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Is This The Real Reason Why Disney Kept Solo: A Star Wars Story’s May Release Date?

Given that The Force Awakens, Rogue One and The Last Jedi were all initially scheduled for a May release date, only to be pushed back to December of their various years, fans were all-but-certain that Solo: A Star Wars Story would suffer the same fate. After all, the movie had a notoriously troubled production, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller being unceremoniously booted from the project midway through shooting and Ron Howard being brought in to rescue the pic.

With that in mind, nobody would have batted an eyelid if they’d have kicked the film back to the end of the year, so why did Disney stick to their May 25th release date, even with Lucasfilm apparently wanting to shift it? Well, Dirk Libbey over at Cinema Blend has a theory, and it revolves around The Walt Disney Company’s fiscal year running from October 1st to September 30th.
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Obi-Wan Movie Lost Its Director Before Solo Was Released?

Lucasfilm is said to be putting the pause button on their Star Wars standalone movies. That means projects like the Boba Fett movie and the long-awaited Obi-Wan movie are, at least for now, off the table. While that's disappointing, a new rumor states that Stephen Daldry, the director who had been attached to helm the Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone for nearly a year, walked away from the project weeks before Solo: A Star Wars Story even arrived in theaters. There could be various reasons for that, but it does raise further questions.

Disney and Lucasfilm have yet to formally announce the Obi-Wan movie, but there have been multiple reports of pre-production work taking place. Last August we reported that the movie was finally happening, despite the lack of an official announcement and that Stephen Daldry, known for his work on Billy Elliot, was attached to helm the project. Even if the
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Imagine Buys Zach Dean Pitch ‘Canary’ As Ron Howard Directing Vehicle

Exclusive: Imagine Entertainment has pre-emptively bought the film rights to the female-driven grounded sci-fi pitch Canary from Zach Dean. Imagine chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard made the deal and will produce a project that will be developed as a directing vehicle for Howard. Imagine's Erica Huggins and Tyler Mitchell, who brought in the project, will oversee for Imagine. Dean will also serve as an executive producer. Dean is currently adapting Billy Graham: My Life…
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Disney Is Done Taking Risks with Star Wars Directors

Disney has had a lot of luck working with new directors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Taika Waititi, Ryan Coogler, and James Gunn have all brought massive success to Disney and the McU by stepping out of the box and showing well-known characters in a different light. However, when it comes to working with the Star Wars franchise, it seems that Disney will now step away from taking chances with newer directors, according to a recent report. It is now rumored that Lucasfilm will only use "proven veteran talent who they know can handle a big budget Star Wars production." Guess that means Ethan Van Sciver is out of the question.

According to Star Wars News Net, the days of Disney and Lucasfilm experimenting with younger directors are over. A quick glance at what has happened since Disney acquired Lucasfilm seems to prove that, even without making an announcement. But,
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Lucasfilm’s Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Reportedly Lost Its Director Long Before Solo

At just $343 million worldwide, Solo‘s middling box office performance has caused a ripple effect throughout the galaxy. And not in a good way.

Emerging from a troubled spell in production, the Ron Howard-directed Anthology pic currently resides close to the bottom of Lucasfilm’s all-time box office charts, and it seems the Powers That Be have finally taken heed of the consumer – until further notice, all standalone Star Wars movies have been placed on hold.

No longer will Lucasfilm blindly announce movies for the franchise’s most loved characters (see: Boba Fett) as it reins in the focus to Episode IX and those all-new trilogies from Rian Johnson and Game of Thrones duo, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

But it seems the studio’s other planned Anthology pic, one based on the origins of Obi-Wan Kenobi, had already stalled in development long before the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
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Lucasfilm Will Reportedly Stick with Veteran Filmmakers and are Done Experimenting With "New or Unusual" Directors

Yesterday a rumor was reported that Lucasfilm would be putting a hold on their A Star Wars Story films. Now we've got another interesting bit of news that some of you might like to hear. According to Star Wars News Net, Disney and Lucasfilm might be done hiring "new or unusual" directors that don't have a lot of experience with working on films of this massive scale. They say:

"Disney is done experimenting with new or unusual filmmakers and will go back to proven veteran talent who they know can handle a big budget Star Wars production in an effort to prevent future production chaos, drama, and firings."

That seems like a move in the right direction, especially with all of the behind the scenes drama that the Star Wars productions have found themselves in with some of the filmmakers they've brought on like Josh Trank, Phil Lord, Chris Miller,
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Those Two New Star Wars Trilogies Are Still In Development

It was recently revealed that Lucasfilm has temporarily halted production on all Star Wars Anthology movies. This is likely due to the underperformance of Ron Howard’s Solo, not to mention the various behind the scenes issues they’ve had with a number of director changeovers lately.

Fans worried about the future of cinematic storytelling in that galaxy far, far away can rest easy, however, as that new trilogy from The Last Jedi‘s Rian Johnson is still in development, as is the one from David Beinoff and D.B. Weiss, co-creators of Game of Thrones. In regards to these films, Collider noted the following in their report:

“These projects continue to be in development and are not part of the paused spinoffs we’re hearing about. But Lucasfilm’s main focus at the moment is planning the next trilogy after the Abrams-directed [Episode IX], which is expected to conclude the story of
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Disney No Longer Taking Risks On Directors For Star Wars Movies

Production turmoil isn’t exactly a foreign concept to The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm, unfortunately. Solo: A Star Wars Story wasn’t the smooth flight envisioned by the George Lucas-founded production company, and as such, was the last straw.

According to Star Wars News Net, the multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate is reportedly “done experimenting with new or unusual filmmakers.” After what began with the replacement of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director, Gareth Edwards, and then occurred twice in a three-month span last year, Disney and Lucasfilm will now only turn to “proven veteran talent who they know can handle a big budget Star Wars production.”

Although the decision may seem rash, if you recall, Rogue One isn’t the only occurrence in which Disney and their directors didn’t see eye to eye. Star Wars: Episode IX lost Colin Trevorrow after Lucasfilm and him
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Lucasfilm Wanted To Hold Solo: A Star Wars Story Until December 2018, But Disney Refused

Collider has sensed a great disturbance in the Force, and we’re not just referring to Lucasfilm’s alleged decision to halt production on its Star Wars spinoff movies.

In light of Solo and its poor opening at the worldwide box office, it’s being reported that Lucasfilm had initially hoped to delay the Anthology movie until December of 2018 – not unlike how Star Wars: Episode IX slipped to December following the appointment of J.J. Abrams.

Much like that particular trilogy-capper, this postponement would have allowed Ron Howard and his team extra time to course-correct Solo: A Star Wars Story following the loss of erstwhile directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, but it appears Disney refused. Citing budgetary concerns, the Mouse House reportedly put its foot down, thereby forcing Howard to pull off the impossible: overhaul a big-name blockbuster in a matter of weeks.

That’s according to a source close to Star Wars News Net,
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Rumour: Lucasfilm puts all future Star Wars Anthology movies on hold following Solo’s disastrous box office

In the wake of the disappointing box office opening of Solo: A Star Wars Story last month, Disney’s head of distribution Dave Hollis revealed that the studio would be spending some time evaluating why the latest instalment of the blockbuster soap opera franchise failed to connect with audiences, and how they approach the Star Wars series in future.

Well, if rumours are to be believed, it seems the first step in that process is to put all of the Anthology spinoffs on hold, with Collider reporting that all attention will now be focussed squarely on Star Wars: Episode IX and the next trilogy after that, which “is expected to conclude the story of Rey that began in Star Wars: The Force Awakens“.

Apparently, Lucasfilm had been heavily involved in pre-production on the long-rumoured Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, and that work has now been shut down indefinitely, while the hold will
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Antonio Banderas Finally Faces His Toughest Critics By Playing Pablo Picasso —Turn It On Podcast

Antonio Banderas Finally Faces His Toughest Critics By Playing Pablo Picasso —Turn It On Podcast
Antonio Banderas is a natural to play Pablo Picasso: They both hail from the same hometown in Spain, Malaga, and the actor grew up learning all about the hometown hero painter. But that’s partly why he shied away from the role for so long: The sense of responsibility was overwhelming, Banderas told IndieWire’s Turn It On podcast.

“It’s related to the fact that I was born in the city where this guy was born,” he said. “I have a certain fear. It was not until I had someone like [‘Genius: Picasso’ executive producer] Ron Howard, who is a person I admire and respect very much as a producer for television… When you’re doing a biopic you need credibility.”

That’s especially true when you want to do your hometown proud.

“People in Malaga can be very critical,” he said. “And they were. In a good way. They were very surprised by the quality,
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New Video Explains How Star Wars Can Be Saved

After the (Darth) mauling that Solo took when film fans fled from theaters, Star Wars needs saving. And RedLetterMedia, in their own inimitable style, are the only hope.

In the below video, Scientist Man breaks down the cost of making Solo: A Star Wars Story, which has so far earned $340 million at the box office. Citing the original budget as $250 million, and Ron Howard’s reshoots costing a further $200 million, not to mention the $100 million that was spent on advertising and then $200 million which went to the theatre chain take, it gives an indication of just how much money Disney lost here. Admittedly, it’s up for debate if all of these numbers are accurate, but either way, it’s still clear that the film has not been a financial hit for the studio.

After estimating that a mere 35 million people saw Solo: A Star Wars Story, Scientist Man hypothesizes
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How Antonio Banderas Overcame His Fear of Playing Hometown Legend Pablo Picasso

How Antonio Banderas Overcame His Fear of Playing Hometown Legend Pablo Picasso
A version of this story about Antonio Banderas was first published in the Miniseries/Movies issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

When “Genius” producer Kenneth Biller went to the Spanish town of Málaga to visit Antonio Banderas, he quickly learned the hierarchy. The Andalusian coastal city, he was told on his way in from the airport, has two local heroes who are particularly esteemed by the town in which they were born.

“They explained to me, in Spanish, ‘El primero is Picasso,'” Biller said. “‘El segundo is Antonio.'”

And No. 2 played No. 1. In “Genius: Picasso,” Banderas takes on a role that had long haunted him, and one he’d spent years avoiding, of the protean artist who cast a huge shadow in his hometown, where he grew up during the reign of dictator Francisco Franco.

“Picasso was enormous in Málaga,” Banderas said. “We didn’t have many heroes.
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Bryan Singer will receive directing credit on Bohemian Rhapsody despite his dismissal

Back in December 20th Century Fox announced that it had fired Bryan Singer from Bohemian Rhapsody with just two weeks of filming remaining on the biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, with Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) subsequently taking over to complete the picture.

Singer was removed from the film amid rumours that he’d been incredibly difficult to work with during the production, and also went missing from the set after a Thanksgiving holiday (allegations he denied in a statement following his dismissal).

Well, it seems that unlike Solo: A Star Wars Story, which saw Ron Howard replacing Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Singer will remain credited as director of the film, with producer Graham King telling Empire:

“Bryan Singer is the credited director of the film. Basically, Bryan had some personal issues going on. He wanted to hiatus the movie to deal with them, and the movie had to get finished.
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Lucasfilm Reportedly Has 9 Star Wars Movies In Development Right Now

Though a $100 million Memorial Day weekend would be nothing to scoff at for your typical movie, it was far below what was expected from Solo: A Star Wars Story, the tenth entry in the saga from that galaxy far, far away, which has always blasted through the box office. Why has it fallen so short of expectations, though? Well, there are probably several factors, but one that’s being discussed a lot is the threat of franchise fatigue. After all, The Last Jedi only came out five months ago.

With that perceived to be the problem, you’d imagine that Disney and Lucasfilm would be in the midst of rethinking their release strategy for Star Wars pics in the future. That’d be the smart thing to do, right? Well, apparently that’s not quite the case, as the studios are actually heading in the opposite direction, with a whopping
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26 Times Ron and Bryce Dallas Howard Were the Cutest Father-Daughter Duo

26 Times Ron and Bryce Dallas Howard Were the Cutest Father-Daughter Duo
There are a lot of amazing celebrity families in Hollywood that have caught our eyes over the years. There's Goldie Hawn and daughter Kate Hudson, not to mention Hawn's partner Kurt Russell and her two other actor children, Oliver Hudson and Wyatt Russell. But they aren't the only Hollywood family making us stop and stare.

Ron Howard and daughter Bryce Dallas Howard have been taking over the entertainment industry both together and on their own for years. Acting runs in the family with the Howards (their patriarch was Rance Howard), and it doesn't look like these two are slowing down anytime soon. In addition to acting for most of his life, Ron is an iconic producer, director, and writer. His daughter is basically his mini-me, and has made a huge name for herself with roles in Jurassic World and The Help, among others. Together, they are one of Hollywood's most powerful father-daughter teams.
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Tom Holland Jokes About Spidey’s Death In Avengers: Infinity War

What with the creation and dispersing of fake scripts, NDAs, and potentially hundreds of millions of dollars on the line, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that we’re all just trafficking in movies. Nonetheless, it’s refreshing to see high profile talent take their job a little less seriously. Case in point: this week’s Twitter interaction between Tom Holland and J.A. Bayona.

A few days back, Entertainment Weekly posted an article to the social media platform regarding the plot of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Apparently, the film’s director, Bayona, revealed the storyline to Tom Holland during production on The Impossible, a 2012 drama/thriller on which the two collaborated.

Chris Pratt reveals Tom Holland knew the plot of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom before him https://t.co/SNhfGxCjLu

— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) June 14, 2018

As a result, the Spider-Man: Homecoming star knew how the fifth Jurassic Park
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Jedi Council: Is Darth Vader Really the Best VIllain in ‘Star Wars’ History?

On today’s Jedi Council, Ken Napzok, Perri Nemiroff, and John Rocha discuss the following: George Lucas's possible plans for Star Wars: Episodes VII-ix were revealed in a companion book to James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction series from AMC. Ron Howard responded to a fan on Twitter who was lamenting the commercial failure of Solo: A Star War Story. Howard stated that he felt badly that people who would likely "enjoy a movie... don’t see it on a big screen w/great sound." In an interview with Empire, Ron Howard revealed what other bounty hunters …
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Chris Pratt Revealed The Ending Of Avengers 4 To Bryce Dallas Howard

I know Chris Pratt is doing his best to smooth things over with the McU fandom following the disastrous climax of Avengers: Infinity War, which some would say he was the root cause, but at this point, he might just be digging himself deeper into the hole, unfortunately.

While promoting what’s sure to be his latest billion-dollar blockbuster, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Pratt disclosed during an interview on EW radio that he not only discussed Avengers 4 with co-star Bryce Dallas Howard but the daughter of two-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard also knows how the fourth supergroup installment will end.

You can check out a snippet from the interview below, where Pratt admits to divulging perhaps the most heavily guarded secret in cinema history.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that Pratt could’ve been fed a fake script by co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo. After all, this wouldn
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There Was A Game Of Thrones Cameo In Solo: A Star Wars Story That Everyone Missed

If there was one thing that detracted from our enjoyment of Solo: A Star Wars Story, it was that we were looking into it too much. Each and every character who wore a helmet, mask, or heavy make-up invited speculation as to their true identity. But whilst we were busy doing that, we missed an impressive cameo that was hiding in plain sight all along.

Ever since Daniel Craig was revealed as the Stormtrooper who succumbs (a little too readily) to a good old Jedi mind trick in The Force Awakens, all and sundry seem to have featured in a Star Wars movie. From Simon Pegg to Joseph Gordon-Levitt and even Princes Harry and William.

That can now be extended to the animal kingdom, too, as a Game of Thrones original appeared on Han Solo’s homeworld in the form of a Corellian hound. Saxon, the hound in question, appears
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