Thursday brought some very interesting, official news on the Star Wars front, but it’s far from all that’s out there. In this edition of Star Wars Bits we’ve got even more official information – mostly about books – and some cool non-official stuff too. After the jump, read about the following.
- A new article details script issues that happened on The Empire Strikes Back similar to what’s now happening on Star Wars Episode VII.
- Learn about the eBook enhanced versions of J.W. Rinzler‘s Making of Star Wars books.
- Watch trailers for Star Wars: Frames and Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter’s Code.
- Check out the latest Return of the Jedi poster by Acme Archives.
- A 7 foot Star Wars fans fights for a chance to audition for Episode VII.
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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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The folks who run the official Star Wars YouTube channel are “reissuing” the teaser trailers for the original trilogy, and you’d almost think there’s a new film coming out or something. Some are taking these reissues as an indicator that there will be a teaser soon for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, but at this point who the hell knows what Disney and Lucasfilm are planning on that front.
Enjoy the wait for new stuff with a trip back to look at this original teaser for Revenge of the Jedi, before the title change, and way before the official episode stamps were placed on the actual film titles. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
As with anything Star Wars related, the rumors are flying fast and heavy about Star Wars: Rebels. This time, they’re about who might score the TV series, with names like Michael Giacchino, J.J. Abrams, and John Williams being bandied about. Also after the jump:
- Seth Green explains what’s happening with Star Wars: Detours
- Peek at a viral recruitment site for Sienar Fleet Systems
- Peruse some pages from The Making of Return of the Jedi
- Scope out a new Star Wars exhibit at The Tech in San Jose
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Want to watch Darth Vader on TV, and not via Blu-ray or that VW commercial?
Attendees of the European Brand Licensing Show, which took place in London over the past three days, were reportedly given a Lucasfilm brochure which details Star Wars brand plans for the next couple of years. Among the plans are things that we know, such as the launch of Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD, and the new Episode VII feature film to hit in 2015. (This pamphlet, by the way, would seem to squash any rumor that Episode VII will be pushed out of Summer 2015 and into December of that year.)
But one line is very curious. In the Spring/Summer 2014 column is this line: “Darth Vader Themed TV Specials.” Check out an unverified image of the brochure below. Read More »
After the original Star Wars became a monster hit in 1977, Lucasfilm and Fox didn’t really have to do much to advertise the first sequel. The toys and other merchandise were doing that job quite well; by the time it was close to release, everyone knew that another Star Wars film was about to hit theaters.
Still, an early teaser was cut for The Empire Strikes Back, and the Star Wars YouTube channel just gave it an official online release.
This teaser is interesting because it features no actual footage from Empire. Rather, it offers up quite a range of Ralph McQuarrie’s concept art for the film, showing locations on Hoth and Bespin, and showing a bit of the planned battle between Luke and Vader. The only actual actor likenesses come in the form of a set of promo stills at the end, which should be recognizable to anyone who was watching out for the film at the time. Those shots were everywhere.
Watch the teaser below.
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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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