How many Star Wars movies and TV series do we need? Our answer to that question became “at least one more” when we learned late Thursday that a pretty juicy Lucasfilm project is in the works: the very first Knights of the Old Republic movie.
Buzzfeed News says the project is currently linked to just one person: screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis, who has worked on scripts for Terminator GenisysNetflix’s Modified Carbonand Alita: Battle Angel (meaning there are currently no actors, directors or producers, which should indicate how early this project is currently). According to Buzzfeed, this script is the first of a possible trilogy. If true, that would be Kalogridis’ project against Game of Thrones showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff and from The Last Jedi director/screenwriter Rian Johnson.
There is always a chance that this KOTOR-linked screenplay is the first step in a lengthy process that never leads to production (specification scripts usually precede actual film development) or turn it into something tailor-made for the upcoming Disney+ streaming service. Yet the KOTOR video game franchise, led by the game makers at BioWare, has always been loved for its characters and scripts. Even the MMO incarnation, which launched in 2011 to uneven reviews, has been consistently praised for its captivating universe and storytelling. So we join our fellow Star Wars nerds and start salivating optimistically.
Speaking of optimism, our hopes that the coming Sonic the hedgehog The film’s visual design and digital effects are getting a legitimate overhaul after the director confirmed a three-month production delay. Director Jeff Fowler took to Twitter on Friday to share the news: the film is now set to launch on February 14, 2020, surpassing its original release date of November 8, 2019.
Interestingly, Fowler’s tweet featured a very cartoonish silhouette of Sonic’s telltale head and an apparently hand-drawn model of Sonic’s hand… wearing white gloves. The film’s reveal trailer featured a version of Sonic who, instead of wearing gloves, had white-colored fur over his bare hands. These are the clearest signs yet of changes Fowler alluded to in his previous mea culpa tweet about the Sonic handling of the launch trailer.
Rounding out Friday’s geek movie news is that Taika Waititi’s next live-action film project, a remake of the classic Japanese anime Akirahas a release date: May 21, 2021. This, coincidentally, places the Thor Ragnarok director’s next film directly against the already announced sequel John Wick: Chapter 4, which is tentatively also set to launch the same day.
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