This weekend, “Jurassic World” set the record for the biggest worldwide debut of all time, earning $511 million between Friday and Sunday. And Universal should enjoy it while it lasts because it’s probably a safe bet that Disney‘s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will give the dinosaur blockbuster a serious run for its money. And the studio is certainly hoping for a big success in December, because they’ve got a whole slate of sequels and spinoffs on deck. And new rumors about the latter have surfaced in the past few days.
The guys at JoBlo have a few details that don’t have much in the way of actual spoilers. They site that Gareth Edwards‘ “Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One” will be “darker and grittier” than any previous “Star Wars” movie to date, with the movie containing a “Hamburger Hill” kind of vibe. As you’ll recall, the story revolves around a rebel plot to steal the plans for the Death Star. Don’t expect much Jedi action as they’ll be in the background, though there will be new aliens and creatures because this is a “Star Wars” movie after all.
Meanwhile, on the Meet The Movie Press podcast, The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider said that Michelle MacLaren—the “Breaking Bad” director who was briefly at the helm of Warner Bros.‘ “Wonder Woman“—has met with Disney about taking over Josh Trank‘s “Star Wars Anthology” movie. The embattled “Fantastic Four” director exited the project earlier this year and recently said he wasn’t ready to deal with the public scrutiny that would be involved with the gig.
So that’s the latest. Thoughts? Does “Star Wars” need to go dark and gritty? Any other suggestions on who should replace Josh Trank? Let us know below.