VultureHound’s Weekly News Round-Up (02/12/2018)

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:
– Happy Death Day returns to repeat the past
– The next Kingsman begins lining up its cast
– Spider-Verse sequels and spin-offs are already in the works

Read on to find out more!

Happy Death Day!.. Again

In late 2017, Universal Pictures released Happy Death Day, a film starring Jessica Rothe in a story that has been described as Groundhog Day meets Scream‘. The film feature’s Rothe’s character Tree Gelbman getting murdered on her birthday, and having to relive the same day over and over again until she can uncover who’s behind her killings. 

Now, Universal is releasing a sequel titled Happy Death Day 2U and this week a trailer was released, which once again features Tree getting caught in a murderous time-loop, and at first going through the same motions as she did in the first film. About half way through the trailer however, those behind the camera seem to dial the craziness of the film right up, as a slew of increasingly ridiculous situations face the cast, as well as higher stakes to boot:

Happy Death Day 2U slashes into cinemas on February 14th 2019.

 

The Great Game begins casting

There was some confusion in the film journalism section of the internet a few weeks back, when Taron Egerton claimed that he would not be in the next Kingsman film, leading many to go on wild tangetial speculation about what that meant for Kingsman 3. In truth, what Egerton was referring to was the fact that he would not be in the next Kingsman movie because the next Kingsman movie is a prequel, not a sequel.

The story is set to see the rise of the first ‘Kingsman’. Supposedly titled Kingsman: The Great Game, the film is already racking up an impressive line-up of actors. The film is said to star 22 year-old actor Harris Dickinson (presumably as Eggsy’s 1900s counterpart), and he will also be joined by the likes of Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill), Daniel Brühl (Captain America: Civil War), Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter) and potentially Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey).

Alongside this prequel, director Matthew Vaughn is also looking to produce the inevitable Kingsman 3, as well as a Statesman spin-off film and a Kingsman television series. Rather bold, considering that only one out of two of these films so far has actually been good, but I have faith in Vaughn.

Kingsman: The Great Game shoots into cinemas November 8th 2019.

 

Sony rapidly expanding their ‘Spider-Verse’

The animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse isn’t out yet, but Sony already have big plans for this new subsection of the Spider-Man franchise. Word on the web is that the film is pretty great, and as of now, the film currently holds a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes (that will obviously go down, but the fact that 51 reviewers so far have deemed it ‘Fresh’ is a pretty good sign).

And with Spider-Man being the money-maker that he is, Sony have taken those good omens and begun openly talking about what will come next.

A sequel has already been announced, which will continue lead-Spider-Man Miles Morales’ story. That film will be written by David Callaham (The Expendables) and directed by Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender). Furthermore, Santos’ former Voltron co-worker, Lauren Montgomery, will be directing her own movie; this one a spin-off, that will focus on the various female members of the ‘Spider-Verse’, bringing them together for their own women-led adventure. Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street), the writer and one of the producers, respectively, of the first Spider-Verse movie, are expected to be involved in some creative capacity in these follow-up films.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings into cinemas on December 14th 2018 (Previews from December 6th).