Star Wars


Boba Fett Would Love To Be Back In Star Wars Episode VII


The baddest bounty hunter in the galaxy wants to return to Star WarsBoba Fett!

With the news that Disney has acquired Star Wars from Lucasfilm, we are hearing from just about everybody that was associated with the past movies.

Jabba the Hut let his feelings be known as well as Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, a Lucas biographer and a Star Wars novelist.

Now the actor that was swallowed up by the Sarlaac Pit in Return of the Jedi, Jeremy Bulloch, comments on the recent Star Wars news that sees a trilogy begin anew in 2015.

While not considered canon (technically), Boba Fett did escape the Sarlaac Pitt in the Thrawn Trilogy as the beast below could not digest Boba Fett due to his armor (correct me if I am wrong).

“It would be lovely to see Boba Fett back!” Bulloch tells UnleashTheFanboy. “The technology now exists to make his jet pack even more realistic and exciting.”

Bulloch admits that the new Star Wars movie might go with someone younger for the iconic role, but says he would be up for it he got the call — or even a cameo.

“Realistically I’m sure if Boba Fett were to return they would go with someone younger, but I’m still fit and can jump around. I’d love to be involved in some way, maybe a cameo as an ageing Bounty Hunter in the corner somewhere.”

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After Star Wars, Disney Now Eyeing Hasbro?


With Disney’s $4.05 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm, Star Wars and Indiana Jones all but in the bag, the Mouse now looks to be eyeing up Hasbro as its next big time purchase.

It’s being said that there a talks going on between Disney and Hasbro, that from what MTV Geek is told, “…these are still just discussions at this point, but serious enough that something could be announced at any time…”

Hasbro owns the likes of Transformers, G.I Joe, Dungeons and Dragons, Battleship and lots more. Of course, Hasbro also puts out the Star Wars toy line as well as various Marvel sets including The Avengers movie action figures.

If Disney did end up purchasing Hasbro this would join Star Wars and Marvel in the billion dollar purchase range, with Hasbro reportedly being worth almost $12 billion.

This is still to be considered rumor, but as Hasbro has a lot on the table including their movie franchises and televisions channels, this would be quite the score for Disney on top of the recently announced George Lucas Star Wars.

For more Star Wars news head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars Movie Hub.


Is Max Landis Writing The New Star Wars Episode VII Movie?


Max Landis will be making his directing debut with a new comedy called Me Him Her.

The movie is described by Variety as “‘Reality Bites’ on acid,” with it said that the film is a “quarter-life-crisis tale set in Los Angeles that features three young leads, at least one of whom is struggling with their sexuality.”

The article also goes on to mention something that was previously announced back in January of 2012, that Max Landis is on a top-secret project with Disney.

Looking back at the original article from 2012 is quite revealing as it states that Disney has picked up an untitled space adventure that was pitched by Landis.

We know from George Lucas that he met with screenwriters who pitched their versions of the next Star Wars movies.

The article also goes on to state – back in January of 2012 – that Disney is “looking to greenlight high-profile tentpoles that can prop up all of its businesses” and is “on the hunt for potential film franchises that can benefit all of the company’s divisions.”

Sure sounds like Star Wars.

So what was the pitch described as?

“Project revolves around the emotional journey of a brother and sister as they undertake an epic adventure.”

The only caveat I can think of would be that Disney accepted the pitch prior to the release of Chronicle, which really got people to notice Max Landis. Would Disney go with Landis prior to Chronicle on such a big franchise as Star Wars?

Worth a thought.

It might also be worth mentioning that George Lucas is a close friend of Max’s father, John Landis. Lucas offered John Landis the directorial gig on Howard The Duck, with Lucas also appearing in Landis’ Beverly Hills Cop 3.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars Movie Hub for even more news about the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm.


Han Solo To Die In Star Wars Episode VII? Harrison Ford Open To Returning


The next Star Wars film is due out – by Disney – in 2015 with Episode VII and by all accounts looks to feature the original cast.

While George Lucas has passed on everything to Disney and won’t be directing the next Star Wars Trilogy, Lucas has previously talked with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, but perhaps the most popular Star Wars character of all time hasn’t been heard from — which comes as no surprise.

That is until now.

If you are a Star Wars fan you known that Harrison Ford wasn’t big on playing Han Solo as he is quoted as saying he didn’t understand the Star Wars franchise. Not only that, but Ford has only attended one Star Wars reunion, with – interestingly enough – Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige in attendance, along with Christopher Nolan, and brother Jonathan, in addition to Iron Man director Jon Favreau. It also turns out there was a death scene written into Return of the Jedi, but that was scrapped due to George Lucas thinking it wouldn’t go over well with the audience, which would cause sales for Han Solo action figures to plummet.

Now we get word from, from a “high placed source,” that Harrison Ford would be open to returning in Star Wars Episode VII, albeit with what sounds like a few dependencies, such as a script and director in place. And there is even mention that Ford might want a mandatory death scene for Han Solo.

“Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are,” EW’s source said.

While there are no specific quotes from Harrison Ford on returning, the article does go on to make a case for the death of Han Solo.

“I thought he should have died in the last one to give it some bottom…George didn’t think there was any future in dead Han toys,” Harrison Ford is quoted as saying from an ABC interview from 2010.

As Han Solo is a smuggler and as seen in his previous Star Wars films has come close to meeting his demise numerous times, it wouldn’t really be all that far-fetched if the character was to be killed off in the next Star Wars film. It also sounds as if Episode VII will be more of a pass-the-torch movie with a new younger cast being featured in subsequent movies. However, as George Lucas himself noted, how would a Solo death scene with the iconic character getting permanently put on ice sit with the fans?

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars Movie Hub for even more news about the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm.


Matthew Vaughn Rumored To Direct Star Wars Episode VII (2015)


Seems there may have been a good reason for Matthew Vaughn bowing out of directing the sequel to X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Namely, Star Wars.

The Collider has it that Matthew Vaughn is in talks to direct the next Star Wars movie, which Disney set for a 2015 release following their announcement of the acquisition of Lucasfilm from George Lucas for $4.05 billion. It’s stated that Star Wars was the reason for Vaughn dropping out of the X-Men movie.

Vaughn previously wrote and directed X-Men First Class as well as wrote Kick-Ass, The Debt and Stardust.

Regarding X-Men: Days of Future Past, it’s been said that Matthew Vaughn may stay on as producer. Bryan Singer was recently announced to be the new director.

No details are known about Star Wars Episode VII, but it has been said to be an all-new original story and both Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher have previously talked with George Lucas about it, as well as, reportedly, high profile Hollywood screenwriters.

For more on Star Wars, head on over to the Cosmic Book News Star Wars Movie Hub.


Star Wars Reboot? Mark Hamill Gives Clues To New Trilogy In 1983 Interview (Video)


An interview from back in 1983 with Maria Shriver and Mark Hamill has surfaced with Hamill discussing Star Wars Episodes VII, VIII and IX.

Of course with the recent news of the Disney acquisition of Star Wars and an announcement of a new Star Wars Trilogy, everything is going to come out.

We’ve heard from a former Lucas biographer, the puppeteer on Jabba the Hut, the author of The Thawn Trilogy, and Hamill recently said a few things as well.

In the following interview – which took place in 1983 – Shriver reveals that she heard mention that Hamill will be brought back as Luke Skywalker “18 years from now.”

Mark Hamill also mentions that the droids are the only ones who will be featured in all three of the Star Wars trilogies, and we know they obviously did appear in the prequels.

Regarding what the next Star Wars Trilogy could be like, Mark Hamill perhaps gives us a clue.

It’s been theorized by some fans that Disney might even an attempt to do a Star Wars reboot. While that may be considered “sacrilege” by some, the same fans note that Paramount and J.J. Abrams succeeded in doing just that with Star Trek in 2009. As Abrams’ Star Trek is set in a different universe, it doesn’t trample over any of the previous Star Trek continuity, but with the crossover of Spock, only adds to it.

Could something similar be happening with Star Wars?

“But you see he’s [George Lucas] being very cagey because it’s either going to be on another plane of existence or not the same character. And I can’t really tell you why without sort of getting into sensitive material,” Mark Hamill said.

Of course, as this was revealed back in 1983, things could obviously have changed, but Lucas has stated that he did give Disney his treatments for the next trilogy.

Could a Star Wars reboot work?

See the following clip for more, with Mark Hamill talking about Star Wars Episodes VII, VIII and IX around the 3:20 mark.


The Avengers Vs. Star Wars! NMA Episode VII Trailer


Fans of both The Avengers and Star Wars might be at odds with Disney’s acquisition of Star Wars as, really, it’s only a matter of time before the two meet in some form.

While we wait to see how that exactly plays out, and if it’s any good, we have the following “official” Star Wars Episode VII trailer featuring The Avengers battling it out with Star Wars!

Next Media Animation put out their “official” Star Wars Episode VII trailer, which you can see below.

There are also a few other well-known characters involved.

Funny stuff.


Jabba the Hutt Knew There Were 3 Star Wars Trilogies All Along


With the news that Disney is acquiring Star Wars for $4.05 billion from George Lucas, comes word from Jabba The Hut that three Star Wars trilogies were planned all along.

Star Wars creator George Lucas has gone on record stating that the story stopped with Return of the Jedi, meaning that even the popular novels and comic books are not canon.

But with the Disney acquisition also comes a new Star Wars Trilogy in 2015 with subsequent movies in 2017 and 2019.

We’ve heard previous mention by Lucas that he handed over treatments for Episodes VII, VIII and IX to Disney, and also that a former Lucas biographer got a peek at them some time ago.

Now, the puppeteer who was responsible for the movements of Jabba The Hut says that he thought a third trilogy was always in the cards.

“We knew we were working on the middle three films of a set of nine and there would be prequels and sequels framed around our trilogy,” puppeteer Toby Philpott told WhalesOnline.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3828:]]Philpott goes on to mention that Lucas may have already had the treatments for the new Star Wars Trilogy completed back then.

“It’s very possible George (who will be the new movies’ creative consultant) had already outlined the nine stories then,” Philpott added.

While it’s been already said that the new Star Wars Trilogy will feature an all-new original story, one thing that seems for sure is that Jabba The Hut will not be returning.

“Apart from anything else, Jabba is dead,” Philpott said. 

Philpott, not surprisingly, also adds that he wasn’t a fan of the use of CGI for Jabba The Hut in the prequels.

“I can’t look at CGI all day, it irritates me. I want to see something real.”

Oh, and that tongue for Jabba? K-Y Jelly.

“The tongue was covered in K-Y jelly and gloop and gunge, it was horrible stuff.”


Star Wars Goes “Gungan Style”: Psy Gangnam Style Mashup

The Korean rapper Psy is currently all the rage as his YouTube music video for “Gangnam Style” has become quite the sensation.

Psy has recently appeared on Saturday Night Live as well as The View, Ellen and others.

Now offers their own take on “Gangnam Style” with “Gungan Style.”

Yeah, Jar Jar Binks.

What are the chances that a Gungan appears in the new Star Wars Trilogy?


Watch Star Wars’ R2D2 and C3PO on Disney’s ANT Farm (Video)

Well, that didn’t take too long.

The gang of Disney’s A.N.T. Farm visited George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch where they ran into R2D2 and C3PO.

Most likely just coincidence as the episodes are written well in advance, but the skit is rather funny.

This comes off the heels of Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, which includes all the Star Wars rights as well as Indiana Jones.

Star Wars Episode 7 is slated for 2015 with subsequent movies in 2017 and 2019.

The new Star Wars trilogy is said to be an all-new original story.


Star Trek’s J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof React To Disney Star Wars News


You can’t have Star Wars without Star Trek, can ya?

That debate is always a hot topic among fans and now with the news that more Star Wars movies are on the way it looks only to get even hotter.

Star Trek saw a resurgence in 2009 with J.J. Abrams reboot of the same name, with the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness set for 2013 as well. Of course, two years later Star Wars Episode 7 will be released followed by two more in 2017 and 2019, and with Star Trek Into Darkness most likely not being the last of that series, there will be plenty of time to debate which is better.

While we ponder that, Star Trek creator’s J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof react to the news that Disney is purchasing and putting forth new Star Wars movies.

Of course, we may never know if Abrams and Lindelof already knew, but their reactions are still fun.

And regarding Lindelof, it seems he’s the leading fan-favorite choice to pen the upcoming Star Wars movie.

“Part of me? Thrilled. Part of me? Terrified. Most of me? Thrillified,” Abrams told EW.

Lindelof had a bit more to say on the topic to EW as well as on his Twitter account.

“All I can say is my heart literally started racing when I heard,”  Lindelof said to EW.

And via Twitter:

The reason I didn’t tweet immediately is due to the heart attack I just had. Holy SHIT. #EpisodeVII

My twitter feed: 38% : “You should write the new Star Wars!” 47% : “Don’t fucking touch the new Star Wars!” 15% : Undecided.

Chewbacca’s great-great grandson is named Drewbacca and he must overcome his allergies to lasers and meat. #IdeasForEpisodeVII

Yoda’s Ghost gets annoyed by Obi-Wan’s Ghost (too much whining) and they fight with Ghostsabers. #IdeasForEpisodeVII


Me to Kid in Stormtrooper Costume: “You excited for the new movies?” Kid: “What?” Me: “New Star Wars in 3 years.” Kid: “Shut UP!”

I’m not sure which way Ohio will swing, but Disney should buy it either way.


Thrawn Trilogy Author Says Star Wars Sequels Should Be Family-Oriented Storyline


With the news hitting that Disney is acquiring Star Wars from George Lucas and that Episode 7 is planned for a 2015 release, fans can’t help but wonder what the next Star Wars trilogy will bring.

Eight years following the Return of the Jedi, a series of novels was released, The Thrawn Trilogy, that was set five years later.

The novels quickly made their way to the best sellers list and were adapted into a popular comic book series from Dark Horse Comics called Dark Empire.

So with news of the new Star Wars trilogy slated for 2015, 2017 and 2019 — would Timothy Zahn’s novel’s be the focus?

We’ve already heard that no, none of the comic books or novels will be used, because quite frankly, they aren’t part of the Star Wars universe, and the next Star Wars movies are said to feature an all-new original story as well.

George Lucas has made this quite clear in interviews, and Zahn confirms as well.

“The books were always just the books,” Zahn told

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that was always (or perhaps still is) the case as Zahn says The Thrawn Trilogy was going to fit in somewhere.

“The original idea as I understood it— and Lucas changes his mind off and on, so it may not be what he’s thinking right now – but it was going to be three generations. You’d have the original trilogy, then go back to Luke’s father and find out what happened to him [in the prequels], and if there was another 7th, 8th, or 9th film, it would be Luke’s children. The Thrawn Trilogy really would have fit into the gap,” Zahn said.

As EW notes, some of what Zahn had written in his series of novels did become Star Wars canon, with appearances and references in the prequels. Zahn goes on to say that not only would he would love for his books to have a place in the Star Wars movies, but as the series is so beloved by fans, they would to.

“It could be an entirely new storyline, but if he picks and chooses bits and pieces from the expanded universe, we’d all be thrilled to death,” Zahn said.

While the writer, who also has more Star Wars novels coming out soon, has apparently nothing to do with the new Star Wars movies, Zahn does offer up his take on what direction the new trilogy should take, one more family-oriented than the predecessors.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3817:]]“I’d like to see the original characters in perhaps smaller roles, handing the mantle of adventure to the next generation. Luke would be like Obi-Wan, but not quite the same because he will have raised his children and Obi-Wan was more standing off, watching and protecting.

“I’d love to see a good father-son, or mother-son, or daughter story. I’d like to see family. We haven’t seen a lot of good family stuff in Star Wars. A lot of it has been dysfunctional, and driven by somebody else. Anakin was a slave and manipulated all his life. Luke and Leia never knew each other…

“Some family interaction would be something different for the new movies to do – against the backdrop of excitement and adventure that forms the basis of Star Wars. There are a lot of directions you can go with the Skywalker families and really kick some serious butt,” Zahn offered.


Star Wars Episodes 7-12 Rumors: Feature Original Cast & More


A bunch of rumors regarding the new Star Wars movies have hit the web from an apparent source that told about the new movies three years ago.

Included in the rumors is mention of what has already come out in the past couple days, but some new details surface as well.

The website MarketSaw posted a lengthy “e-mail” from a source that might or might not know a few things.

Just glancing at it, the source says Disney will restore the original Star Wars movies and that it is a “no-brainer,” however, there is just one problem with that and that is Fox Studios still owns the rights to the original Star Wars movies.

Regardless what’s what, we can still have some fun.

Here are a few details:

•  Luke Skywalker is the primary focus, as are many of the original cast (note: Mark Hamill earlier revealed that he and Carrie Fisher were contacted by George Lucas about additional Star Wars movies)

• The tone of the new Star Wars Trilogy (set for 2015, 2017, 2019) will be more inline with the original

• The Star Wars TV show is still a go and look for test footage and shots to be released

• Two trilogies are planned with the second trilogy focusing on a female protagonist to be featured in the second trilogy named Skywalker

• A few names being thrown around to direct include: Steven Speilberg, Neil Blomkamp, Alfonso Cuarón, Matthew Vaughn, Darren Arnofsky

• Joss Whedon is mentioned as possibly directing further down the line



New Star Wars Trilogy Set for 2015, 2017, 2019


With Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and Star Wars from George Lucas for $4.05 billion, it was announced that Episode 7 would be released in 2015.

We’ve also heard that George Lucas handed Disney over film treatments for not only Episode 7, but Episode 8 and 9 as well.

It’s since come out from a former George Lucas biographer that Lucas’ Episode 7 featured a Luke Skywalker in his 30s and 40s, and it has also been said to be an all-new original story, one not adapted from the comic books or popular novels.

Now the latest come from the LA Times in that previous to the Disney acquisition, George Lucas met with screenwriters about new Star Wars movies, which fits in with what Mark Hamill recently stated, that he and Carry Fisher met with Lucas about new Star Wars movies as well.

Regarding the screenwriters, the LA Times notes that several pitched their version of Star Wars to Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy, who will be overseeing Star Wars for Disney, and that the screenwriters were “well-known screenwriters with experience creating big-budget Hollywood films.”

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3797:]]The LA Times goes on to corroborate that the new Star Wars movies will most likely not be using any source material from the novels, as The Thawn Trilogy is considered canon amongst fans, which featured Luke and a story set 5 years after the events of Return of the Jedi.

We also know that George Lucas will not be on as director, but it’s stated that Lucas will remain on in some form of “consultant” role.

With the announcement that Disney is purchasing Star Wars, came news of more movies. Episode 7, as previously announced, will be released in 2015, with subsequent Star Wars movies released in 2017 and 2019, the LA Times reports.

Fans have also been back and forth over the idea of Disney doing Star Wars, with various images mashing the two companies’ characters hitting the social networks. Disney already released a Darth Vader Disneyland video, which may have concerned some, but as many fans have noted, Disney has done well with Pixar and Marvel, which the LA Times notes as well, in that they have taken a hands-off approach.


George Lucas To Donate His Disney Star Wars Money To Charities


With the recent announcement that Disney is acquiring Lucasfilm and Star Wars from George Lucas for $4.05 billion, just what is Lucas going to do with all that money? As Lucas is the sole owner of Lucasfilm, all the money looks to be going to him.

According to a spokesperson for Lucasfilm, George Lucas will be donating a majority of the money to charity.

“George Lucas has expressed his intention, in the event the deal closes, to donate the majority of the proceeds to his philanthropic endeavors,” THR reports.

Lucas has donated to various foundations as well as runs his own. He hasn’t named any specifics as of yet, but did release the following statement.

“For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company. As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy.”

Lucas’s previous donations include donating to the Film Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and he has made donations through his George Lucas Educational Foundation as well.

The Lucasflim sale to Disney includes a new Star Wars movie for 2015 with Episode 7. Mark Hamill has previously commented about that as well as a George Lucas biographer.


Mark Hamill Comments on Star Wars Disney; Familiar With Episode 7, 8 & 9


With Disney’s announcement that they are acquiring Lucasfilm from George Lucas, and with a new Star Wars movie set for 2015, “Episode 7,” Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill, now offers up some comments.

And he was just as surprised by the news as you and me.

However, Mark Hamill wasn’t surprised that more Star Wars movies are being made.

Hamill told EW that he has been in contact with George Lucas who told him about Episodes 7, 8 and 9; however, he missed Lucas’ phone call about the Disney acquisition.

Oh my gosh, what a shock that was! I had no idea that George was going to sell to Disney until I read it online like everybody else. He did tell us last summer about wanting to go on and do [Episodes] VII, VIII, and IX, and that [newly appointed Lucasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy would be doing them.

Hamill also reveals that co-star Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia, knew about the new movies as well.

Yeah, last August, he asked Carrie and I to have lunch with him and we did. 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] I can see both sides of it. 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. We’ll see. I’m anxious to know what’s going on, but the main story [yesterday] was the sale to Disney.

Regarding his thoughts on Disney taking over the Star Wars franchise, Hamill said he has mixed feelings, but noted how well Disney has handled both Pixar and Marvel.

I have mixed feelings about that, but they haven’t done badly by Marvel and the Muppets and Pixar. It’s one of those big decisions that at first seems unusual but then the more you look at it, the more it makes sense.

And finally regarding Mark Hamill in Star Wars Episode 7? He just doesn’t know.

Well, no, he was just talking about writers and the fact that he wouldn’t be directing. I guess he wanted us to know before everybody else knew. He said, “Now you can’t tell anybody!” [Laughs] Even now I’m nervous about saying anything. I just don’t know!

While we don’t know yet if Hamill will have a role, it has since come out that the Luke Skywalker featured in Star Wars Episode 7 may be in his 30s and 40s and with an original story.


Star Wars Episode 7: Luke Skywalker in his 30s and 40s Says Biographer


With the announcement that Disney has purchased Lucasfilm and Star Wars came news that Star Wars Episode 7 will be released in 2015.

George Lucas has stated he is finished with the film treatments for Episodes 7, 8 and 9, and handed them over to Disney.

The story was also said to be original and something that we have never seen before, meaning not from the previous novels or comic books.

Now, we might get an inkling of what Star Wars Episode 7 may be about as back in the 80s a biographer got a peek at everything George Lucas wrote, the outlines from Episode 1-12.

“It was originally a 12-part saga,” Dale Pollock, writer of the unauthorized George Lucas biography, “Skywalking: The Life And Films Of George Lucas, told TheWrap. “The three most exciting stories were 7, 8 and 9. They had propulsive action, really interesting new worlds, new characters. I remember thinking, ‘I want to see these 3 movies.’ “

Pollock goes on to state how the screenplays for the prequels were “dreadful,” and offers that in regards for Episode 7, they will need an older Luke Skywalker as he is in his 30s or 40s.

Pollock did sign a confidentiality agreement so is apparently barred from saying more; however, he has since had a falling out with George Lucas, after interviewing the director over 80 times, but does state that Disney will be “absolutely” using the outlines.


Star Wars Episode 7 (2015) To Be All-New Original Story


With yesterday’s big news that Disney has acquired Lucasfilm and Star Wars from George Lucas in addition to the announcement of Star Wars Episode 7 in 2015, fans have been theorizing what story would be featured.

The best guess was that Episode 7 would adapt the novels that revealed what took place about 5 years after Return of the Jedi, the Thrawn Trilogy, which I believe the Dark Empire comic book adapted.

Yesterday’s announcement also revealed that George Lucas had film treatments for episodes 7, 8 and 9.

However, today we learn that Star Wars Episode 7 will be an all-new story and an original one, as a source from Lucasfilm tells EOnline as much.

“It’s an original story,” a LucasFilm source revealed.

This fits in with what George Lucas has stated previously in interviews, that the Star Wars story stopped with Return of the Jedi.

What that exactly means for the series of novels and comics that take place after Return is anybody’s guess, but we know that Star Wars Episode 7 will be something that we haven’t seen before – and from a galaxy far, far away.

EOnline also states no director has been attached as of yet.


Video: Disney CEO Bob Iger Announces Disney Acquistion of Star Wars w/George Lucas


Earlier we learned that Disney is acquiring Lucasfilm from George Lucas for $4.05 billion.

In addition to the earlier video featuring Lucas, we now have a video with Disney CEO Bob Iger as he makes the announcement.

Iger announces Star Wars episode 7 for 2015 as well as says there will more feature films, consumer products, television projects, games, and theme park attractions. 

“We’re thrilled that George has entrusted the future of his extraordinary legacy to the Walt Disney company and recognize what an honor it is,” Iger stated. “We truly understand the responsibly that comes with being the caretakers of such iconic characters that are beloved by hundreds of millions all over the world.”

George Lucas then goes on to state his reasons for the acquisition as well as mentioning plans for the end of the trilogy with 7,8 and 9, and more to come. 

“It was the perfect match of two companies that are constructed similarly,” Lucas said while saying that his company was a “mini Disney.”


Holy Sh*t! Disney buys Lucasfilm & Star Wars!

The Force Now Bows at the House of Mouse

By: Lawrence Napoli


All of you be completely honest with me.  How many of you are dusting off your old scripts/treatments/outlines for YOUR ideas concerning Star Wars Episodes 7, 8, and 9 right now?  I know I AM!  If you don’t know why I’m asking this question then the Force is not strong with you and you didn’t realize that the subheading for this article is 100% true AND that Star Wars Episode 7 has been announced for release in 2015; ready to go head to head with Avengers 2 and Justice League.  Before I melt into a puddle of geek-boy-goop, let’s review the particulars of this amazing . . . dare I say “ultimate” alliance?


Lucas is no longer interested in the above (thank God!)

Disney is paying George Lucas (who 100% owns Lucasfilm) $4.05 billion dollars to acquire the following: Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, Indiana Jones and (of course) Star Wars.  About half of that $4 billion dollar purse is being paid in cash with the rest issuing 40 million shares at close.  With Mickey dolling out this kind of cash, it’s amazing that he hasn’t been able to wrangle ownership over the rest of Marvel’s movie rights from the financially shaky ground Sony seems to be occupying these days


Original gold, but can it be recaptured?

And now some thoughts:

1) Is this why everyone hates the Lakers, the Yankees and now . . . Disney? – Big money draws big stars, the best licenses and great expectations.  Cue the Imperial Death March.  Everyone knows that George Lucas transformed into the Emperor himself once the Star Wars merchandising rights literally gave him a license to print money without having to do so much as to scratch his own ass.  He has a history of sending in his real world storm troopers (aka lawyers) to bankrupt anyone even hinting Star Wars without his expressed seal of approval.  He has whored his own “material” more than Caligula and done so shamelessly with a flannel coated smug look all the while.  Is there more reason to hate Disney now that they’ve cloned the Emperor and given him Barry Bonds’ steroids?


Disney is on a free agency binge.  Not unlike some unnamed team in the NBA.

2) Will the “Post-quels” be any good seeing that Lucas is (finally) out of the loop? –The short answer is: possibly, but by no means definitely.  Look, the man invented Star Wars, I get it.  He deserves much respect for that, but let’s not dust off his spot next to Shakespeare and Dickens as one of the greatest contributors to the art of fiction just yet.  Lucas was much more intimately involved in the production of the prequel trilogy and that simply paled in comparison to the original.  This suggests that someone else (ANYONE else) has the potential to outclass Lucas in writing something new within the world he invented, but it also presumes there’s someone in the current pool of regurgitated screenwriters that have the knowledge, vision and motivation to generate something greater than or equal to the originals. 


Bad writing is why you fail.

3) Will Marvel and Star Wars cross over?– I think we all know deep down, that this will happen at some level: comic books, TV, video games or maybe even movies.  The real question is when, but an even more important question is to ask how much Star Wars will factor into Kingdom Hearts 3?  That’s presuming it ever actually happens!  Vader vs. Sephiroth vs. Mickey vs. Sora = epic!


This game could be dark enough for both Vader AND Sephiroth.

4) Who gets tapped to lead the new Star Wars?– This is a very tough call and as much as I’d love to say Chris Nolan could do some good work here, his brand of grounded realism doesn’t mesh well with the fantasy of Star Wars and Disney.  Peter Jackson would make more sense as his extensive experience with Lord of the Rings seems to lend itself to the concept of space opera better.  Spielberg could even make sense, but he’d have to be reminded that the franchise is called Star WARS not LOVE.  Many writer/directors in Hollywood are capable of being the creative force, but very few would be willing to hand the next 10-15 years of their careers over to just one franchise.  I’d like to see someone new, untarnished by Hollywood hype and cynicism take command.  Disney, you can contact me, Lawrence Napoli aka Giuseppe Jones, aka the other man in black, aka the no one from nowhere, aka DarthNaps any time, any place.


My idea has NOTHING to do with this!

5) What’s next for the Big Cheese?– Disney appears to have ignored the memo that there’s some sort of global recession going on because their checkbook is open and they are ready to assimilate some major entertainment conglomerates at bargain prices.  Here’s some food for thought, though.  How much money is in the video game business these days?  What if, in its attempts to regain the other Marvel movie rights from Sony, Disney actually makes a counter offer to acquire the Playstation brand and everything that falls under its stable?  Nintendo vs. Microsoft vs. “The Mouse” suddenly seems a lot more one sided and all the complications surrounding the fight over console exclusives and first party studios would dissipate in light of “a simple matter of money.”  This doesn’t make sense to anyone else out there?  I’m pretty sure Wreck-It-Ralph comes out this Friday, it’s bankrolled by Disney and it involves the greatest crossover of videogame characters on film to date.


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Dark Horse Comics Comments On Disney Acquiring Star Wars


With the big news that Disney has acquired Lucasfilm and all its assets, including Star Wars, fans of the comic book series from Dark Horse Comics might be left wondering what is to become of their favorite comic books.

As of now, it seems that Star Wars will stay at Dark Horse, at least for the time being.

“Dark Horse and LucasFilm have a strong partnership which spans over 20 years, and has produced multiple characters and story lines which are now part of the Star Wars lore,” Dark Horse President Mike Richardson said, reports CBR. “‘Star Wars’ will be with us for the near future. Obviously, this deal changes the landscape, so we’ll all have to see what it means for the future.”

Regarding the comic books, this might cause comic fans to recall when Disney purchased Marvel and moved their Disney line of comics to Marvel from Boom! Studios.

Disney also announced a new Star Wars movie slated for 2015. George Lucas mentioned that he has treatments for 7, 8 and 9. Could we be seeing the big screen adaptation for Dark Empire, which was put out by Dark Horse?


Disney Buys Star Wars! Episode 7 In 2015!



Disney has acquired Lucasfilm from George Lucas.

Full details can be found below, but this is particularly interesting:

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.

Can’t help but wonder if we’ll get a Star Wars/Marvel Universe crossover.

More details will most likely be released in the days to come.

Updated: With Video Of George Lucas:

Press Release

Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.

Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney stock on October 26, 2012, the transaction value is $4.05 billion, with Disney paying approximately half of the consideration in cash and issuing approximately 40 million shares at closing. The final consideration will be subject to customary post-closing balance sheet adjustments.

“Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. “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.”

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and “evergreen” Star Wars franchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.

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.

The acquisition combines two highly compatible family entertainment brands, and strengthens the long-standing beneficial relationship between them that already includes successful integration of Star Wars content into Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris and Tokyo.

Driven by a tremendously talented creative team, Lucasfilm’s legendary Star Wars franchise has flourished for more than 35 years, and offers a virtually limitless universe of characters and stories to drive continued feature film releases and franchise growth over the long term. Star Wars resonates with consumers around the world and creates extensive opportunities for Disney to deliver the content across its diverse portfolio of businesses including movies, television, consumer products, games and theme parks. Star Wars feature films have earned a total of $4.4 billion in global box to date, and continued global demand has made Star Wars one of the world’s top product brands, and Lucasfilm a leading product licensor in the United States in 2011. The franchise provides a sustainable source of high quality, branded content with global appeal and is well suited for new business models including digital platforms, putting the acquisition in strong alignment with Disney’s strategic priorities for continued long-term growth.

The Lucasfilm acquisition follows Disney’s very successful acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel, which demonstrated the company’s unique ability to fully develop and expand the financial potential of high quality creative content with compelling characters and storytelling through the application of innovative technology and multiplatform distribution on a truly global basis to create maximum value. Adding Lucasfilm to Disney’s portfolio of world class brands significantly enhances the company’s ability to serve consumers with a broad variety of the world’s highest-quality content and to create additional long-term value for our shareholders.

The Boards of Directors of Disney and Lucasfilm have approved the transaction, which is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, certain non-United States merger control regulations, and other customary closing conditions. The agreement has been approved by the sole shareholder of Lucasfilm.


Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 5: Darth Maul Preview Images and Clips; Premieres 9/29

Press Release

New season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars premieres Saturday, Sept. 29 at 9:30 a.m. on Cartoon Network


Cartoon Network and Lucasfilm Animation present the Season Five premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars this Saturday, September 29 at 9:30 a.m. Continuing the story from the epic Season Four finale, Season Five begins with “Revival.” Darth Maul and Savage Opress are reunited and brimming with rage. They bring terror across the galaxy, invading other worlds and forcibly recruiting Hondo and his pirates into their army. Brave Jedi confront the brothers in an effort to stop them and must fight for their lives while vying to save the Republic.

Season Five Summary:

The shadow of the dark side falls upon Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Five as the series moves closer to the grim events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. The big-screen action, unforgettable characters, and rousing adventure of the Star Wars Saga continue, as Jedi heroes face a galaxy of foes. With unparalleled visuals, sound, action and adventure, Star Wars: The Clone Wars continues the cinematic saga with the equivalent of a short animated Star Wars movie each week. Season Five is filled with explosive action, exotic worlds, intriguing characters and shocking turns as several major players face their destinies as the galaxy plunges into darkness.

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Will The Avengers 2 Be Like Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back? “Not The Happy Ending” Says Joss Whedon

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3004:]]We previously heard from Joss Whedon about his thoughts on the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie and director James Gunn, and now coming out of the Toronto Film Festival, the billion-dollar-plus director comments on The Avengers 2.

Whedon’s The Avengers movie has already amassed $1.6 billion – and climbing – as audiences saw the Assemblers come together for the first time with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye assembling against the likes of Loki and his alien army.

So with The Avengers 2, where will Joss Whedon be taking his Avengers? The director offers a few comments on the upcoming sequel, which almost sounds as if Part 2 will not be getting the happy ending audiences saw with the first — perhaps reminiscent of Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back.

Joss Whedon notes that as audiences saw with the first movie – a happy ending with the creation of the Avengers – that doesn’t mean that’s going to continue with the The Avengers 2, as that’s only the start.

“The creation of the team is not the happy ending,” Whedon said, reports Vancouver’s 24H. “It is the beginning of something that is complex and difficult.”

Joss Whedon goes on stating he is going to further explore the characters in The Avengers 2, but says that in doing so he’s going to “twist the knife.”

“Now I get to dig a little deeper. And maybe, while I’m digging, just twist that knife. And that’s exciting for me,” Whedon said.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:3005:]]As Star Wars fans will note, Luke “saved the day” at the end of Episode 4 by firing the shot that destroyed the Death Star, but Empire Strikes Back saw – just as the title implies – Luke defeated at the hands of Darth Vader, his father, as well as Han Solo captured and encased in carbonite by the likes of Jabba the Hut.

The Star Wars comparison to Joss Whedon’s The Avengers would be Tony Stark “firing the shot” that sealed the portal, so what will Whedon’s “Empire Strikes Back” look like?

Will one of the Avengers meet their doom or will the Avengers find themselves disassembled?


The Avengers 2 assembles May 1, 2015 with Iron Man 3 on May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, and the Guardians of the Galaxy movie on August 1, 2014.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News The Avengers Movie Hub for more news, images and trailers.


Star Wars Clone Wars Season 5 Trailer Now Online

Check out the new trailer for Season 5 of Star Wars Clone Wars. We see Darth Sidious taking on Darth Maul?! Star Wars Clone Wars moves from its Friday night time slot to Saturday mornings with Season 5 premiering on September 29, 2012 at 9:30 AM on Cartoon Network.