Mar
07
2019
1

‘Galaxy’s Edge’ Star Wars theme parks open at Disney this summer.

May on the West Coast, August on the East.

Both east and west coast versions of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will allow guests to visit a remote trading port on the edge of wild space, where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life – and where guests will find themselves in the middle of the action. The lands will feature two major attractions that put guests in the middle of a battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Each attraction – and even the land itself – will offer guests the chance to immerse themselves in the Star Wars universe like never before.

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Jan
18
2019
7

EA discards the withered husk of the Star Wars open-world game.

I’m with Penny Arcade on this: better for it to have never been.

Kotaku is reporting that Electronic Arts has cancelled its planned open-world Star Wars game, citing three sources close to the company. The game had been in development at EA Vancouver, the studio responsible for games such as FIFA and Battlefront, since 2017. The site reports that EA canned the game in favor of a different Star Wars title that had a shorter timeline of development.

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Oct
28
2018
7

The Sarlacc wins after all: the Boba Fett movie is dead.

It’s official: “This week Lucasfilm exec Kathleen Kennedy confirmed to reporter Erick Weber that a standalone Star Wars movie focusing on bounty hunter Boba Fett is no longer in development. While the project had never been officially announced, it was known to be a piece in the parade of “anthology” movies planned in the universe.”  This was already highly likely, considering that Disney previously announced that they were making a TV show called The Mandalorian — but now it’s official.

We will now pause while everyone with an opinion on the subject counts coup.  Gonna be honest, here: I don’t trust simple answers to complicated questions involving tons of money.   More to the point: neither does Disney.  They put up several billion dollars in order to acquire this particular intellectual property, and the Mouse has a dizzying number of blunt instruments with which to hammer this issue back down until it’s flush with the surface and generating revenue.  They will adapt and overcome their Star Wars problem.  Don’t know how they will, but they will.




Oct
03
2018
2

Tweet of the Day, The Mandalorian Is Coming To Disney edition.

Well, damn.

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Aug
02
2018
6

Tweet of the Day, The Screenshot Says It All About The Stormtrooper movie.

Assuming it’s real.

…I’m not sure that I want to really check if a Star Wars Stormtrooper movie is real.  If it’s real, then I have to deal with the consequences of that.  Possibly we could still pretend that it’s not, if it is?  Keep it going for as long as possible.

Moe Lane

PS: You’re thinking of Troops, probably?  — Which needed only ten minutes to make the point, and pretty darn well.  Whatever Hollywood comes up with, that’s what it will have to beat.  I am not confident in Hollywood’s chances.




Jul
19
2018
1

Disney to finally kill off the loose ends in Clone Wars, once and for all.

They’re not putting it that bleakly: “The animated series, which last aired in 2008, will get 12 new episodes on the forthcoming Disney streaming service.” …But let’s be honest, shall we?  There are any number of characters in Clone Wars that need to be given honorable deaths prior to Revenge of the Sith, and a twelve-episode direct-to-streaming final season sounds like it’d do the trick. Especially since Disney wants to hit the ground running with its streaming service, too.  So they might as well go for a Grand Harvesting. (more…)




Jun
16
2018
6

Quote of the Day, We Would Have Seen Jar-Jar As A Saviour edition.

This quote is accurate (go to the link for context).

George Lucas’ final trilogy plans are so dumb, fans would have begged for the return of Jar Jar

I understand that emotions are high over Star Wars, but: it could have been worse, my droogies.  Merciful God in heaven, it could have so very much worse. Always remember that George Lucas hates Star Wars for what it did to him, and hates us for making it impossible for him to seek closure. If he had been given the chance, Lucas absolutely would have giggled as the knife started to turn.




Jun
12
2018
6

My prediction for Solo.

I think that, in a couple of years, they’re going to do a sequel for Solo after all, box office disaster or not. Why? Because it’s not a bad movie. Yeah, the robot was sometimes annoying — but, heck, droids are slaves in the Star Wars universe and I’ve been known to fulminate about that a little when I’ve had enough drinks in me. But the rest of it? …I genuinely liked it. It was a good heist film. Woody Harrelson in particular has nothing to be ashamed of.

And I suspect that in a couple of years there’s going to be enough of a slow burn of renewed interest that Disney will green-light a sequel. Particularly because of that one cameo. That one cameo offers the Extended Universe fans a chance to get some of their favorite stuff up on the big screen after all.  And if there’s anything that the Mouse is good at, it’s getting its money back on an investment. They’ll want to get it back on this one, too.

But that’s just my admittedly not juiced-in opinion, so I guess we’ll see.

Moe Lane




May
28
2018
21

Oof: Solo opens so low*.

103 million for the weekend, which is pretty damned bad when compared to expectations and probably budget.  It’s usually a safe enough bet to count on Disney’s ability to make the sharp curve in time, but not this weekend; I was expecting $130 million.  Clearly, I was wrong. Good thing I don’t handicap movies for a living, huh?

Shame, though: Solo wasn’t bad, for what it was. And it may still generate legs and a sequel, because of [SPOILERS].  But there’s apparently a limit to how much Star Wars can be stuffed into a movie schedule.

Moe Lane

PS: I mistrust narratives.

*Line cheerfully stolen from Forbes.




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