Unusual Suspects has put together a truly awesome trailer for The Empire Strikes Back featuring the score and the style of the trailer for The Last Jedi. A lot of people criticized The Force Awakens for drawing too heavily from A New Hope, but I don’t think that criticism is going to be valid for Empire and TLJ (for the record, I think it’s a lazy critique of the first film in the sequel trilogy). At any rate, this is just a well-done piece of Star Wars candy to get you through your week. You can click here to see all six prior saga trilogy films get this same sort of treatment with the music and style of The Force Awakens trailer.
It’s not brain surgery, but it’s an elegant title. The second anthology film will be called Solo: A Star Wars Story. Director Ron Howard announced the title today as principal photography has wrapped. While I’m enormously excited and positive regarding The Last Jedi (which opens in only 59 days), I have a lot of trepidation regarding Solo. A lot of them stem from the weird firing of original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (click here to read more on that). To some degree, I-like a lot of Star Wars fans-can’t imagine anyone but Harrison Ford as the smuggler, and I don’t have enough confidence in Alden Ehrenreich to overcome that prejudice. I DO think Donald Glover will destroy a young Lando Clarissian. What makes me most nervous about the film is how Disney has refused to budge on the May 23, 2018, release date. That’s not a lot of time to smooth out the wrinkles on a film with a troubled production history PLUS do all the massive amount of post-production work that is required in any Star Wars film. But say all that goes GREAT and the film is fantastic…..I still think Disney is setting it up to fail. Continue reading Han Solo Movie Wraps; Official Title Announced
UPDATE 6/22/2017: RON HOWARD HAS OFFICIALLY SIGNED ON TO TAKE OVER DIRECTING THE FILM AND IT LOOKS LIKE SIGNIFICANT RESHOOTS ARE COMING.
Recently, I wrote an article urging Disney to keep Star Wars at Christmas release dates. The changeover was to begin with next year’s Han Solo spin-off being released in May 2018 (click here to read that article). It looks like that’s a given, at least for Han Solo as the entire project has been thrown into upheaval following the announcement that Disney had fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie) from the project just three weeks before the completion of principal photography. Directors leaving a project before a film begins isn’t uncommon. Directors leaving during a project is a huge deal. Directors, who seemed absolutely perfect for this sort of film, being fired three weeks before they finished their cut is astounding. I have never seen directors removed this late in the process. While Disney scrambles to find a replacement, fans are freaking out on Twitter, and the entire future of the project seems in doubt. Continue reading Disney Fires Han Solo Directors With 3 Weeks Left in Filming. What Now?
Tomorrow is the best unofficial holiday on every geek’s calendar: MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!!! In anticipation of our yearly celbration of Quatro de Mayo, and in keeping with running through some of my favorite YouTube channels for interesting and informative videos, I thought I’d post What Culture’s 10 Changes Made to Star Wars that Were Completely Justified. Continue reading 10 Star Wars Changes That Were Completely Justified
Harrison Ford has created some of the most indelible characters in screen history: Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Rick Deckard, John Book, and owning existing characters like Dr. Richard Kimble or Jack Ryan. His legacy as one of Hollywood’s greatest action stars is already cemented (though his abilities as an actor are seriously underrated; one needs only watch Witness or 42 to see how good he can be). Defying age, Ford is making a farewell tour of the most iconic of his creations, cementing their legacy. He’s already given Han Solo his tragic end. Then he made a triumphant return to the world of Blade Runner, now it’s on to fix the damage to Indiana Jones that Crystal Skull inflicted. Whether that attempt succeeds as well as Blade Runner 2049 and The Force Awakens did, Ford’s place as a legend is already secure.
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