The VH Weekly News Round-Up (24/09/2017)

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.

It’s been a strange news week.

After a few major info-drops towards the start of the week, things soon petered out, giving us very little in the way of ‘the biggest and best news’ to talk about in this here segment, and leaving my mind to instead ponder other things, like ‘Should I change the title of the segment to The Weekly News Wrap? Y’know, like wrapping a film? That seems more relevant, doesn’t it? But does it sound better?’

The conclusion to that thoroughly riveting excerpt from my mind was ‘No’, and I subsequently continued to go about my life. Although you probably gathered that, what with the title being exactly the same as it has been for the past twenty-two weeks.

But despite what I was saying before that inconsequential digression, as always, we’ve still got content for you, even if it is mostly just trailers. So with that said, read (and watch) on!

Taika Waititi to be the one to finally make Akira?

Picture courtesy of Toho

Let’s start with the most exciting piece of news (from my perspective, that is; seeing as I have made no effort to gauge which film properties you readers, as a collective, are most interested in).

New Zealand director Taika Waititi is definitely on the rise.

After delivering the superb comedy What We Do In The Shadows in 2014 and my personal favourite film of last year, Hunt For the Wilderpeople, he’s in high demand. Currently, Waititi is at the helm of the next Marvel Studios movie, Thor: Ragnarok, and was a popular choice on Twitter to take over Star Wars: Episode IX, which he cheekily declined:

However, Waititi potentially still has a major science-fiction film in his future, as word on the web is that he’s currently in talks to direct the long-gestating live-action adaptation of Akira. I don’t remember Akira being a particularly humorous film, but the flashiness of his take on a Thor movie wouldn’t go amiss when it comes to designing the future world of 2019 Neo-Tokyo.

But the live-action Akira being stuck in development is one of life’s constants. It’s now been fifteen years since the project was announced, with numerous actors, writers, producers and directors (the most recent being Jordan Peele) having been attached to the project. So whether or not this will actually amount to anything remains to be seen. I’m going with ‘not’.

The live-action Akira races into cinemas at no point in the foreseeable future.

 

Trailer #1: Tomb Raider

Picture courtesy of Square Enix

Time for trailer number one!

The first trailer for the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot debuted on The Late, Late Show With James Corden earlier this week, giving us some insight into what the new Lara Croft, Alicia Vikander, will be like in action.

The look of the new film has been ripped directly from the more recent (and rather fantastic) editions to the video-game series. It presented a new origin and antagonist for Lara Croft, which are now making the jump over to the big screen.

You can check it out for yourself, below:

Like the game, the film seems to be taking a gritty and grounded approach to the story of Lara Croft, with hints of some supernatural elements which may pop up towards the film’s climax. The story will follow Lara Croft (played by Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander), daughter of missing adventurer Lord Richard Croft (played by Dominic West), who must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.

With a strong cast and an even stronger basis for the story, let’s just hope that Tomb Raider can live up to it’s source material unlike the majority of it’s fellow video-game adaptations. However, in this writer’s opinion, the apparent exclusion of some of the main supporting characters from the game (like Joslyn and Jonah, for instance) is a real shame.

Tomb Raider hits cinemas March 16th 2018. 

 

Terminator franchise jumbles time further as Linda Hamilton returns

Linda Hamilton / Terminator 2: Judgement Day / Picture courtesy of TriStar Pictures

The second big/best bit of news to hit outlets this week was the revalation that actor Linda Hamilton of Terminator fame, would be returning to her iconic role of Sarah Connor. Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter, we got to understand producer James Cameron’s thoughts behind the return and how the idea of legacy will play into the film:

“There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys, but there isn’t an example of that for women.

We’re starting a search for an 18-something woman to be the new centerpiece of the new story, we still fold time. We will have characters from the future and the present. There will be mostly new characters, but we’ll have Arnold and Linda’s characters to anchor it.”

The film is envisioned as a partial reboot and the start of a new trilogy of films, which will be crafted by a writers room thrown together by Cameron and director Tim Miller (Deadpool). Joining them in said writers room are David Goyer (Blade, The Dark Knight trilogy and Batman v Superman), Charles Eglee (co-creator of Dark Angel), Josh Friedman (creator of The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Justin Rhodes (co-writer of the upcoming Green Lantern Corps).

Although this is cool and all, the fact remains that we do not need another Terminator film. And we definitely don’t need a Terminator film that’s meant to start a new trilogy (after all, we’ve already had two that tried and failed to do just that, Terminator: Salvation and Terminator: Genisys). However, one thing that may appease fans is the fact that this new film is meant to be a direct continuation from Cameron’s own Terminator films. It is, however, unfortunate for directors like McG, Alan Taylor and Jonathan Mostow (who we spoke to recently), as their work is about to be wiped out of continuity. 

The Terminator reboot/sequel is expected to launch into cinemas in 2019.

 

Trailer #2: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Kevin Hart, Dwyane Johnson, Karen Gillan & Jack Black / Picture courtesy of Sony Pictures

The second trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (or just Jumanji 2 if you’re not into the whole subtitle thing) hit earlier this week. While it hasn’t turned our viewpoint of the film on its head, it has offered a bit more detail to the rules behind the newest iteration of the game. And let me tell you, this ain’t your Dad’s Jumanji, nosiree.

Besides toying with the concept of video-game avatars, the characters can also be seen discovering their ‘strengths and weaknesses’ among other video-game tropes, which sets up a humorous, if spoiler-y scene towards the end. If you’re eager to go in with as few spoilers as possible, I would just turn the video off after the title card.

Or just don’t want the video at all. That’s the best way to avoid spoilers.

But if you have no such compunction about spoiling movies for yourself, you can watch the trailer below:

I can’t tell if this will be a hit or a flop, but I’ll be watching to see Jack Black play a teenage girl and for the ever-hilarious Rhys Darby, if nothing else.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle jumps into cinemas December 20th 2017.

 

Trailer #3: Murder on the Orient Express

Daisey Ridley, Judi Dench, Leslie Odom Jr, Olivia Coleman, Michelle Pfeiffer, Marwan Kenzari, Penélope Cruz, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi & Sergei Polunin / Murder on the Orient Express / Stills and imagery courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

Going forward, there are three films that I am probably more excited for than anything else. While yes, I am eager to see upcoming hits like Thor: RagnarokJumanjiJustice League, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Greatest Showman, there are two films in particular that pique my interest more than others.

One of them is Blade Runner 2049, due to the stunning look of the film and my faith in director Denis Villeneuve after he gave us Arrival last year (a film which I also describe as my favourite of 2016, depending on how I’m feeling at the time. It fluctuates quite a lot).

The other is Murder on the Orient Express. I don’t know why, exactly. It could be the fantastic line-up of actors. It could be Brannagh’s beautifully outrageous Poirot mustache. It could just be that the first trailer made the film seem stylish and was modest about what it told us. Or it could be because it led to those videos of Josh Gad badgering Daisy Ridley for Star Wars spoilers earlier in the year. Whatever it is, the film is on my radar, and a new trailer has been delivered to us earlier this week:

While this new trailer doesn’t have that subtlety of the first trailer, it does give us more of a glimpse at the cast, a wealth of accents and more a vibe of what the film will be like (as trailers are wont to do). And once again, it does seem very stylish. So I’m still excited.

To be honest, it’s probably mostly because of the mustache. It looked so magnificent in the first reveal:

Murder on the Orient Express shoots into cinemas on November 10th 2017.