Star Wars Episode VII Announcement Next Month.

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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

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.

 

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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)

Although director’s remain quite, actors are expressing interest.

First up….. Russell Brand, according to Digitalspy he is “eager to bag a role“.  I personally like the idea of seeing him involved even if it were a small role.

Tom Hiddleston, better known as Loki in the Thor/Avengers Saga was asked by Digital Spy  about the possibly of a role in Star Wars.        “Goodness, I hadn’t thought of that. I mean, yeah, sure. I’m a HUGE fan, especially the first three…so absolutely, yeah. It would depend on the story and the character and things, but maybe people would associate me too closely with Loki. I hope not. Kathleen Kennedy is a filmmaker of such extraordinary experience and wisdom, and is one of the best producers I’ve ever, ever worked for. She just knows her way around the medium, and the art form and the industry. So I’d take it very seriously if they asked me.

Chris Hemsworth another actor from the Thor/Avengers Saga was quoted by STVEntertainment in a recent interview.   “Oh man, I love those films.  That’s the sort of bread and butter of my film experience as a kid. I would love to work on something like that.”

And finally Robert Pattinson (Twilight)  in a response on Inquisitr to a recent question was “In Star Wars? Oh, absolutely. In a heartbeat. I actually kind of like Jar Jar. I don’t understand what the big deal is about Jar Jar.”   (shaking my head)  I understand that he was put into the series for children but I have to say his part in the Star Wars universe is over besides he is frozen in carbonite  in the Imperial Occupied area of Kashyyyk.

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)

The Return of Darth Vader

What??!!!  Here is where it gets scary for the future of the Star Wars universe.  Darth Vader is dead, we saw both Sebastian Shaw and Hayden Christensen play his Jedi ghost.  According to IGN and just about every other site is suggesting that Vader is being resurrected.

“He’s an integral part of the franchise. Replacing him is virtually impossible,” one source says. “The plan is for him to return and play a significant role in the new films.”

Ok, so how? The best guess i can give at this point that is supported by both the Star Wars movie universe and expanded universe is cloning. The did it in Episode II, Resurrection and many other adaptations.   But if that be the case what happens to his Jedi spirit? Another question to ponder is where would they have gotten DNA?  His arm that was cut off in RTOJ was mechanical, his real arm was cut off on Geonosis, but I would assume they recovered it, the rest was burned off on Mustafar.  But with all this being said, this is a rumor that was born on a UK tabloid site called The Express.  Which has a very controversial history.

Star Wars Episode VII

Director: Colin TrevorrowJon FavreauJoe JohnstonMatthew Vaughn (possible)

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

Lucasfilm making 2-3 movies a year?

According to ScreenRant, Lucasfilm will release 2-3 movies a year along with Star Wars Episodes VII-IX. So what does this mean exactly.  So far Disney has held their cards real close so not much info has been released.  Episode VII will be released in 2015 possibly in May (here is an article comicbook.com going into more speculation about the release date).  As for the other 2-3 movies are they going to be Star Wars or one of the other possibilities in the Lucasfilm catalogue.

With the success of the Avenger’s Saga could they apply that same format to the Star Wars Universe.  2-3 movies a year would be a lot for just one title so I am sure you can expect something more than Star Wars.  As of Nov 15 IMDB Indiana Jones 5 has been listed with Spielberg at the helm and Harrison Ford reprising Indy.

From here it is pure speculation on my part from articles that I have seen. A Yoda movie was mentioned 7 years ago by Lucas but never went into production.  One of the benefits of the Star Wars franchise is that they are more CGI or puppet characters than human, allowing for a broader range for that character’s growth. It’s a lot easier to make a puppet or CGI character look younger than a human.  This would also fit into the Avenger’s style back story.  Who has never been curious what Yoda looked like when he was younger?

Another movie idea I saw was one for Boba Fett.  He’s dead some of you are saying but let’s look back at the scene.  He fell into the Sarlac Pit, however he could have survived the fall and I quote C-3PO “In his belly, you will find a new definition of pain and suffering as you are slowly digested over a thousand years”.  One thousand years, safe to say he could be burned some by the acid in it’s digestive system but would not have immediately died.  With that out of the way, according to ScreenRantJoe Johnston has been wanting to do a Boba Fett movie for quite some time. This story broke over a year ago, interesting now how one of the creators for Boba Fett and director of one of the Avengers side stories is now in talks with Disney about a Star Wars film.  It also brings me back to Star Wars: Underworld (which is now in production), has Daniel Logan cast as Boba Fett. Once again this is all speculation but somewhat valid none the less.

 

 

 

 

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)

Writer Update and Director Update

Let’s start with the director update, as I have noted in a previous post, Colin Trevorrow will not be directing Star Wars, in my research however I ran across an article by ABC News Blogs that Joe Johnston (Captain America) who also worked on Return of the Jedi and other Star Wars series and Jon Favreau (Iron Man) have expressed interest in directing.  On Collider there is mention that Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) is in talks with Lucasfilm, and according to the article this is why he dropped out of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Next is the writer update.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) has been signed on as a writer along with Lawrence Kasdan (Return of the Jedi). Both will also come aboard to produce the films, no information has been given as far as writing responsibilities yet.

In another side note the live action TV show.  Star Wars: Underworld is still in development.  I have seen some mention of an Avengers style saga intended for the Star Wars Universe, I’m curious if the original idea for the show will be the same.

Star Wars Episode VII

Director: Colin TrevorrowJon FavreauJoe Johnston, Matthew 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)