The big news of the week came from CinemaCon in Las Vegas. ComingSoon.net was there for the theater trade show:
Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm announced today at CinemaCon in Las Vegas that Star Wars: Episode VII will hit theaters in the summer of 2015 and that every summer after that will offer a "Star Wars" film, alternating with one of the standalone films.
We knew they were targeting "Episode VII" for 2015, but a summer date had not yet been confirmed. Also, while it was known they were working on standalone films, the fact that we'll be getting a "Star Wars" movie every summer is a new development. We don't know how many standalone films they are planning on making at this time in addition to the new trilogy.
While this certainly sounds great, it also sounds pretty aggressive as far as a schedule goes. It took about three years between each of the previous Star Wars films. If Disney hopes to have Star Wars: Episode VII out by the summer of 2015, they basically need to start filming in the fall. Then you could assume a Han Solo film or Boba Fett film would fill in between the next couple of years with "Episode VIII" arriving in 2018. We'll see if they stick to that schedule. In the meantime, both Forbes and MTV wrote editorials about whether or not Disney could crank out Star Wars movies at that rate and maintain quality.
ClevverMovies interviewed Kathleen Kennedy at CinemaCon and asked her about her new role at Lucasfilm and carrying on "Episode VII." Will it be in IMAX? 3D? What will the spinoffs be? Will J.J. Abrams direct the full trilogy?
Meanwhile, Owley interviewed long time J.J. Abrams composer Michael Giacchino. They asked him if he might score a Star Wars movie. His reply is below:
Does that mean, you will be onboard for the next Star Wars film, which J.J. Abrams is set to direct?
All I can tell you is that the thing that excites me most about a new Star Wars film is the possibility of hearing new John Williams music. I would much rather hear John Williams’ Star Wars score than my music for Star Wars.
We'll see what comes of this as well!
Meanwhile, on the humorous side, Jimmy Kimmel and Harrison Ford had fun with his tight-lipped responses about Star Wars news. Then things go bad. See for yourself:
Looks like they all patched things up afterwards:
Then on "Parks and Recreation," Patton Oswalt ad-libbed a filibuster containing his story idea for Episode VII.
That then got the following response from J.J. Abrams on Twitter:
Entertainment Weekly then took things up a notch by making a fan movie poster of the epic film. I'd actually pay to see that.
Star Wars Television
Late last week, TheForce.Net caught wind of a potential Star Wars television show called "Star Wars Reclamation." It was posted by someone anonymously on IMDb. While it smelled questionable at the time, Lucasfilm confirmed with TheForce.Net that the whole thing was a load of bantha poodoo. Expect more fake scripts, fake plots, and fake spies as the films progress.
Around The Web
This week Star Wars actor Richard LeParmentier passed away. He played Admiral Motti, the first man choked by Darth Vader, in "A New Hope." Memorials went up on TheForce.Net, USA Today, and Yahoo UK:
After defying Lord Vader aboard the original Death Star, Admiral Motti became a symbol of the Empire's over-confidence. But the actor Richard LeParmentier has become a favourite amongst fans… and now, has sadly passed away.
Richard LeParmentier, who will be remembered for his role in 'A New Hope', was an accomplished actor who appeared in a number of classic films - performing alongside James Caan in the '70s classic, 'Rollerball' and appearing as Lt. Santino in the animated classic, 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'.
In fact, in his long career, Richard delivered a number of iconic lines… including the classic "Now that's what I call one seriously disturbed toon." But he will always be remembered for his over-confidence in the Empire. And perhaps his lack of faith (which Lord Vader found disturbing)…
Our condolences to his family and friends.
The Huffington Post - George Lucas in Love! Lucas has set his wedding date to Mellody Hobson - June 29th. It will be a day long remembered.
You may remember "Star Wars Uncut," the version of Star Wars where fans filmed their versions of every bit of the film. Now "Empire Uncut" is on the way. Here's the trailer:
Geekologie - Guitars made from Star wars toy vehicles!
BorderMail.Com spoke with Terrence Stamp about his brief role in "The Phantom Menace."
"When we closed the Palm Springs Film Festival, I was sat in the front row so couldn't sneak out at the end, and hundreds of people came up to me and said, 'Please make more films for us'. I understand that, because I don't go to films very much because they're all for kids. I don't want to see films for kids. I'm not interested in Harry Potter and Star Wars and special effects. I'm not interested in virtual reality. I like my reality to be reality."
Working for George Lucas on The Phantom Menace confirmed that view. "It wasn't my kind of thing," Stamp says. "I'd just arrived in Sydney one day when I got the call to do three days on Star Wars. I really didn't want to go but I went because I was going to be working with the wonderful actress who won the Oscar for Black Swan. I got on to the set and said, 'Where's the wonderful Natalie Portman?' And Lucas said, 'Oh, I've given her the day off. That's her. That bit of paper stuck on that post, that's Natalie.' I thought, 'I won't be doing many more of these'."
Former Lucasfilm writer Bonnie Burton has a fun filled look at "May the 4th" on Buzzfeed:
Three recently published science fiction novels by Chinese writer Zheng Jun have stirred up controversy with their claim to be a "sequel to Star Wars" on the book covers.
The works do not have authorization from Lucasfilm, the copyright holder of the legendary US movie series owned by creator and director George Lucas.
Visit the link for more.
Inventor Spot - Get ready to play with the sci-fi technology that’s fascinated audiences for decades when the “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” exhibit lands at The Tech Museum of Innovation starting October 19th in San Jose, California. You don’t want to miss out on hanging out with R2-D2, Chewbacca and Yoda!