A new chapter in the Star Wars universe unfolds in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:
- J.J. Abrams commented on the intense scrutiny and spoilers surrounding Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Read about some early concept art of Kylo Ren.
- The synopsis of the canon Clone Wars book, Star Wars: Dark Disciple, is now out.
- Find out how Poe Dameron and Finn fit into the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- The Star Wars Celebration schedule is coming soon.
- Code names for the Force Awakens Lego sets.
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Star Wars has the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, and soon we’ll see the sequel trilogy. Before that new series bows, however, we’ll get the book trilogy. One of the first books announced for the large-scale publishing event Journey to the Force Awakens is called Star Wars Aftermath. We’ve previously written about the plot of the book, which centers on a lone Rebel scout who learns of a secret Imperial meeting after the Battle of Endor, and we’ve covered the author, Chuck Wendig.
Now we know Aftermath is the first book in a trilogy that will answer some crucial questions about the Galaxy immediately after the destruction of the second Death Star on the way to the events of The Force Awakens. We also know a bit more about the plot, which characters will or will not appear and clues about The Force Awakens. Read about all that, and see the full book cover, below. Read More »
Until Thursday’s Star Wars movie news, the biggest related news this week was about Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That’s a series of 20 books being released later this year that will bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens while also including teases toward the new film. It’s a pretty exciting proposition for fans.
A description of one of the books, Star Wars: Aftermath, followed the news and now four more descriptions have gone online. They’re all pretty interesting but on in particular, Star Wars: Lost Stars, introduces two brand new characters: Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell. Read about the new Star Wars books below. Read More »
Fans who want to know what happened between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens are going to have to read about it. Disney and Lucasfilm just announced this Fall they’ll release 20 books in a series called Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The series will be a mix of novels, comics, children’s books and young adult stories all set in the 30 years between the films, and all of which are canon.
Below, read more about Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens including a few of the book titles. Read More »
The name Neill Blomkamp has been everywhere of late. He’s directing the next Alien movie. He says he messed up his last movie. But the one thing that keeps getting lost in all of that talk is that he has a new movie out March 6, called Chappie. It’s the story of robot which gains consciousness, and appears to be infused with the director’s trademark social commentary, high-octane action and a big time cast.
We’ll have more on the film as release approaches but we’re excited to reveal some brand new images from Titan Books’ Chappie: The Art of the Movie. It’s out March 3 and is filled with concept art and behind the scenes images, many of which focus on Sharlto Copley‘s performance capture role as the lead character.
Below, check out brand new Chappie behind the scenes images. Read More »
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This edition of Star Wars Bits jumps all over the timeline. Below, read about the following:
- Own the first ever autographed cast photo for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Oscar Isaac says he’s “in the dark” about Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Dave Filoni offers a fascinating look at the development of Star Wars Rebels
- See some images from a new Star Wars poster book.
- Read an excerpt from Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi.
- What locations does the Millennium Falcon show up at in The Force Awakens?
- A fascinating, new rumor has surfaced about Luke Skywalker‘s role in The Force Awakens.
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Considering this site is called “Slashfilm,” we don’t cover a lot of books. But most books aren’t written by Ernie Cline. Cline first hit our radar as the writer of Fanboys, the Star Wars fan story directed by Kyle Newman. He then truly hit a home run with Ready Player One, a massive sci-fi adventure influenced by movies, music, video games and more. It’s currently being developed into a movie by Warner Bros. That’s why Cline’s work fits so well on this site. Those who live and breathe pop culture will truly appreciate it.
His second novel, Armada, sounds like it further explores some of the concepts he’s played with before. The movie rights were picked up last year and, finally, Random House has announced an official release date for the book: July 14. Along with that, we now have the cover and a full synopsis. However, in that synopsis is something very odd. It seems Cline is drawing heavily from The Last Starfighter. Could that actually be? Read the Armada synopsis below. Read More »
If you’re reading this website, you’re most likely excited for Mad Max: Fury Road. Even if you haven’t been following the franchise since its humble beginnings, those trailers certainly hit your geek radar. The visuals and music director George Miller is working with for this latest film, which stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult, look and sound remarkable.
As we all patiently wait for the release of Mad Max: Fury Road on May 15, the DC Comics imprint Vertigo has collaborated with Miller on a few new releases. There’s a large, hardcover book called Mad Max: Fury Road: Inspired Artists which has art influenced and inspired by the world of Mad Max by 65 famous artists. They’re also doing four character centric prequel comics, which will tell the story of characters played by Hoult, Theron and Max immediately before the film begins.
/Film is excited to exclusively debut the first information and covers for the two of these Mad Max Fury Road books. See them below Read More »
Ernie Cline is reportedly writing a Ready Player One sequel. Let that sink in while I give you some context.
A few weeks back, there were lots of rumors about Warner Bros. going out to top notch directors after reading the latest draft to Ready Player One. Cline’s book was released in 2011 but sold its movie rights even before that. Since then, several writers have been hired to crack the story – which involves a massive online world and a pop-culture infused race to win billions – but nothing quite stuck. Then Zak Penn took over and, suddenly, names like Christopher Nolan and Peter Jackson were being thrown around. It was a huge step.
Since then, we haven’t heard much about the Ready Player One movie. So, in the meantime, I went back and read the book for a second time. The first time I read it, I finished it in 24 hours because I couldn’t put it down. The second time, even though I’d already read it, it took me all of 4 days to finish. Cline’s huge imagination and pop culture vocabulary create a story that’s both wholly original yet totally composed of the tattered remnants of our childhoods. It’s just a wonderful, exciting, vibrant and awesome book.
Since releasing Ready Player One, Cline has been working on a mysterious new book called Armada, which is out later this year. Now, in a very surprising move, he’s apparently also working on a Ready Player One sequel. Read more about it below. Read More »