There’s a running joke in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade that Indy took his nickname from the family dog. That joke has some truth to it though because as George Lucas was developing Raiders of the Lost Ark, he actually named the character after his dog, Jones (the “Indiana” was a riff on Steve McQueen character Nevada Smith). Coincidentally, the same dog was the inspiration for Chewbacca in Star Wars. Need more Raiders of the Lost Ark facts? Throw us the idol and we’ll throw you the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies!
Well, this was unexpected. After a few years of development, Warner Bros. is officially moving forward with a big screen adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and they’re doing so with the director most likely to break the brains of the novel’s biggest fans: Steven Spielberg. Yes, Spielberg is going to direct a science fiction story powered by raw ‘80s nostalgia for the same studio where he produced Gremlins and The Goonies.
John Williams has composed the score for every single live-action Star Wars movie to date (and every Star Wars film period, except the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars that came out in 2008.) That will change with Star Wars: Rogue One, Disney’s first standalone spinoff from director Gareth Evans. Making Star Wars spotted a recent interview from Evans’ composer, Alexandre Desplat, claiming that he’ll be the one scoring the film, which stars Felicity Jones.
Movies are often compared to dreams. If that’s true, then filmmakers are dreamers. When Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos were kids, they dreamed of making movies, so they spent most of their childhood summers in Mississippi making a shot-for shot remake of Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. The project eventually consumed seven years of their lives and nearly destroyed their friendship, but in the end, Zala and Strompolos completed their film, which they called Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation.
Colin Trevorrow must have made a great impression on his Jurassic World executive producer Steven Spielberg because the pair are already planning their next film together before Jurassic World has even hit theaters. It’s not a Jurassic sequel, but it is another sci-fi movie—this time based on an early concept Trevorrow came up with along with his writing partner.
Steven Spielberg’s upcoming project, previously referred to as Untitled Cold War Thriller while filming under the name St. James Place, now has a formal title. The director’s fourth film with Tom Hanks is now called Bridge of Spies, which is rather appropriate given the subject matter. Also reuniting with Spielberg on the project is composer John Williams, marking his 27th collaboration with the director.
Jennifer Lawrence is the biggest star on the planet right now, like the acting equivalent of Beyonce. Recently, the actress signed on to star in a new James Cameron-produced film, as well as a sci-fi project with fellow mega-star Chris Pratt. And now her impressive film schedule just got even more impressive with news that the actress has signed on to star in an upcoming Steven Spielberg film.
Not long ago, it was reported that Disney was eyeing Chris Pratt to headline an Indiana Jones reboot, and while that was certainly some exciting news (even if Pratt is a fairly predictable choice), there wasn’t really much else to it. Now comes word that original Indy director Steven Spielberg is interested in directing the reboot with Pratt attached — seems like we aren’t the only fans of Pratt.
We all watch the Oscars for different reasons. Some watch for the sheer spectacle. Some watch to see if the movies they like actually win something. Some watch so they can drunkenly criticize what everyone is wearing. But in the end, it all comes down to all viewers doing the exact same thing: watching people thank other people for upwards of three hours. But which people have been thanked the most in 86 years of Oscar history? Someone with a lot of time on their hands decided to figure that out.
This week sees the release of ‘Jupiter Ascending,’ the latest sci-fi adventure from Andy and Lana Wachowski. And while in all likelihood ‘Jupiter Ascending’ will not go down in history as one of the great works of its genre, the occasion of a new sci-fi epic from two of the modern masters of the form seemed like a good time to assess and celebrate the recent highlights of science fiction cinema, which has taken audiences from the furthest reaches of the cosmos to the deepest recesses of the human mind.