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Boba Fett Spin-Off Confirmed In STAR WARS Franchise With James Mangold To Direct
I actually thought that a Boba Fett film spin-off was already in the works as Disney Lucasfilm was ramping up a new slate of Star Wars IP long prior to The Force Awakens. I suppose it took all this time to make it official and now it is, courtesy of an exclusive at Borys Kit's Heat Vision column at THR on Thursday.
This update came hours before the official theatrical release of Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story, and with even more movies and television content getting new life at the studio. What's more is that James Mangold is up to write and direct the film per the studio's on-going process of developing non-canonical films focused on specific characters in the Star Wars universe, including recently announced films surrounding Lando Calrissian (previously played by Billy Dee Williams and succeeded this weekend by Donald Glover in an origin capacity) and a much hyped-about Obi-Wan Kenobi film with respect to rumors we've been hearing in what feels like forever.
Jeremy Bulloch played the character originally within the first trilogy, primarily dating back to Episode V while his character has been further explored in the prequels as well as in book based on the space opera.
Admittedly, I've been getting fatigued by Star Wars lately, so I'm not too heavily invested like the average fan. I suppose the driving force behind this one is the ceremomy Mangold garnered with last year's celebrated R-rated comic book spectacle, Logan, which otherwise means we'll possibly still enjoy that level of reverence but with a rollback no less to PG-13 territory. I'm down.
Fantasia 2018's second wave of titles arrived on Thursday and the first thing that stood out to me in a social media post was the name Cynthia Rothrock. That said all I needed to know to look further into the raft of titles, segments and events made public before the full line-up announcement on July 7 and as expected, the programme is turning out to be quite the feat.
Erik Matti's hotly anticipated BuyBust is pretty much an all-in factor for the hardcore action fans already lined-up for its August 10 North American release from Well Go USA. The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion starring Kim Da-Mi was another surprise in recent weeks showcasing a rather awesome trailer for I Saw The Devil writer Park Hoon-Jung's latest feature directing effort.
Also in tow are Sam Elliott in The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot, Searching starring Jon Cho, and awards and celebrations of the aforementioned Rothrock as well as other screenings like Victor Vu's Loi Bao which I'…
Another headlining rematch is on deck for Wilson Yip's Ip Man 4 with Jackie Chan apparently set to appear opposite star Donnie Yen. This little detail, by way of a report on Wednesday at Jaynestars cites local news sources, confirms that filming has wrapped for the fourth installment in which Chan will play a respected Chinatown Big Brother amid the story setting that lands our title hero in the U.S. alongside martial arts progeny Bruce Lee.
Yen and Chan have shared the screen together a few times in Shanghai Knights (2003) and The Twins Effect 2 (a.k.a. Blade Of Kings) (2004). The two are joined by Paradox co-star Chris Collins and Vanness Wu of Star Runner fame, both who share respective screen history with actor Scott Adkins who also stars.
Oddly enough and despite viral posts, the report also suggests Ip Man 3 co-star and Kung Fu League headliner and most-noted Bruce Lee persona in recent memory; Danny Chan may be sitting out the role this time around.
A late 2018 or early 20…
Here's a little something to bare in mind for a potemtial future Hit List entry: Enter John Fallon of The Shelter, American Muscle and upcoming Heretic helmer, and newcomer, actor and martial artist Marc Natoli who've since completed their work on Paul Allica's new feature venture, The Siege Of Robin Hood on which Fallon served as co-star and producer.
Going forward, they now turn their attention to the forthcoming July shortfilm production, The Proposal. The two are joined by Neighbors actress Kahli Williams with a script from Fallon, and Ben Whimper, best known for producing projects like shortfilms Quanta and Arrowhead, and now staking his claim at the helm to direct. When gun for hire and all around tough customer Mason Stone (Marc Natoli) takes his long time girlfriend Emma (Kahli Williams) out on the town with the intent of popping the big question, he finds his proposal plans rudely interrupted by a group of highly skilled assassins who want him dead. What's a …