Two people with very unique perspectives on this Star Wars business are producer Frank Marshall and director Joe Johnston. Marshall has worked with LucasFilm extensively in the past, producing all four Indiana Jones films (among others) and just so happens to be married to the CEO of the company, Kathleen Kennedy. Johnston is a well-known director who worked on all three films in the original Star Wars trilogy and publicly declared his desire to make a new Star Wars movie. So what’s going on with these guys in regards to Star Wars Episode VII?

After the jump, read what Marshall had to say about the news, including inside information on possible directors and what this all means for Indiana Jones 5, as well as Johnston’s response to a blog post saying he’s the best candidate to direct Star Wars Episode VII. Read More »


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None of these updates are all that major, but there are a lot of them so let’s get right to it. After the jump:

  • Channing Tatum won’t direct Magic Mike 2 just yet
  • Stephen King‘s The Shining (book) sequel gets dated
  • Jude Law is totally up for more Sherlock Holmes
  • Karen Allen reiterates Indy 5 is up to George Lucas
  • Seth MacFarlane is “thinking about” a sequel to Ted
  • Men in Black 3 and the trilogy hit Blu-ray / DVD this fall
  • Rosario Dawson says Sin City 2 will shoot in November
  • Super Troopers 2 hits legal trouble; Pot Quest still simmering

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Based on reactions to the topic every time it comes up, I think a great many Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford fans would like to pretend that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull didn’t exist. And yet there is still the occasional expression of hope when the mooted fifth Indy film is discussed. Somehow there is optimism that a fifth film would be better than the fourth. And, sure, there’s a chance, but when the core story is in the hands of George Lucas, whose latter output has been… well, let’s generously say “spotty,” I’d say any optimism in this case is extreme.

We might finally be able to put talk of a fifth movie to bed, however, as producer Frank Marshall says that, for him at least, Crystal Skull was the end. Read More »

The sequel news never stops and we’re here to report it all. After the jump, read more about the following:

  • Bruce Greenwood is happy with how Christopher Pike is being handled in Star Trek 2.
  • A teaser image for Robert Rodriguez‘s Machete Kills appeared at the European Film Market.
  • John Carter 2 was being written two years ago when John Carter was being shot.
  • George Lucas Says He Should Be Working On Indiana Jones 5.

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After seven years away from theaters, Star Wars comes back to the big screen this weekend. Of course, it’s not a new movie or even an original re-release. Instead it’s what’s generally considered one of the worst of the bunch, converted into an experience many people hate. I refer, of course, to Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D and if one good thing comes of this re-release, it means George Lucas has to come out and answer questions. (Of course, he did this for Red Tails too but focused more on his upcoming career and Hollywood controversy.)

In an interview Lucas did with The Hollywood Reporter he offers what I think is the most plausible and straightforward answer he’s ever given as to why he changed the Greedo/Han Solo scene in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Read the quotes and agree or disagree after the break. Read More »

When we last left the saga of the slowly developing potential film, Indiana Jones 5, Steven Spielberg clarified that “It’s up to George.” He and George Lucas, of course, had agreed on the concept for the film but until Lucas had more story details worked out, the film can’t progress. The man with the plan was on the red carpet for his friend’s The Adventures of Tintin premiere (which, itself, is structured and feels like an Indiana Jones movie) and offered his two cents. No big surprises here, he’s basically just echoing Spielberg but you can read the quote and watch a video of Spielberg talking a bit about the film after the jump. Read More »

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Steven Spielberg was recently quoted in Entertainment Weekly as saying the following in regards to Indiana Jones 5:

It’s up to George. We have already agreed on the genre of the fifth movie, we already have a concept in mind. I don’t know where George is with the story. There is no Indy 5 until George says there is.

At the time, that statement raised a lot of questions. Was Indiana Jones 5 really going to be a new genre? Had Spielberg misspoke? As predicted, the answers to those questions are “No” and “Yes.” Read his clarification after the break. Read More »

This week’s Entertainment Weekly has an in-depth, enlightening interview with Steven Spielberg tied to his December double feature The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse. All kinds of topics are discussed including whether or not Spielberg, an executive producer on all three Transformers movies, thinks Michael Bay will be back for a fourth film. He also says they have a specific genre set for Indiana Jones 5 and expands on his recent comments regarding the reception of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It’s great stuff. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »

Friendship can often be fraught with difficult negotiations. When friends are involved in creative endeavors, some disagreement and compromise is guaranteed to be in order. Take George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, who have been friends and occasional collaborators for decades. Their friendship launched the Indiana Jones film series, the last installment of which isn’t quite a fan favorite.

Even Spielberg seems to recognize that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull isn’t such a great film, as per comments he made at a recent screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. He even seems down on the basic story of the picture, but explains that his friendship and partnership with Lucas is what pushed it forward. Film is all about compromise, even if you’re one of the biggest names in filmmaking. Read on… Read More »