On this (audio only) episode of the Nerd & Tie podcast, we celebrate Wonder Woman‘s victory at the box office, give a spoiler-free review of Spider-Man: Homecoming, ponder HBO developing a Watchmen television show, and consider the ramifications of Phil Lord and Chris Miller getting booted from the (still untitled) Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film. Then we hit the con scene, where Titan Fan Con messed up big time, and Emerald City Comicon finally settled their “minions/volunteer” lawsuit.
This is also the first episode recorded from the new production studio, so please forgive our settling in.
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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.
Neal Stephenson’s 2015 novel Seveneves is apparently heading towards the big screen thanks to Skydance. Not only that, but they’ve tapped the same team behind Apollo 13 to make it — with Brian Grazer producing, Bill Broyles writing, and (of course) Ron Howard directing.
For those of you unfamiliar with Seveneves, Deadline sums it up pretty succinctly:
The 2015 book centers on a catastrophic event that renders Earth a ticking time bomb, and nations band together to devise a plan to ensure the survival of humanity in outer space. Five thousand years later, their progeny — seven races now 3 billion strong — embark on another audacious journey to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.
All of this is still pretty early in development, so things could change at a moment’s notice (and this could all evaporate into the ether), but if the project continues with this team, I think it’ll be pretty awesome.
We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops.