For the longest, Star Wars movies have been within the “Skywalker Saga.” This means that they have centered on a member of the Skywalker family as they deal with the forces of good versus evil, the Jedi versus the Sith and other variables. Originally, there was supposed to be 9 films, The Prequel Trilogy, The Original Trilogy, and the trilogy that happened afterward. The saga was shortened to just the Prequel and Original Trilogy under George Lucas’ vision. However, the Bearded One sold Lucasfilm to Disney, and the House of Mouse commissioned to create a brand new trilogy to tell of events after the OT.
After the sudden and tragic passing of Carrie Fisher the question of how the Star Wars franchise would react, rose. Almost immediately (morbidly), there was speculation that LucasFlim/Disney would “resurrect” General Leia digitally as they had done with Peter Cushing/Grand Moff Tarkin for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. After all, they did use the actresses likeness for a younger Princess Leia cameo in the same movie, but that was with the help and blessing of a living Carrie Fisher.
Speculation gave way to rumor recently after the BBC stated that the studio was reportedly in talks with Carrie Fishers’ estate to use her image in future films. Whether in reaction to the response the report garnered or in lines with pre-existing plans, LucasFilm broke silence and released the following statement on StarWars.com: (more…)
Along with the shattered hearts of fans across the galaxy, Carrie Fisher‘s death in late December 2016 has left a gaping hole in the plot of the newest additions to the Star Wars series. Sources have said that all her scenes for the next installment were shot before her death, but that still leaves two movies left in the trilogy that were expected to have General Leia Organa play a big role. While Disney could get an insurance payout of up to $50 million to help solve the practical issues that have been raised by the loss of one of the series’s most iconic actors, that’s not going to make it an easy feat. (more…)
It seems like such a simple idea, take a beloved franchise action hero with an aging star and transfer the series to animation. Fans still get to hear their hero while the action remains fast ans furious without killing said aging star. Sure animation is expensive, but live action at the Indiana Jones level is just as expensive or more. Enter artist and animator Patrick Schoenmaker and let the magic happen. (more…)
Star Wars Rebels has become a fan favorite show among the legion of Star Wars fans. The show largely filled the gap that was left after the cancellation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars (which was rushed off air so quickly the final season became a Netflix exclusive). The show is comprised of largely the same team, following the same art style who have actually managed to close a few plot threads from the other show—however, while Clone Wars followed young Jedi padawan Ahsoka Tano and her master Anakin Skywalker between the Episode II and III films, the new series is set years later, showing the formation of the early Rebel alliance pre-Episode IV. The show has been successful enough that it is already gearing up for the third season. (more…)
You hear about it all the time: a fan, or team of talented and creative fans, like a property something so much, they band together to create a fan-game. A not-for-profit, totally labor of love style endeavor that should fall into the realm of “fan art”, but always seems to tick off the rights owners of those properties. It’s happened on multiple occasions with Chrono Trigger, the canned fan-remake of Metal Gear, and then there was that weird My Little Pony fighting game that got hit with a cease and desist… almost immediately after raising $200,000 in donations for breast cancer research. Classy move, Hasbro. All in all, it seems like companies don’t like to reward their fans time and effort when it comes to creating fan content in the form of games… and unfortunately, it seems the trend continues with Star Wars. (more…)
In a move that should come as no surprise to anyone, The New York Daily News reports that Lucasfilm and Disney are in talks to produce more Han Solo movies. In what has become the norm in Hollywood, Alden Ehrenreich, the recently confirmed casting choice for young Han Solo, has been quietly signed on for a three film contract, which if it comes to fruition will no doubt make many fans giddy with happiness. (more…)
After Disney bought Lucasfilm, Star Wars has come back full force (excuse the pun, it was unintentional). There’s been a plethora of comic books, video games, merchandise, theme park additions, novels, a new tv show, and most importantly, movies. Last year we got The Force Awakens—the movie we had been arguably waiting for since Return of the Jedi in 1983. This year we’re getting Rogue One, which we’ve more or less been waiting for since A New Hope in 1977. Now, the follow-up to Force Awakens (which is currently untitled) has wrapped up on production. (more…)
Remember when Disney bought Lucasfilm a few years back? You probably do; after all, it has resulted in the massively successful relaunching of Star Wars, including The Force Awakens, Rebels, and the upcoming Rogue One. But Disney didn’t just acquire a galaxy far, far away when they bought Lucasfilm. They also acquired one much closer to home—a world of nazi punching, tomb raiding, pistol slinging, and whip cracking; a world where magic is real, adventure is alive, and anything worthwhile “belongs in a museum”. I mean, of course, Indiana Jones. Now it seems Disney is looking to continue the success they’ve had with Lucasfilm properties, and ‘Indy’ is up to bat. (more…)
There’s a tendency out there in Internet Land to panic whenever something appears to be going wrong. What’s worse, plenty of people have little-to-no idea how a movie is put together and so when they hear a word like “reshoots”, they freak the hell out. So is the case with the next flick from the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. To be fair, when some movies go back for reshoots, it’s because the execs have no faith the movie will stand on its own given its current incarnation. With Rogue One, however, both director Gareth Edwards and Lucasfilm guru Kathleen Kennedy are stepping up to reassure the fans that it’s no big deal. (more…)