The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including the new final trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Kevin Feige revealing whether the X-Men are on their way to Marvel and more…
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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hasn’t had the smoothest Kessel Run. There’s been numerous rumours of production troubles and reshoots. We were all kind of worried when director Gareth Edwards reportedly lost control of post-production and composer Michael Giacchino had to replace Alexandre Desplat with only five months until release, but then out came that trailer.
You know, the one that didn’t make you cry.
Well with advance tickets going on sale in North America on Monday, LucasFilm have released the ‘final’ trailer. Not as good as the second teaser – or the 8-bit fan version – but still mighty fine.
Rogue One has been described as a ‘war movie’. According to LucasFilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, the Young Han Solo film will have “a heist or Western type feel.” Like Charlie Brooker’s most recent series of Black Mirror, the studio appears to be tackling a different genre with each instalment. I can’t wait for the third spin-off film to be a romantic comedy. Expect IG-88 In Love to be announced imminently.
Which might not be as far off as it sounds. Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away that had not seen Fantastic Four yet, Josh Trank was set to helm the third Star Wars Anthology movie, to be written by his FF producer Simon Kinberg. But because everybody involved in making that movie hates each other now, Trank was quickly removed from the project.
It turns out that the mysterious third spin-off was to be a Boba Fett solo film. So it’s probably for the best. Otherwise, if the Fantastic Four production rumours are to be believed, we’d have a Star Wars movie where the director loses control of post-production…
LucasFilm will probably keep making Star Wars films regardless, though. Kennedy has revealed the studio will decide what’s next after Episode IX in January. Perhaps they could mine some more of George Lucas’ ideas, as that’s apparently where the standalone movies concept came from.
Warner Bros. probably thought their Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be their version of Disney’s Star Wars money. But the first instalment had the lowest domestic box office opening of any film in the Harry Potter franchise. And even though $75 million isn’t a terrible amount, it’s nothing compared to Rogue One’s estimated $130 million opening weekend.
It’s probably good they didn’t hedge all their bets on Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander as the permanent lead. According to J.K. Rowling, the sequels will focus more on Dumbledore and Grindelwald. Which begs the question…does that mean the next one won’t be called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!?
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