heat prequel

Over a year ago, Michael Mann signed a deal to launch Michael Mann Books. On the list of priorities from the start was a prequel to Heat. Detective Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino), Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro), Chris Shihirlis (Val Kilmer), and Nate (Jon Voight), they’re all a part of the book along with other familiar characters. Mann is co-writing the prequel with Reed Farrel Coleman (“Where It Hurts“).

Below, learn more about the Heat prequel.

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Kong Skull Island Comic Book

This week brings the release of Skull Island: The Birth of Kong, a prequel comic that keys us into some of the events that happened before last month’s Kong: Skull Island. Since the new movie focusing on the giant ape just throws us into the mythic world of the island filled with monsters with little to no backstory, of course there’s a prequel story to be told that lets us know how Kong became king.

We live in a world where comic books have their trailers now, and the Kong Skull Island comic book trailer reveals some of the artwork that we’ll find in the pages of the comic that expands the mythology of what is being called Warner Bros.’ MonsterVerse. Watch the trailer below to see what’s in store. Read More »

Star Wars droids we're looking for stormtroopers

Earlier this week, a mysterious hashtag popped up online teasing something exciting having to do with Star Wars. The details behind #OperationBlueMilk have now been revealed, as Disney will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the saga with new stories centering on the weird background characters of the series.

Here’s the basic set-up: 40 stories written by dozens of writers, including Rouge One screenwriter Gary Whitta, famed comic book writer Paul Dini, Thrilling Adventure Hour creators Ben Acker & Ben Blacker, and more will soon be collected in one book. Get the details and the full list of authors below!

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Darth Vader Comic Book

Written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzucchelli and colored by Richmond Lewis, the comic book Batman: Year One follows the early crime-fighting career of The Dark Knight. Christopher Nolan’s film Batman Begins borrowed elements from that comic to tell the origin of Batman, and now Darth Vader will get a similar treatment in comic book form thanks to a new Marvel Comics series.

Writer Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli are working on a new ongoing Marvel Comics series that will follow Darth Vader. Marvel already published a comic series that followed Darth Vader during the time between Star Wars: A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, but this second series feels like it could be titled Darth Vader: Year One, providing insight into how Anakin Skywalker began to evolve into more machine than man after Revenge of the Sith.

Find out more about the new Marvel Darth Vader comic book series below. Read More »

Is This The Origin of The Knights of Ren?

Knights of Ren Origins

Here at /Film, most of us are more than casual fans of Star Wars. In addition to watching the movies, we try to absorb anything and everything regarding the Star Wars universe, and that includes the trilogy of books that began just before The Force Awakens was released in 2015. Chuck Wendig began the book series with Aftermath, continued with Aftermath: Life Debt and concluded with Aftermath: Empire’s End, which just hit shelves a few days ago.

Even though Aftermath: Empire’s End has only been on shelves for a few days, many fans have already devoured it, and they’ve found some interesting tidbits in addition to the main plot, which fills in the gaps between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens (including details on what characters like Lando Calrissian and Jar Jar Binks have been up to). Throughout the books, many believe there are hints as to the origins of the Knights of Ren, the dark side organization mentioned by Supreme Leader Snoke in The Force Awakens. Find out what new details Aftermath: Empire’s End offers on that front after the jump. Read More »

star wars inferno squad

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a big hit for Disney, and despite some of the actors having contracts for possible future film appearances, Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy has been adamant that we won’t get a sequel to this Star Wars standalone movie. Besides, the fates of many of the characters are pretty clearly spelled out in the film and, yes, Rogue One already has a sequel in the form of Star Wars: A New Hope.

But the Star Wars galaxy is a big open story, filled with chapters that Disney hopes to explore across various mediums. And today the company announced that a new book called Star Wars: Inferno Squad will take place immediately after the events of Rogue One. Hit the jump to learn more about Star Wars Inferno Squad.

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Han and Leia Break Up

Next week brings the arrival of Aftermath: Empire’s End, the third book in a new trilogy of Star Wars stories that help fill in the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The book series has done a fine job of giving us some details about what happened between the end of the last Star Wars trilogy and the beginning of a new one, introducing us to new characters while also revealing what characters like Han Solo, Leia Organa, and Chewbacca have been up to, and the latest book is no exception.

Aftermath: Empire’s End has already revealed an excerpt that taps us into what happened to Lando Calrissian after Return of the Jedi, and now more information about what Han Solo and Leia Organa have been up to will be featured in the book as well. In fact, the book shows us what may have led to the Han and Leia break up, despite having a child between them. Read More »

Aftermath Empire's End Details

Right around the time Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters in 2015, beginning a new film trilogy, a new Star Wars book trilogy was launched as well. The series began with Star Wars: Aftermath, continued with Aftermath: Life Debt, and concludes later this month with Aftermath: Empire’s End.

All of the Aftermath books are giving us insight into the events that happened between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The last one gave us some details on what Han Solo and Chewbacca have been up to, and now the final upcoming installment provides some insight into what happened to Lando Calrissian, as well as his sleek Cloud City, after he became a Rebel hero in the Battle of Endor.

Get the latest Aftermath Empire’s End details after the jump. Read More »

Guardians of the Whills book cover art

Earlier this week, we learned that Jyn Erso’s backstory would be explored in a new YA novel. And today we have yet another bit of Rogue One prequel news. Lucasfilm has announced that Chirut Imwe and Baze Malbus (played by Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen respectively in the film) will be getting their own standalone prequel novel titled Guardians of the Whills. Learn more after the jump.
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Rogue One Trailer Shot - Jyn Erso Tunnel

Before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hit screens, Del Rey released a prequel novel Rogue One: Catalyst which told the story of Galen Erso and Orson Krennic. That story takes place beginning during the Clone Wars up until Galen Erso and family escaped into hiding thanks to Saw Gerrera. As you know, Rogue One starts off four years later with Krennic discovering the family’s location on the planet Lah’mu. What we don’t see is the thirteen years in between that prologue scene and when we meet adult Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) in jail. But a new book will give us some insight into that Jyn Erso’s backstory.

Hit the jump to see the cover art, read an excerpt of the first couple chapters and learn more.

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