VultureHound’s Weekly News Round-Up (04/11/2018)

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:
– Avatar titles revealed?
– Gladiator sequel confirmed?
– Ewan McGregor taking on the Birds of Prey?

Read on to find out more!

Avatar 2Avatar 3Avatar 4 and Avatar 5 get given some funky titles

Remember the Avatar franchise? The first film came out almost ten years ago and revolutionised cinema with it’s application of motion-capture and 3D viewing, which it used in service of a rather plain script. Still, despite that last part, the movie went on to become the highest grossing movie of all time. Quite the achievement.

Director James Cameron is currently working on the production of the sequels, four films that he is filming back to back, that will explore the planet and the peoples of Pandora in perhaps greater depth than anyone is interested in, but by golly will it look good.

Anyway, the actual news here is that this week the titles for those four films have been revealed by the BBC, and they are as follows:

– Avatar: The Way of Water
– Avatar: The Seed Bearer
– Avatar: The Tulkun Rider
– Avatar: The Quest for Eywa

Weird titles, for sure. Questionable in some regards, maybe. But James Cameron’s made not only the highest grossing film of all time, but also the second highest grossing film of all time with Titanic, so he probably knows what he’s doing.

The four Avatar sequels fly into cinemas on December 2020, December 2021, December 2024, and December 2025.

 

Ridley Scott returns to Gladiator

You know, I’ve never actually watched Gladitor. I got a discounted copy at my old job, but since then, like many other films, it’s been sitting on my shelf untouched. That should change soon however, as Deadline has reported that Paramount is currently developing a follow-up, which should encourage me to dig through my old DVD collection.

The idea of a Gladiator 2 has been floated before, one that would purportedly centre around Russell Crowe’s character Maximus’ adventures in the afterlife, in a script written by Nick Cave (Lawless). That idea was later scrapped, and now Paramount is moving forward with a new story by Peter Craig (The Town). This new film will see the character Lucius, nephew of Joaquin Phoenix’s character Commodus, take on his own adventures after being inspired by Maximus’ actions in the first film. Having not seen Gladiator 1 or read Cave’s script for Gladiator 2, I can’t comment on which option is better, but I’ve seen a few articles around lamenting the death of Cave’s script.

All I can say is, hopefully, on Scott’s part, this film is more The Martian than it is Alien: Covenant.

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

 

Ewan McGregor to don a ‘Black Mask’

Time and again, Ewan McGregor has proven himself to be a versatile actor unafraid of experimenting with different genres. He’s played a drug addict, a Jedi Master, a poet, a robot and a candle, amongst many other things.

Now, he’s turning his attention towards being a super-villain in Cathy Yan’s upcoming Birds of Prey.

Joining a cast of Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, McGregor will play the antagonist Roman Sionis, a businessman-turned-mob-boss known for his distinctive black skull-shaped mask.

The film will reportedly go for that much coveted R-Rating, and is currently in pre-production, with filming set to start in January.

Birds of Prey shoots into cinemas on February 7th 2020.