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.

Avengers: Infinity War is finally out! If you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, then I’d definitely recommend it. If you’re not, or haven’t seen many of the films thus far, then I could see how the Avengers’ latest outing might be complete nonsense to you. Either way, VultureHound‘s review of the film can be found here.

And that’s as much as we’re going to talk about that, because there are other things going on in the world, such as Star Trek getting it’s first female director, new John Wick and Chicken Run movies, and another insane project from Taika Waititi.

Read on to find out more.

John Wick Chapter 3 synopsis shoots on to the net

Keanu Reeves / Picture courtesy of Lionsgate

John Wick surprised audiences everywhere with it’s stylish yet simple take on the action genre. It followed it up a few years later with a sequel that somehow managed to outdo the original. As such, fans of the series have been very excited for the third outing of the titular character.

If you haven’t seen the film, then a trailer for Chapter 2 pretty much summed out the first outing:

All caught up? Good.

This week, the synopsis for Chapter 3 has been revealed. It’s pretty much as expected, but a nice confirmation that more John Wick is coming our way.

“John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is on the run for two reasons… he’s being hunted for a global $14 million dollar open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds. The victim was a member of the High Table who ordered the open contract. John should have already been executed, except the Continental’s manager, Winston, has given him a one-hour grace period before he’s ‘Excommunicado’ – membership revoked, banned from all services and cut off from other members. John uses the service industry to stay alive as he fights and kills his way out of New York City.”

John Wick Chapter 3 shoots into cinemas on May 16th 2019.


Aardman’s making the chickens run again

Picture courtesy of Aardman Animations

A recent trend in kids films seems to be bringing out a sequel to a beloved film many years later. Finding Nemo was eventually followed up with Finding Dory and ‘The Incredibles’ will soon have a second outing in Incredibles 2.

Now, the 2000 hit film Chicken Run seems to be chasing that trend, as Aardman Animations have revealed that they currently have Chicken Run 2 in development.

The first film came out nearly two decades ago (feel old now?) and went on to become the most financially successful stop-motion feature of all time. Before we see those plucky poultry however, Aardman will first be releasing Shaun the Sheep Movie Farmageddon, so the return of Ginger and Rocky will probably still be a few years out.

The new film will be directed by Sam Fell (ParaNorman and Flushed Away) with a script from returning writers Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell.

Chicken Run is available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download now.


Star Trek 4 beams up first female director

Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine & Zachary Quinto / Star Trek / Picture courtesy of Paramount

Much of the news surrounding a Star Trek sequel has been focused around the Quentin Tarantino aspect of things – wherein Tarantino has previously stated that he would be up for doing a Star Trek, followed by the revelation that Paramount and Abrams were actively working on a Star Trek with Tarantino involved in the process. A writers room was assembled, and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) was hired to write a script. If the script turns out alright, Tarantino will probably jump on board to direct.

More recently, however, it was revealed that alongside the Tarantino-Trek, Paramount were also working on a second Star Trek film. This one apparently was the original pre-Tarantino film that was planned, the was expected to show the return of Chris Hemsworth as Chris Pine’s character, Captain Kirk’s, dad.

On that front, British TV director SJ Clarkson (VinylJessica Jones) has been picked up to head the project. Hiring a TV director is a nice touch, as it heralds back to the franchise’s roots. Another bonus, is that Clarkson is the first female director to work on Star Trek. Whether her take on it will remain the Chris Hemsworth-time travel adventure or be something brand new remains to be seen. But the more Star Trek the merrier.

Until Star Trek 4 gets a release date, you can get your Star Trek fix with Discovery, available on Netflix now.


Sam Rockwell joins Taika Waititi’s zany new Nazi project 

A man who is potentially this writer’s favourite director, Taika Waititi, rose to new levels of fame in the past year thanks to his place helming one of the more recent Marvel Movies, Thor: Ragnarok. Waititi enthused the film with his signature wit and charm, while also becoming a fan favourite as the voice of supporting character Korg.

With this newfound high profile, Waititi has been approached to helm a number of projects, the next one up being a film called Jojo Rabbit. Here’s the synopsis:

Jojo Rabbit, by Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople), blends his signature humor, pathos, and deeply compelling characters in a World War II satire about a ten-year-old boy who, ridiculed by his peers and misunderstood by his mother, can’t quite figure out how to fit in. As the naïve young German struggles to understand his place in an increasingly Fascist regime, he resorts to an imaginary friend who can offer advice and help him cope.

To add a little more detail, the mother in said film will be played by Scarlett Johansson, while the ‘imaginary friend’ is in fact Adolf Hitler, who will be voiced by Waititi himself. In true Taika fashion, this one sounds like it’s going to be a rather weird ride.

The reason this makes the news is because this week Sam Rockwell joined the cast, and will play the Nazi Captain that heads up the Hitler Youth camp that Jojo wishes to be a part of. All-in-all, this sounds like a bizarre but very well cast film, and one to look out for.

Taika Waititi’s most recent film, Thor: Ragnarok is out on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download now.