Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore (4 August)
The Talent: Chris O’Donnell is the only name on a quiet list.
The Pitch: Sequel to the hugely underrated 2001 summer hit in which the war between cats and dogs was reimagined as a tech-filled Bond-style espionage actioner. All-new characters this time.
The Hook: The plot’s still a blank slate, but the first film was so good (except for when humans were on-screen) that this has to be worth keeping beady, bird-watchful eye on.
The Expendables (20 August)
The Talent: Directed by Sylvester Stallone, and starring every bicep in Hollywood.
The Pitch: Sylvester Stallone directs the ultimate ‘80s action flick 20 years too late: a crew of mean mercenaries head to South America to chew bubblegum, kick ass and overthrow a government.
The Hook: It’s a who’s-who of Hollywood hardmen: Stallone, Statham, Lundgren... Even Schwarzenegger and Willis. Expect muscle, fire, and brainless brilliance.
Salt (20 August)
The Talent: Phillip Noyce directs, Angelina Jolie and Chewitel Ejiofor star.
The Pitch: Espionage thriller with Jolie’s CIA agent on the run after she’s wrongly identified as a Russian spy.
The Hook: It looks a whole lot like a female Bourne Identity. We're there - but here's hoping Noyce has seen The Long Kiss Goodnight...
Official site here.
Columbus Circle (27 August)
The Talent: Directed by George Gallow with an ensemble including Jason Lee, Selma Blair and Giovanni Ribisi.
The Pitch: Manhattan-set thriller with Blair’s locked-away heiress forced to come out of her shell when Ribisi’s detective investigates a murder in the apartment next to hers.
The Hook: Writer/director Gallow has written some of the snappiest action flicks of the last 25 years (Bad Boys, Midnight Run), and the cast looks sharp and smart.
Official Site here.
The Town (10 September)
The Talent: Ben Affleck writes, directs and stars.
The Pitch: Based on Chuck Hogan’s novel Prince Of Thieves, Affleck’s career crim gets reflective as he falls for the manager of a bank he’s robbed.
The Hook: Affleck the director is a new man, and after his tough, lean Gone Baby Gone, this should seal his reinvention as the go-to guy for edgy, adult thrillers.
Next: The Ward, Priest