Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Mark Hamill still won’t confirm his Star Wars Episode VII casting, but he doesn’t have to because Carrie Fisher has already done it for him. Also after the jump:
- Judi Dench is the latest actor hit with Episode VII rumors
- The Boba Fett spinoff may change a few things from Episode II
- Animation on the first episode of Star Wars Rebels is complete
- Disney doesn’t have the Star Wars 1313 trademark anymore
- Here’s how to win a trip Skywalker Ranch and help Make-A-Wish
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This edition of Star Wars Bits is all about the visuals. There’s art, video games, and the jawline of Benedict Cumberbatch. Below read about the following.
- A new Disney Interactive Star Wars game, Star Wars: Attack Squadrons, will be released online in early 2014. Watch a trailer below.
- The full demo for Star Wars 1313 is now online.
- Benedict Cumberbatch continues to joke about wanting to be in Star Wars Episode VII.
- A Seattle art gallery has a full Star Wars exhibit.
- Check out how two different artists portrayed the original trilogy in very different ways including arcade games.
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By far the worst thing to come out of Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm was the dismantling of Lucasarts, and thereby the canceling of Star Wars 1313. The third-person actioner would have let gamers play as Boba Fett on a mission in the seedy underbelly of Coruscant. Now, like a punch in a gut, even more concept art from the game has been revealed. Its incredible beauty might bring a tear to your eye, simply because we won’t get to walk around in that virtual world. Check it out below. Read More »
The long wait for official Star Wars Episode VII information continues, but the Star Wars news never stops. In this edition of Star Wars Bits, the CEO of IMAX makes it sound like Episode VII could have IMAX scenes as well as the following:
- More images, footage and story are revealed from cancelled Boba Fett game Star Wars 1313.
- Check out an animated open letter to J.J. Abrams.
- Learn ten new things about Return of the Jedi from J.W. Rinzler’s book.
- See the long lost short film Black Angel next month in northern California.
- A trailer for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Pinball is online.
- The trench run was recreated by the Oculus Rift.
- Scientists might have figured out how to create a lightsaber.
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Many people have thoughts on the heavy use of digital effects used by LucasFilm on movies such as the Star Wars prequels. If the details in one recent expo are accurate, however, the company is even deeper into the development of a next-generation digital workflow than anyone suspected.
Using footage from the canceled game Star Wars 1313 (which may not actually be canceled, according to this source) a chief LucasFilm tech officer explained the ways that the company has experimented with using a video game engine and game assets to flesh out “footage” shot with live actors in real-time motion capture suits.
Prior to developing 1313, LucasFilm created a short film, made in eight weeks, in which a modified LucasArts game engine was used to render effects in real time, at 24 frames per second. “The prototype was a film created on a games engine and a vision statement for where ILM would like to go in the future,” says LucasFilm’s chief technology strategy officer Kim Libreri. Get more info and watch his recent presentation below. Read More »
When Disney shut down the Lucasfilm gaming division Lucasarts, the fans wondered about the fate of Star Wars 1313. The third person game, for which we’d seen gorgeous trailers, has been indefinitely postponed thanks to the corporate decision. If that wasn’t bad enough, turns out that in recent months it had been altered to star not a random character, but Boba Fett himself. Star Wars 1313 was going to be a Boba Fett game.
Below, read more about that as well as the following Star Wars Bits:
- Disney’s axe at Lucasfilm continues to swing, this time affecting many jobs at Industrial Light and Magic.
- Dave Filoni, former director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, has been asked to develop a new Star Wars animated series.
- Read a bunch of additional details about The Star Wars, George Lucas‘ original script that will soon be a Dark Horse Comic.
- The source codes to two popular Star Wars games are now available online.
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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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Posted on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
Carrie Fisher gets ready to star in another Star Wars movie, while George Lucas considers the exciting world of museum curating. Also after the jump:
- Billy Dee Williams wants in on Episode VII
- … as does Darth Vader voice James Earl Jones
- Obama doesn’t know Star Wars from Star Trek
- Disney delays the Star Wars 1313 video game
- See a trailer for the Boba Fett pinball table
- Watch part of a doc about Empire Strikes Back
- What if Michael Haneke directed Star Wars?
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