George Lucas Sequel Trilogy

You might not realize this, but some of the ideas for Star Wars: The Last Jedi actually came from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Before Disney had acquired Lucasfilm on October 30, 2012, George Lucas himself wrote a treatment for a new trilogy of Star Wars movies. We’ve chronicled in the past how those story treatments were largely thrown out by director J.J. Abrams when he came on board the project on January 24, 2013. We will likely never find out what Lucas had planned for the Star Wars sequel trilogy, but the new Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi book gives us one small peek at a George Lucas-approved Jedi Temple on the planet that later became known as Ahch-to. This is the closest we might ever come to seeing Lucas’ original vision for the sequel trilogy.

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best female star wars characters rey

Who is Rey? Where does she come from? Both Star Wars fans and the character played by Daisy Ridley were obsessed with this question. “Big mystery,” she remarked to BB-8 while wandering through the Jakku desert in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fans have been theorizing about Rey’s parentage for the last two years and Star Wars: The Last Jedi provides a resolution to this question.

Last week, I got to sit down with The Last Jedi writer/director Rian Johnson for a spoiler-filled discussion about the new Star Wars film, and we talked about Rey’s parents. Below, find out what Johnson said about this big moment. And then we’ll take a look back at what J.J. Abrams told us two years ago.

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Mark Hamill - Force Awakens final moment

Doing a Star Wars junket means not actually seeing the movie before talking to the talent, each of whom have each been briefed not to reveal anything. So what kind of questions do you ask in this situation? Leading questions about the previous movie, of course!

So the first question I asked Star Wars: The Last Jedi star Mark Hamill was about the last scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. What was the direction that filmmaker J.J. Abrams gave him in that final moment as he encounters Daisy Ridley‘s Rey? Find out what he had to say about the direction of that Force Awakens final moment.

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JJ Abrams Star Wars

Sometimes the ripple effects of a big decision made in a Hollywood studio can be felt all over town. Case in point: when it was announced that writer/director/producer J.J. Abrams would be swooping back over to Disney and Lucasfilm to take over for the ousted Colin Trevorrow on Star Wars: Episode 9, that meant he was leaving his “home” studio of Paramount Pictures high and dry – and right at the point when they desperately need a hit.

According to a new report, the studio isn’t exactly thrilled that Disney poached one of their prized possessions, especially since this is the second time this has happened to them in the past few years. Hit the jump to find out about the JJ Abrams Star Wars Paramount situation.
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Kathleen Kennedy and JJ Abrams

Some news woke us up on Tuesday morning: Star Wars: The Force Awakens filmmaker JJ Abrams had been hired to replace Collin Trevorrow on Star Wars Episode 9. In this EMERGENCY PODCAST, Ben Pearson and Hoai-Tran Bui join Peter Sciretta to discuss the latest news and our thoughts on JJ Abrams as the director of Episode 9.

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Rian Johnson came on board to direct the eighth installment of the Skywalker saga a couple of months after JJ Abrams began filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We’ve heard that Johnson gave Abrams some notes on the work in progress, and it turns out one of the notes was a request to make a change to the Force Awakens ending.

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The new 3D Blu-ray of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now available, including an audio commentary from director/co-writer JJ Abrams. Abrams gives a lot of cool behind the scenes information in the track, but one of the most interesting bits is his acknowledgement of where some of the ideas and changes came from, including contributions from Steven Spielberg, John Lasseter, Jon Kasdan, Ava DuVernay and more. Learn about The Force Awakens contributions, who contributed notable moments in the film and what they were, after the jump.
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‘God Particle’ is ‘Cloverfield 3’

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In February, I wrote a post theorizing that the JJ Abrams-produced Julius Onah-directed space station set thriller God Particle might be the third film in a Cloverfield film series. I even asked Abrams this directly, which he slyly responded, “Well, that remains to be seen.” Today my prediction has been confirmed: God Particle is Cloverfield 3.

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Now that Star Wars: the Force Awakens is getting released on 3D Blu-ray, director JJ Abrams is being more open about the making of the film. Here we get two new clips from The Force Awakens audio commentary, both of which seem to suggest that reshooting Star Wars scenes might result in a better film (you hear that Rogue One cynics?).

In one of the clips, the writer/director reveals the two shots in the Rey/Kylo Ren lightsaber battle that were added after the fact — one of which was a suggestion of filmmaker Ava Duvernay (Selma) and the other is one of my favorite shots in the film. The second audio commentary clip features Abrams talking about how Rey and Finn’s relationship was dramatically changed after Harrison Ford’s on-set injury allowed him to go back and do Force Awakens reshoots.

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DELOS Westworld location theory

Episode 3 of Westworld aired last night, adding more mystery and asking more questions. Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have responded to the long-running fan theory about Westworld’s location. Hit the jump to ride the train into Sweetwater and find out what the Nolans have to say about the infamous Westworld location theory.

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