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.
Happy Easter / April Fools – whichever you prefer to celebrate. Or, if you don’t celebrate either, that’s cool too. Happy Sunday to you folks. What with it being April Fools, today’s a dangerous day for news reporting, as sites will almost definitely be trying to shovel you some fake news. But you don’t worry about that here at VultureHound, ’cause we’re 100% legit.
Speaking of potential trickery, this week saw a cast-member of Solo: A Star Wars Story speak annonymously to Vulture about the difference between working under Phil Lord and Chris Miller compared to Ron Howard. It’s an interesting enough read, but considering a lot of it rehashes what’s already been said about the complicated production it kinda feels like that time everyone went crazy over that ‘letter’ that claimed Wonder Woman was awful – ie, someone looking for attention and stoking angry fan speculation. It could be true though, who knows.
Outside of that, however, we’re pretty low on big-time news, so we’re keeping it short this week, so you can all return to celebrating your Easter / April Fools / Sunday. Enjoy!
No new mutant movies until 2019
Although it would have made sense for the X-Men franchise to end with Logan, Fox is determined to keep powering on, even, seemingly, in light of the news that they’re being bought out by Disney and thus probably won’t get to make half of the films they have planned anyway.
However, despite the fact that this year originally heralded three mutant outings in the form of Deadpool 2, the Apocalypse sequel X-Men: Dark Phoenix and the horror movie New Mutants, now, it looks like we’re down to just Deadpool (and seeing as he only gets his powers from being experiemented on rather than developing them naturally, I refuse to change the above subtitle, even if it may be construed as being false).
New Mutants had already been delayed once, as it was originally supposed to debut this month but was then pushed back to February of next year, while Dark Phoenix was original intended to hit cinemas this Novemeber.
Now, however, New Mutants has been pushed back even further – it will now be released next August, over a year after its intended release date. Simiarly, Dark Phoenix is being moved to Valentine’s Day of next year.
As for why this has happened, Collider explains that after an intial test screening, it was decided that Dark Phoenix needed to undergo some additional shoots, but what with the high-profile names involved (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, etc) options as to when this additional photography could take place was limited. Hence the move. Fair enough.
New Mutants meanwhile, is cited as being delayed for the same reason it was delayed the first time around. Reportedly, both times, director Josh Boone has delivered a film he was happy with, but the executives at Fox have deemed them ‘not scary enough’, the first time deciding to reshoot and add a new character to make things more horror-esque, and the second time to add even more characters. Obviously, inserting entirely new characters into the mix would take a lot of reworking of the script, and these additions reportedly mean up to 50% of the film is being reshot, despite the film testing well with advance audiences. Lets hope those pesky execs don’t give up quality in exchange for a higher scare-factor, because we all know what studio interference can do to a film.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants hit cinemas on February 14th and August 2nd of 2019 respectively.
COULSON LIVES! in Captain Marvel
Between the years 2008 to 2012, Clark Gregg became a fan favourite portraying S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson – the man tying together the Marvel Cinematic Universe in it’s formative years. Disaster struck, however, when Coulson was stabbed to death by the Norse God Loki in Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, in doing so, giving the newly formed team someone to ‘Avenge’.
Coulson would later return, as is the way with comic-book characters, headlining the spin-off TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where it was revealed that tampering with his brain in conjunction with alien genetics had brought him back to life.
However, fans have longed to see Coulson return to the ‘real’ MCU (what with the films and TV remaining largely seperate – any references are one-way, with the shows having little bearing on the continuity of the films) and now, they’re finally getting their wish. Sort of.
New casting announcements for the upcoming Brie Larson-led Captain Marvel include Gregg, meaning that Captain Marvel’s early adventures will include Phil Coulson alongside Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury.
However, what with the film being set in the nineties, this does of course mean it will be younger versions of both characters, and so, in the minds of the Avengers, Coulson effectively remains deceased. In the same way that the earlier timeline of the film is bringing back Coulson, actors Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsou will also return as Ronan the Accuser (the primary villain of the first Guardians of the Galaxy) and Korath the Pursuer (the henchman of Ronan’s character from that same film)
Captain Marvel flies into cinemas on March 8th 2019.
Doctor Doolittle reveals his all-star animal cast
Robert Downey Jr. is making a habit of making rather grand reveals on his twitter page, such as the news that Infinity War would be hitting cinemas across the world at the same time (and thus, a week early in places like America).
Now, Downey’s done it again; posting a image revealing the cast of the upcoming The Voyage of Doctor Doolittle, in which Downey is playing the titular character in a new film, which seems to lean closer to the original source material than Eddie Murphy’s previous turn as the character:
I am most pleased to announce the stellar voice cast joining me on #TheVoyageofDoctorDolittle. #EmmaThompson @ItsRamiMalek @octaviaspencer #RalphFiennes @kumailn @selenagomez @MrCraigRobinson @carmenejogo @TomHolland1996 #MarionCotillard @RealFDLT @JohnCena pic.twitter.com/GmfjOCqv7w
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) March 27, 2018