Jun
20
2017
4

Ron Howard to be replacement director on Han Solo movie?

Well, that would be interesting.

Deadline hears that Ron Howard has emerged as front-runner to replace Phil Lord & Christopher Miller on the untitled Han SoloStar Wars spinoff film. Disney dropped a shocker this afternoon with the announcement that the duo exited a picture that has been in production since February at London’s Pinewood Studios.

I mean, they gotta get somebody. But Ron Howard hasn’t had a real hit for almost a decade. Does the Mouse even want him directing a Star Wars flick? Han Solo is not really his style. — Note that I’m assuming that the Mouse can get him, if the Mouse happens to want Ron Howard.  You can do that, when you’re well on the way to owning the entire American film industry outright.

Then again, I can’t think of anybody offhand who might be good for directing the Han Solo standalone. I’m not even sure what the Han Solo standalone would be about. Besides spectacle, of course.

Jun
06
2017
2

Tweet of the Day, Four-Buck Tie Fighter! (And God Bless GOG.com) edition.

Seriously, I love those guys.  They are out and about doing the Lord’s work, bringing us the games of our younger days and allowing us to play them on our modern machines. I don’t have the joystick anymore, but if you do Star Wars: Tie Fighter was an awesome game. The graphics are very mid-Nineties, but I’ve never played a better space combat flight simulator. If they remade it I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

May
25
2017
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Oh! Happy Birthday, Star Wars!

Forty years old today, if you score the premiere as a birthday. And why not?  Which means that Star Wars is probably going to have a midlife crisis now. …Yes, it’s kind of already having a midlife crisis. Sort of.  It’s certainly got the sports car and hot new girlfriend vibe going, huh?

Anyway…

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May
22
2017
6

Tweet of the Day, …No. Please. No Spaceballs Sequel. Seriously. No.

Don’t do this to us.

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May
14
2017
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The 8-bit Trailer for ‘The Last Jedi.’

Now THIS is what I call geekery.  That’s geekery on several levels, and feeding off of itself.  Word of advice, though: don’t watch it full screen.  Because, hey, 8-bit.

May
04
2017
4

May the Fourth be with you!

And we have been given a wonderful gift this particular Fourth.  If you have not watched the Star Wars / Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band mashup by Palette-Swap Ninja, get on that.  Full video playlist here.

And the full album is available for free. Because this stuff is prime.

Apr
18
2017
7

Disney World wants to open a Star Wars LARP Resort. :blink: :blink:

Let me repeat that: Star Wars LARP resort.

Disney is contemplating opening a luxury Star Wars themed resort next to the Hollywood Studios park at Disney World, which could feature multi-day live-action role-playing games that run overnight, with guests staying all night in the park to interact with costumed characters and automated elements (droids, etc) to game out scenarios.

…(Via Rick Wilson) Dear Lord. That’s… that’s… that is a thing.  That is absolutely a thing.  That is a thing that will eat people. I am terrified. I want to wake up my wife and tell her that we need to reserve a spot NOW.  I can’t even.

Apr
11
2017
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Quote of the Day, I’d Watch This Star Wars Pitch, Sure edition.

Anybody except Guillermo del Toro, though – maybe not.  But I like del Toro’s stuff, even when he’s a little off.  So, sure:

“I would do the sort of Godfather saga that Jabba the Hutt had to go through to gain control. One, because it’s the character that looks the most like me, and I like him. I love the idea of a Hutt type of mafia, a very complex coup. I just love the character.”

Apr
08
2017
4

Carrie Fisher is getting put into Star Wars Episode IX. Somehow.

I would prefer that they not do this.

When Carrie Fisher passed away late last year, there was a lot of speculation about whether or not she’d appear in some way in Star Wars: Episode IX. Her role in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi had been completed before her death, but the next film had not yet begun shooting. Her brother Todd Fisher told The New York Daily News that he and Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd have given Disney and Lucasfilm permission to use recent footage of Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: Episode IX.

My objections are relentlessly practical, however.  Unless they’ve gotten extremely lucky, Disney has a bunch of footage that needs to have the rest of the movie written around it, as it were.  Maybe they’ll only have to write around it a little.  Maybe they’ll have to write around it a lot.  No matter what, it gives off the feel of a gimmick — and that will make the movie just a little less watchable.  Sometimes you need the gimmick anyway (the CGI character resurrections in Rogue One spring to mind). And sometimes you do not.  I think that this might be a ‘not.’

Mar
15
2017
3

So, they’re building life-size AT-ATs for Disneyland.

Because of course they are.

More here. They might be planning something broadly similar for Disney World, which is infinitely easier for my family to get to than Disneyland is and also has the advantage of not being in California.  Not that I’d take my kids to the lands ruled by the House of Mouse for a couple of years yet, but this will take a little time to put together anyway…

Feb
22
2017
7

Disney figures out how to get a sequel for Rogue One.

It’s a book called… Inferno Squad. And I’ll allow it:

The Rebellion may have heroes like Jyn Erso and Luke Skywalker. But the Empire has Inferno Squad. After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera’s Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire — no matter what the cost. Now, Inferno Squad must prove their status as the best of the best and take down the Partisans from within. But as the danger intensifies and the threat of discovery grows, how far will Inferno Squad go to ensure the safety of the Empire?

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Feb
21
2017
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Peter Mayhew passes the bowcaster to Joonas Suotamo for Han Solo film.

This is… well, it’s not horrible news. Peter Mayhew is in his 70s, he’s playing Chewbacca in The Last Jedi, and probably will in the next one, too. And certainly Joonas Suotamo has been understudying for the role. But it’s still kind of sad to see how time marches on. Suotamo strikes the right note, here:

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