J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars Episode IX

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    I was about to send in my demo reel to see if I could direct it. I mean, my schedule’s pretty open here. [LINK]
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    Disney and Lucasfilm are turning to a familiar face to take the helm of “Star Wars: Episode IX” following the exit of former director Colin Trevorrow.

    J.J. Abrams, who helped reboot the franchise with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” has landed the directing job, Variety has learned. He will also co-write the film with Chris Terrio, according to a press release on StarWars.com.

    Trevorrow and Disney could not see eye-to-eye in regards to the script of the last installment in this latest “Star Wars” trilogy, sources say, and decided to part ways before getting further along in pre-production. The plan was to begin production by February 2018, but even if Abrams agreed to come back as director, meeting that start point still seems like a challenge.

    Lucasfilm and Disney have still had an issue with directors, dating back to when Tony Gilroy had to step in to shoot a significant amount of footage for “Rogue One” before its release. The studio has also fired Josh Trank from a standalone “Star Wars” pic and moved on from Lord and Miller, even though the film was far from done shooting.

    I wonder how many more of these incidents there’ll be before the balancing act between “it’ll make my career if I direct a Star Wars movie” and “it’ll ruin my career if I get booted off of the Star Wars movie I’m directing” starts tilting solidly toward self/career preservation instead of prestige? Because a really questionable track record is shaping up here.


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    Aaaaaaand suddenly Episode IX is a December film again. [LINK]

    Disney and Lucasfilm have pushed the release date of “Star Wars: Episode IX” from May 24, 2019 to Dec. 20, 2019.

    Variety reported that Disney had already been looking to push production from February to June and that the release date would likely move even after how quickly the studio found a replacement director.

    Disney has replaced the film on the release schedule with the live-action film “Aladdin” directed by Guy Ritchie, which will now open on May 24.

    Not sure about anyone else, but I’ve gotten used to Star Wars being a Christmas thing now. I mean, it kind of always was.


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    Not sure about anyone else, but I’ve gotten used to Star Wars being a Christmas thing now. I mean, it kind of always was.

    Not me, man. Star Wars was always a pre-summer thing for me. When they put the Force Awakens on a December release I was “WTF??!! That’s not right.” I will NEVER get used to it being a December release.

    At least the Han Solo movie will be in May…until there is a falling out between the Ron Howard and Disney and they delay it until December. 🙁

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    Haven’t got a clue what it’s about. And very little desire to ever watch another Star Wars movie. I might see it just to see what Abrams retcons from the last shitshow of a movie. The Rise of Skywalker? Will Kylo Ren go to the light side? Will he get married to Mary Sue (otherwise known as Rey) and they churn out a bunch of Skywalker kids to yet again “bring balance to the Force” in a way that shows that the screenwriters don’t fundamentally understand the concepts they’re writing about?

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    I finally watched “The Rise of Skywalker” on Blu-Ray earlier this week. Of the nine Star Wars episodes, it is the only one I never saw in the theater. I can’t say why, exactly. A feeling it was not theater-worthy? Or just a lack of interest in going to a theater? Well, no, I saw 1917 in the theater (the last movie I saw in the theater). Whatever the reason, I just didn’t gather the energy to go to the theater to watch it.

    I had the Blu-Ray at least 7-8 months but it just sat there next to my PS3 begging me to play it. I decided a couple months ago to watch the full series in numerical order. I struggled through episodes I-III, saw the original trilogy twice (first was the original theatrical version on VCR tape and then the special edition on DVD), and then stopped. At least a month went by before I started the final trilogy. I finally watched “The Force Awakens”, waited a couple days and pressed forwared with the “Last Jedi” followed immediately by the “rise” movie. I watched about half of it, got bored, went to bed, and finished it the next day.

    Here is my brief review:

    10 PRINT “Retcon much?”
    20 PRINT “Deus Ex Machina much?”
    30 GOTO 10

    Seriously, that movie was a mess. It starts with a WTF moment at the very beginning of the opening crawl. Emperor Palpatine suddenly pops up out of nowhere with no hint of his presence in any of the earlier movies? Retcon in the first seconds of the movie? Ouch. And then he pulls this huge fleet out of his A**? Each ship armed with a planet killer gun? WTH? I’m exhausted. And that was only after the first few minutes. I don’t have the energy to rant about what’s wrong with this movie.

    I was unable to find a thread reviewing the movie (maybe I didn’t look hard enough?) This is the only thread I could find that came even close to reviewing or discussing the content of the movie. Maybe the rest of you felt the same way? Just meh. I had warmer thoughts about the Solo movie, which was also a mess.

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    The Star Wars movies were the last movies ripped in my existing library. Not so surprisingly, the last movie was Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. No, I didn’t acquire any titles after that. And, to make matters something (because better or worse doesn’t work here), I have no desire to find those titles.


    “All parts should go together without forcing. You must remember that the parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore, if you can’t get them together again, there must be a reason. By all means, do not use a hammer.” —IBM Manual, 1925

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    As I’ve said before, I really, really like The Last Jedi. It dares to subvert some fannish expectations and tell its own story, and – admittedly somewhat clumsily – it’s trying to do a lot of lifting in setting up the rest of the universe for later installments to mine (i.e. the somewhat over-long detour to Canto Bight, and the revelation that arms/vehicle dealers are fueling both sides of the war between the Rebellion and the First Order, which is probably what they did back when the First Order was the Empire). But…Last Jedi pissed off what I’m convinced was a very small, but very loud, portion of the internet fan base. Kinda like Obi-Wan imitating a Krayt dragon in the first movie, the resulting noise convinced Disney that they were dealing with a larger portion of the movie-going public than was actually making all the noise.

    So they used Episode IX to backpedal as fast as possible. They minimized Rose as much as possible, hit the undo button on as much of the plot as they could, and tried to throw in some obvious crowd pleasers to try to placate everyone: ooooh, Palpatine’s back! Hey, there’s Lando! Whoa, was that Wedge? Hey, is that girl supposed to be Lando’s daughter or is he just weirdly hitting on a woman decades younger than he is? Oh, and hey, Chewie finally got a medal even though no one else got one!

    Rise of Skywalker was trying to fix a lot of problems that just didn’t exist. The problem it couldn’t fix is just how toxic and behind-the-times some of the oldest generation of Star Wars fandom has become. And yeah, I’m talking about my generation there – the ones who saw it in the theater in 1977.

    Rise of Skywalker could have been salvaged, by splitting it into two movies a la Deathly Hallows, and “showing their work” instead of having so many key parts of the plot just come screaming in out of nowhere. Or maybe that would’ve been even worse.

    There was no clear road map for the new trilogy like there seems to be now with the TV/streaming series. I think that was really the biggest error.

    But hey, we’ve got Mando now.


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