News and Updates From Around The Web
It was Lucasfilm’s turn at the Disney investor day conference and there was more news and reveals than you could throw a lightsaber at.
Next up, two new series were announced with both taking place in around the same time period as “The Mandalorian” (several years after “Return of the Jedi”). One is “Ahsoka,” a series starring Rosario Dawson as fan favorite character Ahsoka Tano which Dawson brought into live-action form recently on “The Mandalorian”. The other is “Rangers of the New Republic” – an original series but specifics there are unknown. Both new series will be overseen by Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau.
That’s not all though. Another new series announcement was “Lando,” a series about Lando Calrissian with “Dear White People” creator Justin Simien in early development of the show.
Then there’s the new series “The Acolyte,” a female led mystery-thriller that will “take viewers into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging dark-side powers in the final days of the High Republic era.” That hails from “Russian Doll” creator Leslye Headland.
There’s also “Star Wars: Visions,” an original series of animated short films celebrating this universe through the lens of the world’s best Japanese anime creators with that coming in 2021.
Next comes “A Droid Story”, an adventure film with Lucasfilm Animation and Industrial Light & Magic teaming to create that. The “epic journey will introduce us to a new hero guided by R2-D2 and C-3PO”.
Finally two clips were shown with first looks at the animated “The Bad Batch” series and “Andor,” and a featurette on the Cassian Andor TV series on the way.
The second season premiere of “The Mandalorian” last week ended on a surprise appearance, not unlike the series premiere with its first Baby Yoda appearance.
Today, Deadline reports that no matter what happens across the rest of this season, a “Boba Fett” TV series may not only be in the works but could be coming sooner than you think – in fact it might be shooting as early as next week.
The trade claims there’s confusion over shooting dates on the third season of “The Mandalorian” due to the level of secrecy in the Lucasfilm camp. One explanation is another Mandalorian-related project like a possible Boba Fett miniseries, is coming first with a late November/early December start while the third season of “Mandalorian” will begin filming early next year.
It’s not clear how Fett’s involvement will play out on the second season of “The Mandalorian” as yet so what the series could cover is not clear.
Warner Bros. Animation has revealed its lineup of DC animated features for 2021 as part of a panel for their newest title “Superman: Man of Tomorrow” which was released digitally this past weekend.
Then, spread across the back half of 2021, will come a two-part animated adaptation of one of the most celebrated Batman storylines of all time – “Batman: The Long Halloween”.
Each part will be released a few months apart (one in the Summer, one in the Fall) and nicely service the launch of Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” in October 2021, a film which seems to take a bit of influence from that comic story and its follow-up “Dark Victory”.
Source: Superhero Hype
Sony Pictures has acquired the film rights to AfterShock Comics’ new title “The Kaiju Score” with plans to adapt it into a feature film to be co-produced with Escape Artists.
The story follows the most dangerous heist ever attempted where four desperate criminals are going all-in on a once-in-a-lifetime chance to steal millions in art and turn their miserable lives around.
The catch? They have to pull it off under the nose of a one thousand-ton kaiju. And a giant monster might just be the least of their problems.
Writer James Patrick (“Death Comes to Dillinger,” “The Monsters of Jimmy Crumb”) and artist Rem Broo (“The End Times of Bram and Ben”) created the comic while Tony Shaw, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Lee Kramer and Jon Kramer will produce the film.
From Warner Bros. Pictures comes “The Batman,” with director Matt Reeves (the “Planet of the Apes” films) at the helm and with Robert Pattinson (“Tenet,” “The Lighthouse,” “Good Time”) starring as Gotham City’s vigilante detective, Batman, and billionaire Bruce Wayne.
Also in the star-studded ensemble as Gotham’s famous and infamous cast of characters are Zoë Kravitz (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” “Mad Max: Fury Road”) as Selina Kyle; Paul Dano (“Love & Mercy,” “12 Years a Slave”) as Edward Nashton; Jeffrey Wright (the “Hunger Games” films) as the GCPD’s James Gordon; John Turturro (the “Transformers” films) as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard (“The Magnificent Seven,” “Black Mass”) as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Barry Keoghan (“Dunkirk”) as Officer Stanley Merkel; Jayme Lawson (“Farewell Amor”) as mayoral candidate Bella Reál; with Andy Serkis (the “Planet of the Apes” films, “Black Panther”) as Alfred; and Colin Farrell (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Dumbo”) as Oswald Cobblepot.
“The Batman” was written by Matt Reeves & Peter Craig. Reeves and Dylan Clark (the “Planet of the Apes” films) are producing the film, with Simon Emanuel, Michael E. Uslan, Walter Hamada and Chantal Nong Vo serving as executive producers. Reeves’ behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-nominated director of photography Greig Fraser (“Lion,” upcoming “Dune”); his “Planet of the Apes” production designer, James Chinlund; editors William Hoy (the “Planet of the Apes” films) and Tyler Nelson (“Rememory”); Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Dan Lemmon (“The Jungle Book”); Oscar-nominated SFX supervisor Dominic Tuohy (“1917,” “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker”); Oscar-nominated sound mixer Stuart Wilson (“1917,” the “Star Wars” franchise); Oscar-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran (“1917,” “Little Women,” “Anna Karenina”) and costume designers Glyn Dillon (the “Star Wars” franchise) and David Crossman (“1917,” the “Star Wars” franchise); hair designer Zoe Tahir (upcoming “No Time to Die,” “Spectre”); and Oscar-nominated makeup designer Naomi Donne (“1917”).
Based on characters from DC. Batman was created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. “The Batman” is set to open in theaters October 1, 2021 in select 3D and 2D and IMAX theaters and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Yesterday I received the heart breaking news that a very close friend of mine, Jason Graham, had passed away. Some of you might of know Jason from his Lamentations of the Grognard column here on the site. But my adventures with him started 36 years ago.
Jason and I first met in 7th grade art class. It was there that he introduced me to the game Dungeons and Dragons. We spent most of our time in that class either playing, creating characters, planning campaigns, or painting miniatures. Somehow we managed to get passing grades for being creative. He introduced me into a world that said don’t be ashamed to be a geek. He helped me to open my eyes and change my point of view on my life.
Jason moved away later in the year and we didn’t meet up again until we were in our 30’s. That initial meet up was great. It was like we were never apart. We spent hours catching up and geeking out. It was like that everytime we got together and it eventually lead to him being a writer on this site.
Jason was an extremely passionate and intelligent man. He had a big heart and a love for D&D to match. It was easy to get pulled into his world. And once you were there you never wanted to leave. He changed my life. A lot of who I am today was thanks to him. It’s a debt I could never repay, no matter how hard I might try.
I regret the years we were apart and the times I couldn’t join any of his campaigns. But I will remember the 24hr day we spent sitting next to each other at 4 Color Fantasies making our artists lives horrible. I will also remember the 12hr D&D session we spent with our friends having an awesome campaign that left my character in limbo, still waiting to be revived. And who can forget his Mead.
Jason was a writer, web designer, world creator, Dungeon Master, brewer, father, husband, singer, HP Lovecraft addict, and mad genius. But most importantly he was my friend. I will miss him dearly.
I hope he’s up there giving Gary Gygax lessons on how to DM and having the campaign of ages.