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.

While there are some small details that may be worth mentioning about comic-book adaptations, such as Jared Leto apparently closing in on the lead role in Bloodshot and the fact that Noah Hawley (the show-runner on Fargo and Legion) announced that he will be making a Doctor Doom movie, this week we have the rare treat of being able to pick out five big news stories that arent comic-book related!

So for all you film fans out there with super-hero fatigue, here’s our first comic-free news round-up since May. Enjoy!

John Wick spin-off takes audiences to ballet class

Keanu Reeves / Picture courtesy of Summit Entertainment

Near everyone who’s seen them loves the John Wick movies. They’re fun, action-packed and very stylish. The second film is particularly well-regarded, in part because of it having been released this year, and thus, is still in everyone’s recent memory, and in part because it opened out the world the titular Wick inhabits.

While we know that a third film is in the works, this week we got word that a spin-off was also being worked on. Titled Ballerina, the film is said to be a female-led action piece that will be made by Lionsgate and produced by Basil Iwanyk. It will centre around a young woman, trained to be an assassin, who seeks revenge on other assassins who have murdered her family. It’s described as a film not unlike Luc Besson’s La Femme Nikita – but hyper-stylised.

The script comes courtesy of Shay Hatten; his first sale, in fact; who is described by The Hollywood Reporter (who broke the news) as:

‘a 23-year-old scribe who idolizes Shane Black (Lethal Weapon) and is currently working as a writer’s assistant for Robert Downey Jr.’s production company, Team Downey.’

Shay’s previous script, Maximum King!, though unmade, garnered heaps of praise and no doubt helped him snag the sale. The Maximum King! script is available online.

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John Wick 2 is out on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download now.


A new director comes on board to help Gerard Butler stop something else from falling

Aaron Eckhart & Gerard Butler / London Has Fallen / Picture courtesy of Focus Features

Olympus Has Fallen was pretty enjoyable, wasn’t it? And London Has Fallen… That happened. So, really, it’s no surprise that yet another film in the Fallen series is on it’s way, and it’s finally found a director.

The upcoming Angel Has Fallen, due to arrive at some point next year, see’s the return of Gerard Butler’s Mike Banning, who is now the primary target – as terrorists attempt to take him out aboard Airforce One. So imagine the last two films, but situated in the confines of a plane. A sizeable plane, but a plane all the same.

It could be pretty awesome. Or it could go the same way as the Taken franchise’s third entry and be pretty awful. Who’s to say?

Coming in to direct this possibly awesome, possibly awful film is Ric Roman Waugh. Waugh is a former stuntman who has since gone on to direct films like FelonSnitch and this years Shot Caller. So hopefully the film will be pretty solid. The action should be great, at the very least.

Angel Has Fallen flies into cinemas next year.


The countdown to Bond 25 begins

Daniel Craig / Skyfall / Picture courtesy of Eon

Although there’s yet to be any official confirmation that Daniel Craig is returning to the role of James Bond, the next Bond film is powering ahead for a 2019 release, as revealed by 007’s official twitter page:

Although that is the only official information to be released, rumours have started flowing around the internet that may provide some insight into the production of the film.

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Despite saying he’d “rather slash [his] wrists” than do another Bond film, and if he did it would “only be for the money”, word is that Craig will indeed be back as 007. Furthermore, three directors are being zeroed in on to helm the project, namely Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), David Mackenzie (Hell Or High Water) and Yann Demange (‘71). The latter of the three is apparently the front-runner, despite the fact that his second film has yet to even arrive in cinemas. But I suppose small-time indie directors are all the rage in blockbuster film-making these days.

Bond 25 shoots into cinemas November 2019.


Fede Álvarez, Simon Barrett & Jason Eisner team-up for a techno-thriller

We’ve got some bad hombres here, and they’re making an as-of-yet untitled ‘techno thriller’.

Specifically, ‘Bad Hombre’ is the name of Fede Álvarez’ production company, created with Good Universe to produce films across the horror, thriller and science-fiction genres and word has come out about their first film.

Although Evil Dead received mixed reviews, I’m of the mindset that Álvarez can do no wrong. Both Evil Dead and the much more critically welcomed Don’t Breathe are very entertaining films, and both very different. So hearing that Álvarez’ new company has a film in the works is definately cause for excitement. Furthermore, he’s assembled a powerhouse team for the film, with Hobo With A Shotgun director Jason Eisner helming the project, while horror stalwart Simon Barrett (who we’ve had the pleasure of talking to) will be penning the film.

That’s all the details that have been released, unfortunately, but it’s a grouping of names that’s newsworthy in itself, and worth getting excited about.

The trio’s most recent respective films Don’t BreathBlair Witch and Hobo With A Shotgun are available on DVD, Blu-Ray and DIgital Download now.


James Cameron extends yet another franchise far more than is necessary

Emelia Clarke & Arnold Schwarzenegger / Terminator: Genisys / Picture courtesy of Paramount Pictures

This weekly round-up often sees me complain about film franchises (like Fantastic Beasts and Avatar) having far too many sequels green-lit without any real need for them.

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And once more, fuel has been thrown on my fire, because James Cameron is at it again, threatening us with more films than we want or need.

This time, the franchise being stretched to breaking point is that of the Terminator franchise (which, one could argue, was actually stretched past breaking point 14 years ago). While we knew that James Cameron would be producing yet another Terminator film; one meant to reboot and conclude the film series, with Tim Miller (Deadpool) directing, James Cameron’s now come out and said that this could actually be another trilogy of films, in a recent interview with News Australia:

“So I am in discussions with David Ellison, who is the current rights holder globally for the Terminator franchise and the rights in the US market revert to me under US copyright law in a year and a half so he and I are talking about what we can do. Right now we are leaning toward doing a three-film arc and reinventing it.”


I know Cameron didn’t make it, but Terminator: Genisys was a mess. It was so messy that the diretor, Alan Taylor, admitted that he didn’t really understand it. Not only was it a mess because the plot was all over the place, but because it was also meant to set up a new set of Terminator films and it just didn’t work.

As it was being released, Cameron said the following to back the film:

And while he later claimed he only said those things as a means of being supportive to Arnold Schwarzenegger (who, coincidentally, has their birthday today. Happy birthday Arnie!) his choice to back such a film at all makes this whole new enterprise seem questionable.

Just do one damn film at a time. Stop planning things in franchises.

Terminator: Genysis is out on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download now.

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