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There’s a wave of young film-makers brought up on the 70s and 80s blockbusters that changed the Hollywood system who are trying their darnedest to replicate them. Jj Abrams managed to work alongside Steven Spielberg himself for throwback fantasy Super 8 before taking charge of the rebooted Star Wars franchise, Gareth Edwards admitted that his take on Godzilla was influenced by Close Encounters of the Third Kind and others such as Rian Johnson and Joss Whedon are clear students of the multiplex masters who birthed the event movie.
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- Benjamin Lee
After the major blockbuster success of the most recent Star Wars movie, Disney is already in production of Star Wars Episode VIII. According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, the film has already begun filming under the director of Rian Johnson. Its prequel The Force Awakens made over $2 billion at the box office and over $3 million in consumer products. “There is no better […]
- Crystal Smith
Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that filming on Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: Episode VIII" has just begun and the first stage of pre-production on Colin Trevorrow's "Star Wars: Episode IX" is now underway.
Speaking to EW during an earnings call for the studio, IGer also re-affirmed that the young Han Solo spin-off film is still on course for a May 2018 release - the only one of the currently announced Disney "Star Wars" films not said to be targeting a December release at the moment.
"There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products" claims Iger who was said to be very hands-on with the production of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" to a level which even he has previously indicated was unusual.
Iger also took the opportunity to gush over the upcoming "Star Wars: Rogue One": "Filming of »
- Garth Franklin
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens still playing, and still bringing in hard cash, in cinemas across the world, the future of Star Wars on the big screen is clearly assured for a long time to come. What's more, the next movie - Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - is nearly done shooting.
"There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products", Iger said. We love it when people call films 'products'.
Anyway, "filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will »
Star Wars Episode VIII was recently delayed from next May until December 15th, but production on the movie has already begun. CEO Bob Iger confirmed the news during the Walt Disney Company’s quarterly earnings call earlier today, mentioning that production was actually supposed to begin last month before news of the release date delay came out.
- Josh Wilding
It’s release date may have been pushed back seven months to December 2017, but filming is now officially underway on Star Wars: Episode VIII, with Disney’s Bob Iger making the announcement today during the studio’s quarterly earnings call.
“There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products,” said Iger (via EW). “Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in theaters December 2017. And production of Star Wars: Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun.”
Iger also went on to give a brief update on the Anthology movie Star Wars: Rogue One, which is set for release this December: “Filming of Rogue One is virtually completed and we absolutely love what we’ve seen so far. »
- Gary Collinson
News first came to light earlier today during the company’s investor call, confirming that Episode VIII has set down roots in London to commence principal photography.
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Technically speaking, sequences for the next chapter in Disney and Lucasfilm’s rejuvenated franchise have already been captured. Late last year, reports surfaced that Rian Johsnon and Luke Skywalker himself plot course for Skellig Michael – the primordial Irish isle glimpsed during the closing scenes of The Force Awakens – to film what will either be flashback sequences of Luke searching for the all-powerful first Jedi temple, or a continuation of Rey’s first encounter with the wayward Skywalker.
Now that production has officially eased into motion on Star Wars: Episode VIII, »
- Michael Briers
The release date for Star Wars: Episode VIII may have been pushed back, but the production is now up and running. Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed the news on an investor call, according to Entertainment Weekly. Per a transcript of the call on Seeking Alpha, Iger said filming has "already commenced" and production on Episode IX "has also begun." Oh, and Rogue One is nearly done filming and the Star Wars spinoff coming after that (Iger didn't specify, but it's the young Han Solo film) is in preproduction and still looking at a May 2018 release date. As Screencrush points out, while it's great to know Star Wars VIII is on track, principal photography was actually supposed to start in January, so we're actually a month behind. But seeing as the film isn't scheduled to open until December 2017, there's plenty of time for writer-director Rian Johnson to catch up. »
- Sara Morrison
While the world is still reeling from the success that was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney knows that the only place to look is forward. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is almost completely in the can, but coming out of The Force Awakens, most fans are itching to see what happens next in the overall saga in Star Wars Episode VIII.
Yes, the film may have recently been pushed from May of 2017 all the way to December, but that hasn't done a whole lot to delay the picture's shooting schedule. According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, the filming of Episode VIII has already begun, with director Rian Johnson at the helm.
“There is no better way to propel this franchise into the future than producing quality products. Filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII, the next chapter of the legendary saga, has just commenced and it will be in »
- Joseph Medina
Just two months after Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, breaking box office records worldwide, the next chapter in this sprawling sci-fi saga is underway. Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that shooting on Star Wars: Episode VIII has officially begun. This comes with news that writer and director of the sequel Rian Johnson is making a few special modifications to that galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars: Episode VIII was originally supposed to start shooting this past January. Principle photography was pushed back a few weeks to mid-February, just as the release date moved from May 2017 to December 2017. After confirming that the cast was back on set, Bob Iger proceeded to give an update on the entire Star Wars universe as it currently stands. This news all came form The Walt Disney Co.'s quarterly earnings call.
First on the agenda was championing The Force Awakens' incredible haul at the box office. »
Briefly: This is exactly what we expected, and it's good to see Warner Bros making a smart move. WB has shifted and pushed back the release date of Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One adaptation from its original slot in December 2017 to spring of 2018 - specifically March 30th, 2018. This is mainly because Disney recently changed the release of Star Wars: Episode VIII (being directed by Rian Johnson) back to December 15th, 2017 (from May) - which was the exact same day that Ready Player One was originally set for release. It's always hard to tell whether Spielberg will make his release anyway, but this is just a big sigh of relief because there would be no point in seeing WB and Disney go head-to-head with these two massive sci-fi / fan-oriented projects. I'm excited to see both Star Wars and Ready Player One - three months apart. »
- Alex Billington
While some studios are using the opportunity of the now-annual "Star Wars" movie to try some counter-programming, others would prefer to steer clear of anything related to Wookies and lightsabers. And for Warner Bros. and Steven Spielberg, they are getting right out of the way. Last month, Disney announced they were moving Rian Johnson's "Star Wars: Episode VIII," originally slated to be released on May 26, 2017, to December 15, 2017. That put it on the same date as Spielberg's "Ready Player One." At the time, WB wasn't blinking, but perhaps a few weeks of consideration, and looking at their calendar, has made them change their tune, as they're now setting "Ready Player One" for March 30, 2018. It's a wise move, given that Spielberg's movie is going to be a big one too, an adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel, written by Zak Penn ("X-Men: The Last Stand"), that weaves a futuristic, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Originally scheduled to open on December 15, 2017, the sci-fi adaptation will now hit theaters on March 30, 2018. Yes, it seems Disney and Lucasfilm’s decision to bump Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII into late 2017 – December 15, to be specific – has had a resounding effect on Hollywood’s slate of blockbusters, setting off a domino effect that has now made an impact on Warner’s release plans for Spielberg’s futuristic tentpole.
Given that Ready Player One is still simmering in pre-production, news of delay shouldn’t prove too damaging for the studio’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s eponymous novel. At the time of writing, only Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn have been confirmed to star, with the latter on board to play the role of the film’s chief villain. »
- Michael Briers
In the wake of Star Wars: Episode VIII moving back to December 2017, movie studios have scrambled to readjust their calendars. Warner Bros. has moved back Ready Play One, which also shuffled The Flash a bit forward. Come inside to check out the new dates!
It was really only a matter of time before this happened. When Disney officially announced that Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII was being moved to December 15, 2017 movies started moving out of it's way. Ready Player One originally held the release date, which meant Steven Spielberg's adaptation would go directly against the Star Wars flick.
I had a strong feeling Warner Bros wouldn't keep RP1 in that slot, and today the move has been made official. Spielberg's big screen adaptation of the popular Ernest Cline novel is now set to hit theaters on March 30, 2018.
It's not a huge move, but plenty enough space »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
The domino effect of Disney’s decision to push Star Wars: Episode VIII back to December 2017 continues, with Warner Bros. announcing that it has moved Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One to March 30th 2018.
To make room for Ready Player One, Warner Bros. has also moved an untitled DC Extended Universe film – thought to be the Ezra Miller-headlined The Flash up one week from March 23rd 2018 to March 16th 2018, which will also allow it to play on IMAX.
- Gary Collinson
Back in August, Warner Bros. issued a December 15, 2017 release date for Ready Player One, which has Steven Spielberg set to direct. At the time, this highly-anticipated adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel didn't have any direct competition, but last month, Disney and LucasFilm announced that it was moving Star Wars: Episode VIII from May 26, 2017 to December 15, 2017, to give writer-director Rian Johnson more time to work on the script. As expected, Warner Bros. has now shifted Ready Player One's release out of 2017, issuing a March 30, 2018 release.
As of now, Ready Player One's only direct competition will be an unspecified Universal Monsters project, which has been rumored to be a remake of The Wolf Man. Warner Bros. also shifted the release date for their superhero adaptation The Flash, moving it up one week from March 23, 2018 to March 16, 2018, giving it some separation from Ready Player One. The Flash doesn't have any »
With the release of the seventh installment, we learned that Star Wars is still a bonafide cultural powerhouse. You probably guessed as much from the $2 billion-and-counting worldwide box office haul for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but that far, far away galaxy still has some fan cache. But so does Steven Spielberg. His most recent film, Bridge of Spies, may not have been a juggernaut, but it.s up for a Best Picture Oscar later this month. Still, even the master is wary of going head-to-head with Star Wars. Originally slated to open in March of 2017, the Rian Johnson-directed Star Wars: Episode VIII is set to continue the saga, but needing a script rewrite, it was pushed back to December 15 of that year. Steven Spielberg.s next movie, an adaptation of Ernest Cline.s novel Ready Player One, was scheduled for that same day, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, »
Warner Bros. has moved Steven Spielberg‘s “Ready Player One” from December 15, 2017 to March 30, 2018, the studio announced Tuesday. “Ready Player One” had the December 15 release date to itself before Disney pushed back Rian Johnson‘s “Star Wars: Episode VIII” from May 2017 to the same mid-December day. With those tentpole films competing for similar audiences, Warner Bros. though it best to move Spielberg’s blockbuster to late March 2018, which not only gives the Oscar-winning director more time to finish the film’s eye-popping special effects, but has proven to be an effective release corridor. Also Read: Steven Spielberg Eyes 'Rogue »
- Jeff Sneider
Ben Mendelsohn and Olivia Cooke star in 'Ready' which unfolds in a virtual reality universe called the Oasis. The new date allows the Warner Bros. Pictures release to score more IMAX screens as it coincides with Easter and there are no other major movies scheduled to open that month at this point.
Due to the change, Warners has also moved an untitled DC Comics film, likely "The Flash" standalone film, from March 23rd to March 16th 2018.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
It's being reported by various outlets that Warner Bros. Pictures has moved Steven Spielberg's highly anticipated adaptation of the Ernest Cline sci-fi novel Ready Player One, which currently has Olivia Cooke (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) & Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline) attached to star, from December 2017 to March 30, 2018. The move allows the film to avoid a major clash with Rian Johnson's Star Wars: Episode VIII. The new date now falls right around Easter and with no major releases planned in April, the Spielberg-helmed film should perform well with an uninterrupted run until the arrival of Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 on May 4. Additionally, to avoid a clash with the newly-replaced Ready Player One, WB has also moved an untitled DC Comics film up one week from March 23, 2018 to March 16, 2018. The film in question is said to be the Ezra Miller-led big-screen version of The Flash, »
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