Rian Johnson Scrapped J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars VIII Script

#StarWars actress Daisy Ridley (who plays Rey) has revealed that #StarWarsVIII (#TheLastJedi) director Rian Johnson scrapped a script that J.J. Abrams drafted after he directed #StarWarsVII: #TheForceAwakens.

In an interview for French magazine Le Magazine GEEK, Daisy Ridley revealed that J.J. Abrams drafted scripts for both Episode VIII and IX before Rian Johnson and Colin Trevorrow jumped in to direct the sequels.

“Here’s what I think I know. J. J. wrote Episode VII, as well as drafts for VIII & IX,” Ridley said. “Then Rian Johnson arrived and wrote TLJ entirely. I believe there was some sort of general consensus on the main lines of the trilogy, but apart from that, every director writes and realizes his film in his own way.”

“Rian Johnson and J. J. Abrams met to discuss all of this, although Episode VIII is still his very own work,” Ridley explained regarding Abrams’ involvement with The Last Jedi. “I believe Rian didn’t keep anything from the first draft of Episode VIII.”

As of 2017, J.J. Abrams replaced Colin Trevorrow as director of Episode IX, but we’ll never know what J.J. Abrams version of The Last Jedi would’ve been like.



The Oscars: “The Shape of Water” Wins Best Picture!

Congratulations to director Guillermo del Toro (who won the #Oscar for #BestDirector) and the cast & crew of #TheShapeOfWater for winning #BestPicture at the 2018 #AcademyAwards! It’s been 14 years since another #SciFi or #fantasy film has won Best Picture, and that was Peter Jackson’s 2003 film “#LordOfTheRings: #TheReturnOfTheKing” in 2004.

Science fiction & fantasy movies are rarely nominated for “Best Picture” even though many of them out-perform the actual nominees at the box office. Other sci-fi & fantasy movies that have been nominated for “Best Picture”, but didn’t win include the following:

  • “Arrival” (2016)
  • “The Martian” (2015)
  • “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015)
  • “Her” (2013)
  • “Gravity” (2013)
  • “Life of Pi” (2012)
  • “Hugo” (2011)
  • “Inception” (2010)
  • “Avatar” (2009)
  • “District 9” (2009)
  • “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” (2002)
  • “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” (2001)
  • “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000)
  • “The Green Mile” (1999)
  • “Beauty and the Beast” (1991)
  • “Ghost” (1990)
  • “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” (1982)
  • “Heaven Can Wait” (1978)
  • “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” (1977)
  • “A Clockwork Orange” (1971)
  • “Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964)
  • “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946)
  • “Heaven Can Wait” (1943)
  • “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)
  • “Lost Horizon” (1937)

Sci-fi & Fantasy movies that were never nominated for “Best Picture”, but (arguably) should have been, include the following:

  • “The Dark Knight” (2008)
  • “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006)
  • “Aliens” (1986)
  • “Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi” (1983)
  • “Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)
  • “Alien” (1979)
  • “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977)
  • “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)



RIP: David Ogden Stiers Has Died

#RIP: actor David Ogden Stiers has died at the age of 75. He played Timicin in #StarTrek #TNG, Oberoth in #StargateAtlantis, Kamaji (voice, English version) in #SpiritedAway, the announcer (voice) in #THX1138, & much more, including a lot more voice work. He also played the character Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester, III in the long-running sitcom #MASH.

Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace.

David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers (1942-2018)


Examining Death by Lightsaber and Stormtrooper Armor Effectiveness

One of the most popular #ScienceFiction franchises for over 40 years has been #StarWars and 2 of its most iconic elements are #lightsabers and #stormtroopers. If we applied about actual science to both, what would we find? Host Kyle Hill with #Nerdist’s #YouTube series of videos called “Because Science” did just that with 2 videos released last December.

First, what would death by lightsaber actually be like? Is the lightsaber as elegant a weapon as “Star Wars” Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi claimed way back in 1977, or would that death by lightsaber be far worse & gruesome? Let’s find out:

Next, stormtroopers. These helmeted, armor-clad soldiers of the Empire appear very imposing, but whenever they take a direct hit, the appear to die pretty much instantaneously. Let’s see what “Because Science” has to say about stormtroopers and their armor:


“Black Panther” Becomes Highest Grossing Film for February Ever

Move over #Deadpool: #BlackPanther has now taken the slot for highest grossing film for February ever earning an estimated 3-day weekend of $192-million domestic and heading towards a 4-day estimated $218-million.

It’s also the fifth highest grossing film for a 3-day opening ever after “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, “Jurassic World” and “Marvel’s The Avengers”.