Boba Fett movie confirmed

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The movie universe was surprised last year, when Disney bought Lucasfilm and the rights to the Star Wars franchise. They announced they would be producing five new films, three would be a continuation of the saga, but there would also be two stand alone spin-off’s based on established characters in the Star Wars universe.

A Yoda movie was the first rumored prospect for spin-off; but yesterday it was confirmed that Bounty Hunter Boba Fett would be getting his own movie.
It’s a safe choice to make, Bobba is a beloved character amongst Star Wars fans.
Lawrence Kasdan has apparently been hired to write and Jon Schnepp to direct.

Another rumour floating around is that Disney are interested in a Han Solo movie, set between Revenge of the Sith and A new hope. This rumour may actually hold a little weight, a teenage Han was cast for Revenge of the Sith but the character was cut before filming began, due to running time.

Also this week came the news that Marvel (also owned by Disney) would be producing a new range of Star Wars comics.

Doctor Who news

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Today at the final BFI screening celebrating 50-years of Doctor Who, show runner Steven Moffat revealed that series 8 will not be split and that the full 13 episodes will air consecutively. The news will be welcomed by fans who have felt that the split series has been to the shows detriment.
Series 8 is expected to air in August 2014 and will see Peter Capaldi pick up the search for Gallifrey, with Jenna Coleman as his companion.
How do you feel about the news? Let us know below.

Doctor Who triumphs at box office

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After taking an impressive £1.8million at the UK box office the fiftieth anniversary special of Doctor Who has made an impressive $4.8million.
The specially filmed 3D special played in 660 US cinemas on Monday.
In Australia it made $1.5M (AU).

After only being open for one day, Day of the Doctor globally racked up £6.5million and is currently second place in the US film charts.

With the success of this, I’d say a Doctor Who movie is pretty much guaranteed.

The Defenders

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Netflix and Disney have struck a deal
with ABC to co-produce four Marvel superheroes TV series, to be streamed exclusively on Netflix.
The first series’ will be Daredevil, followed by Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage.
The four serialised storyline’s will culminate in an Avengers-style superhero team-up, which will take place in a Netflix original film called The Defenders.
As ABC is involved there is always the possibility of an agents of shield cross-over.

I’m excited by this news, Netflix has a fairly great track record and producing original content.
However the series I most want to see is The Punisher, let’s just hope that happens.

Jim Gordon origin series in the works

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Gotham Central is a long running comic book, about the police department in Gotham city. Fans have long called for a tv series and, with Marvel’s agents of shield launching it seems that fox have listened. Sort of.
The American network have committed to making a tv series about the origins of Commissioner Gordon.

The series will be written by Bruno Heller, former show runner for The Mentalist.
Warner Bros and DC have been in the television business before, with the long running Smallville and now CW’s Arrow, so it will be interesting to see how/if this ties in to the DC universe that’s being built up by Zack Snyder.

Not much is known about the storyline this early on, but a brief description for the series says that in addition to showing the history behind Gordon, it will focus on the villains of Gotham City.

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Batfleck speaks

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Yesterday, Ben Affleck appeared on ‘Late night with Jimmy Fallon’ (American chat show). He discussed his casting and the internets reaction to it.

Affleck said on playing Batman.
“It’s so awesome, I’m so excited. They called me up and said, ‘Do you want to do this?’ And I said ‘I’m not 25, are you sure?’ And they said, ‘Come down, we want to show you what we’re doing.’ And it was incredible.

“Zack [Snyder] is directing it and he’s got this incredible take on it. Obviously he can’t do what Chris [Nolan] and Christian [Bale] did – those movies are amazing – so he wants to do something different but still in keeping with that. And I thought, ‘This is a brilliant way to do this, I really know how to hook into this.’”

On the Internet reaction.
“Before I accepted, they wanted to be sure I was ready. So, they showed me the reaction that-well, I won’t say their names, but other actors have received with their casting. I thought, I’m tough, I handle shit! I clicked online after it was announced and the first comment said Noooooooooooooooo!”

Batman Vs Superman is scheduled to open in July 2015.

Watch the full interview below.

Jurassic World

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After being in development hell for a number of years, Universal Pictures have finally announced the film title and release date for the third sequel in the Jurassic Park franchise . Jurassic World will arrive, in 3D on June 12th, 2015.
Colin Trevorrow will direct the film and Steven Spielberg will act as producer.

My 6am (pre caffeine) thoughts on Batfleck

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In an out of the blue announcement, Ben Affleck has been announced as the new Batman. He will star alongside Henry Cavill in man of steel 2, which has a confirmed release date of July 19th, 2015.
It’s telling how quickly his career as a director has taken off, that before I clicked on the news link, I thought he was being announced as the director.
There have been a few naysayers that are already calling “wrong choice!” Before they’ve seen the film, but they were the same people who said a skinny Welshman couldn’t play Batman, that Gary Oldman was wrong for Gordon and that a muscley Australian could never pull off the Joker.

It’s been well documented over the years that Affleck is a super-fan of Batman. He even used his first big pay cheque to build himself a Batcave.
I think he  is a great choice and I’m very excited to see him don the cape and cowl.
As an Oscar winning writer and multi-award winning director, I’m pretty sure his mere presence on set will make everyone behind the scenes up their game. All he has to do now, is buy Zack Snyder a tripod.

If you have a problem with this casting, just remember “Keaton can’t play Batman, Heath Ledger can’t play the Joker, Gary Oldman can’t play Gordon, Anne Hathaway can’t play Catwoman, Matt Smith will be awful as The Doctor and Daniel Craig can’t play Bond”.

What do you think? Leave your comments below