Indiana Jones 5

In news that should surprise absolutely no one, Disney has no plans to end the Indiana Jones franchise after the upcoming fifth film. They may, however, have plans to reboot it. CEO Bob Iger says while we shouldn’t expect a Star Wars-style Indiana Jones universe, the series might head in a new “direction.”

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. At the moment, Disney is still developing Indiana Jones 5. The studio has already announced that Steven Spielberg will be back to direct, with Harrison Ford starring and John Williams scoring. Now we’ve learned that George Lucas will be back as well, serving as an executive producer.  Read More »

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The Walt Disney Company had their annual shareholder meeting this morning in Chicago. A lot of it had to do with boring financials, which is beyond the coverage of this site. But Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger did show off a bunch of clips from upcoming Disney films including Star Wars: Rogue One, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, the live-action Beauty and the Beast and the next Pirates of the Caribbean film. A /Film reader in attendance has sent me a rundown of what he saw, read about it after the jump.

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Marvel Movies Forever

If you’re getting sick of superhero movies and sequels to even more superhero movies, we have some bad news. But if you’ll never stop being thirsty for seeing characters from the pages of comic books head to the big screen, then we have the best news. As of now there are Marvel Studios movies scheduled for release through 2019, but Disney is planning on releasing plenty more movies in the Marvel cinematic universe long after that. How long? For-ev-er. Read More »

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Tl;dr: Every movie franchise you ever loved is coming back, and so are some you never really cared for in the first place. After the jump:

  • Edgar Ramirez thinks there will be more Point Breaks.
  • Yes, another Indiana Jones movie is coming. Eventually.
  • Quentin Tarantino makes more noises about a Kill Bill 3.
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 unveils a new poster.
  • Will The Conjuring 2 reference The Amityville Horror?
  • A new Fantastic Beasts image is all about the No-Maj.
  • Plus, new photos from Inferno and Kung Fu Panda 3.

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The Force Awakens final cut

Ever since Disney purchased Lucasfilm, many fans of the galaxy far, far away have been worried about the House of Mouse corrupting the sci-fi saga they love so much, as if all the merchandising done previously hadn’t already vigorously milked the cash cow. Thankfully, director J.J. Abrams has good news for concerned fans as he says the studio is “not trying to Disney-fy” our beloved Star Wars.

In a recent talk for Vanity Fair, Abrams sat down with Apple designer Jony Ive for a conversation moderated by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer. Some interesting details on the future franchise surfaced, including that the director has control over Star Wars: The Force Awakens final cut. Read More »

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits we’ll take a look at the following:

  • The date and location of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens world premiere
  • The Disney logo/fanfare will not play before Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Is the rumor that Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t screen early for press a bad sign?
  • What color lightsaber would Benicio del Toro have?
  • Star Wars producer Simon Kinberg on secrets, strong female characters and Bob Iger‘s involvement.
  • R2 Builders have launched the BB-8 Builders Club
  • And the above art is Niel Brady’s submission to the Star Wars Art Awakens fan art contest.

All that and more in today’s Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump to hyperspace!
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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Have the current Disneyland Star Wars Land plans been rejected by the Disney board?
  • Disney head Bob Iger tries to temper huge box office expectations for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • Exclusive extras to come with Star Wars Battlefront and Star Wars Disney Infinity bundles at select retailers.
  • Simon Kinberg describes how the brain trust plots the new Star Wars films
  • TOYS “R” US will host a Midnight “Force Friday” Celebration
  • The header image is a Star Wars: The Force Awakens Apoca Star Destroyer on Jakku created by KevFett2011 with 12,000 lego bricks
  • Possible Spoilers: A new rumor claims an iconic Star Wars character might be getting a Force Awakens action figure — even if this is true, does it mean anything for the film?

All this and more, after the jump.

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LEGO Star Wars

I’ve outrun Imperial starships. Not the local bulk cruisers mind you, I’m talking about the big Star Wars Bits now. Here’s the updates we have from a galaxy far, far away this time:

  • Are three live-action Star Wars shows planned for Netflix?
  • Bob Iger has already seen The Force Awakens…mostly.
  • Simon Pegg talks his experience on The Force Awakens set.
  • Game of Thrones actors in The Force Awakens confirmed?
  • New LEGO Star Wars photography book coming in November.
  • Gary Whitta talks Star Wars: Rogue One writing process.
  • J.J. Abrams on pressure of directing The Force Awakens.

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Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World Follow-up

Many people have wondered how Colin Trevorrow ended up directing Jurassic World. I loved his indie dramedy Safety Not Guaranteed when I saw it at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival (you can read my Sundance review here) but even I didn’t expect that film to launch his career as the director of a mega sequel/reboot the size of Jurassic World.

So how did that happen? The answer might surprise you — Colin Trevorrow got the job after a chain reaction that began with director Brad Bird turning down Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read the whole Jurassic World Star Wars connection story after the jump.

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