The VH Weekly News Round-Up (14/05/2017)

More news coming at you from VultureHound‘s weekly news round-up, where we bring you five of the best news stories to come out of the film industry this past week.

We’ve got reboots, adaptations and sequels coming from some of Hollywood’s hottest talent. We’ve got a documentary from a critically acclaimed director about a critically acclaimed rapper. We even have a miniature rant from a VultureHound writer (yours truly) about James Cameron’s excessive amount of Avatar sequels.

Don’t say we never treat you.

Hellboy to return more hellish than ever

Picture courtesy of Dark Horse Comics

After years of fans clamouring for a third entry into the Guillermo del Toro Hellboy series, del Toro revealed back in February that the third entry wouldn’t happen:

This came just days after del Toro posted a poll asking if fans would like to see the series return, and after the answer came back ‘Yes’, a following statement revealing that he had spoken to Ron Perlman, who was also up for it, and would continue speaking to the relevant parties (Hellboy creator Mike Mignola was next, and the artist has since claimed he didn’t like the ‘show’ del Toro made on his Twitter, and that he didn’t see them working together again).

But, just this week, Mignola revealed that Hellboy would be returning with new creators behind it:

Andrew Cosby, one of the screenwriters behind the reboot, revealed a little more in an interview with Silver Screen Beat:

“This is a darker, more gruesome version of Hellboy, Neil said from the very beginning that he wanted to walk a razor’s edge between horror and comic book movie, which was music to my ears, because that’s what I was shooting for in the script, and precisely what Mignola does so well with the comics.”

Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen will be produced by Millennium Films (The ExpendablesOlympus Has Fallen)

 

Liam Neeson prepares his particular set of skills for a return to action

Liam Neeson / The Taken series / Picture courtesy of 20th Century Fox

While we did get some appearances from the Neesonator last year in films like Huntsman: Winter’s WarOperation Chromite, Silence and A Monster Calls, it feels like it’s been a while since we saw him channel that take-no-prisoners attitude he’s had brewing since that time he got fired from his teaching job for punching a student (true story). In fact, it’s been two years since the last film in his Taken-esque series of films, Run All Night hit cinemas, so one would assume he was due for a come-back sometime soon.

And if you were that one doing all that assuming, well, well done you. It’s been announced that Neeson will be starring in a film called Retribution, a remake of a spanish film called El Desconocido, which is about a guy who finds out his family car has been fitted with a bomb, which will go off unless Neeson’s character follows the commands of whichever bad guy planted it.

Think Die Hard With A Vengeance meets Speed, starring Liam Neeson.

And if that’s not enough, alongside the films FeltWidowsThe Trainer and a turn as the great detective Phillip Marlowe, he also has action-thrillers Hard Powder and The Commuter coming up in the next year. The Neesonator’s back.

#Neesonator

Neeson’s next thriller, The Commuter hits cinemas January 18th 2018.

 

All Eyez On Steve McQueen for his Tupac documentary

Tupac Shakur / Picture courtesy of the Shakur Estate

Strangely enough, this next piece of news is loosely linked to the last.

Very loosely, but even so.

Steve McQueen, the director of the aforementioned Neeson-starring heist film Widows, has revealed that he will be making his first foray into documentary making, with the documentary being a little ghetto gospel about the life and times of Tupac Amaru Skakur, considered to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. You’ve probably heard of him.

The reveal was made in the following release:

‘Shakur Estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment, the company created by Afeni Shakur to release her son’s posthumous projects, announced today that Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse Pictures and Jayson Jackson will team up to produce a fully authorized documentary with Amaru on the life of acclaimed hip-hop artist, writer and poet Tupac Shakur.

The film will be directed by Academy Award-winning director, Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and produced by Jayson Jackson (What Happened, Miss Simone?) and White Horse Pictures’ Nigel Sinclair (The Beatles – Eight Days a Week, The Touring Years) and Nicholas Ferrall, together with Shakur Estate Trustee Tom Whalley. Gloria Cox, Tupac Shakur’s aunt and Afeni Shakur’s only sister, will executive produce along with White Horse’s Jeanne Elfant Festa.’

With the directorial talent of McQueen, the rapping skills of the departed Shakur and the love of 2Pac fans everywhere, we may well be witnessing a future Oscar-winner be born.

McQueen’s next film, Widows, breaks into cinemas on November 16th 2018.

 

Cliff Curtis signs on for ALL FOUR AVATAR SEQUELS (WHY?!)

Cliff Curtis / Fear the Walking Dead / Picture courtesy of AMC

It was revealed earlier this week that New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis, one of the stars of Fear the Walking Dead and Training Day has signed up for all four of James Cameron’s upcoming Avatar films.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Curtis will play ‘Tonowari, leader of the Metkayina reef people clan’, joining returning cast members Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana. But while that’s all well and good for the three actors, who now have paid gigs set for years to come, can we just bring the question of why this is all happening back up? The fact that the three actors are signed onto all of the films may suggest that rather than separated stories, we’ll be getting one elongated tale. And the story aspect of the original Avatar isn’t exactly something people raved about.

Avatar was released in 2009, a whole eleven years before the upcoming sequel. And while it became the third highest grossing film of all time, delivered us into the beauty of the planet Pandora and properly introduced us to 3D cinema (although I’m sure many audiences will question whether that last point is a good thing), does anyone actually want these movies?

Sure, people may want to watch a sequel out of curiosity – but do people really want four more of these things?

Whether it’s a yes or no for you, production has already started, and so Avatar films will be frequenting cinema screens from 2020 – 2025 (and potentially beyond if that doesn’t do enough to scratch Cameron’s creative itch).

‘Avatar 2‘ will land in cinemas December 18th 2020.

 

Blade Runner trailer re-imagines the future now that their future is close at hand

Ryan Gosling / Blade Runner 2049 / Picture courtesy of Warner Bros.

Moving on from sci-fi films people don’t want to a sci-fi film people have been clamouring for for decades, this week, the trailer for Blade Runner 2049 dropped:

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited about this one. Despite what people may think about Jared Leto following his turn as the Joker in Suicide Squad, this film boasts a pretty strong cast and some absolutely stunning visuals. Furthermore, the fact that there are a staggering seven different cuts of the original film, suggests that there’s still a wealth of material to be explored from the world of the Blade Runners.

And on top of all of that, the film is directed by Denis Villeneuve, who brought us Arrival, one of the best films of last year (and to back that claim up, here are not one, not two, but three articles raving about it), which means this is definitely something to get excited about, if you weren’t already.

Blade Runner 2049 blasts into cinemas October 6th 2017.