In spite of being No. 1 at the box office on its opening weekend (which is also Memorial Day weekend), “#Solo: A #StarWar Story” fell far short of monetary expectations by earning a meager $148.3-million globally ($83.3-million domestically & $65-million internationally). This is unfortunate given that it’s a fun movie that most fans of the franchise would enjoy seeing.
Some factors that may have worked against the film’s opening are as follows:
- There are 2 other recent blockbuster releases still playing in theaters: “#Avengers: #InfinityWar” & “#Deadpool 2”.
- #FranchiseFatigue: it’s only been 5 months since the release of “#StarWars VIII: #TheLastJedi”.
- Less than stellar reviews.
- Changing directors midway to Ron Howard.
- Mixed reactions to the most recent Star Wars movie: The Last Jedi.
Only time will tell if “Solo: A Star Wars Movie” can turn the tide and attract more fans to see the film. Overseas, the film has not yet opened in Japan until June 29, 2018.
#AmazonStudios is in talks to revive #TheExpanse, the award-winning #SciFi TV series that was canceled by the #SyFyChannel only 11 days ago because it only had first-run linear broadcast rights. Amazon Studios already had steaming rights for the first 3 seasons of “The Expanse” and it’s being said that Jeff Bezos is a big fan of the show.
Fox announced today that it has canceled the #supernatural #fantasy #crime show #Lucifer after the completion of its 3rd season. The show’s producers, stars and fans have taken to #SocialMedia to express both their outrage and support for the show. Unfortunately, whether anything can be done to continue the show with the 4th season is doubtful.
Actor Tom Ellis as Lucifer
Despite being critically acclaimed & having a 100% #RottenTomatoes rating for its 3rd season, the #SyFy channel is cancelling #TheExpanse. The final episode is slated to air in early July.
The Alcon Television Group, which fully finances & produces the critically praised series, plans to shop it around to other possible buyers.
SyFy’s cancellation decision is said to be linked to the nature of its agreement for the series with Alcon as it only gives the cable network first-run linear rights in the U.S. This puts an extraordinary amount of emphasis on live, linear viewing, which is inherently challenging for sci-fi/genre series that tend to draw the lion’s share of their audiences today from digital/streaming.
Additionally, viewership for “The Expanse” has declined from 1.378-million during the show’s 1st season, to 1.05-million during the 2nd season and finally down to 1-million for its 3rd & now final season on SyFy. These ratings are well below SyFy’s most popular shows: #TheMagicians (recently renewed for a 4th season) & #Krypton.
During an extended series of tweets on yesterday evening, #Babylon5 creator J. Michael Straczynski stated that his award winning sci-fi series’ current television rights holder (Warner Bros.) has no intention of either doing anything with the license themselves or allowing anyone else to do anything with it either.
This is in stark contrast to J. Michael Straczynski’s optimism that he’d had 4 years ago at San Diego Comic Con (2014) when he told an audience that he was looking to do a feature film as a reboot with new actors.
Unfortunately, while J. Michael Straczinski owns the film rights to “Babylon 5”, no studio has expressed interest in filming a movie without the accompanying television rights that Warner Bros. is unwilling to license.
Warner Bros. execs unwillingness to budge on the “Babylon 5” TV rights license may stem from a longstanding grudge related to a now defunct TV network called PTEN upon which B5 originally aired and which some WB execs were not permitted to play with even though WB was a part owner of the network.
Sadly this is simply bad news for fans of the B5 franchise.
Fox has canceled development of an adult #Deadpool animated series from Donald Glover & Steven Glover.
Intended to premiere on Fox’s network #FXX in 2018, the network released the following statement on Saturday, March 24, 2018:
“Due to creative differences, FX, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover and Marvel Television have agreed to part ways on Marvel’s Deadpool animated series. FX will no longer be involved with the project. FX and Marvel have an ongoing relationship through our partnership on Legion, which will continue.”
A source of many #SciFi & #fantasy based toys (including for collectors), #ToysRUs will be closing all 800+ of its U.S. stores with over 30,000 employees losing their jobs.
Having filed for bankruptcy protection in 2017, lackluster Christmas sales combined with excessive amounts of debt has forced “Toys R Us” to shut down.
Here’s a vintage 1980’s “Toys R Us” TV commercial:
1990’s “Toys R Us” TV commercial featuring the kids (grown up) that were in the 1980’s TV commercial shown above:
CNBC’s view of “Toys R Us” demise: