TGI…Monday, everyone! Okay, so it’s the start of another workweek, which sucks — but it doesn’t have to! There’s plenty of juicy nuggets just waiting for your bleary-eyed, Monday morning perusal in today’s edition of Movie Morsels. From the latest on Star Wars spinoffs to new James Bond details to an unexpected Guardians of the Galaxy development and beyond, it’s all here and goes great with that first coffee of the day.
Is Obi-Wan Kenobi getting his own Star Wars solo film? It may not be the droid we’re looking for, but it’s definitely the rumor we’ve been waiting for. Kathleen Kennedy and the fine folks at Lucasfilm have made it clear that they’re planning on releasing a Star Wars film every year, interspersing spin-off/solo character films with the main episodic installments. Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards and Fantastic Four‘s Josh Trank have been tapped to direct one apiece, but the newest rumor is that Obi-Wan Kenobi is being eyed for a film of his very own.
According to a source at MakingStarWars:
“Obi-Wan Kenobi – I’ve heard from quite a few people now that an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is in the works. For the spin-off movies they were initially going to stay away from any Jedi or Sith characters. But I’m hearing now that because of the popularity of Obi-Wan (fans recently voting for him on the official website etc) that an art team is now working with a writer on concepts for an Obi-Wan movie.”
Not sure how reliable this source is, but it’s definitely food for thought. While characters like Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Han Solo tend to dominate the licensed goods, Obi-Wan Kenobi was a major part of The Clone Wars series, which was tremendously popular with a younger generation of Star Wars viewers. Plus, Ewan McGregor has gone on record saying he’d love to return to the Star Wars universe, and even offered an idea of his own for a potential standalone film. Let’s be honest though — an Obi-Wan film would be cool, but not nearly as cool as an erotic thriller starring Admiral Ackbar would be. [Slashfilm]
Anticipation for the twenty-fourth James Bond film continues to mount, and it might becoming even sooner than we’d hoped. According to Bond fan-site MI6, production is expected to commence on December 6, 2014, which is in keeping with the projected November 6, 2015 release date.
The casting process is well underway to find the new Bond girls and the main villain, and Mendes is looking to conduct a table read of the script in late November. The report also indicates that the sequel will be as globetrotting as the previous films, allegedly shooting in Austria, Rome, Morocco, and, of course, England’s Pinewood Studios. No word yet on whether the martinis will be shaken or stirred, but we have a pretty good feeling about it. [ScreenRant]
Guardians of the Galaxy
While the rest of the world is twiddling their thumbs until Guardians of the Galaxy 2 blasts into our lives on July 28, 2017, the original is finally making its way to theaters in Japan. Good things come to those who wait, though, and Japan has something extra special: Guardians of the Galaxy anime. Our favorite bunch of a-holes made their debut on Marvel Dsk Wars: The Avengers, which is equal parts Pokemon and Marvel Comics. There are no plans for an international release at this time, but maybe that’s because we’re not ready to see two kids traveling the world using special disks that Loki has trapped the world’s heroes in to fight villains they encounter. Or are we? [ScreenCrush]
The Girl Who Played with Fire
Remember The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo? Me too! Although I rather enjoyed David Fincher’s adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s dark thriller, the film didn’t do particularly well, earning just $230 million worldwide, which isn’t great considering it cost a reported $102 million to make. Probably something about people not champing at the bit for darkly sexual R-rated thrillers at Christmastime. Still, Sony has the rights to all three books, so people have been wondering when they’d see a sequel to the 2011 film. According to director David Fincher, it may still be happening. In an interview with Swedish site Afton Bladet (via Film Divider), Fincher said:
“I think because [Sony] already has spent millions of dollars on the rights and the script so it will result in something. The script that we now have a huge potential, I can reveal as much as it is extremely different from the book.”
Well, there you have it, folks. Hopefully it won’t take 9 years because I’m not sure the Sin City model is the best one to imitate in terms of genre sequels. [Indiewire]
Since Legendary has staunchly refused my attempts to get them to reboot both Dracula: Dead and Loving It and Blacula to create a shared Dracula universe, I guess the next best thing is October’s Dracula Untold. “Sometimes the world no longer needs a hero. Sometimes what it needs is a monster.” It’s a tense exchange between Caligula (Charles Dance) and Vlad the Impaler (Luke Evans) in this new clip from Dracula: Untold, which hits theaters on October 10. [Collider]
Joe Carnahan’s exceedingly odd, but oddly compelling new film Stretch continues to roll out a slew of clips and a brand new gag reel. With Norman Reedus, Chris Pine, and Ed Helms, it’s kind of hard to resist it’s siren song. Here’s a smaple below. [Nerdist]
Edge of Tomorrow
One of the summer’s best movies is also one of the biggest box office flops thanks to confused marketing and a weird insistence on retitling it at every opportunity. Still, Edge of Tomorrow is worthy of your attention because it’s not only a terrific example of the right way to adapt a Japanese manga/light novel for a Hollywood feature film, but it employed an impressive amount of practical effects. Don’t believe me? Check out this new behind-the-scenes featurette then thank me later. [io9]
The long-delayed Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence drama finds the Oscar darlings cast as Bostonian newlyweds who strike out to North Carolina circa 1929 in order to launch a burgeoning timber empire. Honestly, why they didn’t call it Silver Pining Playbook is beyond me. Check out the trailer and decide for yourself. [Nerdist]
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