The VH Weekly News Round-Up (19/11/2017)

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 week of teasers, as Hollywood has been tantalising audiences with fascinating little animations and skits, featuring our favourite characters, to get us hyped for the smattering of films that will be released next year. We’ve got our first looks at sequels such as Deadpool and Fantastic Beasts 2, which give us a little insight into what those films will hold. And then on top of those, we got a little animation from the sequel to one of the greatest superhero movies of all time, which you should definitely watch before we get on with the rest of the news:

Incredible. Now on with the news.

Deadpool‘s teaser gets fans wet for Deadpool 2

Ryan Reynolds / Picture courtesy of Fox

As enjoyable as Deadpool was, I’ve often thought that the best part about that movie was the marketing campaign that led up to it.

Now, with Deadpool 2 hitting screens next year, marketing for the franchise has started up again. And once more, they’re doing a fantastic job.

In the first video released by Fox, Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool does a little Bob Ross skit to remind everyone what it is they love about both the anti-hero and the actor behind the mask, before giving us some very brief shots of the film.

While some may be disappointed by the lack of actual film content, the skit is hilarious on its own, and we can only hope we get more of these as we plough on towards June of next year.

And as if that wasn’t good enough on it’s own, the team over at Fox have gone the extra mile. If you check out the description of the video, they’ve gone ahead and whacked out a zany little synopsis for the film, that, really, doesn’t educate the audience on what’s actually going to go down at all, but does gift us with a little bit more amusement.

‘After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.’

Deadpool 2 shoots into cinemas on June 1st 2018.

 

The Fantastic Beasts sequel gets another wordy title

Newt Scamander - Fantastic Beasts Film Review
Eddie Redmayne / Picture courtesy of Warner Bros.

On the topic of film teasers, the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them gave us a peak of the new cast and title in the style of those moving paintings they have in the Harry Potter films.

Having finally seen the first film, I can understand why people enjoy it, however, the sequel seems to be focusing on the worst parts of the original adventure of Newt Scamander, as Johnny Depp’s Grindelwald takes centre stage as the villain, as we can see from the synopsis (and now, the title, obviously):

The year is 1927; a few months have passed since the events of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Gellert Grindelwald has escaped imprisonment as he promised and has begun gathering followers to his cause—elevating wizards above all non-magical beings. The only one capable of putting a stop to him is the wizard he once called his closest friend, Albus Dumbledore. However, Dumbledore will need to seek help from the wizard who had thwarted Grindelwald once before, his former student Newt Scamander. The adventure reunites Newt with American friends Tina, Queenie and Jacob, but his mission will test their loyalties as they face new perils in an increasingly dangerous and divided wizarding world.

No doubt this film will do exceedingly well, like it’s predecessor, and it’s good that Harry Potter fans have got films incoming for the next few years, but this announcement does raise two very pressing questions in my mind.

  1. What is going on with Johnny Depp’s look in this film? He looked goddamn awful at the end of the first film.
  2. Why is it still called Fantastic Beasts? That plot doesn’t make it sound like there’s going to be much ‘Fantastic Beast’ hunting, a la the first film.

Those two things aside, I’m more on board for this than I was the previous film, if only to see what a Jude Law Dumbledore is like.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald flies into cinemas on November 16th 2018.

 

Will Super Mario bounce his way back onto the big screen?

In a rather surprising turn of events, a popular video game character may be making his way back to the big screen.

Word at the Wall Street Journal is that Universal and Illumination Entertainment are pursuing a movie deal which will see the Super Mario Bros. return to the big screen for the first time since the Bob Hoskins-led adaptation Super Mario Bros. just over two decades ago. The reason this is a surprising turn of events in an age where literally everything is being adapted into film (the rights for Tetris were being examined for filmmaking potential a few years back) is that the reception to 1993’s Super Mario Bros. was so atrociously bad that even the cast and crew look back on it with disgust, and subsequently, Nintendo have not made a live-action film since.

Check out this Honest Trailer to see just how bad it is:

Regardless of all that, the Mario Bros may well be getting back into the feature-film game, but fortunately, with baby steps, as this next outing, if it goes through, will be animated.

Super Mario Bros – The Motion Picture is available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download now.

 

Multiple James Francos may be coming to the X-Men universe

James Franco / The Vault / Picture courtesy of FilmRise

A little bit more X-Men franchise news before we sign off.

The Hollywood Reporter reported a few days ago that none other than James Franco is in negotiations to star in his own X-Men spin-off, in the same vein as DeadpoolLogan and the forever-in-development Gambit.

Franco will potentially be playing the character of Jamie Madrox, also known as the Multiple Man, a mutant with the power to duplicate himself. Madrox started off as a villain, before moving on to become a hero and forming a detective agency. If the character sounds vaguely familiar to you, that may be because, like many characters in the X-Men franchise, he has appeared in some form, played by a different actor, before. Namely, Eric Dane in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand:

Like the majority of X-Men films, Franco’s potential Multiple Man film will be produced by Simon Kinberg. Allan Heinberg, one of the writers of Wonder Woman has been tapped to pen the film.

Franco will next appear in The Disaster Artist on December 1st 2017.