Droid Builder Lied To His Sons, Couldn’t Reveal He Was Working On Episode 7

We have all heard the story of the two R2 Builders club members that jokingly pitched Kathleen Kennedy on the idea of working on Episode 7 when she visited Star Wars Celebration in Germany a couple years back, and then actually got the job. Well, one of them has a few quotes in a new interview. Here is an excerpt:

I made a comment that if they were making any films in the U.K. and needed any droids, to get in touch. And then, from a very cheeky comment, I was called several months later by Lucasfilm asking if I was available to work on the new film. It was incredible, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. … My wife knew, which was fair enough, but I’ve got two teenage sons. So I decided to keep it quiet from them because of school chatter and so on, so I made up a job and had to lie about the job I was doing.

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Force Awakens Box Office Prospects

Meanwhile, Deadline has another article on the box office prospects for The Force Awakens.

In August, I was hearing as high as $315M. That would put this reboot in the realm of Jurassic World which this summer posted a record overseas opening of $315.3M. I’m now hearing some slightly more conservative estimates, although many are suggesting $300M is not out of the question. Whatever it does, it will be huge and as one person said to me today, it’s likely to break records in all markets across the globe. On the conservative side, a distribution exec says, “I would think that $300M is a good place to start, but the pre-Christmas time has never been spectacular so if it came in at $250M, it wouldn’t surprise me either.” Those pre-holiday days compete with shopping, travel and the like. This same person nevertheless says, “This is uncharted territory for sure.” Agreeing on the uncharted waters front, yet countering, another source says there’s “not a chance” it does $250M. “This is going to blow away Jurassic World.”

The article mentions that if The Force Awakens can open in the $275 – $300 million range, it will be on its way to outgrossing Revenge of the Sith within its first week. Read the whole article on the site.

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Force Awakens Story Spoilers

Time Magazine also apparently saw twenty minutes from the film and published a description of what the saw. The following contains minor plot description from the beginning of the movie, don’t read if you don’t want to know:

In that 20 minutes–mild spoilers follow–a young woman named Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, sits disconsolately on a dead-end desert planet in the shade of a wrecked AT-AT, waiting for her life to happen. (“I know all about waiting,” she says.) Her only companion is a friendly droid named BB-8. At the same time Poe Dameron, a captured rebel pilot played by Oscar Isaac, is being tortured by the sinister masked dark-sider Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) aboard a Star Destroyer belonging to the evil First Order, a military faction inspired by the Empire. Finn, the Stormtrooper, having realized that he wants to be one of the good guys, busts Poe out and together they steal a TIE fighter (“I’ve always wanted to fly one of these things,” says Poe). … They crash-land on the desert planet where Rey lives. Poe is presumed dead in the crash, but Finn meets up with Rey and BB-8, who turns out to be carrying information vital to the resistance. The First Order is hot on their heels. They need to escape. There’s a ship, Rey says, but it’s “garbage”–a clapped-out old rust bucket. Pan over to the garbage ship. It is the Millennium Falcon.

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