I dunno a portent of what, yet, but there’s some definite portent-like activity going on, there.
Leia welcomed as newest Disney Princess pic.twitter.com/Waz0EnMwmu
— Darth Vader (@DepressedDarth) April 12, 2014
I’m not sure that I like this trend:
That’s what Star Wars fans have been wondering now that George Lucas has admitted that he has talked to members of the original cast, including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, about appearing in the upcoming sequel. But it’s not clear whether they will see the return of Billy Dee Williams, the suave actor who played Lando Calrissian, administrator of Cloud City.
Actually, I’m pretty sure that I don’t like this trend. Then again, Disney could have just given George Lucas the equivalent of a toy hammer and let him bang on things with it while they got on with making the actual movie.
There’ll be no living with it now.
The criticism got to Lucas. He found it difficult to be creative when people were calling him a jerk. “It was fine before the Internet,” he says. “But now with the Internet, it’s gotten very vicious and very personal. You just say, ‘Why do I need to do this?’ ”
Well, the most obvious answer there is: you don’t. Instead, you sell your intellectual property to Disney, which has this weird idea that you’ll sell more product if you produce product that people want to buy.
‘This’ being the problem that there are two franchises, and only one JJ Abrams.
See, I don’t know which side I identify with more, because it depends on circumstances. I watched both Star Wars and Star Trek. I read the ST books, not the SW ones. I play the SW video games, not the ST ones. I know the back-story to ST better than I do SW; I know how to roleplay a SW character better than I know how to roleplay a ST one. I’m torn even when it comes to the franchises themselves: I love the ST reboot because it’s deliberately evocative of TOS, but SW desperately needs a reboot, if not a a finger-down-the-throat purge.
It’s a puzzler.
PS: Reading the stories on this… dammit, Cloverfield deserves more love. I had fun watching that flick; I always wanted to know what it was like to have a worm’s eye view of a Godzilla attack.
Director Zack Snyder has come forward to deny a report claiming he’s journeying to a galaxy far, far away.
New York magazine’s Vulture blog reported Monday that Snyder, the director behind 300, Watchmen and the upcoming Man of Steel, is developing a Star Wars movie. According to the site, the feature would not be part of the planned numbered trilogy but would be an off-shoot tonally in the vein of the Japanese classic The Seven Samurai.
But in an exclusive statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder’s spokesperson says: “While he is super-flattered because he is a huge fan, Zack is not involved in any way with the new Star Wars. He is currently in post on his two films, Man of Steel and 300: Battle of Artemisia.”
Via Constant Reader Canthros. It’s not his fault.
..And I don’t need to say another damned word, huh? The title has directly downloaded itself via your optic nerves into your hypothalamus; right now the room is almost painfully bright and there’s a taste of bananas and electricity in the back of your mouth. Light sabers. Kurosawa. Slow-motion combat scenes. You did not know that such a thing might be allowed to exist.
This is what it is like to be pandered to, my Star Wars droogies. This is how it feels to have impersonal forces casually shuck your carapace so that they may then feast upon your succulent money.
While nothing can top last year’s mega-huge reveal that Disney was buying LucasFilm with an eye toward making a brand-new trilogy, today’s announcement that Zack Snyder will direct a standalone Star Wars film separate from that new trilogy is still pretty massive.
Vulture broke the news this afternoon, stating that Snyder – who took himself out of the running for directing the newly-announced Episode VII – will instead develop a new Star Wars project for the company. The new feature will be inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s seminal Seven Samurai, and will apparently run parallel to events in the new trilogy.
Also: apparently we didn’t need to get stuff like this over George Lucas’ dead body. Who knew? (more…)