Disney Extends Kathleen Kennedy At Lucasfilm For Three Years

According to a report put out by The Hollywood Reporter on Friday, president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy, has renewed her contract with Lucasfilm to continue being the lead producer and architect of everything Star Wars at least until the end of 2021.

Kennedy has been the president at Lucasfilm since George Lucas sold his company to Disney in 2012 for $4 Billion.  Since then Kennedy has been in charge of overseeing the relaunch of Star Wars – and in that time the four movies that have been released so far have made a combined total of $4.85 billion.  Generally speaking, a producer that is able to generate this kind of profit in such a short amount of time would guarantee that they would keep their job, however, it has not been an easy road for the company at all.

Many fans online have been petulantly screaming that Kennedy has “ruined” Star Wars via The Last Jedi‘s drastic change in storytelling and unforgivable sin of casting a non-white, female heroes  Most of the vile words being pointed to newcomer to the franchise Kelly Marie Tran, who played Rose Tico in The Last Jedi. After the film came out Tran was racially harassed and had her life threatened on a daily bases by the Star Wars “fandom” to the point that she left social media for months. It is due to this relenting bombardment of negativity surrounding the Star Wars property that the fans online have been labeled by many as “toxic.” Continue reading “Disney Extends Kathleen Kennedy At Lucasfilm For Three Years”

Paramount selling off ‘Cloverfield’ sequel to Netflix

Looks like we may just have to wait a little longer for the next sequel to Cloverfield, sorry Cloverfield fans.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix is in talks with Paramount to acquire the sci-fi movie formerly known as The God Particle.  Meaning that the film may not see a theatrical release, which was supposed to be April of this year.

Up to this point, Paramount has produced and released two Cloverfield films and both were very profitable for the company.  Cloverfield was released in 2008 and grossed over $80 Million domestically on a $25 million budget.  The next film in line, 10 Cloverfield Lane, which came out in 2016, cost even less to make and pulled in $72 million domestically.   

So, with profitability like that, why are they thinking of selling their third movie in the Cloverfield trilogy to a streaming service?

My guess is that there’s some trouble behind the scenes. Continue reading “Paramount selling off ‘Cloverfield’ sequel to Netflix”

Star Trek Beyond First Trailer!

Paramount Pictures has dropped the first trailer for the next installment in their retconned Star Trek journey.

After 2013’s  Star Trek Into Darkness‘s mild fan success, Star Trek Beyond appears to have revved its engines in the hands of a new director, Justin Lin, who previously directed four of the Fast and the Furious movies.

The Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” provides an amped-up musical backdrop throughout the clip, also hearkening back to a pivotal scene from the 2009 reboot in which we see a young James T. Kirk rocking out to the classic ‘ 90s track while driving a stolen car.

Producing the film, not directing this time, is J.J. Abrams – who stepped down from directorial duties to focus on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and co-writer Simon Pegg are all back for this new film, and facing what is sure to be a very formidable new foe, Idris Elba.  Who is nearly rendered unrecognizable under heavy alien prosthetics.

Star Trek Beyond boldly goes into theaters on July 22, 2016.

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (Official)

“I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve never seen anything to make me believe there’s one all-powerful Force controlling everything. There’s no mystical energy field controls my destiny! It’s all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.”

-Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope, Han Solo

Not Anymore! Han Solo believes in the Force, the Dark Side, and the Jedi. Kylo Ren worships at the altar of Darth Vader. Finn (John Boyega) may be well on his way to becoming a Jedi, and the junk scavenger, Rey, (Daily Ridley) seems to be the glue holding all of this together.

 After last night’s debut of the official Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer it seems that The Force is strong, still, with Star Wars fans! Continue reading “Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (Official)”