Doddle Digest: Flash Directors & J.J. Abrams Wrote Star Wars 8 and 9 Drafts?

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

We got a trio of really cool news prepared for you today! Past, present, and future are well represented with stories on Star Wars, Lost in Space, and Warner Bros. The Flash film titled Flashpoint all in that order. With regards to the third story I’m pleased to say that — as per my usual hope to do so — it’s only good news about a DC Extended Universe film. Huh. I guess that happens sometimes. Our first story is a bit of a blast from the past.

J.J. Abrams Wrote Versions of Star Wars 8 and 9?

First up, we have a very interesting comment from Daisy Ridley from French publication Le Magazine GEEK (via Star Wars News Net). According to the actress, Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams apparently not only had a plan for the eighth and ninth episodes of the saga, but wrote drafts of the script. Here’s what the actress said:

Here’s what I think I know. J.J. wrote Episode VII, as well as drafts for 8 and 9. Then Rian Johnson arrived and write 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. I believe Rian didn’t keep anything from the first draft of Episode VIII.

This all sounds very… surprising. Up until this point we’ve heard that Rian Johnson was given free reign to take his film wherever he wanted. There’s also the fact that The Force Awakens was delayed from May 2015 to December 2015 due to Abrams rewriting the film with Lawrence Kasdan. There doesn’t seem to be much time to write another two screenplays. I suspect what Ridley is talking about is the original draft that Michael Arndt was working on before Abrams was hired to direct and trashed the draft. We did hear that Arndt was planning out the three films so it could be that. If she is right and Abrams somehow produced early drafts of Star Wars 8 and 9, you have to wonder how much he may have dusted off that draft for Episode 9 now that he’s directing it.

Lost in Space Trailer

We already got one Lost in Space teaser recently. I have to say that I wasn’t very excited about it and we only got the vaguest sense of the series. I hoped that we would get a proper trailer and Netflix has delivered. Check it out here and below!

Holy crap! I wasn’t completely sold on the idea of this series before but that trailer gave me goosebumps. The production quality looks like film and there are enough hints in it that something deeper is going on. It does look like that the entire season could take place on a single planet but it’s equally as possible that they’ll only be stranded for a few episodes before blasting off somewhere else. There’s also something very Spielbergian about this trailer that I really hope translates to the series.

Lost in Space is set to premiere on April 13, 2018.

Flashpoint Lands Two Directors

As promised, good news for Warner Bros. and DC as their Flash film has scored two directors with John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. The duo are no strangers to superhero films having written Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and they’ve recently directed Game Night.

The film has struggled to get made with several directors and screenplays coming and going. As far as we know the film will still be called Flashpoint which bodes pretty well for the franchise as a whole. In the comics, the Flashpoint storyline allowed DC comics to retool their universe with an in-story reboot that resulted in the New 52. Considering the disappointment of Justice League at the box-office and generally unfavorable critical reviews, you can’t help but think that Warners is pushing for the same thing to happen with this film.

All in all, some fairly cool stuff. Flashpoint seems to be in good hands and that Lost in Space trailer is phenomenal. That Star Wars story is still a bit surprising to me and my knee-jerk reaction is that somehow Daisy Ridley misunderstood something.

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