Star Wars Celebration 2017

In this Celebration-centric edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • An official video recapping the best moments of Celebration 2017.
  • Hayden Christensen’s true feelings about sand.
  • An announcement about the return of the Vintage Collection of toys.
  • Darth Vader nearly had his own spa on Mustafar in Rogue One.
  • And more!

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Guillermo del Toro Star Wars Movie

Director Guillermo del Toro is known for having dozens of projects in development while only a few ever come to fruition. Because of that, he’s become a little cautious about discussing any ideas that he has for movies because, as he says, “My IMDB page is made of headlines of a lot of stuff that I’ll never do.” At the risk of adding one more possible project that will never come to fruition (sorry, Guillermo), we bring you this latest tidbit of information from the director himself.

In a recent interview, the director of Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Pacific Rim, and Crimson Peak revealed that he has met with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Industrial Light and Magic’s Chief Creative Officer John Knoll (who we interviewed recently) to discuss ideas for future Star Wars movies. Read More »

Hammerhead Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Details about Benicio Del Toro’s ship in The Last Jedi
  • The name of a new planet in a galaxy far, far away
  • A classic Empire vehicle gets a major upgrade
  • A weird Rogue One crossover that almost happened
  • One of Rogue One’s best moments was barely scripted
  • and more!

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Rogue One - Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Mads Mikkelsen talks about Galen Erso’s fate.
  • Learn more about Saw Gerrera’s origins.
  • Screenwriter Gary Whitta reveals the cameo he didn’t like.
  • How J.J. Abrams was responsible for Admiral Ackbar not making the cut.
  • Director Gareth Edwards says there are “loads” of easter eggs yet to be discovered
  • And more!

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John Knoll Interview

A couple weeks ago, /Film had a chance to visit Industrial Light and Magic for a press event ahead of the home video release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While there, executive producer and visual effects supervisor John Knoll gave us a keynote presentation showing off the hard work that went into the various visual effects in Rogue One, from the creation and destruction of Jedha to the seamless, impressive use of virtual sets. But we’ll have more on that later this week in honor of the movie’s arrival on Blu-ray and DVD.

Right now, we have an interview with Knoll where he told us how many visual effects shots were in Rogue One (including comparing the number to the rest of the Star Wars library), why recreating concept artist Ralph McQuarrie‘s designs for the Death Star with visual effects was so difficult, and much more about the visual effects of the movie.
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Rogue One - Set Photo

Yesterday I posted the first part of my chat with supervising sound editors Matthew Wood and Christopher Scarabosio, talking about some of the fun auditory Easter eggs you might have missed in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Today I bring you part two of that conversation, where they talk about the unofficial Lucasfilm Sound Group which ensures that all the sounds in the upcoming Star Wars movies are true to the Star Wars universe; their use of the Lucasfilm sound library; and the old-school techniques utilized to create some of the sounds for the new vehicles in the first Star Wars standalone film.

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Rogue One Scarif Battle

Last week, I got an opportunity to chat with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story supervising sound editors Matthew Wood and Christopher Scarabosio about their work on the film. During the conversation, they revealed their secret voice cameos in the film and a bunch of auditory Rogue One Easter eggs that you probably missed, and much, much more.

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rogue one tarkin

Last week I had the opportunity to jump on the phone with the visual effects team behind Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. After the jump, you can read a transcript of my full interview with Rogue One executive producer / visual effects supervisor / writer John Knoll, animation supervisor Hal Hickel, and special effects supervisor Neil Corbould.

In the conversation, Knoll talks about his original low-budget pitch for Rogue One. We also find out just how many people and how much time it took to recreate Tarkin, just how much work was put into resurrected Gold and Red Leader from A New Hope, and if we’ll end up seeing more deleted scenes with finished visual effects on the home video release, and talk Princess Leia, miniatures, and much more.

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Rogue One connected to Star Wars Rebels

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is filled with easter eggs and references to previous pieces of the Star Wars saga. What follows is a complete Rogue One easter eggs compilation I have seen on the internet. It includes cameos, references, characters, locations, tributes to other films and previous Star Wars history and much much more. In all, there are over 40 Rogue One easter eggs.

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Rogue One scripts

Disney has released a bunch of books in connection with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story which give us some insight into John Knoll‘s original pitch for the movie and Gary Whitta‘s original screenplay, as well as how the story evolved under Chris Weitz. I’m always very interested in the evolution of the creative process on this scale, and learning what might have been.

We’ve already delved into the missing trailer footage to try to deconstruct what may have been reshot, now join me as we look at the original ideas for Rogue One, from pitch to shoot:

  • Discover the original title for Rogue One.
  • Find out which character was originally written to be a Jedi.
  • Learn which character was originally created for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Hit the jump to find out what I learned.

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