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Filmism.net Dispatch March 14, 2009

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In casting news, Cate Blanchett has joined the cast of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood movie, with Russell Crowe locked in as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Did they have hotel phones in Sherwood forest?

The writers of Beverly Hills Cop 4 have promised their draft will be dark, 'like the original'. WTF, I might hear you say? One of the defining action comedy films of the 1980s, dark? But cast your mind back, with the climatic blowing away of Stephen Berkoff as gallery owner/villain Victor and the cold execution of Axel's friend Mikey early on, it did indeed have a dark side. A holdover from long before Murphy was attached when the original script Cop was destined as a dramatic action vehicle for Sylvester Stallone, maybe? Of course, the presence of Brett Ratner as director should give one considerable pause.

There's also a new Universal Soldier movie, the original of which is one of my favourites of the big dumb leading man action genre. And thankfully, with the careers of both Dolph Lundgren and Jean Claude Van Damme long since flushed, they're both back for a final stab at glory a la Rocky Balboa, Rambo, Die Hard 4.0, The X Files: I Want to Believe etc, etc.

Who else but Robert Rodriguez is remaking Predator, and Marvel is still of the gravy train, with release dates for Thor, Captain America, Avengers, Iron Man 2 and Spider-Man 4 all announced.

But in the biggest news this week, I'm excited. Once more we're coming up to the time of year when thinking movie fans should hibernate indoors and watch re-runs of Media Watch, and one resigns oneself to sitting through the inevitable dross amid the big flashy action spectaculars (The Happening, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man 3 et al, we're looking at you).

But the other night, prior to Watchmen, were three new trailers for big mid year movies, and against all odds, every one of them looked fantastic. I say against all odds because no sane film fan ever thought he or she would be excited by a McG movie. But Terminator Salvation looks like a cracker.

Then there was a new preview for J J Abrams Star Trek , and it looks very much like modern filmmaking techniques are going to free one of science fiction's most enduring institutions from the constraints of TV-budget effects forever.

And yes, Michael Bay has a lot of detractors, many of whom dismissed Transformers as trash simply because his name was on it. Say what you like about him, he knows how to direct action, and the Hasbro-licensed franchise was tailor made for him. Now Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen looks like The Empire Strikes Back to the original film's Star Wars; bigger, badder, meaner and louder.

Perth boy Ben Templesmith is also still doing well. Although David Slade's 30 Days of Night was kind of flabby around the middle, it hasn't stopped Templesmith's properties being snapped up with Hollywood still very much on the comics gravy train, and his werewolf asylum story Welcome to Hoxford has been bought by Chris Columbus' production company.

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