The Empire Strikes Back - Han Solo

We knew all about the clashing of approaches between producer Kathleen Kennedy and original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller regarding Lucasfilm’s Han Solo spin-off film, but ever since Ron Howard took over the director’s chair, we’ve been wondering a lot about the film’s tone. Now, thanks to a new interview with one of its stars, we’ve learned that Solo may end up being one of the funnier Star Wars movies we’ve seen so far.

And speaking of Lord and Miller, we take a look at the Directors Guild of America rule that explains the timing of why they were fired with only three weeks left in principal photography.
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Lord and Miller Han Solo

After a chaotic flurry of news earlier this week, the details are finally starting to come into focus: directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from directing the Han Solo standalone project because they clashed with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy’s vision for the film, and this morning, they were officially replaced by The Da Vinci Code director Ron Howard.

But the directing duo had been attached to this film for two years, and had already filmed for four and a half months when they were let go. Will they receive Han Solo director credits on the final movie, or will this officially become “a Ron Howard film”? Find out the latest info about this entire fiasco.
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller

Huge news from a galaxy far, far away: 21 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have stepped down from directing Lucasfilm’s Han Solo film with only a few weeks left in the production. If you just sensed a great disturbance in the Force, this is why. Read about how Lord and Miller not directing Han Solo will impact Lucasfilm’s movie below.
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Star Wars Episode 9

I’ll be up front with you right at the top: Star Wars: Episode 9 director Colin Trevorrow doesn’t reveal any breathtaking bombshells about his plans for the Star Wars universe in the interview we examine here. But honestly, how could he divulge plot details when the main saga movie before his, Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, is itself still shrouded in so much mystery?

Instead, the Jurassic World filmmaker provides a small window into his thought processes for how he’s approaching his portion of this epic sci-fi story, and part of that approach involves – you guessed it! – the reactions of children. (The “you guessed it” thing was a joke. I doubt anyone would have guessed that.)
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Star Wars The Last Jedi poster

Everyone is going nuts over the new trailer for Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi that was unveiled at Star Wars Celebration earlier today, but Disney and Lucasfilm also dropped the first real poster for the film at the same time. So while you’re coming down off the high of watching the trailer, join us in a deep dive into that poster to see if we can learn anything else about the movie.
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The minute Disney purchased Lucasfilm back in 2012, we knew the studio planned to expand the Star Wars franchise far beyond what we’d already seen. To their credit, they moved quickly: it’s now five years later, and they’re already in production on their third Star Wars movie. Now you can go ahead and mark your calendars for 2032, because Disney CEO Bob Iger says there’s a good chance they’ll still be pumping out Star Wars films at that point. Read More »

Lucasfilm Promises Female ‘Star Wars’ Director

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Directors J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), Rian Johnson (Looper), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (22 Jump Street), Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), and Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) are all white dudes. All very talented white dudes, mind you, but they’re white dudes. This has caused a slight uproar amongst Star Wars fans, but Lucasfilm promises there will be a female Star Wars director. Read more after the jump.

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the force awakens trailer

Update: Additional details have arrived, confirming that tickets will go on sale on Monday. The details are after the jump.

Fans have been eagerly anticipating the next Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer since the moment they finished watching the previous trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Let’s face it – we’re a bunch of hopeless junkies, crawling around on our hands and knees, waiting for Lucasfilm to grant us our next fix.

And that next fix could be very soon, as a new report suggests that a new trailer may arrive on October 19 and will kick off ticket pre-sales. In other words, you’ll be asked to go ahead and buy your ticket while you’re still under the influence of new Star Wars footage. Classic drug dealer tactics, Lucasfilm.

For everything we know about the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer and the ticket pre-sales, hit the jump.

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Star Wars Theatrical Cut Blu-Ray

For the past few years, there’s always been some kind of rumor about the original Star Wars theatrical cuts being made available on Blu-Ray for the first time ever. The most recent rumor pointing to such a release came over a year ago, and since then we’ve even seen some cool fake mock-ups for Blu-Ray covers for the hopeful releases.

However, nearly three years ago, we laid out why it wasn’t likely that Disney would be releasing a box set of the theatrical cuts of the original trilogy anytime soon, mainly because 20th Century Fox still owns the release rights to both the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy until 2020.

Making matters even more complicated is that Fox actually owns the rights to A New Hope “in perpetuity in all media worldwide.” That means they’ll never lose the rights to Episode IV, so unless they come to some kind of deal with Disney, a box set release of all the movies, including the original theatrical cuts, isn’t in the cards.

Well, this rumor has cropped up yet again, though it’s somewhat more credible this time than previously. Find out more about the Star Wars theatrical cut Blu-Ray below. Read More »

Back in an April edition of Page 2, Pete posted an image of the proposed design for LucasFilm’s new Singapore office. The concept drawing was notable for the very distinct resemblance the building would bear to the design of the Sandcrawler seen in Star Wars. From the angle shown in the image, the LucasFilm office looks just like a giant Jawa transport sculpted from glass and steel.

A few more images have surfaced, and you’ll see that the resemblance to the transport diminishes somewhat when approaching the building from different angles. But if the project turns out to be quite as smooth and gleaming as seen in these renders, it may be an impressive sight regardless. Read More »