Everything is awesome in the “Star Wars” universe. And irreverent, too. In case you missed it, StarWars.com announced that Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, the directors behind “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street,” will pilot an origin story about Han Solo. “This is a dream come true for us,” the directors said in a statement. “And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding.” The screenplay, written by Lawrence Kasdan (“The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”) and his son Jon, will show “how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.”
No word on casting, but the one person who isn’t up for the role is 72-year-old Harrison Ford, who will play an older Han in J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens,” coming in December. Next, the first “Star Wars” spinoff, “Rogue One,” directed by Gareth Edwards, is planned for December 2016. The Han Solo tale is set for May 25, 2018.
While “Rodgers + Hammerstein’sCinderella”
is waltzing throughStarlight Theatre
this week comes news that Prince Charming will get his own big-screen gig, saysVariety
. Disney has made a king’s ransom converting its princess fairy tales into live-action hits but hasn’t done much with the male royalty yet. This one is a revisionist script from Matt Fogel, reportedly a mashup of Prince Charming from Disney’s“Cinderella,”
“Snow White” and “Sleeping Beauty,” but told from the point of view of his ne’er-do-well brother.
Big case, big screen
20th Century Fox has secured the rights to make a movie about the Supreme Court case that effectively legalized same-sex marriage, reportsThe New York Times
. It will tell the story ofJim Obergefell
, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit that went all the way to the high court. The movie will be based on the upcoming book about his fight, “21 Years to Midnight,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Debbie Cenziper. “It’s a transcendent love story about someone who goes to such a length for love that he ends up changing the world,” said producer Wyck Godfrey.
Obergefell, an Ohio real estate agent, married his longtime partner, John Arthur, in 2013 in Maryland. When Arthur died, Ohio refused to list Obergefell as his spouse on the death certificate, so Obergefell sued. Expect the film in a couple of years.
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