Years have passed since Disney purchased Lucasfilm but it seems like 2015 is really going to be when things start paying off. Not only will 2015 bring the release of the first new Star Wars movie in a decade, it’ll bring the first official news of Star Wars integration into Disney theme parks. Disney CEO Bob Iger didn’t elaborate much, but said in a recent shareholder’s call that plans have begun and will be officially announced next year. Read More »
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Simon Kinberg has just about the best and busiest job in Hollywood. He’s the shephard of the entire 20th Century Fox Marvel universe, co-writing and producing all the new X-Men movies. He co-wrote Fantastic Four. He’s developing other films at the studio, such as Magic the Gathering and The Martian. He’s a producer on Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie. He’s a consultant on Star Wars Episode VII and he’s writing and producing a Star Wars spin-off. Basically, Kinberg has his hands in a huge collection of awesome geek properties.
And if you learn one thing from our interview, which took place at Comic-Con, it’s warranted. Kinberg is a geek just like you and I. He reads Internet rumors, watches a lot of movies, and takes fan anticipation into consideration when developing his huge body of work.
Adding another massive job to the list, the next Kinberg project we’ll see is Star Wars Rebels. He’s an executive producer on the upcoming Disney XD show, which is set between Episodes III and IV, and he wrote multiple episodes. In our interview, we talked about how Kinberg balances his time, writing for the Star Wars canon, how his role on Episode VII differs from Rebels, potential connections between the two, Star Wars synergy and much more. Read our full Simon Kinberg Star Wars Rebels interview below. Read More »
For the second time in as many weeks, Zack Snyder tweeted a photo linking his movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, to Star Wars. During Comic-Con, Snyder posted a photo of his Superman, Henry Cavill, dressed as a Sith. Then weekend, he did it again, tweeting a photo of Batman walking on sand dunes with R2-D2. It looks great, almost like Ben Affleck dressed as Batman was posing with the droid. But a second tweet pulled back the curtain to reveal the truth. Check out the Batman Star Wars info below. Read More »
Do you know what form of music was played by the cantina band in Star Wars? It’s called Jizz. No, really. Star Wars jizz was gently established in the Return of the Jedi novelization, which mentioned “jizz-wailers,” and then cemented in an Expanded Universe short story anthology called Tales From the Mos Eisley Cantina.
The first story in that book focused on the cantina band (Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, if you want to be precise) and their mastery of jizz. I could tell you more, but there’s a great short documentary that will explain it all. Watch below. Read More »
Star Wars was born from George Lucas. Right below him on the influence list, however, is Dave Filoni. Before J.J. Abrams took a stab at the series, Filoni was only the fourth person to direct a Star Wars film (Star Wars: The Clone Wars). He was showrunner on all six seasons of the show, which many people feel is leaps and bounds more exciting than Lucas’ prequel films. Now he’s an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels, a role that will let him work in a fertile and important time in Star Wars history.
While Filoni (above, center) and his team work on the animated TV show, men like Abrams, Rian Johnson, Gareth Edwards and Josh Trank are all getting to direct live action Star Wars movies. One would think Filoni, a walking Star Wars encyclopedia, super-fan, and the person primarily responsible for keeping the franchise relevant for the past decade, might want to get in on the fun.
If all goes according to plan for Disney, they’ll be releasing a Star Wars movie every year for the foreseeable future. So, when I sat down with Filoni to talk about Star Wars Rebels, I asked him if he would be interested in helming a spin-off. His answer was not surprising. He’d be honored to, especially since he’s already talking to Johnson and Edwards about their films. Read the Dave Filoni Star Wars spin-off question below. Read More »
The whole backstory of the Star Wars spinoff films is a little nutty. We know there are mysterious spin-off films that’ll be released between the regular saga episodes. At the beginning of the development process, Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg were announced as the writers. As speculation grew on what those films would entail (Han Solo? Boba Fett? Yoda?), one executive referred to them as origin stories. Then, out of nowhere, director Gareth Edwards and writer Gary Whitta were hired to write and direct the first spinoff for 2016 release. Star Wars fans wondered what had happened to those other two movies.
Things came slightly more into focus a few months later when Josh Trank (Chronicle) was hired for what’s likely to be the second spin-off movie. At the same time that announcement happened, Trank was in Louisiana directing Fantastic Four, which is written by Simon Kinberg. It seemed likely that these two events could be linked.
When I had the chance to talk to Simon Kinberg about Star Wars, I also asked him about the situation. He obviously couldn’t give even a hint of what the Star Wars spin-offs are about, but he did say he helped push Lucasfilm to hire Trank. He also cryptically teased they would work together again in the future. Read the Simon Kinberg Josh Trank Star Wars quotes below. Read More »
Star Wars Episode VII, specifically the filming of it, is the focus of this edition of Star Wars Bits. Below, read about the following.
- Harrison Ford is off his crutch and shoot resume Star Wars Episode VII filming soon.
- Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley have been filming Star Wars Episode VII on Skellig Michael in Ireland…
- …and we have exclusive images of how the locals are capitalizing on the shoot.
- J.J. Abrams talked about shooting film on Star Wars Episode VII.
- Even though the Expanded Universe is no longer canon, many believe its important.
- Watch the full Star Wars Rebels panel from Comic-Con.
- John Boyega channels a superhero and Daisy Ridley drops a Star Wars selfie.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by David Chen
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