Posted on Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
The first Lucasfilm movie announced by Disney after the acquisition was Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But the first Lucasfilm feature released by Disney is this weekend’s Strange Magic. First conceived by George Lucas over a decade ago, the animated musical delves into a fantasy world populated by lovelorn elves, feisty fairies, and embittered goblins.
During a recent press day in New York, I got the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Lucas himself, as well as Strange Magic stars Elijah Kelley, Evan Rachel Wood, and Alan Cumming to talk love, music, and of course, Star Wars. Watch the video interviews after the jump. Read More »
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In the years to come, we’ll certainly learn more about the behind the scenes development of the new Star Wars movies. But, for now, the public narrative is as follows. George Lucas was quietly developing Star Wars 7 when he decided to sell Lucasfilm to Disney. He passed along his outlines and work on the movies, which screenwriter Michael Arndt began adapting. J.J. Abrams came on board as director, but he and the writer didn’t see eye-to-eye. Arndt left the project, Abrams took over writing duties with Lawrence Kasdan, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens went into production.
The rumored disagreement between Arndt and Abrams was over Lucas’ vision. Apparently, Lucas and Arndt wanted Episode VII to focus more on the younger characters, while Abrams wanted the younger generation to be secondary to the old guard like Luke, Han and Leia. We still don’t know precisely how that balance worked out. In a new interview, Lucas himself admitted Disney abandoned his Star Wars 7 ideas, adding fuel to this fire. Read More »
Comic book, TV shows and of course The Force Awakens are all covered in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following:
- Mark Hamill reveals he boards the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- A UK reporter uncovers several young actors reportedly cast in The Force Awakens.
- George Lucas has now seen The Force Awakens teaser trailer.
- Oscar Isaac uses a surprising word to describe Poe Dameron.
- Check out the Star Wars #1 Loot Crate variant cover.
- Is there a Force Awakens easter egg in Star Wars #1?
- Watch a featurette on Star Wars #1.
- See sketches from Kanan: The Last Padawan comic.
- Is there a Lando Calrissian comic coming out too?
- Will Marvel do comics set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens?
- Read the titles of some upcoming episodes of Star Wars Rebels.
- The George Lucas Museum may end up in LA if Chicago doesn’t work out.
- Three rumored pieces of Star Wars: The Force Awakens concept art leak.
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George Lucas got out in front of press this week to promote his new film Strange Magic, which is based on a Lucas story and can potentially be seen as the last of the Lucas-involved Lucasfilm projects. Before selling Lucasfilm to Disney, George Lucas had planned to oversee the seventh Star Wars movie, and the early starting point for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a set of outlines he had written prior to the sale of his company.
But now that The Force Awakens is firmly in the hands of J.J. Abrams, Lucas says he has seen the film’s trailer, but doesn’t have any idea what the new story is. In short, the Star Wars creator doesn’t know any more about the new movie than the rest of us do. Read More »
They say kids change everything. In George Lucas‘ case, his new child changed the fate of Star Wars.
Lucas is promoting his latest film, Strange Magic, and in the first interview about it the creator of A Galaxy Far, Far Away admitted his original plan was to make Star Wars Episode VII for May 2015, then sell the company. But when he and his eventual wife made plans to have a child, he knew making a new trilogy was too much. He sold the company, got married, and had a new child instead. Now, Lucas is excited because he can experience Star Wars in a way we all take for granted. Read the George Lucas Episode 7 quotes below. Read More »
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Star Wars is one of those franchises where almost nothing you discover about it is new. Whether it be a cool inside fact, image, or whatever, odds are it’s been out there years, possibly decades. Maybe it’s new to you but the franchise has been so closely followed for so many years, it would be very rare to find something genuinely new in relation to the original or prequel trilogies.
That’s a preamble to say the following video is not necessarily a new discovery. It was recently uploaded, and I’ve never seen it before. But Star Wars fans are so crazy, maybe some of you have. The video is about six minutes of B-roll footage from the set of the original 1977 Star Wars. That means the footage is almost 40 years old. And it’s incredible. It’s George Lucas, Mark Hamill and Garrick Hagon (who played Luke’s best friend Biggs) shooting a scene that’s not in the movie. It’s just raw footage of people walking around the set. Check out the Star Wars behind the scenes footage below. Read More »
Over 100 million people across the world have watched the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer over the past week and a half. The 88-second tease is on track to be the movie viewed movie trailer in the history of the Internet and for good reason. It’s arguably one of the most anticipated and talked about sequels of all time.
Maybe you made your mom watch the trailer, or your grandma, uncle, hell, every family member. But one person who hasn’t seen it is series creator George Lucas. Lucas sold his company and rights to Star Wars in October 2012 to Disney for $4 billion but was rumored to be a peripheral creative consultant on The Force Awakens. Whether that’s true or not, he hasn’t watched the trailer yet. Read his reasoning below. Read More »
Oscar Isaac continues to offer up awesome stories from The Force Awakens. Below, read about those as well as these interesting Star Wars Bits.
- Oscar Isaac talks flying an X-Wing, practical effects and more in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- New details surface about Andy Serkis‘ Force Awakens‘ character.
- Serkis was pleasantly surprised by the reaction to the trailer.
- iTunes may have mistakenly identified the hooded figure in The Force Awakens trailer.
- Joel Edgerton will bet you $50 he knows the identity of the same character.
- In 2008, George Lucas said there would never be a Sequel Trilogy
- Learn how to 3D print your own triple lightsaber.
- Marvel’s Star Wars #1 is going to set some sales records, plus see the best variant cover yet.
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The opening crawl from Star Wars is familiar to most of our readers by now — even the people who don’t know it by heart would recognize the text immediately. But that crawl, like any other part of a film, took some editing and whittling to knock into final shape. Brian De Palma helped George Lucas trim down the opening crawl after seeing a rough cut of the original film. Now the text of the first draft crawl has been revealed, thanks to a draft of the script from the film’s script supervisor Anne Skinner. Read More »