STAR WARS NEWS
Author and Lucasfilm editor J.W. Rinzler has dived deep into the making of Star Wars with his stellar book series on the original trilogy (his most recent effort on Return of the Jedi just hit shelves), and his efforts have turned up some amazing photos, information and trivia from behind the scenes. Rinzler revealed one of the more entertaining discoveries at Comic-Con this past summer in the form of a blooper reel from the original 1977 film. There's no sound at first because those scenes didn't have dialogue, but don't worry, there's audio after the first minute. It's a look at Star Wars we haven't seen before. Watch it!
"I've got a bad feeling about this." Shortly after the news surfaced that Disney was going to make Star Wars: Episode VII, one of the first bits of real news was that Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Arndt was going to write the sci-fi saga sequel. However, it sounds like the writer has had some trouble locking down the script as Lucasfilm has announced Arndt will no longer be working on the screenplay and writing has been taken over by The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi writer Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams. I guess we got that official Star Wars news we all wanted.
When the first teaser trailer for The Empire Strikes Back arrived in 1980, there was only Ralph McQuarrie's concept art and some publicity still shots of stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher to accompany them. But with the first teaser for next summer's release of Revenge of the Jedi, we get some real footage. Fox is still using the "epic battle of heroes and villains" line that they used from the beginning of the saga, and Darth Vader gets a grand entrance with a lot of dramatic head turns. Plus, it's good to see Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams) back, and it seems like Han Solo gets rescued from carbonite at some point. But who's that lobster man saying, "It's a trap!" That's a bit of a cliche, right? Watch it below!
While we wait to see if official announcements and a teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII are just around the corner, we have another potential casting tidbit. However, unlike most of the recent reports, this one isn't about another actor auditioning for a role. This time a familiar face from all six of the Star Wars movies has created a stir by hinting that he will be involved in the next installment of the sci-fi saga. Anthony Daniels is responsible for playing the paranoid protocol droid C-3PO, and while appearing at New York Comic-Con over the weekend, he might have let slip that he will be reprising the role yet again.
There has barely been any official news about Star Wars: Episode VII since it was announced that Disney would continue the iconic sci-fi saga. J.J. Abrams is directing the film with a script from Michael Arndt and John Williams will return to compose the score, but there hasn't been any official news regarding a title, story, casting or anything like that. Well, fans might not have to wait much longer. There's some buzz on the Internet that an official announcement might be just around the corner. In fact, there are rumblings that this month might be when Disney decides to break some news, but there are some potential hurdles.
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!