The VH Weekly News Round-Up (21/05/2017)

VultureHound‘s Weekly News Round-Up rounds out its first month today. For all you readers who either don’t have time for or may have missed all your film news during the week, we’ve been rounding up five of the biggest and best news stories every weekend. If you want to see what you may have missed so far, why not check out our first load of posts: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4.

Or, if you’re a pretty hardcore film-fan and you’re mostly up to date, but just haven’t quite managed to catch everything this past week, here are this weeks highlights:

Tom Hardy gets venomous with Spider-Man spin-off

Tom Hardy / Picture courtesy of Bauer-Griffin

It’s no secret that Sony have been scheming to build their own ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’, ever since the debut of Amazing Spider-Man 2 ended up being largely set-up for what was to come. But, to the dismay of Andrew Garfield fans everywhere and the joy of everyone who reveled in that time Sony got hacked (and their rather unprofessional seeming e-mails were leaked to the world), Sony made a deal with Marvel Studios, and for a brief moment, it seemed like those schemes had been laid to rest.

I say a moment, because soon after the deal was finalised, the rumours of spin-offs based around Venom and the Sinister Six began to return thick-and-fast. More recently, another film idea was floated in a Black Cat/Silver Sable team-up. Throughout these announcements and rumours, word that these movies would be unconnected to the main Marvel Cinematic Universe began to become more prevalent. That was distressing by itself, but even more distressing was the fact that Sony seemed to insinuate that post Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, Spider-Man would be leaving the Marvel Universe. Some speculated that this was all a ruse for Sony to save face, and that none of this would actually come to fruition.

But now, Tom Hardy, who is apparently a huge Venom fan, has signed on to star as the anti-hero in a film directed by Ruben Fleisher (Zombieland) and written by Jeff Pinkler (Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Scott Rosenberg (Kangaroo Jack).

So that’s it. Sony’s pushing ahead with their own MCU whether people want it or not.

  Venom swings into cinemas October 5th 2018

 

Bloodshot puts Wahlberg, Isaac, McAvoy, Gyllenhaal and Hoult in its cross-hairs

Picture courtesy of Valiant Entertainment

More superhero news, but this time from a comic publisher of lesser renown. While Marvel and DC have been powering ahead with their Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe, respectively (with Fox and Sony doing their best to make their own Marvel Universes), another comic book publisher, Valiant, has also been making the push to get their characters on the big screen.

First up, the hero Bloodshot; a former soldier with the powers of of regeneration and metamorphosis, who, after having his mind wiped several times, is on a quest to find out who he really is and get revenge on his tormentors.

According to The Wrap, Sony (who are greedily also producing this super-hero expanded universe) have made a ‘wish-list’ of actors they want for the lead role, and will be pursuing them in the days ahead. The reveal goes as follows:

“Sony has assembled a wish list for actors to lead the comic-book movie Bloodshot that includes Oscar Isaac, James McAvoy, Jake Gyllenhaal, Nicholas Hoult, and Mark Wahlberg, an insider familiar with the search told TheWrap exclusively.”

The Wrap also notes that at this stage, this is only a ‘wish-list’, and so in the end, they may not be able to bag any of the following names. Still, it’s fun to think about one of those actors taking on Bloodshot’s rather unique look.

 Bloodshot will be directed by Dave Wilson and written by Eric Heisserer (Arrival)

 

David Ayer moves from super-cons to scarred faces

Al Pacino / Picture courtesy of Universal

Moving away from superhero movies, word on the web is that David Ayer is in talks to direct Scarface, a remake of the 1983 classic, which is itself a remake of the 1932 film, which in turn is adapted from a novel published in 1930.

So as you can see, the antics of Al Capone/Scarface are pretty enduring.

Which is just as well;  the film was originally set to be directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) with Diego Luna (Rogue One) attatched to star. Since then, Fuqua has departed the project to direct the sequel to his 2014 film The Equalizer, leaving Scarface up for grabs.

Say what you want about Ayer and Suicide Squad, but a year ago, he was pretty hot in Hollywood after giving us Fury and End of Watch. Also, he’s since said he regrets some elements of Suicide Squad, so let’s hope he’s back on track.

 Scarface breaks into cinemas August 10th 2018.

 

Danny McBride cuts away supernatural elements of Halloween

Tyler Mane / Halloween / Picture courtesy of Dimension Films

Ten films in to the Halloween franchise, it’s pretty safe to say the escapades of Michael Myers are fairly bankable, so it was also safe to say that a remake, sequel or reboot of some kind would be on its way eventually.

Now, that we know that that will be the case – that a new film will be directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) and co-written by Danny McBridge – it was only a matter of time before we got a bit more information about the project.

Speaking to Empire, McBride spoke a bit about his take on the character of Michael Myers and the direction of the film:

“I think we’re just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original. It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn’t corny. And it wasn’t turning Michael Myers into some supernatural being that couldn’t be killed— that stuff to me isn’t scary. I want to be scared by something that I really think could happen. I think it’s much more horrifying to be scared by someone standing in the shadows while you’re taking the trash out as opposed to someone who can’t be killed pursuing you.”

McBride’s words expand upon a previous conversation he had with CinemaBlend, where he explained their film’s place in the franchise, and dispelled any thoughts that he and Green, having worked together primarily on comedy projects, wouldn’t make this film a full on horror:

“It’s not a remake. It’s actually, it’s gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we’re focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there.

“Green and I are definitely going to (do) a straight-up horror. Halloween has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. There’s a simplicity and an efficiency to that first one that I think allows the movies just to be scary as hell. And so Green and I, our approach is to get back to that.”

 Halloween slashes into cinemas October 19th 2018

 

It’s “Spring Break Forever” for Matthew McConaughey

Rachel Korine, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, James Franco & Vanessa Hudgens / Picture courtesy of A24

Remember that film Spring Breakers? It was very weird. Some people liked it . Many did not (I did, for the record – I think. It was hard to tell). It had four college students running around in skimpy clothing. It had James Franco acting out the role of a rather eccentric and kooky gangster/rapper, who kept whispering “spring break forever” in a rather unsettling way.

By this stage you either know what film I’m talking about or that last paragraph meant absolutely nothing to you.

The point is, it was directed by Harmony Korine, and his next film The Beach Bum, has been snapped up at Cannes Film Festival by NEON and VICE, as revealed in this release:

“NEON and VICE have pre-bought U.S. rights to one of the early Cannes buzz pre-buy titles, the Harmony Korine-directed The Beach Bum.  A followup to Korine’s sleeper Spring Breakers, the film will star Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and is set to begin production this fall with a theatrical release planned for 2018. Pic is an irreverent comedy that follows the misadventures of Moondog (McConaughey), a rebellious and lovable rogue who lives life large.”

So look forward to more of Korine’s unusual beach-based films coming your way soon.

That is, frankly, all I have to say on the subject.

Until next time!

 The Beach Bum washes into theatres next year.

 

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