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Rian Johnson Will Write and Direct a Standalone ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy

Lucasfilm has announced that Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson will write and direct a standalone Star Wars trilogy independent of the Skywalker saga. Johnson’s longtime collaborator Ram Bergman will also produce the trilogy, which is expected to explore completely new characters independent of the pre-existing stories in the Star Wars universe.

In the official announcement from Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy expressed excitement over this new set of films:

“We all loved working with Rian on The Last Jedi,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm. “He’s a creative force, and watching him craft The Last Jedi from start to finish was one of the great joys of my career. Rian will do amazing things with the blank canvas of this new trilogy.”

It’s rumored that Johnson turned down directing the (still untitled) ninth episode in the Skywalker saga, and there’s a good chance that this being on the horizon was a contributing factor. Frankly, once Episode IX comes out, Disney and Lucasfilm need new material if they want to keep the Star Wars brand going. It’s exciting that their solution seems to be exploring new territory rather than just dragging out the soon to be concluded story that started the entire franchise.

No release dates have been set for Johnson’s trilogy, but The Last Jedi is set to be released December 15, 2017.

Via StarWars.com

Star Wars Episode IX Will No Longer Be Directed By Colin Trevorrow

In a bit of news no one really saw coming, yesterday it was announced that Colin Trevorrow is no longer directing Star Wars Episode IX. A brief statement was posted to StarWars.com about it yesterday:

Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon.

This, of course, isn’t the first time Lucasfilm and Disney have replaced a director on a Star Wars project. Most notably the Han Solo film has seen Phil Lord and Chris Miller replaced by Ron Howard, but even Rogue One‘s reshoots were directed by Tony Gilroy and not the film’s credited director Gareth Edwards.

Heck, Josh Trank got fired before we ever found out what film he was supposed to be directing in the first place.

According to THR, Trevorrow’s departure isn’t a shock. He’s apparently had trouble getting an acceptable script together, even with Jack Thorne brought in to help. Fortunately a departure this early in preproduction shouldn’t delay the final chapter of the Skywalker saga.

No word yet on who will replace Trevorrow, though according to both THR and Deadline, the likely studio favorite is Rian Johnson. Johnson, of course, is the director of Episode VIII The Last Jedi, which comes out later this year. THR also proposed that Episode VII director J.J. Abrams is also on the shortlist. All of that is speculation of course, as the studio will have only just now started negotiations with Trevorrow’s successor.

Episode IX is currently scheduled for a May 24, 2019 release.

Via StarWars.com, THR, Deadline

Ron Howard Officially Taking Over Directing the Han Solo Movie

A few days ago we learned that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had parted ways with Lucasfilm, and were no longer going to be directing the (still untitled) Han Solo anthology movie. As the days have gone by, it’s become more and more clear that “parted ways with” really meant “totally got fired by.” With only a few weeks left in filming (as the movie has been in production since February), speculation as to who would take over the movie has been running rampant.

And now that speculation can end.

THR is reporting that Ron Howard has signed on to take over directing duties. It’s expected that Lucasfilm will make the formal announcement tomorrow, but Howard has been the rumored frontrunner for the job since Lord and Miller’s departure was announced. Howard isn’t a name most of us associate with big action movies, but it’s not like he doesn’t have the chops. If anything, he’s a much larger name than we’d expect to hear attached to a project like this.

But with the studio wanting to right the ship with only a few weeks to do so, maybe someone with that much talent is exactly what they need.

The Han Solo film is still expected to release in May of 2018.

Via THR

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Are No Longer Directing the Han Solo Movie

In a bizarre turn of events, Lucasfilm has announced that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are no longer directing the Han Solo Star Wars anthology film. President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy stated:

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon.

Miller and Lord contributed to the statement, saying:

Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.

This is a strange one. The Han Solo movie (which still doesn’t have a title) is well into production, with only three weeks remaining of principal filming. For a film like this to lose its directors this far along is rather concerning. Lucasfilm says the film is still on track for a May 2018 release, but I can’t imagine that’ll be easy if they’re changing creative direction this late in the game.

I guess we’ll find out.

Star Wars Episode IX Gets a May 2019 Release Date

The eighth episode in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, may not be coming until later this year, but that hasn’t stopped Lucasfilm and Disney from wanting to tease us with the new trilogy’s conclusion. Earlier today Episode IX’s release date was announced by the studio, and unlike The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, it won’t be in December.

It’s now official that Episode IX will hit theaters May 24, 2019.

This isn’t the first film in the revived franchise to come earlier in the year, as the Han Solo anthology film will release in the spring as well (with a May 25, 2018 release date). These seem like much larger gambles though than the December dates that The Force Awakens and Rogue One enjoyed. As there was little January competition for the films, they remained in theaters longer, and saw better ticket sales. By putting out movies in May, the movies will face much stronger competition.

I guess we’ll find out how they’ll do.

Via StarWars.com

Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ Movie Delayed Until 2020

Well, almost another year has passed, which means it’s time to check in on the progress of the proposed fifth Indiana Jones movie. We first heard rumblings about the movie in the spring of 2015, and last year we were teased with a 2019 release date. Well, this time we have some bad news for you, as it seems like you’re going to have to wait a bit longer.

Earlier today THR’s Borys Kit posted the following to Twitter:

The delay isn’t exactly the most exciting thing to hear, and we really don’t know why it’s happening for sure. Likely the the only reason for the move is to make room for the “Let’s pretend this CGI movie is Live Action” Lion King film which has now snagged the 2019 slot.

I think we’ll survive the wait though.

You Could Win an Appearance in the Han Solo Movie With Star Wars’s ‘Force for Change’

Omaze, Disney and Lucasfilm are teaming up yet again with their Force For Change charity project this year, and it promises to be bigger than ever. The collaboration has previously raised $4.26 million for UNICEF Innovation Labs, and is kind of a big deal. By donating the campaign, you get the chance to win a myriad of prizes, which include:

  • Spending the night at the Skywalker Ranch, where you’ll get to tour the place and see a private screening of A New Hope
  • The chance to go to the premiere for The Last Jedi and walk the red carpet with the cast.
  • A visit to the Han Solo anthology movie set, and appearance onscreen in the film (we assume as an extra).

There are other prizes and perks, and you can find them by going to the campaign’s official website. The campaign starts today, and this year’s contributions support UNICEF and the Starlight Children’s Foundation. It’s for a good cause, and it’s some pretty neat stuff.

So please consider giving.

‘Rogue One’ Going in For Reshoots, Stop Making a Big Deal Out of It

So Disney execs have apparently seen a rough cut of the upcoming Star Wars anthology film Rogue One and have ordered reshoots over tone concerns. Some sources, of course, have freaked the f**k out decrying “panicked” executives.

But everyone needs to take a breath, okay?

It is true that there are tone concerns with the film — that it was too dark — and that it wouldn’t quite fit into the Star Wars franchise as a whole, but reshoots aren’t uncommon these days. In fact, it’s pretty damned clear the studio expected reshoots, as they had a rough cut of the film in May for a movie not coming out until December. Getting the first Star Wars anthology film right is important, and they want to make sure that they get it right.

And while it’s true the whole point of the anthology films is that they can be different kinds of stories than Episodes, Rogue One is set immediately prior to A New Hope and needs to mesh with that world. I do think Disney and Lucasfilm are putting too high of an expectation on this film though if they expect it to do as well as The Force Awakens (a movie fans had to wait years for), but you can’t blame them for hoping.

In any case, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes out December 16, 2016.

Via THR

Harrison Ford Will Star in Fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ Movie, Release Date Set

Almost a year ago we talked about how Lucasfilm was contemplating a fifth Indiana Jones film. We knew literally nothing about it though, and words and phrases like “prequel” and “recasting Dr. Jones” got tossed around in the wild hypotheses of the Internet’s back hallways.

Well, it’s 2016 and concrete information is now available.

It turns out, it’s not a prequel — and the septuagenarian Harrison Ford will return to don the brown fedora and whip yet again. Steven Spielberg will direct, and the as-of-yet untitled sequel has a release date too: July 19, 2019.

I’m excited, but as I’ve said before I’m one of the few people who actually enjoyed Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It’s not as good as Raiders of the Lost Ark or Last Crusade, but it’s a hell of a lot better than Temple of Doom. Temple of Doom is literally one of my least favorite movies ever. I also really enjoyed cranky-old Harrison Ford in The Force Awakens, so there’s that too.

But I have a feeling I’m going to be in the minority on this one…

Via THR

Star Wars Episode VIII Pushed Back to December 2017

As The Force Awakens is currently killing it at the box office, most of us are pretty excited for 2017’s as-of-yet-untitle eighth episode in the Saga. I mean, sure, 2016 will give us the first spinoff film (Rogue One), but we all know it’s not the same. For the longest time Episode VIII has had a May 2017 release date, but not so much anymore.

In the wake of script rewrites for the film, we now know the Rian Johnson written and directed installment is being pushed back to December 15th, 2017.

Frankly, besides giving the film more time for production, this also makes sense from a market standpoint. Rogue One would have only come out six months prior with the original release date, and with less than a year between Star Wars films the impact might have been reduced. There is also frankly a lot less competition in the theaters with a winter release date, which should also help the film. Personally, I’m still excited.

Even if I have to wait longer.

Via Screenrant