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Star Wars Weekly: Did they cancel the standalones and will The Last Jedi be remade?

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Jun 22, 2018

Time again for Star Wars Weekly, the SYFY WIRE series that rounds up the most important news of the week from a galaxy far, far away. Think of us as your own personal Star Wars Holocron.

STANDALONES ON HOLD?

Collider broke a story this week that made it sound as though Lucasfilm is pulling back and putting all of its standalone films on hold. On ABC, Lucasfilm fired back that it as plenty of films in development. So, what should we believe in the wake of Solo: A Star Wars Story's box office challenges? Should we believe the anonymously sourced article that claims all the standalones have been put on indefinite hold? Or do we believe that Lucasfilm is still actively developing everything even though they haven't set a definite schedule?

I wrote a piece for SYFY that gets into the details about why the news seems like much ado about nothing, but you know how the internet is, especially when it comes to Star Wars. I feel like we're not going to get a clearer picture of what Lucasfilm is up to until the powers that be want us to know, and that may be as late as Star Wars Celebration 2019.

We'll stay on the story and make sure you're updated, but somehow I don't think you'll miss any announcements about new Star Wars films.

REMAKING THE LAST JEDI

With a fandom that has been re-editing Star Wars movies for more than two decades to fit preconceived notions of what the films should have been, it's no surprise that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is finding itself in the sights of the phenomenon.

These fans were so displeased with the final product of The Last Jedi that they, somehow, want to remake it entirely. The group claims to have a Hollywood producer ponying up money for it as well as fans who have pledged to contribute millions of dollars. I'm not really sure what the logistics would be. Would they go into reshoots? Would they scrap the movie and start over? Would they make an elaborate fan film?

According to the group's Twitter feed, its hope is that Lucasfilm would erase The Last Jedi from Star Wars canon and replace it with the remake, written by a committee.

The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is among those who hope they remake the movie:

If nothing else, I think it would be worth a laugh.

THRAWN: ALLIANCES SYNOPSIS

Random House, the parent company of Del Rey, released a more complete synopsis of its new book Thrawn: Alliances, written by Timothy Zahn.

You can read the whole thing here, but it sounds as though it's going to be a little bit more complicated than the simple team-up between Thrawn and Vader we were expecting. It also sounds like we'll be getting a new enemy in the unknown regions, centered on Batuu, the setting for the new Disney Star Wars lands currently under construction.

It also sounds like Alliances is going to give us intertwining stories set both during the dark times of the Empire and sometime during the Clone Wars.

Here's the end of the tantalizing tease:

Now, thrust together once more, they find themselves bound again for the planet where they once fought side by side. There they will be doubly challenged—by a test of their allegiance to the Empire . . . and an enemy that threatens even their combined might.

LANDO IN IX?

Fantha Tracks, an outlet full of longtime Star Wars journalists, is reporting that Billy Dee Williams is back for Star Wars: Episode IX.

Naturally, the site has no named sources for this anonymous report but claims that it's learned this information from two different sources and that an announcement would be made by Lucasfilm eventually, especially as we approach filming.

Since this report is more of a rumor and is completely unconfirmed, take it with a grain of salt, especially since anything can happen. Perhaps he's just back for a cameo and then, for whatever reason, that cameo is cut from the film?

And don't ask Corey Dee Williams, Billy's son, about it either:

KYLO REN AND TIFFANY HADDISH

At the MTV Movie Awards, host Tiffany Haddish inserted herself into recent movies and, of course, she decided she needed to have a Force connection with Ben Solo.

I'll leave you with the video: