The Episode VII frenzy has finally slowed down a bit as we wait for news of a director and confirmation of the Kasdan rumors – or maybe it’s just the upcoming holidays – but there are still a few things floating around.
Alumni. We already heard from him way back on D-Day, but Ewan McGregor reiterates that he’d be happy to come back “if they need me.” Samuel L. Jackson is up for it as well/ “I can come back as one-armed or a one-handed Jedi that’s still around that didn’t actually die,” he told E!
Directors. It was briefly speculated that The Prince of Egypt’s Brenda Chapman might be a dark horse in the director’s race, but the tail end of a recent profile in the Daily Record reveals that she’ll be returning the Dreamworks in the new year. Meanwhile… Peter Jackson?
Distribution. It was big news last week that Netflix and Disney had signed a pretty big agreement, but is Star Wars included? Well, distribution rights to the first six films remain with 20th Century Fox, but the Netflix deal doesn’t start until 2016 – so look for Episode VII to air on Disney’s current partner, Starz, first.
Box office. Here’s a little more kissing cousins competition for Episode VII – the Fantastic Four reboot.
Oliver Queen fans, take note: The CW has picked up Arrow for a full season of 22 episodes. The show’s premiere was the network’s most-watched show in three years, and the best premiere since Vampire Diaries in 2009. The CW also picked up three more episodes of their Beauty and the Beast remake, which stars Smallville alum Kristin Kreuk.
Moving onto less basic broadcast news, Neil Gaiman confirmed on Tumblr that the new Doctor Who episode he wrote (announced at the Hugos, where he won for ‘The Doctor’s Wife,’) will be the 12th of the current season.
And finally, it’s hard to read a genre news site and not trip over news and pictures from Game of Thrones as they shoot S3, but if you’ve somehow managed to miss them, try Winter is Coming. As always, possible spoilers!
What genre shows have you been watching this year?
Since most of geekdom will be talking about nothing but today…
‘Deadpool’ takes on the big summer meme that’s swept the interwebs. And, just trust me – stick around for Bane
Somehow, this weekend, I suddenly became a Who watcher. Now, to finish S6 before this comes out…
In related news, it looks like the Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, will be taking on chief baddie duties in the Thor sequel.
…Look, I’m no comic expert, but is ‘kind of bleak and depressing’ really the direction you go with to sell Superman? Superman? Have you learned nothing? Superman: Still not Batman. Superman: Will never be Batman.
(There’s another version that features Kevin Costner’s Pa Kent. Still depressing.)
James has uploaded his pictures from Saturday. They start here, and include the gem above.
Congratulations go out to Jader costumers extraordinaire Rogue, Caitlin and crew, who won Best in Show at the Masquerade with their Star Wars Project Runway skit!
We continue to march on with the Club Jade Tumblr, gathering 130 followers this week and averaging about 3 posts a day. Here are some highlights since the last time we checked in.
A Death Star II made out of a ping-pong ball. Recycling!
Nick Fury’s flashback; A seamless integration of Revenge of the Sith and The Avengers; A passage from Matt Stover’s Revenge of the Sith novelization gets GIFed.
How one of the most iconic scenes in Empire came from a ‘terrible decision.’
And, of course, lots of Star Wars art: An Artoo and Threepio/Bert and Ernie mashup; Star Wars, 40′s style; The Wizard of Oz reimagined in China.
If you’re going to read anything on the internet today, why not make it Cleolinda’s latest, The Avengers in Fifteen Minutes. Or even Prometheus in Fifteen Minutes. In any case, you’ll need to be fluent in Cleolinda for Celebration. Trust me.