The VH Weekly News Round-Up (20/08/2017)

Hello and welcome to VultureHound‘s weekly news round-up, where we bring you the biggest and best news to come out of the film industry every Sunday.

And would you just look at that! It’s the return of the specialised headers!

I bet you’ve missed those. I know I haven’t missed making them. I must confess they’ve been mostly absent for the last few weeks because aside from the D23 and Comic-Con weeks; I’ve been somewhat hungover when writing some of these Round-Ups, and cutting and altering those images is more than I was willing to do in such as state.

Let me just make it clear, I don’t drink all that much, it just so happens that the few times I have, have been the nights before writing these. If you’re a regular reader and you feel that the quality has dropped in those instances, then you have my most sincere apologies, but now; we’re back on track.

I’m not hungover and this isn’t getting posted at stupid-o’clock at night; it’s the VH Weekly News Round-Up as you know and love it.

Let’s do some news:

Craig’s keeping his licence to kill

Daniel Craig / Skyfall / Picture courtesy of Eon

We all knew Bond would be back in November of 2019, but the question remained of whether or not Daniel Craig would be the man playing the famous spy.

After filming Spectre, Craig made his opinions on taking up the role very clear, explaining to one news outlet that he’d “rather slash [his] wrists” and if he did do it, it would “only be for the money”. And while we pointed out that the rumour was that Craig would return, alongside three potential directors, it’s nice to have an official confirmation, which comes courtesy of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (confirmation comes at the 2.12 mark):

Bond 25 shoots into cinemas on November 19th 2019.

 

‘Help us Stephen Daldry, you’re our only hope’

Alec Guinness / Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (or just Star Wars, if you’re one of those people) / Picture courtesy of Lucasfilm

We already covered this on the site earlier this week, but there’s nothing wrong with hammering down the same piece of news over and over for convenience sake, is there now?

As previously stated, an Obi-Wan Kenobi-centric Star Wars spin-off is looking exceedingly likely. You’ve probably seen this over the internet, but as is the way of film journalism, things have been hyped up more than is actually the case. Numerous sites are reporting that Stephen Daldry is confirmed as the director of the Obi-Wan movie, whatever it ends up being called, while citing The Hollywood Reporter, who has the exclusive.

However, if you check THR‘s article, they point out that Daldry is in ‘early talks’, and thus, this could all end up amounting to nothing. However, if it does go somewhere, then that means an Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning director will be helming one of the more anticipated Star Wars spin-offs, and if an even earlier rumour proves to be true, the director could have a pretty strong writing companion to boot.

The Star Wars galaxy returns to cinemas on December 15th 2017 with The Last Jedi.

 

Holy shit, Superman’s in Justice League?!

Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot & Ray Fisher / Picture courtesy of Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. has released this new poster for the upcoming Justice League, and would you believe it… Superman’s on the team! What’s that about? Have you seen Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? He died at the end of it! But now he’s back? I don’t understand.

How have they kept this a secret? This is huge! One of the world’s first and greatest super-heroes has beaten death itself? This is truly inspiration stuff. It’s turned my entire understanding of death in super-hero movies on it’s head! If Superman can come back, then what other deaths can be reversed? Phil Coulson in Avengers Assemble? What about Cyclops and Jean Grey in X-Men: The Last Stand?

What’s that? All those characters have already come back to life..?

I’m just kidding, I know all of that. My point is, make up your mind Warner Bros. publicity.

Everyone knows Superman was coming back from the moment Dawn of Justice ended – so why this half-arsed attempt to pretend that he is still in fact dead, when you’re just going to plaster him on every other poster?

Still, it is nice to see Henry Cavill/Superman standing (floating?) alongside all his Justice League co-stars in all their glory.

Justice League flies into cinemas November 17th 2017.

 

Cruise finally takes some damage from his crazy stunts

Tom Cruise / Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol / Picture courtesy of Paramount Pictures

I’m a big fan of Tom Cruise. And an even bigger fan of the Mission: Impossible movies. And if you’re not? Well, you’re wrong (unless we’re talking Mission: Impossible 2, that shit was awful).

One of the most fascinating and exhilarating parts of Tom Cruise’s M:I  franchise (and many of his other films) is knowing that a lot of the more ridiculous stunts are done by Cruise himself:
His Nascar driving in Days of Thunder (which lead to him crashing one of the cars).
The free-climbing cliff scene in M:I2.
– That time he climbed the fucking Burj Khalifa in Ghost Protocol. 
 That time he hung onto a plane during take-off in Rogue Nation.
 Repeatedly submerging himself in water for six minutes (Also on Rogue Nation).
 The scene in The Mummy where he’s flung around a plane as it drops out of the sky.

Pretty crazy stuff.

Unfortunately, gravity has finally caught up with Cruise, and after trying and failing to leap between two buildings twice on the set of the next Mission: Impossible, the real-life action hero has broken his ankle. Paramount have assured fans everywhere, however, that Cruises injuries will not stop M:I6  from coming out on it’s expected release date:

‘During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt. Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery, and the film remains on schedule to open July 27, 2018. Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can’t wait to share the film with everyone next summer.’

Hopefully Cruise get’s better soon and there’s more exciting stunts than just running across buildings.

That a lovable scamp.

Mission: Impossible 6 hits cinemas on July 27th 2018.