Adaptations of successful novels are notoriously difficult. When that novel involves a boy being stuck on a boat with a Bengal Tiger in the middle of the ocean, the task likely isn’t any easier.
That partially explains the tortured process behind the production of Yann Martel's Life of Pi. Notable directors M. Night Shyamalan and Alfonso Cuarón were at times attached, with Amélie mastermind Jean-Pierre Jeunet especially close to having helmed the film. (Storyboards and script all in place.)
However, Ang Lee eventually took the reigns, and after some more reported quibbling about the budget the film is finally set to come out at the end of this year.
The good news is that, judging by this trailer, it looks absolutely spectacular. Seriously, just drink in those visuals. Take a long hard sook on the straw. As to whether they’ve managed to cram the story into the space of a single cinema sitting... Well, that's another matter entirely. Fingers crossed. (Release date: December 21)
Seen the trailer for The Campaign yet? It features comedy heavyweights Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as rival political candidates, and we now have two clips from the film: Cam Brady (Ferrell) ensuring his finances are in place, and Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) showing perhaps a little too much honesty.
As might be expected, subtlety isn’t exactly at play here - given the stars involved - but with the upcoming Presidential vote in the US the subject of political campaigns is ripe for satire, and to be fair both characters still look a whole lot more electable than many of the options available over on this side of the pond. Not mentioning any names... cough... CLEGG... cough cough splutter. (Release date: September 28)
The Expendables 2. Can I say that the trailer looks a bit disappointing without having people laugh at me, and calling me a little girly girl? (I hope Dolph's not in town, or I'm in for a whole world of pain.)
It contains all the 80s actions heroes you could possibly hope for, plus more recent finely honed dynamos Jason Statham and Jet Li (and, uh, Chris Hemsworth looking a bit awkward and wondering he's allowed out to go work on The Hunger Games sequel). However, the first instalment proved a bit underwhelming compared to audience expectations, and the trailer for this sequel doesn’t quite seem to pop.
But there’s no way in hell I’m missing this sweaty macho-fest for the world, so guess it means that I’ll just have to get extra tanked up for it in the cinema. I'll go by the rule of downing a shot every time a bad guy gets his comeuppance, and have stomach-pumping apparatus on standby. (Release date: August 16)
So, Total Recall has got mediocre reviews in the US, and I’m not here to say I told you so. I’m just here to say I KNEW IT WOULD HAPPEN AND YOU SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO ME. WHY DIDN’T ANYONE LISTEN??? FARRELL IS NO ARNIE, AND LEN WISEMAN IS NO PAUL VERHOEVEN. WHY DID YOU EVEN THINK YOU COULD DO IT, WISEMAN, YOU HOLLYWOOD HACK??? SCREW YOU, LENNY, SCREW YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU. (Release date: August 29)
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