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BREAKING: STAR WARS STORY Spinoffs Are…On Hold.

Collider:

It may be a while before we see any more movies like Solo: A Star Wars Story out of Lucasfilm. Sources with knowledge of the situation tell Collider that Lucasfilm has decided to put plans for more A Star Wars Story spinoff movies on hold, instead opting to focus their attention on Star Wars: Episode IX and what the next trilogy of Star Wars films will be after that film. Sources tell us that the previously rumored Obi-Wan movie was in active development, but those who were working on the film are no longer involved. It was recently reported that Logan filmmaker James Mangold was in early talks to write and direct the Boba Fett film, but that was before Solo’s release.

Massive exclusive for the gang at Collider.

Certainly adds fuel to the anti-Disney Star Wars fire which formed after The Force Awakens and burned ever so brightly after The Last Jedi.

Honestly, I think that the difficulties heading to the screen of Rogue One and Solo – even if the final products were quite good – have lead to a need to step back for Lucasfilm and a re-evauluation of a “Star Wars Universe”.

Instagram Launches YouTube Competitor – IGTV

MobileSyrup:

Instagram is doubling down on its video focus with the launch of IGTV, a new app and part of the Instagram app where users can watch long-form mobile video.

The Facebook-owned social platform revealed the new product today at an afternoon press event, along with the announcement that it had hit one billion users.

The new feature, which positions Instagram in closer competition with Google’s YouTube than ever before, provides only vertical full-screen video, which begins playing as soon as the app opens.

The mobile video aspect also puts further pressure on Snapchat, which has a similar destination for video content called Snapchat Discover.

Begun, these content wars have!

I think putting IGTV into a separate app is a very bad idea.

ROBERT ZEMECKIS To Direct Remake of THE WITCHES

Variety:

Robert Zemeckis is in final negotiations to direct Warner Bros.’ adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic book “The Witches,” studio sources tell Variety.

Sources say a deal is expected shortly. Zemeckis will also pen the script, with his partner Jack Rapke producing through their banner ImageMovers, along with Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro had long been attached to direct, but a scheduling conflict led the Oscar winner to vacate the director’s chair.

Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a seven-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Warner Bros. had previously adapted the book in 1990 with Anjelica Huston playing one of the title characters, but sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, while the Huston pic was a loose adaptation.

Any major fans of The Witches in the reading audience? Excited or concerned about a remake?