VultureHound’s Weekly News Round-Up (16/09/2018)

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.

This week:
– Purvis and Wade back on Bond?
– A different ending for The Predator?
– Cavill off Superman?

Read on to find out more!

Bond goes back to square one

Daniel Craig / Skyfall / Picture courtesy of Eon

It’s been over a year since Bond 25 was officially announced.

And since then… pretty much nothing has progressed.

Initially, longtime series writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were hired to write the story for the upcoming film. Together, the pair have written all four of the Daniel Craig films, as well as the two that preceded Craig’s tenure, Die Another Day and The World is Not Enough.

However, Purvis and Wade’s streak seemed to come to an end, as director Danny Boyle became attached to helm the piece, bringing in his friend John Hodge (who has written many of Boyle’s films) and, many assumed, a fresh new direction for the franchise.

However, production quickly broke down, as it appeared that Eon (and even Craig himself) were not happy with this new direction Boyle planned to take Bond in, and both director and writer left the film, now leaving the writing slot open for Purvis and Wade to slip back in.

Considering the pair have written great Bond films like Casino Royale, but also not-so-great Bond films like Spectre or Die Another Day, this could go either way. But we’ll find out when…

Bond 25 shoots into cinemas on November 8th 2019.

 

The superior ending for The Predator that never was (no spoilers)

 

The new Predator movie came out this past week. Maybe you’ve seen it, maybe you haven’t. I got the chance to see it on Tuesday morning and while I thought it was a fun but flawed film, my main takeaway was that it was distinctly lacking a certain Schwarzenegger.

Now, you might say ‘Why would Arnie be in this? There have been several films since the 1987 classic without his involvement’, and you’d be right. But there’s a moment towards the end that would be the perfect set-up for a goofy Arnold Schwarzenegger appearance. It wouldn’t 100% make sense, but then neither does the rest of the film, and it would have been more enjoyable than the weird, sequel-bait ending that we did get.

And as it turns out, in an earlier stage of the script, the writers thought the same thing.

Originally, the end scene seen in the movie would have been completely absent, and the film would have instead ended with the survivors of the film’s Predator-induced carnage (I’d say ‘spoilers’, but obviously someone survives) being picked up, via helicopter, by Arnie’s character Dutch – which would also, I suppose, be sequel-bait, but it would be better sequel-bait.

Unfortunately, Arnold was approached with this script, read it, and hated it. So the ending had to be rewritten.

Maybe next time.

The Predator is in cinemas now.

 

Superman: Grounded?

As followers of DC’s Cinematic Universe know, there doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason to how things are decided or how they go about producing movies. After floundering with the creation of Dawn of JusticeSuicide Squad and Justice League, you’d think it couldn’t get much worse for them.

Then there was the constant resetting of the slate for the upcoming Flash movie, the potential loss of their Batman Ben Affleck and the continual announcing of movies that will probably never get made.

Now, it appears, they’ve goofed up again, as another of their core cast maybe leaving the studio.

This week, The Hollywood Reporter claimed that Superman himself, Henry Cavill, had severed ties with Warner Bros. and their DC films, stating the following:

“Warners had been trying to enlist Cavill, who most recently co-starred in Mission: Impossible — Fallout, for a Superman cameo in Shazam!, which stars Zachary Levi and will bow April 5. But contract talks between Cavill’s WME reps and the studio broke down, and the door is now closing on other potential Superman appearances.

That’s because Warners has shifted its focus to a Supergirl movie, which will be an origin story featuring a teen superheroine. This effectively removes an actor of Cavill’s age from the storyline’s equation given that Superman, aka Kal-El, would be an infant, according to DC lore.”

Which, frankly, makes no sense whatsoever, seeing as Supergirl’s whole deal is that her rocket is thrown off course and she arrives on Earth a good thirty years later than she’s supposed to (ie, when her baby cousin is all grown up).

Later that day, his manager tweeted out that ‘the cape is still in his closet’, before alluding to an upcoming statement from Warner Bros. Said statement spoke about how much they valued their relationship with Cavill, which neither confirmed nor denied his departure. Meanwhile, speculation started to swirl that Warner Bros. was looking to cast Michael B. Jordan in a Superman movie somewhere down the line. 

Finally, Cavill himself posted this video:

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Today was exciting #Superman

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It’s an amusing video, but not one that cleared up the situation at all. The implication, I suppose, would be that he’s staying, but honestly, who fucking knows at this point.

DC’s next film, Aquaman, surfs into cinemas on December 21st 2018.