Let’s say you’re a mega-studio that owns everything and run by a high-pitched, talking rodent. You just wrapped on a movie than expands the universe of an iconic trilogy, paving the way for new blood to take the reigns and star in future related films. What do you do? Do you accept the fact that your original cast is aging and it’s time for said new blood to run like wild horses? Or do you refuse to let go of the older characters and rehash them into a prequel type spinoff of the aforementioned iconic trilogy? I know what I would do, but I’m not a falsetto rat, and I barely own the clothes on my back. So let’s talk instead about what he might be doing. (more…)
With the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer looming on the horizon, we’re all anticipating what we’re going to see with the first look. But just because the beginning of the new trilogy is getting closer and closer doesn’t mean that the rest of the Star Wars franchise isn’t plowing forward. The latest rumor regarding non-trilogy movie plans is something that might interest you or might just leave you rolling your eyes. For, if the mystic people known as “sources” are correct, 2016 is going to bring us a Star Wars heist flick. (more…)
I don’t know about you, but I always get nervous when geek sites start running conjecture based on unnamed “sources”. We’re not exactly dealing with regular Bob Woodward types here, so the “Deep Throat” veils of secrecy always strike me as mere excuses for nerdboy fantasy.
According to Schmoes Know, Lawrence Kasdan is 100% confirmed by their “trusted source” to be writing the 2016 Boba Fett film. This comes hot on the heels of Disney’s announcement that both Gareth Edwards (Godzilla ’14) and Josh Trank (Chronicle) are directing two of the three Star Wars spin-off movies planned to be dropping in-between the still untitled Episodes VII – IX. (more…)
Last month Disney failed to renew the rights to the Star Wars 1313 trademark, is this the final nail in the Star Wars 1313 video game coffin? (more…)
I’ll admit, I’ve never understood the Boba Fett fascination. He shows up in Empire, skulks around in the background, collects Han, macks on some slave dancers at Jabba’s palace in Jedi, then dies from jetpack complications and a hungry Sarlaac. Not really a character I had a burning desire to learn more about. But due to either the mystery surrounding Boba – until the prequels gave us that lame origin story – or his seriously cool design, Boba Fett became one of the most popular and recognizable Star Wars characters around.
And he was a character those involved were super excited to debut. So excited, Fett’s first appearance was actually in an animated segment on the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special – which George Lucas would kindly like you to forget ever happened - not Empire.
This rarely seen screen test from the same year shows the initial Boba Fett design, and it’s not radically different from what we eventually see in Empire. In the video you’ll see sound designer Ben Burtt explaining Fett’s suit and the reasoning behind its design; like how it was made to be worn by almost anyone and serve as another universal Star Wars mascot, like Vader and the droids. Which I believe is partly why Fett’s Mandalorian armor is so popular. With the right gear, anyone can be Boba Fett! In fact, the Boba Fett of this video is actually editor Duwayne Dunham.
So the whole reason this early screen test of Boba Fett even came to light is because Sideshow Collectibles are getting ready to debut a new Fett figure modeled after this very first prototype. The above image is of their upcoming 1/6 scale figure.
Any interest in owning your own prototype Boba Fett?
Nerdy Bits: My Life-Size Plush Little Pony, Exploding TARDIS Tights, Teenage Average Normal Turtles, and MOAR!
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Above: You’d have to be a bounty hunter to have the dexterity to squeeze into this number. The latest latex dress from Shhh! Couture is modeled on Boba Fett and features his unique design and a cape! [Fashionably Geek]
Nerdy Bits: LEGO Picard With Slave Wesley, Doctor Who Family Cosplay, FPS Lightsaber Fight, Avengers Do The Harlem Shake, and MOAR!
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at email@example.com
ABOVE: Lego Picard and Slave Wesley. Someone made it so. [Superpunch]
This time, on The Bastardcast: Jeremy and Jason talk about the possible death of the Justice League, the rise of the solo Star Wars films and how they relate to the cinema film Little Man, Godzilla‘s meth dealer, Bruce Willis and the power of words, GI Joe and the Patriot Act, and a porn star in S-P-A-C-E!!!
The boys also discuss the weeping soul blister that was the return of the Dan Harmonless Community, the return of The Walking Dead, kitty cats on the Monopoly board, art vs. commerce in video games, and part 2 of our epic tribute to Bill Murray, code name: #FebruMurray, alternative code name: If we blow him enough with our words, he’ll surely come sing karaoke with us/Operation Thunder.
So come on down, have some pancakes, and let us uplift, educate, and violate you with this edition of The Bastardcast!
The Bastardcast: Against dolphin rape since before it was a thing.
The news about these spin-off, stand alone films based in the Star Wars universe but not necessarily related to the continuation of the saga has been coming in at dizzying speeds. First there was the pretty solid rumor we’d soon see a Yoda stand alone flick, then came the confirmation from Disney‘s Bob Iger they were indeed planning spin-off features. Today, Entertainment Weekly broke the news we can expect two more characters to get the stand alone film treatment: Han Solo and Boba Fett.
And I believe what you just heard was a collective, explosive, fangasm.
Can you believe it!? Han Solo. Boba Fett. Starring in their very own movies! Seriously, this isn’t a dream is it? Or some really convincing fanfiction?
EW explains the two proposed projects as, “A young Han Solo saga, focusing on the wisecracking smuggler’s origin story, and a bounty hunter adventure with Boba Fett at the center of a rogue’s gallery of galactic scum.” It’s… it’s… all we could ever ask for!
Both projects are still in the super, duper early development stage so any details here could change without notice. The Han Solo picture is said to take place between Episodes III and IV, while the Boba Fett one either between Episodes IV and V, or V and VI. Placing these films within the time frame of the original trilogy allows other major characters, like Darth Vader and Jabba the Hutt, to also make appearances. And were these films to happen I think we can all agree an appearance from one, if not both, is almost guaranteed.
When confirming these spin-off features as the real deal, Iger mentioned Simon Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan were each working on one of them, but now we wonder, which ones? A Solo or Fett film from either would simply be the best thing ever. Who would you choose for which? And come to think of it, the more pressing question here is who to cast as a young Han Solo!? Would Harrison Ford make an appearance? Maybe in a sort of framing sequence, like EW suggests? What about Fett? Would they seek new talent or tap Temuera Morrison again? Who directs these flicks? Gah! So many questions!
Okay, be honest, is this the best news you’ve heard today, or best news you’ll hear ever? I mean, Han Solo AND a Boba Fett movies!! Be still my fangirl heart!
Earlier today we reported that Lucasfilm and Disney were planning a standalone Yoda film to play counterpart to the J.J. Abrams‘ helmed Star Wars Episode VII. It was, and remains, a rumor, but Disney CEO Robert Iger in an appearance on CNBC today confirmed that Disney is in the process of developing several standalone movies that will be made in conjunction with the new trilogy, and be released between pictures.
“I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few standalone films,” said Iger. “Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga. We still plan to make Star Wars 7, 8, and 9 roughly over a six-year period of time, starting in 2015. But there are going to be a few other films released in that period, too.”
So which characters are screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg developing into their own feature film? “I’m going to leave it to Kathy [Kennedy] and the LucasFilm team [to reveal details],” Iger added. So much for the direct approach. But at least it confirms the plausibility of a Yoda standalone film, and maybe the plausibility of that rumored Boba Fett movie 1313. In addition, Iger added that Abrams himself will act as a consultant for the other Star Wars films.
Obviously, more news as it develops.
Watch the full video interview with Iger below: