“May the Fourth be with you!”
“And also with you!”
If you can have this exchange with someone today, this person is someone to not ignore the other 364 days of the year. Today is, of COURSE, the greatest unofficial holiday on the calendar: Star Wars Day! Not Cinco de Mayo eve, but a celebration of the greatest fictional universe and the state of that fictional universe is, unfortunately, a lot more precarious than it was at this time last year. Star Wars is at a crossroads. Though it was a financial and critical success, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi split the fanbase in a way that it hasn’t been since Disney started managing the property. Whether you thought what Rian Johnson with TLJ was brilliant, or-like me-you’re still kind of trying to suppress the whole experience because the more you dwell on it the more depressed you get, it was a divisive film. My short, personal rant is that it undid nearly everything good that The Force Awakens did, ruined several characters (some irredeemably), and didn’t really accomplish a whole lot for being the longest film in the Saga. But it’s more fun if Auralnauts’ Kylo Ren breaks down the film.
Continue reading May the Fourth Be With You! Happy Star Wars Day 2018!!!
After parting ways with Colin Trevorrow last week (click here for more details), Lucasfilm moved with their typical lightning speed to replace directors and the new boss is same as the old boss. The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson was first offered the film, but declined stating he’d not be averse to doing a future Star Wars film though. Lucasfilm then went back to the man who kicked off the Star Wars renaissance and JJ Abrams will return to direct and write a new script (with Chris Terrerio) for Star Wars Episode IX. Since they’re now starting from scratch, the film has been delayed for a Christmas 2019 release.
Continue reading JJ Abrams Will Return for Star Wars Episode IX; Film’s Release Pushed to December 2019!!!
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Lucasfilm fired a Star Wars director. Though it’s being spun as a mutually agreeable parting of ways, Variety is reporting Trevorrow much like Phil Miller, Chris Lord, and Josh Trank, was fired off of his Star Wars project. Forgot about Trank, didn’t you? (and we’re not even sure what spin-off that was supposed to be for). However, it’s been less than three months since Lord & Miller were fired with only three weeks left in Han Solo‘s principal photography and replaced with Ron Howard. Who’s going to replace Trevorrow? The obvious choice is Rian Johnson, since he’s kept a tight ship on The Last Jedi and wrote the screenplay for Episode IX, but there’s no immediate rumored replacement.
On one hand, I’m kind of glad about this one. Jurassic World is a massively overrated movie in which the direction was one of its biggest problems (though I do love Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed). Trevorrow helming what may be the last Episode made me nervous. Now, I’m beginning to get a little nervous about Lucasfilm scaring off potential directing talent. I’m glad they’re sticking to their guns on their vision of the story and the universe, and given the two films we’ve gotten, you can hardly argue with their end product. Directors, though, want control, and the Star Wars franchise is quickly developing a reputation as a place where directors don’t have it. How JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson made it look so easy is looking like a miracle (maybe Abrams will return for IX?). Remember, even though he wasn’t fired, Rogue One director Gareth Edwards was supplanted by Tony Gilroy who came in to help shoot the massive reshoots that admittedly made the film a better product. Does today’s news worry you about the long-term future of the franchise, or are you happy Trevorrow is gone? Who should replace him? Star Wars Episode IX is scheduled for a May 24, 2019 release. More below including the official divorce statement from Coming Soon. Continue reading Colin Trevorrow Leaves Star Wars Episode IX; What is it With Lucasfilm and Directors???
Happy Holidays! Your reward for making it through another year is a trip to a galaxy far, far away from your friends at Disney. That’s been the case with The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and the upcoming The Last Jedi. However, in 2018, Star Wars films will move to the summer. Not only is this a grinchly move by Disney, it’s bad business. Disney already produces so many blockbusters per year that they’re beginning to crash into each other’s earning potential. Both Disney Star Wars films made over a billion dollars. That’s largely because they were revisited during the cinematic doldrums of January and February. Moving Star Wars to summer will pit the films not only against blockbuster competition from other studios, it will stunt the box office potential for Disney franchises typically used to summer dominance (The Marvel Cinematic Universe and Pixar Animation, for example). There are three reasons behind moving Star Wars to summer, and in each reason is a counter-argument for why Disney shouldn’t.
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It’s a question all Star Wars fans have been asking since the tragic death of Carrie Fisher last month: “How big a deal is this going to be for the finale of the current trilogy?” Unfortunately, it’s a really big deal. A movie (yes, even a Star Wars movie) next to the life of a person is nothing at all, but Leia is going be the largest part of her acting legacy. I don’t think it’s out of line for fans to be concerned for the future of Leia, for in our concern for the character, we’re also safeguarding Fisher’s decades-long investment in the character.
Continue reading What to do about Carrie Fisher? The Episode IX Dilemma.