Doddle Digest: Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Gladiator 2, Avatar Sequels and Much More!

  1. By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Wow! A ton of news has landed in the past week! News on the Boba Fett Star Wars spinoff and The Mandalorian television series has popped up. Plus we have some tidbits on Alien 5, the Avatar sequels, a Gladiator sequel, a rumored Legend of Zelda film, news on the final season of Game of Thrones as well as it’s prequel, and a new Marvel limited series being developed. Let’s start off with Star Wars news.

Boba Fett Movie is 100% Dead

First up is a report on the rumored Boba Fett movie. At a special awards season screening of Black Panther, Critics Choice Association journalist Erick Weber asked Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy about the long-rumored Boba Fett movie. Here’s what she said in a tweet from Webber:

I’ll be honest, I still don’t get the love for Boba Fett. Considering Solo’s disappointing box-office take this really doesn’t come as too much of a surprise.

Speaking of The Mandalorian, there was a rumor going around that Pedro Pascal would be playing the role but, according to Making Star Wars, his representation has denied his involvement. The site is also reporting that John Leguizamo may be playing a role in the series in the same report but not who he would be playing.

Sigourney Weaver Talks Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5 and Avatar Sequels

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actress Sigourney Weaver said never to say never for Neill Blomkamp’s Alien 5. Here’s what she told the outlet:

We almost started to do it when I was working with James Cameron. But by the time we were put off by Fox, Neill had gotten so many jobs that we’d have to wait probably. I’m busy doing Avatar 4 and 5. I love working with Neill and I think he’d do a terrific job, and James Cameron really thinks it’s a great idea, so you never know. Right now, I think Neill’s got like three projects going at once.

Two things that should grab your attention right away. First of all, that she thinks Blomkamp’s Alien 5 could still happen despite Fox seemingly killing it at Ridley Scott’s insistence. However, Scott’s Alien: Covenant failed to light up the box-office. Fox might want to go back to making xenomorph sequels which Scott really didn’t seem that interested in making.

The other interesting thing is that Weaver says she’s working on Avatar 4 and 5 which is a bit surprising since James Cameron went on record to say that those films weren’t even guaranteed in a Vanity Fair interview a year ago. I guess Fox bit the bullet and greenlighted those sequels.

Gladiator 2 Moving Forward

Speaking of Ridley Scott, looks like a sequel to his Roman epic Gladiator will be getting a sequel. Deadline is reporting that Gladiator 2 will focus on the character of Lucius who was the son of Lucilla and saved by Russell Crowe’s Maximus from his uncle Commodus. Not much else is known about the project but Scott has been trying for years to create a sequel for the film and following an adult Lucius makes the most sense. Especially since the film will come out twenty or so years after the original meaning Connie Nielsen will easily slip into the role of Lucilla again.

Legend of Zelda Series Rumored

Castlevania producer Adi Shankar has revealed via Instagram that he will be adapting an iconic video game series. Here’s what he said:

I can confirm that I’m working with an iconic Japanese gaming company to adapt one of their iconic video game series into a series.

On Nov 16 @ 1pm I’m going to announce what it is.

I love you all. Thank you for following me on this journey. Entertaining you guys continues to be a privilege.

The Wrap is reporting that their sources indicate it is Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda series which has been rumored for a while now. Considering Castlevania is also a Nintendo property and there was a rumor Netflix was working on a Zelda series, this really isn’t much of a jump.

Game of Thrones Final Season and Prequel News

Let’s stay with the high-fantasy theme. Game of Thrones may be winding down with a final season next year but HBO still plans to return to Westeros with a prequel after the series is done. Now we know who will star in the series as Variety is reporting that Naomi Watts has been cast in the series playing “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret”. Deadline followed that up with another casting announcement of Josh Whitehouse joining the prequel but there was no description of his character. The prequel is described thusly:

Taking place thousands of years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” Goldman’s project chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend–it’s not the story we think we know.

Going back to the original series, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed they wanted to close out the series with a trilogy of films. Here’s what was revealed in a new article at Entertainment Weekly:

The final season could be six hours long and released as three movies in theaters — just like Martin’s best-known influence, The Lord of the Rings. It’s not that the duo wanted to make movies per se, but it seemed like the only way to get the time and money needed to pull off their finale. “It’s what we’re working towards in a perfect world,” Weiss said. “We end up with an epic fantasy story but with the level of familiarity and investment in the characters that are normally impossible in a two-hour movie.”

The flaw in this plan was that HBO is about serving its subscribers, not taking gambles at the box office. Behind the scenes, the network brass gently shot down the movie idea. But executives assured Benioff and Weiss that they would eventually have everything they needed to make a final season that was “a summer tentpole-size spectacle.”

Each episode of the final season will reportedly cost $15 million an episode which is an extraordinary amount of money for episodic television. The series has some of the most extraordinary battles ever seen on television and they top themselves every season so I suspect the battles here will be bigger than anything we’ve ever seen before.

Winter Soldier / Falcon TV Series In Development

We’ve previously reported that Disney’s streaming service was developing limited series based on second tier characters from the MCU. A Scarlet Witch and Loki series were reported to be in development and now Variety is reporting that a series starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan as Falcon and Winter Soldier is in the works. According to the outlet Malcolm Spellman is developing the series.

The rivalry between Falcon and Winter Soldier was an amazing highlight in Captain America: Civil War and there is no denying the chemistry these actors have with each other. Disney really needs to knock it out of the ballpark when their streaming service goes live. Between these Marvel series and the Star Wars live action series The Mandalorian I have only one message to the house of mouse: Shut up and take my money.

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