Han Solo Director Replacement

Yesterday brought the shocking news that directing duo Phil Lord & Chris Miller had been let go from the Star Wars spin-off focusing on a young Han Solo played by Alden Ehrenreich.

At first, only creative differences were cited, but since then we’ve heard more specific details about why the acclaimed and respecting directing team were removed from the project with three weeks of principal photography left on the schedule. The reasoning for a parting of the ways is said to be a clash in filmmaking style. The fast and loose, improvisational approach that Lord & Miller have compared to the more calculated and structured style that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter/executive producer Lawrence Kasdan never really met in the middle, and disagreements finally came to a head.

Now Lucasfilm has to find a new director quickly as the studio hopes to be back in production by July 10 (or so we’ve heard), and while Ron Howard is said to be the frontrunner, with names like Joe Johnston and Lawrence Kasdan himself also in consideration, we have a list of filmmakers that we’d like to see finish the Han Solo movie instead.

Check out our own Han Solo director replacement candidates after the jump. Read More »

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Despite being the most successful video game movie of all time, it doesn’t seem like Duncan Jones‘ film adaptation of the mega-popular game Warcraft is going to be getting a sequel – even though one was briefly teased by the movie’s official Chinese social media account last year. There’s still a tiny sliver of possibility, but in case Jones never gets the opportunity to tell his follow-up story, he told a group of fans last night about his plans for what his version of Warcraft 2 would have been about.
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Green Lantern Sterling K. Brown

Of all the films on the upcoming DCEU slate, Green Lantern Corps might be the most mysterious. Yes, it’s got a release date — and, as of last week, screenwriters — but not much more than that. We don’t know who’ll direct it, who’ll star, or what the story will be.

In the absence of any concrete information, then, let’s engage in the time-honored traditions of wishful thinking and wild speculation. First up, actor Sterling K. Brown has also noticed Green Lantern Corps has yet to cast any leads, and would like to throw his hat into the ring. And next, director Duncan Jones — who, to be very clear, is not officially associated with the film in any way that we know of — has some thoughts on how to make the story interesting.  Read More »

mute first look

We first heard about Duncan JonesMute back in 2009, shortly after he had finished blowing us all away with his stunning science fiction debut, Moon. Since then, Jones has helmed two other movies, the very good Source Code and the noble misfire Warcraft, but his Berlin-set sci-fi noir has always hovered in the margins of every news post. When was he finally going to get around to making this one?

Then things started to come together. Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, and Justin Theroux joined the film. Moon composer Clint Mansell hopped on board. And then shooting started, with Netflix signing on to release the film straight to their streaming service at some point in 2017. Now, the first images from the film have arrived as the final piece of evidence: yes, Mute is actually happening. Finally and for real.

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justin theroux mute the leftovers

After years of false starts and delays and frequent updates from director Duncan Jones, the science fiction noir Mute finally starting shooting late last month. However, it turns out that the spiritual sequel to Moon didn’t have every single piece in place quite yet, as Justin Theroux has now joined the cast.

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Duncan Jones’ ‘Mute’ Will Get Netflix Release

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Duncan JonesMute was one of those projects I have been writing and thinking about for years, which I cynically never expected to come to fruition. Kind of like Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds or Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. I’m so excited that Mute is finally filming and we’ll be able to see the science fiction noir soon. But where will we be able to see it, and who is fronting the movie? Netflix. Learn more details about the Mute Netflix release, after the jump.

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This Is How ‘Moon’ and ‘Mute’ Are Connected

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Yesterday, we were pleased to report Duncan Jones will finally start shooting Mute next week. The director was hoping to make the Berlin-set sci-fi movie his directorial debut, but he spent years struggling to get it financed. During those years, though, he met Sam Rockwell, who read Mute when Jones was aiming to make it his first movie. The director wanted the actor to play the villain, but Rockwell was interested in another role. They couldn’t agree on which part he was right for, but that meeting ultimately led to Moon, which will be referenced in Mute.

When the director tweeted yesterday that the two films are related, some people were left wondering how, but for the past few years, Jones has been discussing a Mute and Moon connection, and a part of it is the Sam Rockwell. Below, learn more about that cameo and the potential Moon-iverse.

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Director Duncan Jones Starts Shooting ‘Mute’ Next Week

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Mute has been a longtime passion project for Duncan Jones. The director wanted to make the Berlin-set sci-fi film, which he co-wrote with Michael Robert Johnson, his directorial debut, but it got put on hold for Moon. Still struggling to get Mute financed, Jones then made Source Code his sophomore effort. Then he went on to direct Warcraft. But before his video game adaptation opened in theaters, it was announced Alexander Skarsgård and Paul Rudd would star in Mute. The two actors will enter Berlin circa 2046 soon because Duncan Jones’ film finally begins shooting next week.

Below, learn more about Mute.

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Why ‘Warcraft’ Will Never Have a Director’s Cut

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Duncan Jones‘ first cut of Warcraft was two hours and forty minutes long. Around the time of the film’s release, the director made it sound like most of what was cut was removed for good reason, but there were some trims made that possibly weakened the film. We’ll see some of these extended/deleted scenes on the Blu-ray next month, but any World of Warcraft fans hoping to one day purchase an extended version of the fantasy film are sadly out of luck.

Below, learn why you’ll never see a Warcraft director’s cut. Read More »

mute composer

I’ve gone on the record about not being a particularly big fan of Warcraft, but that doesn’t change the fact that I still believe in Duncan Jones. After all, how could you possibly write off the man who made Moon and Source Code? And for its many faults, Warcraft is still a work of passion that is too weird to be dismissed completely.

So I’m choosing to look to the future and toward Mute, the science fiction noir Jones has been teasing since 2009, when it was supposed to be his sophomore feature. Although this project isn’t an a direct sequel to Moon, it is apparently set in the same near-future world. So of course Jones would re-team with composer Clint Mansell, who wrote the score for Moon.

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