The VH Weekly News Round-Up (02/07/2017)

Even as a comic-book fan, some days it can feel like super-hero movies are a bit too prevalent in todays film industry.

The VH Weekly News Round-Up is now in it’s eleventh week, and out of those eleven round-ups, only one of them has managed to list out five bits of big film news without focusing on comic-book adaptations and even then, Aquaman and Captain America: The First Avenger got a mention.

Unfortunately, that is the world we live in, and although it would be nice to write about topics other than super-heroes; this week, once again, is silly with them.

But first, let’s chat horror…

The origin of Leatherface will be revealed this October

Gunnar Hansen / Picture courtesy of Bryanston Pictures

It’s been a couple of years since it was announced that Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo would be making Leatherface, a Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel and serve as the origin story for the new films titular murderer.

While the original film was remade and revealed the man under the mask, this new prequel seems to be more in line with the originals, and the plot will follow four escapees from a psychiatric hospital, who are pursued by a deranged sheriff. In the ensuing events, one of the four becomes Leatherface and eventually goes on to do a load of chainsaw massacring round texas.

Leatherface was actually filmed two years ago, but has since been stuck in the pre-distribution stage. This year though, the producer tweeted out that the film would finally see a release this October, and earlier this week, Bloody Disgusting revealed that the film would be exclusive to DirecTV from September 21st, before heading into cinemas the following month.

   Leatherface breaks into cinemas and will be available on Video-on-Demand from October 20th.

 

IT‘s new rating dispels any fear of a child-friendly horror film

Bill Skarsgård / Picture courtesy of Warner Bros.

We’ve had a couple of trailers for It, but so far, it’s been hard to gauge what kind of horror film it’s going to be. Sure, it’ll probably be creepy as hell, but considering the fact the main characters are all children, one might question just how bloody and violent it will get. Surely, the film won’t be a couple of hours of kids getting brutally murdered by a psychotic clown creature?

Well, the answer is ‘maybe’.

This week, the film’s rating was revealed. IT has officially been rated R by the MPAA, for containing “violence/horror, bloody images, and for language.”

This is reassuring for a couple of reasons. The first being that an R-Rating suggests it’s going to be a lot more horror-y than a film starring a bunch of kids would seem to be, and it assures us that there will be plenty more gory details than what the trailer let on. Here it is again, if you need a reminder:

   IT slashes into cinemas September 8th 2017. 

 

Matt Reeves drops some details on The Batman

Ben Affleck / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice / Picture courtesy of Warner Bros.

As we mentioned last week in regards to The Flash, Warner Bros. has been having trouble getting certain properties in their DC Extended Universe off the ground. On top of the aforementioned FlashJustice League Dark has also been put through the wringer somewhat. But perhaps the most anticipated property that has been facing hardship is The Batman.

Problems started almost as soon as the project was announced, as Ben Affleck was said to be writing a script with DC writer extraordinaire Geoff Johns. This process, as you would expect, invited a lot of questions from reporters and fans alike. Unfortuntely, these questions all came in the middle of Affleck promoting his latest film, Live by Night. Confusion and a little meltdown by Affleck ensued, and eventually, he stepped down as director.

Since his replacement by director Matt Reeves, there has been continued confusion as to what’s going on with the project. Reeves has now come out and explained what he hopes to see in his Batman film:

“I think there’s a chance to do an almost noir-drive, detective version of Batman that is point of view driven in a very, very powerful way, that is hopefully going to connect you to what’s going on inside of his head and inside of his heart.”

This is especially interesting, because in the comics, Batman is known as the ‘world’s greatest detective’, but in his movie appearances, beyond testing some bullets (The Dark Knight) and doing some googling (Dawn of Justice), Batman has rarely been seen as much of a detective. It’s nice to know one of the main traits of his character should be finally making it to the big screen.

   Batfleck’s next appearance will be in Justice League, which flies into cinemas November 17th 2017.

 

Fox overloads the next few years with more Marvel movies

Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Anna Paquin, James McAvoy, Shawn Ashmore, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Booboo Stewart & Omar Sy / Picture courtesy of Fox

We’ve had a smattering of X-Men news this week, so much that it reinforces my point up top that it’s hard to find news stories worth writing about without delving into superheroics. As such, we have multiple X-Men related stories, which I’ll round off now:

It’s been announced that Evan Peter’s will be joining the production of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, returning as the fan favourite mutant speedster Quicksilver. Peter’s performance was one of the best parts of X-Men: Days of Future Past, and returned to the spotlight once again in X-Men: Apocalypse. While seeing him zipping around wasn’t as fascinating the second time round, it was enjoyable nonetheless, so hearing he’s back is a welcome surprise.

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Deadpool 2 is moving full steam ahead, with Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople – which would have been my choice for VH’s top films of 2016 if I had seen it by that point – here are parts one and two if you’re interested in seeing our picks) having been cast, and on the same day, Josh Brolin slapping up a picture of his transformation into the gun-totting, time-travelling mutant, Cable, on his instagram:

And finally, Fox announced that after New MutantsDeadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, they’ve got several more Marvel super-hero films coming by 2021, debuting on:

– February 14th 2019 (this one had already been dated at an earlier time, but the next six are new news)
– June 7th 2019
– November 22nd 2019
– March 13th 2020
– June 26th 2020
– October 2nd 2020
– March 5th 2021

What they are, we can only guess. It’s a safe bet that Deadpool will probably get another sequel, and whether or not that is it’s own distinct entry from the upcoming X-Force movie is anyone’s guess, but let’s assume it is. That takes up two spots.

Chances are there will be another main X-Men entry as well, seeing as they’ve wrapped the trilogy with Apocalypse, but are still powering forward. That’s spot number three.

There has also been talk that Fox are taking yet another attempt at rebooting Fantastic Four, this time with a more Incredibles vibe. Apparently, the new film will focus on Mr Fantastic and the Invisible Woman’s children, Franklin and Valeria Richards, who will be accompanied by The Thing and the Human Torch. It’s pretty clear that when it comes to the Fantastic Four, Fox is just going to keep throwing shit at a wall and seeing what sticks, and they clearly hate us all too much to just give the rights back to Marvel Studios – so something Fantastic Four related, if it isn’t this specific rumour, is a sure bet. That’s spot number four.

There’s also the long gestating Gambit movie starring Channing Tatum. Who knows if that will ever go anywhere, but for arguments sake, let’s say that’s spot number five.

That still leaves two more empty spaces. And of course, everything I’ve just theorised could be completely wrong. But only time will tell.

   The next X-Men film, New Mutants lands in cinemas April 18th 2018.

 

That’s all for this week! I know we usually have five entries, but there’s just so much going on with the X-Men that I think just doing four is forgivable. You may not agree, but what’s done is done.

Until next time!