Han to Fly Solo & Boba Fett on the Hunt in ‘Star Wars’ Spinoffs

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It was only yesterday we learned Disney is going to make standalone films in addition to the new “Star Wars” trilogy. Now, Entertainment Weekly reports the first two characters receiving spin-offs are Han Solo and his favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett. The Han Solo film is believed to be an origin story that would require a new, young actor to step into Harrison Ford’s very big, very iconic shoes. Boba Fett, save for his very young introduction in “Episode II,” has always worn a helmet, so casting is a little easier for that film.

If this news pans out, Disney has made the right choices. Han Solo is a character that would have a much easier time carrying a film than Yoda. Han Solo is very much the action movie hero mainstream audiences fall in love with over and over again. Casting will be difficult, but a young actor like Liam Hemsworth could become Han for a new generation of fans.

Boba Fett is a character whose fame has far outgrown the screen time he was given in the original trilogy. A full examination of his character may have difficulty living up to decades of hype, but the intrigue surrounding him will sell plenty of tickets. Even the fans who may be outraged by this news will pay to see it.

‘Spider-Man’ Sequel Gets an Obvious Title

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Via the film’s Facebook page, Sony Pictures has issued a press release confirming the title of director Marc Webb’s follow up to last summer’s “The Amazing Spider-Man.” It is… wait for it…

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2!”

My fellow Gentleman, John Bierly, is sure to be disappointed and many fans will agree. “The Spectacular Spider-Man” has a better ring to it, but since Sony has already stated this series will be a trilogy, use of the famed “Spectacular” title may be saved for the next rebranding of the franchise. You can check out the full press release below, which also confirms the casting of Paul Giamatti.

Film, Directed by Marc Webb, and Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx
Set for Release May 2, 2014

New York, February 5, 2013 – Columbia Pictures announced today that filming has begun on The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2 in New York. The film is the first in the history of the franchise that will be filmed entirely in New York City and New York State.

The sequel to last year’s critical and box office hit The Amazing Spider-Man, the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field.

In The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.

The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers.

The film’s key behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Dan Mindel, production designer Mark Friedberg, editors Pietro Scalia and Elliot Graham, and costume designer Deborah L. Scott.

The latest chapter in the Spider-Man story is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014.

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