As if anyone needed further convincing that Han Solo shot first in the theatrical cut of 1977's Star Wars, the man who played Greedo has come forward to say that's exactly how it went down on both the set of the film and in the original script. Actor Paul Blake told the New York Daily News (via Uproxx):
"...it said it all in the original script, we played in the scene in English and at the end of the scene, it reads, 'Han shoots the alien.' It's all it says and that's what happened. It was very painful."
Like the rest of fandom, Blake wants to see the original version reinstated to the movie, but he has slightly more selfish reasoning: the altered version makes Greedo look like an embarrassingly terrible bounty hunter:
"He was a bit inept wasn't he? He's a worse shot than a Stormtrooper. I don't think Jabba had him under a pension plan let's put it that way. It would be lovely to see them go back to the original version, I much preferred it, I must say. And it does give it Greedo a little more glory if he's just blown away."
Despite George Lucas's constant meddling with the footage and multipledenials of the truth, we all know how it actually went down. An unearthed version of the original script proved it, and Blake is one more voice adding to the chorus that's been wanting to see the original version for years. But Lucas won't give in, and Harrison Fordhas his own thoughts on the matter.
While it isn't necessarily worthy of a full-on headbanging session, Eric Calderone's heavy metal cover of Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes' (aka the Mos Eisley Cantina band) up-tempo song is still pretty fun to rock out to.
Side note: I'm sure you all know this by now, but just in case you didn't — in the Star Wars universe, this genre of music is called "jizz." Yes, really.
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the guys behind the Jump Street reboot, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and The LEGO Movie, are directing the upcoming Han Solo origin spin-off movie, and Miller has taken to social media to celebrate Star Wars Day today by sharing a photo of a prop that will presumably appear in the film:
Seeing an image like this makes me roll my eyes at the idea of a Han Solo prequel — are we going to find out exactly Han got his blaster? Who cares? — but I have so much faith in Lord and Miller, I think they'll find a way to take what should be a terrible idea and turn it into something that's immensely enjoyable.
While an official decision has not yet been released about who will play the role of the young smuggler, Hail, Caesar! breakout star Alden Ehrenreich was reportedly the frontrunner for the part a couple of weeks ago. The untitled Han Solo film is being written by Jon and Lawrence Kasdan, and it's set to hit theaters on May 25th, 2018.
Universal Pictures is ramping up its cinematic universe full of classic monsters, and The Mummy reboot is first out of the gate. Variety reports that Russell Crowe is in talks to join that film as a Dr. Jekyll-like character, a part that could eventually lead to his own spin-off down the line. It sounds like the plan is to pull a Batman v Superman and introduce a handful of classic characters as cameos in that movie before they each get spin-off films, though some — like Johnny Depp'sInvisible Man — will apparently first appear in standalone movies.
Tom Cruise is starring in The Mummy alongside Kingsman: The Secret Service star Sofia Boutella (who is playing the title character), Annabella Wallis, and Jake Johnson. Alex Kurtzman, who is overseeing the whole slate of monster reboots at the studio with Chris Morgan, is directing from a script by Jon Spaihts. Crowe hasn't done franchise work like this before, so it'll be interesting to see if he can work well in a producer-driven machine like the one Kevin Feige has perfected at Marvel Studios.
Meanwhile, if you're interested in the character and haven't seen the BBC series Jekyll, seek that out. It's pretty great.
One of the first big plot points we heard about Star Wars: The Force Awakens came in the summer of 2014, before the movie even had an official title. It stated that the film would open with Luke Skywalker's severed hand floating through space, still holding his lightsaber from Empire's Cloud City fight with Darth Vader, and the hand would fall through the atmosphere of Jakku and land on the surface of the planet. That obviously didn't end up making the final cut that we saw in theaters, but now Mark Hamill himself has confirmed this was the original opening of the film. Speaking with The Sun, Hamill said:
“One day I read the first 15 minutes of the film absolutely accurately,” he said. “I can tell you now that in the original opening shot of 7, the first thing that came into frame was a hand with a lightsaber, a severed hand that enters the atmosphere, and then the hand and bone burns away and goes sticking into the surface of Jakku,” he added. “And this alien hand comes in, don’t know if it was Maz but it was an alien hand who takes the light saber way, and then the movie proceeds as you see it.”
I wonder if Abrams actually filmed that original opening. Maybe it'll eventually make its way onto a Blu-ray release of the new trilogy or something a few years down the line. Either way, it has to feel good for Devin Faraci over at BirthMoviesDeath right now to have his scoop confirmed now even though it didn't happen in the movie.
Even though he seems to have his fingers in a dozen different pies any time I hear news about a potential Guillermo del Toro project is reason to report it. And judging from the craziness of this project, it sounds like it might be one to root for.
A while back The Hollywood Reporter dropped news on GdT’s “next” project which would be an “otherworldly” love story set against the backdrop of the Cold War in 1963. Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and Michael Stuhlbarg have been announced or said to be circling roles. But newer information may have recently come to light that makes this sound like a really weird (but good) flick.
The Tracking Board got word that Richard Jenkins (one of those actors you tend to see in everything but just can’t remember his name) is now in contention for a major role in the film which they say is titled The Shape Of Water. They also managed to get this description of the film and it’s basic plot:
… the fairytale, set in 1963, centers around Elisa (Hawkins), a mute janitor working at a lab where an amphibious man is being held captive. When Elisa falls in love with the creature, she devises a plan to help him escape with the assistance of her neighbor (Jenkins). The world outside of the lab, however, may prove to be more dangerous for the amphibious man than Elisa could have anticipated.
del Toro has proven he can do historically-backdropped fantasy films, with The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth as great examples. And a mer-man would be a tame character compared to some of the creatures that have inhabited GdT’s films in the past.
As excited as I am for something like this, the filmmaker does have a bunch of projects already in the works so we’ll see if this gets priority before anything else. It’s being said that shooting for this will take place in August with a possible 2017 release date being eyed.
In a bidding war that was said to have reached the mid-six to seven figures range, Warner Bros is said to have won the rights to develop a film based on the miniatures / board game Monsterpocalypse.
The Hollywood Reporter says that the studio is looking to develop the film and is putting modern horror maestro Fede Alvarez at the helm. Alvarez is said to be in line to direct as well as co-write the script with usual partner Rodo Sayagues.
The basic concept of the game is humans in giant mech suits fighting monsters. If it sounds familiar it’s because we kind of already saw it back in 2013 with Guillermo del Toro’s love letter to Godzilla, Pacific Rim. That’s actually what put the film on hold back in the day when Tim Burton was attached to direct it.
The new concept is said to be radically different from the first iteration that was going around as well as GdT’s mecha-vs-kaiju flick. The concept – humans fighting monsters – will stay the same.
I’m a fan of this the second you put Fede Alvarez on it. I really liked his Evil Dead and thought it was a terrifying and creepy experience. He’s also got experience with robots, having directed the short film Don’t Panic!, about a robot invasion of Montevideo. I’m eagerly awaiting his next film, this summer’s Don’t Breathe, which should prove to be another exercise in suspense and chills.
In an interview with Uproxx, Captain America: Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo revealed that the titles of their next two movies — the massively-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2 — are actually going to be changed.
I asked the brothers how they decided where to divide the movie – and they said this was a misconception because the two movies are entirely different entities.
“The movies are two very different movies,” answered Joe.
I then asked if it’s misleading having them labeled as “Part 1” and “Part 2”
“It is misleading,” said Anthony.
Joe added, “The intention is we will change it, we just haven’t come up with the titles yet. But, yes, we will change it. And, yes, that is a scoop: we will retitle them.”
The title change is to avoid comparisons to YA adaptations like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Divergent, which split their final stories into two films in an attempt to squeeze more money out of audiences. The two-part Infinity War isn't going to be the final movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (far from it), and I'm glad to hear confirmation that it won't be one long story that's arbitrarily cut in the middle and leaves the audience hanging.
BirthMoviesDeath spoke to their sources and added the following info to the story:
"...Each film [is] very much its own movie, and that Infinity War I [will] have a definitive, complete ending. No cliffhangers, no 'to be continued.' It [will] be a whole film...
Infinity War I, I understand, is very Thanos heavy, setting up not only the character (which previous films have failed to do) but also getting him the Infinity Stones (which previous films have failed to do). Infinity War II is going to be the big action finale, with just about every Marvel Cinematic Universe hero showing up."
This all corroborates an earlier report about how the two films will feel different from each other, so I'm glad the Russos are still taking that approach and changing the titles to reflect that. The writers of Infinity War have been talking about Thanos a lot recently, and the villain is obviously going to have a huge part to play in these two films. What do you think the new titles will be?