State Of Play (Director: Kevin MacDonald, ETA: 17th April)
What is it? Political thriller based on the BBC drama, with reporters and police digging into the mystery surrounding a politician’s mistress.
Why we’re excited: The cast – Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, a rejuvenated Ben Affleck – has the quality needed to condense and sustain the complexity of the superb original, and Tony Gilroy’s name is on the writing credits.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Director: Gavin Hood, ETA: May)
What is it? First spin-off from the X-Men series exploring the background stories of its heroes.
Why we’re excited: Because the presence of Hugh Jackman, who can act as well as flex, reduces the chances this’ll be a limp cash-in to practically zero. Wolverine’s the most watchable X-Man anyway, so it's pretty much a two-hour highlight reel.
Star Trek (Director: J.J. Abrams, ETA: 8th May)
What is it? Reboot of the most influential sci-fi series of all time.
Why we’re excited: Along with Watchmen, the must-watch big budget film of 2009. Abrams is the perfect choice to breathe vitality, relevance and cool back into a franchise that’s coasted on nerdcore support for too long. The casting is inspired, the design impeccable, and the trailer makes us believe it can all work.
Synecdoche, New York (Director: Charlie Kaufman, ETA: 15th May)
What is it? Absurdist comedy drama about a depressed theatre director who builds a miniature version of New York inside a Broadway warehouse.
Why we’re excited: The premise taps into the purest vein of Kaufmaneqsue deep thought, with the mundane crashing clumsily against the existential and outrageous. It’ll be fascinating – and terrifying – to see what he does with his own ideas, without the filter of a Jonze or Gondry.