It’s A Trilogy: Disney Confirms Eighth And Ninth Star Wars Films Also Planned

At this rate my fingertips will be bleeding all over the typewriter before too much longer. We had barely finished posting the breaking story about Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, including the Star Wars franchise, before more news arrived by way of a conference call between Disney investors and Disney chair Bob Iger. Not only is Disney planning Star Wars VII for 2015 — they’re planning Episodes VIII and IX as well.

Our sister site, Cinema Blend, got the skinny on the conference call announcement, where Iger said that they will be releasing the next three Star Wars movies in two-year increments, meaning we’ll be getting new Star Wars throughout the back half of this decade, and a few years on into the next. And that’s assuming that they stop at Episode IX, which there is no real reason to think.

It’s still not clear what George Lucas’ role as “creative consultant” will entail, but it seems unlikely that he’d be directing the new films, or even be involved in the day-to-day running of the franchise. At this point, I think the guy has earned a retirement. While some GFR readers are already crying foul and weeping in our comments section over on Facebook, I’m regarding this as a tentatively positive development for two simple reasons: 1) I think the prequels, as well as Lucas’ refusal to release the original, unaltered Star Wars films on Blu-ray and DVD, showed that Lucas had lost touch with what elements of Star Wars made the fans fall in love with the movies in the first place. And 2), I really, really want to see a Star Wars movie made by a top-tier director like Christopher Nolan. Think of the way Nolan reinvigorated the floundering Batman franchise, and just imagine if he or some other talented person brought a new energy and excitement to a universe that left many fans stung and bitter in the wake of the prequels.


Fan-Made Halloween Parody Sends Up The Ghostbusters

If you can’t wait for the elusive Ghostbusters 3 to march into theaters, maybe this fan-made short film will tide you over until then. Bustin‘ Makes Me Feel Good is a Ghostbusters-inspired Halloween short that answers the question “What if proton packs were readily available like iPhones?”


Holy Crap: Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Slates Star Wars VII For 2015

Well, I sure as hell didn’t see this coming when I climbed out of bed this morning. Deadline is reporting that Disney has purchased George Lucas’ Lucasfilm Ltd. — which includes the Star Wars franchise — for an estimated $4.05 billion. Even more jaw-dropping: they’ve announced that Star Wars VII is targeting a release in 2015.

If you need to catch your breath after that, I’m right there with you. Here’s more from Deadline: Lucasfilm co-chairman Kathleen Kennedy will be the new president of Lucasfilm, will serve as the Star Wars “brand manager,” and will be executive producer on Episode VII and any other movies that follow. Lucas will serve as creative consultant.

At the moment, there are no details about what Episode VII will be about, which existing characters will be returning — if any — or when within the Star Wars timeline the movie will be set. Between the official canon and the reams and reams of Extended Universe history, there are damn near limitless possibilities. Will it pick up after Return of the Jedi? Could it be set in the era explored by Knights of the Old Republic and the Old Republic MMO? No clue, but I’m excited to find out. And I honestly can’t remember the last time I was excited about Star Wars news. It’s a good feeling.


Matt Smith Okay With The Idea Of The Doctor Meeting Sherlock Holmes

From pretty much the moment that Steven Moffat took the reigns of Doctor Who and his show Sherlock, co-created with Mark Gatiss, became a hit, fans have speculated about what a crossover between the two shows would be like. It’s a far-fetched idea, to be sure, and Moffat himself has publicly poo-pooed the idea. While Doctor Who’s crazy universe could easily accommodate a visit from Baker Street’s eccentric, crime-solving genius, it would be a lot more difficult to make the Doctor “fit” within the world of Sherlock. All things being equal, it’s probably for the best that this crossover will likely remain the stuff of nerd dreams, Who actor Matt Smith is all for it, should the idea ever get any serious consideration.

Speaking to Collider, Smith acknowledged that Moffat and Gatiss don’t like the idea of a Doctor/Sherlock meetup, but adds that, “I’m not averse to it. I’m kind of open. I’m like yeah, because I just think they would find each other so remarkable.” Ignoring all the hurdles, both narrative and real-world practical, I have to admit that it would be amazing to see the Doctor and Sherlock teaming up for an adventure. Because you know the Doctor would likely infuriate Sherlock by posing ridiculous science fictional explanations for the mystery at hand, which would then prove to be accurate and piss Sherlock off even more. It’d be like Mulder and Scully, only with less sexual tension and more seething rage.


Justin Lin Takes On A Sci-Fi Comedy As His Next Project

Director Justin Lin has been quite busy lately. Not only is The Fast and the Furious director away shooting the sixth installment in the widely popular, thrill-ride franchise, but now Lin is attached to direct a new science fiction comedy for Universal Studios.

Although it is unclear when Lin would be taking this new job, Variety reports the action director is slated to direct the film Subdivision, a science fiction comedy from screenwriters Morgan Jurgenson and Alex Ankeles. Earlier this year, the writing pair sold a script to Paramount Pictures called Hyperdrive, which follows a cop who teams up with a sci-fi geek to investigate a murder, but they then find themselves in the middle of an intergalactic takeover.

There are no details surrounding the plot of Subdivision at the moment, but Jurgenson made a name for himself by penning the script to the cult hit horror-comedy, Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil, while Ankeles served as a production executive on Adam McKay’s Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby in 2006. If Subdivision is anything like the screenwriters’ past credits, then we’re in for a subversive, genre-bending good time.


Complex Words and Machinery Make Ghosthunters Seem Less Bullshitty

Given that this is a sci-fi website, it’s hard for me to know on which side of the ghost controversy readers fall. On the non-believer side, there are critical thinkers who consider the dearth of adequate evidence and are thus convinced it doesn’t exist, while most are open to the possibility of being proved wrong. On the believer side, there are people who spend their money supporting the con artists constantly fooling people into thinking that their darkest imaginings may exist, and these people will not accept a single notion to the contrary. Well, it turns out, as is the case with most forms of belief systems, that believers are being fooled into thinking this way.

Paul Brewer, professor of communication at the University of Delaware, put together a study for Science Communication that tested how language and assumptions can guide people into believing things. He gathered together a few hundred volunteers to read one of three newspaper articles concerning a ghost hunter, while a fourth control group read an unrelated article.