ENTERTAINMENT NEWS UPDATES: 6/16 – 6/22

Star Wars sequels set in Brick

In a truly surprising announcement, Deadline broke the news Friday that Rian Johnson has been hired to write and direct not only Star Wars Episode XIII, but write a treatment for IX as well.
The news of the Looper helmer’s involvement comes in the midst of production on Episode VII, headed by J.J. Abrahms. Further details on production are understandably few at this point but just by looking at Johnson’s short but strong body of work, it’s clear that the galaxy far far away is in very good hands.

The Batman returns

Hot off the supposed leak of Warner Bros.’ DC film plans, reportedly set to announce at Comic Con, one strange absence among the roster was the most popular member of the lot: Batman.
Now, word is arriving via Latino Review‘s scooper extraordinaire, El Mayimbe, that plans may be in motion for the Dark Knight’s next big screen solo outing after all. Reports indicate that Warner is monitoring 2019 to release the next Batman solo film, appropriately titled The Batman (how very 2004).
Ben Affleck has another project, Live By Night, in between Batman v Superman and Justice League, but sources imply he may put his considerable directing talents to work for The Batman and other DC projects in the future.

Better Call Saul… later

The first of two TV stories that came out of left field this week, AMC’s Breaking Bad spinoff series, Better Call Saul, had good news and bad to share.
The bad news: the show, starring Bob Odenkirk reprising his Saul Goodman character from Bad, has been postponed for another year. The series was originally supposed to debut this fall.
The good news: while premiering later than expected, Saul has already been optioned for a second season. Already. Yeah, that fast.
Meanwhile…

Korra returns… like, really soon

Most of us didn’t expect the excellent Legend of Korra (well, at least the first season) to be back for a few more months. Furthermore, most people would expect a good deal of notice about its return, it being one of Nick’s most celebrated shows.
We guessed wrong. Korra announced via its official Facebook page Friday that its third season would debut in just one week. No reason has yet been given for the abrupt notice of the season three debut.
Legend of Korra: Book 3, titled Change, will revolve around the Avatar team dealing with the fallout from season 2’s finale and the new world of humans and spirits.
Change will debut Friday June 27, at 6 p.m. central time, with three episodes up front.
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