BOB IGER’S MEA CULPA
Disney President Bob Iger spoke with The Hollywood Reporter this week and made a lot of headlines, though most of them have been inaccurate. When asked if Disney should “pump the breaks [sic]” on Star Wars, Bob Iger took responsibility for the box office performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
“I made the timing decision," he told THR, "and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast. You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn't mean we're not going to make films."
Clickbait journalists have called this everything from the end of annual Star Wars movies to proof that Rian Johnson’s upcoming trilogy has been canceled.
Don’t believe them. The quote doesn't say any such thing.
Ryan Call on Twitter said it best:
RESISTANCE — MEET THE ACES
Star Wars unveiled another new look at the upcoming show Resistance. This time, we’re introduced to “The Aces.” This motley cast of characters will be populating the show, as well as the “Colossus,” the massive carrier in which they're all stationed.
Of this batch, I might be most excited to learn more about Hype Fazon. Not only is he voiced by Star Wars superfan Donald Faison (who was a Star Wars voice in the never-released Detours), but he’s an arrogant Rodian. That just sounds like a fun recipe.
The first four episodes' titles have been revealed (courtesy of Jedi Bibliothek) and they sound tantalizing, as well. Those are “The Recruit,” “The Triple Dark,” “Fuel For the Fire,” and “The High Tower.”
By the looks of it, it seems like the show is going to be high octane from the start.
DOMHNALL GLEESON ON THE “BACKLASH”
Domhnall Gleeson, who played the blustering First Order general Armitage Hux in the most recent installments of the Skywalker saga, gave an interview to The Times. In that interview, he had some sage advice for those discussing Star Wars, namely that if your issue with the film is rooted in the gender or ethnicity of the cast, your opinion simply isn’t worth listening to.
“Having a problem with a female lead or a diverse cast? That doesn’t even cross my mind as being an issue, because if that’s a problem for you, then your opinion doesn’t matter to me. If you’ve paid the money, you’ve bought the right to an opinion,” he said, "but, also, movies have to change.”
When pressed further about whether or not the small but vocal backlash against Star Wars: The Last Jedi would affect Episode IX, he reiterated J.J. Abrams’s sentiment that it hasn’t. “I’ve not been aware of any corrective measures," he said. "It just feels like the third part of a trilogy.”
JON KASDAN’S SOLO COMMENTARY
In case you missed it, Jon Kasdan, co-writer of Solo: A Star Wars Story, put out a 52-point list in lieu of an audio commentary for the film. SYFY WIRE explored it a little in our pieces about the evolution of the film and Solo’s roots in the old expanded universe, but for those who might have missed it, here it is for you to go over.
He steps through the film chronologically and gives juicy tidbits about the production, influences on the film, and behind the scenes anecdotes. All of it makes you wonder why he didn’t get an audio commentary on the disc. Sounds like he was game for it.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is out digitally now. It comes out on Tuesday in physical media.
THE LAST LAST JEDI DEBATE – VOLUME II
To cap off this week, I thought I’d leave you with audio from a panel I participated in at Dragon Con this year. Chris Gore from FilmThreat organized a debate about The Last Jedi and asked me to be on the supporting team. I think it went rather well.