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, Star Wars celebration may currently be in full swing over in Chicago, but there are other things going on in the world. So before we get the rundown on what’s come out of Celebration, we’ve got some news from Tomb Raider and Shazam!
Alicia Vikander to raid more tombs
Prior to Tomb Raider‘s release, the world asked the age old question of ‘will this finally be the good video game movie?’.
I never actually got round to seeing it, but the general consensus seemed to be ‘well, it wasn’t a bad video-game movie…’
And from the sounds of things, ‘not bad’ is enough for MGM (although that’s probably down to the film earning $270 million on a $90 million budget), who are currently in the process of working on a sequel. The new film will once again star Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander as the adventurous archaeologist Lara Croft, this time working off a script from the recently hired Amy Jump. Jump is best known for her work with director Ben Wheatley and has penned (and edited) a number of his films, including Free Fire and High Rise.
Tomb Raider is available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download.
More Shazam! incoming
Spoilers for the Shazam! mid-credits scene.
DC finally seem to have found their footing, with Aquaman becoming their highest grossing film of all time and Shazam! recieving critical acclaim upon release. They’ll follow these hits up with Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) and Wonder Woman 1984 in 2020, and the reboots (?) of The Batman and The Suicide Squad in 2021. Aquaman 2 is also in the works, likely to debut after those aforementioned films, as well as an Aquaman spin-off, titled The Trench, which is expected to emerge some time prior.
Well, it’s time to add another movie to that list, as the critics and audiences passion for their newest movie has moved Warner Bros. to put a sequel into production (which is hardly surprising, but if I’m being honest we need some news to pad this thing out before we get to Star Wars).
Shazam! writer Henry Gayden will return to pen the sequel, which will probably feature Dr. Sivana teaming up with Mr. Mind (the caterpillar thing from the mid-credits sequence). In the comics, both characters have been members of the supervillain team ‘the Monster Society of Evil’.
Shazam! is in cinemas now.
The Rise of Skywalker revealed!
It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally here. This past Friday, at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, Lucasfilm revealed both the new teaser trailer for the upcoming Episode IX as well as its title at the end of their Episode IX Panel (there was also a poster reveal, but it’s literally just the title on a starry background).
The last film in the (Skywalker) Saga will be called Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and according to director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy will act as both its own film as well as the final chapter in the nine-episode long story. Abrams has described the film as an adventure that the central cast will all go on as a group. The film also welcomes back Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, who seems to be back piloting the Millennium Falcon after the death of Han Solo in The Force Awakens. However, he’s not the only Original Trilogy cast member who seems to be returning, as you can see (or hear) in the teaser below:
To really hammer down the threat that the newly reborn Rebellion faces, the panel ended with Ian McDiarmid, the actor behind Emperor Palpatine, coming on stage to command the teaser be played again. Bringing back the Emperor is an interesting choice and one that would help unite the three trilogies more than the previous films have done.
After Episode IX, however, it’s been confirmed that Disney will be putting the Star Wars films on hiatus, and when they inevitably return, they will no longer focus on the time period in which the Skywalker Saga has been set, with Kennedy suggesting that the franchise will move ‘massively in one direction (ie. the past) or the other (the future)’ in subsequent films. She also confirmed that after the release of Game of Thrones (which starts tonight at 2am for us British viewers), Benioff and Weiss will be working closely with Rian Johnson as they prepare their two respective Star Wars trilogies.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker flies into cinemas on December 20th 2019.
Header image credit: StarWars.com