STAR WARS NEWS
Briefly: Though this will come as no surprise to most cinephiles, it's at least good to confirm. After collaborating previously on The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, composer Michael Giacchino will reateam with director Brad Bird to compose the score for his original sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland at Walt Disney Pictures. Giacchino is coming off Star Trek Into Darkness, and with John Williams returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII, he wont be reteaming with director J.J. Abrams for that sci-fi venture. We'll be hearing plenty more of Giacchino's music since he's also scoring Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for Matt Reeves and Jupiter Ascending for Andy and Lana Wachowski.
If you're a massive Star Wars fan, then you're likely already aware of the book series from J.W. Rinzler that has extensively covered the making of both Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. Now the final installment of George Lucas' iconic trilogy is getting the same treatment with The Making of Return of the Jedi hitting shelves tomorrow. That means today is the last day to pre-order the book, and if you're not yet convinced this is something you should buy, we have a short little trailer for the book along with some of the spectacular behind the scenes photos that are littered throughout this amazing publication. Look below!
Right now there are talks about director J.J. Abrams potentially shooting Star Wars: Episode VII on IMAX film stock a growing trend with some of the right directors working today. If there's one thing we're not worried about when it comes to the sci-fi sequel, it's how it will look. Abrams has proven time and time again that he knows how to shoot an incredible film. But plenty of fans are still concerned about the story, and while many feel like they have to aggressively petition to get Abrams to do what they want in rants online, a creative agency employee and former production assistant from Mission: Impossible III has created an animated open letter with "four simple rules" for Abrams to follow to make Episode VII work.
There's still no official news coming from Disney or Bad Robot regarding Star Wars: Episode VII, but thankfully, EW recently sat down with director J.J. Abrams to discuss his company's forthcoming Fox sci-fi series "Almost Human" starring Star Trek franchise star Karl Urban. He didn't divulge any plot details or any secrets of the first part of a new trilogy, but he did talk about his approach to the films as far as style goes. When asked what film from the saga best exemplifies his sequel, Abrams says, "Impossible for me to say because it’s going to be an evolving thing. I would say we are working really hard to make a movie that feels as emotional and authentic and exciting as possible." That sounds like a good start to me. Read on!
Once again, with this news not coming from the official channels at Disney, we're going to take them with a grain of salt. But since the House of Mouse is being very mum on the development of the eagerly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, these rumors give us some food for thought. First up is that The Lovely Bones and The Host star Saoirse Ronan has read for one of the female leads in the role. Keep in mind that tons of people have been reading for these roles, but it's interesting to note that Ronan turned down a role as Scarlet Witch in Marvel's sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which also happens to call Disney home.
Though we shouldn't be surprised, word out of Disney on their plans for films outside of a new Star Wars trilogy have confirmed the most generic of ideas. We've known that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg were working on standalone films that would take place in the universe but outside of the saga itself, but there have only been rumors about the focus of these films. Now Variety reports that Disney CFO Jay Rasulo described these spin-offs as "origin story film[s]." So rather than taking the better route of focusing on new characters and stories in the same universe, we're going to prequel route again. Read on!
Before anyone gets carried away, keep in mind that this is a huge rumor coming from Film Chronicles, an untested source for trusted information. After playing Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness for director J.J. Abrams, it sounds like the "Sherlock" actor Benedict Cumberbatch might shack up with the filmmaker again in another sci-fi role, in another huge sci-fi franchise. Supposedly the actor is waiting in the wings for an announcement from Disney and Lucasfilm that he will have a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. Of course, since we don't know anything about the plot, we're not sure what character he would be. Read on!
Amongst Star Wars fans, a large majority would call The Empire Strikes Back the best film in the entire saga. It's certainly one of the best sequels of all time and contains one of the most mind-blowing twists in history. However, The Avengers director Joss Whedon actually thinks Star Wars (or A New Hope as it's come to be called) is the better film. Whedon says, "Empire committed the cardinal sin of not actually ending. Which at the time I was appalled by and I still think it was a terrible idea." As the middle part of a trilogy, the film is faced with the challenge of not really having a beginning or end, but is it bad?
Though there may not have been any big Star Wars news to come out of Disney's D23 Expo earlier this month, there's some small good news for cinephiles and film nerds out there. TheForce.net (via The Playlist) has word that an announcement was made at an industry event in Los Angeles that director J.J. Abrams will be shooting Star Wars: Episode VII on 35mm film, specifically, Kodak film stock 5219 for the literal film nerds out there. In addition, it was revealed that Dan Mindel, who worked with Abrams on Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness and Mission: Impossible III, will be the director of photography. Read on!
Now before anyone gets bent out of shape, let's remember that Star Wars: Episode VII hasn't been given a solid release date yet. Since the film was announced, it has been pegged for 2015, and everyone has assumed that it would arrive in the summer, just like the rest of the Star Wars films. However, Badass Digest has learned that Disney and Lucasfilm might be more keen on changing things up and delivering the film in the winter. Right now December 15th seems to be the favorite date, but nothing is official yet, maybe because executives think there's a chance director J.J. Abrams might not even be done in time.
It's been awhile since we had a juicy Star Wars: Episode VII rumor, and a couple eyebrow-raising bits just popped up on the Internet, so let's explore them shall we? While there are no story details that have surfaced regarding the anticipated sequel to one of the most highly regarded trilogies of all-time, director J.J. Abrams has kept things even more hush-hush then usual, and not even Disney's D23 Expo unveiled any tidbits (SlashFilm's Germain Lussier does a great write-up on Lucasfilm's absence right here). But now two rumors have surfaced regarding the return of two iconic characters. But these characters are dead. Read on!
As many hardcore fans can tell you, the version of Star Wars that eventually made it to the big screen had plenty of significant changes from what director and writer George Lucas initially envisioned. Some changes include the name of Starkiller instead of Skywalker (this version actually uses both) and a green-skinned alien version of Han Solo that was obviously scrapped. However, the folks at Dark Horse comics thought it would be cool to take Lucas' original vision and turn it into an eight-issue comic book series, complete with some amazing illustrations bringing to life the first rough draft of The Star Wars from 1974. The comic won't start publishing until September 4th, but this cool trailer gives us a glimpse. Watch!
Over the weekend, Star Wars Celebration Europe, Lucasfilm's new head Kathleen Kennedy revealed that John Williams was definitely returning to score the gestating Star Wars: Episode VII (as the composer seemingly indicated previously). In addition, Kennedy also gave an update on the progress of the film from the story and characters to practical and visual effects. Hitting the nail right on the head, and saying what all fans will be happy to hear, Kennedy said (via IGN), "We have an amazing team at ILM, who can create fantastic effects, but if we don’t have a great story and characters, the effects mean nothing." More below!
It's official: composer John Williams will be back for Star Wars: Episode VII. During the Star Wars Celebration Europe event via StarWars.com taking place this week, Kathleen Kennedy announced and confirmed that Williams will be returning for the new movie, still being directed by J.J. Abrams, along with the rest of the trilogy. While some fans were hoping Michael Giacchino would get his Star Wars shot with J.J., rumors hit back in April that Williams would likely be back even though he rarely does scores anymore at age 81. Nonetheless, it's official - he'll be back. See a video with Williams talking about his return below.