The Star Wars News Roundup – 2.7.14


The purpose of this roundup is to put the highlights of all things Star Wars from the last week in one location. If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars fan on everything from the latest Star Wars: Episode VII developments to the latest toys. And maybe you’ll even share with them something that they might have missed.

Let’s get to it!

Image from The Star Wars Report

Episode VII and Spinoff News and Rumors

Ali Arikan is back again posting Star Wars rumors, this time in regards to the release dates for the spinoff film and “Episode VIII.” Let’s see if they come true.

He followed up with the following on the shooting schedule:

The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Star Wars veteran Phil Tippet, who gave out this interesting update:

Will you also be working on the new Star Wars movie?

I talked to [Luscasfilm president] Kathleen Kennedy about it, but first will be Jurassic World, then we’ll see where they’re at.

Let’s hope he comes back!

If you’re keeping track of which rumors come true and which are bogus, you have to give credit to Latino Review. MTV confirmed that Zac Efron did meet with Lucasfilm.

Finally, Gary Oldman confirmed with Sky Movies that he has had talks about “Episode VII”:


Jedi News UK spotted something interesting in a Disney letter to shareholders:

“…the rich universe of Star Wars has tremendous creative potential for the entire company. While the world eagerly awaits Episode VII to open in theaters, we’re introducing Star Wars Rebels to television audiences this summer with a movie and a series of shorts on Disney Channel, followed by a continuing series on Disney XD. Our success in building a robust pipeline of original Star Wars content for various platforms will be an integral part of our long-term strategy to leverage the franchise across a variety of our businesses, from theme parks to consumer products.”

This would seem to confirm the TV movie that has been mentioned. Jedi News UK also noticed another interesting line in the report:

Intangible assets primarily consist of intellectual property based on the Star Wars franchise with an estimated useful life of approximately 40 years. The goodwill reflects the value to Disney from leveraging Lucasfilm intellectual property across our distribution channels, taking advantage of Disney’s established global reach.

A 40 year life? Not longer?

Jedi News UK got a sneak peek at the upcoming Star Wars Rebels LEGOs at the UK Toy Fair. It also happens to be our first look at some of the new characters.

Lucasfilm also released six Imperial propaganda posters to celebrate the release of “Star Wars Rebels.”

These posters were mailed as postcards to 2500 fans and Jedi News UK posted some photos of the mail outs.

Around The Web

Original Prop Blog – EXCLUSIVE: 237 Lost/Unpublished Historic Star Wars and Indiana Jones Movie Prop Photos from the Lucasfim Archives from 1996/1997

Ben Burtt Interview: The Sound of Lightsabers

BBC – ‘Chewbacca’ attack hits shops in 11 nations

Swift action has stopped an attack that stole credit and debit card details from retailers in 11 nations.

The attack, which used a malicious program called “Chewbacca,” was discovered by security company RSA.

The server at the centre of the attack has now been shut down but not before thieves managed to grab details of 24 million transactions.

Retailers in 11 separate nations fell victim to the attack including shops in Russia, Canada, Australia and the US.

In the blogpost detailing the shutdown, security analyst Yotam Gottesman said the thieves grabbed data from equipment at cash tills in “several dozen” shops. RSA has contacted the shops and told them about the attack.

On point-of-sale equipment the malicious software disguised itself as a file that handled printing.

It was given the name “Chewbacca” because the login page for the server collating data from infected machines features a picture of the Star Wars wookiee.

Portland Monthly – Living the Wookiee Life with Neon Werewolf – Portlander Mako Miyamoto’s photo project brings out the Chewbacca in all of us.

Mirror UK – Cara Delevingne and Michelle Rodriguez lark about with Star Wars lightsabers on the streets of London

Books & Comics

Lightsaber Rattling – Disney To Publish “Star Wars Ralph McQuarrie Picture Book.”

Star Wars Upcoming Books & Comics rounded up a list of upcoming books based on “Star Wars Rebels.”


Angry Birds Star Wars – Check out details on the new Carbonite Pack!

IGN reports via The Wall Street Journal that Star Wars and Marvel characters will soon be joining the Disney Infinity game:

New versions of Disney Infinity using the Marvel and Star Wars properties are in development, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The news comes paired with reports that Disney’s interactive media branch is preparing to lay off “several hundred people despite a strong launch for its video game, ‘Infinity.'” When it released in August 2013, Disney sold over three million copies of its toy and video game product.



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