Star Wars Episode VII Announcement Next Month.

Weird

Weird

Kathleen Kennedy, in an interview with ABC News Radio, stated that pre-production will start in the Spring, and that there is an announcement coming next year.

What else can she tell us about the new Star Wars project?  She teases, I have no immediate update, but hopefully in January I’ll have something that I can say.

This should be an announcement for the director, which most are guessing will be Matthew Vaughn.    Sorry not much of an update, but Disney has been very tight lipped about this.

Thank you for reading and while your here, kick back and take a look at some of my other articles and photographs.

Bert

FTC approves Disney/Lucas Film Deal

The Federal Trade Commission has approved the more than $4 billion dollar deal between Disney and Lucasfilm.  So why is this worth blogging about?  Well, since the announcement that Disney was acquiring Lucasfilm the internet has been bombarded with rumors as to what direction Star Wars was going. With just a few official releases from Disney (George Lucas’ role, and the writers) mums been the word on the Episode VII.  Recently Alan Horn was asked about the possibility of Matthew Vaughn directing(In case you missed an earlier blog, Jason Flemyng might have let the cat out of the bag.)   His quote from the Vulture

“I would say you’ll know soon. And it’s got to come from Kathy Kennedy — we don’t have the company yet!”

The last part is the most important, they do not have the company yet.  At least now we are one step closer to hearing some facts about Episode VII.

 

Thank you for reading and while your here, kick back and take a look at some of my other articles and photographs.

Bert

Star Wars Update: George Lucas’ Consultant Job and Rick Baker

Details on George Lucas’ “Consultant” job are a basically a breathing encyclopedia?  Although the “Godfather” of Star Wars will be working on Episode VII, we will be assisting in a very limited capacity.  Access Hollywood caught up with Lucas at  the Governor’s Awards on Saturday and asked what his  duties on Episode VII were. His response..

“[If the filmmakers ask],’Who’s this guy?’ I can tell them,” he told Access at the event in Los Angeles. “I mean, they have a hundred encyclopedias and things, but I actually know a lot. I can say, ‘This is this and this is that.'”

“Basically I’m not — I don’t really have much to do,” he said.

Although vague it does support the rumors that Episode VII will take place past the lives of the Humanoid characters at least.

The second bit of news is that Rick Baker has expressed interest in returning to work in the Star Wars universe.  For the casual Star Wars fan, Rick Baker worked on the Star Wars : A New Hope.  More specifically the infamous Mos Eisley Cantina (Chalmun’s Cantina to be specific).  

“So much of the stuff I did in the first Star Wars was very quickly done. Nobody knew that Star Wars was going to be Star Wars.  I think the problem that people have with the digital stuff is the problem I have: Just because you can do anything doesn’t mean that you should. Instead of having a spaceship battle with three spaceships, they have 3,000 spaceships. Everything is so big and there’s so much going on, you lose reality. It takes you out of it.”

And man does he have a point.  I believe that buildings, landscapes and many other large-scale special effects look great in a digital form, but the life forms do not.  Although digital animation has made a substantial amount of progress since the original Star Wars movie, when put by a real actor most often the digital character looks a bit out-of-place.  The Mos Eisley Cantina scene was done on a low-budget, actually the entire movie had a budget of only 11 million dollars, a little over 10% of Episode III’s budget.  But it is one of the most memorable scenes in A New Hope.  Rick Baker has since gone on to work on many more blockbusters, received seven Academy Awards for his work, and has received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

Thank you for reading and while your here, kick back and take a look at some of my other articles and photographs.

Bert

To read more about Rick Baker click here

To read more about George Lucas’ “Consultant” job click here

Writers Kinberg and Kasdan working on spinoffs?

The latest speculation in the infinite “Star Wars Episode VII Rumors” is that Simon Kinberg and Michael Kasdan are working on spinoffs for the Star Wars universe instead of the scripts for Episodes VIII and IX.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog that the Star Wars : Underworld TV show was still listed as in production on IMDB.  The following quote from The Playlist proves the rumor to be more speculation than hard evidence but an entertaining idea none the less.

 

“Wait, spinoffs already? Well, it’s not that surprising given that Disney wants movies from this universe every two to three years. And this is actually particularly interesting given the recent retirement of longtime “Star Wars” steward Rick McCallum. As you might remember, he had been talking up a “Star Wars” TV series for a while, and over the summer revealed there were 50 completed scripts. Could Kasdan and Kinberg be overseeing those scripts and trying to shuffle and connect them into the new trilogy? It’s a big, broad guess, but we can’t imagine Disney or Lucasfilm are going to let three-and-a-half years of work wither away. [The Playlist]”

Thank you for reading and while your here, kick back and take a look at some of my other articles and photographs.

 

Bert

Matthew Vaughn to direct Star Wars Episode VII?


According to Collider in a recent interview at the Premiere of Seven Psychopaths actor Jason Flemyng might have made a slip concerning Matthew Vaughn’s possible duties with Lucasfilm’s Star Wars franchise.  You can see the slip at 1:11.  Click the links in the article to read further into the story, and remember to “follow” to keep updated with the latest Episode VII news.

Sir Derek Jacobi wants role in Episode VII

According to Denofgeek Sir Derek Jacobi (The Golden Compass, Gladiator) called his agent as soon as he heard about Episode VII. The following quote from Radio 4’s Front Row

He told the station that “My ears pricked up when it said that Disney was buying Star Wars. Oh, come in Sir Alec Guinness! Yes, on to the agent immediately!”

Continuing, he admitted that “I’d love to do my big franchise movie. Ian’s got his Gandalf, Pat Stewart has his Star Trek, Michael Gambon has got his Dumbledore… They are running out of these old men, you see. I have to be the next!”

He said that “I’m looking for my franchise as we speak!”

 

Actually Patrick Stewart has two if you include X-Men, but an interesting point none the less by Sir Derek Jacobi.

 

 

 

A look at the Writers of Episode VII

Early November Screenrant broke the story that Michael Arndt finished a 40-50 page treatment.  Since then, rumors have spread like wild-fire across the internet.  The only word from Lucasfilm and Disney thus far is a hint that the trilogy will start out further than 40 years after ROTJ (Return of the Jedi) as most rumors suggest.  So while we wait for more solid information let’s take a look at the writers of Episode VII.

Michael Arndt, a graduate of New York University is best known for Little Miss Sunshine which made him the first screen writer ever to be nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay for his first two screenplays.  Here is a complete list of all the accolades received by Little Miss Sunshine.    He went on to write the screenplay for Toy Story 3 with two wins at the Academy Awards and many other accolades it is also the first animated film to ever reach $1 billion world-wide and is currently the 9th highest grossing film of all time.  With the sequel to The Hunger Games : Catching Fire filming and two more movies in production Michael Arndt’s film work looks very impressive.

Lawrence Kasdan is a familiar face in not only the Star Wars universe but with Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones as well.  Not only does he have The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Bodyguard, Wyatt Earp and Dreamcatcher under his belt among other movies he has also won an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay in 1988 for the Accidental Tourist.  With the latest new of Lawrence Kasdan teaming up with Simon Kinberg for Episode VIII and Episode IX the future of Star Wars is looking very promising.

Star Wars Episode VII

Director: Colin TrevorrowJon FavreauJoe JohnstonMatthew Vaughn (possible)

Writers: Lawrence Kasdan(confirmed)   Michael Arndt (confirmed)  

Composer: John Williams (possible)

Cast:

Luke Skywalker…………………Mark Hamill (possible)

Princess Leia……………………Carrie Fisher (possible)

Han Solo…………………………..Harrison Ford (possible)

Lando Calrissian………………Billy Dee Williams (possible)

C-3PO……………………………….Anthony Daniels (possible)

R2-D2………………………………Kenny Baker

Chewbacca……………………….Peter Mayhew (possible)

Darth Vader…………………….. ???? (rumored)

Episode VIII

Writers: Simon Kinberg (confirmed), Lawrence Kasdan(confirmed)

Episode IX

Writer: Simon Kinberg (confirmed), Lawrence Kasdan(confirmed)