The Ward (24 September)
The Talent: Directed by John Carpenter, starring Amber Heard.
The Pitch: Pretty amnesiac Kirsten (Heard) wakes up on a psychiatric ward with no memory of how she got there. As she struggles to piece events together, the other women on the ward begin to disappear...
The Hook: It’s Carpenter doing horror. We’d watch it from the grave.
Official John Carpenter site here.
Priest (1 October)
The Talent: Scott Stewart directs, Paul Bettany, Maggie Q and Karl Urban star.
The Pitch: Post-apocalyptic western. A Priest whose niece is kidnapped by vampires defies the orders of his church superiors and goes to rescue her.
The Hook: Paul Bettany as a vamp-stomping Priest on a mission of revenge and rescue? Yes, please. And it'll be refreshing to see vampires de-Twilight-ified and made grown-up and grotesque again, Salem's Lot-style...
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part I (19 November)
The Talent: David Yates returns to direct, the ever-improving kids return.
The Pitch: The final stretch of the Potter epic sees Harry and friends hunting the remaining horcruxes that preserve the soul of nasty Voldemort.
The Hook: The stars have never been better, and since taking over two Harries ago director Yates has made the series a) much better and b) very much his own. This’ll be the best one yet. Until Part 2...
Rapunzel (24 November)
The Talent: Produced by John Lasseter, starring Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi.
The Pitch: A computer animated Disney retelling of the classic Grimm fairytale.
The Hook: Under Lasseter’s watchful eye, the cheap modern twist has been ditched (originally Rapunzel was to be replaced by a present-day girl and - Jesus! - turned into a squirrel). The kick-off film for Lasseter's much-touted return to traditional animation, this has the credentials to reinvent a fading genre.
Official site here.
Oobermind (3 December)
The Talent: Madagascar main man Tom McGrath directs, Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Tina Fey do voices.
The Pitch: Ferrell’s supervillain defeats his nemesis (Pitt’s Metroman) but finds life empty. So he makes a new superhero - but his creation turns evil, forcing him to save the world.
The Hook: Dreamworks have found their animation groove with smart revisionist takes on established formats, and this idea looks like it’s got legs. And if it doesn’t, it still has an awesome voice cast.