Predators (9 July)
The Talent: Nimród Antal directs, Topher Grace, Adrien Brody and (yeah!) Danny Trejo star.
The Pitch: Another group of hard men – this time dangerous multinational criminals – battle the off-world hunters in a direct sequel to the 1987 action classic.
The Hook: Producer Robert Rodriguez has cleverly stated that the title is a reference to James Cameron’s Aliens, and that’s the kind of follow-up he’d like to make: a mean, explosive escalation. We’re in.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (9 July)
The Talent: Directed by David Slade (vamp vet with 30 Days Of Night), starring Kristen Stewart and (swoon/eye-roll!) Robert Pattinson.
The Pitch: The continuing romantic adventures of Bella and Edward, now with added input from hot werewolf dude Jacob.
The Hook: Well, the hook is that millions of teenage girls will descend upon this movie whether or not the rest of us care. There’s gotta be something to all those fluttering hearts and hot flushes?
Inception (16 July)
The Talent: Directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
The Pitch: We have barely an idea. DiCaprio is an exec caught in a blackmail scandal. Then people start floating around the place...
The Hook: Nolan hasn’t made a bad film, and has delivered at least three genuine masterpieces. If The Prestige was his The Conversation (perfect magic made in between franchise giants) could this be his Apocalypse Now?
Official site here.
Toy Story 3 (23 July)
The Talent: Lee Unkrich directs, Tim Allen and Tom Hanks star.
The Pitch: Woody, Buzz and the rest of the Toy Story gang are left in a daycare centre when Andy leaves for college.
The Hook: It doesn’t really need much more than being the next instalment of the greatest animated series of all time. We just hope that Pixar don't go heavy on 3D gimmickery, light on plot/script.
Official site here.
The A-Team (30 July)
The Talent: Directed by Joe Carnahan, starring Liam Neeson and Rampage Jackson.
The Pitch: "In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison for a crime they..." Come on, you know the rest. Remake of the classic '80s TV series.
The Hook: Neeson brings both actual acting and, as he showed in Taken, not insignificant ass-kicking. Jackson brings extra ass-kicking, just in case. Should be dumb but fun.
Next: The Expendables, Salt