Ever since Lucasfilm and Disney announced that they would be doing spinoff movies set in the Star Wars universe, fans have been clamoring for an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. I mean, Ewan McGregor keeps telling people he’s game for it — and he’s the one thing every Star Wars fan seems to agree was actually good about the Prequel trilogy. But while rumors flew a bunch back in, like, twenty-fourteen the idea didn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Well, that’s no longer the case.
THR is reporting that an Obi-Wan Kenobi spinoff is definitely in the works now. There’s no script yet, but director Stephen Daldry is currently in talks with the studio to take on the project. Curiously McGregor hasn’t signed on to the film yet, but it’s almost a guarantee that the fans would revolt if he didn’t play the part.
All of this is early on, and we still don’t have a formal announcement from the studio. But while this could all still fall apart, it’s good to know that the studio is listening to what the fans have been clamoring for.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we make our triumphant return to video! We talk about the Anime News Network hack, Disney planning its own streaming service, and Netflix buying Millarworld. Then we head to the con scene, where Angry Goat Productions is at it again (and using a different name), five GeekGirlCon staffers have quit claiming “reverse racism,” and Otakon had a rain drainage system dump all over their artist alley.
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.
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.
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.
On this, the one hundredth episode of Nerd & Tie, our heroes give our review of DC’s Wonder Woman movie, discuss how said film was banned in Lebanon, celebrate 40 years of Star Wars, and continued to get confused by the ongoing progress on Sony’s Venom movie. Then we take on the con scene, where ColossalCon forced Colossus Con to rebrand, and Phoenix Comicon narrowly avoided tragedy.
Petaluma, CA based Rancho Obi-Wan is the largest privately-owned collection of Star Wars merchandise and memorabilia. The collection is operated as a non-profit, and proceeds from its touring appearances go towards chrarity. Oh, and apparently over a hundred of its items have been stolen.
The collection’s ownder Steve Sansweet wrote a lengthy post to the official website, where he explained:
In February we at Rancho Obi-Wan found out that we had been the victim of a major theft that surreptitiously took place over many months in late 2015 through 2016.
There were more than 100 valuable items stolen, the majority of them vintage U.S. and foreign carded action figures, many of them rare and important pieces. Most have either been resold or professionally appraised for a total of more than $200,000
The theft was discovered after collector Phillip Wise reported that a rare Boba Fett figure had been stolen from his warehouse in Texas. He managed to track the theft back to Carl Edward Cunningham, another well known collector, after dealer Zach Tann notified Wise that he had recently purchased the rare figure from Cunningham. Tann told Wise that he had bought a bunch of other collectibles from Cunningham, and provided Wise a list… which they soon concluded contained items that only could have come from Rancho Obi-Wan
Carl Edward Cunningham was arrested for felony grand theft in March, and is currently out on bail. Sansweet is currently asking fans who may have purchased his stolen items get back to him.
On this day in 1977, a little movie came to theaters simply titled Star Wars. It would later get the subtitle “A New Hope” in its rerelease (though no one would start calling it that until the prequels came out), but this is the film that started a seemingly unstoppable franchise.
I honestly can’t remember the first time I saw Star Wars. I was born in 1980, so my exposure to all the films of the original trilogy was on heavily rewatched VHS tapes rented from the local Sentry or the now long gone Shamrock Video. Maybe it was on television at some point — I honestly don’t know.
What I do know is that I honestly can’t remember a time where I didn’t know Star Wars by heart.
It’s a film that reshaped the culture, changed cinema, and inspired decades of imitators. Lucas created a world that felt lived in, and over the decades its been fleshed out into two cohesive, extensive universes. It’s a playground I’ve spent my lifetime playing in in my imagination, and it keeps getting better.
So happy forty years, Star Wars. Here’s to another.
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.
On this (audio only) episode of Nerd & Tie, your three hosts have gathered in the Wisconsin Dells to do an episode of the show live at No Brand Con 2017! We discuss the first trailer for The Last Jedi, celebrate the return of Mystery Science Theater 3000, contemplate Monica Valentinelli and Tad William’s withdrawal from Odyssey Con, and marvel at the fall of Rocky Mountain Fur Con.
We were tight on time, so there’s not a lot of audience interaction – but we did remember to mock Arcemise.