In the years to come, we’ll certainly learn more about the behind the scenes development of the new Star Wars movies. But, for now, the public narrative is as follows. George Lucas was quietly developing Star Wars 7 when he decided to sell Lucasfilm to Disney. He passed along his outlines and work on the movies, which screenwriter Michael Arndt began adapting. J.J. Abrams came on board as director, but he and the writer didn’t see eye-to-eye. Arndt left the project, Abrams took over writing duties with Lawrence Kasdan, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens went into production.
The rumored disagreement between Arndt and Abrams was over Lucas’ vision. Apparently, Lucas and Arndt wanted Episode VII to focus more on the younger characters, while Abrams wanted the younger generation to be secondary to the old guard like Luke, Han and Leia. We still don’t know precisely how that balance worked out. In a new interview, Lucas himself admitted Disney abandoned his Star Wars 7 ideas, adding fuel to this fire. Read More »
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The first official glimpse of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was via a video director J.J. Abrams starred in urging fans to donate to UNICEF. The campaign, called Star Wars Force for Change, offered a visit to the set as the big prize along with other incentives. The campaign was a huge success, raising $4.26 million for the charity.
In a new and final video, Abrams and the crew – along with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy – offer thanks to fans from The Force Awakens set. And just like the previous two videos, the background here is filled with images fans can speculate about. What’s that circular tunnel set? What are those black things stacked up? Why are those guys shooting paintballs? It’s not as revealing as the other two videos but it’s definitely worth watching. Check out the video below. Read More »
The circle is now complete. In three weeks, J.J. Abrams will be done with principal photography on Star Wars Episode VII. In this edition of Star Wars Bits read about that milestone, and get info on the following items:
- The new London ILM president suggests we’ll only get six Star Wars movies over the next ten years.
- Could Darth Bane be the villain of Star Wars Episode VII?
- John Boyega tweets a very curious image of an R2 unit.
- Star Wars Rebels set a ratings record on Disney XD.
- Read the titles and credits for Star Wars Rebels episodes 7 and 10.
- Star Wars Rebels character Zare Leonis is NOT John Boyega’s Star Wars Episode VII character.
- Get $190 worth of Star Wars comics for whatever price you want to pay.
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From what we’ve heard, J.J. Abrams was always the director Kathleen Kennedy wanted to direct Star Wars Episode VII. Abrams had the ability and the insane Star Wars fandom to please executives and fans alike. However, don’t forget, he initially turned it down. History gets murky after that, with an incredible list of A-list directors who were rumored to, and reported to, have been contacted. Brad Bird, Matthew Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Guillermo del Toro and many others were mentioned in tandem with the film. Then, of course, J.J. Abrams changed his mind and the rest his story.
Probably the most interesting name mentioned in regards to Star Wars Episode VII was David Fincher. We published a rumor about Fincher meeting with Lucasfilm in November 2012 and, it turns out, that was correct. In a new interview, Fincher confirmed he met with Kennedy about the film but has a much different view of Star Wars than what she had in mind. Read the David Fincher Star Wars 7 quote below. Read More »
The battle over May 2016 is getting more and more interesting. A while back, we thought the Summer of 2015 was the be-all, end-all for summer sequels. Those months were scheduled to include all the movies that are currently being released as well as two of the most anticipated movies ever: Star Wars Episode VII and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Those two films were later slotted into December 2015 and May 2016 respectively. May 2016 got more interesting, however, when Marvel dated Captain America 3 for the same release day as Batman v Superman. That’s where things stood for a while.
Then Harrison Ford broke his leg.
Now, while Disney is dead-set on holding December 18, 2015 as the Star Wars Episode VII release date, director/producer J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy have reportedly asked, and been denied, a move to May 4, 2016.
Below, we examine the potential Star Wars 7 release date change from both sides of the argument. Read More »
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An unexpected photo from inside Pinewood Studios emerged late Tuesday. That’s where J.J. Abrams is filming Star Wars Episode VII and the United Kingdom’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, paid a visit to announce the next spin-off film will be shooting there. Granted, we knew this because Lucasfilm/Disney had locked up Pinewood for multiple years, but no matter.
The coolest bit is, while on set, Osborne was allowed to tweet a photo featuring himself, Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, R2-D2, and a strategically placed Falcon in the background. Check it out below. Read More »
The Lucasfilm website recently relaunched with a slick new design showing off their decades of iconic work. Among the properties on the website is, of course, Star Wars Episode VII and in the “Production” section of the site, there’s an image of a production meeting. Attendees of this meeting include writer/director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, production designer Rick Carter, SVP of technology Kim Libreri, SVP of Physical Production Jason McGatlin and Senior Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll. So this is pretty big time.
Most interestingly, though, are the images on the back wall. They clearly depict the Millennium Falcon as well as vast landscape and even Obi-Wan Kenobi. Are these from Star Wars Episode VII? Explore the image below. Read More »
With 90% of what Disney and Lucasfilm have planned for Star Wars still a mystery, any comment from one of the principals becomes noteworthy. Those principals are the man (metaphorically) signing the checks, Disney CEO Bob Iger, the director of Star Wars Episode VII J.J. Abrams, and the president of Lucasfilm, Kathleen Kennedy. Over the past few months Kennedy has probably been the most frank on the topic, when and if she surfaces from endless meetings to discuss it.
One of those occasions happened this week when she spoke to The Straits Times in Singapore about upcoming Lucasfilm work in that country. Kennedy discussed the proposed Star Wars Origin spin-off films and addressed the worry some have those films would tarnish the memory of the original trilogy. Read her quotes below. Read More »
It’s official. The first character has been 100%, officially confirmed for Star Wars Episode VII. It’s R2-D2, the blue astromech droid purchased by Luke Skywalker on Tatooine so many years ago, which also so happened to be Luke’s mother’s favorite droid years before that.
The Bad Robot twitter feed posted an image of R2 with Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy last week, but today not only confirmed he’ll be in the film, they revealed he was built by two fans, Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, who met Kennedy at a Star Wars Celebration. Read more below. Read More »