Have you heard the news? Hayden Christensen is returning as Darth Vader in Disney Plus' new series, Obi-Wan Kenobi. And what's more; he and Obi-Wan actor, Ewan McGregor, will engage in a rematch of their epic battle on planet Mustafar, Revenge of the Sith!
There's a full on royalty war underway in regard to Alan Dean Foster's books, Star Wars: From the Adventures of Luke Skywalker (a novelization of the Star Wars film, A New Hope), and Splinter of the Mind's Eye, (its sequel). Apparently, when Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, the checks stopped rolling in for purchases on the ghostwritten sci-fi works.
Can you wait for Rise of Skywalker? I can’t, but before that December 20th release date I have something to satiate my desire for everything Star Wars besides binging the behind of the scenes for the twelfth time like it’s a new Netflix original.
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On May 4th (yes, May the Fourth be with you too), LucasFilm made a startling announcement (get it? Star-tling?) on the Star Wars website, saying that, “[a] galaxy of stories leading to the final film in the Skywalker saga is on the way.”
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We’re getting a great number of kid-oriented books, picture books, comics, as well as those beloved behind the scenes like The Art of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary.
I’m on board, but are you convinced? If not, we got from stellar news that’ll make you jump for joy.
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Marvel Comics will also release a 4-issue miniseries called Allegiance, which follows surviving Resistance fighters and Leia’s efforts to “reach out to her former allies, the Mon Calamari, whose shipyards once powered the Rebel Alliance.”
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If you haven’t boarded the Millennium Falcon of hype yet, we’re happy to inform you have November will bring Force Collector, a YA novel authored by Kevin Shinick who also wrote Chewie and the Porgs, about teenager who “sets out to discover what connection his mysterious Force powers have to the fabled Jedi, and what the Force has in store for him.”
Sounds that kid from the end of The Last Jedi…
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Okay, that might be your cup of tea. Or maybe it is. But we’ve saved the best for last.
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Resistance Reborn. The description says that it will follow General Leia Organa, Poe Dameron, Finn, and Rey “[struggling] to rebuild the Resistance after their defeat at the hands of the First Order”.
The book will bridge the gap between The Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker. Excited? I know you are.
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The book is set for a November 12th release date, a month before Rise of Skywalker hits theaters.
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Its official: Disney and Fox have finalized their merger. According to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday morning at 12:02 AM, Disney has completed its over seventy-three-billion-dollar acquisition of Fox’s assets. These include: Fox’s TV and film studios, National Geographic, Indian TV network Star India, and Fox’s thirty-percent stake in Hulu. Meanwhile, a new division of Fox called Fox Corp will operate independently and continue to broadcast Fox News.
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Well known properties/franchises that Disney now own include: X-Men, Deadpool, Avatar, Alien,and Die Hard. This a massive slate of properties added to Disney’s already impressive catalogue, considering they also own Lucasfilm and Marvel. It is estimated that with this acquisition, Disney will become the most powerful studio in the world, as its films will dominate the box office for the years to come. In a good year, Disney might dominate well over half of grosses and own over thirty-percent of total market share. This is staggering to think about, without even factoring in how this will change our streaming and television choices, especially with Disney+ on the way.
Still, it is exciting to think about potential crossover material, such as Deadpool meeting The Avengers or Wolverine appearing to help fight a threat such as Thanos. But it remains to be seen how this will affect films in general going forward, especially given Disney’s dominance of the genre now. We’ll keep our eyes out, but this is a very exciting and nerve-wracking deal. Earth-shattering, even.
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