fan backlash

The fan outrage around Rian Johnson‘s direction of Star Wars: The Last Jedi has become so torrid that directors who have nothing to do with Star Wars are starting to get roped in. Or, perhaps out of some noble Jedi instinct, they’re stepping in to defend the director from the fan backlash that has been going on for more than six (!) months now.

James Mangold, who has a pretty good standing within the geek community for helming the terrific Logan and scoring an Oscar nomination for it, is the latest to chime in to tell fans to just…chill. But he has more to say than just “calm down” — Mangold warns that if fans take their extreme backlash too far, it could result in their worst fears coming true. Read More »

star wars spin-offs

Update: A new report suggests that the Star Wars spin-offs aren’t quite as dead previously rumored. We’ve added the new details below.

Here’s some interesting news from a galaxy far, far away: a new report claims that the Star Wars Story spin-off movies are being put on hold at Lucasfilm. Rian Johnson’s planned trilogy and the Game of Thrones creators’ series of movies are still in the works, but the long-awaited Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone movie and the planned Boba Fett film are reportedly on ice…for now. Read More »

It’s the movie news that demanded an emergency podcast last week: Boba Fett is apparently locked in for his own Star Wars spin-off, to be directed and co-written by James Mangold. The Fett film had long been rumored, so for many fans, the bigger surprise probably came from seeing Mangold’s name attached to the project. However, the news makes perfect sense if you consider Mangold’s filmography.

It may not be outwardly apparent just from scanning the list of movies he’s made, but when you focus in on his best work, it becomes clear that Mangold is a filmmaker who draws great inspiration from a genre whose heyday has largely passed: namely, the Western. If the American Western is a fable in the same way that Star Wars is a fairy tale, then throughout his career, Mangold has consistently been able to reimagine that fable in new film settings. This is what makes him such a good match for a space western about everyone’s favorite Mandalorian bounty hunter.

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Boba Fett movie

Boba Fett is getting his own Star Wars Anthology film, and Disney and Lucasfilm have tapped Logan director James Mangold to write and direct. A Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is also in development, but you knew that already. More on the Boba Fett movie below.  Read More »

ford vs ferrari actors

James Mangold‘s untitled Ford vs. Ferrari movie is starting to kick into gear. Two A-listers are circling the lead roles in the film following the battle for dominance between the two motor companies at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship.

Matt Damon and Christian Bale are reportedly interested in playing the lead roles in the Logan director’s next project. But no, they won’t be playing “Ford” and “Ferrari,” respectively. Read More »

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the force movie

The Logan team of James Mangold and Scott Frank are getting together again for The Force. The film is based on the novel by Don Winslow about a team of corrupt NYPD cops. More on The Force movie below.

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Logan director James Mangold‘s new movie is finally taking shape. The filmmaker will helm the true story of the battle between designers at Ford and Ferrari to create the world’s fastest race car. Vroom vroom! More on James Mangold’s new movie below.

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James Mangold post-credits scenes

Post-credit scenes have become a big deal for comic book film fans, but there’s one comic book movie director who wants no part of them. Logan filmmaker James Mangold recently took some time to express his thoughts on the post-credit craze, and let’s just say he didn’t pull any punches.

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Patty Hearst biopic

20th Century Fox has decided to not move forward with Logan director James Mangold‘s biopic about Patty Hearst, the publishing empire heiress whose abduction and subsequent joining of the Symbionese Liberation Army rocked the country. Read More »

Greatest Showman Reshoots

After the scope of the new musical The Greatest Showman became a bit too large for filmmaker Michael Gracey, Logan director (and veteran Hugh Jackman collaborator) James Mangold came to the rescue for a week of reshoots. Mangold also helped edit the film, and ended up with an executive producer credit. More info on the Greatest Showman reshoots is below.

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