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:
Bond 25 loses its director
– Episode IX cast continues to grow
– Crazy Rich Asians gets a sequel

Read on to find out more:

Boyle bolts from Bond

Daniel Craig / Skyfall / Picture courtesy of Eon

Just a few months ago, people were over the moon at the prospect of director Danny Boyle potentially taking the reigns of the next James Bond movie. Then, the hype was increased, as Boyle officially signed on, and some speculated that this may be one of the best Bond films of the modern era.

But now Boyle’s gone, so you can nip that excitement in the bud.

Boyle’s departure was cited as being due to ‘creative differences’, and although there’s no real word on what’s happening, rumour has it that the falling out occurred between Boyle and Craig himself, who was unhappy with the direction Boyle had planned to take the film.

As a result, Bond 25 hitting its desired release date next year is no longer a certainty, although, if all goes to plan, Eon already have three new directors in mind – Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club), David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) and Yann Demange (White Boy Rick who, if signed on immediately, will save the production from delays.

In other news, Idris Elba has ruled himself out of playing the next James Bond in the inevitable Bond 26, despite the wealth of fans hoping he would do so.

Bond 25 is still hoping to hit a release date of November 8th 2019.


Star Wars: Episode IX adds new players

Although an official cast list was announced a few weeks back, that hasn’t stopped J.J. Abrams from continuing to bring on his various friends to the production of Episode IX as filming commences. The first and most obvious was of course Keri Russell, who actually joined the cast some time ago, before we even saw the cast list (which she herself was absent from).

Then, more recently, it was announced that Greg Grunberg, who previously appeared in The Force Awakens as Resistance pilot Snap Wexley, will return to round out the trilogy in Episode IX, despite being completely absent from The Last Jedi.

Now, Abrams is bringing back another of his long time compatriots and a fan-favourite to boot.

Dominic Monaghan, who worked with Abrams on Lost and initially rose to prominence starring as Merry in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, has joined the cast.

It’s still unconfirmed what roles J.J’s pals will play (apart from Grunberg, of course, seeing as he’s returning from The Force Awakens) but we’ll find out when…

Star Wars: Episode IX flies into cinemas on December 20th 2019.


Watch out for China Rich Girlfriend

Doing these news pieces, films like Crazy Rich Asians are obviously on my radar. But outside of VultureHound, I’ve seen little to no advertisements for the film around this part of the UK. And I work in a cinema.

Which is unfortunate, because the film, released just over a week ago in the States, has been getting pretty positive reviews and is being heralded as a major success on the diversity front – featuring a predominantly Asian cast, something not often seen in Western movies (in fact, the last film of its kind was released in 1993). The film has been the biggest comedy opening of the year, and the biggest rom-com opening since 2015’s Trainwreck.

In fact, the film has become such a success, that talk of a sequel is already moving ahead at full steam.

Warner Bros. are looking to bring back director John M. Chu (Now You See Me 2) along with the rest of the production team of the first film. Like the first, the second film will be an adaptation from the series of novels, the first, obviously being Crazy Rich Asians, the second being Rich China Girlfriend, and if all goes well, we will no doubt see an adaption of the third book Rich People Problems.

Crazy Rich Asians reaches UK cinemas September 14th 2018.