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That Boba Fett movie we’ve been waiting for is finally happening

The second Star Wars Story spinoff is out in theaters right now — the origin story of Han Solo, one of the most beloved characters in that galaxy far, far away. But Star Wars fans have been fantasizing about other similar stories for quite a while, with Boba Fett being one of the crowd’s favorite. The bounty hunter may not be one of the good guys, but the folks at Lucasfilm probably have plenty more to say about the character.

Which is why we were so excited to learn that a Boba Fett movie is indeed happening all these decades later, and the man behind the Wolverine and Logan movies is on the job.

James Mangold will co-write and direct the Boba Fett movie, The Hollywood Reporter says. Writer-producer Simon Kinberg, who worked on the X-Men movies and The Martian, is rumored to be partnering with Mangold. The two have previously worked together on Logan, the final Wolverine movie to star Hugh Jackman.

That’s about everything we know about it the standalone Boba Fett movie for the time being.

Lucasfilm is supposedly developing a bunch of other movies based on the Star Wars universe as well. Disney turned the Star Wars franchise into a money-making machine after it purchased Lucasfilm, and it’s all but certain that Star Wars films won’t end once the current trilogy comes to a halt.

A standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi movie is also in the works, with Stephen Daldry set to direct. We don’t have details about this one either, so we’ll all have to wait and see as more information comes out.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is out in theaters right now, while Episode IX, which will wrap up the third Star Wars trilogy, will hit theaters next year. I wouldn’t expect either the Boba Fett or Obi-Wan projects to launch earlier than 2020.

As Netflix shares continue to surge, streaming giant is now worth more than Disney

What Netflix has managed to accomplish in a relatively short amount of time is nothing short of astounding. The streaming giant today boasts more than 125 million subscribers across the globe and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Though Netflix may have had somewhat humble beginnings as a purveyor of DVDs, the company today is a bona-fide media juggernaut with an ever-increasing selection of original, compelling content.

Shares of Netflix have been steadily rising in recent weeks, largely on account of impressive subscriber growth. Since last Friday, Netflix shares are up 25 points and the company earlier today reached a new and downright impressive milestone. With Netflix’s market cap now standing at $161 billion, the company yesterday — for the first time — was worth more than Disney, which boasts a market cap of $152 billion.

Looking ahead, some analysts believe that Netflix still has plenty of room for growth. As we highlighted last week, a recent research note from Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler argues that Netflix’s subscriber base could reach 360 million by 2030.

“We believe Netflix still has a considerable opportunity ahead if it can achieve reasonable penetration levels internationally,” Schindler explained. “Netflix will face varying levels of competition, regulation and economic conditions in each individual market it participates in, but its content scale should allow it to become the dominant streaming player in virtually all markets.”

The absurdity of making tech predictions 12 years out notwithstanding, there’s no question that Netflix’s rapid transformation into a media juggernaut has had an impact on Disney’s strategic roadmap. This past August, Disney announced its plan to start removing its content from Netflix in an effort to bolster its own streaming service which, if all goes according to plan, will go live sometime in late 2019.

Disney’s acrobatic Stickman robot can do backflips better than humans

Remember how Google’s Boston Dynamics spinoff created some impressive robots that could pull off a bunch of remarkable movements including backflips? Those robots were are also pretty scary, by the way, and while Google may have sold off the division, SoftBank will undoubtedly continue to evolve them. Boston Dynamics isn’t alone in creating robots capable of some amazing tricks. Disney, it turns out, has ambitious plans of its own when it comes to robotics.

Disney is apparently looking to create human-like movements with its robots that can be then used in motion pictures to replace stunt people.

Called Stickman, Disney’s robot looks just like a stick. It’s about as tall as a human, and this stick robot uses advanced sensors to actually perform backflips and completely nail the landing. As you can see in the clip below, the Stickman can perform a variety of landings and movements, and Disney detailed its creation in a research paper called Stickman: Towards a Human Scale Acrobatic Robot.

Human performers have developed impressive acrobatic techniques over thousands of years of practicing the gymnastic arts. At the same time, robots have started to become more mobile and autonomous, and can begin to imitate these stunts in dramatic and informative ways. We present a simple two degree of freedom robot that uses a gravity-driven pendulum launch and produces a variety of somersaulting stunts.

The only thing better than what’s happening in the video would be if a second Stickman would be able to catch the first one. When they’d be done with their human-like acrobatics, they’ll probably resume their day jobs, which is to take over the world. Because that’s what robots will do, right?

There’s no telling when the Stickman robot will be used in motion pictures or Disney parks, but we’re probably not done seeing awesome Stickman tricks.