Star Wars Long-Form Interconnected Storytelling

Disney and Lucasfilm are working to create a new Star Wars trilogy, a few stand-alone films, a new animated television series following the origins of the Rebellion, plus books, games and even theme park attractions. And from what we’ve heard, the plan is for all of them to interconnect and cross over among one another in ways we’ve never seen in the history of storytelling. Learn more about the future of Star Wars long-form interconnected storytelling, after the jump.

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Above you can see two pieces of concept art for Yoda, designed during the development of Empire Strikes Back. Its almost impossible to imagine Yoda as a blue gnome creature with pointy toes, but that was George Lucas’ initial conception of the wise old master Jedi. I’m always fascinated by these kind of “what ifs.”

What might have been if one little decision was different than what we have come to know and expect. Its hard not to imagine Yoda as a fragile little green creature with pointy ears, just as much as its hard to imagine Yoda with a different voice than the one puppeteer Frank Oz provided for the character — but even that was not the original plan.

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You would need an encyclopedia to know how many different versions of the original Star Wars Trilogy are out there. From obvious changes made to create the Special Editions, or the addition of “Episode IV” to the first film, to more subtle ones like color correction or audio tweaks, there are dozens of different versions of each film. All fans want, though, are the original negatives, with no “special” additions, but corrections to make them look and sound as good as modern technology will allow.

Unfortunately, that’s probably never going to happen because of rights issues and George Lucas’ wishes. So a group of fans made the Star Wars Despecialized Edition, a painstaking project that’s still in progress. The Despecialized Edition removes all the additions and tweaks slathered onto the films over the years, while simultaneously upgrading the sound and picture to modern standards. The results are pretty incredible and a new featurette shows the jaw-dropping changes and work put into the project. Read More »

star wars disneyland

When Disney bought Marvel and Lucasfilm, they did it for more than movies. They did it for TV shows. They did it for merchandise and they did it for licensing. Also, they spent those billions to integrate both those properties into their theme parks. That has yet to happen in a major way, but it hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from spinning. The latest possibility says Star Wars won’t take over Disneyland‘s Tomorrowland as originally though. Instead, they might take over Toontown and a large section of the Big Thunder Ranch.

Also, a Marvel themed roller coaster is rumored to be under consideration for Disney’s California Adventure, in a parking lot area, plus Frozen will take over a section of the park this holiday season and The Muppets could get a new movie. Read about all these latest Marvel and Star Wars Disneyland rumors below. Read More »

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What you’ve got to love about Twitter are the windows it opens. The way a single tweet can just set your imagination on fire with possibility. Monday night, that happened twice. First as a joke, and then as a photo.

The photo featured Star Wars Episode VII director J.J. Abrams with his two co-stars, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley. It made you dream about the conversations being held between these three. Then, in the background, was someone else. Another famous director who, earlier that evening, made you wish if you could be one place in the world last night, it was with him. Edgar Wright tweeted that he too was hanging out with Abrams. Read More »

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Last week saw a motherload of Star Wars rumors, spoilers and discussion hitting the internet. Things have cooled down considerably over the weekend, but there’s still lots going on. Below, read about the following.

  • Are the Star Wars board games affected by Star Wars Episode VII?
  • The same old rumor of the original Star Wars Trilogy coming to Blu-ray is back.
  • Check out a fan rendering of a Star Wars Episode VII Stormtrooper and some new rumors.
  • Read an interview with Adam Driver about starring in Episode VII, his schedule and Harrison Ford‘s injuries.
  • A new photo of Tatooine from Star Wars Episode VII has leaked, as well as photos inside the Millennium Falcon.
  • Read a possible description of a Daisy Ridley outfit in the film.
  • See the cover for the Star Wars Rebels mini-movie, Spark of Rebellion, and watch a new Chopper video.
  • John Boyega meets Samuel L. Jackson, Jackson calls him a Jedi.
  • See a bunch of new creatures and ships from Star Wars Rebels.
  • Watch the panel for the book Star Wars: A New Dawn.
  • More Star Wars Episode VII rumors including the Luke Skywalker timeline.

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Star Wars Rebels Art Attack Short Film: "Art Attack"
Last Week, Disney XD released the first Star Wars Rebels short film “Ghost in the Machine” which focused on the animated series’ new astromech droid Chopper. This week Disney has released another Star Wars Rebels short film titled “Art Attack” which focuses on Sabine Wren, the Mandalorian Human female weapons expert who is part of the new series.

In “Art Attack,” a special Star Wars Rebels short, Sabine sneaks into an Imperial compound, looking to create a diversion for her friends aboard the Ghost. Spotted by stormtroopers, she proves too quick to be captured – and leaves behind an explosive surprise.

Watch the Star Wars Rebels Art Attack short film embedded after the jump.

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Star Wars Imperial Assault

GenCon is like the Comic-Con or E3 of the board gaming world. 50,000 gamers travel to Indianapolis, Indiana to attend the largest gathering of tabletop gamers in the United States. New games are released by popular designers and the major publishers hold presentations to announce new games, many of which no one was expecting. Someday I hope to go to GenCon, but for now I watch from afar via the interwebs. The biggest publisher at the con is Fantasy Flight Games, who take the stage with their yearly In-Flight Report where they announce games coming out over the next two plus years. Not only is Fantasy Flight Games one of the largest publishers, but they own the license to produce Star Wars-themed games, which helps make their yearly announcements even more highly anticipated.

At 2014 Gen Gen, Fantasy Flight announced two new Star Wars games, as well as a Scum & Villainy expansion to their popular X-Wing Miniatures games. Lets a take a look at the most interesting of the newly announced games, Star Wars Imperial Assault, which has tabletop geeks from around the world frothing at the mouth to get their hands on.

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