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Notorious lens flare addict J.J. Abrams takes the first steps toward recovery, just in time to shoot Episode VII. Also after the jump:

  • Yes, Samuel L. Jackson is still interested in Episode VII
  • No, Episode VII will not shoot in New Mexico
  • Daniel Day-Lewis has an interesting lunch date
  • The real story behind LucasArts‘ demise is revealed

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These days, the Star Wars news never stops. Thank god you have Star Wars Bits to help you out. After the jump, read about the following:

  • Anthony Daniels suggests he could be returning for Star Wars Episode VII and that Star Wars Celebration will have some answers.
  • Harrison Ford does NOT like being asked about Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Watch a seven-hour documentary on the original Star Wars Trilogy.
  • Read an interview with two Dark Horse bigwigs discussing the upcoming adaptation of The Star Wars and see some concept art…
  • …but that interview isn’t without its controversy.
  • Star Wars historian J.W. Rinzler also did an interview about The Star Wars comic book.
  • Billy Dee Williams will be at Star Wars Weekends at Disney on June 7-9.
  • Check out the art for a new Star Wars Concept Art book.
  • The recent layoffs at Disney are related to the studio’s purchase of Lucasfilm.
  • Related to that, read an insider’s look at the final days at Lucasarts.
  • Darth Vader isn’t happy he lost the Star Wars
  • A major movie museum might have its own Death Star.

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Disney Closes LucasArts Game Studio

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When Disney bought LucasFilm, questions about what changes would be wrought at Lucas’ various divisions were easy to miss thanks to the wave of interest in the new Star Wars film quickly announced during the merger. But then the popular Clone Wars animated TV series was canceled, causing grumblings among the fanbase.

Now Disney has shuttered LucasArts as an active development studio. The game developer and publisher debuted in the early ’80s came to prominence with a slate filled with adventure games (The Secret of Monkey Island, Grim Fandango) and Star Wars titles (X-Wing, Rebel Assault, Dark Forces).

Since the early 2000s LucasArts has had more than a few problems, resulting in a big restructuring, high-level staff turnover, and lackluster games. But the company seemed to be on the verge of a resurgence with two big Star Wars titles in development: Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313. Both of those games are now canceled, though at least one could find life at other developers. Read More »

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