The Star Wars News Roundup – 4.26.13


Episode VII and Spinoff Movie News Summary

Xpose Entertainment quoted an interview with J.J. Abrams from the Sunday Times Magazine. In it, he talks about why he agreed to direct Star Wars: Episode VII.

Speaking to the Sunday Times Magazine, he said: “With ‘Star Wars’ I come to it with a deep passion – I would have paid for a chance to be a part of it, let alone direct it – so it’s a marked difference [from working on ‘Star Trek’].

“It may or may not benefit from my love of that world. But I’ll do my best to honour George Lucas, just as I’ve done my best to honour what Gene Roddenberry created with ‘Star Trek.'”

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For once you can say you actually visited for the articles. There they have a very in-depth interview with J.J. Abrams and the discussion, of course, turned to Star Wars:

PLAYBOY: There’s much to discuss, such as the rumors of old cast members returning.

ABRAMS: [Smiles]

PLAYBOY: Will this be a distinct new trilogy?

ABRAMS: [Smiles]

PLAYBOY: Can you do away with Jar Jar Binks?

ABRAMS: You won’t like this answer, but it’s so early it would be insane to discuss details or get into plot points about what this unfilmed movie will be. And I’m not going to give my opinion on the original movies or characters.

PLAYBOY: But as a lifelong Star Wars fan, surely you have broad ideas about what needs to happen going forward. Three quarters of planet Earth came down on George Lucas for practically ruining Star Wars in Episode I. The Star Wars universe revolted.

ABRAMS: Here’s the thing. I try to approach a project from what it’s asking. What does it need to be? What is it demanding? With Star Wars, one has to take into account what has preceded it, what worked, what didn’t. There are cautionary tales for anything you take on that has a legacy—things you look at and think, I want to avoid this or that, or I want to do more of something. But even that feels like an outside-in approach, and it’s not how I work. For me, the key is when you have a script; it’s telling you what it wants to be.

PLAYBOY: Star Wars needs to look different from Star Trek, certainly.

ABRAMS: As with anything, because these are very different worlds, they shouldn’t feel the same aesthetically. They can’t. You’re right. But again, I don’t apply aesthetics first and fit a movie into that aesthetic. If I had come into Star Trek with those eyes, I would probably have been paralyzed. The advantage here is that we still have George Lucas with us to go to and ask questions and get his feedback on things, which I certainly will do. With Star Trek it was harder because I wasn’t aStar Trek fan; I didn’t have the same emotional feeling, and I didn’t have Gene Roddenberry to go to. But I came to understand the world of Star Trek, and I appreciated what fans felt and believed about this universe and this franchise.

PLAYBOY: As recently as last fall you said that directing a new Star Wars comes with a burden of “almost fatal sacrilege.” Do you feel that?

ABRAMS: I meant if I viewed this from a fan’s point of view—and no one’s a bigger Star Wars fan than I am—or from a legacy standpoint, it would scare the hell out of me. But instead of trying to climb this mountain in one giant leap, I’m just enjoying the opportunity and looking to the people I’m working with. I’ve known Kathy for years. I’ve worked with the screenwriter, Michael Arndt, for a long time. I’ve known George for a number of years and he’s now a friend. Even if this wasn’t Star Wars, I’d be enormously fortunate to work with them.

PLAYBOY: How much of your personal vision can you put on this?

ABRAMS: For me to talk to you about what the big themes or ideas are before they exist is disingenuous, but naturally I have a big say in how this gets put together. When I get involved with something, I own it and carry the responsibility of the job.

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Over at TheForce.Net, it was noted that Variety had an interesting tidbit in an article about Disney’s CEO Bob Iger and who might succeed him:

Many expect theme park and resorts chief Thomas Staggs to land the CEO role, although there are rumblings that Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy also may now be in the running.

Kennedy in charge of Disney? That opens up interesting possibilities.

Continuing the trend of asking “Star Trek” actors if they’d like to join J.J. Abrams on “Star Wars,” Examiner asked Jonathan Frakes about his feelings on the subject:

Frakes: I think JJ has been brilliant with the reboot. His work is astounding. I love the first movie, and I’m really excited about the second one, and I can tell from the trailer it’s going to be spectacular. I’m a big JJ fan, and I think the franchise is in good hands, and I think Star Wars is lucky to have him as well. The idea of Next Gen working its way into his franchise is hard to imagine, but not impossible, so I’m certainly hopeful that at least one of us will show up in his movies.

Young: So if JJ called you up and asked you to switch teams and be in Star Wars, would you follow that direction?

Frakes: In a heartbeat… In a heartbeat.

MTV Movies also asked Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto who they’d like to play in “Star Wars.” Check out the video for the fun answer!

Finally, Funny or Die has an amusing video speculating what writer Michael Arndt is going through while writing the script to Episode VII. It’s not really him, but it’s no less funny. Check it out!

Around The Web

Neatorama – Star Wars… maternity clothes?

Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope told in one minute:

KJZZ – Star Wars being translated into Navajo.

Giant Freakin Robot – Revisit Warwick Davis’ “Return of the Ewok” film.

Geeks are Sexy – Einstein vs Darth Vader.

Indiana Jones vs. Darth Vader

Yahoo Movies UK – Star Wars fans attempting to film “Shadows of the Empire.”

TheForce.Net – Original hologram chess table now back on display at Disney World.

Neatorama – Steampunk AT-AT.

The Daily Herald had an interesting article about a fan made documentary relating to “Star Wars” and family:

Cris Macht and his sister had gone with their dad to see the original “Star Wars.” All Macht remembers is that they had to wait an hour and half in line to see the movie, and that he became very angry when Darth Vader escaped at the end.

By the time “Return of the Jedi” hit the screens in 1983, their father was gone: He committed suicide when Macht was only 7.

“Watching ‘Return of the Jedi’ is still very emotional for me,” said Macht, a resident of Gilberts. “The part I really connect with at the end is where Luke burns the body of his dad. He searched for his father, found his father, and made peace with his father. Obviously, I can’t do that.”

But Macht could make “The Force Within Us,” a documentary examining how the “Star Wars” movies have brought families together, bridged generational gaps and unified communities of fans.

A trailer for the film can be seen below.

Robot 6 – Check out this Star Wars art show by woodblock artist “Sean Starwars.” Yes, you read that last name correctly.

Neatorama – Originally, Yoda’s first name was “Minch.”

Video Games – Visit the Star wars Game Experience in Roseville, Minnesota on May 3-5.

IGNreports that Disney Interactive VP of product development Bill Roper has said that Star Wars and Marvel characters could be coming to Disney Infinity.

Speaking specifically about Star Wars, Roper said it “was definitely exciting when that [news of Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm] came down from within the company. We love the potential for Infinity. We always joke, well, ‘the possibilities are infinite.’ For us, we’re really just focused on launching this platform quickly. We’ve got incredible IPs, and we’re showing the strength of what we’re building with the way we’ve approached the creative, where everything in the game world is toys, so we can have a Jack Sparrow next to Sully and it makes sense.”

You can see more about Disney Infinity in the video below:

Book & Comic News debuted the new cover to the Princess Leia novel “Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge” by Martha Wells. Check out details on the book at the link.

USA Today spoke about the release of the new book “Vader’s Little Princess”:

Don’t worry, dads. Even Darth Vader has trouble controlling a teenage girl.

Author Jeffrey Brown first imagined the devoted Sith-lord dad and his little boy Luke through heartwarming and humorous illustrations in the all-ages Star Wars book Darth Vader and Son, and he’s following it up with Vader raising Princess Leia from being a bun-haired youngster to her rebellious teenage years — dating Han Solo, not taking messages from the Emperor, etc. — in Vader’s Little Princess (Chronicle Books, $14.95), out Tuesday.

I wonder if it covers Vader torturing his little Priness with a droid. The trailer for the book is below:

Event News

Yahoo Movies UK – Master Escapologist takes on Boba Fett on May 4th.

TheForce.Net – A Saga In The Stars: A Tribute To A Galaxy Far, Far Away – art show in Los Angeles on May 4th. alerts readers to an upcoming event:

In a galaxy not so far away … the Jedi Knights are calling upon their many brave Padawans to learn the Jedi lessons and fulfill their destiny. Come to the Children’s Museum in Easton you must, dressed in your best Star Wars attire, and train alongside Jedi Master Awesome Robb to learn his (mind) tricks. Use the power of the Force to defeat the Sith with light sabers, meet Anakin Skywalker, make your own R2-D2 droid, and then refuel with galactic snacks. Out of this world activities include designing your own light sabers to defeat evil forces, training to become a real Jedi, creating your own Yoda and R2D2, dressing up like your favorite Star Wars characters, and playing pin the light saber on Yoda. We hope you will accept this challenge and “May the Fourth — er, the Force — Be With You!” Sat., May 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. $7.50 admission plus $2.50 per person to participate in Star Wars Day. Children’s Museum in Easton, 9 Sullivan Ave., Easton.

Collecting News – A closer look at Mickey’s Jedi Starfighter. – Newest Star Wars items at Disney.

Laughingsquid – Sexy Star Wars women’s costumes!