The third season premiere of Star Wars Rebels will air over the weekend. As you probably know, fans went crazy when it was revealed that Grand Admiral Thrawn had been resurrected from Legends and has rejoined the Star Wars universe canon as the season’s big villain. The morning after the episode was screened at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 I was lucky to get a chance to sit down with Star Wars Rebels creator Dave Filoni and talk about the upcoming season.
We talk about a wide variety of topics, including where we are now in the Star Wars timeline, how Ezra has made so much progress since we last saw him, when we will finally get some X-Wings in the rebellion, his thoughts on The Force Awakens, if it’s possible to actually kill off a good guy or turn them to the dark side on a kid show, if Darth Vader or more Inquisitors will appear in Season 3 of Rebels, the idea of Force neutral characters, how Saw Gerrera ended up in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Wedge Antilles new canon backstory, if Rebels will end before A New Hope begins, the process of adapting Grand Admiral Thrawn back into canon, and much more. Some of these answers have been broken out into stories on the site already, but there is also a wealth of material never published before as well.
And don’t worry, the interview is season three spoiler free. Read our complete Dave Filoni Star Wars Rebels Season 3 interview, after the jump.
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Simon Kinberg was on a Television Critics Association panel this morning for the new ABC series Designated Survivor, in which Kiefer Sutherland plays a cabinet member named President after a terrorist attack at the State of the Union address. After the panel, I caught up with Kinberg to ask about his mysterious Star Wars movie and X-Men universe projects.
First I asked Kinberg if doing a Star Wars anthology movie perhaps gave him more freedom than the Saga episodes that must continue the story along a forward path. “I love them all, to be honest,” Kinberg said. “I also work in the animated show, Star Wars Rebels, so I think it’s not necessarily freedom narratively but maybe a little more freedom tonally, because those anthology movies can have a different tone than the mainline episodes. Honestly, I’m involved in one capacity or another in almost everything over there and I love it all.”
We have yet to see how different in tone Rogue One ends up being, and it’s too early for Kinberg to know specifically about his film as he is just beginning to write it. Kinberg also discussed his upcoming X-Men projects including Deadpool 2, Gambit, and Legion. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
20th Century Fox is preparing to unleash some mutant mayhem on the small screen. Fox has ordered a pilot for a new untitled Marvel series, which will focus on two parents who discover their kids have mutant powers. Matt Nix (Burn Notice) will write the script, as well as executive produce alongside all the usual names: Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
We’re getting six major superhero movie releases in 2016 (Deadpool, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, and the upcoming Suicide Squad and Doctor Strange) but at one point we were going to get even more. Gambit was initially slated to open in fall 2016, only to hit a snag when original director Rupert Wyatt walked away. Although Doug Liman eventually signed on to replace him, production had to be delayed and Fox yanked the X-Men spinoff from its 2016 release calendar earlier this year.
Since then, we’ve heard next to nothing about the project, which still has Channing Tatum attached to play the Ragin’ Cajun. But expect that to change in the coming months. Producer Simon Kinberg has revealed that not only is Gambit still on, it’s aiming to start shooting in spring 2017. Read More »
Plenty of characters who originated in the live-action Star Wars movies have gone on to appear in animated series like The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. However, we’ve yet to see an animated character making the jump to live-action. That changes this winter when The Clone Wars supporting character Saw Gerrera gets played by Forest Whitaker in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. And it sounds like this is something that could happen more often in the future.
Star Wars Rebels writer and executive producer Simon Kinberg recently spoke with Moviefone about the connectivity of the various Star Wars media out there, borrowing characters from the movies for animated shows, and the possibility of seeing that process go the opposite way in future Star Wars movies. Find out what Simon Kinberg had to say about Star Wars Rebels characters in Star Wars movies after the jump. Read More »
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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits:
- Warwick Davis talks about being cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- A fan finds out what a middle-aged Anakin Skywalker would actually look like.
- Simon Kinberg on the differences between making X-Men and Star Wars movies.
- The loudest Star Wars shoes you will ever see.
- A fascinating look at modern politics through the prequel lens.
- More footage from LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- The probable final gasp of fame for the Chewbacca mom.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
Ridley Scott‘s adaptation of Andy Weir‘s The Martian was a smashing success by any measure, and 20th Century Fox is hoping to recreate that magic again. The studio has just picked up an untitled pitch from Weir, which Scott will produce along with The Martian‘s Simon Kinberg.
It’s the second The Martian reunion we’ve heard about this month. Last week we got word Scott was re-teaming with The Martian screenwriter Drew Goddard (who’s not involved in the new Weir movie) for Wraiths of the Broken Land. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
Last year’s Fantastic Four was a failure by just about any measure. It’s one of the worst reviewed and one of the lowest-grossing Marvel Comics adaptations of all time, it derailed Josh Trank’s once-promising career, and it further tarnished the reputation of a property that had already been ill-served by 2005’s Fantastic Four. It came as no surprise, then, when 20th Century Fox quietly yanked the planned sequel from its summer 2017 slate. But producer Simon Kinberg says they aren’t giving up just yet.
“We want to make another Fantastic Four movie,” Kinberg said during the recent press tour for X-Men: Apocalypse. And they’re really going to try to get it right this time, he promises: “We’ll try to be truer to the essence of the tone of Fantastic Four,” he said. Read More »
In the real world, just five years have passed since the release of X-Men: First Class. Within the X-Men world, though, those five years have spanned two decades. First Class took place in 1962, Days of Future Past in 1973, and this month’s Apocalypse in 1983. And in keeping with that pattern, the next next X-Men movie will timejump all the way to the 1990s, as confirmed by producer Simon Kinberg. Read More »