The road to new, Disney-fied Star Wars grows more epic by the day. Yesterday, Disney announced plans to make two spinoff movies in addition to the Episode VII movie to be directed by J.J. Abrams. These movies will be written by Lawrence Kasdan (screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith), who are also collaborating on Michael Arndt’s script for Episode VII. Kasdan’s involvement, in particular, is great news, as he helped shape two of the films of the beloved original trilogy.
Now, it’s being reported that one of these spinoff films will focus on Boba Fett, the bounty hunter portrayed by Jeremy Bulloch in Empire and Jedi (and seen as a kid played by Daniel Logan in Episode II: Attack of the Clones). This story would take place sometime in between movies in the original trilogy. No word on casting, but as Boba Fett never took off his helmet during the original trilogy, no big deal. Since it was revealed in Episode II that Boba Fett was the son of the original stormtrooper clone played by Temuera Morrison, it’s not implausible that Morrison could be asked to take on the role.
Sooner or later, everybody runs. Even if they’re one of the biggest movie stars on the face of the planet. For this edition of Reel Rumbles, grab your popcorn and prepare for the run of your life as we go on the lam with Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise in an attempt to prove their innocence (and cinematic superiority) with The Fugitive vs. Minority Report.
These two thrillers both feature a cinema superstar accused of murder and on the run from the law. One is a tense cat-and-mouse game between a surgeon out to find his wife’s real killer and the dogged U.S. Marshal on his tail; the other is set in the not-so-distant future, and features a law enforcement officer trying to clear himself of a murder that hasn’t even been committed yet. One is an almost unexpected masterwork from a director whose other best-known credits are the Steven Seagal vehicle Under Siege and a Coast Guard movie starring Ashton Kutcher. The other is a superb thriller-with-a-sci-fi-twist from one of cinema’s greatest living legends that, despite how great it is, somehow still doesn’t seem to quite match some of the director’s previous cinematic efforts.
So which is better? Run–don’t walk–into the Reel Rumbles ring and find out…