Star Wars Bits: 'Star Wars: Rebels', 'Star Wars: Detours', J.W. Rinzler, Michael Giacchino

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 GiacchinoJ.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

Basically, Disney doesn't want Detours to tarnish the Star Wars brand before kids (and adults) have a chance to take it seriously.

The thought was, instead of putting Detours on the air for the next three years on like Nick or [Disney] XD or one of those places where three generations of kids would grow up seeing Darth Vader as this sort of bumbling middle management [type] with his beleaguered CEO boss, they would be able to go into Episode VII not thinking about any of those things...

I've had a lot of kids approach me about [Star Wars bits] that we've done on Robot Chicken that they never knew before we did it on Robot Chicken. So their introduction to Strawberry Shortcake, the Smurfs, Transformers, whatever, is through our distorted, ironic self-assessment twenty years later. That's just disorienting to the way kids take in information.

But Green still believes his show will get released — just not necessarily as a regular TV show, and not for another several years.

I do think there's a time where that show will be released, I just think that media's going to fundamentally change before it. You look at Netflix, you look at all of these VOD services, all of these downloadable content sites, these places where you buy an entire season of a show. We've got 39 produced episodes. You could do those in five-episode blocks for $1.99. I think it'll take the movies coming out before they feel like it's the right time to release this type of comedy. But I also feel like what we made was timeless, so I'm still excited to show it to people.

In short, don't hold your breath. [IGN]

We know John Williams is back to score the new cinematic trilogy, but who'll write the music for Star Wars: Rebels? Depending on which rumor you believe, it could be Williams himself. Or J.J. Abrams, who wrote the opening music for his shows Felicity, Alias, Lost, and Fringe. Or Michael Giacchino, a frequent Abrams collaborator who's sitting out Episodes VII through IX because Williams is returning. At this point, the thing that's certain is that nothing is certain. [Making Star Wars, Jedi News]

Speaking of Star Wars: Rebels, those who picked up Rebels pins at New York Comic-Con reportedly got the link to a (fake) recruitment site for Sienar Fleet Systems, the company building TIE fighters in the Lothal capital. There's not much there right now besides some cool vintage-y art, but if the show's marketing team knows what it's doing, that'll probably change as the premiere date gets closer. Check it out here. [Del Rey Books Twitter]

J.W. Rinzler's The Making of Return of the Jedi landed in stores earlier this month, but the enhanced eBook version hits this week. Check out some screencaps from the iBooks Author edition below.

In this gallery you'll find screen caps from the enhanced eBooks for J. W. Rinzler's Making of Star Wars, Making of Empire Strikes Back, and Making of Return of the Jedi. They were all captured from the iBooks Author edition of the three eBooks so the format will be slightly different on other e-readers; but, the content is the same for all retailer versions. Each of the three enhanced eBooks includes all the text and art from the print edition plus about 200-300 additional pieces of art and photos, about 15-20 minutes of rare audio recordings, and about 30 minutes of rare video footage. Functionality of the audio/video content is subject to your eBook device. Check the store listing on your favorite eBook retailer site to find out whether your device is capable of playing audio and video elements. All three enhanced eBooks will go on sale Tuesday, October 22, and retail for $18.00 each.


For those who prefer to get more hands-on with their Star Wars nostalgia, there's a new exhibit at The Tech Museum of Innovation called Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination, which sounds like a must-see for any hardcore fans in the area. Among the items on display are the working model of Luke's X-wing fighter, the Yoda puppet, and the original Darth Vader costume, but the real highlight is the Millennium Falcon experience:

Aside from the artifacts and the hands-on elements, the centerpiece of the exhibition is the Millennium Falcon Experience. Four people at a time sit in a beautifully constructed replica of the Millennium Falcon's cockpit and enjoy a four-minute presentation narrated by Anthony Daniels (C-3PO). The seats are equipped with rumblers and the film, viewed through the Falcon's windows, spectacularly conveys a sense of motion. It's like enjoying a movie in a miniature dome theater, and it's spectacular.

The exhibition opened this weekend in San Jose. Get more details at The Tech's website. [via Star Wars Blog]