When Disney bought Lucasfilm last year there was some rejoicing, based in part on the idea that new Star Wars projects might take shape away from the influence of creator George Lucas. It’s rare that a core fanbase wants to see new episodes of a storyline created without the person who gave the series in question original life, but this is Star Wars, and after the prequel trilogy it was time for some new blood.
The new blood includes, of course, director J.J. Abrams and screenwriter Michael Arndt. They took up the task of making Star Wars Episode VII, working from where Lucas had left off. See, Lucas had started developing the new Star Wars film about a year before the sale of Lucasfilm. (Which was a canny strategy — it’s one thing to know that the sale included the right to make new Star Wars films, and quite another to go into it knowing a plan was already in place.)
Lucas stepped back to a consulting role after the sale, but if you thought Abrams was going to develop Episode VII without much consultation with Lucas, think again. George Lucas’ son says that the two have been “constantly talking” about Star Wars as the new film is developed. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
More people throw their hats into the Episode VII casting ring, some more sincerely than others, while George Lucas tries to get moving on his next, non-Star Wars-related endeavor. After the jump:
- Could this guy be the new Chewbacca?
- Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme “auditions” for Star Wars
- J.J. Abrams says Episode VII won’t be Disney-fied
- George Lucas‘s museum could move to Chicago
- Jason Christman and Nick Scurfield debut new prints
- Star Wars Pinball reveals another new trailer
- Look for a Star Wars Rebels teaser on Monday
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Harvey Weinstein is a guy whose nature leads to intensely polarized opinions. He’s a mogul in the old style, who exerts his will with force, and grandstands, and makes good movies and irritating decisions in equal measure. Having been part of some of the biggest films of the last couple decades, Harvey also has endless stories to tell, and when he opens up there’s great stuff to learn.
Take Gangs of New York, the Martin Scorsese film that Weinstein produced in 2002. The massive project shot in Rome, and quickly became legendary in some circles as an example of Harvey’s heavy-handed demands for a shorter cut than the filmmaker wanted to deliver. Weinstein recently talked about that aspect of the film, but he also explained the origin of the CG elephant that roams through the elaborate riot sequence that acts as the climax of the film. Read More »
Almost twenty-five years ago, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert sat down with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Martin Scorsese to talk about the future of cinema. At the time, Scorsese had yet to release Goodfellas, Spielberg had yet to win an Oscar and George Lucas had to to commit to the Star Wars prequels. Each was already incredibly accomplished, but not even close to the peaks of their success.
Looking back at the conversation, it’s fascinating to think about where these guys thought cinema would go, how they themselves would help push it there, and what they were wrong about. Of course, earlier this year Spielberg and Lucas once again talked about the future of movies and their predictions were much more pessimistic. I wouldn’t bet against these guys.
Check out the fantastic 50 minute interview below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
The big Star Wars Episode VII story coming out of D23 this weekend was that there was no big Star Wars Episode VII story. To the disappointment of many, the studio chose not to reveal any new info at all during the event. But luckily for those craving a bit of Star Wars gossip, we have some rumor and news coming from other corners of the world. After the jump:
- Ian McDiarmid is rumored to return for Episode VII
- Meanwhile, Ray Park is hoping he’ll get asked back too
- George Lucas and his wife welcome a baby daughter
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The program teased it. We all expected it. But as the smoke cleared on the 2013 D23 Expo, there was not a single shred of Star Wars Episode VII news. Its absence left fans questioning not only Disney’s motives in using their new acquisition, Lucasfilm, to sell the event but also asking what the state of Star Wars Episode VII actually is.
The consensus seems to be director J.J. Abrams, executive producer and Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy, screenwriter Michael Arndt and producers Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are simply not ready to reveal anything about Star Wars Episode VII. What’s troubling though is Disney did reveal images, concept art and more for films that’ll be out after well Episode VII. Plus, with the D23 Expo only happening every other year, the film will be out months before the next Expo. Those factors meant major disappoint for fans both at the convention and beyond.
So what does that all mean? Are Abrams and crew simply too busy to worry about marketing a film that hasn’t begun production yet, or are things not progressing in the manner everyone expected? Read More »
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy appeared at Star Wars Celebration this weekend in Essen Germany. Kennedy appeared on a panel with Warwick Davis, and this is where she announced that John Williams would be returning for the new Star Wars films (reported elsewhere on the site). What else did she say? What else was revealed? Find out after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2013 by Angie Han
Get ready to revisit the prequels, Angry Birds-style. Also after the jump:
- Knights of the Old Republic gets a birthday sale
- Star Wars will take over Disney’s Club Penguin
- The Star Tours rides are getting an update in 2015
- George Lucas says Star Trek made Star Wars possible
- President Obama gives George Lucas a hug and an award
- Does anyone in Star Wars actually know how to read?
- Billy Dee Williams leads a Star Wars cantina singalong
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