Monday, May 11, 2020

Boba Fett Returns for The Mandalorian Season 2

For long time fans of the Star Wars Extended Universe, Boba Fett surviving the sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi was part of canon for decades. However, when Abrams couldn't be bothered with the EU so Disney shut it down entirely, that survival became an unknown again. Assumed because Disney isn't going to leave that character unused, but that survival was no longer canon. Until now.

The fan favorite character is joining The Mandalorian season 2 and will be played by a familiar face. Temuera Morrison will play the character. He was the same actor that played Jango Fett in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. Keep in mind all clones were based on Jango and that Boba Fett himself is actually a clone that was raised by Jango as a son. As a result the return of Morrison to Star Wars make perfect sense. The role is considered small for the series but once he appears on screen, the possibilities for the character (and likely books, comics, etc to follow) will be endless.

Monday, May 4, 2020

May the 4orce Brings Star Wars Movie News

Happy May the 4th! While the celebration was muted due to Coronavirus, it did come with the finale of The Clone Wars and movie news. StarWars.com revealed that Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit) will direct a Star Wars movie. He will also co-write it with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917). There is no story plans, date or other details revealed other then its in the works. Considering the high level of mis-management of the movies by Kathleen Kennedy with directors replaced on more than half their projects (only JJ Abrams has gone unscathed), I wouldn't get too attached to this current plan until at least half-way through the movie production. I would say the most optimistic estimate for a release for the movie is late 2022.

On the cartoon front, now that The Clone Wars and Rebels is done, something needs to fill the creative vacuum. It seems Disney's plan is for Leslye Headland (Russian Doll) to create that new series for Disney+. Considering the average TV cartoon takes at least a year to turnaround from concept to final product, this new series is unlikely to premiere until at least Fall 2021, if not later.

Speaking of Disney+, the entire Star Wars movie and TV library is now on the channel instead of separated across streaming services. Good news if have a subscription, bad if don't. Welcome to the new normal of multiple streaming services that do not share their IP to their now streaming competitors.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Mandalorian Season 2 Premieres in October

As part of their earnings call, Disney revealed when the seasons of the new shows on Disney+ will premiere. The main highlights is The Mandalorian season 2 will premiere in October. The other debuts will be The Falcon and Winter Soldier in August and WandaVision in December. No other Star Wars news was revealed. On Marvel front, there remains unscheduled the premieres of Loki, What If... cartoon, Hawkeye, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, and Ms. Marvel.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Game of Thrones Duo Drops Out of Star Wars Trilogy

Hot off ending Game of Thrones to (mostly) critical acclaim, the writing duo David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were supposed to create the next Star Wars trilogy to follow after conclusion of the Skywalker Saga starting in 2022. Shortly after that they also signed a $100,000,000 plus figure deal with Netflix to create for the streaming service. Apparently the battle of the mega bucks was too much as the pair announced "There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects. So we are regretfully stepping away [from Star Wars]."

While money usually is a root cause of most things Hollywood, I can't help but wonder if cold feet played a part. Fans have had their doubts the team could produce an interesting Star Wars trilogy considering what Game of Thrones became once they left the guidance of George R.R. Martin's books with a focus on amazing visuals bound by mostly cliched story lines and predictable character arcs. Which to be fair is a writing style that is actually perfect for Star Wars. Then again even a cursory glance at their IMDB writing credits like X-Men Origins: Wolverine (the one that somehow got Deadpool wrong), Troy, and Gemini Man doesn't exactly instill confidence in even that low bar. End result is if you are a fan of the duo, Netflix will be your source for something at some point in the future. Until then, it looks like Lucasfilm is on the hunt for someone else to take the reigns. Good luck to whoever next enters the Star Wars gauntlet (but no, just no, to JJ Abrams as he had his shot and didn't take it).

The Mandalorian Final Trailer

With the premiere of Disney+ just a touch over 2 weeks away, they have released the final trailer for The Mandalorian that will start streaming with the service on November 12.