George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy and JJ Abrams in a Star Wars meeting
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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Several weeks ago, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, the current ruler of the Star Wars universe, said the following in regards to exactly how she and her team will approach secrecy be in regards to Star Wars Episode VII:

We talk about that all the time. I think the whole issue of confidentiality is gonna be fascinating as we move into making the movie. If we’re shooting anything outside, it’s almost impossible to not have things end up on the Internet. So my feeling is, you need to embrace that, especially with the fans around something like Star Wars. You need to recognize they’re important to the process and acknowledge there are things you’re gonna want to make sure they get to know. So I think that’s something we’re going to monitor, pay attention to and think differently about.

That sounds like she’s saying “We’re going to be much more transparent when Star Wars goes into production,” doesn’t it?  So, when I got on the phone with Star Wars Episode VII producer/Bad Robot co-founder Bryan Burk and Star Wars superfan Damon Lindelof to talk about their latest film, Star Trek Into Darkness, I simply had to ask about this. Was Burk part of these conversations? What had been said? And would Lindelof be hunting for spoilers like other fans?

Their answers were surprising. Burk explained he never had this conversation with Kennedy, but that fans have likely overestimated the statement. Read his quote as well as Lindelof’s reaction below. Read More »

Vintage behind the scenes photo: Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker on the set of The Empire Strikes Back

Two actors who’ve appeared in both Star Wars trilogies talk about coming back for the third in this edition of Star Wars Bits. In addition, read about all this below:

  • Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will appear at Star Wars Celebration Europe in July.
  • Warwick Davis has a new role in mind for Star Wars Episode VII
  • …while Kenny Baker would like to play the same role
  • Electronic Arts is opening a new office to develop Star Wars games.
  • J.J. Abrams puts the status on Episode VII into a sports metaphor.

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The news that Star Wars: Episode VII will shoot in the UK isn’t a big deal, as the series has always had a production home in Britain. But in announcing plans to film the new Episode at one of the UK’s major studios (which one is not specified), LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy has issued a statement that some fans might find promising. Specificially, she says that the origins of Star Wars have been a big inspiration on the new film. Read More »

Star Wars Movies - Kathleen Kennedy

Just how secretive will everything be once J.J. Abrams gets to work on Star Wars Episode VII? If you listen to Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, the answer is “not as bad as you think.” In an interview with ScreenSlam, Kennedy addressed the secrecy currently surrounding the highly anticipated film and promised to “embrace” the fans appetite for information once the film starts shooting. She said the current level of secrecy is something they’ll “monitor, pay attention to and think differently about.” Read More »

J.J. Abrams

In the coming months J.J. Abrams is going to have a very interesting perspective on the eternal geek debate of Star Trek vs. Star Wars. He is (figuratively) helming both the U.S.S. Enterprise in this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness and an X-Wing Fighter (or something) in Star Wars Episode VII. With the former coming out in just a few short months, the director will soon be turning his full attention to a galaxy far, far away. In addition, he’ll be pressed to talk about it while promoting the new Trek.

In one of his first major interviews leading up to the release of the May 17 Trek sequel, Abrams spoke to Empire Magazine about his frame of mind and approach to Star Wars. He says he’s approaching it from a place of excitement and passion and also admitted Steven Spielberg was one of the primary reasons for him taking the job. Read his quotes below. Read More »

Briefly: This won’t come as much of a surprise, but with the new Star Wars movies brewing at Lucasfilm, the new head of the George Lucas empire has a lot to do. And so Kathleen Kennedy, who took the reins of Lucasfilm last year, won’t perform producing duties on Jurassic Park IV. Her husband, Frank Marshall, will be left to see to that task along with exec producer Steven Spielberg. Read More »

IGN was lucky to catch screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: The Last Stand) at last night’s Final Draft Big Break screenwriting awards, where Kasdan was honored with the hall of fame award. Jim Vejvoda talked to them about the upcoming seventh installment of the Star Wars Skywalker saga and the standalone spin-off films, which they are currently working on as “consultants”. While not much in terms of details were revealed in the chat, we do get a couple bits.

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