In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Star Wars: The High Republic is Here
  • A New Era of Star Wars Gaming with Lucasfilm Games
  • Rosario Dawson on Bringing Ahsoka Tano to Live-Action
  • Tribute to Jeremy Bulloch, the Original Boba Fett
  • Star Wars Podcast & YouTube Round-Up
  • Exclusive Star Wars Collectible Replica Box Sets from Zavvi
  • And more!

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why George Lucas sold lucasfilm

Star Wars creator George Lucas has spoken before about why he made the galaxy-rattling decision to sell Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Company back in 2012, but thanks to a forthcoming book, that topic is back in the news again. In Taschen’s The Star Wars Archives 1999-2005, author Paul Duncan includes a new interview with Lucas in which the acclaimed writer/director explains exactly why he parted ways with the cinematic franchise he built.
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Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary

Come 2021, Lucasfilm will have been around for 50 years! That’s a big deal, because Lucasfilm is a big deal. It’s changed the face of the cinematic landscape as we know it, and that’s definitely something worth honoring. But instead of talking about Lucasfilm’s major achievements, the announcement about the Lucasfilm 50th anniversary celebration is all about…toys. And other consumer products. So start saving up those galactic credits.

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Creature and Special Make-up Effects Creative Supervisor Neal Scanlan began his career working on films such as Walt Disney’s Return to Oz, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth and the 1986 Oscar-nominated Little Shop of Horrors. A founding member of the Jim Henson Creature Shop, Neal was involved in projects such as WitchesBabe (for which he won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects), 101 DalmatiansThe English Patient, and more.

In 2011, Scanlan was asked to head up the Creature and Make-Up FX department for the new series of Star Wars movies. He has worked on every film of the Disney era: The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi, Solo, and the final episode of the nine-part Skywalker Saga, The Rise of Skywalker.

With The Rise of Skywalker now available on Digital HD and hitting 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 31st, I recently got the chance to speak to Scanlan about his work on the film. He discussed the process of creating creatures for the saga, the origins of Babu Frik, and some tantalizing details on a character we didn’t see: The Eye of Webbish Bog.

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Kathleen Kennedy Lucasfilm Deal

Never believe what you hear on YouTube. Despite swirling rumors in the wake of the box office disappointment of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Kathleen Kennedy has just re-upped her deal to remain President of Lucasfilm for at least three more years. Kennedy will remain in charge of all-things-Star Wars through 2021, and she will help expand the Star Wars galaxy into television.

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Solo Behind The Scenes

We’re getting close to the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. The film looks great and marketing is going smoothly, but still, the specter of the film’s troubled production lingers. People want to know: just how much of the film did Ron Howard shoot compared to what fired directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller filmed? We’ve heard different reports, but now we might have an answer.

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Marvel release dates

Disney already made waves this afternoon when the studio moved Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War up by a week. But that was just an appetizer compared to today’s main course: the studio has announced more than two dozen new release dates from now until 2023, including Marvel release dates all the way through 2022. Let’s see if we can figure out what some of these are. Read More »

Star Wars women

Lucasfilm has taken some flak for almost exclusively hiring white men to shepherd the Star Wars franchise, but is that era coming to an end at the studio? A new rumor indicates that the company has secretly hired women and people of color to shape the future of a galaxy far, far away. Read on to learn more about the potential Star Wars women and non-white guys who could provide a new perspective for the franchise. Read More »

The Empire Strikes Back - Han Solo

We knew all about the clashing of approaches between producer Kathleen Kennedy and original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller regarding Lucasfilm’s Han Solo spin-off film, but ever since Ron Howard took over the director’s chair, we’ve been wondering a lot about the film’s tone. Now, thanks to a new interview with one of its stars, we’ve learned that Solo may end up being one of the funnier Star Wars movies we’ve seen so far.

And speaking of Lord and Miller, we take a look at the Directors Guild of America rule that explains the timing of why they were fired with only three weeks left in principal photography.
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Lord and Miller Han Solo

After a chaotic flurry of news earlier this week, the details are finally starting to come into focus: directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired from directing the Han Solo standalone project because they clashed with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy’s vision for the film, and this morning, they were officially replaced by The Da Vinci Code director Ron Howard.

But the directing duo had been attached to this film for two years, and had already filmed for four and a half months when they were let go. Will they receive Han Solo director credits on the final movie, or will this officially become “a Ron Howard film”? Find out the latest info about this entire fiasco.
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