As you may or may not have realized, there’s been a lot of secrecy around the development of Star Wars Episode VII. In fact, so little’s been revealed that those of us who post nerdy news on the internet have more or less had make a big deal out of whatever random, could-be-plausible rumor, no matter how truthful of consequential those morsels happen to be. Hopefully, I didn’t just undermine the whole point of us, but let’s be honest, these are the bits we live for. So hold on to your butts, because here’s a totally legit sneak peak behind the scenes of Star Wars Episode VII. A surprise appearance by one of the most well-known figure associated with the entire franchise. (more…)
BREAKING NEWS: Something ‘Star Wars’ Related May or Nay Not Happen on Oct. 30…ACTUAL NEWS: Abrams and Kasdan Taking Over ‘SW7’ Screenwriting
Screen Crush was the first to pick up on a disturbance in the Force…Well, a disturbance in YouTube, at least. It started on Oct. 9th when the Star Wars YouTube Channel posted a trailer for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Episodes V and VI followed (and they used the original title for ROTJ: Revenge Of The Jedi), in the two subsequent weeks, each on Wednesday…
Could this mean a Star Wars: Episode VII trailer is planned for next Wednesday, the 30th? Which also happens to be the one year anniversary of the announcement that Disney had acquired the rights to the SW franchise, and Episode VII is now underway?
Star Wars Celebration is underway and, naturally, there’s some news coming out about the upcoming Episode VII. Famous faces have been gathering and taking the stage and now we have for you a batch of things those famous people have been saying and showing to the Celebration audiences. The top three stories of the minute? John Williams is definitely back, Kathleen Kennedy wants more models and less CGI for the new trilogy and Dave Filoni is showing off some Star Wars Rebels concept art. Check it all out after the jump.
Good news for those among the SW fandom who are less than thrilled that Star Trek rebooter J.J. Abrams is helming Episode VII (and could potentially be brought back for VIII and/or IX). The director has stated unequivocally in an interview on MTV‘s Rough Cut (below) that he has no interest in pursuing any Star Wars-related projects other than Episode VII:
News of possible spinoff titles centered around Han Solo and Boba Fett broke not long after it was revealed that a new trilogy was in the works. Looks like if and when such films are made, Episode VII producer and new Lucasfilm Prez Kathleen Kennedy will be in the market for new directors.
Here are Abrams‘ exact words regarding potential spinoffs at this point (at least as far as he’s concerned):
“We’re focusing right now on [making ‘Episode VII’] because this movie feels like this is the one that has to work for anything else to work.”
“There are discussions about what would happen later [after ‘Episode VII’] and how to make this thing and to tell [that] story, you can’t look at it in a binary way. It’s obviously part of something much greater. To talk about those off-shoot films, that’s something [you] have to talk about with Kathleen Kennedy.”
Star Wars: Episode VII is due to begin production early next year, and scheduled for release in May of 2015. No information is available as of yet regarding any proposed spinoffs.
Things have changed since 1983, and according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, the level of secrecy surrounding the production of JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII is going to reflect this.
We’ve got at least two years of rabid SW nerd rumor-mongering to look forward to, and the tactics used to keep Return of the Jedi under wraps, such as hiding behind pseudonyms (Blue Harvest, Revenge of the Jedi), just won’t cut it in the Internet Age.
According to an interview Kennedy recently had with ScreenSlam, the secrecy surrounding the highly-anticipated film is something they’re going to “monitor, pay attention to and think differently about.” Whatever that really means…
The gist seems to be that Lucasfilm is aware that they won’t be able to get away with keeping fans entirely in the dark this time, so rather than allow wild speculation (which is gonna happen anyway), they’re going to carefully control what, and how much information is released, while endeavoring to keep fans at least somewhat in the loop.
This is what Kennedy had to say when asked about “secrecy”:
We talk about that all the time. I think the whole issue of confidentiality is gonna be fascinating as we move into making the movie. If we’re shooting anything outside, it’s almost impossible to not have things end up on the Internet. So my feeling is, you need to embrace that, especially with the fans around something like Star Wars. You need to recognize they’re important to the process and acknowledge there are things you’re gonna want to make sure they get to know. So I think that’s something we’re going to monitor, pay attention to and think differently about.
Abrams is notorious for the nearly paranoid level of secrecy he likes to employ for his projects, so it will be interesting to see how he reacts to his employers’ apparent policy of semi-transparency regarding this film.
Here’s the interview with ScreenSlam, skip ahead to 1:15 to hear Kennedy weigh in on this matter.
Star Wars: Episode VII is still due to be released in 2015, just in case you weren’t paying attention 🙂
Kathleen Kennedy is a woman that has the weight of the world upon her shoulders. Or, perhaps more appropriately, she has the weight of a thousand star systems on her shoulders, backed with the potential wrath of an army of fans. So now that she’s gearing up to make sure Star Wars Episode VII goes smoothly, she’s decided to say goodbye to her producing duties on Jurassic Park IV.
According to Kennedy’s husband, Frank Marshall:
No, Ms. Kennedy has moved onto Star Wars and will not be producing JP4. She’s traded raptors for TIE fighters.
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering how much needs to get done what with all the spin-offs that Lucasfilm appears to be planning. But never fear, her production role will be changing hands to those of Marshall. Steven Spielberg will, of course, also be involved in an executive producer role. So rampaging dinosaur fans need not panic.
Look for Jurassic Park IV to hit theaters on June 13th, 2014.
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.
J.J. Abrams Wants Episode VII to be “Personal, Intimate, and Emotional,” Plus Kathleen Kennedy on How She Convinced Him to Direct
One story, and one story only has been dominating the nerd news media: J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars Episode VII. After months of speculation over who would land the most coveted directing gig in Hollywood, it was given to Star Trek reviver, Abrams. Unexpected news, but I believe, mostly welcomed internet-wide. And since the bombshell dropped anyone and everyone has begun speculating about what kind of Star Wars flick Abrams will make.
Collecting Abrams’ comments about Star Wars from the past six years, Star Wars Blog has compiled a pretty comprehensive opinion on “a galaxy far, far away” from its new helmsmen. His comments in 2008 about where he’d like to see Star Wars go next may prove to be the most telling,
I feel like the world of Star Wars has gotten to be so vast, not just in terms of the various mediums that Star Wars occupies, but because of the visual possibilities that technology has allowed and Industrial Light & Magic is so remarkably capable at creating. My favorite thing about Star Wars is the ability to tell an incredibly personal, intimate, and emotional story against a backdrop of conflict and battle that’s planetary and massive. What I would love to see is a story about characters that I am desperately entertained by and definitely care about, and keep that story as focused as possible and make more of that than the pyrotechnics of it all which to me is what makes Star Wars so brilliant. If it’s a TV show, that’s terrific. If it’s animated I’m all for it. If it’s a radio show or a video game or an online experience — whatever it is I would love to discover in this vast universe some new characters that make me feel the way that Luke, Leia, and Han Solo did.
You could say that Abrams applied much of this same thinking to his reboot of Star Trek, and look how it breathed new life into that franchise.
Of course, we wouldn’t be discussing Abrams’ vision for Episode VII if it wasn’t for one woman, Kathleen Kennedy. Her replacement of George Lucas as Lucasfilm‘s head honcho was a sign of changing times, we just didn’t realize how much change at the time. Turns out she played an integral role in making Episode VII a reality and in snagging Abrams to direct. In an in depth interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kennedy reveals how she did it. By asking, “Please do Star Wars.”
Okay, there was more to it, but that really was the bottom line. She did her best to put Abrams at ease about tackling such a daunting project and confided him in that Oscar winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3) was on board to write the script, and Lawrence Kasdan, writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, would be consulting. Kennedy says Abrams was, “flipping out when he found out that Michael and Larry were on the movie already.” She obviously did a really good job playing to the nerd and huge Star Wars fan within Abrams. “We spent a lot of time talking about how meaningful Star Wars is and the depth of the mythology that George has created and how we carry that into the next chapter,” she said.
Come the release of Episode VII we’ll know whether or not Abrams has achieved the unthinkable: successfully restarting not one but two science fiction institutions. And we’ll know which woman to either thank or blame. What are your feelings about how Abrams will tackle Star Wars? Do his past comments calm your concerns or only raise more?
Slowly but surely, the Kathleen Kennedy/George Lucas interview concerning the passing of the Star Wars torch is being released. Now, finally, more than a month later, we are getting a chance to watch the fifth and final part. Coming in at an amazing 2 minutes, this time the duo chat about their feelings regarding the movement of the franchise from one pair of hands to the other.
Check it out, bee-yotch!
Well, now that that’s over and done with, we can finally get back to more rampant speculation! Is Jar Jar secretly Anakin Skywalker’s father and will he return in Episode VII as an ageless overlord with an army of cloned Ewok-Wookie hybrid Jedi masters? Tune in to Nerdbastards to discover the really real truth!
Thanks to ComingSoon for the heads-up.
Welcome back bastards-in-training, and prepare thyselves for another round of Star Wars news! This time around there are no rumors to spread, however, so you’ll just have to deal with a couple videos and a little bit of commentary. On the list for today – George Lucas clarifies his role as consultant, another installment of the ongoing and strung-out Lucas-Kennedy interview and someone asks Ewan McGregor if he’d willingly come back as Obi Wan for future films.
All this after the jump!
Brace yourselves, kiddies, for another round of Star Wars crazy-happy-super-fun-time-news-updates! Up this hour, more video featuring George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy. And now they’re talking a bit about how Lucasfilm came to change hands from Lucas to Kennedy.
Oh, and it’s one more part of the same damn interview you’ve probably seen bits and pieces of for the last two weeks. For some reason they’ve chopped it up and fed it to us in bite-sized increments.
So, without further ado, listen to them chat about how the shit went down:
The executives have spoken! The future of Star Wars has been handed down and now all we can do as fans is cross our fingers and offer blood sacrifice in hopes that the new vision of the franchise will surpass the ailing creativity that brought us Episodes I through III.
Thanks to Geektyrant for the link code.