The long-awaited Blade Runner sequel is almost here, but before it hits screens director Denis Villeneuve and Warner Bros. are releasing a prequel trilogy of short films to setup where the dystopian world is now, forty years after the original. This one, titled 2048: Nowhere to Run, centers around the character of Sapper Morton, a vigilante replicant played by Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) in a very non-Drax like dramatic role. Blade Runner 2049 opens on October 6, 2017.
Converting plays to the screen is a tradition as old as the movies.
Here are four lesser-known adaptations worth seeking out, plus a landmark fifth that still sets the standard for what a stage-to-screen adaptation should be, all in my featured article from the 2017 “Fall Performing Arts Issue” of The Tulsa Voice.
Click here to read Stage To Screen: Five Great Adaptations.
Now the story of a rebellion’s battle against an evil empire, and the one who could bring balance to the Force.
Ever since Ron Howard was announced as the new director of the untitled Young Han Solo movie, the social medias have had fun imagining the Star Wars saga told through the comedic filter of Arrested Development, the cult TV Comedy series that Howard not only produced but narrated.
Now someone has finally done it. The Nerdist website has taken the Star Wars/AD mashups to the next level by splicing clips from the Original Star Wars Trilogy and putting them together in the style of an Arrested Development episode – including lines of narration by Howard from that series.
There must’ve been a lot of work done pouring through the AD archives to find just the right Howard comments for this supercut, and the deep dive really paid off.
You can watch the entire 3-minute brilliant video here at the Nerdist website.
The new director for the untitled Young Han Solo Movie is bringing back as much balance to fans on social media as he is to the set of the troubled film shoot.
Through both his Twitter and Instagram accounts, director Ron Howard has been regularly posting images from the set of the latest Star Wars Anthology movie ever since it resumed production with Howard at the helm. He took over for the fired directing duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
His first image was barely a tease, but posts made since have offered interesting (if still cryptic) references, perhaps even inconsequential. Regardless what they reveal, or don’t, the fact that Howard and Lucasfilm have embraced this social media outlet to the fan base would suggest that Howard is savvy enough to understand he should take the calming presence he’s brought to a set in turmoil and extend that to the anxious fans as well. It’s a transparent confidence that says, “Hey everybody, don’t worry. We’re good. We’re having fun. We’ve got this.”
Below are posts Howard has made since taking over at the end of June. The possible Lando costumes are pretty sweet (though not officially confirmed as his), but the question I want answered most is from that picture of Chewie watching the monitor at video village: who are the characters in the sad embrace on the screen-right monitor?!
The untitled Young Han Solo Movie is still scheduled to open on May 25, 2018.
Chewie at Video Village
Lando in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.
Lando in Hyperspace
More Lando Wardrobe?
(And no, this isn’t the Lando movie, it *is* the Han Solo movie.)
Muddy Work Boots
“Rian has written a story that’s unexpected, but right.” – Daisy Ridley
Working even more effectively than the film’s debut trailer, this Episode VIII production sneak peak – with comments from director and cast – does exactly what it’s supposed to do: make you feel like December 15th can’t get here soon enough.
First footage of the live action Lion King just screened at Disney’s D23 convention. It’s not available to the public yet, but the rave reviews from attendees are all over the interweb Pridelands. This one, from Mark Ellis (Collider, SchmoesKnow), is as pure and exciting a fan reaction as you could hope for, and indicative of every other reaction I’ve read. The Lion King (live action) opens in two years on July 19, 2019.