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Drew Goddard, who wrote Cloverfield and directed The Cabin in the Woods, has almost locked down a new directorial project. He is now in talks to make The Martian, based on an e-book by Andy Weir. The film revolves around an astronaut stranded on Mars, who must find a way to survive and return home.

Goddard will write the film as well, which is set up at Fox, with Simon Kinberg producing. A few more details are below. Read More »

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Some of the principals behind Star Wars Episode VII have been discussing the film recently, plus the resurgence has brought out a few new pieces of pop culture ephemera. Below, read about all this and more:

  • Mark Hamill spoke about Star Wars Episode VII this weekend, confirming he’s had one creative meeting.
  • Episode VII producer and spin-off writer Simon Kinberg talked about his film.
  • Check out a gallery of 1138 behind the scenes photos from the Star Wars films.
  • The BBC talked to J.J. Abrams about Episode VII.
  • Watch videos of Abrams and his Star Trek Into Darkness cast talking about the new Star Wars film.
  • Some of Timothy Zahn‘s Star Wars novels are becoming audio books.
  • A black series Boba Fett with Han Solo in Carbonite is coming to San Diego Comic-Con.
  • One fan built the Mos Eisley Cantina.
  • Tons of stars such as Nicolas Cage and Sir Ben Kingsley give their thoughts on new Star Wars movies.
  • J.J’s Place is a comic book blending Star Trek and Star Wars.

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Sony held an event today in four cities across the world to launch to buzz for District 9 director Neill Blomkamp‘s new film Elysium. Fans in the four cities were invited to the event through the film’s viral website. Blomkamp, producer Simon Kinberg and co-star Sharlto Copley were in attendance at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood to answer questions.

Star Matt Damon also answered questions from a theater in Germany, with his appearance also simulcast to the other venues. The event was to premiere the first trailer for Elysium, which will be online tomorrow at some point. But the filmmakers also screened a 10-minute sizzle reel of footage from the movie. Get our thoughts on the footage in a video blog we recorded, after the jump.

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When Disney announced they’d be making new Star Wars movies, one person many people thought would be perfect to direct was Neill Blomkamp. The director of District 9 and the upcoming Elysium has already exhibited an incredible talent to make high octane sci-fi action with rich characters and complex themes. Just the kind of stuff that made the original Star Wars movies great.

J.J. Abrams, not Blomkamp, is directing Star Wars Episode VII. Before that was official, however, Abrams said he didn’t think he could direct because ”it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series.” At Monday’s Elysium press event, also attended by Star Wars Episode VII producer and Star Wars spinoff writer, Simon Kinberg, Blomkamp said something incredibly similar.

When asked if he would ever circle back to the two unique worlds he created in District 9 and Elysium, Blomkamp said he has more to explore in the world of District 9, and that’s easy because it’s a world he built. He doesn’t have to answer to anyone. That lead to a tangent about his failed attempt at making Halo and, eventually, the sentiment that there are other “pieces of cinema history” and “iconic characters” he’d like to make films about, but he gets “an allergic reaction” when he “dips his toes” in. But “maybe one day I’ll end up doing something like that.”  And as he was saying that, Kinberg smirked.

A speculative stretch? Absolutely. But the quote, the context, and more simply scream “Star Wars.” Read the full quotes below. Read More »

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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Last night word broke that LucasFilm and Disney are planning to build the first standalone Star Wars film around Yoda. That rumor was the latest piece in a puzzle that also included tidbits about screenwriter Simon Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan writing standalone films for George Lucas’s universe, and big plans on Disney’s part to exploit the Star Wars property on a regular basis going forward.

Now Disney CEO Bob Iger, in a television appearance, has confirmed plans for standalone films and that Kinberg and Kasdan are, indeed, writing films that won’t be labeled as primary Star Wars episodes. (Michael Arndt is writing Episode VII for J.J. Abrams to direct.)

Iger does not confirm any characters, despite being asked specifically to do so, saying “I’m going to leave it to Kathy and the LucasFilm team” to reveal details when they’re ready. He does say that Abrams is acting as consultant on the standalone pictures, and highlights Kasdan’s history, too. Read his quote and see video of the appearance below.

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Disney just issued the final press releasing confirming that J.J. Abrams will, indeed, be directing Star Wars Episode VII. It includes quotes from Abrams, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy and confirms that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are consulting on the film. Read it below, along with quotes from Star Wars veterans Dennis Muren, Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood. Read More »

The imminent release of Star Wars Episode VII in 2015 made everyone assume Star Wars Episode VIII and XI would follow in 2017 and 2019. That was the logical progression of the news that Disney CEO Bob Iger and LucasFilm co-chairman Kathleen Kennedy stated they’d like to release a new Star Wars film every two years. Everyone figured, we’d complete a new trilogy, and maybe move on from there.

Then last week, news broke that screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg had been hired to write new Star Wars movies, presumably Episodes VII and XI. They’d also receive producer credit on those films. Curiously, while that news was confirmed by multiple sources, Disney and LucasFilm themselves have yet to announce it and it seems we might now have a reason why.

Sources now report that while Kasdan and Kinberg are indeed writing new Star Wars movies, they may actually be additional movies outside of the planned sequel trilogy. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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