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.

Today we’ve got some new news and some old news (to the site, anyway) as we explore all the genres available in modern cinema; horror, comic-book adaptations, Dad action, comedy biopics and Star Wars.

Yup, I’m pretty sure those are all the genres.

Read on to find out what’s new this week in all five of the modern movie genres:

Jamie Lee-Curtis prepares for another Halloween scare

Don Shanks / Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers / Picture courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Fans of the classic Halloween films (before it got a gazillion sequels and reboots, that is) rejoice, because the new entry into the franchise from David Gordon Green and Danny McBride is looking to give you exactly what you want.

On top of the previously discussed details about tone and plot, wherein the creators explained that they wanted to make a film that takes things “back to what was so good about the original”, we’ve now got a new reveal from Blumhouse Productions, a studio known for bringing us some of the biggest names in modern horror.

Taking to Twitter, the studio made a very special announcement concerning a very special bit of casting for the new film:

To those of you who aren’t Halloween super-fans, that may not mean all that much. But followers of the franchise will know that Jamie Lee Curtis, and her character, Laurie Strode, are an integral part of the film series. Curtis has appeared in five out of ten of the films so far, and her character, Laurie is the sister of the film’s main man, Michael Myers.

Halloween slashes into cinemas October 19th 2018. 

 

David Harbour reveals his grizzled Hellboy look

Picture courtesy of Dark Horse Comics

Not so much news here, but there is something cool to look at.

As we, like many others, reported earlier this week, the look of the new Hellboy, David Harbour (one of the stars of Stranger Things), was revealed. You can see it below:

Since the reveal, despite the fact Harbour’s Hellboy does look pretty similar to Perlman’s, many have commented on the fact that overall, Harbour does look a fair bit more grizzled and muscular. Consensus seems to be generally positive.

Let’s just hope the production nails the actual film just as much as they’ve nailed dressing a character up exactly how everyone would expect them to.

Hellboy smashes into cinemas on January 11th 2019 (maybe – that’s the reported release date, but Lionsgate, who are making the film, claim that may not be the case – that date had to come from somewhere though, right?). 

 

Is Jackie Chan the new Liam Neeson?

Jackie Chan & Pierce Brosnan / The Foreigner / Picture courtesy of STX Entertainment

 

The second trailer for the upcoming Jackie Chan film, The Foreigner, dropped this week. In it, we see Chan’s character, Quan, a desperate but highly-trained father with a background in the military, using his particular set of skills to dish out vengeance on the people who have taken his daughter from him (although, in this instance, we don’t mean ‘taken’ like Bryan Mills’ daughter was in Taken, we mean ‘taken’ as in they killed her).

Chan slipping into this sort of role, interestingly enough, coincides with another trailer that came out this week. A trailer for an upcoming Liam Neeson filmThe Commuter. In a ballsy move, Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra seem to have made a film that, give or take a few details, replicates the plot of their last collaboration, Non-Stop. But this time… It’s on a train.

Which, honestly, is enough to sell me on it. Check out the trailer and see if it’s enough for you too:

But you may be asking why two trailers happening in the same week ushers the question of whether Chan is the new Neeson. Don’t worry, there’s more to that story than I’ve let on thus far.

Because another thing that happened earlier this week was Neeson announcing his retirement from all these action-thrillers he’s been pumping out, as he told Sky News at Toronto International Film Festival “I’m like: ‘Guy’s I’m sixty-fucking-five.’ Audiences are eventually going to go: ‘Come on.'”

It’s a real shame. Fortunately, we’ve still got a couple more Neeson movies in the pipeline after The Commuter, before Neeson bows out. And even more fortunately, depending on the success of The Foreigner, we’ve got another aging star in the form of Jackie Chan to take over for him.

The Foreigner and The Commuter shoot into cinemas on October 13th 2017 and January 19th 2018, respectively. 

 

James Franco’s The Disaster Artist tears apart Tommy Wiseu’s The Room

Juliette Danielle, Tommy Wiseau & Greg Sestero / The Room / Picture courtesy of TPW Films

Ever seen Tommy Wiseau’s The Room? Written, directed and produced by and starring Wiseau, the film has gone on since it’s release in 2003 to be named the Citizen Kane of bad movies.

You should definitely go out and find a copy if you can. Everyone should see it at least once. But just so you have something to reference going forward; here’s a random ‘best bits’ video from YouTube:

Yeah, I know. It’s pretty bad. Beautifully so.

James Franco clearly thinks the same, as he’s written, directed and is starring in The Disaster Artist, a film adaptation of a book of the same name, that chronicles the budding friendship between Wiseau and his The Room co-star Greg Sestero, the making of the film and their lives after it hit.

It’s also the first time that James Franco has starred in a film alongside his younger brother Dave Franco. Their middle brother, Tom Franco, will also make an appearance.

You can watch the trailer and the elder Franco’s excellent Wiseau impression below:

The Disaster Artist breaks into cinemas December 1st 2017. 

 

The Force Re-Awakens as J.J. Abrams signs on to Star Wars: Episode IX

Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, Jimmy Vee, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega / Star Wars: The Force Awakens / Picture courtesy of Lucasfilm

The VH Weekly News Round-Up started as a means of giving you readers a segment for all the film news you needed to catch up on or may have missed throughout the week. But this last entry is something I highly doubt has slipped by you unnoticed, as in the modern day, it’s hard to not know everything that’s going on in that galaxy far, far away.

In the latest of a series of Lucasfilm handing the authority over a film to a different director (after Tony Gilroy was brought in to direct reshoots on Rogue One and Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired and replaced by Ron Howard on the upcoming Han Solo anthology film), Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow was given the boot.

Although, as always, the reason for the split was described by Lucasfilm as ‘creative differences’, it was soon suggested that the reason for Trevorrow’s departure was due to the fact that he was difficult to work with and that he and Kathleen Kennedy did not see eye-to-eye whatsoever.

Taking over the final entry in the sequel trilogy is The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams, as announced in a statement by Kennedy:

“With The Force Awakens, J.J. delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for, and I am so excited that he is coming back to close out this trilogy”

With this reappointment, Abrams becomes the only director other than George Lucas to have directed more than one Star Wars film. Details on Episode IX are, at this time, pretty slim, but we can only hope that Abrams delivers something new, as opposed to borrowing heavily from the old films like he did on The Force Awakens.

Star Wars: Episode IX flies into cinemas December 20th 2019.