Disney’s live-action panel is under way at the company’s D23 expo in Anaheim CA right now, and Disney chief Alan Horn didn’t waste time getting right to what everyone wants to hear about : Star Wars.
But the short news is that there’s no news. Horn basically recapped the info we know: Michael Arndt is scripting, J.J. Abrams is directing, and John Williams will provide the score for Star Wars: Episode VII. Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are working on spin-off movies. And while there has been some speculation that the film would arrive later than 2015, Horn said the film would arrive in the summer of that year, as originally intended.
To the great disappointment of the D23 crowd, however, Horn said there would be no further news — no title or cast reveal, no story info — at D23. So that’s it for Star Wars now, unless they turn around and pull a surprise reveal at the end of the panel. That doesn’t seem likely to happen, so we’ll have to wait for real news.
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When Kathleen Kennedy took the stage at Star Wars Celebration Europe Saturday afternoon, fans were hoping to get some kind of official news about Star Wars Episode VII. She did not disappoint. Though the man himself had all but said it already, as did the director, Kennedy confirmed that one of the biggest parts of the Star Wars universe would return.
John Williams will write the music for J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars Episode VII. But that’s not all. He’ll do Star Wars Episode VIII as well. And Star Wars Episode IX. Watch a video of Williams discussing the task below. 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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J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars Episode VII starts filming in a few months and the Lucasfilm, Bad Robot and Disney teams have been hard at work trying to put together a cast. The general assumption is many of the roles will go to unknowns, with a few choice roles going to established stars.
Two names have now been revealed as possibly being up for roles in the highly anticipated film. Those names are Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron. Read More »
Rumors and speculation continue to swirl about what’s going on in both “Star” universes. On the Star Trek side, Badass Digest is reporting Bad Robot could go out to Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz for help on the script for Star Trek 3. They’re the team who had a hand in writing Thor, X-Men: First Class and Fringe. If it happens, they’d work closely with the co-writers and producers of the first two films, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
That, of course, begs the question of who is going to direct? J.J. Abrams is well into pre-production for Star Wars Episode VII, which means he’d be unavailable, but now rumors have begun to rise that he’s considering leaving that project. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
Guessing how a TV show will turn out before the first episode even airs is a fool’s errand. Even so, some pilots boast premises or talents so promising we can’t help but be intrigued, and one we’ve been particularly curious about is Fox’s J.H. Wyman-created, J.J. Abrams-produced Almost Human.
Set several decades into the future, the sci-fi drama centers around human cop John Kennex (Karl Urban) and the humanoid android partner, Dorian (Michael Ealy), who’s assigned to him. Russ and I were able to catch a version of the pilot, and you can hit the jump to see our reaction.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
J.J. Abrams‘ decision to take the Star Wars Episode VII helming gig seemed to leave Paramount’s Star Trek franchise with a pretty significant gap. Someone has to direct Star Trek 3, after all, and with Abrams off exploring the further adventures of Luke, Han, and Leia, it didn’t seem like he’d have much time left over for Kirk and Spock.
Still, the director’s been reluctant to totally rule out the possibility of returning for Star Trek 3. And if Trek star Zachary Quinto‘s latest comments are be to be believed, that may be because he’s still hoping to fit the movie in sometime next year. Hit the jump to see what Spock said.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
As exciting as it is to think about J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt collaborating on a new Star Wars movie, one interesting aspect of that lineup is who’s not involved. Though George Lucas invented that universe, and though he’ll stay on the franchise as a “creative consultant,” he won’t be driving the new trilogy in any real sense. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is up for debate, but either way it’s definitely something different.
For his part, Lucas seems to welcome that change. While he’s happily talked up Abrams as an “ideal choice” to take the series forward, he apparently hasn’t done much at all on the new films so far. In fact, he hasn’t even spoken to Abrams about Episode VII yet. Hit the jump to read Lucas’ comments.
Lucas and Abrams are definitely on good terms — Lucas hasn’t been stingy in his praise of Abrams, and Abrams himself has said that he plans to turn to Lucas for help. “The advantage here is that we still have George Lucas with us to go to and ask questions and get his feedback on things, which I certainly will do,” he said this spring.
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