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 spells big trouble for many of the characters and actors featured here, as Adonis Creed faces off against an enemy that could shake him to his core, Spider-Man ‘accidentally’ leaks the title of his own film, Star Wars suffers from the poor box office response to Solo and Will Ferrell is faced with the Eurovision Song Contest!

Creed brings Drago back into the ring

Michael B. Jordan / Picture courtesy of MGM

Over forty years after the first film, the Rocky franchise is still going strong, especially after being given new life in the form of the spin-off film, Creed, in 2015. Now, three years on, Adonis Creed returns for his second outing with Rocky Balboa in tow, this time to face the son of the man who killed his father, Drago. To get everyone hyped for the fight, this week saw the release of a new trailer, which you can watch below:

The eighth installment of the franchise sees the return of Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson, while introducing Florian Munteanu as Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago.

Dolph Lundgren, who played the OG Drago in Rocky IV, is also set to make a comeback.

Creed II punches its way into cinemas on November 21st 2018.


Spider-Man leaks his own sequel title

Tom Holland / Spider-Man: Homecoming / Picture courtesy of Sony

While some assumed that, following Homecoming, the Spider-Man films would perhaps follow a trend of subtitling each film with the name of a certain facet of American High School life, Tom Holland’s once again given away an unofficial reveal on his instagram, poking fun at his fate in Avengers: Infinity War before flashing the script on his tablet, thus ‘inadvertently’ showing off the name of the film. The reveal shows that rather than sticking with the ‘High School’ theme, it’s actually following the ‘Home’ theme. You can watch Holland’s video below:

Since being chosen to be Spider-Man, Holland has revealed himself to be notoriously bad at accidentally dropping spoilers. Here, however, there’s no realisation of a blunder or follow-up apologising, which suggests that Marvel have perhaps made their peace with the fact he’ll leak things at any chance he gets and are just running with it, making him a new form of publicist as well as an actor.

Coming out after the highly anticipated Avengers 4 and kicking off Marvel’s ‘Phase Four’ of films, Spider-Man: Far From Home will see Peter Parker leave his familiar New York setting, travelling across the globe to face off against Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio.

Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into cinemas on July 5th 2019.


Will Ferrell enters the most popular music contest of all

Will Ferrell / Picture courtesy of Eva Rinaldi

Everyone loves a bit of Will Ferrell. And while fans only have a few months left to wait for his next film, Holmes & Watson, in which he re-teams with John C. Reilly to present a comedic take on the detective duo of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, plans of his newest project – a Netflix exclusive, no less – are starting to hit the web.

This new film, executive produced by Anchorman collaborator Adam McKay, and will be written by Saturday Night Live‘s Andrew Steele alongside Ferrell himself.

The film, titled Eurovision, will (obviously) be based on the contest of the same name, which was started in post-war Europe and has becoming the longest running annual international song competition. At the moment, other details are pretty few and far between.

I used to go to school with one of Britain’s previous entries. I wonder what they’re doing now…

Ferrell will next be seen in Holmes & Watson on December 21st 2018.


Lucasfilm realises that Star Wars is not invincible

Alec Guinness / Star Wars / Picture courtesy of Lucasfilm

So, Solo: A Star Wars Story dropped recently. You may have seen it. You may not have. I thought it was pretty good. But apparently most people never got the chance to form an opinion of it, because attendance for this film has been severely lacking.

For some, it’s because they’re just a casual observer, and aren’t going to turn up for every Star Wars installment. For others, it’s because they appreciate Star Wars, but don’t understand the necessity of a Han Solo origin movie. Some probably weren’t even that aware of the film, what with the bizarre lack of marketing on your usual Star Wars scale, and even then, may have felt fatigued by the fact that it’s been less than half a year since the last Star Wars outing. Then there are those who were so enraged by the events of The Last Jedi that they decided to boycott the film.

Unfortunately, what with all the people from those various groups not showing up, and the film making a lot less money than Disney had hoped, that plan has somewhat backfired on the boycotters, as in response, Lucasfilm has decided to halt production on all ‘Star Wars Story‘s currently in the works.

To be clear, that doesn’t include the upcoming series’ by TLJ director Rian Johnson or the Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; those two series are still going ahead.

Thanks to having to reshoot the majority of the film after original directors Lord and Miller were fired, Ron Howard’s new movie is now one of the most expensive films ever made, with many speculating the cost went way over the previously stated $250 million (and that’s not including the millions studios spend on promoting their films). Sites like The Hollywood Reporter and Variety have gone so far as to speculate that the film will lose Disney and Lucasfilm tens of millions of dollars, unlike the other Star Wars films Disney have made, which have each grossed over a billion dollars.

As a result, Lucasfilm has decided to rethink their plans, and be more selective in how they choose their spin-off films, meaning audiences may never get James Mangold’s Boba Fett movie, or the Obi-Wan film starring Ewan McGregor that those boycotting fans so desperately wanted.

Star Wars returns with Episode IX on December 20th 2019.
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