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Lucasfilm releases an image, title, and more for its live-action Star Wars series

Fans of Boba Fett will be pleased, though it involves a different bounty hunter.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ will apparently still use James Gunn’s script

Disney is no stranger to directorial drama (just ask Colin Trevorrow, Phil Lord, or Chris Miller), but few controversies have received as much attention as the decision to remove James Gunn from his post as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 when inappropriate jokes from his past resurfaced on Twitter. But while he may no longer be behind the camera, his brother seems to be under the impression that his script will still be used.

Sean Gunn, the actor who plays Kraglin in the Guardians movies (and is James Gunn’s brother in reality), told Tulsa World in an interview that if and when the movie (which is currently on hiatus) gets made, Disney has “every intention” of using the script James Gunn wrote. He wrote both of the previous Guardians movies as well.

“I don’t really know yet what’s going on with Guardians 3,” Sean Gunn said. “I know that Disney still wants to make the movie. I know that they have every intention of using the script that my brother wrote. Obviously, that was a very unfortunate situation for everybody, most of all him, but I am also somebody who had been preparing to spend half a year making that movie and now that’s up in the air.”

Gunn is alluding to the fact that production on the film shut down shortly after his brother’s firing, with Dave Bautista (Drax) going so far as to say that Guardians 3 was “on hold indefinitely.” Bautista, Sean Gunn and the rest of the cast signed a petition back in July to reinstate James Gunn as director, but Disney has said on more than one occasion that it does not plan to bring him back. And yet no replacement director has been announced.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is still tentatively scheduled to hit theaters in 2020, but the lack of a director obviously throws a wrench in those plans. In the meantime, we’ll see the Guardians again next year when Avengers 4 arrives on May 3rd, 2019. Perhaps by then we’ll know the fate of Guardians 3 as well.

Comcast stock tanks after company strikes $40 billion deal to buy Sky

Comcast beat Fox in auction for European media and telecom company.

Disney is bringing several Marvel heroes spinoffs to its upcoming streaming service

We already knew Disney was planning to give Netflix a series run for its money by investing big in a new standalone streaming service, taking advantage of all the powerhouse intellectual property under the Disney and Marvel banners. Now here comes a Variety report that adds even more tantalizing details to our understanding of how big a gamble Disney is preparing to make for the service it’s planning to launch late next year:

According to the report, several Marvel heroes like Loki and the Scarlet Witch, among others, are going to get their own limited spinoff series on the new platform. What’s more — the actors who portrayed them in the Avengers films (Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, to cite two examples) are expected to come to the small screen and do so again as part of Disney’s new streaming effort.

Per Variety, Disney is in the early stages now of “an ambitious plan for a number of limited series centered on popular characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These series will likely include shows centered on Loki and the Scarlet Witch, along with other beloved superheroes who have yet to appear in their own standalone movies … Each series is expected to include six to eight episodes. Marvel Studios will produce the shows and Kevin Feige, the guru of all things MCU, is expected to take a hands-on role in their development.”

According to sources close to the production, the budgets for the spinoff series are expected to rival those of major Hollywood productions.

Until this point, we didn’t have much in the way of detail about what the Disney streaming service would ultimately look like beyond the company’s assurances it would cost less than Netflix. Disney has also not been shy about trying to get the ball rolling on extricating itself from licensing deals so that as much of its own content as possible can come back in-house to be put on the new service.

Meanwhile, Disney is also, little by little, starting to release details of high-profile projects it’s got teed up for the platform, like a Star Wars series from director Jon Favreau, along with these new Marvel spinoffs.

“Many of these projects are expensive bets,” Variety points out. “The Star Wars series will reportedly cost $100 million and the movies are expected to carry budgets north of $25 million. However, Disney has to spend big to make an impression. Netflix, its main rival, has 125 million subscribers globally and has lured top talent like Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story), Kenya Barris (Black-ish), and Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy) to its platform with record-setting deals.”

Storylines for the Marvel spinoffs are still to come, and writers have not been tapped for the projects yet. One important note to stress is that at this point it doesn’t sound like the Avengers who got their own movies, like Iron Man, will have spinoffs focused on them as part of this new series of projects. These will apparently be geared toward the “second tier characters” (Variety’s words, not ours).

It’s also not hard to see that, though, that while these series certainly sound ambitious to say the least, they could definitely be the thing that lures enough people to check out the platform — and maybe even help it start to eat away at Netflix’s edge.

Disney just dropped a trailer for its new Star Wars Resistance show

Expect lots of aerial combat in this anime-styled cartoon.