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.
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Disney stamps out the ‘rehire James Gunn’ fire
Every week, there seems to be another small development from the firing of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn.
After several old tweets were dug up by an alt-right news site, Disney chairman Alan Horn announced that they were severing ties with Gunn, and removing him as the director of the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
In response, many fans critisced Disney’s decision, citing the directors change in humour in the years that followed, and Gunn’s own apology for his jokes that some feel were made in bad taste. Similarly, the cast of the Guardians franchise penned an open letter to Disney showing their support for Gunn, and Drax actor Dave Bautista said that making a third film without Gunn’s involvement would be ‘nauseating’, and even threatened to quit if they didn’t at least use Gunn’s finished script.
Now, however, the question of whether or not Disney will go back on their decision has been answered. Word is that Marvel appealed to Disney to reinstate Gunn, and the man himself even sat down for a meeting with Horn to air things out, but the end result remains the same, as Disney is sticking to their guns, refusing to rehire the director, much to the disappointment of many.
Fortunately for Gunn, his firing will lead to a sizeable payout (which has been suggested could be as high as $10 million) and other studios (such as Warner Bros.) are already clamouring to snatch Gunn up as soon as the negotiations with Disney are through.
The characters seen in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy films will next appear in Avengers 4, in cinemas April 26th 2019.
More Disney news going forward, this time centered around the live-action remake of Mulan.
Directed by Niki Caro (The Zookeeper’s Wife), the film began production recently, and gave us a slew of information to mark the event, revealing our first official look at Liu Yifei (Once Upon a Time) as the titular Mulan (seen above) as well as a press release giving some more details of the film and showcasing a very impressive cast.
You can read said press release below:
“Production on Disney’s “Mulan,” a live-action adaptation of the studio’s 1998 animated feature, has begun. The film will shoot on locations in New Zealand and China and will open in U.S. theaters on March 27, 2020.
Liu Yifei (“The Forbidden Kingdom,” “Once Upon a Time”) was cast as Hua Mulan following a year-long global casting search. Joining her in the film are: Donnie Yen (“Star Wars: Rogue One”); Jason Scott Lee (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny”); Yoson An (“The Meg”); Utkarsh Ambudkar (“Pitch Perfect”); Ron Yuan (“Marco Polo”); Tzi Ma (“Arrival”); Rosalind Chao (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”); Cheng Pei-Pei (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”); Nelson Lee; Chum Ehelepola; with Gong Li (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Raise the Red Lantern”) and Jet Li (“Shaolin Temple,” “Lethal Weapon 4”).
“Mulan” is the epic adventure of a fearless young woman who masquerades as a man in order to fight Northern Invaders attacking China. The eldest daughter of an honored warrior, Hua Mulan is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. When the Emperor issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army, she steps in to take the place of her ailing father as Hua Jun, becoming one of China’s greatest warriors ever.
“Mulan” is directed by Niki Caro (“Whale Rider,” “McFarland USA”) from a screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Jurassic World,” “In the Heart of the Sea”) and Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek based on the narrative poem “The Ballad of Mulan.”
Mulan slices into cinemas on March 27th 2020.
Disney finds a Lady for their Tramp
Rounding out this unintended bonanza of Disney news, another live-action remake also made some important developments this week. This time, it’s Lady and the Tramp.
The film has already amounted a decent cast, with Justin Theroux (The Spy Who Dumped Me) leading the charge as the loveable ‘Tramp’. Joining him are Ashley Jensen (Extras) as scottish terrier ‘Jackie’, Benedict Wong (Avengers: Infinity War) as the bulldog ‘Bull’ and Kiersey Clemons (Flatliners) as ‘Lady’s human owner Darling.
But more important than those latter three is the identity of the actress who will be making up the second half of the Lady/Tramp duo, and as of this week, we now know that the cocker-spaniel will be played by Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok).
The film will be directed by Charlie Bean (The LEGO Ninjago Movie) and will be released on Disney’s streaming service which is released in 2019.
Unfortunately, we cannot yet confirm the identities of the actors who will be providing Thompson’s Lady and Theroux’s Tramp with that big pile of spaghetti.