Black Death (26 February)
The Talent: Directed by Chris Smith of Severance fame. Starring Sean Bean.
The Pitch: Bean leads a band of medieval men-on-a-mission as they hunt down a necromancer (yes!) in plague-hit England.
The Hook: You read the pitch, right? Sheffield's finest cine-son is back in leather and chain-mail for the first time since the Rings trilogy, and the plot is a deliciously brooding, dark-ages adventure yarn.
A Couple Of Dicks (26 February)
The Talent: Written by the Cullen brothers, directed by Kevin Smith and starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan.
The Pitch: A classic buddy cop comedy, with Willis and Morgan as partners tracking down a stolen collectable baseball card.
The Hook: The script has enjoyed big buzz for years, and Smith (directing someone else’s writing for the first time) describes it as "Dante and Randal as cops". Sold! Also, everything Tracy Morgan does, says or thinks is funny.
I Love You Phillip Morris (February)
The Talent: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa direct, Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor star.
The Pitch: Carrey’s salesman nobody has a life-changing car crash, convincing him to come out as gay and to lead a fraud-filled life which lands him in jail. Where he meets the love of his life…
The Hook: Brave and bizarre, Phillip Morris tackles gay romance with a straight face and no small measure of poignancy. Plus, the last time Carrey mixed dark comedy and hearbreak we got Eternal Sunshine.
Alice In Wonderland (5 March)
The Talent: Directed by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp
The Pitch: Remake of the classic Disney animation and children’s book about a little girl who takes a twisted trip into the surreal backwaters of her imagination.
The Hook: Burton is the king of subversive Hollywood fairytale, and Depp always gets the best out of his long-time friend and collaborator/shapeshifter.
Official site here.
Clash Of The Titans (26 March)
The Talent: Hulk and Transporter 2’s Louis Leterrier directs Sam Worthington and Ralph Fiennes.
The Pitch: Update of the 1981 sword-and-sandaller about Greek hero Perseus - the fella who killed the snake-haired Medusa and flew on a horse with wings.
The Hook: Less stop-motion, more non-stop classical action. Plus, as Terminator Salvation proved, Sam Worthington is watchable even in average action flicks.
Official site here.