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.
– The ongoing saga of James Gunn
– Ben Affleck’s surprising new movie
– An… interesting (?) new Venom trailer
James Gunn: Still Gone
A couple of weeks back, it was widely reported that, due to his opposition against Donald Trump and his ilk, James Gunn was targeted by Michael Cernovich, an ‘alt-right social media personality’ (as Wikipedia describes him), who dug up a host of tweets Gunn had made (circa 2009) that were less than flattering. They featured jokes about dark topics that some found offensive, and as a result, Disney swiftly fired the director from his upcoming project Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
The response to this has been mixed. Some are all for it, celebrating Cernovich in his condemnation of James Gunn and viewing the content of Gunn’s tweets as disgusting, even going so far as to suggest that they’re proof he’s a pedophile. Others remained mostly neutral, understanding the situation a family friendly company like Disney was put in, and noting the unfortunate timing of Gunn’s own comments on how people should be prepared to face consequences for their actions (this tweet was, of course, before his own tweets were outed). And of course, perhaps the most vocal of responses are those who are pro-James Gunn, who think that his firing is lunacy, due to the fact the tweets are so old, and that the decision ignores all the good he’s done since.
Amongst those rallying to have Gunn rehired are the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy, who, amongst other tweets, wrote an Open Letter regarding Gunn’s firing:
— Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) July 30, 2018
Disney, in response, doesn’t seem all that moved. According to Variety, Disney are taking their foot off the pedal with Guardians Vol. 3 and waiting until they find a new A-List director before they resume pre-production. Having not announced an official release date, they are in no hurry to fill the void left by Gunn. As for the cast, with many of them still being under contract, Disney is confident that they will return for the sequel, as the alternative would be facing legal action.
Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume’s 1 & 2 are available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download now.
Affleck’s hanging up the cape and heading to McDonalds
When Ben Affleck has been featured in the news over the past couple of years, it has often revolved around what’s going on with his upcoming Batman film. What’s it about? When is it coming out? Is he even in it? Well, this week, director Matt Reeves spoke up a bit, revealing that he is currently hard at work on the script, it will focus on Batman as a detective in a noir-narrative and will not be another origin story. It’s also suspected that it will be largely unrelated to what Affleck has done as Batman thus far under the direction of Zach Snyder and Joss Whedon.
So with Affleck’s schedule potentially freed up, he’s obviously been on the hunt for other projects, and the one he’s found is quite something.
Last weekend, a story from The Daily Beast titled ‘How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions’ began circulating, about a heist at McDonalds in 2001. The story features a large-scale conspiracy that roped in the likes of Mormons, mobsters, strip-club owners, a psychic and the FBI. In response to this zany tale, Fox began working on a adaptation of the story, and hired Affleck to lead the project as director.
Joining him will be the writing team of Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Zombieland, Life and the Deadpool movies) and leading man Matt Damon.
You can read the full Daily Beast story here.
Venom‘s back with some questionable dialogue
Something small to finish things off. This week, a second full trailer for Venom debuted. If you were on board before, you probably still will be. And if you were against this project, well… this probably won’t change your mind.
Check it out:
“We will eat both your arms, and then both of your legs.
And then, we will eat your face right off your head.
You will be this armless, legless, faceless thing, won’t you?
Rolling down the street, like a turd… in the wind…”