STAR WARS NEWS
He's returning again to the galaxy far, far away. We've been waiting to hear details about who George Lucas might be wrangling up for the new Star Wars trilogy starting in 2015, with confirmation just last week that Harrison Ford will be back as Solo. Sorry fans of Michael Giacchino hoping that with J.J. Abrams directing he might get him to take over, it sounds like composer John Williams (with Lincoln nominated this year) is excited to return to score more Star Wars, as it's his theme that is so memorable and it only makes sense. The news comes from an opening quote Williams gave just before playing the Star Wars theme at the Young Musician's Foundation Debut Orchestra last night (via ComingSoon) confirming his interest in doing more.
Though this isn't entirely unexpected, if this rumor turns out to be true, it's just good news and helps make Star Wars: Episode VII even more of a reality. The trustworthy scoopers over at Latino Review have decided to jump from the comic book movie news game into the world of Star Wars, and they've learned that Harrison Ford is already signed for the first film in the new trilogy. Considering we heard that Ford, along with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, were all open to reprising their original trilogy roles as of last November, this isn't groundbreaking, but it's just good to hear that Han Solo will be around. More below!
Is The Empire Strikes Back one of your favorite movies? Think it's a flawless sci-fi sequel? Think again. At least this may make you think twice about the military strategies and story choices at the beginning of the film. Wired magazine has posted a fun interactive story online called Inside the Battle of Hoth, written by Spencer Ackerman. It turns out to be a scathing breakdown of the entire opening Battle of Hoth, the ice planet, where the Empire sends a fleet of Star Destroyers and AT-AT walkers to try and destroy the Rebels hiding out there and capture Luke while they still can. But it's a massive failure, and Spencer explains why.
"There was a chance to capture some of the spirit of the original trilogy that I'd worked on. I thought there's an audience out there -- my grandchildren, lots of original Star Wars people -- and there always will be. It's only good that we try to do some more great ones." After all the news about Star Wars recently, I'm glad we get to hear some updates directly from the people involved. Thanks to a tip from SlashFilm, it was IGN who was lucky enough to catch both Star Wars screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg at the Final Draft Big Break screenwriting awards and get some interesting, if not vague, quotes out of them.
After the disasters that are now known as the Star Wars prequels sullied many a childhood memory of the classic sci-fi trilogy from George Lucas, it's truly amazing to see the rabid fanbase generally be so thrilled and excited with the prospect of a new trilogy with director J.J. Abrams kicking things off in Episode VII from screenwriter Michael Arndt. And it's even more interesting that in the face of what is essentially pure commercialism and money milking, that many fans are behind the idea of spin-off films featuring characters like Han Solo and Boba Fett (maybe even Yoda). While the prospect of films featuring some of our favorite characters in their own movies seems promising, we must not forget the shortcomings of the past.
The word is out that Disney and Lucasfilm are working on standalone Star Wars movies to hit theaters in between the episodes of the new trilogy, starting with Episode VII hopefully arriving in 2015 (though there's no guarantees). Just today we learned that two of the standalone spin-offs will feature a young Boba Fett, and another will feature his smuggler adversary Han Solo, brought to life to famously by Harrison Ford. It's hard to envision anyone else in that role aside from Ford himself (and the same can be said for Indiana Jones), but since Ford is no longer 35, a younger actor must be brought in to play the scoundrel. But who?
Just yesterday we got confirmation of standalone Star Wars films that will likely be released in between the milestone episodes of the new trilogy. Disney CEO Bob Iger said we can expect at least five films in the Star Wars universe released over a six-year period starting in 2015. While rumors swirl about Yoda starring in the first spin-off (Ben doesn't think that's a great idea), Iger says the standalone films "are not part of the overall saga." That likely means they don't impact the new trilogy but will still have some established characters, but we're not sure. In the meantime, we're left to anticipate Star Wars: Episode VII which now has director J.J. Abrams officially on board, and this new fanmade trailer just makes us more excited.
After rumors swirled of the first standalone Star Wars film (just confirmed yesterday by Disney CEO Bob Iger) would follow Jedi Master Yoda, many fans voiced their desire for a film following Boba Fett or Han Solo instead. Well, Disney knew that and EW has learned that two separate spin-off films about each character are being plotted. The Han Solo film will be an origin story of the smart-ass smuggler while the Boba Fett film will put him at the center of an adventure, with Fett being the focal point of an entire hive of galactic scum and villainy. So what's the timeline for either of these new standalone films? Details below!
Recently, the internet buzzed when Harry Knowles at AICN posted a rumor that one of the standalone Star Wars spin-offs would center on none other than Yoda, the 900-year old Jedi Master who trained Luke Skywalker and countless others. This could very well turn out to be false, but if it ends up being true, it says a lot about the mindset of Kathleen Kennedy at Lucasfilm and the creative minds behind the scenes who are now running the Star Wars franchise. Some people have found the news of a possible Yoda movie to be exciting, but I'm skeptical: do fans really want more prequels when the series has just been resurrected?
So they're really going all out. It's about time we finally explored the Star Wars universe cinematically in ways other than the Skywalkers. We've been hearing bits of rumors over the last few weeks that Lucasfilm might be planning standalone, solo movies set in the Star Wars universe about different characters from it. For example, just yesterday we heard rumors that Yoda and even maybe Jabba are getting solo projects first. Now it seems like that all might be true. Disney CEO Bob Iger recently spoke to CNBC and confirmed, straight up, there are more standalone films in development. He also confirms the writers working on them.
Rebooting this franchise, they truly are! While we know for certain that J.J. Abrams is directing a new Star Wars movie that will indeed be Episode VII continuing that saga and storyline, it sounds like Lucasfilm has much bigger plans for this franchise/universe than anyone really knows. Harry of Ain't It Cool News has just posted an unsourced rumor about the potential stand-alone solo movies we've also heard about. At one point, Zack Snyder was supposedly in the mix, but Harry is saying that more than one stand-alone movie is in the works. And apparently the first might be about Yoda, the badass lil' green 800-year-old Jedi Master.
Following the official news that J.J. Abrams had been hired by Disney to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, there have been talks that the Star Trek reboot filmmaker might not be committed to bringing the film to theaters in 2015 as was originally expected. This was mostly speculation and conjecture, but now THR has published a profile on Lucasfilm's new head honcho Kathleen Kennedy and she tapdances, "Our goal is to move as quickly as we can, and we’ll see what happens. The timetable we care about is getting the story.” That's good news, especially since cracking the story is what got Abrams signed to direct Star Wars.
Hooray! Wait, I shouldn't be cheering? A few years back, before we had any idea there would be more Star Wars movies on the way, the biggest news was that Lucasfilm and George Lucas would be converting the entire saga (all six movies) into 3D. The original re-release pattern was supposed to be one every year for six years, starting with Episode I: The Phantom Menace in February of 2012. While that first film got a modest 3D re-release and did fairly well at the box office ($102M worldwide), Lucasfilm has cancelled the other 3D re-releases to focus solely on "rebooting the franchise" with Bad Robot's J.J. Abrams at the helm.
It's official. Hot on the heels of yesterday's surprise scoop that J.J. Abrams had changed his tune from a flat out denial and was going to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, Disney has officially announced in a press release that the Star Trek reboot director will officially be at the helm of the sequel. In addition, the press release confirms that Michael Arndt is writing the screenplay, and that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are consulting on the project as well. Lucasfilm's new fearless leader Kathleen Kennedy says, "It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie." Read on!