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 »

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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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Since last week’s announcement that J.J. Abrams would be directing the hotly anticipated film Star Wars Episode VII, everyone’s been wondering, “What happened?” After the film was first revealed, Abrams was asked if he’d be interested in helming and he said “No.” Fast forward a few weeks and now the director of Star Trek is heading to a galaxy far, far away.

The main reason for Abrams’ change of heart was Kathleen Kennedy, the head of LucasFilm. In an new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kennedy explains in detail how she went about persuading the director the make the movie, which included long, secret meetings at Bad Robot with screenwriter Michael Arndt and consultant Lawrence Kasdan.

Read the full story below, which includes Kennedy’s admission that the film’s 2015 release date isn’t set in stone. Read More »

The fifth and final part of the discussion between George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy and Lynne Hale has just been posted on StarWars.com. Much like the last few parts, there isn’t any news on Star Wars Episode VII or the subsequent films, but this clip does feature the LucasFilm co-chairs talking about simultaneously departing and arriving at the company during a period of radical transition. Check it out below. Read More »

Christmas is over and that means it’s time to get back to the biggest news story of 2012: Star Wars. Lots of little things are going on in the world of Disney, Lucasfilm and a Galaxy Far, Far Away and we’ve rounded it all up for you in this edition of Star Wars Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • J.J. Abrams comments on being offered and turning down Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Star Trek star Chris Pine suggests he’d be open to appearing in both worlds.
  • Disney‘s acquisition of LucasFilm is now complete.
  • George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy talk to Star Wars Insider about the franchise’s future.
  • Create and grade your own Star Wars Episode VII with a new, funny flash game.
  • Watch Ewan McGregor talk about first hearing about the new Star Wars films.
  • What is the game Star Wars: Trench Run and how can you see it?
  • Samuel L. Jackson is still campaigning to appear in Episode VII.
  • Katie McGrath, a star on BBC’s Merlin, wants in.

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Episode VII isn’t coming out for a few years yet, but 2013 promises lots of non-cinematic Star Wars releases, including a new comic book series, a novel by Timothy Zahn, and an expansion to The Old Republic. After the jump:

  • George Lucas once had plans for four Star Wars trilogies
  • Kathleen Kennedy teases an Episode VII update coming in January
  • Ewan McGregor wants to return, maybe as a hologram
  • Samuel L. Jackson is also willing to return as a ghost
  • Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman talk Star Wars: Legacy
  • Timothy Zahn discusses his novel Scoundrels and Episode VII
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic is getting an expansion

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After two news-packed installments in the ongoing discussion between Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas on the occasion of Disney purchasing LucasFilm and Star Wars, part three is a bit of a letdown. The new and former heads of LucasFilm discuss the first time they met and how Kennedy found out Lucas was interested in passing the company to her. There are no updates on Star Wars or the ongoing development of Star Wars Episode VII, just two of the most powerful people in Hollywood reminiscing. Check it out below. Read More »

We’ve got a few Star Wars-related odds and ends to kick off your afternoon. After the jump:

  • Carrie Fisher jokes about what Leia and Han’s life might’ve been
  • Ben Affleck is glad he doesn’t have the Star Wars directing job
  • Robert Pattinson likes Jar-Jar, would totally play him if asked
  • Lucasfilm head wants to make two to three movies per year

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