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Ars Technic’s weekly article roundup of the week.

The week in sci-fic: The Star Wars prequels, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Avengers.


Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens The prequel trilogy has sold more than two billion copies worldwide, but The Force Unleashed still hasn’t come out.

In a new interview with EW, director Gareth Edwards and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan say the film’s release date is a “non-starter.”

Kasdan also said he is considering a “full-scale” sequel, which is an odd choice for a film that takes place over two decades.

“It’s like, ‘Oh, well, maybe we should just make this full-scale sequel,'” Edwards said.

“I don’t think that’s going to work.”


Star Trek Beyond The film has made more than $1 billion worldwide.

However, that isn’t enough to keep the Trek franchise going for long. 

A third film is already in the works, and Paramount has been pushing hard to get the project done before 2019.

The studio has been negotiating a new deal with director Justin Lin to keep his original Trek script intact, but Lin is reportedly being forced to drop out of the project due to scheduling conflicts.


Jurassic World A film starring Brad Pitt, Chris Pratt, and a cast of mostly non-actors could be a big hit for Disney.

However a sequel would have to be far bigger.

It will be one of the biggest films of 2019, and the new director is a big name. 

The film is being made by Jurassic Park mastermind Chris Palmer, who helmed the last two installments of the franchise.

Palmer also has a reputation for being a bit of a sci fi fan, and this film could be an attempt to bring that into the fold.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey It may not have much of a financial future, but a film starring Matt Damon and directed by Christopher Nolan will have a very positive impact on the worldwide box office.

Damon plays the character Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit trilogy, and Nolan is known for his cinematic take on fantasy stories.


The Avengers: Age of Ultron This blockbuster movie is expected to hit the big screen in 2021, and Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige is set to unveil his vision for the movie during an investor conference on Tuesday.

While the first film’s production budget is estimated to be $3 billion, Feige says that will grow to $5 billion when the film is released in 2021. 


Star-Lord James Gunn is directing an adaptation of Peter David’s novel, and it is expected that the sequel will follow in his footsteps.


The Mummy A sequel to the popular franchise is being planned for 2019, but it has been described as a “small, family friendly” film.


The Dark Tower A new film from writer-director Nikolaj Arcel is being eyed for 2019.

Arcel wrote the first two Dark Tower novels and also directed the third.


Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 Warner Bros. is reportedly in talks with Sony Pictures for the sequel to this franchise, which features Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and more.


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2 The third installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will likely have its big screen debut in 2019. 


Deadpool Marvel Studios president Kevin Feighner recently told Collider that a Deadpool sequel is in the pipeline. 


Jurassic Park A Jurassic Park sequel is a long shot at this point, but Feighson said he would be interested in the idea. 


Wonder Woman It seems like a lot of fans are excited about Wonder Woman 2 in 2019, which will be the first time since the last film that a female superhero movie gets a sequel.


The Last Jedi Star Wars: The Last Crusade will be released on December 17, 2019, with a release date of March 3, 2020.


The Wolverine The Wolverine: Wolverine is currently slated for 2019 release.


Avengers Assemble The next Avengers movie will be in 2019 with a date of May 4, 2020, but Marvel is reportedly working on another sequel. 


Jurassic Future The Jurassic Future sequel will likely be released in 2019 and is set in 2019-2020. 


The Martian A possible sequel to The Martian was mentioned during a panel at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, but no details were revealed.


X-Men: Apocalypse The Apocalypse sequel is rumored to hit theaters in 2019 for Marvel and Fox, but there are no details about its release date.


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