June 20, 2017 – The Day Day-Lewis Retired, Lord and Miller Quit “Han Solo,” and HBO Announced a “Watchmen” Series
Remember this day: June 20, 2017. Remember today, for it might be the biggest entertainment news day in recent history. Let’s break it down.
The day started out normally. Variety published an article on DC’s sequel plans at 7:30 AM. Around 9:00 AM, the entertainment news site followed up that story with news of Nickelodeon’s plans to release a Spongebob Squarepants stop-motion animation special.
Fast-forward past Transformers: The Last Knight box office predictions and the Supernatural spinoff. The time is 12:20 PM, and a legend has announced his retirement.
Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer act in movies. After Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film premieres on December 25, the star of Lincoln, There Will Be Blood, Gangs of New York, and My Left Foot will leave the acting scene for what is only described as “private reasons.”
That alone would be big enough news to dominate the trades for hours, but that was only the beginning.
More minor, unremarkable news emerged. Patty Jenkins is developing a Wonder Woman sequel with Geoff Johns. Corey Stoll is set to play Buzz Aldrin opposite Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstrong. Damon Lindelof is developing a Watchmen series for HBO.
Wait, what? That’s right. Damon Lindelof, formerly infamous for Lost and Prometheus but now famous for The Leftovers, is developing a television series based on Alan Moore’s Watchmen with HBO. There is no concrete information surrounding the project at this time, but it’s certainly big news.
The Lindelof news published at 4:30 PM was followed two minutes later by a major nerd news bombshell. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller announced that they decided to leave the Han Solo standalone film.
According to a statement made by Lord and Miller, their “vision and process weren’t aligned with [their] partners on this project.”
This is unfortunate news for Lucasfilm, considering the film began filming in February and had re-shoots planned for the summer. As of today, Disney and Lucasfilm plan to release the Han Solo standalone film on May 25, 2018, the original release date. Kathleen Kennedy said a new director would be announced soon.
June 20, 2017, a day that will not soon be forgotten. We woke up thinking we’d only read about the 20th year anniversary of Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin, but we were wrong. So very, very wrong.
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