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.
It’s been a fairly dull news week. With the majority of outlets focused on the increasing number of allegations that have been thrown the way of Harvey Weinstein (whose story we ran through last week), there is very little in the way of production details or jazzy new trailers that we can talk about. But at the moment, they would probably seem somewhat insignificant in comparison anyway. As such, we’re going to keep things brief this week. Starting with a certain Star Wars Story title reveal…
Han Solo solo Star Wars story named Solo: A Star Wars Story
Mind-blowing bit of news here, as the Han Solo solo film received one of the only two titles people expected. That’s right, the solo Han Solo Star Wars story will be named Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Why they didn’t just say this at the beginning of production is baffling. This is hardly the sort of title that would have had a lot of thought put into it. In fact, the only conceivable thing they really could have discussed was whether or not they were going to include the word Han or not.
Regardless, it’s good to see that the new director, Ron Howard, seems to be having fun with the project he took over from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, evidenced by his little video tweet informing fans that production had wrapped and what the title was.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017
Solo: A Star Wars Story flies into cinemas on May 25th 2018.
Black Panther trailer carves out it’s own slice of the MCU
VultureHound covered this earlier in the week, but it’s still worth highlighting that Marvel has released a new trailer for the upcoming Black Panther.
I’m very up-and-down with this trailer. Visually, it looks spectacular. And I am very much in favour of this predominantly black cast and Afrofuturism aesthetic. By all counts, this movie should be a hit, and in the context of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a very unique hit at that.
And then the trailer gets to the point when Michael B. Jordan’s character suits up and becomes a gold-hued, evil version of the Black Panther, and I get flashbacks to Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. I mean, seriously, we’re doing the ‘the bad guy’s a twisted variant of the good guy’ thing again? I know I shouldn’t let that colour my opinion of the whole film, but until this comes out, part of me is going to be continuously worried that this will be just like every other standard Marvel film with a jazzy lick of paint. When frankly, it should be it’s own thing. And hopefully, with director Ryan Coogler on board, it will be.
But enough from me, check out the trailer below so you can form your own opinions on it:
Black Panther tears into cinemas on February 9th 2018.
Hey Louis C.K. fans, check out this I Love You, Daddy trailer
You like Louis C.K., right?
Everyone seems to like Louis C.K.
People tend to regard him as a funny, decent guy. Well, get ready to see him play a funny, decent guy in his first directorial role since his last feature Pootie Tang, which came out way back in 2001. Channeling his inner Woody Allen, Louis is telling us the tale of the most relatable of characters; that of a majorly successful Hollywood producer (if only).
With an all-star cast of John Malkovich, Chloë Grace Moretz, Rose Byrne, Charlie Day and led by Louis himself, I Love You, Daddy follows Louis’ character Glen, as he ‘attempts to prevent his 17-year-old daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) from falling for a lecherous 68-year-old filmmaker’, played by Malkovich. You can check out the action below:
Unfortunately, considering the aforementioned Weinstein problem and the hushed rumours that Louis may not be the ‘decent guy’ people perceive him to be, perhaps it’s not the right time for a film like this. But only time will tell.
I Love You, Daddy swings into cinemas November 17th 2017.
Commissioner Gordon claims Justice League 2 already in the works
Justice League is yet to enter cinemas, but as is always the way with those keen folk over in Hollywood, work on a sequel has already started.
Speaking with Total Film, Justice League actor J.K. Simmons, who plays Batman supporting character Commissioner Gordon, gave out some details on the franchise, what it’s like to play such an important character in the Batman mythos and the crazily buff physique of his:
“Well, Commissioner Gordon wears a trench coat in every scene, so I don’t know that the ‘pumped up’ part is going to be all that evident, especially when you’re standing next to Batman! But this is the first Justice League movie – we hope – of a few. They’re working on scripts for The Batman and for the next Justice League movie. It introduces my incarnation of Commissioner Gordon. I don’t have a lot to do. I feel like I just dipped my toe in the water of who Commissioner Gordon will be.
That’s an iconic thing, and obviously there are some very big shoes that I’m attempting to step into. Some really, really wonderful actors have played that part before. It’s like all of a sudden everyone in London is doing Hamlet. Now it’s my turn to be Gordon.”
I mean, maybe they should wait and see how the first one does, considering three out of four of the films in the DCEU have had a less-than-stellar reception, but hey, it’s their time and money. They can do what they want.