On this (long delayed) episode of Nerd & Tie, we mourn the passing of Ursula K. Le Guin, ponder the bizarre internet campaign against Black Panther, contemplate American Gods getting a new showrunner, get mad at J.K. Rowling over her cowardice regarding Dumbledore’s sexuality, and get a kick over Solo: A Star Wars Story‘s alternate Chinese title.
We ended up recording this on a couple different nights due to technical difficulties, and there’s an important announcement about a change to the show’s format starting next episode.
The holidays have borked up our schedule a bit, but here we are with another episode of Nerd & Tie! On this go-round, we give you our spoiler-free review of The Last Jedi, talk about Disney’s impending purchase of Fox, get freaked out by the Alita: Battle Angel trailer, and contemplate the ramifications of the San Diego Comic-Con v. Salt Lake Comic Con verdict.
It’s super fun.
(Note: Some errors on Youtube have literally lost like ten minutes of time from this — so good luck. The audio version will be a much better experience)
The long awaited eighth episode in the Skywalker Saga, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, hit theaters this weekend. It’s Rian Johnson’s first foray into the “Galaxy far, far away,” and with him slated to create an entirely new trilogy on his own, there’s a lot on the line for this film.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we start by discussing how Nobuhiro Watsuki, creator of Rurouni Kenshin, has been charged with possession of child pornography. After we all feel gross for a few minutes, we move on to the details surrounding the Lord of the Rings television series in the works at Amazon, Rian Johnson tackling his own Star Wars trilogy, and convention chain Wizard World’s financial woes.
Oh, and we all went to Daisho Con, and it was awesome.
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.
On this episodes we celebrate Star Trek: Discovery‘s renewal, discuss Doctor Who‘s announced new companions, feel relief at the Han Solo movie finally having a title, get confused at the Settlers of Catan movie, and get elated that Constantine will get to be bisexual on Legends of Tomorrow.
Gen also went to Anime Fusion, and we discuss the differences between Wisconsin and Minnesota cons.
The weirdest thing about the Han Solo Star Wars anthology film hasn’t been the endless reshoots or replacing its directors most of the way through production. No, it’s been the fact that since day one we have had no friggin’ idea what to call this film. It’s less than a year from release, and there hasn’t been an official title for the project.
Well, that is until today.
Current director Ron Howard took to twitter today to announce that filming had wrapped on the movie, and in that video he revealed the film’s final name.
So yeah — they went with Solo: A Star Wars Story. It’s simple, to the point, and maybe a little “safe,” but it works. Maybe they could have come up with something better, but I for one will be happy to stop calling this “Untitled Han Solo Antology Film” in articles from hereon out.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is expected to hit theaters in May of next year.
We got the first trailer way back in April, but now Lucasfilm has finally given us a second tease for the forthcoming eighth entry in the Skywalker saga. That’s right, last night a new trailer for The Last Jedi dropped, and it’s amazing.
I could describe the contents of the trailer, or break down everything in it — but I think watching it cold is a much better experience. Let yourself be surprised, and just enjoy the thing. It’s pretty damned awesome.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15, 2017.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we review the first new episodes of Star Trek in over a decade with Star Trek: Discovery, tackle J.J. Abrams taking over Star Wars Episode IX, contemplate the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina coming to The CW, and then… well then we hit the con scene. In that corner, we have Anime Punch disbanding because their founder is now a convicted sex offender, and Rose City Comic Con is taking a stronger stance against Nazi cosplay.
Major waves hit the Star Wars universe last week when director Colin Trevorrow was effectively fired from co-writing and directing Episode IX. There has been a lot of speculation about who the studio would tap to replace the him with for the ultimate entry in the Skywalker Saga, and it appears we have an answer. Earlier today, Lucasfilm announced that none other than Episode VII The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams would return to complete the trilogy he started.
Abrams will also co-write the film with Chris Terrio. Abrams co-wrote The Force Awakens alongside Lawrence Kasdan, so I’m not terribly worried there. Terrio on the other hand, while having an academy award for the screenplay for Argo, also co-wrote Batman v Superman. So… it’s a mixed bag? On the upside, if Kathleen Kennedy doesn’t like what he rights, she’ll just can him too.
Is it the most ideal outcome? Maybe not. Finishing a story has never been JJ Abrams’s strong suit. I mean, I literally made a big deal about that during last night’s podcast. That said, Abrams has made movies that I love, while Trevorrow made a couple “movies I’m okay with.”
So I’m choosing to be optimistic.
Star Wars Episode IX is due out May 24, 2019 December 20, 2019.