VultureHound’s Weekly News Round-Up (23/09/2018)

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:
– Captain Marvel returns to Earth in new trailer
– Bond 25 finally lands on a director
– Star Wars slowing down?

Read on to find out more!

Captain Marvel soars onto screens in brand new trailer

Captain Marvel concept art / Picture courtesy of Marvel Studios

After the events on Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp, Marvel fans all over the world started turning their attention to the upcoming Captain Marvel. With an eight month gap between the release dates of the last Marvel movie and the next signalling a dry spell of content for Marvel, the wait seemed unbearable. But now, that dry spell has been graced by a new trailer for Captain Marvel, which gives fans a wealth of new clips to pour over as they readily await Marvel’s first female-led solo film.

You can watch said trailer below:

The trailer sees the eponymous Kree hero crash-land on Earth, having been separated from her ace military team, Starforce. There, she teams up with a de-aged Samuel L. Jackson to seek answers as to why she has memories of a life on Earth.

Captain Marvel soars into cinemas on March 8th 2019.

 

Bond 25 has a new director in its sights

Daniel Craig / Skyfall / Picture courtesy of Eon

After that whole kerfuffle with Danny Boyle – wherein the upcoming James Bond movie signed on the director and his writing partner John Hodge, only for those at Eon to decide they didn’t like the story he wanted to tell and watch him promptly leave – it seemed like Bond 25 was definitely not going to hit its release date of November 8th, 2019.

Soon after, rumours swirled that Eon already had several other directors in mind to take over. Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club), David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) and Yann Demange (White Boy Rick) were all being considered, and at one point, even Edgar Wright’s name was thrown into the fray.

We now know, however, that none of the above will be the director of the next James Bond film, and instead, that title goes to Cary Fukunaga. Fukunaga has previously directed three feature films, including 2011s Jane Eyre, starringMia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, and 2015s critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation.

However, what he is perhaps most famous for is his role as the director of the first season of True Detective (you know, the better season, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson). So if that’s anything to go by, we can expect some pretty great things from Bond.

Bond 25 shoots into cinema on November 8th 2019.

 

No more annual Star Wars

Alden Ehrenreich & Joonas Suotamo / Solo: A Star Wars Story / Picture courtesy of Lucasfilm

You’ve probably noticed, but Bond isn’t the only franchise with a lot of confusion going on behind the cameras lately, as the state of Star Wars‘ future has often been questioned in recent months.

After the rather vocal subset of Star Wars fans voiced their displeasure about the goings on of The Last Jedi, and the following spin-off, Solo, trudged through a rather non-existent marketing campaign before seeing a low audience turn-out, word came that Lucasfilm was potentially abandoning the upcoming spin-offs, based around Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

For now, the focus would solely be on J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX, but after that, the future was uncertain. Would Rian Johnson’s trilogy ever come to fruition? What was Benioff and Weiss’ series of films actually about?

While he hasn’t actually answered those questions, Disney head Bob Iger recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter and after being prompted with a question about the state of Star Wars, Iger said the following:

“I made the timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast. You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to make films. J.J. [Abrams] is busy making [Episode] IX. We have creative entities, including [Game of Thrones creators David] Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss, who are developing sagas of their own, which we haven’t been specific about. And we are just at the point where we’re going to start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.’s. But I think we’re going to be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that.”

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