In front of a packed room, Kathleen Kennedy introduced executive producers of Disney+ series The Mandalorian, John Favreau and Dave Filoni – who proceeded to tease the heck out of the first eight-episode season of their series.
Also on hand were The Mandalorian himself, Pedro Pascal, and co-stars Gina Carano and Carl Weathers – who each talked a bit about their characters.
You can check out some character photos and watch the entire panel (except for footage that was not shown to viewers online) below.
The online video streaming market is constantly changing. And we’re not talking only about Netflix testing its Ultra subscriber tier and hiking its prices while spending more and more on original programming. We’re talking about an ever-increasing market that has an ever-increasing number of players, all competing for the ever-growing mass of cord cutters who prefer to see their favorite shows whenever they want to rather than waiting for a TV channel to air them. 2019 will be a time when the streaming market will see many changes, with some highly anticipated services making their debut (and launching their high-profile series). Here are the ones to look forward to.
Steven Spielberg finally returns to one of the genres he cut his bones on – Children’s fables/fantasy in The Big BFG. This should be a cause for celebration but somehow his stint into more serious fair has muted his childlike wonder. Or maybe it’s screenwriter’s Melissa Mathison (Screenplay) painfully, tedious, inert script that sinks this entire Roald Dahl (Novel) affair. Moments of visual splendor in service of nothing. Any film that resorts to fart jokes is creatively bankrupt.
Indiana Jones is returning to a multiplex near you!
Steven Spielberg will direct the as-yet-untitled film which has been set for a July 19, 2019. Harrison ford will reprise his iconic role and franchise veterans Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will produce. For more follow the jump.
Thanks to the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a Christmas release, Disney/Lucasfilm have moved Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII from its original May 26, 2017 release date to December 15, 2017.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will now shift from its original launch date, July 7, 2017, to May 26th.
Before Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiered, I bet a friend it would reach half-a-billion dollars by New Years. He didn’t think it would. We were both wrong.
Globally, Episode VII passed the half-billion mark today and may well pass its first billion by New Years.
How does this happen? Well, Rotten Tomatoes has it ranked 95% Fresh; Metacritic sits at 81 (Universal Acclaim) and fans scoring it at IMDb give it 8.8/10 – plus Cinemascore has it as an A.
If you’re interested in numbers, there are a bunch of them following the jump – including biggest IMAX Thursday night and best IMAX global debut; biggest opening ever in 19 countries (excluding China, where it opens on January 9th), and biggest Thursday preview gross.