The VH Weekly News Round-Up (07/05/2017)

Aliens. Gunslingers. Spies. Fathers. Sons. Liam Neeson’s lovable lion. This week has it all. As long as your definition of ‘all’ is limited to the above six things.

Once again, VultureHound presents its weekly round-up, giving you all your much needed movie news.

Read away:

 

Neil Blomkamp’s Alien film won’t be seeing a resurrection

Alien 5 concept art / Picture courtesy of Neil Blomkamp

Since 2015, news has been floating that Neil Blomkamp, director of District 9Elysium and CHAPPiE, would be helming the next installment of the main Alien film series. The news came about when Blomkamp revealed some concept art for his film, and later that year it was revealed that Sigourney Weaver would return as Ellen Ripley. The film was said to basically ignore the poorly received films Alien 3 and Resurrection. So it was safe to say everyone was very excited about this.

Then word came that Ridley Scott would also be returning to the franchise to direct the soon to be released Alien: Covenant, the Alien prequel/Prometheus sequel. And so, for the time being, Alien 5 was put on hold. Things were pretty back-and-forth from there on out. It was happening. It wasn’t happening. And so on, and so forth. People wondered just how long Sigourney Weaver would stay ready and waiting to take the iconic role back on.

But that’s all irrelevant now. In a recent interview with the French-magazine Allocine, Scott explained that there ‘never was a screen-play’ and that ‘Fox decided that it didn’t want to do it’. So that’s that then.

Alien: Covenant flies into cinemas on May 10th 2017

 

New Dark Tower trailer brings in-character Twitter banter

Idris Elba & Matthew McConaughey / The Dark Tower / Picture courtesy of Columbia Pictures

As we reported earlier this week, the long awaited Stephen King adaptation, The Dark Tower, landed its first trailer and several posters. You can watch the trailer here:

The best thing about that, however, was the role-play between stars Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, as they, in their own way, helped reveal the new footage. Seeing them have a little fun on Twitter hopefully heralds a good relationship, and ultimately some good on-screen chemistry.

But really, who’s to say. It’s just a bunch of tweets:

The Dark Tower shoots into cinemas August 4th 2017.

 

Bond 25 shakes things up with potential new director and producer

Daniel Craig / Skyfall / Picture courtesy of Eon

After some news about one of the production companies behind Bond 25 broke on IMDb Pro earlier this week, many wondered if the information was, in fact, legit, leading to IMDb themselves confirming that Syncopy, Christopher Nolan’s production company would be taking on the next James Bond movie. Whether this means the man behind Syncopy, will in fact be directing a Bond movie is unconfirmed at this time (as is the true legitimacy of this information, for that matter).

Especially considering that just a few days earlier, it was reported that Paul McGuigan is one of the front-runners to direct. Word is that Eon was very impressed by McGuigan’s upcoming Indie film, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, and earlier credits such as Lucky Number Slevin, episodes of BBC’s Sherlock (the first, in fact) and Netflix and Marvel’s Luke Cage.

But then, for all the success McGuigan had with bringing Sherlock Holmes into the 21st century, he also gave us Victor Frankenstein, so who’s to say what the best option is.

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

 

Jason Momoa and Will Ferrel team up for a sort-of (but not really) father/son comedy

Jason Momoa / Batman v Superman promotional material / Picture courtesy of Warner Bros.

While it’s all well and good hearing about AlienJames Bond  and The Dark Tower, sometimes it’s nice to hear about new and unexpected projects.

So, with that in mind, I give you an upcoming project for Will Ferrell. According to The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Will Ferrell is attached to star in an untitled comedy pitch that was acquired by Paramount about a washed-up TV star that reunites with his now-grown and very successful TV-show son, played by Jason Momoa’.

Obviously, in this untitled film, they won’t actually be playing characters who are related, so much as characters who co-starred in a TV show together as fictional father and son. But even so, seeing Will Ferrell in a father/son dynamic with Jason Momoa of all people will be interesting. While Momoa’s first film role was in a comedy, the majority of his filmography is focused on much more action orientated roles. So that’ll be something.

The Will Ferrell/Jason Momoa film is being written by Andy Mogel and Jarrad Paul and distributed by Paramount Pictures.

 

The Chronicles of Narnia film franchise is still ongoing, for some reason

Liam Neeson / The Chronicles of Narnia / Picture courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures

The title says it all really.

Word has been swirling for a while that despite what everyone would have thought, The Chronicles of Narnia series would be returning for a fourth film, The Silver Chair. The reason this news has returned to the fore is because a director is now attatched. Joe Johnston, director of Captain America: The First Avenger has signed on to bring Narnia back to our screens for the first time in seven years.

On Johnston’s hiring, producer Mark Gordon said the following:

“Joe is a wonderful storyteller who is equally at home in the biggest franchises and the most intimate character pieces. Because C.S. Lewis’ story is iconic and epic, but also tender, personal, and emotional, he’s the perfect choice to bring The Silver Chair to the screen.”

Which is all well and good, but still doesn’t explain why this series is ongoing. While the three previous films have grossed $1.5 billion between them, the films themselves never seem to spark up much interest beyond The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, which was released back in 2005.

Although, if we were to stop being naive, we’d be honest with ourselves and admit that it’s all about the money, a la the Transformers franchise.

As of yet, there is no word or when The Silver Chair will start filming, or who will star.