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A New Star Wars Movie is in the works. This comes after the release of The Rise of Skywalker in December, which wrapped up the Skywalker saga. The plan has always been for Lucasfilm to continue the franchise beyond that, but precisely how they're going to do so remains a bit unclear. While we still have many questions, the picture just became a bit more clear, as filmmakers J.D. Dillard and Matt Owens have been tapped to develop a new entry in a galaxy far, far away.
According to multiple reports, the filmmakers will be penning a mysterious Star Wars movie, with few details available. One report says that the story may take place on the Sith planet of Exegol, which fans were introduced to in The Rise of Skywalker. However, that has also been refuted, so that should be taken with a grain of salt. Exegol is the planet where Kylo Ren encountered a resurrected Palpatine, and also the location that was used in the movie's climactic battle.
J.D. Dillard is known for his work directing movies such as 2016's thriller Sleight, as well as the horror flick Sweetheart, which debuted on Netflix last year and earned rave reviews. As for Matt Owens, he has worked with Marvel quite a bit in the past. Owens penned episodes of The Defenders, Luke Cage and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It's not clear at this time if Dillard would direct the movie, should it receive the green light. It's also not clear at this time if this will end up as a theatrical release, or if it will be produced for the Disney+ streaming service.
This is one of several movie projects centered on the franchise that Lucasfilm is developing at the moment. Rian Johnson, director of The Last Jedi, signed on to helm a trilogy of movies in the franchise in 2017. Updates on that project have been few and far between, but it is still in the cards. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige is also developing a Star Wars movie. Details on that project remain tightly under wraps as well, but we know that all of these projects will be diverting from the main storyline we followed in the saga movies.We've heard that Lucasfilm is developing projects in the High Republic era, which is set roughly 400 years before the events of the original trilogy. There are also abundant rumors of Old Republic stories, such as a Knights of the Old Republic movie and/or TV show. For now, Lucasfilm is remaining quite and they have some decisions to make, as both The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker proved to be divisive in their own ways. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter.
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, see what the infamous “Butthole Cut” of the box office bomb Cats might have looked like. Plus, Star Wars franchise actor Anthony Daniels runs through the various versions of the C-3PO costume that he donned over the years, and Frozen and The Good Place star Kristen Bell looks back at her most famous roles, including Veronica Mars and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
First up, Anthony Daniels has played C-3PO countless times across Star Wars movies, television shows, video games, and more. That’s why Wired had him break down, in detail, the differences between the various costumes he actually wore as the golden droid, not to mention his first thoughts when seeing the designs for his character by artist Ralph McQuarrie.
Next, you may have heard about the possibility of some kind of alternate cut of Cats where all the eerie cat/human hybrids had anatomically correct buttholes. This has yet to be confirmed, but XVP Comedy created a trailer with as much footage from the “Butthole Cut” as they could find. Plus, they got surprisingly candid quotes from the filmmakers too.
Finally, Vanity Fair had Kristen Bell sit down for a career retrospective, reaching back to her early days with Veronica Mars and Heroes, moving through Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Frozen, and right up to recent projects like The Good Place and Frozen 2. Find out how she struggled early in her career because she wasn’t deemed pretty enough to be a star, and wasn’t quirky enough to play the “hot” girl’s friend.
There’s one particularly telling and effective moment in The Skywalker Legacy, the feature-lenght documentary that’s included on the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker home release that sums up much of the ambivalence and consternation that some had with J.J. Abrams’ return to the Star Wars universe. After showing the intricate construction of a giant, practical snake monster, the doc cuts back to footage of Jabba The Hutt, that old analogue beast that slithered its way into our hearts. The sentiment is clear – we’re making movies like we used to! A celebration of practical effects, the dripping of k-y jelly to give viscosity just like the old costume days, it’s all there. There’s excitement on set, everyone talking about how amazing it looks, how lifelike, how this is how you’re supposed to do movies like this.
Cut to Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett who shatters the myth, letting us know the creature was replaced by a CGI version in post.
Guyett’s resume is mighty. Having made his bones on groundbreaking films like Twister and Casper, he helped Spielberg bring the events of D-Day to screen in Saving Private Ryan, helped bring to life the best looking film in the Harry Potter series, Alfonso Cuarón’s Prisoner of Azkaban, and even made the theatrical version of Rent feel more than a stage production. Guyett has had many collaborations with Abrams – from the Star Trek Reboots through The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker he was even second unit director on the former, as well as working with George Lucas on Episode III to round off the prequels. He’s in a unique position to speak to these changing landscapes of epic filmmaking.
We spoke at length about the apparent contradictions and indulgences in making a Star Wars film, and he made the case for why nothing was wasted and all contributed to the final presentation. He was erudite and open to the discussion, making for a dream conversation with a man who quite literally has helped shape what amazes us on screen for decades.
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We see practical effects being championed as almost a marketing ploy with the “postquels” as a mix of nostalgia and an attempt to delineate from Lucas’ second trilogy. In some ways the love of the practically-realized snake undercuts the extraordinary CGI you and your team accomplished, and raises questions about why the need to fetishize the on-set inclusions when they’re replaced anyway. Could you talk about that ethos, that somehow doing stuff on a computer is a “cheat” while doing an effect practically is not?
I think at the end of the day we’re all trying to do the best that we can, trying to make the best, most dramatic or emotional movie we can visually. I’m coming from figuring out how do you get the most...