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 »

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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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Amongst the non-stop speculation about what’s happening with Star Wars Episode VII there has only been one concrete piece of evidence. It was the first part of a ongoing video discussion between LucasFilm President Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas. That’s where they dropped the news that they’d be talking with writers and that Lucas had handed Disney a story treatment.

A second part of the video, which will apparently continue on a weekly basis, has just been posted and it’s even better. The pair discuss how certain directors they’ve met with have been excited but daunted as the prospect of playing in the Star Wars universe, Kennedy says she has people in mind that she’s worked with in the past and they’ll only hire someone who has a special affinity for the franchise and truly appreciates it. Lucas also talks specifically what “creative consultant” really means.

Lots of interesting little hints here coming straight from the source. Check it out below. Read More »

The news of Disney purchasing LucasFilm and a new Star Wars trilogy being released creates far more questions than it answers. Yes, in 2015 audiences are finally going to see the Star Wars universe, on the big screen, in a post Return of the Jedi world. It’s an announcement as big as they come in the world of movies. Then take a step back from that. The company that owns Marvel and Pixar now owns Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Immediately the mind begins seeing the possibilites of crossovers, collaboration and pure insanity.

We all have questions in regards to this news and we’ve complied the answers. Some stuff we know for sure, such as “How far into development is Star Wars Episode VII?” and “Will the films have the classic Fox fanfare?” Other we don’t, such as “What does this mean for the live-action Star Wars TV series?” and “Could Pixar make an animated Star Wars movie?”

After the jump, read answers to 15 questions from myself and Russ Fischer, and even get some answers from departing LucasArts chief George Lucas and new leader Kathleen Kennedy. Read More »

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