The Week in Fandom returns to update you on the hottest news in games, movies, and TV. For the week ending August 5, Lucasfilm and ABC hint at a possible live-action Star Wars series, some familiar faces plan their return to Nintendo consoles, a classic ’80s comedy gets a remake with a twist, Christopher Nolan teases his next project, and the Suicide Squad shows us why being bad never felt so good.
Lucasfilm, ABC Discussing Star Wars Series
During Thursday morning’s TCA Press Tour presentation ABC Entertainment President, Channing Dungey, told attending members of the media that Lucasfilm and ABC have discussed the possibility of a Star Wars TV series on the network. The only iterations of Star Wars on TV in recent history are the animated shows Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars. But given Disney’s ownership of Lucasfilm and the ABC Television Group, the possibility of a live-action Star Wars TV show looms large.
Mario and Pokémon Games Arriving Within Months of the Nintendo NX Launch
The Nintendo NX launch will see a new Mario game and a new Pokémon game, in addition to Zelda: Breath of the Wild, all within six months of launch. This is a hugely exciting reveal for Nintendo fans, who have already been waiting for a true console Zelda title since Skyward Sword released in 2011. It appears Nintendo learned their lesson from the Wii U launch, which featured a lackluster lineup of first-party titles within the first few months of that system’s release.
Channing Tatum Plays a Merman in the Upcoming Splash Remake
A remake of the fantasy/comedy film Splash has been announced starring Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell. The original film starred Tom Hanks as a hapless landlubber who falls in love with a mermaid played by Daryl Hannah. Naturally, the roles will be reversed and Tatum will don the fish tail this time around. Expect this to fall into the same comedic wheelhouse as the 21 Jump Street films: self-aware and overtly silly.
See the New Teaser for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk
The first teaser for Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Dunkirk finally landed. The movie is based on the World War II story about the evacuation of 330,000 Allied troops after an intense battle in the titular French city. In typical Nolan fashion, the teaser showcases chilling and powerful imagery. This is his first attempt at representing history in a more grounded way. Considering that fans loved his gritty approach to Batman, it will be fascinating to see if the same fanbase will respond as positively to a story based in reality.
Suicide Squad Hits Theaters
The latest film in the DC expanded cinematic universe hits theaters this weekend. Can Suicide Squad right the wrongs of Batman v. Superman and show fans that DC movies can be just as fun as their Marvel counterparts? If you want to know about the characters in the new movie and the history of the Suicide Squad, check out our Crash Course.
And finally, in our Weekend Preview, Fan Contributor Drew Dietsch helps us plan our weekend with looks at Suicide Squad, Nine Lives, the 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremonies, The Little Prince, and Batman: The Telltale Series.