The Taking Of Pelham 123 (Director: Tony Scott, ETA: 7th Aug)
What is it? Remake of seminal Seventies crime caper about a subway hijack and the ransoming of its passengers.
Why we’re excited: Because Scott is the safest pair of hands in the action blockbuster business, Denzel Washington only ever varies between ‘watchable’ and ‘astonishing’, and the story is a cast iron classic.
GI Joe: Rise Of Cobra (Director: Stephen Sommers, ETA: 14th Aug)
What is it? Transformers-style live action reboot of a nostalgia-fuelled cartoon-cum-toy line.
Why we’re excited: Because the toys are ace. Because even though it was a while back The Mummy shows Sommers can balance action with unselfconscious fun. And because dressing Sienna Miller in dominatrix leather is A Good Idea.
The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (Director: Terry Gilliam, ETA: Sept)
What is it? A circus of imagination, fantasy and danger, featuring a magical looking glass that leads into other worlds.
Why we’re excited: After Heath Ledger’s blockbuster-bossing turn in The Dark Knight there’s not a movie fan alive who doesn’t want to see what he did next, and how Gilliam’s production accommodated his sad departure. Here’s hoping we get a back-to-form Gilliam classic to see the Best Supporting Actor winner off in style.
The Informant (Director: Steven Soderbergh, ETA: 18th Sept)
What is it? Insider-style whistleblower drama, with Matt Damon feeding info on price-fixing to the FBI.
Why we’re excited: Even though the machinations of agricultural monopolies might not sound too thrilling, there's some serious pedigree here: Soderbergh directs, Damon stars (with guesting body fat) and Kiwi Melanie Lynskey – the one from Heavenly Creatures who wasn’t Kate Winslet – gets a long-overdue crack at the big time.