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Empire October 2020

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RAVENOUS SANDWORMS. BREATHLESS action. Chiselled heroes seeking redemption beneath the scorching desert sun. Yes, Tremors is one hell of a film. But also very exciting is Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi spectacular Dune, which happens to incorporate all of the above elements (though sadly not Kevin Bacon driving a bulldozer). In a year where big, event-movie releases have been few and far between, the prospect of a trip to the spice planet of Arrakis, navigated by the master behind Arrival and Blade Runner2049, couldn’t be any more tantalising. This is cinema: huge, operatic, eye-popping. And, yes, worm-ridden. To speak to Villeneuve and the astonishing cast he’s assembled, we sent Helen O’Hara to the Budapest set. Read her terrific, world-exclusive, access-all-areas, 12-page report on page 56 for the answers to all your questions.…

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talk to us

A KEY WORKER WRITES Empire has been one of the small number of key things that has helped me through the craziness of the pandemic. I am a frontline healthcare worker in the NHS; part of why I do my job is because I find it fulfilling to help people. It struck me that the writers of Empire do exactly that – help people in a real and meaningful way. So thank you for keeping the fantastic magazines coming. AMY SMITH, WIRRAL Thank you, Amy – for your kind words, and your incredible work. We could never do your job, but we can at least keep banging on about films. Hopefully this Picturehouse membership can be an additional pandemic aid for you. Picture house Empire’s star letter wins a Picturehouse Membership, plus one for a…

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no./1 a modern horror classic gets an epic upgrade

FEW HORROR MOVIES have captured the terror of rail travel better than Train To Busan. Korean director Yeon Sangho’s high-concept zombies-on-a-train movie trapped a bunch of unsuspecting passengers in confined quarters with a rapidly-spreading infection, as society collapsed out of the window. (Edgar Wright, a director not unfamiliar with the undead, declared it the “best zombie movie I’ve seen in forever. A total crowd-pleaser”.) But what does that world look like four years down the tracks, after Train reached its terminus? Prepare for Peninsula, Yeon’s follow-up that swaps cramped carriages for a wide-open, post-apocalyptic cityscape, where the running dead are still at large, militant factions rule the streets, and one band of returning survivors — led by Gang Dongwon’s Jungseok — is chasing a big abandoned bounty. Just as the claustrophobic…

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no./2 nia dacosta is going higher, further, faster

NIA DACOSTA WAS 16 years old when she first saw Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now. As the film started, she wanted to be a writer. But by the time it ended, her life — and path — had changed. “It was just so crazy, and had so much to say. It was super-audacious,” she remembers. “When I watched it, I thought, ‘Oh, you can do anything.’” Which could be the understatement of the century. Now, at just 30 years old, DaCosta is one of the most exciting and in-demand filmmaking voices in the business. With Candyman coming later this year, and the keys to a billion-dollar superhero franchise reportedly next up, it is a fairly stratospheric rise. That journey began in her native New York, studying film at…

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no./3 netflix’s biggest film ever, unpacked

$200M BUDGET Rumoured to be more expensive than every other Netflix Original film, The Gray Man allegedly tops the likes of Triple Frontier and The Irishman, the only ones to come close. 10M NEW SUBSCRIBERS News of The Gray Man comes after the streaming giant boasted ten million additional users joining the platform during the coronavirus pandemic. $5.999 BILLION BOX OFFICE TAKINGS Over four films, the Russo brothers racked up just under $6 billion revenue from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame all set the bar for another high-earning franchise. 8 POTENTIAL SEQUELS The Gray Man could be ushering in an epic new saga of action films to root for, with the 2009 novel by Mark Greaney spawning eight more books — at the…

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no./4 taking on a new kind of supervillain

WHEN YOU’VE DESTROYED half the population of the universe with just a click of your fingers (or, in this case, a tap of a computer key), where do you go next? For Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the writers of Avengers double-bill Infinity War and Endgame, the answer was obvious: they had to go smaller in scale, because going bigger was impossible; but not smaller in import. Their next movie as writers, pandemic permitting, will tackle the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the fallout of which had real-world implications of which Thanos could only dream. “We ended up talking to Chris Wylie, the whistleblower, well before he blew the whistle,” explains McFeely who, along with Markus, is now Co-President Of Story at AGBO, the studio that Joe and Anthony Russo established for their…