Star Wars: Episode VII

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

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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

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New Star Wars Trilogy Set for 2015, 2017, 2019

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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?

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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

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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?

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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. 

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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!

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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.

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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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Also brought to you by, you guessed it, Disney!