The revelation of another Star Wars trilogy has sent speculation flying that Luke and Mr. & Mrs. Han Solo will return to the big screen. After something as gigundo as the sale of Lucasfilm, there are going to be tons of stories floating around about what happens next, so it’s best to take everything as little more than rumors and wishful thinking in print. George Lucas reportedly met with actors Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher several months ago to apprise them of the upcoming sale and new film series, which could potentially provide them with A-list movie work, which they don’t get much of anymore (Hamill is a top voice actor and Fisher a successful writer, so they’re not exactly parking cars).
Several stories also have appeared in the press regarding Harrison Ford coming back, but the reports seem to be based on interviews from several years ago. I can see Hamill and Fisher wanting more, but Ford has been vocal about not much liking the Han Solo character.
A guy he really does like playing is Indiana Jones, and Ford publicly has professed interest in playing him again. But where does the sale leave Indy? Unfortunately, he might as well be frozen in carbonite. While Disney soon will own Indy, Paramount retains the distribution rights to the character and there’s little chance that Disney will produce a film that must be distributed by another studio, so Indy, alas, might have hung up his whip for good. Bummer.
Art of Assassin’s Creed III/Halo 4
My pal Katherine at Titan Books has sent over hot-off-the-press copies of The Art of Assassin’s Creed III and Awakening: The Art of Halo 4—and they are beauties! The books are jammed with never-before-seen concept art and artists’ commentary throughout. The AIII hardback (ISBN 9781781164259. $29.95) by Andy McVittie with a foreword by Alex Hutchinson, “explores the vision and development of the much-anticipated new game.” Highlights in the book and game include “new interactive cityscapes, frozen winter landscapes, threats from the natural world, weather systems that affect gameplay, and a wholly new environment for any assassin so far—all recreated by the Ubisoft studio,” the publisher said.
H4 (ISBN 9781781163245. $34.95) is another stunning hardcover featuring the game’s spectacular characters, weapons, vehicles, and environment providing a detailed look at the art created specifically for the game, with commentary by the creative team at 343 Industries. Here are few examples of art to whet your gamers’ appetites.
[The Art of Assassin's Creed III. Titan Books. © 2012 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.]
Now for Halo:
[Awakening: The Art of Halo 4. Titan Books. © 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All Rights Reserved.]
Titan doesn’t scrimp on quality and these books are gorgeous! All serious fans of these games are going to want them.
Belated 165 birthday wishes (11/8) to Bram Stoker (goggle has a really cool illustration yesterday). The Big D Still is the best vampire book—if you’ve never read it, treat yourself! It’s 1000 times better than any of the countless films based on it.
On this date in 1888, the brutally butchered (dissected might be a more appropriate word) corpse of Mary Kelly was discovered as the final victim of the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper. Although the killer never “officially” was caught, the killings stopped and, more tellingly, the investigation essentially was halted suddenly and without explanation within weeks after Kelly’s murder. Makes you wonder.
Short and sweet this week, kids. If you got walloped by the one-two combo of big bitch Sandy and the nor’easter, I hope you’ve gotten power/heat/hot water back on (I have power and hot water but no heat—ARGH!). Stay warm, dry, and get your geek on seeing Skyfall, the new Bond, or Spielberg’s Lincoln, both of which garnered decent reviews. And belated 165th birthday wishes to Bram Stoker. The Big D is the best vampire book ever written.