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Last December, Hollywood was hit with the tragic news that Star Wars saga actress Carrie Fisher had passed away. She had already completed filming on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but reports indicated that her character General Leia was meant to have an even bigger role in Star Wars: Episode IX. One of the options being discussed in order to fix this issue was making changes to General Leia’s role in The Last Jedi to reduce the problem of her not being in Episode IX. But that apparently won’t be necessary.

Disney CEO Bob Iger appeared today for a chat at the USC Marshall School of Business, and when conversation turned to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, he brought up the passing of Carrie Fisher and how it was being handled behind the scenes.  Read More »

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The minute Disney purchased Lucasfilm back in 2012, we knew the studio planned to expand the Star Wars franchise far beyond what we’d already seen. To their credit, they moved quickly: it’s now five years later, and they’re already in production on their third Star Wars movie. Now you can go ahead and mark your calendars for 2032, because Disney CEO Bob Iger says there’s a good chance they’ll still be pumping out Star Wars films at that point. Read More »

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Before today, the only thing we knew for sure about the young Han Solo movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are currently filming is that it will follow the galaxy’s most charming scoundrel in his younger days. Now, thanks to an interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger, a few other details about the film’s scope and plot details have arrived. Some of them are obvious enough, but one detail is the truly bizarre implication that Han Solo’s actual name is not Han Solo. Or something.

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While appearing at a New York Goldman Sachs conference today, Disney CEO Bob Iger warned that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will not be doing bonkers Star Wars: The Force Awakens-level box office and revealed that he had a meeting with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy this week plotting out Star Wars for 2021 and beyond.

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Indiana Jones 5

In news that should surprise absolutely no one, Disney has no plans to end the Indiana Jones franchise after the upcoming fifth film. They may, however, have plans to reboot it. CEO Bob Iger says while we shouldn’t expect a Star Wars-style Indiana Jones universe, the series might head in a new “direction.”

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. At the moment, Disney is still developing Indiana Jones 5. The studio has already announced that Steven Spielberg will be back to direct, with Harrison Ford starring and John Williams scoring. Now we’ve learned that George Lucas will be back as well, serving as an executive producer.  Read More »

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The Walt Disney Company had their annual shareholder meeting this morning in Chicago. A lot of it had to do with boring financials, which is beyond the coverage of this site. But Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger did show off a bunch of clips from upcoming Disney films including Star Wars: Rogue One, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, the live-action Beauty and the Beast and the next Pirates of the Caribbean film. A /Film reader in attendance has sent me a rundown of what he saw, read about it after the jump.

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Marvel Movies Forever

If you’re getting sick of superhero movies and sequels to even more superhero movies, we have some bad news. But if you’ll never stop being thirsty for seeing characters from the pages of comic books head to the big screen, then we have the best news. As of now there are Marvel Studios movies scheduled for release through 2019, but Disney is planning on releasing plenty more movies in the Marvel cinematic universe long after that. How long? For-ev-er. Read More »

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Tl;dr: Every movie franchise you ever loved is coming back, and so are some you never really cared for in the first place. After the jump:

  • Edgar Ramirez thinks there will be more Point Breaks.
  • Yes, another Indiana Jones movie is coming. Eventually.
  • Quentin Tarantino makes more noises about a Kill Bill 3.
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 unveils a new poster.
  • Will The Conjuring 2 reference The Amityville Horror?
  • A new Fantastic Beasts image is all about the No-Maj.
  • Plus, new photos from Inferno and Kung Fu Panda 3.

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The Force Awakens final cut

Ever since Disney purchased Lucasfilm, many fans of the galaxy far, far away have been worried about the House of Mouse corrupting the sci-fi saga they love so much, as if all the merchandising done previously hadn’t already vigorously milked the cash cow. Thankfully, director J.J. Abrams has good news for concerned fans as he says the studio is “not trying to Disney-fy” our beloved Star Wars.

In a recent talk for Vanity Fair, Abrams sat down with Apple designer Jony Ive for a conversation moderated by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer. Some interesting details on the future franchise surfaced, including that the director has control over Star Wars: The Force Awakens final cut. Read More »

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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits we’ll take a look at the following:

  • The date and location of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens world premiere
  • The Disney logo/fanfare will not play before Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Is the rumor that Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t screen early for press a bad sign?
  • What color lightsaber would Benicio del Toro have?
  • Star Wars producer Simon Kinberg on secrets, strong female characters and Bob Iger‘s involvement.
  • R2 Builders have launched the BB-8 Builders Club
  • And the above art is Niel Brady’s submission to the Star Wars Art Awakens fan art contest.

All that and more in today’s Star Wars Bits. Hit the jump to hyperspace!
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