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The character, who first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, and then in the prequels that followed, is widely loved amongst the Star Wars fan base, and if The Wrap is to be believed, the anthology film, to be released in 2018, will be based around him and a group of bounty hunters.
He had this to say on his departure:
“After a year of having the incredible honor of developing with the wonderful and talented people at Lucasfilm, I’m making a personal decision to move forward on a different path. »
- Paul Heath
We already know that the first standalone Star Wars Anthology movie, which goes by the name of Rogue One, will be arriving in cinemas at the end of 2016. Godzilla's Gareth Edwards is directing, and Felicity Jones has signed up to star.
At the end of last week, we learned too of a change of personnel with regards the second Star Wars Anthology film, that's due in cinemas in 2018. Chronicle and Fantastic Four's Josh Trank had been due to direct that one, but he departed the projected, and the search is on for a new director.
A spinoff focused on the Mandalorian warrior has been rumoured for sometime, but now The Wrap reports that it could follow Star Wars: Rogue One.
Josh Trank recently quit as director of the highly-anticipated project, which is slated to hit cinemas in 2018.
Happy Star Wars Day everyone! After new images and details from Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted online earlier today [see here and here], The Wrap is now reporting that the second spin-off in the Star Wars Anthology series is set to focus on the origin and backstory of Boba Fett.
Due for release in 2018, the second Anthology movie was to have been directed by Chronicle and Fantastic Four director Josh Trank, although he exited the project this past week and the film is now seeking a new director before it goes before the camera sometime next year.
The character of Boba Fett first appeared on film in the second Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back and also appearing in Return of the Jedi before featuring as a young boy alongside his father Jango Fett in the middle chapter of the prequel trilogy, Attack of the Clones. It is expected that the »
- Scott J. Davis
The next Star Wars spinoff film will focus on the origin story of beloved bounty hunter Boba Fett. According to The Wrap, while Gareth Edwards' Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One will delve into the world of rebel fighters, the second Star Wars spinoff is about bounty hunters. Last week, Chronicle director Josh Trank left the film, and while he claimed in a statement that it was a personal decision, insiders say Disney was concerned that Trank showed “erratic behavior” during the production of his new film Fantastic Four. Personally, I thought giving Trank a Star Wars film based solely on Chronicle seemed like a huge show of trust, and Disney and Lucasfilm moved a little too fast on choosing him. This is opposed to Edwards, who had a huge hit with Godzilla before being hired to direct the first Star Wars spinoff. [caption id="attachment_453977" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Lucasfilm[/caption] According to The Wrap, »
- Matt Goldberg
"...'Rogue One' is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core 'Star Wars' saga. 'Rogue One' will be directed by Gareth Edwards ('Godzilla') and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz ('Cinderella').
The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in 'The Theory of Everything'. The idea for the story of 'Rogue One' came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic.
- Michael Stevens
The advent of nimble digital cameras and cutting edge visual effects has meant that filmmakers have been able to mount increasingly ambitious sci-fi stories on relatively small budgets.
This week sees the release of Monsters: Dark Continent, a follow-up to Gareth Edwards' brilliant 2010 debut Monsters. Not only did Monsters shoot Edwards to the big time, putting him in the director's chair for Godzilla and next year's Star Wars: Rogue One, but it also only cost less than $500,000 to make.
Below, we look at 11 incredible science fiction movies that prove you can make a great movie for just a fraction of what Avengers: Age of Ultron cost ($280 million, apparently!).
Dark Star (1974)
Production budget: $60,000
How many could you make for the price of Avengers: 4666
During Star Wars Celebration in mid-April there was to be a panel featuring directors Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank, both of which were set to direct spinoff films in the new Star Wars Anthology -- Edwards directing Rogue One, releasing next year, and Trank directing a yet-to-be-titled feature. While that panel took place, Trank was a no show, the reason given that he was sick. Well, it turns out it was more than just a sickness. Announced this evening, Trank released a statement on the official Star Wars website saying: After a year of having the incredible honor of developing with the wonderful and talented people at Lucasfilm, I'm making a personal decision to move forward on a different path. I've put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some original creative opportunities. That said, the Star Wars »
- Brad Brevet
Trank's statement read: "After a year of having the incredible honour of developing with the wonderful and talented people at Lucasfilm, I'm making a personal decision to move forward on a different path.
"I've put a tremendous amount of thought into this, and I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some original creative opportunities.
In our latest round-up, we take a look at the theatrical release details for L.A. Slasher, Anchor Bay Entertainment's Blu-ray release of Monsters: Dark Continent, and the news of Helix being cancelled by Syfy.
L.A. Slasher: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, CA (April 27, 2015) - Archstone Distribution has announced that the horror-dark comedy feature L.A. Slasher, directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger, will receive a North American theatrical release starting June 12 in select AMC Theatres.
“We are very excited to take L.A. Slasher to the silver screen," Archstone Distribution's President & CEO Brady Bowen stated. "It is a highly entertaining film with a unique voice that we know audiences are going to love!”
- Derek Anderson
The Wrath of Bland: Whedon’s Poo Poo Platter Continues
Mainstream event cinema continues to shackle box office glory and narrative familiarity to a creative deathbed as Joss Whedon returns with another glossy Marvel chapter in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The sort of film impervious to critical praise or derision, it’s fair to say that Whedon’s considerable talents at least place his super hero efforts in top shelf status, but to what end? His endless cavalcade of varyingly skilled superheroes make for more purposeful entertainment than Michael Bay and his own never-ending Transformers cash cow. But Whedon’s helming the exact same kind of inevitability. Where’s the tension when we already presume there will be another sequel or spinoff? For every ounce of visual glory on display in this latest chapter, there’s an equal detraction in character development, dialogue, or narrative dissonance. But the core audience »
- Nicholas Bell
Giant alien creatures spread to the Middle East in the sequel Monsters: Dark Continent. Here's Ryan's review...
Giant bioluminescent space creatures dominated the horizon but not the plot in Gareth Edwards’ breakthrough film, Monsters. Shot run-and-gun style by Edwards and a tiny crew, Monsters was an unusual blend of road-trip drama with light touches of sci-fi; its focus was the growing friendship between a photograph journalist (Scoot McNairy) and his boss's daughter (Whitney Able) travelling across a Central America ravaged not so much by the title’s Lovecraftian kaiju but by a military intent on keeping them well away from American soil.
Monsters’ success saw Edwards move to Hollywood, where he’s so far headlined the daddy of all kaiju movies, Godzilla, and now set to head up another pop culture giant - the Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One. This left production company Vertigo with a potential franchise on its hands, »
In 2010, British director Gareth Edwards made a huge splash with his feature debut Monsters, a road trip drama with giant monsters stalking around in the background. It was an atmospheric movie that made ingenious use of its low budget; Monsters' success led to Edwards departing for Hollywood, where coveted franchises like Godzilla and Star Wars awaited.
Five years later, and director Tom Green brings us Monsters: Dark Continent, an entirely new story set in the same world as the first movie. A decade after a Nasa probe crashed in Mexico, bringing the giant monsters to Earth, their lumbering threat has spread to the Middle East. The Us Airforce is dispatched to bomb the creatures to prevent their spread, while on the ground, American troops try »
Gareth Edwards’ Monsters was one of those films that people fell in love with. Made on a shoe string budget, the film highlighted just what could be achieved with some hard work, determination, and a good knowledge of special effects software. Now four years on there is a sequel on the way. Monster: Dark Continent is set a decade after the events of Monsters. The creatures have spread further into the human population, there now being several danger zones. The plot centres on a group of fresh army recruits whose first mission takes them deep into the forbidden territory as the embark on a rescue mission.
The film is being directed by British director Tom Green. Green came to studio Vertigo Films’ attention thanks to his impressive short films Brixton 85 and Kid, as well as his hand in E4 television series Misfits. In the run up to the film »
- Kat Smith
Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson consulted each other before accepting their roles in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'. The 26-year-old actress and the 24-year-old actor - who plays her on-screen twin brother - didn't accept their roles of Wanda and Pietro Maximoff until they had spoken to each other, having just finished working together on 'Godzilla'. Elizabeth said: ''Aaron and I had just finished working with each other and we both got roles, so we were like, 'Are you going to do it?' 'Are You going to do it?' 'Let's do it.' ''It was awesome working with him a second time. I love him and his wife Sam (Taylor-Johnson), and spent lots of time with them when we were shooting in London.'' Younger sister to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, both 29, Elizabeth has continues to star in Hollywood blockbuster films whilst her sisters are »
Director: Tom Green
Run Time: 100 minutes
Synopsis: Ten years after Monsters, the invading creatures have infected a lot more of the Earth, with the Middle East becoming overrun. The constant attempts to wipe out the creatures from this part of the world has lead to a rise in insurgents. After a squad of soldiers goes missing behind enemy lines it’s up to battle-worn Sergeant Frater (Harris) to lead a squad full of fresh recruits on a rescue mission deep into monster territory.
Gareth Edwards’ 2010 film Monsters is seen by many as one of the most original and innovative movies of this century. Edwards’ managed to craft a thought-provoking sci-fi monster movie on a shoe-string budget. Rather than other films that dealt with invading aliens, this one was devoid of massive set pieces and the White House being blown up. Instead the »
- Kat Smith
Gareth Edwards. name currently is associated with Star Wars, and once he delivers on his standalone spinoff movie -- Rogue One -- in 2016, it.s likely his moniker will be linked to that galaxy far, far away for the immediate future. But before he climbed aboard an X-Wing fighter and jetted off to George Lucas. universe, Edwards dabbled in monster movies . specifically the indie hit Monsters (in 2010) and the mega-smash Godzilla reboot in 2014. It was his large-scale but character-driven work on the summer-movie extravaganza that likely earned him a gig on Team Star Wars. But his ending to Godzilla ensured that he.d be back with the King of Monsters. some day. Now that Godzilla is making its way to HBO, we want to break down what happened at the end of the movie, and discuss what the events might mean for the future of this healthy-again franchise. Let.s »
Gareth Edwards. name currently is associated with Star Wars, and once he delivers on his standalone spinoff movie -- Rogue One -- in 2016, it.s likely his moniker will be linked to that galaxy far, far away for the immediate future. But before he climbed aboard an X-Wing fighter and jetted off to George Lucas. universe, Edwards dabbled in monster movies . specifically the indie hit Monsters (in 2010) and the mega-smash Godzilla reboot in 2014. It was his large-scale but character-driven work on the summer-movie extravaganza that likely earned him a gig on Team Star Wars. But his ending to Godzilla ensured that he.d be back with the King of Monsters. some day. Now that Godzilla is making its way to HBO, we wanted to break down what happened at the end of the movie, and what the events might mean for the future of this healthy-again franchise. Let.s look »
Fast 8: As Furious 7 passes the $1.1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, the next installment in the Fast & Furious saga has received a release date: April 14, 2017. In addition, video game adaptation Warcraft has moved from March 11, 2016, to a prime summer date, June 10, 2016, while 'giants vs. robots' sequel Pacific Rim 2 shifted dates into summer the following year, from April 7, 2017, to August 4, 2017. [Deadline] Star Wars: Rogue One: Riz Ahmed (Closed Circuit, above left) is in talks for a supporting role in Star Wars: Rogue One, to be directed by Gareth Edwards (Godzilla). Meanwhile, Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, above right) is under consideration for a starring role opposite Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn. The...
- Peter Martin
So far, we know that Felicity Jones has been confirmed in the lead role of Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One (to give it its proper name). Furthermore, Ben Mendelsohn has also been rumoured to be appearing.
And now we can add two more names to the speculation list.
As you might expect, »
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