Did You Hear? is a weekly examination of headlines in the entertainment industry and a take on what they could mean for the future of the industry and (often), the little geeky bubble that we occupy.
Into the Spider-Verse Trailer 2
“How many more Spider-People are there?” Watch the new #SpiderVerse trailer to find out. 12.14.18 Subscribe to Sony Pictures for exclusive content: http://bit.ly/SonyPicsSubscribe Follow us on Social: https://www.facebook.com/SpiderVerseMovie https://www.twitter.com/SpiderVerse https://www.instagram.com/SpiderVerseMovie Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind.
Almost a full 10 months following the release of the first trailer, Sony Picture has released a second trailer for their Miles Morales-led Into the Spider-Verse animated movie. This trailer continues the standard of excellence that was set down late last year. Integrating the line “My name is Miles Morales and I am the one and only Spider-Man.” had a good shot at being the most exciting thing about the trailer …
… until Spider-Ham showed up!
We shouldn’t have been as surprised as Twitter led me to believe that we all were. Gwen Stacy’s newly renamed “Ghost Spider” is going to be playing a prominent role in this movie (especially going by what we see in this trailer), and writer Jason Latour made frequent use of Peter Porker as Gwen’s voice-of-reason. He steals the trailer with a number of great one-liners.
This could be a place to mention that the early reviews of Venom are middling-to-poor which does not bode well for the Spider-Verse that Sony was banking of spinning out of the Tom Hardy-led feature. However, Into the Spider-Verse, could turn out to be the ace up their sleeve. The good will engendered by the Spider-Man video game has people excited for this movie (to say nothing of the love for Miles that has endured since his creation), and this second trailer seems to have upped everybody’s expectations and destroyed our chill entirely.
Details of the Live Action Star Wars Show Revealed
From a post on his Instagram Page creator Jon Favreau shared the first details about his upcoming live action Star Wars streaming show that appears to be simply titled: “The Mandalorian”.
63.4k Likes, 2,834 Comments – Jon Favreau (@jonfavreau) on Instagram: “#starwars #TheMandalorian”
Star Wars fans have been clamoring for a standalone Boba Fett movie since the original trilogy and this seems to be skirting a little closer to that, while pointedly confirming that Fett will not be the star of the series. The Mandalorian culture was expanded considerably in the most recently animated series for Disney XD – Star Wars: Rebels – with the inclusion of Sabine and Clan Wren. It remains to be seen whether or not this will inform The Mandalorian, but fans heads are already spinning.
It was later added to by a Variety report that The Mandalorian has added a number of big name directors including: Taika Waititi (Thor Ragnarok), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), and Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones).
Along with this announcement came the first officially released photo from the show:
And Kathleen Kennedy is Here to Stay!
If you listen to the Major Spoilers Podcast we discussed this story in great detail at the top of the show. If you haven’t checked that out yet, be sure to listen and get the full scoop on what Stephen, Matthew, Rodrigo, and Ashley think about Kennedy staying on in charge of Star Wars.
Late last week The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news that Kathleen Kennedy had signed on to remain with Star Wars through 2021 as president of LucasFilm.
There was no further statement accompanying the announcement, which likely speaks to LucasFilm’s lack of difficulty with the decision. Given the incredibly success of the recent collection of Star Wars films there shouldn’t be any doubt that shake-up was not in the mix.
Brace Yourself for Titans 2
There’s a lot of news that’s going to be breaking over the course of New York Comic Con this weekend. Variety reports that Warner Bros. renewed their first original DC Universe show, Titans, for a second season ahead of its premier on their exclusive streaming service. One presumes that the number of subscriptions that must have flooded into DC Universe in the past couple days have preempted this announcement and given WB the confidence to move ahead with more seasons of the show.
It’s a similar assumption that was made when Star Trek: Discovery was greenlit for its second season ahead of its premier as well – however by a few days, rather than a few hours, like Titans.
What I would encourage people to consider is the Syfy model. Syfy will often give a show a second season right off the bat in order to ensure that they will earn enough ad revenue to offset the tremendous investment that went into the initial development. Syfy also has a bad habit of cancelling shows at the end of the second season if they don’t far exceed these financial expectations – RIP Stargate Universe.
I, personally, have concerns about what this could mean for Titans (they echo similar concerns I have for another DC show, Krypton, that is actually on the Syfy channel), when you compound it with some of the early reviews and reactions to the Titans pilot. They aren’t so hot. Whether or not this is something to be celebrated or worried about will become more evident as the rest of the episodes drop.
Narnia is Coming to Netflix
The streaming giant is continuing to make bold moves, scooping up IPs all over the place, and they are making another move into fantasy. Variety has reported that they have acquired the rights to C.S. Lewis’ classic series The Chronicles of Narnia. Per Variety, Netflix will be making a series of films based on the beloved book series. It has yet to be announced whether or not we will see retreading of the stores dealing most directly with the Pevensie siblings (The Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Caspian, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Last Battle), that recently enjoyed film adaptations OR whether Netflix might be going a little more off the beaten path and exploring some of the character that are native to Narnia and not necessary Pevensie-related like The Silver Chair or even, The Magician’s Nephew.
Said Netflix’ Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos:
C.S. Lewis’ beloved stories have resonated with generations of readers around the world. Families have fallen in love with characters like Aslan and the entire world of Narnia, and we’re thrilled to be their home for years to come.
Could this be a move to Netflix behalf to develop Narnia as direct competition to Amazon’s streaming Lord of the Rings series? One wonders.