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Star Wars: Episode VII Has A Release Date: December 18, 2015!

Howdy people, just when you thought I was done for the day another new story comes up and then I’m back to word again to spread the news! This one is pretty important because it relates to Star Wars so let’s get taking. The following information comes from superherohype:

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“With pre-production in full-swing, a confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII. The film will be released in 3D.

“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,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8Mission: Impossible IIIStar Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost ArkThe Empire Strikes BackReturn of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolJack Ryan,Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (TintinWar of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.

Shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios.”

Well this is good news, very good news. Obviously Episode VII had been slated for a 2015 release for a while now, but with the recent announcement about the film potentially being pushed back to 2016 people were starting to get worried. 2015 is gonna be the biggest year for films in recent memory and if Star Wars didn’t make the cut I think the year would feel a tad incomplete. So yeah now we’ll get the next instalment in this franchise two Christmas’ from now. When I put it like that it sounds so far away lol. But I am glad that Lucasfilm have settled on a specific date and are sticking to it. This obviously means that Disney and Lucasfilm got all things moving in terms of pre-production and are not nearly as far behind in production as I initially thought they were. and at least have a story in mind, I just hope that its good and that J.J. Abrams has made the story as good as it can be.

Can’t wait for production to start next year, yeah let the good times roll!

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Star Wars: Episode VII Begins Shooting in 2014

Howdy ladies and gents, again I’m coming back to blog about some minor film news that I feel needs to be addressed. Oh and by the way this is my 500th blog post! Yay me. I’m so hardcore haha. Anyways back to the matter at hand… The following information comes from IGN:

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“Producer and Bad Robot co-founder Bryan Burk has revealed that Star Wars: Episode VII will begin filming in early 2014.

“We’re progressing on a schedule to hopefully begin next year, or the beginning of next year, and the location is still kind of floating around in the air all depending on script and a whole bunch of other issues,” Burk told Collider. “As I just said, everything is kind of a free-flowing thing, and when we feel like the story level on this script and everything is really coming together and schedules are all working and pieces line up, we prowl ahead, and Star Wars will be no different.”

If that schedule holds true, Episode VII will be on track for its intended Summer 2015 release.”

So it seems like everything is going ahead in the pre-production stage but the schedule of Episode VII is really dependant on this script. And I guess it’s not that surprising, after the Star Wars prequels a lot of fans want some GOOD material to remind them of why they fell in love with the series in the first place, not only that but they want some new, fresh and exciting stuff too. I hope that the script is up to par and that the dialogue isn’t as cheesy or laughable as the prequels (even though I really liked Episode I and III some of the dialogue was terrible and hilarious).

As for starting filming next year that’d be great, I just hope that we get more official announcements and then the filmmakers can get on scouting for locations and then get the important production side of things started. Seems like Bryan Burk is confident that Episode VII will progress in a natural manner and find its flow, well here’s hoping yo.

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Disney Confirms Stand-Alone Star Wars Films

So here we have a news story that while interesting isn’t something I didn’t see coming. There was rumours about this long before this story was officially released, but when I read the news online I just thought, “Okay, this’ll be an interesting experiment.” Anyways here’s the article from superherohype:

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“Walt Disney Pictures Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has confirmed rumors that the studio is looking at a series of Star Wars films that will see release independent of the new trilogy and that will focus on specific characters from the overall Star Wars universe.

“There has been speculation about some stand-alone films that are in development,” Iger tells CNBC. “I can confirm to you today that, in fact, we are working on a few stand-alone films. Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great ‘Star Wars’ characters that are not part of the overall saga. We still plan to make Episodes 7, 8, and 9, roughly over a six-year period of time, starting in 2015. There are going to be a few other films released in that time, too.”

Iger goes on to say that Kasdan and Kingberg are serving in a consulting capacity on J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII with Michael Arndt supplying the screenplay. Both writers are simultaneously working on new, as of yet unknown, Star Wars films.

The news arrives on the heels of yesterday’s rumor that claimed the first such film would follow the adventures of Yoda. While that rumor has not been confirmed, Iger’s comments suggest some truth to the reports.”

To be honest I’m not surprised. With a franchise as massive as Star Wars under the massive empire that is Disney, they’re gonna find any means possible to keep their money train rolling. They’ve seen insane success with Marvel’s film properties so they’re probably gonna try and replicate that kind of success with the many of various stories that Star Wars has in the comics, novels and video games. I just hope the people at Lucasfilm and Disney know what they are doing, its all and well trying to bring Star Wars back to the big screen but making all of these announcements for the future without sorting out what you’ve just started is dangerous stuff and just a bit too much to do in a short time. Let’s sort out Star Wars Episode VII first and then worry about who will get their solo films later.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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J.J. Abrams Talks Star Wars: Episode VII

While this only a tiny news segment from superherohype I feel that it is necessary to talk about. Check out the article below:

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“As announced last week, J.J. Abrams will be bringing “Star Wars” back to the big screen with Star Wars: Episode VII. We’re probably still a few years away from seeing anything from it, but Abrams is excited about working on the film and is committed to making this a movie we all want to see (via E! Online).

“It really is an incredible thing, It’s wildly surreal. It’s obviously way too early to talk specifics, but I’m excited to actually start it.”

Abrams did give his goal for the film in an interview with The Huffington Post.

“I can just say what I want to do: I want to do the fans proud. I want to make sure the story is something that touches people. And we’re just getting started. I’m very excited.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015. Michael Arndt is writing the script. Disney and Lucasfilm are planning a new trilogy with a new movie coming every other year.”

So while this isn’t anything haven’t necessarily heard before, it is still good to hear how enthusiastic he is for the film and how he wants to do right by us fans. Though one I found interesting was this article I read from IGN which mentions that the new Star Wars film could be delayed if development process requires it. You can read that article here, so then if the production doesn’t meet the 2015 deadline then when will it come out? I mean I will gladly wait a little bit longer for the next Star Wars film if it means that it’ll be made properly, but delays are always questionable business.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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J.J. Abrams Will Still Produce a Third Star Trek Film

Okay more news about J.J. Abrams, but this time it revolves around his involvement with future Star Trek films. The following story comes from superherohype:

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“After yesterday’s surprise announcement that J.J. Abrams will be franchise-hopping from Star Trek to Star Wars, fans have been curious about what that means for the future of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her crew. Today, Paramount Pictures tells The LA Times that Abrams remains committed to Trek and will, at the very least, serve as producer on Star Trek III (or Star Trek XIII, depending on your point of view). What’s more, he’s also going to remain attached to at least one more film in the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Abrams’ next, Star Trek Into Darkness, hits theaters on May 17 and reunites Chris Pine, John Cho, Bruce Greenwood, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and Anton Yelchin with a cast of newcomers that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Peter Weller.

Star Wars: Episode VII, meanwhile, is being written by Michael Arndt and is scheduled to hit theaters sometime in 2015.”

This was the one thing I was worried about, that JJ wouldn’t get around to finishing what he started with Star Trek, but luckily this report puts my mind at ease. I had hoped that Abrams wouldn’t leave Star Trek and thankfully he’ll still be around to give us at least one more Star Trek film. Sure this may make his life a little more difficult and possibly cause a bit of complication between Star Wars and Star Trek, but if he can find a way to balance to the two out then the future will be fine.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Official Announcement: J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII

While this was pretty much confirmed a few days ago, the official announcement has been made about J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars: Episode VII. The following article comes from superherohype:

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“The story broke early on Thursday, but now Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have officially confirmed that J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII! The statement reads as follows:

J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.

“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 and his production company Bad Robot have a proven track record of blockbuster movies that feature complex action, heartfelt drama, iconic heroes and fantastic production values with such credits as Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, and this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams has worked with Lucasfilm’s preeminent postproduction facilities, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, on all of the feature films he has directed, beginning with Mission: Impossible III. He also created or co-created such acclaimed television series as Felicity, Alias, Lost and Fringe.

Again this is news the internet knows already, however it is great to hear how enthusiastic Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas are about Abrams. I think with the news about J.J. Abrams directing the next Star Wars film I am much more excited to see how this film turns out, it is a big risk for Abrams especially with him now well established in the realm of Star Trek. But if he can pull this off then I will be absurdly happy.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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J.J. Abrams to Direct Star Wars: Episode VII!

Oh my god! I mean wow, news doesn’t get hotter than this yo. Not since the announcement of Star Wars: Episode VII have felt so much excitement on the internet. I was just scanning around on Facebook and on my news feed superherohype post this glorious news online and my mind literally explodes! anyways read the article below for confirmation:

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Star Trek Into Darkness helmer J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII for Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm, reports TheWrap. The site says that Ben Affleck was also in contention.

Back in November, Abrams commented on the possibility of him directing and it sounded like it wasn’t happening:

“Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”

TheWrap adds that Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy has been courting Abrams for the director’s chair for a while.

Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to hit theaters in 2015. Michael Arndt is writing the script.”

YES, YES AND YES AGAIN! Besides Joss Whedon I believed that there was only one other director that could helm such an epic science fiction story like Star Wars and it had to be J.J. Abrams. This is the guy that brought Star Trek back from the grave and is giving it a sequel this year, the guy is good stuff yo. I did think for a bit, “Wait but he’s doing Star Trek, wouldn’t that be weird if he was doing Star Wars too?” But damn! It looks like that shit don’t matter because now he is in the director’s chair and I am smiling epicly! So now all we have to do it wait until 2015 and see what kind of film this will turn out to be.

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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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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