The VH Weekly News Round-Up (22/04/2017)

Sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with all the latest going’s on in the film world. You’ve potentially got your job, your partner, your kids, your pets and your friends all keeping you busy – and every moment you spend attending those things, you could be missing tons of juicy film news articles.

But never fear, VultureHound has you covered.

We’ve rounded up five of the biggest and best news stories surrounding the film industry this past week or so, all in one tasty little article.

Will Smith set to get his magic lamp rubbed in Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin

Will Smith / The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air / Picture courtesy of NBC

The world is going crazy about live-action reboots of Disney classics at the moment, and as such, Beauty and the Beast’s domination of cinemas across the world hasn’t stopped people from looking ahead. The Lion KingMulan, Dumbo and Aladdin are all slated for a live-action revival at some point in the near future, with the latter landing its first bit of casting news.

Although it hasn’t yet been cemented, Will Smith is apparently in negotiations to play everyone’s favourite Genie in Guy Ritchie’s hustler-filled remake.

The role apparently was originally thrown the way of comedian Kevin Hart, who didn’t take the part for undisclosed reasons.

Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin is set to start shooting this summer.

 

Furious goings on on The Fate of the Furious set may not stop potential spin-offs

Vin Diesel & Dwayne Johnson / Fast & Furious franchise / Picture courtesy of Universal Pictures

It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster when it comes to keeping track of the Rock and Vin Diesel’s relationship. First, there was the news that they had come into conflict on set. Then, there was the news that it was all a publicity stunt. And then, it turned out, their fued might not be a stunt after all.

Although there has been word that the two have met to discuss their disagreements, rumour has it that Diesel vetoed a potential Fast and Furious spin-off starring the Rock’s character, Hobbs.

However, after the release of The Fate of the Furious, many have lauded the on-screen chemistry between the Rock and co-star Jason Statham. As such, it looks like the spin-off is back on track, set to star the pair on their own little adventure between now and whenever the inevitable next main entry of the Fast & Furious franchise comes about.

The Fate of the Furious is in cinemas now. 

 

Marvel empowers two new directors to take on Captain Marvel

Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck / Picture courtesy of IBTimes

As the contracts of some of the central Avengers edge closer to the end, Marvel has been bringing in a new slate of heroes. With Doctor Strange having already debuted and brought magic into the MCU, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok being released later this year, fans are now turning their attention to the diverse cast of Black Panther and the female-led Captain Marvel.

Details behind Captain Marvel have been few and far between, besides the constant message that the studio seeks to explore ‘female complexity’, ideally with a female director at the helm.

Now, said director has been found, or rather, said directing duo. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, directors of the Ryan Gosling-starring Half Nelson and the Ryan Reynolds-starring Mississippi Grind , have been tagged to helm the film. Despite their lack of action-film experience, Marvel has commented that they are right for the film due to their diverse body of work and ability and focus on character.

Captain Marvel flies into cinemas on the March 8th 2019.

 

Film companies face off for a chance at producing Bond 25

Daniel Craig / Skyfall / Picture courtesy of Eon

While there have been many questions surrounding the next Bond film (Who’s going to write it? Who’s going to direct? Will Jeffrey Wright return? Will Daniel Craig even return?!), perhaps the most interesting revolves around the rights to the film.

The mainstream Bond films have all been owned by Eon Studios and made in collaboration with others. But as of Spectre, Eon and MGM’s contract with partner-studio Sony has come to its end, and now companies are in the midst of a bidding war for everyone’s favourite British spy.

MGM and Eon have heard pitches from five studios this week; Sony (returning), Warner Bros., Universal Studios, 20th Century Fox and the much smaller and lesser known Annapurna Pictures. The strangest part is, the deal companies are bidding for is only for one film, which has some speculating that they may use this film to either cap off Daniel Craig’s Bond era before starting anew, or just do away with Craig and start fresh with Bond 25.

Spectre is available of DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download now.

 

Carrie Fisher won’t be returning to a galaxy far, far away after all

Carrie Fisher / Picture courtesy of EW

A bit of a sad note to finish on, but after much back and forth, the issue of whether or not Carrie Fisher will appear in the currently untitled Star Wars: Episode IX has been resolved.

Despite Fisher’s passing back in December, the recreation of both her younger self and the long-deceased Peter Cushing in Rogue One left many wondering if she would be brought back to life via CGI for the Star Wars sequel trilogy’s final installment. Quick to quell any potential hysteria, Lucasfilm made a statement explaining that they would not recreate Fisher in CGI, appeasing many who thought it would be too close to her death for such a move to be made.

However, a new hope for Fisher’s return was offered by her brother, Todd Fisher, who claimed that Disney and Lucasfilm would use archive footage to bring Fisher’s General Leia Organa into Episode IX.

Unfortunately for anyone wanting to see Fisher return, Kathleen Kennedy, head of Lucasfilm, has recently come out and explained that Todd was ‘confused’ and that Fisher would not be appearing in Episode IX after all, meaning that the upcoming The Last Jedi, will be her last performance as the beloved Leia.

The Last Jedi lands in cinemas December 15th 2017.