Movie News

Brian Singer of X-Men is now set to helm Superman. Not sure yet what this means for the third X-Men movie…

I, Robot is #1. I guess White Chicks was sold out. And if you’re a Bjork fan, those robots might look familiar. Slate also looks at how the film gets Asimov wrong.

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit might go to Time Warner.

Comingsoon.net interviews Natalie Portman about Garden State.

And last but not least, Beowulf: the movie? I’m sure we can blame Peter Jackson for this somehow.

Novel Announcement: Labyrinth of Evil

In January we get Labyrinth of Evil, a novel featuring Anakin and Obi-Wan that leads directly into the opening on Episode 3. (Note: link contains visual spoilers for Ep3.)

It’s by James Luceno, who seems to be becoming the new KJA – at least as far as quantity goes. Even I really can’t insult any of the NJO authors by comparing them to the quality part. (Not even R. A. Salvatore! Well… maybe.)

Emperor’s Hand back in comics?

Mara Jade is coming back to comics in Empire. According to Randy Stradley of Dark Horse, she’s set to star in issue #28 of the ongoing series. Issue #28 would come out in January 2005, so the information is still quite tentative at this point. Previous comic storylines involving Mara are By The Emperor’s Hand, Union, and a handful of short appearances in the early issues of Star Wars Tales.

Also in comic news, the next issue of Star Wars Tales (#21) starts with an overhaul of the book with a new editor and format. Hopefully this doesn’t mean an end to the humor and offbeat stories, which is (IMO) the main reason to pick up Tales. Detail-oriented fanboys are NOT the only Star Wars fans, Dark Horse!