Star Wars Battlefront

Reading Star Wars Bits ain’t like dusting crops, boy. Here’s what we have from a galaxy far, far away today:

  • The Force Awakens production designer at San Diego Comic-Con
  • Behind the Scenes of the Star Wars Weekends creative campaign
  • Details and cover art from deluxe edition of Star Wars Battlefront
  • Details on some tracks from The Force Awakens score
  • George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy mourn passing of Christopher Lee
  • Weird Al Yankovic records an a capella version of his song Yoda
  • Secret Cinema’s Empire Strikes Back event is now open
  • Star Wars Rebels characters join Disney Infinity 3.0
  • Rumored details on locations, aliens and more in Star Wars: Rogue One
  • New shots of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Black Series Stormtrooper
  • Industrial Light & Magic working on Star Wars virtual reality experience

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Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World Follow-up

Jurassic World is finally hitting theaters today, and as promised, here is my final interview with director Colin Trevorrow about the movie. As many of you know, I have talked to Colin two other times during the production of the film, once about the information leaks and fan backlash to some of those details and another time in an extensive interview when I visited the set of the film. My latest interview with Colin was conducted at the junket on the Universal back lot last week after having seen the movie.

In the interview, Colin talks about the Flight of the Navigator remake, how the voice cameos in the movie came about, the ideas of commercialization and sequels in the movie, how Steven Spielberg helped change the edit of the movie, the fan reaction to the trailers and the struggle to preserve surprises, how he met his writing partner Derek Connolly while working at Saturday Night Live, featherless dinosaurs in an age when science thinks different, and would he be interested in directing a Star Wars movie.

After the jump, you can read the whole interview (a couple of excerpts have run earlier in the week) which is virtually spoiler free (I have removed one question and answer which I will run next week after everyone has seen the film).

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Colin Trevorrow Star Wars

In November 2012, a rumor was widely reported that Colin Trevorrow was up for directing Star Wars: Episode 7. When Colin was announced to remake Flight of the Navigator (which it now sounds like might be dead) we wrote off the rumors as having been likely about the other Disney science fiction film.

But on the set of Jurassic World, I discovered there was some truth behind the rumors after all, and told you the story of how Brad Bird almost helming Star Wars: The Force Awakens resulted in Colin Trevorrow directing Jurassic World. The fast version of the story is Brad Bird almost directed Episode 7 but because he was busy with Tomorrowland he suggested that LucasFilm and Disney have a filmmaker he trusted prep the film for him, that filmmaker being Colin Trevorrow.

The idea was pretty crazy and of course never happened, but now that Josh Trank is off the second Star Wars Anthology film, we wondered if Colin Trevorrow coming hot off Jurassic World might be in the running. Could we ever see a Colin Trevorrow Star Wars movie? We asked the filmmaker himself, read the quotes after the jump.

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First Order Stormtrooper Hot Wheels

Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys won’t be on sale until September 4, but they’ll first be revealed at San Diego Comic-Con. That’s where fans will first get a look at toys of characters such as Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo Ren. To give us a little tease, though, Lucasfilm has revealed a first look at the First Order Stormtrooper in three different forms. There’s his Lego form, the Hasbro Black Series and then a Hot Wheels car version. See the first Star Wars The Force Awakens toys below. Read More »

Christopher Lee Has Died at 93

Christopher Lee in Lord of the Rings

Sad news this morning: Christopher Lee, known for his work in the Hammer Horror films as well as the James Bond, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings movies, has died. He was 93. Lee will be dearly missed, but he leaves behind a staggeringly accomplished career for us to remember him by. More on Lee’s passing after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars Heart of the Jedi header

There’s too much important stuff in this edition of Star Wars Bits to waste time. Read about the following:

  • Star Wars Episode VIII will shoot on 35mm film.
  • Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One will shoot partially with a 6K camera and new Panavision lenses.
  • Daisy Ridley drops a hint about Rey’s lineage in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • See the covers of three new Star Wars novels.
  • Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow talks Star Wars films.
  • Anthony Daniels is voicing C-3PO in Star Wars Battlefront.
  • Find out about a never published Star Wars novel called “Heart of the Jedi.”
  • Billie Lourd strikes down another Star Wars: The Force Awakens rumor.
  • Star Wars may once again film on Skellig Michael in Ireland.
  • Read an interview with the stunt double who played Kylo Ren.
  • Peter Mayhew definitively puts the “Han Shot First” debate to rest.

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star wars comic con

The Force is strong with San Diego Comic-Con. Lucasfilm has just announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will have a panel in Hall H on Friday July 10, the first time the property has been in that room in some years. J.J. Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy, Lawrence Kasdan and “special guests” will be on hand to likely debut a new trailer and more.

Plus, that’s just one of a many Star Wars related events taking place on that day. Below, read more info on the Star Wars Comic Con presence. Read More »

5-25-77 movie

More than a decade after Patrick Read Johnson started shooting 5-25-77, his Star Wars-centric coming-of-age drama, he’s finally done. The director has confirmed in a recent interview that the movie is ready to go, and will be released later this year.

John Francis Daley leads 5-25-77 as a young film geek whose life is changed by a little movie called Star Wars. Work-in-progress cuts of 5-25-77 have been screened before, notably at Star Wars Celebration in 2007 and TIFF in 2013, but money troubles kept it from completion until now. Read about Johnson’s plans for a 5-25-77 release after the jump.  Read More »

Empire Strikes Back Hoth

No, we haven’t time-travelled back to 1980 but yes, The Empire Strikes Back is back in the box office top ten in the United Kingdom. The reason? Secret Cinema kicked off their latest event, centered on the classic Star Wars sequel, earlier this week. With a Thursday to Sunday gross of $470,000, the Irvin Kershner-directed film came in #8 at the UK box office. Read more about The Empire Strikes Back box office return. Read More »