More details continue to leak out about the behind the scenes tension at Lucasfilm that led to J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan taking over the script for Star Wars Episode VII. More and more, it’s sounding like decisions made by execs and money people back at the inception of the Lucasfilm purchase were way too ambitious, with the locked in 2015 release date causing a rushed process on the creative side, and forcing Disney execs to demand the film be completed in a time frame that seems unreasonable to those making the film. Read More »
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By Germain Lussier and Russ Fischer
October 30, 2012 was a monumental day in sci-fi film history. It was the day Disney announced not only had they purchased Lucasfilm, they would be making new Star Wars movies. Seven and a half years had passed since the last Star Wars film and fans had come to terms with the fact no more movies would be made. One year ago today, our preconceptions about the future of Star Wars shifted 180 degrees. Seemingly every day for the past year, Star Wars Episode VII has loomed large on the minds of film fans.
So what’s changed in a year? A lot. A year ago we wrote an article about what we knew, and could speculate, about Star Wars Episode VII. At the time is wasn’t much. But 365 days later, and we have a pretty significant update. Lucasfilm has announced screenwriters, a director, a composer and spawned even more rumors and speculation than anyone could have expected.
Below we’ll tell you what this year has held in the world of Star Wars. We’ll detail what we 100% know for certain about the film, what we believe to be true , what we believe not to be true, plus some of our expectations and speculation about what we’ll see on screen in 2015. Read More »
Though casting for Star Wars Episode VII has not yet been made official, once piece is all but assured. Harrison Ford is coming back as Han Solo. This was first reported in February by Latino Review and Ford himself all but confirmed it on The Graham Norton Show in the UK. So while Lucasfilm and Disney have yet to comment on any of this, it seems pretty likely. Now, the latest rumor gives a bit more details on his potential return.
Apparently, Ford had quite a few stipulations that had to be met for him to return for Star Wars Episode VII. And they were. Among the rumored stipulations were assurances progress would be made on Indiana Jones 5 (an idea he’s more excited about than Star Wars) and he wanted approval on Solo’s arc in not only Episode VII, but beyond. Meaning, yes, the character should survive into following films.
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As the Disney earnings call approaches, Disney finally decided to announce publicly that screenwriter Michael Arndt was officially off Star Wars Episode VII, and that director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are busy working on the current screenplay. (If you havent yet, read more about that here.) But the press release also featured details of the crew that is on board for the upcoming sequel. Lets take a look at the list of names after the jump.
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If you wondered why there hasn’t been any real news on the Star Wars Episode VII front, this is likely a big part of the reason. The script Michael Arndt was writing (likely based on George Lucas‘ original outline) is no longer in play. Instead, J.J. Abrams and Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan are scripting. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
George Lucas basically wipes his butt with money these days (or could if he wanted to), but as a newly surfaced payroll memo from 1968 shows, even this gazillionaire had relatively humble beginnings. Also after the jump:
- The long lost Black Angel will get a digital release in 2014
- Harrison Ford is still ducking questions about Episode VII
- Asa Butterfield would love to play Han Solo’s son, ICYWW
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Lucasfilm finally revealed some of their upcoming Star Wars plans this weekend at New York Comic-Con. There we learned a bunch about 2014′s Disney XD series Star Wars: Rebels, including that a new villain called the Imperial Inquisitor (above) will fight for the Empire. The Inquisitor’s reveal might have been the highlight but it was far from the only piece of news. After the jump, check out a bunch of new concept art from the show as well as the following:
- Anthony Daniels might have confirmed participation in Star Wars Episode VII.
- Ralph McQuarrie‘s designs are a major influence on Star Wars Rebels.
- Daniel Radcliffe talks about friends working on Star Wars Episode VII.
- The final episodes of Star Wars: Clone Wars will air in early 2014.
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While fans anticipate official news in regards to Star Wars Episode VII, we have some official news about Star Wars: Rebels instead. Rebels is the upcoming Disney XD animated series that takes place between Episodes III and IV. It details the creation of the Rebel Alliance which will eventually transport blueprints in an R2 unit. The show premieres next year, and its promo team is hitting New York Comic-Con on Saturday with lots of new info. Before that, there are a few new details and a new poster. Check it all out below, along with the following:
- Watch Harrison Ford and Benedict Cumberbatch awkwardly avoid Star Wars Episode VII questions.
- Read an official description of Star Wars Rebels.
- Check out the official toy packaging for the show.
- A new classic Star Wars comic is on the way.
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