Two Star Trek writers don’t think they’ll work on Star Wars, while another one does. Plus the director himself talks all about his fandom. Read about the following in this edition of Star Wars Bits:
- Who does J.J. Abrams think shot first, Han Solo or Greedo?
- Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci don’t think they’ll be working on a Star Wars movie…
- …but Damon Lindelof believes he might by the end of the decade.
- Abrams talks about lessons he learned from Star Trek that he’ll use on Star Wars and how he plans to work on both Star Trek 3 and Episode VII.
- Costume Designer Michael Kaplan (Blade Runner, Fight Club, Star Trek) joins Star Wars Episode VII.
- EA Games teases a brand new Star Wars Battlefront game.
- Famous Star Wars characters danced up a storm at Star Wars Weekends at Disney Hollywood Studios.
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Since being hired to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, J.J. Abrams has had a secondary role in addition to keeping the Star Trek series on track: being a cheerleader for two very different series owned by different companies. As the new captain of Trek, Abrams is just about to launch his second Enterprise mission, and then will have to quickly shift over into Star Wars mode to get Episode VII rolling early next year.
Part of his role as shepherd of both series has been to remain optimistic about the chances of working on both going forward, even though such a thing seems unlikely. Simon Pegg once blurted out that Abrams would definitely direct Star Trek 3, but later had to admit he couldn’t speak for Abrams. And Abrams has said that directing both Episode VII and Star Trek 3 was a possibility.
There are a couple years of work ahead on Star Wars, and also the very real possibility that Paramount will want a Trek sequel as soon as possible. And so Star Trek may need a new director after all. Read More »
As is usually the case when a major franchise sequel is on the horizon, talk quickly turns to a potential follow up. Robert Downey Jr., for example, was hounded about doing Iron Man 4 before this weekend’s Iron Man 3. With Star Trek Into Darkness just a couple weeks away, the cast and crew of that film are being grilled about what a potential Star Trek 3 might be.
We already know Paramount is hoping the film will be ready for 2016, the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Despite J.J. Abrams’ minor commitment to another film before that date, he’s still open to directing. Now producer and co-writer Damon Lindelof has suggested that a third film could feature a Starfleet vs. Klingon plotline, jumping off from the role Klingons play in Into Darkness. He also talks about the possible return of a major character.
Read his quotes, as well as the thoughts of several other cast members, after the jump. Read More »
“Preposterous,” “ridiculous” and “completely insane.” Those are the exact words J.J. Abrams uses to describe the fact he’s behind not only Hollywood’s current iteration of Star Trek, but will soon helm Star Wars Episode VII. The director recently conducted a revealing, entertaining interview with Playboy Magazine and in it, he talked at length about the process of deciding to do Star Wars, differentiating that film from Star Trek, sex in his movies, Tom Cruise’s Scientology, the endings of Lost, Fringe, and his role on Revolution. It’s a great interview and I highly suggest you check it out in full.
But let’s concentrate on what Abrams had to say about Star Wars. Playboy flat out asks him about old cast members returning as well as the trilogy’s timeline and Abrams refuses to answer. He does, however, reveal he will be seeking feedback on his decisions from Star Wars creator George Lucas. Lucas’s role in the new films has been, and continues to be, somewhat vague, so this shines a bit of light on his participation. Abrams also discusses the intense pressures of taking on this film and the core questions he’s asking to make sure he doesn’t suffer the same kind of backlash Lucas got for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
And if that wasn’t enough, Abrams also discusses Cloverfield 2, a possible Alias movie, and admits he still could direct a third Star Trek film. Read More »
J.J. Abrams‘ first Star Trek movie was released in 2009 and it’s taken four years to get its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, into theaters. With the director now moving on to Star Wars Episode VII, many have questioned will happen with the Trek franchise. Producer Bryan Burk has provided a possible answer.
In a new interview, Burk acknowledged 2016 as the 50th anniversary of Star Trek and agreed it seems like a perfect time to release a new movie. Read his exact quote below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner now, and you know what that means: Fox is ramping up their marketing efforts for their big romantic holiday release, A Good Day to Die Hard. Also after the jump:
- The Muppets… Again will feature old songs along with new ones
- Writer Scott Z. Burns discusses Apes and Blade Runner 2
- Rich Moore and his stars are totally up for more Wreck-It Ralph
- Enroll in Starfleet Academy with the Star Trek Into Darkness app
- Chris Pine will kidnap J.J. Abrams for Star Trek 3 if he has to
- Riddick is back out in the rain in the newest still from Vin Diesel
- The Last Exorcism Part II unveils a new TV spot and a poster
- A Good Day to Die Hard will run about 90 minutes…
- … one of which you can watch right here…
- … along with a featurette that offers more plot
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Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
Perhaps the biggest entertainment news to come out of last week was the announcement of J.J. Abrams as the director of Star Wars Episode VII, after months of rumor and speculation. But as excited as fans were to hear the news, it raised a few questions as well.
First and foremost is what this means for the future of Star Trek. His involvement in Star Wars would seem to complicate his involvement in future Star Trek installments, if not preempt it altogether. Then there’s the matter of his busy schedule. Abrams had enough on his plate even before the Episode II hiring was announced, so that targeted 2015 release date could prove difficult to hit. As of now, it looks like the answers are that Abrams will produce the next Star Trek — and that there’s no promise Episode VII will hit in 2015 after all. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Super Bowl, teaser posters, rumors and more are all in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about:
- A new image from Fast and Furious 6 is out and find out when you’ll see the first footage.
- Watch a video of Arnold Schwarzenegger talking about The Legend of Conan.
- J.J. Abrams has ideas for a third Star Trek, but nothing is set.
- Filming on The Muppets sequel, The Muppets…Again, starts this week.
- Another teaser poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been released.
- The R-rating for A Good Day to Die Hard is confirmed in a new commercial.
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