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The Incredibles
The Incredibles

It rarely makes any Top 10 Best Superhero Movie lists, but Pixar’s The Incredibles truly is one of the all-time greats.

Unlike other movies in the genre, there was masses of potential for further films, so it pleases me director Brad Bird says the 2004 film might be getting a sequel. He said: “I have been thinking about it. People think that I have not been, but I have. Because I love those characters and love that world. I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. I have many elements I think would work really well in another [Incredibles] film, and if I can get ‘em to click all together, I would probably wanna do that.”

This is good news indeed. The Incredibles was funny, warm and inventive in a way only animated films seem to be these days. Furthermore, the action scenes were spectacular and nearly 10 years on it’s better than most ‘serious’ releases.

Ageing the characters accordingly will add a whole new dynamic to the family, and with a decade of live-action superhero films to take inspiration from, there are rich pickings when it comes to the cinematic tributes and good-natured jabs we are used to from Pixar productions.

Can we make this happen now, please?

The Expendables 2
The Expendables 2

Hype for The Expendables 3 has been building for a few weeks, with internet forum dwellers arguing and threatening each other over their predictions for which retro action stars will appear. However, now real news is starting to creep out, and there have been some interesting developments.

In a series of tweets, Sylvester Stallone confirmed that Wesley Snipes is definitely showing up for the third film, and that Mickey Rourke is returning.

Buzz is also appearing about Steven Seagal finally being given a role. As recently as March, Stallone himself said the pony-tailed pugilist would not be appearing, and rumour has it that he has been boycotting the franchise because of an ongoing argument with producer Avi Lerner, however Sly has been tweeting about chatting to Seagal and saying the part is his if he wants it.

Stallone, who wrote, starred and directed the first Expendables film, and wrote and starred in the second, also said of the third that he’s ‘thinking about The Raid’. Of course, The Raid was last year’s excellent Indonesian tower-block action spectacular, so is he thinking about the style, storyline or maybe the cast? Not adding much, he said: “The Raid was an excellent film...We believe we can do better.”

Adding fuel to the suggestion that The Expendables 3 might have a slightly Eastern flavour is something more exciting than Seagal and Snipes together – Jackie Chan. It’s a million miles away from confirmed but the sheer possibility is enough to make me roundhouse myself in excitement.

Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, Chan said: “[The Expendables team] did contact me, but I have not read the script yet. I’d love to work with Stallone, but until I get back next week and meet Stallone and his manager, see the script… that’s when he’ll tell me what happens.”

Director Christopher Nolan
Director Christopher Nolan

It was only a matter of time before Batman trilogy director Christopher Nolan was linked to the next Bond film.

It seems that Nolan is in early talks with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G .Wilson with the hope that he will step into the role recently vacated by Sam Mendes.

He’s currently working on a huge sci-fi extravaganza called Interstellar, and some think it’s unlikely he’ll jump straight onto another massive movie, but come on – who turns down Bond?

Nolan previously declared himself a fan of the series, and he’s proven he can handle beloved, mega-budget franchises, so I’d love to see him taking control of Bond 24.

A few weeks ago I brought exciting news of Tom Cruise’s involvement in a Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie.

This week I bring harrowing news that the Cruiser has dropped out of the movie to focus on the new Mission: Impossible film.

So, now Guy Ritchie is looking for a new lead, with the same stature and box office drawing power as Tom Cruise.

Easy peasy. I wonder what Channing Tatum has in his diary?

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