It’s quite alarming (in a good way, of course) that The Vintage Collection is getting this much press. The Hollywood Reporter has an excellent article on The Vintage Collection Imperial Troop Transport with Hasbro designer Mark Boudreaux. Check it out!
The long rumored Boba Fett standalone film is reportedly in development with a director attached to the project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Logan director James Mangold will write and direct a Boba Fett standalone film for Lucasfilm. The Hollywood Reporter also states that Lucasfilm is developing several character focused standalone films, including the frequently discussed Obi-Wan Kenobi film. Stephen Daldry is reportedly still in negotiations to direct the potential Kenobi film. What do you think about this potential Boba Fett film and Lucasfilm’s apparent interest in a number character focused standalone films? Do you think James Mangold would be the right choice to direct a Boba Fett film? Let us know! Head over to The Hollywood Reporter for the full story!
The 2018 Academy Award nominations were announced this morning and Star Wars: The Last Jedi received four nominations overall. The Last Jedi was nominated for Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Visual Effects. In addition, John Williams was nominated for the 51st time for his The Last Jedi score. Congratulations to all of the nominees. Check out the complete list of nominations at The Hollywood Reporter!
Although The Last Jedi has continued to perform well at the US box office, the film collapsed in China and has already been pulled from Chinese theaters. Star Wars has never had a strong foothold in China, the world’s second largest film market, but an already disappointing opening weekend followed by a disastrous second weekend drop of 92% sealed the film’s fate in China. To put things in perspective, The Last Jedi will finish outside of the top 50 in China and behind box office bomb Geostorm. The Hollywood Reporter did a great job of examining the continued failure of Star Wars in China. The problem stems from the well known fact that the original films never received a wide release in China. While franchises such as Fast and Furious focus on ease of access and mindless action, Star Wars films are often driven by nostalgia for and references to the original films. Jimmy Wu, who owns one of the largest theater chains in China, bluntly told The Hollywood Reporter, “Star Wars has no legacy here.” It is an interesting situation, and one that probably has some Disney executives concerned. Check out the full story at The Hollywood Reporter!
Nonstop Star Wars is never a good thing. We have been saying this since 2015. It seems to have ramifications now. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a hit, but the Force may not be as strong for Disney when it comes to merchandise sales this year. Panjiva, a data company that tracks the giant shipping containers that arrive at U.S. ports, says 6,587 of them with Star Wars gear were shipped in the seven months leading up to The Last Jedi, but that’s down 47 percent from the seven months leading to Rogue One in 2016 and off 56 percent from the same time period ahead of The Force Awakens in 2015. The Hollywood Reporter has the full story. (more….)
Well, we have all heard by now that JJ Abrams has taken over for Colin Trevorrow as the Director of Episode IX, but THR also found out that he basically screwed over Paramount and a 10-Million Dollar obligation in order to take on the Star Wars project. You can read more about it at TheHollywoodReporter.com. Geeze, drama has become constanty associated with Disney’s Star Wars movies! (although TLJ has been pretty smooth, knock on wood!)
Colin Trevorrow’s dismissal from Star Wars: Episode IX has left Lucasfilm and Kathleen Kennedy searching for a replacement, and it looks like they may turn to a familiar face. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rian Johnson and J.J. Abrams are the top choices to replace Trevorrow. Furthermore, their sources indicate that continued issues with the script led to the Trevorrow’s dismissal. At the moment, Rian Johnson seems like the most likely candidate. Johnson is a well respected writer and may be better suited to finish the script. The word is that Johnson was a perfect fit for The Last Jedi and had a seamless working relationship with Lucasfilm. It makes sense that Lucasfilm would want to work with him again. What do you think about the possibility of Rian Johnson or J.J. Abrams returning to direct Episode IX? Let us Know!
Finally new super-articulated 3.75″ The Black Series scoop! (There are 6″ figures mixed into the article as well.) The Hollywood Reporter reveals a ton of information. Be sure to check it out!
TBS6 First Order Stormtrooper with accessories $34.99
TBS6 First Order Executioner (TARGET exclusive) $19.99
TBS6 Admiral Ackbar and First Order Officer (TRU Exclusive) $39.99
TBS 3.75″ assortment: Elite Praetorian Guard, Resistance Tech Rose, Luke Skywalker, Stormtrooper Executioner. $12.99 each (It says Walmart exclusive but they will all be available everywhere soon.)
Forces Of Destiny is slated to return with new episodes this October. The writer of the animated series, Jennifer Murro, recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss some info on the series and what we can expect from the new episodes. Many sources are calling this season 2, however, I believe it is still season 1 similar to how they took breaks from Rebels. Read the THR interview with Jennifer Murro here!
The Hollywood Reporter recently broke the news that the long rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film is finally in development. Click through to read our breakdown of this news and our thoughts on the future of the standalone films.
That’s right! After much speculation and many rumors, Lucasfilm has confirmed today that Ewan McGregor will HOPEFULLY get a chance to reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi for the now confirmed Obi-Wan standalone film. So far, Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) is in talks for a director. I wonder why Disney didn’t take the opportunity at D23 to officially announce it like most expected. You can read more about it from The Hollywood Reporter. I know I am excited about this, how about you?
Recently, Trevorrow’s newest film The Book of Henry was screened in Italy at the Ischia Global Film Festival where he received the ‘Breakout Director’ Award. This had a lot of critics and fans alike on edge after the poor reviews and the question was brought up once again; Is Trevorrow the right man for the job? The Hollywood Reporter recently sat down with the director, click through to see what he has to say.
More details emerge on some of the issues surrounding the debacle known as the Han Solo film. Among the issues raised were the number of camera placement variations the directors used (3 instead of the expected 12-15 from Emperor Kennedy), Hiring an acting coach for the Lead Actor playing Han, and Lord & Miller shooting scenes as Kennedy and Kasdan requested only to film additional takes afterwards their way. Phew! Read more in this article from The Hollywood Reporter! Special Thanks to JTA Reader Martin for the heads up!
Following the shocking news that directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had been fired over four and a half months into production, rumors began to swirl that Oscar winner Ron Howard was the top choice to take over the directing duties on the Han Solo film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ron Howard has officially been named as the new director of the Han Solo film. Howard will take over a contentious set, Lord and Miller were fired after clashing with Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. It’s extremely rare for a director to be fired this far into production, so a veteran director like Howard is a smart choice to finish the film under these bizarre circumstances. Head over to The Hollywood Reporter for the full story.
Update: Click here to read to read the official announcement and a statement from Kathleen Kennedy at StarWars.com.
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