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.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker D23 Teaser

Took a few days but Disney released its teaser from D23 Expo for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The first half of it is quick moments from the previous episodes in order of box office release, not episode order for some reason. The second half is almost all new scenes that look great but really can't read much into them. Except the final bit with Rey and her double-blade. That screams force dream.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Star Wars Mandarlorian Trailer, New Skywalker Poster, Obi-Wan Series and Other News

This weekend D23 Expo (D for Disney + year of founding in 1923) was held in Anaheim, California. Disney used that time to show off a bunch of news about various Disney properties and Disney+ plans. On the Star Wars front its pretty straight-forward but light on details. Here are the main things:

- Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7 comes February 2020 on Disney+. The 12 episode series will show the near end of the Clone Wars and so final time period of the Jedi including the Siege of Mandalore.

- New The Mandalorian trailer below. Series set five years after Return of the Jedi (remember the EU of previous 30 years was trash-canned). The series will debut on Disney+ on November 12.

- Obi-Wan TV series set for Disney+. Ewan McGregor will reprise his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi. This series is retooled from the planned movie but Han Solo's box office failure caused Disney to put the brakes on future movies. No other detail were released.

- New Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker poster (below). A featurette was shown but not posted online. Just quick glimpses of characters, quick shot of Rey and Kylo fighting, and later Rey holding a dual-bladed red lightsaber.

- Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge expansion will include "Star Wars: Galactic Star Cruiser" which is a Star Wars themed hotel in a starship shape. It will have activities and designs to create an "emmersive experience" including windows that look out into space. As for pricing, well a cabin for five starts at $3,300.