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– Boba Fett goes bye-bye?
– More Pirates of the Caribbean?
– Jamie Lee Curtis’ next big hit?
Read on to find out more!
Boba Fett movie a definite no-go
While just a year ago it seemed that Star Wars would forever be an unstoppable juggernaut, in the time since, audiences have seen one Star Wars movie that purportedly divided the fanbase, and another that didn’t even excite people enough to actually go and see it. The former was, of course, The Last Jedi, and the latter, Solo: A Star Wars Story.
After Solo‘s failing (if you can call making $392 million a failing. Hollywood, am I right?) it seemed that Lucasfilm was axing any future standalone spin-offs that were rumoured to be in development. These films, like Solo and Rogue One before it, were rumoured to cover everything from a Yoda origin story to a Jabba the Hutt gangster flick. The most prominent among these rumours centered around an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie and the long gestating Boba Fett movie. While the various bits of news to come out of Lucasfilm have been far from definitive on whether these movies will ever get made (although news sites have reported that they almost definitely won’t) the lack of a decisive official word meant that fans of those two characters in particular still held out hope.
However, with the upcoming Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian now in production, Kathleen Kennedy has come out to dispel any rumours that that Boba Fett movie will see the light of day. Journalist Erick Webber managed to throw some questions Kennedy’s way at a Black Panther awards reception, after which, he tweeted the following:
Kathleen Kennedy just confirmed to me Boba Fett movie is 100% dead, 100% focusing on THE MANDALORIAN #StarWars
— 𝗘𝗪𝗲𝗯 (@ErickWeber) October 26, 2018
The Mandalorian is expected to debut on Disney Play some time next year.
Pirates of the Caribbean sets sail for a franchise reboot
Once upon a time, everyone loved Pirates of the Caribbean and it’s leading man Johnny Depp. That was some time ago now. A distant memory, some might say, as these days, Depp is regarded as a questionable character and the Pirates franchise doesn’t really incite the same level of excitement as it did… ten years ago? When did Black Pearl come out? Fifteen years ago?! You must be joking. Doesn’t time fly.
Anyway, general consensus is that the quality of those films has definitely been declining with each subsequent entry, so obviously, rather than just letting the franchise die out, Disney are considering rebooting the series, because it’s not like Johnny Depp was the only reason people were tuning into these things (That was sarcasm. I’m pretty sure he was the only reason. Emphasis on was).
To accomplish this feat, Disney are courting Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Without Captain Jack front-and-centre, it’s unclear what this new series of films will be about (although if I had to hazard a guess, I’d say pirates) or when it will debut. But until then…
Pirates of the Caribbean 1 – 5 are available on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download.
Seen Halloween and want more Jamie Lee Curtis?
Jamie Lee Curtis rose to fame in the 1978 classic Halloween and is once again in the spotlight as she’s returned to play the character of Laurie Strode for a final face-off against Michael Myers in this years new Halloween movie. Also titled Halloween.
But what’s next for Curtis?
Well, fresh off the success of her new horror movie, it’s been announced by Variety that Curtis has joined the cast of Last Jedi director Rian Johnson’s new film, Knives Out. Her role has yet to be confirmed, but Curtis is just the latest in a string of A-List castings for Johnson’s murder mystery movie.
So far, the film is known to feature Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), Chris Evans (Avengers: Infinity War), Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water) and Lakeith Stanfield (Selma) with Daniel Craig (you know, James Bond) in the starring role.