Washington as a slightly different take on Robert McCall, the retired intelligence officer played on the small screen by Edward Woodward, who decides to atone for his past sins by helping the hopeless.Working quietly at a Home Depot, McCall finds himself drawn into the life of a crusading vigilante when he helps out a young prostitute (Chloe Moretz). His actions draw the ire of the Russian mafia, and in particular a brutal fixer plated by Marton Csokas. While McCall could always take care of himself on TV, Washington’s version is the sort of man who can walk into a room full of armed mobster henchmen and take them all out in approximately 28 seconds, all the while chiding himself for not keeping to his personal best. Sony is apparently so enthused by the jubilant test screening reactions to the film that it already has a sequel script under way.
The poster’s a striking one, even if it makes it look like McCall has a job painting road markings. We’ll see just how much street maintenance is part of his life when the film arrives later in the year.
James White

First Poster For The Equalizer
Denzel Washington walks the line

So far, all that the world at large has seen of the new film version of classic ‘80s show The Equalizer is a couple of pictures featuring Denzel Washington looking grumpy in character as Robert McCall. We got a look at a scene last month at CinemaCon, and the poster is now online, which makes us think the trailer can’t be far behind.

This updated peek into the world finds Washington as a slightly different take on Robert McCall, the retired intelligence officer played on the small screen by Edward Woodward, who decides to atone for his past sins by helping the hopeless.

Working quietly at a Home Depot, McCall finds himself drawn into the life of a crusading vigilante when he helps out a young prostitute (Chloe Moretz). His actions draw the ire of the Russian mafia, and in particular a brutal fixer plated by Marton Csokas. While McCall could always take care of himself on TV, Washington’s version is the sort of man who can walk into a room full of armed mobster henchmen and take them all out in approximately 28 seconds, all the while chiding himself for not keeping to his personal best. Sony is apparently so enthused by the jubilant test screening reactions to the film that it already has a sequel script under way.

The poster’s a striking one, even if it makes it look like McCall has a job painting road markings. We’ll see just how much street maintenance is part of his life when the film arrives later in the year.

James White

Mrs Doubtfire Sequel Heats Up AgainRobin Williams could be back in the make-up
It’s been so long since the idea of a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire hit the news radar that we were beginning to think it would end up going the reboot route before any official follow-up happened. But Fox 2000 is not letting Euphegenia Doubtfire die peacefully, and is making a new attempt to convince director Christopher Columbus and star Robin Williams to re-visit the character.
You’re probably aware that the 1993 film saw Williams as struggling actor Daniel Hillard, who was desperate to maintain a relationship with his children following the recent divorce from his wife Miranda (Sally Field). In order to stay close, he concocts the elderly Scottish housekeeper and applies to be their carer with predictably disastrous results. The movie was a hit at the box office, and all involved thought a sequel might happen, but no one could find an idea they liked.
Bonnie Hunt was hired to write a script in 2001, but as other scribes came and went, the excitement for the idea waxed and waned until, around 2004, the last mention of it flickered and faded.
Now, though, Elf’s David Berenbaum is on board to try again. His actual concept for the sequel isn’t clear, and we don’t yet know if it’ll acknowledge the passing of time – after all, would anyone believe that Mrs. Doubtfire would still be alive after all this time? Perhaps Daniel Hillard will resurrect her to care for his grandchildren? However it shakes out, Columbus and Williams are attached but will wait to see the script before deciding to take things further. If there’s any justice, we’ll get a dust-off between Doubtfire and Tobias Fünke’s Mrs. Featherbottom.
James White

Mrs Doubtfire Sequel Heats Up Again
Robin Williams could be back in the make-up

It’s been so long since the idea of a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire hit the news radar that we were beginning to think it would end up going the reboot route before any official follow-up happened. But Fox 2000 is not letting Euphegenia Doubtfire die peacefully, and is making a new attempt to convince director Christopher Columbus and star Robin Williams to re-visit the character.

You’re probably aware that the 1993 film saw Williams as struggling actor Daniel Hillard, who was desperate to maintain a relationship with his children following the recent divorce from his wife Miranda (Sally Field). In order to stay close, he concocts the elderly Scottish housekeeper and applies to be their carer with predictably disastrous results. The movie was a hit at the box office, and all involved thought a sequel might happen, but no one could find an idea they liked.

Bonnie Hunt was hired to write a script in 2001, but as other scribes came and went, the excitement for the idea waxed and waned until, around 2004, the last mention of it flickered and faded.

Now, though, Elf’s David Berenbaum is on board to try again. His actual concept for the sequel isn’t clear, and we don’t yet know if it’ll acknowledge the passing of time – after all, would anyone believe that Mrs. Doubtfire would still be alive after all this time? Perhaps Daniel Hillard will resurrect her to care for his grandchildren? However it shakes out, Columbus and Williams are attached but will wait to see the script before deciding to take things further. If there’s any justice, we’ll get a dust-off between Doubtfire and Tobias Fünke’s Mrs. Featherbottom.

James White

Star Trek Writers To Reboot Flash GordonGordon’s alive!
What do you mean, “Flash Gordon approaching?” Well, after some years of varying development hells, and a short-lived Sci-Fi Channel TV series in 2008, it looks as if the pulp space hero is in the initial stages of a journey back to the big screen. Their source is unclear, but the impetuous boys (and girl) at Film Divider believe that JD Payne and Patrick McKay, currently at work on the third modern Star Trek film, are also writing an ambitious new Flash Gordon adventure.
Flash Gordon made his debut in newspaper comic strips drawn by Alex Raymond in the 1930s, and was initially conceived explicitly as competition for the then very popular Buck Rogers. Gordon was a polo-playing Yale graduate who, with companions Dale Arden and Dr Hans Zarkov, initially headed into space to find the source of some meteors bombarding Earth. Their fist encounter with Ming The Merciless - the alien gitface behind the meteors - would not be their last, and their continuing adventures on the planet Mongo would see them also encountering hawk-man Prince Vultan and the rulers of various jungle, ice and undersea kingdoms.
Gordon was immediately picked up for three Saturday morning film serials starring Buster Crabbe (also briefly Buck Rogers and Tarzan) between 1936 and 1940. Slightly more recently and perhaps most famously, of course, there was the 1980 movie camp-fest with the mad Queen soundtrack, starring Sam J. Jones as Gordon, Max Von Sydow as Ming, and a particularly mental Brian Blessed as Vultan. 
Payne and McKay’s connection to JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot includes adapting the novel Boilerplate as well as their work on the Star Trek threequel, but whether Flash has a home there, or elsewhere, or is merely a spec script the pair have developed on their own is unclear at the moment. They also have action scripts Goliath and Deadliest Warrior floating in development at, respectively, Temple Hill and Paramount.
Their take on Flash Gordon is apparently (predictably) to rescue him from his current reputation as something stupid but much loved (see Sam Jones’ recent turn in Ted), and restore his reputation as a more serious adventurer. He is, after all, the metallist man alive, come to save us all, with his constant thrash. Oh no, wait, that’s Thrash Gordon. That’s someone else.
The world didn’t seem quite ready for John Carter. Are we up for a new Flash Gordon? Give us your thoughts in the comments below, and we’ll let you know when and if this story develops further.
Owen Williams

Star Trek Writers To Reboot Flash Gordon
Gordon’s alive!

What do you mean, “Flash Gordon approaching?” Well, after some years of varying development hells, and a short-lived Sci-Fi Channel TV series in 2008, it looks as if the pulp space hero is in the initial stages of a journey back to the big screen. Their source is unclear, but the impetuous boys (and girl) at Film Divider believe that JD Payne and Patrick McKay, currently at work on the third modern Star Trek film, are also writing an ambitious new Flash Gordon adventure.

Flash Gordon made his debut in newspaper comic strips drawn by Alex Raymond in the 1930s, and was initially conceived explicitly as competition for the then very popular Buck Rogers. Gordon was a polo-playing Yale graduate who, with companions Dale Arden and Dr Hans Zarkov, initially headed into space to find the source of some meteors bombarding Earth. Their fist encounter with Ming The Merciless - the alien gitface behind the meteors - would not be their last, and their continuing adventures on the planet Mongo would see them also encountering hawk-man Prince Vultan and the rulers of various jungle, ice and undersea kingdoms.

Gordon was immediately picked up for three Saturday morning film serials starring Buster Crabbe (also briefly Buck Rogers and Tarzan) between 1936 and 1940. Slightly more recently and perhaps most famously, of course, there was the 1980 movie camp-fest with the mad Queen soundtrack, starring Sam J. Jones as Gordon, Max Von Sydow as Ming, and a particularly mental Brian Blessed as Vultan. 

Payne and McKay’s connection to JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot includes adapting the novel Boilerplate as well as their work on the Star Trek threequel, but whether Flash has a home there, or elsewhere, or is merely a spec script the pair have developed on their own is unclear at the moment. They also have action scripts Goliath and Deadliest Warrior floating in development at, respectively, Temple Hill and Paramount.

Their take on Flash Gordon is apparently (predictably) to rescue him from his current reputation as something stupid but much loved (see Sam Jones’ recent turn in Ted), and restore his reputation as a more serious adventurer. He is, after all, the metallist man alive, come to save us all, with his constant thrash. Oh no, wait, that’s Thrash Gordon. That’s someone else.

The world didn’t seem quite ready for John Carter. Are we up for a new Flash Gordon? Give us your thoughts in the comments below, and we’ll let you know when and if this story develops further.

Owen Williams

Antonio Banderas Talks Puss In Boots 2"We take Puss to a completely different land…"
While its attempts to set up new franchises, with the likes of Turbo and Mr. Peabody & Sherman haven’t all worked out, DreamWorks Animation hasn’t been all that quick to push out another entry in the Shrek spin-off Puss In Boots series. Despite the 2011 film’s success at the box office, little has been heard of any sequel, but Collider spoke to Antonio Banderas, who revealed that the wheels are well in motion.
“We started the new one four days ago. It did incredibly well with audiences and critics, all around the world, and the character is going to keep going,” says the actor who provides Puss’ familiar purring tones. “This character was born almost 12 years ago. We have had a lot of fun with him, and it seems that audiences do, too. So, we’re doing another one.”
With Guillermo del Toro once more acting as executive producer, the film has been through at least a couple of script drafts, and Banderas had more to say on the setting, if not the plot.
“We take Puss to a completely different land which is very exotic. When Chris Miller, the director, said, ‘I don’t want Puss to happen in the same universe as the Shrek movies visually, I want to do a spaghetti western,’ he is, in this case, trying to do an adventure movie so we’re taking him to a very exotic locale.”
There is no announced release date for the film, and its basic elements besides the leads could change considerably before it does finally make it into cinemas. But at least it seems we might get more of the crafty moggie.
James White

Antonio Banderas Talks Puss In Boots 2
"We take Puss to a completely different land…"

While its attempts to set up new franchises, with the likes of Turbo and Mr. Peabody & Sherman haven’t all worked out, DreamWorks Animation hasn’t been all that quick to push out another entry in the Shrek spin-off Puss In Boots series. Despite the 2011 film’s success at the box office, little has been heard of any sequel, but Collider spoke to Antonio Banderas, who revealed that the wheels are well in motion.

“We started the new one four days ago. It did incredibly well with audiences and critics, all around the world, and the character is going to keep going,” says the actor who provides Puss’ familiar purring tones. “This character was born almost 12 years ago. We have had a lot of fun with him, and it seems that audiences do, too. So, we’re doing another one.”

With Guillermo del Toro once more acting as executive producer, the film has been through at least a couple of script drafts, and Banderas had more to say on the setting, if not the plot.

“We take Puss to a completely different land which is very exotic. When Chris Miller, the director, said, ‘I don’t want Puss to happen in the same universe as the Shrek movies visually, I want to do a spaghetti western,’ he is, in this case, trying to do an adventure movie so we’re taking him to a very exotic locale.”

There is no announced release date for the film, and its basic elements besides the leads could change considerably before it does finally make it into cinemas. But at least it seems we might get more of the crafty moggie.

James White

Empire’s Only lovers Left Alive Review

Plot

Ageless vampire Adam (Tom Hiddleston) recruits his nomadic, blood-drinking wife Eve (Tilda Swinton) to help lift him from his heavy funk.

Review

Having already scoped out Westerns, spy movies and portmanteau taxicab epics, lounge lizard auteur Jim Jarmusch turns his singular groove — unhurried, vaguely plotted, hypnotically stylish — to another genre: the vampire saga. As is his wont, there are hints of autobiography about his laconic nightcrawlers. These are aesthetes of an underground scene, with Bowie cheekbones and uncanny hair, vamps long past the biting stage.

Like undead Guardian readers they discuss high-flown books and music in deadly earnest, glide through intimate marital rituals and sup plasma from crystal glasses. There is no horror to speak of, only an after-dark aura of drained lives and deep connections.

Adam (Tom Hiddleston) is the grouch, a Byronic musician on a “funeral” jag, contemplating turning a wooden bullet on his embittered heart. Hiddleston makes an ideal vampire — pale as a bed-sheet he works the Iggy Pop torso and sulky demeanour of a rock star gone to ground, inhabiting a mouldering baronial recording studio in the wolf-haunted hinterlands of that “dead city”, Detroit.

Eve (Tilda Swinton) at least has an iPhone. She’s more engaged with the world, lighter of mood. Swinton, genetically sun-starved and heroin thin, is surprisingly warm and wry, tending to her lover’s pouty needs with a motherly patience.

What plot there is has the immortal beloveds confront his suicidal flounces and her troublesome baby sister (Mia Wasikowska), who ruffles their ennui by drinking his human factotum (Anton Yelchin). It all wafts by comfortably with no great urgency to decipher its enigmatic postures; Jarmusch is a more relaxed riddler than, say, the Coens. Maybe it’s a satire about self-involved artists adrift in obscurity. Then, Jarmusch might genuinely be lamenting the waning of our cultural times (humans are decried as “zombies”). From David Foster Wallace to Nicholas Ray to throaty rock played on an 8-track, these are the things he thinks should live forever.

Verdict

Haunting and idiosyncratic, Jarmusch’s vampire marriage preaches to the converted, but he’s in fine voice nonetheless. 

4 STARS Ian Nathan