Disney is Working on a Princess of North Sudan Film That Sounds Awfully Colonialist

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The Hollywood Reporter announced yesterday that Walt Disney Pictures is producing a 'Princess of North Sudan' film based on the real life story of a little girl from Virginia who became the princess of North Sudan.  

If you're unfamiliar with the story and trying to place the country of North Sudan, don't worry, you didn't miss that day in Geography.  The area now known as the Kingdom of North Sudan is called Bir Tawil and remained "unclaimed" until last year when Emily Heaton asked her father if she could become a real princess, and he went out and got her a country to preside over--by country, I mean "800 square miles of desert" between Egypt and Sudan.  The family still lives in Virginia, but plans to use the Kingdom to build a sustainable farming system for Africa with the help of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign



Screenwriter Stephany Folsom is now working on a script for a film inspired by Emily and her father's story, described as "focusing on the relationship between the father and daughter set against a backdrop of a fantastical adventure."  Many have responded to the film with outrage, saying it reeks of colonialism and "literal white entitlement."



Stephany Folsom responded to the critique on her Twitter account saying, 



In a series of additional (now deleted) tweets, she also defends herself with the following: 


We'll have to wait and see what comes of The Princess of North Sudan, but right now things look pretty shaky.  Hopefully this controversy sends the film back to the drawing board.

Mr. Burns Won't be Returning to the Simpsons

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Harry Shearer, the voice of Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns, Smithers, Principal Skinner, and Lenny has left the Simpsons after decades with the show.  Reportedly related to issues with "back-end and merchandising," Shearer announced his departure from the show on Twitter:



It seems like his departure is not on terrible terms, but came down to a contract issue limiting Shearer's ability to lend his talents to other projects.  
Here's hoping the show can find a perfect new voice for Ned and Mr. Burns; it certainly won't be the same without Shearer.

Boba Fett to Get His Own Movie in 2018

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The second film in the Star Wars Anthology Series will be focused on Boba Fett, according to The Wrap.  The first film, Rogue One, is set to be released in 2016, then this untitled Boba Fett film will follow in 2018.  No plot details have been revealed, but the film just lost its director, Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic Four), who says he's moving on to pursue original creative opportunities.  Rumor has it that Disney pushed him out due to concerns over Trank's behavior during the filming of Fantastic Four.  Either way, Disney is now tasked with finding a new director to helm the film. 

In the extended Star Wars Universe, Boba Fett escapes the Sarlacc pit he was doomed to in Return of the Jedi and carries on with his bounty hunting.  The film could pick up at any point along his timeline and be filled with exciting new adventures.

New Dragon Ball Anime Announced: Dragon Ball Super Coming to Japan This Summer

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After eighteen long years, the Dragon Ball franchise is returning to television with an all new series called Dragon Ball Super.  

The show will follow the events of the film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’  in "the aftermath of Goku’s fierce battle with Majin Buu, as he attempts to maintain earth’s fragile peace."  It will be overseen by the franchise's original creator, Akira Toriyama, who, according to the show's producer, has "developed a plot that’s not only a dream come true for Dragon Ball’s millions of fans, but one that will foster in a new generation of viewers."  Dragon Ball Super premeires this July in Japan, though there's no word yet on when the show will come to the rest of the world.

Stanley Tucci Cast in Beauty and the Beast as Brand New Character, Cadenza

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Variety is reporting that Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games, Captain America) has joined the cast of the upcoming live action Beauty and the Beast.  He joins stars Emma Watson, Emma Thompson, and Kevin Kline as a brand new character, a "neurotic maestro" grand piano named Cadenza.  

What do you think of the film's inclusion of a new character? Are you excited to see Stanley Tucci join the film?

Rumor Has It: Gwendoline Christie is a Chrome Trooper in Star Wars VII

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We've known for a while that Brienne of Tarth actress Gwendoline Christie would be in Star Wars VII, but Vulture is reporting her role is that of the Chrome Trooper.  Not much is known about this character, but if it is Gwendoline under there, here's hoping we get to see her without the chrome dome too.

Game of Thrones has already got the hand ampuation thing down; maybe Jaime can join Brienne for an epic saber fight?



Hey, a fan can dream, right?