Disney Shakes Up Everything: May 2019 Edition

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, May 7, 2019

So a lot happened today.  Indiana Jones V is (as far as we know) still set for 2021, but Disney has delayed and announced a ton of movies with a few still yet-to-be announced.  Avatar 2 got pushed to 2021 with sequels every other year - so 2023, 2025, and 2027.  For those keeping track, that means Avatar 2 will be out 12 years after the first movie.  The time between Return of the  Jedi  and The Phantom Menace was 16 years.

3 unspecified Star Wars movies are now set for Christmas 2022, 2024, and 2026.  Marvel movies from Fox are also getting delayed, or possibly retooled or buried.  Click here for more from Variety.


Bob Iger Confirms - Too Much Star Wars

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, September 20, 2018

For the first time in ages, we have only one known Star Wars movie release date.   Disney CEO Bob Iger talks about the possibility of having too many movies in THR's feature "Bob Iger Talks Disney's Streaming Service, 'Roseanne,' James Gunn and a Coming 'Star Wars' "Slowdown."   A choice quote:

"I made the [annual Star Wars theatrical release] timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast. You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn't mean we're not going to make films. J.J. [Abrams] is busy making [Episode] IX. We have creative entities, including [Game of Thrones creators David] Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss, who are developing sagas of their own, which we haven't been specific about. And we are just at the point where we're going to start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.'s. But I think we're going to be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that."


Another Star Wars Film Series Announced

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Add another one to the list! posted Game of Thrones Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to Write and Produce a New Series of Star Wars Films.  The two TV creators are set to work on a new strain of story separate from the side-story films, Rian Johnson's trilogy, and most likely the original numbered saga.   More here.   No dates or specifics were given, but for those keeping track at home this means Lucasfilm has somewhere around 7 - if not more - feature-length movies between today and the indefinite future.


Solo: A Star Wars Story Teaser

By Adam Pawlus — Sunday, February 4, 2018

A New Star Wars Trilogy from Rian Johnson

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, November 9, 2017

You loved "Untitled Star Wars Project," now look forward to "Untitled Star Wars Trilogy!" and other outlets confirmed Rian Johnson, Writer-Director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, to Create All-New Star Wars Trilogy.  This means that the film saga under Disney has about 8 confirmed feature-length installments, including these new ones about.... something.  If nothing else we get the hint that Disney and Lucasfilm liked working with him, which bodes well for this December's movie.  Click here to read more.  Or feel free to begin commenting on speculation of what you'd like to see.  I want a crazy movie of aliens, droids, and suited-up people.


The Last The Last Jedi Teaser

By Adam Pawlus — Thursday, November 2, 2017

RIP John Mollo, Star Wars Costume Designer

By Adam Pawlus — Saturday, October 28, 2017

If you've ever picked up the classic, original trilogy-era sketchbooks and artbooks you no doubt recognize the name John Mollo.  He designed a lot of the costumes based on work from his own notes and other concept artists - he did a ton of great work that we all know and love as our action figures or in the movies themselves.  He died this weekend at 86.


Title Revealed - Solo: A Star Wars Story

By Adam Pawlus — Tuesday, October 17, 2017

3455 After years of speculation (and the toys being only 6 months away), Solo: A Star Wars Story has been revealed as the official title for 2018's Star Wars movie.

Trailer - Star Wars: The Last Jedi (October 2017)

By Adam Pawlus — Monday, October 9, 2017

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, 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, 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 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.