Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Star Wars Bits:
- Star Wars Celebration will celebrate the saga’s 40th anniversary with a new panel.
- On that new Star Wars: Episode 9 rumor…
- New Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo pays tribute to Peter Mayhew.
- Samuel L. Jackson is happy to return as Mace Windu, should it be necessary.
- Does Grand Admiral Thrawn have a larger role to play?
- An old villain is coming back to Star Wars Rebels.
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It’s a foregone conclusion that Disney will release almost all of their tentpole titles in the IMAX format, even if they weren’t shot natively on the large format. However, in the case of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we now know that director Rian Johnson shot some key sequences from the sequel with IMAX cameras, just like J.J. Abrams did for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Disney has just announced a new deal with IMAX that includes Star Wars: The Last Jedi being released on the giant screen, along with Star Wars: Episode IX, the Han Solo spin-off that just started production this week, all of the future Marvel Studios releases, and much more. Read More »
Family, friends and fans are still mourning the loss of not only Carrie Fisher, but also her mother Debbie Reynolds. However, once all the tributes have been made and the two actresses are laid to rest together, Disney and Lucasfilm have to think about what happens with Carrie Fisher’s iconic character Leia Organa, the princess turned general who returned in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and has a sizeable role in the still untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII.
We’ve already learned that Carrie Fisher completed her filming on Star Wars: Episode VIII before she passed away. However, news has surfaced that Leia was supposed to play an even larger role in Star Wars: Episode IX, and about how that will be handled when production begins on the sequel.
Find out more about the future of Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode 8 below, but beware of a couple spoilers regarding two future scenes in the next episodes of the saga. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
We’ve reached that delicate time in the aftermath of the release of the latest chapter in a major movie series – when is it okay to start talking about the next one without looking like a total lunatic? After we’re all, we’re still talking about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and we already have some news related to Star Wars: Episode 8 and Star Wars: Episode 9. Are there rules about this? Is it crude to dive into the rumor mill when the brand new movie is still less than a week old?
To answer those questions: no and probably. But hey, here we are.
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Collin Trevorrow‘s Star Wars: Episode 9 will be shot with 65mm film cameras, a move away from the 35mm film format that JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson used on the previous two installments. The result will probably be a higher resolution image that shows more detail, making it more suitable for projection on larger screens like IMAX (which has its own format).
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Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
During the production of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars fans kept an obsessive watch over the status of Mark Hamill and his beard. This wasn’t the first time a passionate fandom followed an actor’s hair for clues about what to expect from their character in the future. During the same period, Game of Thrones aficionados breathlessly watched as Kit Harington’s hair wasn’t shorn, leading everyone to rightfully assume that the seemingly late Jon Snow was making a return. The Mark Hamill Beard Watch wasn’t quite as obsessive as that (mainly because we knew less about the status of Luke Skywalker than Jon Snow), but news of its length and its eventual shaving did make headlines.
And now, once again, Mark Hamill’s beard has been cut and once again it’s generating headlines…mainly because Hamill himself has suggested that the beard will make a return in Star Wars: Episode 9.
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Colin Trevorrow is gearing up to direct the ninth installment of Star Wars, and he wants to shoot the movie using film, not digital, cameras. The Jurassic World filmmaker also has been investigating if Star Wars: Episode 9 could be the first narrative feature film to actually shoot in outer space, for real. Hit the jump to learn more about the Star Wars 9 film plans.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
There will come a day when the human race doesn’t care about Star Wars. However, that day is long in the distance. That day is beyond our lifespans. You and me and everyone we know will be dust before the cyborgs and algorithms running the nation of Disney crunch the numbers and realize that the citizens of Future Earth are no longer interested in additional Star Wars movies.
So the news that Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, has revealed plans to make additional Star Wars movies after the 2019 release date of Star Wars: Episode 9 is a real “Well, duh” moment. What, did you think he spent $4 billion of his company’s money to buy Lucasfilm just to call it a day in a few years? Nope. Star Wars is forever. Star Wars will outlive you puny mortals.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The director of Star Wars: Episode 9 was never not going to be controversial. This is the most popular movie franchise in history we’re talking about here – little things raise tempers and lead to arguments arguments, so of course the person put in charge of an entire movie was going to create a tempest by default. However, the hiring of Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow certainly gave that tempest an extra jolt of nerd rage. Because he just directed one of the biggest movies of all time, everyone has an opinion on him and they’re not afraid to share it.
Right now, Trevorrow is in a downright bizarre position: he’s working on a sequel to a sequel that hasn’t even started filming yet. In other words, everyone is casting judgment on him for a movie that he literally cannot talk about except behind very specific closed doors, because the film he’s following up isn’t even due out until 2017. However, when cornered on red carpets at award ceremonies, he has to find something to say, which means that yes, Colin Trevorrow has officially chatted in public about Star Wars: Episode 9.
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Though the box office for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has started to slow down, the buzz surrounding the film and the future of the franchise has never been stronger. While some fans didn’t fall in love with The Force Awakens, I think we can all agree this is a good place to start anew with Star Wars, and like Max Von Sydow’s character Lor San Tekka says at the beginning of the movie, “This should begin to make things right.” But it sounds like one fan wants to take a big step back for Star Wars: Episode 9.
There’s a petition on Change.org posted by a Brazilian fan who is campaigning to get Disney and Lucasfilm to bring back Star Wars creator George Lucas to direct Episode 9 instead of Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow. Too bad that won’t ever happen. Read More »