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Mark Hamill Talks Star Wars: Episode VII

Now that the internet is finally adjusting to the fact that a new Star Wars is on the way, we FINALLY get to hear some opinions on the matter from one of the original cast members… Enter Mark Hamill! Superherohype have once again provided us with the information which goes s follows:

“As details continue to flood in regarding the just-announced Star Wars: Episode VII, EW managed to catch up with Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, who reveals that he was made aware of plans for a third trilogy last August.

“[George Lucas] asked Carrie [Fisher] and I to have lunch with him and we did,” Hamill says, “I thought he was going to talk about either his retirement or the ‘Star Wars’ TV series that I’ve heard about — which I don’t think we were going to be involved in anyway, because that takes place between the prequels and the ones we were in and, if Luke were in them, he’d be anywhere from a toddler to a teenager so they’d get an age-appropriate actor — or the 3-D releases. So when he said, ‘We decided we’re going to do Episodes VII, VIII, and IX,” I was just gobsmacked. “What? Are you nuts?!” [Laughs]”

Although Hamill learned of the plans for more films, he was as surprised as anyone at the announcement of Lucasfilm being bought by Disney when he read about it online yesterday. He also doesn’t know what involvement – if any – he’ll have in future Star Wars films, but he remains optimistic as a fan.

“I can see both sides of it,” he says. “Because in a way, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that’s the way it should be — and it’s great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories. But on the other hand, there’s this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material. It’s one of those things: people either just don’t care for it or are passionate about it. I guess that defines what cult movies are all about.”

Hamill reiterates that Kathleen Kennedy will be handling a lot of the work on the new films, leaving Lucas to his newfound retirement and plans for a charitable educational foundation funded by the multi-billion dollar sale.”

Ah such a nice guy, anytime you hear from Mark Hamill it’s always good. I think he’s such a legend and I am a massive fan of his because of his voice acting work which is so varied and distinctive. As for his views on Star Wars I’m glad he’s being such a good sport about it and can see both sides of the argument. He knows that fans hold on to the nostalgia but also takes into the account that there are fans that just want more material. And I’m surprised to find out that he knew about something like this for so long before it was announced, but I did like his reaction, I think most people all across the world were like that when they found out that Episode 7 was actually happening lol. I think it would be nice if Hamill at least had a cameo as an old Luke Skywalker, but yeah only time will tell.

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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The New Star Wars Trilogy Will Be an Original Story

Now that I’ve had to process the fact that this is reality and that is actually happening, my initial feeling of “What the flying fuck is happening to the world!?!” Has turned into “Okay, I’ve calmed down now. Star Wars Episode 7 eh? I am both interested and very cautious of this.” Now from the realm of superherohype we have some more interesting news which has finally confirmed for me where exactly these films are gonna go in terms of continuity. Read on below:

“It was announced yesterday that Disney has bought Lucasfilm and plans on creating an all new Star Warstrilogy with Episode VII hitting theaters in 2015, followed by a new movie every other year.

Once this was announced and we all calmed down a little, the typical fan fare of who would direct the new films, who would star in them, and what they would be about began. Many fans began to speculate that the new series would be an adaptation of Timothy Zahn’s “Thrawn Trilogy,” a series of novels considered canon by the people at Lucasfilm; however, it doesn’t seem that way.

E! Online has learned from a source at Lucasfilm that the new films won’t be an adaptation of the books. Their source says “it’s an original story.”

There’s still hope though fellow Star Wars fans, as Disney plans on using all forms of media for their newly acquired purchase. As George Lucas said himself in the press release, “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.”

Sources even tell The Hollywood Reporter that one possibility being considered is an Avengers-style movie universe with not only Lucas’ planned final trio of films but offshoot movies focusing on individual characters.”

Now my mate called this and so did a lot of fans on the internet but in a ay I think it was obvious and probably the most logical decision. Having Star Wars start fresh with a new trilogy with no ties to the previous films allows for the writers and new filmmakers to create some new and interesting things… That being said though  can’t help but feel a tad gutted that if there really isn’t any connections to the past then characters like the Skywalkers, R2-D2 and C-3PO, Han Solo, Obi-Wan and Yoda will all just be lost in time as a memory forever. But hell I guess we all have to move on at one point. And with the talk on an Avengers-style take on Star Wars that makes both intrigued and sacred, I just hope they’re not making these decisions based on just the success of other films and that they are actually interested in trying to make band new stories with different takes on the source material. All I’m wondering now is what kind of new content will there create with this kind of freedom in a new trilogy? I just hope it isn’t something stupid and too child-like like a lot of the stuff Disney produces on TV, that would just make me cry.

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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Star Wars: Episode VII For 2015! What The Heck!?!

Now I know people on the internet likes to joke about things and we all like to have a good laugh about impossible things happening in the real world… However it’s not funny when those jokes turn into real life! I was looking around on Empire Online and I saw the scariest words as the headline, “Star Wars: Episode VII For 2015” I was like “No fucking way!” But it seems like this is actually going ahead, this is real, this is frigging reality! Take a look at the original article from Empire Magazines online website below:

“Today we felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in disbelief… And were silenced by hard truth. Yes, Walt Disney has gone on another acquisition mission, buying up Lucasfilm for the handsome sum of kee oto* But the even bigger news to come out of the announcement? The companies are planning a new entry in the Star Wars franchise for 2015.

The jokes, of course, came almost as fast as the questions of whether it was actually true. But it is, and George Lucas himself was part of the announcement.

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said Lucas, chairman and CEO of Lucasfilm, in a statement. “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.”

While the move remains somewhat shocking, it’s not entirely surprising, especially since Disney bought Marvel and Lucas announced he was stepping back from filmmaking to shepherd other projects.

But the new film is only part one of the strategy. Snuck into word that Kennedy will slide into the president’s job at Lucasfilm, comes this little nugget: “Star Wars Episode VII  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.” And in a follow-up investor’s call about the move, it was announced that the seventh film would be the first in a new trilogy, with releases aimed at roughly every two to three years. The treatment for the first of the three is already in hand.

Nothing is known about the new movies yet, but of course we’ll keep you advised. Also, anyone else think this might finally mean the long-planned, already-written live-action Star Wars TV show might finally go ahead? Even if that’s still too ambitious, expect a wealth of telly, toy and theme park releases.”

All I can say damn you Disney! Such a money-hungry company. First you take Marvel, now Lucasfilm. Will you never be satisfied? I think most fans of the Star Wars film series were done with the films after the prequel trilogy came out and thought that making additional films would be a ridiculous idea. I mean while there is a wealth of source material to work with from the novels and comic books, I still don’t think new Star Wars films would be the right way to go. Now I am one of the few people who like part of the prequel films, while Phantom Menace wasn’t the best way to start the Star Wars saga, it did have great spectacle, an awesome soundtrack and some the bes lightsaber fights ever! Whereas no one really cares about Attack of the Clones, however I did really like Revenge of the Sith, I thought that was pretty darn cool, the visuals and soundtrack was amazing and the story was much better because of its connection to the original films. However everyone knows that the prequel films don’t hold a candle to the orignal films and if any studio would try to make new Star Wars films I feel like they would continue to tarnish the magic of the original source material. That’s why I believe any more films would be disaster waiting to happen.

I just have to ask who thought this was a good idea? What was George Lucas thinking? Why do Disney continue to consume all of these smaller companies in order to make more money? Has the world finally just given up on logic and decided to throw us a number crazy scenarios just to see how we’ll react? All I know is this is weird and wrong and really hope all of this new Star Wars stuff doesn’t come to pass.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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