The filmmaker will still be putting his vision to the test when 'Episode IX' debuts.
When 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' hit the big screen at the back-end of 2017, the fan response was incredibly varied. Director Rian Johnson was accused by a vocal portion of the fan base of changing canon to fit his own narrative, and some story decisions that were made were met with annoyance from 'Star Wars' loyalists. Still, Lucasfilm clearly enjoyed Johnson's time working on the film, as he's now been brought in to handle an all-new trilogy when the current episodic series and slew of standalone films have come to an end.
J.J. Abrams is sticking with his original plans for 'Star Wars: Episode IX'
Despite that, Johnson won't be returning to direct the upcoming 'Episode IX'. That honour will instead fall to 'The Force Awakens' director J.J. Abrams, and whilst we have no idea about the story he'll be bringing to the series to wrap up the current episodic series, it's something he has locked down if recent comments are anything to go by.
Cloverfield fans were only expecting a trailer from Super Bowl Sunday!
Following the success of 2016's '10 Cloverfield Lane' - the second film in the 'Cloverfield' movie series - comes the third film in the franchise, 'The Cloverfield Paradox'. With a story from Oren Uziel and Doug Jung, and with Uziel writing the screenplay for the flick, fans were expecting a trailer to get their first glimpse of the movie during this year's Super Bowl game. What they got instead was a lot more.
Following the game, which saw the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Patriots, Netflix announced that 'The Cloverfield Paradox' was not just going to be teased, but had been officially released on their streaming service. It was a major surprise for everybody waiting for the teaser at home, reminiscent of when Beyoncé dropped her self-titled album as a surprise back in 2013.
Tommu Wiseau is an ever secretive and Louisiana-born filmmaker who directed, wrote and starred in the 2003 romantic drama 'The Room' with Greg Sestero. It's a movie that has become a cult hit among film-lovers for all the wrong reasons, as it's considered to be one of the worst films ever made.
It follows the love triangle between banker named Johnny (Tommy's character), his lying wife Lisa ( protrayed by Juliette Danielle) and his best friend Mark (who is played by Greg Sestero). Amongst the random subplots that seemingly have no relation to the plot itself, we see Johnny struggling to quash Lisa's stories that she is the victim of domestic abuse.
James Franco stars as the filmmaker while his brother Dave Franco plays Greg Sestero in 'The Disaster Artist'; a comedic retelling of Sestero's 2013 memoir and a look at the making of this iconic flick. Amusingly Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero also star in this new movie - though they portray characters Henry and the casting agent respectively. Plus, Sestero previously claimed that Wiseau would only agree to this adaptation if he would be played by either James Franco or Johnny Depp.
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Following his success with 'The Force Awakens', the director will close out the trilogy.
Following the news that Colin Trevorrow would be stepping away from the 'Star Wars' franchise, despite working for some time on the beginnings of 'Episode IX', came the rumours of exactly who would be moving in to replace him.
J.J. Abrams will co-write and direct Episode IX
Many thought that Rian Johnson - director for the upcoming episodic addition 'The Last Jedi' - would be promoted to direct the closing chapter of this new trilogy, but according to a new report, that's not going to be the case.
Continue reading: J.J. Abrams To Direct And Co-Write 'Star Wars: Episode IX'
Jj Abrams at the film premiere of Arrival held at the Village Theater in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 7th November 2016
J.J. Abrams at the premiere of the HBO drama series 'Westworld' - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 28th September 2016
It joins '10 Cloverfield Lane' and the upcoming ghost story 'The Conjuring 2'.
This year is quite the year for horror. We've already seen a good handful of epic chillers and it's not stopping there. Stephen King's 'Cell' is the latest movie to be announced for release later this year, but here's a look at what we've seen so far and what's to come this summer.
Meet the band in exhilarating horror 'Green Room'
1. Green Room - Patrick Stewart as a ruthless psychopath determined to murder a punk band may seem an unlikely concept but that's what makes this nerve shredding horror (directed by Jeremy Saulnier of 'Blue Ruin') so grippingly intense. When a band shows up at neo-Nazi bar for a show, they unwittingly find themselves witnesses to a brutal murder - and now they're next on the hitlist. Alongside Patrick Stewart, the movie also stars Joe Cole from 'Peaky Blinders', '28 Weeks Later' actress Imogen Poots and 'Star Trek Into Darkness' star Anton Yelchin.
Continue reading: 'Green Room' Tops Our List Of 2016's Most Exciting Horrors
'Mad Max: Fury Road' and 'Spectre' were also big winners.
Just when you thought film awards season was over, the 2016 Jameson Empire Awards rolled in last night (March 20th 2016) to heap some much deserved praise on the epic of the year 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'; a film which didn't manage to land an Oscar and wasn't even recognised at the Golden Globes in spite of its enormous appeal.
Daisy Ridley wins for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
The film won Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy, beating 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2', 'Jurassic World', 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and 'The Martian'. However, it was beaten to Best Film (presented by Sky Movies) over all by Leonardo DiCaprio's 'The Revenant'. It also lost out on Best Costume Design to 'Mad Max: Fury Road', which was another major winner at the awards show when it also landed Best Soundtrack.
Continue reading: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Steals The Show At 2016 Empire Awards
It's pretty much THE movie event of the whole year.
'Star Wars' fever has been rife all year, but nowhere was it more infectious than at the world premiere of 'The Force Awakens' yesterday (December 14th 2015). Packed with fans, celebrities as well as the stars of the movie, this was a film event of titanic proportions.
George Lucas and Jj Abrams buddy up at the Star Wars premiere
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' made it's premiere in Los Angeles, though the night became so busy that it had to be spread from the Dolby Theater to the TCL Chinese and El Capitan as well. The director of the previous movies George Lucas showed, to the delight of new director and major fan J.J. Abrams. Lucas previously described having to attend the premiere as being like a divorced father at his grown child's wedding, but in this case it seems stepfather Abrams couldn't have been more right for the continuation of the 'Star Wars' project.
Daniel Fleetwood was granted a special screening of the new 'Star Wars' film last Thursday.
Daniel Fleetwood, a terminally ill Star Wars fan, who was granted his dying wish to see The Force Awakens film last week, has died. The 32 year old Texan, who had an aggressive form of cancer that had spread to 90% of his lungs, was granted the chance to see the film months before it hits cinemas, after the social media campaign #forcefordaniel went viral.
Terminally ill Star Wars fan Daniel Fleetwood has died, days after viewing The Force Awakens.
His wife Ashley, confirmed his death in a Facebook post on Tuesday, writing: “He passed in his sleep and in peace. He will always be my idol and my hero. Rest in peace my love. Daniel put up an amazing fight to the very end. He is now one with God and with the force.”
'Star Wars' fans will be relieved to know that preparations for the sequel to 'The Force Awakens' are under control.
There’s still a more than a month of impatient waiting to go before the world gets to see The Force Awakens, but director J.J. Abrams says that the Star Wars producers aren’t resting on their laurels, revealing that the script for Episode VIII is already written.
The 49 year old director conducted a lengthy interview with Wired, in which he revealed that the eighth movie of the franchise is taking shape quickly. Though it will be directed by Rian Johnson, Abrams has already announced that he’s taking an executive producer’s role, and has shared a first look at the script with Johnson.
Jj Abrams is the executive producer of 'Episode VIII'
Continue reading: JJ Abrams Says Star Wars 'Episode VIII' Script Is "Already Written"
Daniel Fleetwood viewed an early cut of the film on Thursday.
Daniel Fleetwood, a terminally ill Star Wars fan, was granted his dying wish to view The Force Awakens on Thursday, nearly two months before it is released in cinemas. Fleetwood suffers from an aggressive form of cancer that has spread to 90% of his lungs and has been given just months to live.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits US cinemas in December.
The 31 year old Texan was able to watch an early cut of the highly anticipated film, which is due out in US theatres on 18 December, his wife Ashley Fleetwood confirmed on Facebook. “Daniel just finished watching an unfinished version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!!!”Ashley wrote.
Jj Abrams - J.J. Abrams and his wife Katie McGrath New York City, USA - 2010 TIME 100 Gala at the Time Warner Center Tuesday 4th May 2010
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