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Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: Today at 03:38:41 am »
Report: The Star Wars Story movies are being put on hold:


In other words: films that were never announced by Lucasfilm are still in development.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: Today at 12:35:51 am »
But similarly they didn't go and make Fantasia 2, John Carter 2....etc.

None of those ever made any money and Disney wrote off the JC debt almost immediately. Star Wars has made way more for them than it has ever lost so the death knell of the franchise being rung in some quarters is greatly exaggerated because of the financial loss of a troubled non-sequel spin-off.

Solo was a contractual obligation for Lucasfilm since Lawrence Kasdan only agreed to sign-on to Force Awakens if he got to make Solo - after he and Lucas hatched the spin-off idea previous to the Disney buy-out. The choice of the next spin-off after Rogue One may have been different otherwise. The buzz before Solo was bad, middling or non-existent on the fan periphery, so it never really penetrated into the world of the norms.

Previously noted, as drop-offs go, The Last Jedi is not a shocker in Star Wars financial history and the fall in percentage points is slightly less than Attack of the Clones.

Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 19 June, 2018, 04:51:16 pm »

Thing is, I’d like to see Frank Miller draw an entire story in that style.

Film & TV / Re: The Trailer Thread
« on: 18 June, 2018, 11:09:08 am »
Not a bad idea but it looks like someone ‘remade’ Robert Downey Snr’s PUTNEY SWOPE


In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe.

Games / Re: A Couple of Ideas for Rebellion
« on: 16 June, 2018, 07:57:18 pm »
Where does this pessimistic assumption come from? The absence of an ambitious Dredd game isn't some kind of verification of anything.

Possibly the absence of that level of capital.

The Witcher 3, he notes, cost well over $85 million in the end (PLN 300 million), although he also emphasizes that only $25 million (PLN 90 million) were direct production costs, with other costs showing up as indirect expenses; CyberPunk is expected to be more expensive.


Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 16 June, 2018, 05:05:35 pm »
Unlike Solo, Disney are going to market the unwholesome fuck out of Episode IX – and maybe they'll pull the trick that worked to boost Revenge of the Sith, The Force Awakens and Rogue One: putting Darth Vader in the trailer. If anything we'll be getting the whole End of a Saga montage in some trailers. That alone will be enough to pull the lapsed from every generation back into a cinema.

I don't think it ever expected or the point for this to be the end of the road for the new cast but the end of the Skywalker story,so there'll likely be more from those Master Luke flashbacks – we've had them in each episode so it's part of the Sequel format – along with his always inevitable force-ghosting.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 16 June, 2018, 02:40:51 pm »
Figures I heard this week say last jedi only sold just over half of the blu rays that force awakens sold.......though I would like to see more official sales figures. On top of the large drop off rate for last jedi, it's 700 million less in box office than force awakens, and then solo reportedly losing 80 million.....you have to wonder what they will pour into star wars over the next 18 months. If it was my business, I'd be feeling jittery. The trend is down at the moment.

Looking at the bigger picture, no matter how well the sequels are received in a Star Wars trilogy, the initial film always seems to come first in earnings. The Last Jedi is in-line with the Star Wars penultimate sequel pattern.

The Empire Strikes Back earned 30% less than Star Wars.

Attack of the Clones earned 30% less than The Phantom Menace.

The Last Jedi earned 30% less than The Force Awakens.

So far the third instalments Return...and Revenge.. have made a bit more than their second sequel counterparts.


How Rogue One and Solo fit into this picture is more difficult to judge since there's an array of factors at play in the fortunes of each.

Film & TV / Re: Mad Max - Fury Road
« on: 15 June, 2018, 03:23:43 pm »
Imagine the world we might live in if Miller had got to make that Justice League film he wanted to.

A world without Fury Road.

Prog / Re: Prog 2085
« on: 13 June, 2018, 10:53:25 pm »
It's all about microbitotics, dead microbiotics.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 13 June, 2018, 09:26:52 am »

Those microbiotic Force-users shall return in Episode VIII: The Least Jedi

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 12 June, 2018, 06:42:59 pm »

Daylight robbery. That's about €6-8 more than the a screen at a Dublin IMC.

Books & Comics / Re: Wildcat - any good?
« on: 12 June, 2018, 10:44:03 am »
The Dan Dare Corporation owns the global rights including Film, Television, Radio, Social Media, Publishing and Merchandising to the Eagle Comic and associated strips including Dan Dare - Pilot of the Future.

The Company also owns the global rights to other associated strips that appeared in the Eagle including Computer Warrior, Stormforce, Ghost Squad, Manix, The Fists of Danny Pyke, Crowe Street Comp, Walk or Die, Survival, The Amstore Computer and Detective Zed.


Books & Comics / Re: Wildcat - any good?
« on: 12 June, 2018, 10:17:40 am »
Would Rebellion be able to reprint the content that appeared in Eagle or only the episodes that ran in the original Wildcat comic?

Yes, they can.

Film & TV / Re: Mad Max - Fury Road
« on: 11 June, 2018, 10:58:31 pm »
Agreed they Marvel and Star Wars films aren’t action films. But they are blockbusters.

Fury Road does skew older though and didn't do blockbuster box-office, even though it had good marketing and great reviews. You would never have the sustained intensity of Fury Road in a family film.

Film & TV / Re: Mad Max - Fury Road
« on: 11 June, 2018, 10:28:48 pm »
The Force Awakens features action but it's not an 'action-film'; it doesn't use action in the way Fury Road uses  action as the primary mechanism to tells its story. Fury Road is closer to The Raid in that regard.

Comparing superhero films and Star Wars to Mad Max in that way is kind of missing the point of what makes them different, regardless of the quality of each.

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