The second episode of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian has arrived, and in it, executive producer Jon Favreau hones in on the legacy of Star Wars and how it impacted the making of The Mandalorian. For this episode, he’s brought in some longtime Star Wars veterans and Lucasfilm collaborators to discuss the saga, including the company’s president Kathleen Kennedy, Industrial Light & Magic visual effects supervisors John Knoll and Richard Bluff, and animation director Hal Hickel. The overall vibe of the episode honors what came before, especially the vision of George Lucas, which goes far beyond Star Wars.
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The Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansions at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks take attendees to another world with the canonical setting of the planet Batuu in a galaxy far, far away. However, in the early planning stages of the Star Wars theme park lands, Disney and Lucasfilm intended to have fans find themselves on Tatooine, the desert home planet of both Luke Skywalker and his father Anakin Skywalker. So why didn’t that happen? Read More »
When the still-untitled Indiana Jones 5 was officially announced, its targeted release date was July 19, 2019. Since then, Disney has pushed back its release date several times, and though we haven’t gotten an update in several months, it sounds like director Steven Spielberg and star Harrison Ford are still on board and the project is slowly inching toward production.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy offered a quick Indiana Jones 5 update from the BAFTAs red carpet, which you can read below. Read More »
Star Wars has been making big strides with diversity in front of the camera, but what about behind the camera? Despite the inspiring female characters that are gracing both the big and small screens in various Star Wars projects, Lucasfilm has yet to hire a woman to helm a major Star Wars movie. But that could soon change, according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
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Right now, Star Wars fans are practically made of questions as they wait to see The Rise of Skywalker in theaters this week. It’s the final chapter of the Skywalker saga that began in 1977, and fans are wondering how/if it will come to a satisfying conclusion. But on top of that, with no specific plans announced by Luasfilm, they’re wondering what’s next for Star Wars.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has been making the rounds to promote The Rise of Skywalker, and while she wasn’t prepared to make any announcements (at least not until January 2020 after the movie has been in theaters for awhile), she did confirm a couple general details, which includes moving beyond the trilogy format and more. Read More »
J.J. Abrams is at the helm of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but things could’ve turned out very differently. At one point, Jurassic World filmmaker Colin Trevorrow was set to direct the final entry in the Skywalker Saga, but Trevorrow ultimately parted ways with the production. We’ve heard several different reasons for Trevorrow’s departure, and now, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy is opening up about what happened behind-the-scenes.
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When George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney back in 2012, he also sold the Mouse House some of his outlines for a new film trilogy. But when Lucas met with J.J. Abrams and then-writer Michael Ardnt, Lucas was upset to learn that they were not using his ideas and instead had their own plans for Star Wars: The Force Awakens – a film that Lucas ultimately ended up not liking very much.
But it seems as if any possible bad blood may have been rectified, because Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy explained that before Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio wrote the script for next month’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, she (and presumably the Lucasfilm Story Group) sat down with Lucas and “took a lot of notes” about his ideas for how the Skywalker saga should end. Read More »
The Star Wars film universe is in a weird place right now. The Skywalker Saga is about to end with The Rise of Skywalker, but what comes after that? Apparently no one knows – not even Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. During an extensive interview with Rolling Stone, Kennedy opened up about the latest Star Wars films, and what happens next.
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All throughout the production of the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, I had heard rumblings of the groundbreaking technology being used to create the first-ever Star Wars live-action television show. Producer Jon Favreau has talked briefly about the process while doing press, mentioning that the series makes use of a new tech that creates virtual backgrounds using large high-resolution screens. The filmmaker would rather have audiences concentrate on the story than the tech, so we won’t likely see any real behind-the-scenes features on the technology until after the first season airs in its entirety (Notably, Favreau took the same approach for Jungle Book and Lion King).
I’ve watched the first two episodes of The Mandalorian multiple times now and tried to find the seams. Where is this tech being used? What is practical and what is being generated virtually on a performance capture “volume” in the soundstages next to James Cameron’s Avatar sequels?
Yesterday, I attended a “Women of Lucasfilm—What Drives You?” panel discussion at the Porsche Experience Center Los Angeles in support of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It was wonderful to hear stories from the women who are bringing Star Wars into the next decade and beyond.
Late into the panel discussion, the conversation turned to George Lucas‘ fearless innovation that has been a part of the Star Wars DNA. Remember, ILM was created to help bring a galaxy far, far away to life. The female dream team on the panel spoke for over 15 minutes about how this new tech could change television and cinema forever. And director Deborah Chow talked about possibly using this new “Stagecraft” technology in Disney+’s upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi tv series.
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Kevin Feige pitched a new Star Wars film to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, Disney head Bob Iger, and studio co-chairmen Alan Horn and Alan Bergman.
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