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J.J. Abrams Replaces Colin Trevorrow on Star Wars Episode IX

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Addendum - I neglected to note earlier, the movie was delayed to December 2019.  Previously, it was late May 2019.  Unless the Han Solo movie gets delayed as well - and I can't assume it won't - it would be the only Disney-era movie to be released in May so far.

In what can only be called a safe choice, StarWars.com posted the article J.J. Abrams to Write and Direct Star Wars: Episode IX.   Colin Trevorrow was recently ousted from the film, one of at least four projects encountering significant upheaval in the Star Wars universe over the last decade.   Surely there's a non-disclosure agreement keeping us from knowing the full details of what happened here - or Josh Trank's movie, or Star Wars Detours, or the Han Solo film which is supposedly coming out in 8 months and has no name or no trailer - but I look forward to eventually hearing the full story on this tumultuous era of Star Wars.

Director Colin Trevorrow Out for Episode IX

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Because things are fine, StarWars.com posted A Statement Regarding Star Wars: Episode IX.  Director Colin Trevorrow is out, after directing Jurassic World and Safety Not Guaranteed (largely positive) and the new Book of Henry (largely negative.)  A key quote:

"Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ."

No new director is known, but at this point I'd start putting money in big names and former Lucasfilm collaborators.

Ron Howard to Assume Directorial Duties on the Untitled Han Solo Film

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, June 22, 2017

That was fast.   He of Willow and Happy Days is back, so says StarWars.com with Ron Howard to Assume Directorial Duties on the Untitled Han Solo Film.  The release date remains unchanged - May 25, 2018 - and part of that official announcement is as follows:

Lucasfilm is pleased to announce that Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard has been named director of the untitled Han Solo film.

Han Solo: An Untitled Star Wars Story's Directors Quit/Fired/Leave For Some Reason

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Han Solo directors are out?  Not much is known, other than this "A Message from Lucasfilm Regarding the Untitled Han Solo Film" post in which Lucasfilm says:

The untitled Han Solo film will move forward with a directorial change.

“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,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Official Teaser

By Adam Pawlus — Friday, April 14, 2017

New Han Solo Movie Shooting Now

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Posted by director Chris Miller, on Twitter, we see that filming has commenced on the first and also untitled Han Solo anthology film.  Its working title is "Red Cup"  as in Solo will no doubt inspire new waves of fan merchandise. (I'd buy a Red Cup logo shirt.)   The film is supposedly slated for May 2018 but it would not surprise me if that moved.

StarWars.com Reveals Episode VIII Title, Apparently It Has Jedi In It

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, January 23, 2017

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Today is the day!  StarWars.com reveals Episode 8 title, and now let's all hope this means the packaging templates are being updated as the first stuff will be in your grubby little hands in about 8 months.

Rumor Time: 4K Star Wars for Theatrical Rerelease?

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, January 1, 2017

If it's true, 2017 is looking up already!  As a possibly 40th Anniversary present, check out this article: "4K Theatrical Restoration of the True Original “Star Wars” possible for 2017."  A choice quote:

"According to recent comments made by Rogue One director Gareth Edwards, a 4K restoration of Star Wars Episode IV “A New Hope” does indeed exist and now the only real question is whether or not the cleaned up and sharpened version of the movie will be hitting the big screen once again."

New Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, November 10, 2016

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer #2

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, October 13, 2016

Star Wars - The Original (1997) Trilogy Returns to Theaters Once More

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, April 12, 2016

While you're all coming down off the high of the Rogue One trailer and the recent news that Ben Affleck is bringing you a new Batman movie, how about checking out movies you've got memorized?  The 1997 cuts of the Star Wars Trilogy - that is, the Special Editions - are coming to theaters, briefly, for the May the Fourth Be With You campaign at Alamo Draft House theaters.  I'm not quite sure of the date, it would be handy if they included such things in the name of the promotion.  Click here for dates and deets.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Teaser Trailer

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, April 7, 2016

You Almost Had More Captain Eo in Star Wars

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, July 23, 2015

While we don't normally post movie-related dirt here, this blurb has been going around and was just too good to not share.   Michael Jackson has had his eye on a lot of things, one of which was apparently the role of Jar Jar Binks.   (So says Ahmed Best.)  This video on Vice has a bit about it, and apparently - assuming this is not an elaborate joke - the singer wanted to do it as practical effects.   It certainly sounds like it's trying to troll fans, but there were so many bizarre stories, true or otherwise, out of the prequels that it's certainly worth contemplating the possibility.

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2018 - Star Wars Han Solo Movie

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, July 7, 2015

In what feels like an increasingly implausible thing to say, another Star Wars movie was announced today!  This one has no final title yet, but will be released May 25, 2018.  According to StarWars.com the new film will be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller - scribes of The LEGO Movie and the spectacular Fox TV series, The Last Man on Earth.   The writing will be done by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan.  And the focus of this new Star Wars anthology film?  A young Han Solo.

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You Won't Believe Who Just Quit Star Wars

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, May 3, 2015

Someone you don't know exited a movie you don't know anything about.  According to a report on StarWars.com, director Josh Trank is no longer associated with the upcoming Star Wars side-movie.   Josh Trank is also associated with this year's Fantastic Four movie.  Coincidence?

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