The VH Weekly News Round-Up (13/08/2017)

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.

It’s sort of a given that reading news about an upcoming film will potentially reveal spoilers; but this week things seem to be a bit more spoiler-filled than usual, so if you’re wanting to go into films like The Last Jedi or the billion upcoming Avatar films without even the tiniest bit of knowledge of what they’ll contain, well… go away. This post isn’t for you.

That’s not to say this here post will be ruining the films for you, but you know, better safe than sorry. But as I said, reading film news comes with that risk, so I guess that’s just the nature of the business we’re working in.

Anyway, news:

Entertainment Weekly sends the web into a Porg frenzy ahead of The Last Jedi

Starting off with something light, Entertainment Weekly has released a bunch of new pictures from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Although they’re pretty light on plot hints, people have poured over and fallen in love with them particularly due to the cute factor held by a new Star Wars creature they give us a new look at, the Porgs. The Porgs are miniature bird-like creatures that are said to reside on Ahch-To, the planet Luke Skywalker has been hiding on prior to the events of The Force Awakens. You can see the Porgs, and all the other pictures, below:

There are also some sweet cover-shots:

But most importantly, the Porgs!:

But uh.. maybe don’t expect them to hang around for too long…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi flies into cinemas December 15th 2017. 

 

Milla Jovovich uses her multi-pass to slip into another zany horror franchise

The Resident Evil film series is over, and at some point, it’s been confirmed that it will be rebooted with a more video-game accurate series of films. Similarly, the Hellboy series has been confirmed to have been given a restart, after a bit of a kerfuffle between comic-creator Mike Mignola and film director Giullermo del Toro.

Now, Mila Jovovich, star of he former series, is making the jump into the revamp of the latter.

As of this week, Jovovich is in final negotiations to play Nimue, the blood queen, who is the Hellboy series’ twisted variant of the Lady of the Lake, based on Arthurian Legend.

Jovovich has been cast despite the film’s recent re-titling, as it dropped the subtitle Rise of the Blood Queen. A new title has yet to be picked, but until it is, at least we can revel in sci-fi/horror stalwart being committed to this alongside David Harbour and Ian McShane.

The now-untitled Hellboy reboot hits cinemas next year. 

 

More Twilight and Hunger Games, anyone?

We all had a suspicion that this sort of thing would happen, but sometimes it’s good to have it confirmed; even if we’re not on board for it.

This week, Jon Feltheimer, the CEO of Lionsgate spoke about the two ‘Young Adult’ properties and said the following:

“There are a lot more stories to be told, and we’re ready to tell them when our creators are ready to tell those stories”

Beyond the obvious, it’s not entirely clear what that means – it is very vague after all. Sure, he’s saying that as soon as the respective creators of the franchises, Stephanie Meyer (Twilight) and Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games) give them the go ahead, they’ll pump out more films, but what will these films consist of?

Will we see a gender-swapped Twilight with Lionsgate adapting Meyer’s Life and Death? Will we see a prequel to The Hunger Games, perhaps featuring a younger version of Woody Harrelson’s character facing off in his death-match? Will it be any of the other countless possibilities that I haven’t mentioned?

Who knows; for now, we can only speculate.

The Twilight and Hunger Games franchises are out on DVD, Blu-Ray & Digital Download now. 

 

James Cameron reveals his potty mouth explaining Avatar twists

If you’re a regular reader of this feature, you’ll probably be aware that every now and then, my telling of the news descends into a rant about James Cameron making too many movies.

That’s not to say James Cameron shouldn’t make movies; he’s made some great ones. AliensThe TerminatorTitanic. Smash hits all.

No, the problem here is when James Cameron gives into a rather irritating trend of modern movie-making; namely green-lighting too many films that no one’s asking for, and without any assurance that even one by itself will be good. More specifically, the Avatar sequels.

While Avatar was at the time well received; no one was really calling for any sequels. What story was there left to tell? The first film wasn’t even original in terms of story. But alas, we’ve got four more coming our way. Each of which, despite Cameron’s claims that they’ll have different narratives; will, seemingly be intrinsicly tied, due to the fact that actors currently being cast are set to feature in all four films.

And now James Cameron has revealed a new detail: Stephen Lang’s character, Quaritch, will somehow return from the dead to plague Avatar‘s heroes throughout all four of the sequels. And while I’m all for more Stephen Lang, seeing more of the same four times over is something I could happily do without.

Lang’s return was revealed in an interview with Empire; the most relevant part of which you can read below:

“The interesting conceit of the Avatar sequels is it’s pretty much the same characters. There are new characters and a lot of new settings and creatures, so I’m taking characters you know and putting them in unfamiliar places and moving them on this greater journey. But it’s not a whole bunch of new characters every time. There’s not a new villain every time, which is interesting. Same guy. Same motherfucker through all four movies. He is so good and he just gets better. I know Stephen Lang is gonna knock this out of the park.”

James Cameron goes on to explain how Peter Jackson was involved in this idea:

“I said ‘It’s your fault I’m doing this, motherfucker!’” He recalls. “It’s one big story. But I would say a little bit different from The Lord Of The Rings, which you knew was a trilogy and that allowed you to accept a sort of truncated ending for movies one and two and then a fulfillment. This is a greater narrative broken up into four complete stories.”

Anyone else slightly weirded out by James Cameron’s liberal use of the word ‘motherfucker’?

I’m all for a good swear, but here it just seems really crass and unneccessary.

Seriously James Cameron, go wash your mouth out.

Avatar 2 leaps into cinemas December 18th 2020.