Film Bits: ‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Tapped for New ‘Star Wars’ Series; ‘Deadpool 2’ Trailer Introduces Cable

Brace Yourself; ‘Star Wars’ is Coming

In the wake of the announcement late last year that The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson would be spearheading a new trilogy of Star Wars films, the Star Wars universe seems set to break open even wider. LucasFilm announced yesterday that Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have been tapped to spearhead another series of films outside the purview of Johnson’s series, giving Star Wars fans even more to look forward to in the years following the close of the latest trilogy of films. The existence of two new series of films might feel overwhelming to some, but the franchise has had some astounding luck in recent years, releasing both new chapters of the Skywalker Saga and separate, unrelated films in alternating years. While there’s no word yet on whether the two new series will be released in the same fashion, it does some to be a safe bet. Of course, it does open the question about how much Star Wars is too much. Two entirely new cinematic endeavors does feel a bit like overkill, and given Weiss and Benioff’s success in television, with Game of Thrones being the biggest pop culture sensation since, well, Star Wars, if they wouldn’t be better utilized helming the long promised live action series that has yet to be produced. Still, given that Star Wars has repeatedly proven itself to be a billionaire dollar force to be reckoned with at the box office, and their successful run at turning a little known fantasy series into the hottest property in the world, it’s hard to be cynical about the union of minds at work here. The project, whatever it ultimately ends up becoming, is still years away at this point so, for now, there isn’t much we can do but wait and see.

(Star Wars)

Meet Cable in New ‘Deadpool 2’ Trailer

Hard to believe it’s been two years since Deadpool first took the world of superhero movies by storm, but here we are, already anticipating the release of Deadpool 2. The gear up for the second chapter in the franchise has been building slowly for a year now, but with the release of a new trailer earlier today, the hypetrain is moving full speed ahead. The marketing for the new movie has taken the same, irreverent tone that first catapulted its predecessor to box office glory, and that trend is continued here. Billed as the first opportunity to see Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) face off against popular comic book character Cable (Josh Brolin), the bulk of the trailer is simply the titular anti-hero acting out a confrontation between the characters using action figures. That’s pretty on brand, and is sure to be a delight to fans of the first film. Rest assured though, we do get a proper look at Brolin as Cable, which will surely be every bit as satisfying. Deadpool 2 hits theaters on May 18.

(Fox)

Netflix Mines 90s Nostalgia in ‘Everything Sucks’

As heavily as nostalgia plays in today’s pop cultural lexicon, little has yet been done to explore the 90s, the era that, arguable, spawned everything we currently love (or hate) about today. Netflix, no stranger to nostalgia play, aims to fix that with the release of Everything Sucks, a new dramedy set in the 90s. The first trailer gives off a distinct Freaks and Geeks vibe, which isn’t a terrible goal to shoot for when creating a series about the awkwardness of teenage years set amongst a background of nostalgia. Whether or not Everything Sucks can capture the cultural zeitgeist the way other nostalgia driven Netflix shows have managed remains to be seen, but it certainly has the potential to become a new obsession for TV watchers. We’ll know for sure when the series hits the streaming platform on February 16.

(Netflix)

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