The First Standalone Star Wars Movie Just Lost This Key Piece

Boba FettWith all of the moving parts and pieces in the massive expansion of the Star Wars universe, there are bound to be shifts and changes. Screenwriter Michael Arndt very publicly left Star Wars: The Force Awakens due to creative differences—J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over in the aftermath and performed substantial rewrites. And now there has been another writer departure as Gary Whitta has left the first standalone spinoff.

First reported by The Hollywood Reporter, this separation definitely appears to be more amicable than the previous split. Whitta was working on the first of the planned side movies with Godzilla director Gareth Edwards, and even completed a draft. With his leaving, however, they will likely bring in another new writer.


Check Out This Stunning Guardians Of The Galaxy Concept Art

Guardians of the GalaxyGuardians of the Galaxy is a gorgeous film. It may be full of high action, sarcastic humor, and a talking raccoon and tree, but director James Gunn, Marvel, and everyone involved also took great pains to create an immersive, fully realized world. When you strive to create something wholly new and different and alien, it takes a lot of time and effort, and starts and stops and different versions, as we’ve seen from the constant flow of concept art that has trickled out since the film hit theaters back in August. Because we can never get enough of this sort of thing, we’ve get even more with this extensive gallery.

These are from artist Olivier Pron, who served as the lead matte painter for Guardians of the Galaxy, and they show off some of the ideas for Xandar, the home planet of the Nova Corps, and where a significant amount of the action is set. There’s something about many of these that almost feel like a dreamy videogame, like you and your avatar could roam these environments and get into all kinds of mischief and adventures.


Minority Report Gets The Greenlight From Fox, Details Here

MinorityWow, here’s some news about hard sci-fi on your television that has nothing to do with the Syfy channel, which feels rare these days as damn near every ambitious genre project seems to originate with them. We first heard last August that a version of Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, which is of course based on a Philip K. Dick short story, is headed to our TV sets. After learning a few additional details since then, the series has now been given the green light by Fox.

Variety reports that the network has approved a formal order for a Minority Report pilot for the 2015-2016 development cycle. 20th Century Fox TV and Paramount TV are working on the project, and Max Borenstein (Godzilla) is handling the writing duties and will executive produce along with Daryl Frank and Justin Falvey from Amblin TV. Kevin Falls will serve as showrunner.


This Walking Dead Trailer Shows The Characters Armed, Angry, And In Peril

The Walking Dead is in the middle of the annual break they take around the holidays, but we’re now less than a month away from the return of season 5. The last eight episodes promise to be all kinds of crazy and chaotic for your favorite group of zombie apocalypse survivors. And as Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) says in this grim new trailer, just released by AMC, surviving is all that matters.

It’s actually surviving together that is what really matters, and though all the key players are present and accounted for, and alive, they’re none to pleased about their present predicament in this latest promo. Just a heads up, we’ll be discussing The Walking Dead season 5, so if you’re not caught up, seriously consider reading something else (check out the latest Zombies vs. Robots news, that’s a good time) because we’ll be getting spoilery from here on out.


Shocker Of The Day: Ghostbusters Wants Melissa McCarthy In The Lead

melissa mccarthyThis should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying even a modicum of attention, but Melissa McCarthy is reportedly in talks to star in director Paul Feig’s upcoming, oft-discussed, frequently ranted about Ghostbusters reboot.

This bit of news, broken by The Hollywood Reporter, won’t shock any of you out there because McCarthy is a name that has been bandied about since the first moment we learned that a female-fronted revamp is in store. Not to mention that she starred in Feig’s last two directorial efforts, Bridesmaids and The Heat, as well as his next, Spy.


Zombies Vs. Robots Just Hired This Director To Adapt The IDW Comic Series

zombies vs robotsIt’s been so long since we’ve heard about this one that we forgot it was even happening, but the long gestating adaptation of IDW comics’ Zombies vs. Robots is apparently still in the works. Now, almost four full years after Sony Pictures first picked up the rights, they’ve gone and hired Andrew Adamson to direct the picture, which is still called Inherit the Earth.

Variety reports that The Chronicles of Narnia (both The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian), Shrek, and Shrek 2 director has been tapped to helm the film version of the comic series from creators Ashley Wood and Chris Ryall. Though it’s been so long since we’ve heard a damn squeak from this, it sounds like it is still very much the same creative team that was in place way back when.