Harrison Ford isn’t exactly known for letting his sense of humor shine through in interviews. And lately, where every interview is a minefield full of potential Star Wars questions, he seems perhaps more testy than usual. When Ford did a quick press appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s show last night, the host was pretty good about playing along with the actor’s reluctance to talk about his possible return to the role of Han Solo.
But then Kimmel opened questions up to the audience, and things didn’t go so well. The Q&A went downhill fast enough, in fact, that Ford managed to forget his general rule against engaging on the subject of Star Wars, and almost became Han Solo for a minute.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Star Wars Episode VII already has a writer in Michael Arndt, but on this week’s Parks & Recreation Patton Oswalt will make a good case for ditching Arndt and turning the scripting duties over to him instead.
In the episode, the comedian-writer plays a Pawnee citizen attempting to filibuster a city council vote. To fill the time, he improvises an epic eight-minute speech outlining exactly what he thinks Star Wars Episode VII should be. Somehow we can’t really imagine Ardnt and JJ Abrams signing off on the idea of a robot-spider-bodied Chewbacca, but until the movie comes out we can dream. Watch the full video after the jump.
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Briefly: Today at Disney’s CinemaCon presentation, the studio announced that beginning in 2015 we’ll see a new Star Wars movie every summer. The plan is to begin with Episode VII, written by Michael Arndt and directed by JJ Abrams, then alternate between standalone “spin-off” movies and new Episodes in the core storyline.
We’ve known that Disney has been working with the idea of doing many new Star Wars films, beginning with the announcement that there could be one every two to three years, as stated when Disney bought LucasFilm. We’ve also heard that spin-offs might alternate with the core storyline. But this is the first studio confirmation of a plan, and also a pretty aggressive statement. Disney really isn’t messing around with the Star Wars franchise.
The precise characters and storylines for the films, both “core” and spin-off, have not been revealed. This is also the best confirmation we’ve had so far that 2015 will see the release of Episode VII. That date was floated months ago, but JJ Abrams said 2015 wasn’t locked. Looks like Disney wants the one-two punch of Episode VII and The Avengers 2 to own summer ’15.
Bounty hunters, giant worms and the biggest reveal in movie history. Artist Dave Perillo strikes back with his second Star Wars poster. Back in February, the artist released an awesome poster for Star Wars and now he’s completed the sequel, The Empire Strikes Back. Acme Archives is releasing the 12 x 36 inch silkscreen in an edition of 250 on April 19. It’s comprised of all your favorite scenes from what’s widely considered the best of the six Star Wars films. Check it out, exclusively, below. Read More »
These days, the Star Wars news never stops. Thank god you have Star Wars Bits to help you out. After the jump, read about the following:
- Anthony Daniels suggests he could be returning for Star Wars Episode VII and that Star Wars Celebration will have some answers.
- Harrison Ford does NOT like being asked about Star Wars Episode VII.
- Watch a seven-hour documentary on the original Star Wars Trilogy.
- Read an interview with two Dark Horse bigwigs discussing the upcoming adaptation of The Star Wars and see some concept art…
- …but that interview isn’t without its controversy.
- Star Wars historian J.W. Rinzler also did an interview about The Star Wars comic book.
- Billy Dee Williams will be at Star Wars Weekends at Disney on June 7-9.
- Check out the art for a new Star Wars Concept Art book.
- The recent layoffs at Disney are related to the studio’s purchase of Lucasfilm.
- Related to that, read an insider’s look at the final days at Lucasarts.
- Darth Vader isn’t happy he lost the Star Wars
- A major movie museum might have its own Death Star.
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When Disney shut down the Lucasfilm gaming division Lucasarts, the fans wondered about the fate of Star Wars 1313. The third person game, for which we’d seen gorgeous trailers, has been indefinitely postponed thanks to the corporate decision. If that wasn’t bad enough, turns out that in recent months it had been altered to star not a random character, but Boba Fett himself. Star Wars 1313 was going to be a Boba Fett game.
Below, read more about that as well as the following Star Wars Bits:
- Disney’s axe at Lucasfilm continues to swing, this time affecting many jobs at Industrial Light and Magic.
- Dave Filoni, former director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, has been asked to develop a new Star Wars animated series.
- Read a bunch of additional details about The Star Wars, George Lucas‘ original script that will soon be a Dark Horse Comic.
- The source codes to two popular Star Wars games are now available online.
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Disney shutting down Lucasarts is certainly the biggest Star Wars news of the day, but there’s plenty more where that came from. After the jump read about the following:
- J.J. Abrams talks about the comparisons between his 2009 Star Trek and Star Wars.
- Read Eli Roth‘s scathing review of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, written in 1999.
- Lego recalls a potentially offensive Star Wars set.
- Oscar-winning Star Wars Art director Roger Christian doesn’t plan to return for Star Wars Episode VII.
- Peter Jackson dropped in a little Star Wars April Fools joke into his recent video.
- So too did Star Trek alum George Takai.
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The original script for Star Wars was very different from what audiences saw on screen in 1977. George Lucas first wrote The Star Wars as a much campier tale. Some of the now-popular characters were aliens, some didn’t exist and others were different older or younger. Author J.W. Rinzler has written about the script in his fantastic book The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film but few fans have ever been able to explore it fully. Until now.
Beginning in September, Rinzler and Dark Horse Comics will adapt George Lucas’ original script, The Star Wars, into an eight-issue comic book mini-series. It’s the “story of Jedi Annikin Starkiller and General Luke Skywalker, an alien named Han Solo, and evil Sith Knights.” Read more, and see more art, below. Read More »