Star Wars Episode 7 News

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Star Wars: Episode 7 Official News Recap! (Updated March, 2014).

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This article will be updated frequently and it'll be only about officially confirmed Star Wars: Episode 7 news. No rumors and speculations will be included...

 
(TO BE CONTINUED...)

The most recent news will be posted on the top of the article.


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37. (March 20, 2014)
Star Wars: Episode VII Will Have an IMAX Release. 

IMAX Corporation and The Walt Disney Studios announced an agreement to release several of Disney’s upcoming films in IMAX® theatres under an extension of the companies’ long-running relationship, including Episode 7
 

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36. (March 18, 2014)
Episode 7 to Take Place 30 Years After ROTJ. 

Disney and Lucasfilm announced that principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII will commence May 2014, and will be based at London's historic Pinewood Studios.

It has also been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII is set about 30 years after the events of ROTJ, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces.

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35. (February 6, 2014)
Gary Oldman Was Contacted for a Role in Episode 7.

Actor Gary Oldman admitted he had been in discussions for an unspecified role in Episode 7. 

"They've called," said Oldman. "I don't know if its, er … You know, I'm more cynical about it now. I'll believe it when I'm on the plane home. The deal isn't done, but yeah, they've inquired. I mean Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter, Batman and Star Wars ... bloody hell!" 

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34. (February 1, 2014)
Zac Efron Confirms he Met Episode 7 Producers.

Speaking to MTV, the actor said he was keen to join the cast but had not yet been told whether he had got the role.

“I just went and met with [the producers]. So I don’t know. It would be cool. I love [the Star Wars movies], I love them, but…who knows?”


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33. (January 22, 2014)
Mark Hamill on his Episode 7 Involvement.

During his first Reddit AMA Mark Hamill was asked: 

Q: Apparently Carrie Fisher let it slip that you guys will be in Episode 7, any response?

A: The only character I know for sure is returning is my friend R2-D2. He hasn’t stopped beeping about it.


Q: How much are you allowed to tell us about your involvement in the upcoming Star Wars movies?

A: Haha. I’m not being coy, really. When I find something out, I’ll let everybody know. But nothing has been decided yet.

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32. (January 19, 2014)
J.J. Abrams on Episode 7 Script, 3D, Filming and Jesse Plemons.

“We’re working really hard and we’ve got our script and we’re in deep prep,” Abrams said. “Full steam ahead, y’know.”
 

“He (Jesse Plemons) is one of the actors that we’ve talked to, yeah,” Abrams said. 

He was also asked about whether he’d like to shoot the new films in IMAX, and said he plans to shoot “Episode VII” on film.
 

“In the right situation I would,” like to shoot in IMAX, he said. “The problem with IMAX is it’s a very loud camera. It’s a very unreliable camera. Only so much film can be in the camera. You can’t really do intimate scenes with it. It’s slow. They break down often. Having said that, they’re working on digital versions of these and so there may be a version one day. But we’re going to be shooting this next movie on film.”

Abrams was also discussing the idea of shooting the films in 3D.

"Yeah, I’m not like a 3D fanatic," he says. "I did feel pressure to do it on Star Trek Into Darkness, but ultimately I understood why it was important to the studio. I was actually really glad in the long run that we did it that way, and I think it worked all right."

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31. (January 30, 2014)
Kathleen Kennedy on Star Wars Canon and Spin-Off Movies.

Asked if she was concerned about the possibility of the spin-offs distorting the story threads laid down in the original saga, she says the universe ceased by series creator George Lucas was large enough to contain "endless opportunities" for new content"
 

"George was so clear as to how that works. The canon that he created was the Star Wars saga. Right now, Episode VII falls within that canon. The spin-off movies, or we may come up with some other way to call those films, they exist within that vast universe that he created," she says.
 

"There is no attempt being made to carry characters (from the standalone films) in and out of the saga episodes. Consequently, from the creative standpoint, it's a roadmap that George made pretty clear," she adds.

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30. (January 7, 2014)
Leland Chee from Lucasfilm Story Group Talks Star Wars Canon.

Leland Chee is a Lucasfilm official. He is the person who maintains the Holocron continuity database which is used internally by Lucas Licensing to keep track of all of the fictional elements created for the Star Wars universe. He will be one of several people responsible for developing one new cohesive Star Wars canon.
Another member of the gtoup is Pablo Hidalgo. The Story Group has a hand in all facets of Star Wars storytelling, including movies, TV, games, and publishing.

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29. (December 13, 2013)
Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn on Star Wars.

Disney expects to get script for Star Wars 7 in January. No budget for the movie although studio wouldn't be surprised if it costs $200 million. 


Lucasfilm will release a new “Star Wars” sequel or spin off every year, starting with 2015′s “Star Wars: Episode VII.”
 

George Lucas remains on board as a consultant to the sci-fi franchise he created. “We are proceeding as the folks who own the company, but he’s George Lucas and I’m sure we’ll be in converastions with him” as new movies in the series are developed and produced, Horn said.

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28. (November 19, 2013)
A Fan Made R2-D2 Was Confirmed to Appear in Star Wars: Episode 7. 

After Bad Robot posted on Twitter the first official image from Pinewood Studios featuring R2-D2 the character was officially announced:

The first behind-the-scenes photo from Star Wars: Episode VII hit Twitter last Thursday, featuring director J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and a certain blue and white astromech droid — who StarWars.com can now confirm will indeed be in the film.

Meet Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples, Star Wars fans and members of the worldwide R2-D2 Builders Club. They create fully functioning, film-accurate astromech droids like the R2-D2 seen in the photo, and they’re officially part of the Creature Effects team for Star Wars: Episode VII.


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27. (November 8, 2013)
Official Release Date Announced - December 18, 2015. The movie will be in 3D. Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios said:

 "We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture." 

Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.
Also Disney confirmed that Episode 7 will be in 3D.


Later Disney CEO Bob Iger said:

 This is obviously one of the most important films we are working on right now. One of the things that was very important to us is that we give the creative team, J.J. Abrams and his writing team the time to design, write and produce the film so we can optimize quality, so we can create a great film.

 We consider the summer of 2015, but with the changes we made in the writing team that was going to create a bit of of a rush. So Christmas 2015 became the date.


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26. (November 6, 2013)
Open Auditions for 2 Lead Roles in the UK and the US.

Open auditions have been announced for two lead roles in the next Star Wars film. They're taking place in the UK and the US.

Seeking: Young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial). Must be 16 or over.
Backstory on the character named Rachel:

Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to make her way alone in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17 she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humor and guts to get by.

Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do to move ahead.


Seeking: Young man to play 19-23 years old. Must be handsome, smart and athletic. Must be 18 or over.

Backstory on the character named Thomas:

Has grown up without a father's influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn't have the strongest sense of himself. Despite this, he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed. He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can't take life too seriously.


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25. (October 24, 2013)
Episode 7 Filmmaking Team Announced.

 Location scouting, production design, casting, and costume design are already underway on Episode VII. A team of gifted artists are working to bring the latest installment of the Star Wars saga, including director of photography Dan Mindel (Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness), production designers Rick Carter (Lincoln, Avatar, Forrest Gump) and Darren Gilford (Oblivion, TRON: Legacy), costume designer Michael Kaplan (Star Trek Into Darkness, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Fight Club),special effects supervisor Chris Corbould (Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception), sound designer Ben Burtt (Lincoln, Wall-E, Star Wars: Episodes I-VI), re-recording mixer Gary Rydstrom (Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story, Mission: Impossible -Ghost Protocol), supervising sound editor Matthew Wood (Star Trek Into Darkness, The Master, There Will Be Blood) of Skywalker Sound, and visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett (Star Trek Into Darkness, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith) of Industrial Light & Magic. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.


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24. (October 24, 2013)
Episode 7 Starts Filming in Spring 2014. Abrams and Kasdan Doing Rewrites on Arndt's Script.

Official press release:


 As Episode VII continues pre-production, Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams have assumed screenwriting duties for the film. Kasdan, who has been serving as a consultant on the film, is a veteran of several classic Lucasfilm productions, writing the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark and serving as co-screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Acclaimed director and screenwriter Abrams' credits include Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Fringe, and Lost.
 "I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script," states Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. "There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production."
 Later Abrams Said:

 "It became clear that given the time frame and given the process and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we need to be and when we needed to be. Working with Larry Kasdan, especially on a Star Wars movie is kind of unbeatable. 

    Working with Michael was a wonderful experience and I couldn’t be a bigger fan of his or adore him more, He’s a wonderful guy and was incredibly helpful in the process. That doesn’t preclude working with Michael again in the future. He is one of the best writers around.” 


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23. (October 11, 2013)
Michael B. Jordan Confirms Audition.

Reports that Michael B. Jordan had met with J.J. Abrams personally. Later the actor himself confirmed that he indeed went to audition for an unknown role in Star Wars: Episode 7. He said he auditioned for an unspecified part but didn't wield a lightsaber.

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22. (October 4, 2013)
Saoirse Ronan Confirms Episode 7 Audition.

She said:

 "Yeah, I did audition for Star Wars Episode VII… I don’t know whether I should have said that now! I mean, everyone did. Everyone has auditioned for it. So many people I know have gone in for the part I’ve gone in for, and guys who’ve gone in for a particular part, so I’d imagine J.J. is probably just scanning the earth to find the people that he needs. But nobody has a clue what it’s about, and nobody’s read the script. So I’ve gone in and read for it, but I have to say, I think it’s the only time I’ve ever thought, ‘You know what? Even if I don’t get it, I had so much fun auditioning, pretending to take out a lightsaber – out of a bag, kind of inspect it and not know what it is. That was… that was great. A lightsaber! Star Wars!"


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21. (September 26, 2013)
Part of Star Wars: Episode 7 Could be Shot in IMAX.

IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond was addressing investors at a Goldman Sachs conference and made the following comment:

    "We are talking to J.J. Abrams test now about the next Star Wars being used with partly IMAX cameras."


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20. (September 7, 2013)
Lucasfilm asking the fans about Alex Pettyfer an Rachel Hurd - Wood.
Lucasfilm employee made a post on the fan site "Obi Wants to Know Me" where they asked the fans for their thoughts on the latest rumors about Alex Pettyfer and Rachel Hurd-Wood being auditioned for Episode 7.

    "There have been some Star Wars casting rumors swirling lately and we'd love to hear your thoughts on them."

 
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19. (September 6, 2013)
Casting call in New York for 3 remaining roles from the previous call sheet.

They’re looking for:

[YOUNG MAN] Early 20s. Handsome, but not necessarily heroic. He is witty and smart. Physically fit.

[MAN] Late 20s. Physically fit, handsome and confident.

[YOUNG WOMAN] Late teens. Physically fit, raw energy, independent and with a great sense of humor.

 
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18. (August 23, 2013)
Star Wars: Episode 7 to be Shot on 35mm Film.

Daniel Mindel who worked with J.J. Abrams on Mission Impossible 3 and Star Trek movies announced that he will shoot Star Wars: Episode 7 on a 35 mm film.


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17. (July 28, 2013)
Kathleen Kennedy on Episode 7 locations and special effects.

"It's a conversation we're having all the time in the development of Episode VII. Looking at all the Star Wars movies and getting a feel for what even some of the early films did, combining real locations and special effects – that's something we're looking very seriously at."

"So we're going to find some very cool locations that we're going to use in support of Episode VII. And I think we're probably going to end up using every single tool in the toolbox to create the look of these movies."

 
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16. (July 27, 2013)
John Williams confirmed to score Episode 7.

John Williams, the legendary composer who crafted the iconic, sweeping music of all six films in the Star Wars saga, is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy announced today at Star Wars Celebration Europe.

Williams, whose career spans over six decades, has won five Academy Awards and has scored some of the most popular and critically acclaimed films of all time, including Jaws, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Lincoln, and countless others.

 
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15. (July 24, 2013)
Disney denies rumors of J.J. Abrams exiting the franchise.

“There is no truth to the rumor. J.J. is having a great time working on the script and is looking forward to going into production next year.”

 
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14. (June 21, 2013)
Episode 7 to be filmed at Pinewood Studios in the UK.

The studio known as the home of the James Bond franchise has also hosted such productions as Les Miserables and was expected to get the new Star Wars film, which is expected to start shooting in early 2014.

 
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13. (June 19, 2013)
Casting call sheet reveals 7 character details.

Young twenty-something male, witty and smart, fit but not traditionally good looking.

A late twentysomething male, fit, handsome and confident.

Late-teen female, independent, good sense of humour, fit.

A second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and fit.

Forty something male, fit, military type.

Thirtysomething male, intellectual. Apparently doesn’t need to be fit.

Seventy-something male, with strong opinions and tough demeanour. Also doesn’ t need to be particularly fit.

 
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12. (June 17, 2013)
George Lucas on J.J. Abrams and Episode 7.

“Yeah, [I’m excited]. J.J.’s a great director and we’re friends,” George told Access Hollywood, when asked if he’s looking forward to J.J.’s films. “I think he understands the whole thing and how it works. And if he doesn’t, [Lucasfilms president] Kathy [Kennedy] will keep it straight,” he added with a laugh.

As for his own involvement in the next three films, George said he won’t be doing “much.” “If they need help or anything, they’ll give me a call,” he said. “Otherwise, I’m off on my own.”

 
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11. (June 14, 2013)
Star Wars: Episode 7 adds concept artists Doug Chiang and Iain McCaig!

Chiang was already an Academy Award-winning art director and the creative director at ILM when he was selected by George Lucas to serve as the design director for Episode I. Chiang also served as concept design supervisor for Episode II, and his other screen credits include production designer for The Polar Express, Beowulf, Disney's A Christmas Carol and Mars Needs Moms.

McCaig is best known for his landmark designs for Darth Maul and Queen Amidala. As one of the principal designers on Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III, his art helped create hundreds of iconic characters, creatures, costumes, and story sequences for the galactic saga. McCaig's other film credits include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, John Carter of Mars, and Outlander (which he co-produced), as well as Marvel's The Avengers and their forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy.


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10. (May 19, 2013)
Costume designer Michael Kaplan joins Star Wars: Episode 7.

He won accolades for Best Costume Design by the 1983 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards for his costume design work in Blade Runner, the first theatrically-released film he worked on as costume designer.
Other film projects that Kaplan has worked on are: Flashdance, Seven, The Game, Panic Room, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Miami Vice, I Am Legend, J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness and plenty more.


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09. (May 11, 2013)
Production of Star Wars: Episode 7 will take place in the United Kingdom.

 
"We've devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie, and I'm thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilizing the incredible talent there can be a part of that," said Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm. "Speaking from my own longstanding connection to the UK with films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Empire of the Sun and recently War Horse, it's very exciting to be heading back."


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08. (April 18, 2013)
Official release date.

Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm announced at CinemaCon in Las Vegas that Star Wars: Episode VII will hit theaters in the summer of 2015 and that every summer after that will offer a "Star Wars" film, alternating with one of the standalone films.


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07. (March 7, 2013)
George Lucas on the possible involvement of the original cast.

Asked whether members of the original Star Wars cast will appear in Episode VII and if he called them before the deal closed to keep them informed, Lucas says, “We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.’?” He pauses. “Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think
they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.” Then he adds: “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”


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06. (February 20, 2013)
Mark Hamill reveals what's his involvement so far.

First off, will he appear in Star Wars VII? "They're talking to us. George [Lucas] wanted to know whether we'd be interested. He did say that if we didn't want to do it, they wouldn't cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out. … I can tell you right away that we haven't signed any contracts. We're in the stage where they want us to go in and meet with Michael Arndt, who is the writer, and Kathleen Kennedy, who is going to run Lucasfilm. Both have had meetings set that were postponed -- on their end, not mine. They're more busy than I am.

And another thing I'd want to make sure of is are we going to have the whole gang back? Is Carrie and Harrison and Billy Dee and Tony Daniels, everybody that's around from the original [returning]? I want to make sure that everybody's on board here, rather than just one."


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05. (February 5, 2013)
Writers Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg hired to write spin-off movies.

Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that his company has lined up with writers Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg to work on stand-alone Star Wars movies. They will also consult on Episode 7. Iger told CNBC that the pair are "working on films derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the overall saga, so we still plan to make Star Wars VII, VIII and IX roughly over a six-year period of time starting in 2015. But there are going to be a few other films released in that period of time, too."

Kasdan previously worked on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, The Bodyguard, Wyatt Earp etc. Simon Kinberg worked on XXX, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, X-Men: Last Stand, Jumper, Sherlock Holmes, X-Men: Days of Future Past.


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04. (January 30, 2013)
Kathleen Kennedy reveals how she persuaded J.J. Abrams to come aboard.

She already had called Beth Swofford, Abrams' CAA agent, and been told Abrams was too deeply engaged in the next Star Trek movie and other obligations at Paramount -- not to mention innumerable television projects -- to consider the job. Nonetheless, Abrams agreed to meet with Kennedy on Dec. 14 at his Bad Robot offices in Santa Monica. Famously plain-spoken, she
summarizes her pitch like this: "Please do Star Wars." And she had cards to play. Not only was Oscar winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) writing the script, but Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote 1980's The Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return of the Jedi, was on board to consult. Abrams "was flipping out when he found out that Michael and Larry were on the movie
already," says Kennedy.

Abrams tells THR, "I learned firsthand how incredible and persuasive she is." Some -- but not all --of his reservations were dispelled. "The thing about any pre-existing franchise -- I'd sort of done that," he says. "But when I met with Kathy, it was suddenly very tantalizing."

Kennedy, Abrams and the writers met secretly for about three hours Dec. 19, and "J.J. was just on the ceiling when I walked out the door," she recalls. But still, she says, Abrams had "very genuine concerns" about his obligations elsewhere and the impact on his wife and three kids, given the likelihood that the film would not be shot in Los Angeles. And then there was the unique nature of the franchise. "If there was any pause on J.J.'s part, it was the same pause everybody has -- including myself -- stepping into this," she says. "Which is, it's daunting."


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03. (January 24, 2013)
It was announced that J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode 7.

"It's very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie," said Kennedy. "J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture."

George Lucas went on to say "I've consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He's an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn't be in better hands."

"To be a part of the next chapter of the Star Wars saga, to collaborate with Kathy Kennedy and this remarkable group of people, is an absolute honor,” J.J. Abrams said. “I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid."

J.J., his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, and Bad Robot are on board to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy under the Disney | Lucasfilm banner.

Also consulting on the project are Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. Kasdan has a long history with Lucasfilm, as screenwriter on The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. Kinberg was writer on Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Abrams previously worked on Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and Star Trek: Into Darkness.


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02. (November 9, 2012)
Award winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for Episode 7. 

Arndt won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for writing Little Miss Sunshine , and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing Toy Story 3. He also did the screenplay for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Oblivion. Episode 7 pre-production has officially begun.


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01. (October 30, 2012)
The Walt Disney Company has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm George Lucas made the following statement:

"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next. It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I'm confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney's reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products."

Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney's global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.


77 comments:

  1. Very good read.. you have the best Ep. 7 stuff on the web. Keep up the great work.. Any word on the clone wars last arc's?

    Thanks

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  2. i hope to see more of the caracter bossk

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    1. ♫ Maybe he died in those fake EU novels. ♫

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  3. Is there any news on Chewbacca returning? Or even Dash Rendar making an appearance?

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    1. Chewy died by the time this movie time line will be....unless of course they delete that part of the EU.

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    2. They said they aren't using EU.

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    3. Correction: what "they" actually said was that the new films won't be based off any ONE Expanded Universe novel. In other words, the movies will be original stories. NOBODY ever stated specifically that they were not going to use the EU story arc and characters. This is something fans assume.

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    4. No they have not. They said that it would be an original story not adapted from an existing book.
      Most likely the story will take place after 45ABY in the same timeline as the already established canon. No stories exist in that era in the SW universe, hence, an original story, that respects continuity.

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    5. Chewy died by the time this movie time line will be....unless of course they delete that part of the EU.

      There is no reason to think that ANY part of the post-ROJ continuity will be changed. No official statement has been made either way. Most likely, the new trilogy will take place after 45ABY, an era for which there are no stories yet, because GL himself told the writers not to write anything about it.
      Most likely he told them that because he wants the movies to take place in that era, just like when he told them not to write anything pre-Ep4, and then we got the prequels.

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    6. If we are to take this post at face value:

      http://www.starwars7news.com/2014/03/actor-james-coard-in-contention-to-play.html

      Then it appears that Chewbacca will be in Episode VII. If Chewbacca is alive and well in Episode VII, then the post-EU is blown out of the water.

      All we know for certain at this point is that the Sequel Trilogy will be based on George Lucas's treatments. How much or how little those treatments adhere to the EU is anyone's guess.

      However as someone else indicated, the only things that are truly cannon, is what appears on screen. While I can't see Lucas allowing himself to be anchored with pre-existing EU material in writing the treatments for the Sequel Trilogy, I imagine some small elements like the names of planets and perhaps some minor characters may make their way in.

      But the EU has been rewritten before. It's likely it will be again.

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    7. *the post-ROTJ EU is blown out of the water.

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    8. ♫ How many times does George Lucas and Lucas film and Disney have to confirm that EU has nothing to do with these films before Fan Boys will believe it? My God. ♫

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  4. Keep up with news please ! We support you !
    Ps: Disney, don't disappoint us !

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  5. i hope disney dont bomb the star wars universe ....dang it george lucas you sell out!!!....But for 4 billion dollars i might have been bought too :]

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  6. how about this one....

    perhaps a 3 or possible 4 way struggle in the new trilogy... the republic has been reborn and functioning the last 30 years in a stable but fragile alliance within the senate and still having difficulties but better than before the fall as far as loyalty is now... most of the 500,000 - 1,000,000 star systems still remain in the republic save a few sectors of say 25000 worlds who remain with the old empire now known as the imperial hegemony, the republic has taken on the major remnants of the empires forces save a few quarters or sectors under the control of former moffs again "the hegemony" who still wage some battles of attrition and hit and run raids on outer rim worlds when they can. the trade federation still exists and of course is supplying some former warlords/moffs with money and ships as it seems the attacks are getting stronger and putting some heat on the republican fleets in those sectors with a loss of a star system in the initial part of the movie to a warlord fleet and have been pushed back and that fleet defeated at the hands of a warlord backed by, yup, a sith lord, the sith reappear and take over this one warlords fleet as apparently the warlords top general is a sith and takes command by killing the warlord and brings his domain into his plans and is trying to broker some deals to gain another moff or two to join him (threatrs of death of course)against the (seemingly) nearly defunct (smaller presence)of jedi on Coruscant and in the republic but then there are the Mandalorians (500 star systems) who also want to throw off all republic rule accepting only self rule free of the jedi and the sith and they kind of muddy up the waters a little bit by fighting both the sith and jedi during of the end scenes to put both on notice when luke confronts a dou of sith lords so to speak and defeats them himself while the kids fight and kick butt as well. so we can have the good guys - the bad guys - and the guys who are just ass kickers (depending on how you view each).... spys, agents of the madalore, fetts, sith, and jedi and the 70 year old mace windu who did not die falling out of a window and some small but bloody proxy wars... luke has 2 children and han and leia 3 children... some new characters and the return of mace to help retore the jedi reputation and teach jedis on yavin/tatooine, boba fett with his 2 children and another Mandalorian as the chief Mandalore and of course multiple sith lords of two schools... one of the 2 sith rule and another of with multiple siths as understudies... luke of course will have both his force sensitive children as well as 2 of hans kids, the other solo child is a regressed force sensitive not displaying his powers but a great pilot. the sith are again trying to remake history by creating a new sith empire and while trying to manipulate the Mandalorians to rebel of course, the imperial warlords to keep up the attacks and the trade federation to do some blockades and fighting against the republic on the outer systems as the jedi seem to be less involved in the republic as luke has been establishing 2 orders locations, 1 on the capitol with 20-30 students and several masters and another one on yavin or tatooine with 50-100 force sensitive jedi and many masters unknown to the republic... luke tries to stay out of the republics problems save some of his jedi who he gives special orders as diplomats and spies on the capitol have to get involved in the situation and is led into the fray when a certain young solo pilot is captured and needs to be rescued by some skywalker/solo children.

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    1. I like your idea!Sounds much better that other speculations that I have read!

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    2. ♫ Sounds like a EU novel. How about this. Episode 7 Return to Tosche Station. Luke's Kids decide to open a Power converter business, and search the Outer Rim in Dire need of Power Converters a good price to under cut Watto. ♫

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    3. How about we wait and see the movie. JJ Abrams is the master of movie secrecy. HE WROTE LOST FOR HEAVENS SAKE.

      Nobody will have any idea what this thing is about.

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  7. I only hope they take the EU into account when writing/filming this next set of movies. I think there would be too many fans disappointed if they just wipe the EU out of the galaxy.

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    1. Although they have not said anything either way yet (no guys, they haven't, stop misinterpreting the "it's an original story" quote), most likely they WILL respect continuity. The prequels did, the sequels most likely will, too. There are no reasons not to; books are still coming out. Many of the recent book stories seem to have been written in order to accommodate the upcoming film series (like the increased focus on "Mortis" and the "retirement" of Han, Luke and Leia at the end of Crucible)

      Most likely, true SW fans will get what they want and the continuity will be respected.

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  8. Jackson, McGregor and Oz can certainly return as advisory force ghosts like Alec Guiness - no problem.

    As for the EU stories, they were only created by popular demand because of lack of additional Star Wars Movies, most of the EU stories are Shite, to say the least. So it doen't really matter if the movies follow their own path - maybe we could see a young Mara Jade under the tutelage of Luke as the next hero?

    I have to say one thing though - Disney, dont screw it up, please make a good plot line with enjoyable likeable characters - no Jar Jars PLEASE (unless Jar Jar returns to die, as he escaped this fate in Episode III).

    As for Hamill being an advisory position - I couldn't think of anything that would piss fans off more - we never got to see Anakin at his complete peak with using the force - we HAVE to see Luke. Christopher Lee is ancient - yet he played a very active lightsaber weilding Sith in Episodes II and III, effects can be sooooo good if done right!

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  9. @Anonymous: how can McGregor (=Obi=Guinness) return on VII-IX, when Obi's ghost appears as Guinness in episode V & VI? It doesn't make sense -> SW ghosts have one form -> their last one... The only way I guess would be as a flashback, but that doesn't match with SW story-telling style. They can bring back actual Guinness as a ghost though through old recordings.

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    Ya, I was thinking that same thing after I posted - good luck getting Guiness to come back though, lol. Flshbacks wouldn't work as you say not SW usual story telling, plus anyone that would have a flashback of Obi-McGregor time is dead - so that really doesn't work. However, in the updated version of ROTJ Anakin's ghost is Hayden Christensen rather than Sebastian Shaw - therefore I would guess that a force ghost could appear as they want to appear (as long it was once there image in life - having said that I dont think Anakin could ever appear as a ghost in Vader form, as he returned to the light-side before death).

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  11. I have heard that the prequel trilogy focused on the Jedi, polics/end of republic, and that the original trilogy focused on alliance & empire and that this new trilogy is going to focus on the sith (possibly getting into their origins and relationship with the jedi).

    My concern is this: The whole prophecy was about destroying the sith and bringing balance to the force - there were only 2 (rule of 2 - master and apprentice, no more or less) sith at the end of ROTJ: (1) Sidious - who died (he did die, despite what EU says) and (2) Vader who died by returning to the light-side, and then actually died. There are no more sith. Where are these new sith going to come from, and also if there are going to be new sith, doesn't that make the whole story line of the prophecy from Episode 1-6 completely pointless? Then again, how can you have a starwars movie without the clash of jedi and sith lightsabers?

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    1. The rule of two was ignored by Palpatine. He had Dooku as well as General Grevious at the same time, and Ventress was an apprentice to Dooku. Palpatine all the while was slowly turning Anakin to the dark side.

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    2. ^You guys are both wrong.

      Remember, the whole point of the living Force is that it is constantly balancing and righting itself. Light MUST exist with darkness. The prophecy fulfilled by Anakin Skywalker was to balance light and dark, because Dark was becoming too prevelent (ie, Palpatine the Sith Lord was lording over the entire galaxy.) There will be more sith in the future. Just because Palpatine and Vader are dead opens up the battle for the next contenders. There are hundreds of creatures through the galaxy who have dark side tendencies and abilities; they simply need to claim the title. Again, light and dark must both co-exist.

      Also, General Grievous was NOT a sith. He was just a mechanical/biological entity trained for the sole purpose of killing jedi. Because he was lacking lots of biological matter (ie midichlorians,) he could not use the Force. That is why he was taken down by Obi Wan Kenobi in 2 minutes. Ventress was a character invented in the Clone Wars, a film series which already violates many "rules" in the saga. I do not consider Ventress to part of "real" Star Wars.

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  12. if they use bits from thrawns trilogy, we still can have sith like villain, chewee, droids, space battles and all the cast we loved. and to top it off it could show us so many new planets and the golden oldies

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  13. I read that Lucas is not going to make a Yoda spin off movie, quoting: "Yoda is a supporting character and will remain a supporting character" - shame really cause a Yoda exclusive movie would be pretty kick ass!

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  14. Re the title, how about:

    Star Wars VII: A Dark Discovery

    Although, more realistically, the next film should be called Star Wars VII: Milking Time:)...

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  15. Why do so many people keep talking about the EU material?!

    How many times does Lucasfilm-Disney-Lucas-Kennedy-Abrams have to keep repeating there will be no EU in the new films? Is everyone deaf and/or can't read?!

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    1. They have said that it would not come from the EU material, but not that they would forget all about the EU. I think there is still a lot they could do that has nothing to do with the EU but does not go against what has been established in it.

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    2. How many times does Lucasfilm-Disney-Lucas-Kennedy-Abrams have to keep repeating there will be no EU in the new films?


      They have never said such a thing. Are you stupid/can't read?
      What they said was that it would be an original story not adapted from an existing book or book series.

      Most likely the story will take place after 45ABY in the same timeline as the already established canon. No stories exist in that era in the SW universe, hence, an original story, that respects continuity. Just like with the prequels, GL told the writers not to write anything pre-Ep4, and we got the prequels, which respect continuity. GL tells writers not to write anything post 45ABY (he actually did tell them that), and we get the sequels, which respect continuity.

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    3. ♫ I agree, not matter how many times it is confirmed EU will not be in these folms, every casting rumor people think is still Mara Jade or Dash Rendar. Disney confirmed this a few days ago do to the amount of rumors to clarify this, but today everything still things the films are about EU. Chewbacca isn't dead, no Ben Skywalker, get over it. ♫

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  16. You've spelt "The Republic" wrong and put instead: "The Replublic"!

    As far as Luke Skywalker's children being part of the new generation involved in the action goes, he didn't have any before he went off to train with Obi-Wan and up until the end of "Return of the Jedi" he did not have any, as a Jedi Knight was not supposed to have relations and produce children, if it was a true portrayal of a Jedi's status in the later films. But that then begs the question as to where the next generation of Jedi are supposed to come from if they can't produce their own?!! So therefore Anakin cannot be the only wayward Jedi in this respect.

    It would be good to see some young blood taking on the action with that old fight of good versus evil!

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    1. ♫ You took the time to post someone made a spelling error, Thanks so much. ♫

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  17. Must have HK-47!

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  18. i think the new skywalker shouldent have a purple lightsaber only mace windu had one

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  19. Even if they are not using EU material and stories, it only makes sense that the characters of Luke, Han and Leia have their own families. With the Empire defeated in RotJ, those characters have something like 30 years to settle down and create a very real personal life for themselves. That would mean kids and maybe even grandkids. That makes sense. The writers may very well borrow aspects of the EU, say for example, names, but that doesn't automatically make it a story based on the EU (thankfully).

    As for the rest... I don't care what the filmmakers do, as long as things are better than they were in EPs I-III. I've seen every Star Wars movie in the theater, starting in '77 when I was 4. Being literally a life long Star Wars fan, it somewhat gives me the right to say that EPs I-III sucked. There are lots of folks who say they those films weren't "that bad". Well, yeah, they were. It is amazing how bad those films really are. Lucas had the technology and tools to make something incredible and somehow or other we got The Phantom Menace. The Trade Federation blockade of Naboo makes no sense what-so-ever. Both young and grown-up Anakin Skywalker were HORRIBLE. "Are you an Angel?" I mean, come on. Jar-Jar. I could go on, but you get the point. Now there is hope again. A new hope.

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  20. What has the European Union got to do with Star Wars ;-)

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  21. Ep 1-111 did not suck. Fuck off. Transformers and Pacific Rim are much worse.

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  22. wow why so many star wars fans hate Expanded Universe? I mean i don't like it too but and not hate it. Although i agree that if is not part of the movies is not part of star wars. Sorry EU fans.

    GREAT WORK Viral! Great idea too. With so many rumours is good to have that topic. Great work onceagain.

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    1. They're not hating on the expanded universe, they're saying that Disney/Lucasfilm said that they weren't going to take from it and that it would be an original story.

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    2. they're saying that Disney/Lucasfilm said that they weren't going to take from it and that it would be an original story.

      God DAMN you people are stupid, would you stop speaking out of your ass?

      They said it's an original story, YES. That does not mean it doesn't respect continuity! Open your eyes people, the prequels did follow the established SW universe, the sequels will as well!
      Isn't it obvious? GL tells writers, "don't write anything pre-EP4. We get the prequels.
      He tells them, don't write anything post-45ABY. We get the sequels, which will take place after 45ABY, where no existing stories are set. Thus it will be AN ORIGINAL STORY, that respects continuity by taking place AFTER the books.

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    3. Although i agree that if is not part of the movies is not part of star wars. Sorry EU fans.

      Untrue. Star Wars is Star Wars, there is only one continuity, it's all part of the same thing.
      I am not an EU fan, I am a Star Wars fan.

      Thrawn, Xizor, Trioculus, the Yuuzhan Vong, Daala, and Abeloth and not EU villains, they are Star Wars villains.

      Mara is not Luke's wife in the EU, she is Luke's wife IN STAR WARS.

      Movie-only fans are n00bs, they're ignorant, and they aren't real SW fans.

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    4. ♫ Wrong, everything you posted is from those horrible fake novels. NOT written by Lucas. If Luke has a wife it won't be Mara Jade. Those other fan boy names you mentioned make me cringe. ♫

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    5. Well EP7 isn't written by Lucas, so I guess you can shut the fuck up and prepare to have a fake ST. And you do realize a decent chunk of the EU took things from original/early scripts and ideas for the movies and potential other movies. He was also consulted with on many books... I hope he's also being consulted to some extent for these new movies though, he's got an imagination that can't really be matched..

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    6. Ya? The EU took things from original/early scripts and ideas for the movies - why? because those early scripts and ideas simply were not good enough for the movies.

      Also it saves time and money to regurgitate those things rather than come up with something new for the EU novels - thus the EU is mainly shite stories. PPl who only think the movies are Star Wars and not including the novels are not "noobs" but actually enjoy better stories that were great movies and fun to watch, rather than crappy stories you pick up in chapters.

      Lets not forget that, yes Lucas was a genius for creating star wars, and many of the star wars movies were great. I say many not all, because there is the prequel trilogy. I am sorry - what the hell was Jar Jar Binks (a gimmick for children to try and get kids of the next generation interested in star wars - nothing more). He is a childish and most annoying character I have ever seen in any movie (and that is saying something).

      Also Anakin (Jake Lloyd)- what was that all about. Padme doesnt age at all, yet Jake Lloyd reckons he can chat her up (aged 10yrs old) I dont think so. Plus he was still apparently "too old" to be a jedi and his acting was fairly poor. Why not have hayden christensen play Anakin for the get go. He would have certainly been considered "too old" and actually stood a chance at pulling Padme. Again, Jake lloyd as Anakin was yet another gimmick to reel in the children of the next gen.

      We now move to Attack of the Clones - Sifo Dyas establishes this clone army - and no one investigates why? (untill season 5 or 6 of the animated clone wars) The whole plot line in this second movie raced from one thing to another and didnt really explain anything. The romance was one of the most awkward romances I have ever seen.

      Revenge of Sith - Anakin has no problem whatsoever with killing children (even though he believes it will save Padme). His fall to the dark side became quite rushed an unrealistic.

      So my long point is, even lucas can get a head of himself and write some crap. So everyone saying that if anything comes from Lucas it has to be good is wrong>

      May I also remind everyone that Lucas also had his hand in Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull - need I say more??

      Hopefull handing the torch to someone else to create a star wars movie could be a disaster - but may also (if good) breathe life back into the franchise and bring all the fans a lot of happiness.

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  23. "I learned firsthand how incredible and per$ua$ive she is."

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  24. That's an awesome recap, my friend.

    Echo-07 (TF.N)

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  25. Great work and great website!

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  26. Can you put the latest story on top instead of at the end of the web page?

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    1. Good point. Makes more sense. Done. :)

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  27. The only thing inaccurate about this article is that it says the page will be updated "frequently."

    Not when there's a one month gap in between official news stories!

    Disney is really dragging their feet on this one.

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    1. What is it that you really want from them? While they're handilng a newly acquired franchise as big and well-known as Star Wars, they need to come up with tactics of how news is released to get the full response they're looking for. That's what boosts box office grossing: building fan anticipation. They're not just going to put out all of the info so everyone knows everything about the movie before they see it. Is that what you really want?

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  28. I hope they leave the Obi Wan factor out, Obi Wan is my favorite character, and they don't need to ruin that.
    Sure it might be interesting if Luke finds old info from Obi Wan in the form of a hologram, (McGregor) or a force ghost shout out by Alec. But these situations could become failed.
    The character of obi wan now would seem redundant and unnecessary. We have Luke for that now. I don't want an over decorated tree or too much added to the stew. I want to see a new Star Wars film not a "Cannonball Run" over-the-top extravaganza version of Star Wars. Now a stand alone Kenobi movie would be interesting see if it could be pulled off. Or maybe the forces that be should just let OLD Obi Wan remain one with the force.

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    1. Agreed.
      Pointless, forced cameos were one of the things that made the prequels so annoying. We don't need Obi Wan. Certainly not as a ghost (that would be stupid since Alec was the ghost in the OT).
      As a hologram... mhhh I'd be willing to accept it, but it's not necessary.

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  29. Add one more man to the team. Tommy harper i think was the name. Producer i think.

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  30. I would prefer to see Timothy Zahns Thrawn Trilogy made into Star wars 7 - 9. I am ready to be disappointed by another failed attempt at bringing the star wars universe to a "new" generation. May as well just give the storm troopers mickey mouse ears and call it a day.

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    1. You're not keeping this in a reletive perspective. At this point the best thing to do is forget about the prequels. Start yourself off with a fresh mind set and look at what Abrams has said asbout his view of this next trilogy. The guy really knows what he's doing and would not risk drowing is career in the hatred of his fellow fans by putting something in the movie so awful that it'd even be comparable to a lot of the horrific inclusions of the prequel trilogy.

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    2. I just watched JJ's Super 8 movie and I just hope he doesn't kill Star Wars with shaky cam and rapid editing. THe style of that movie was so hyper that it was alienating.

      He did a much better job with the first Star Trek film. Watching it, I thought, wow, this looks and feels like a Star Wars movie, nice.

      People are worried about lens flares. I am much more worried about shaky cam and jump cutting.

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  31. We're at a very good place right now, lots of mystery, excitement and anxiety pumping through our veins. I'm very happy with the news we've recieved so far an look forward to future announcements. It shouldn't be much longer before we get casting news and production photos.
    As far as everyone getting all worked up about the inclusion of EU plot points is concerned; the Anon that said, "They said it's an original story, YES. That does not mean it doesn't respect continuity! Open your eyes people, the prequels did follow the established SW universe, the sequels will as well!" summed that up fairly well. A lot of the EU is based on Lucas' original 12 part outline for Star War's preliminary concept. With Lucas overseeing the current episode 7 production, it's clear that there will be certain similarities between the episode 7 plot and some stories that help make up the EU. Maybe not anything Major, like characters and villains and such, but necessary milestones will certainly be included. Continuity is very important in this case. They can't just start up the story 3 decades after ROTJ without explaining what is was that happened immediatly after; how Luke went on to train Leia in the force as well as her children and himself, the re-establishment of the Jedi order and the new Republic, etc. They must keep as much familiarity as they do new material at least for episode 7 because this is a tranitional installment. With a franchise as big as Star Wars, keeping familiarity and nostalgic elements is extremely important.

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  32. A couple of things here... The EU is fine, however, George himself said that it is canon until the movies are made and there is a conflict.. Then the movies can and will overrule anything in them. If they want Chewie in the new films, then what happened in the EU is considered fan fiction. This is not an opinion. George himself has stated this in the past. The other thing I have heard is that they will use makeup on Ewan to "age" him to look more like Alec Guinness in the OT. Since Ewan was the best part of the prequels, I am all for it.

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    1. The events contained in the EU have always been considered fan fiction...

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    2. ^certainly by you, but I'm sure there are some who would disagree with your statement.

      You also are forgetting that many things form Expanded Universe have been incorporated into the PT and the Clone Wars.

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  33. As to the Anon who said that Movie-Only fans are not Star Wars fans you are so wrong How else could you become a Star Wars fan without watching the films? Sith 33

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    1. That's how I became a Star Wars fan. I saw the 1st movie back in 1977 before all the EU books came out. The boy or girl who posted that comment mustn't be any older than late teens, early 20s, so the poor little mite might not know what he/she is talking about. Maybe one of his/her parents dropped him/her on his/her head as a child.

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  34. i believe there is a reason why we get 20 plus versions of Han Solo in the action figures & just a smattering of EU characters in toys..

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    1. Because it takes a lot less effort to copy what he's wearing into 3+ figures per scene then it is to fill in creative blanks and have to make a new mold and potentially do something unique with the paint

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  35. Thanks for the compilation, it helps clear some things up with some of the "debates" on this site. In the meantime... crossing off the days on the calendar!

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    1. Speaking of which, shouldn't there be some kind of countdown widget?

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  36. I hope Jar Jar returns so he can die

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  37. Die Jar Jar Die Die Die!!!!!!!

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  38. Don't cock it up JJ...

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