Yesterday we were gifted a bit of light news from the set of the Untitled Han Solo solo film from Ron Howard. In an Instagram video, he revealed to the world what very easily could have been revealed the moment the project was announced over a year ago: it’s title.
And it’s a very bland title: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
Presuming they were waiting this long from telling the world about such a dull title because they hadn’t nailed one down yet is silly. Because we’ve all had to awkwardly fumble around saying and/or typing a variant of the phrase ‘currently untitled Han Solo solo film’ for over a year, when we could have just called it Solo from the get go, and we’d be none the wiser for it. Think about it. What was so hard about revealing this title to us, even if they had potential plans to change it in the future? Had they given us Solo as a placeholder and then ultimately kept the title, that’d be fine. But they didn’t. They essentially trolled us for no particular reason.
But since they didn’t use that as a placeholder, we grow to assume the unannounced title to be at least slightly substantial. Maybe not spoilery in nature, but certainly revealing about a pivotal plot point in the character’s history. Or maybe the title is simply too intriguing, and they don’t want it to detract from the marketing of The Last Jedi. There were a number of solid reasons why Disney and/or Lucasfilm chose to keep the title from us.
Maybe they weren’t sold on the ‘A Star Wars Story’ aspect of it. After all, it really made Rogue One’s full title a bit of a mess. And yet, they need to be able to market this as a Star Wars film for those not quick enough to make the leap on their own.
The last day of New York Comic Con was great, albeit short. Still, one needs to stop by some of their favorite booths for the last time, and one booth we simply could not miss going back to was GinGee Girls Art. Sunshine, whom we had the privilege of interviewing, makes some of the geekiest mugs, steins, and shot glasses ever. From Star Wars to World of Warcraft to even more obscure content, like RWBY or Kingdom Hearts, each piece is handcrafted and the carvings are extremely intricate. Check out our interview with her, and then give her site a try and see if you find anything you’d like to drink out of!
Here’s your first glimpse at the upcoming adaption of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation, the first book in Area X: the Southern Reach Trilogy. Natalie Portman stars alongside Oscar Isaacs. It’s incredibly creepy.
And, for good measure, here’s our reaction to the trailer. It happens to be the first video of ours that Jenn has edited!
Not to be confused with a back-to-back filming schedule, the next four Avatar sequels will be shot side by side. A scene from the second film today perhaps, a scene from the fourth tomorrow, and then back to a scene from the third film the next day. The scenario I’ve just mentioned isn’t literally what the Avatar sequels’ filming schedule looks like, but that’s what James Cameron means by calling it a simultaneous shoot. Principle photography for the four films has begun just yesterday.
That said, how many people are actually excited about the prospect of at least four more Avatar films? If the results of our poll over at our YouTube channel are any indication, only about 20% are entirely on board. And while the sample size of the audience of moviegoers is relatively small (at just over 250 participants), our demographics are geared towards a more geek culture savvy audience, a culture that currently dominates the box office numbers. That means, of the people who are most willing to spend time and money on this kind of franchise, very few actually care.
And there are a number of reasons this news is garnering such a poor response. 1) The sequels are too late, having not struck while the iron was hot. 2) Nostalgia for the franchise hasn’t sunk in, and probably never will. 3) The moviegoing landscape has changed dramatically. And 4) the film was more of an impressive display of 3D technology than it actually was a solid film.
UPDATE: The four sequels have a combined budget of $1 BILLION, meaning the budget allotted to each is more or less $250 million.
What are your thoughts? Is 4 films too many? Because it’s the highest grossing film of all time, does that necessarily mean it needs to have a sequel? And is it too late to do so?