VultureHound’s Weekly News Round-Up (17/03/2019)

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:
Aladdin shows some promise in new trailer
– James Gunn is back to guard the galaxy
– The Avengers prepare to do ‘whatever it takes’ in new trailer

Read on to find out more!

Aladdin trailer shows us ‘a whole new world’

I’m not a diehard fan of these Disney live-action remakes. So far the only one I’ve seen is The Jungle Book. But Disney’s Aladdin has long been on my radar. Not because I loved the story of Aladdin like I did The Jungle Book, but because it seemed mind-boggling that Disney would hire Guy Ritchie of all people to remake one of their classic movies.

Sure, it kind of makes sense from the ‘Aladdin’s a street-smart thief’ point-of-view, but it just seems so bizarre. I mean, have they seen his previous works?

Anyway, being the Guy Ritchie fan that I am, I’ve been eagerly awaiting this new take on the Disney classic, but like many others, I was preparing myself for a let-down after seeing the teaser trailer and the ‘special look’. While I didn’t dislike Will Smith’s Genie as much as everyone else seemed to, it was a sneak peek that hardly screamed ‘come watch this movie’.

Disney seems to have realised that, as they’ve now released a new trailer (also released on Will Smith’s YouTube channel with a little introduction from the man himself), and it looks like much more of a fun time:

Will Smith explaining the semantics of wish-making was a particular highlight.

Aladdin zaps into cinemas on May 24th

 

James Gunn will return to guard the galaxy after Suicide Squad stint

Picture courtesy of Gage Skidmore

After a lot of backlash over the decision to fire James Gunn, Disney has decided to reverse their decision and bring the director back to finish his Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy with Vol. 3.

Gunn was fired last year after some ten-year-old tweets were dredged up by the alt-right; tweets that were not in keeping with the family-friendly image Disney likes to put forward, as they joked about taboo subjects. After his firing, fans of the franchise were distraught, but Disney stuck with their decision even after Gunn’s public apology and Guardians star Dave Bautista continuously badmouthing both Disney and their choice to fire his friend.

Gunn was then courted by Warner Bros., who has since brought him over to restart the Suicide Squad franchise with a sequel featuring a new cast of characters.

However, according to Deadline, since the firing, Disney President Alan Horn has met with Gunn on numerous occasions, and impressed by Gunn’s professional handling of the situation, has decided to bring him back on to the film. The movie was still set to use Gunn’s completed script, but the project had yet to find a replacement director after Gunn’s firing.

However, due to the aforementioned Suicide Squad project, Gunn will have to finish his DC film before he can come back and round out the Guardians trilogy.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol’s 1 & 2 are available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download.

 

The Avengers will do ‘whatever it takes’ to save everyone

But long before Guardians 3 hits cinemas, the box office will be dominated by Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of the (soon to be) twenty-two movie long franchise, and the likely end of the line for characters like Iron Man and Captain America.

After the ‘Decimination’ at the hands of Thanos in Infinity War, the remaining Avengers are preparing to do ‘whatever it takes’ to reverse the damage done and bring back all the dead, as seen in the newest trailer:

Once again, the trailer is pretty light on plot details, although some are bemoaning the fact that the trailer shows Tony Stark and Nebula make it back to Earth from space. Although to be honest, who really thought Tony Stark would die of starvation, lost in space? What a bleak end to the franchise star that would have been.

Avengers: Endgame flies into cinemas on April 25th, 2019.

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