The Star Wars News Roundup – 8.1.14


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!

Episode VII News and Rumors

Kevin Smith Went To The ‘Star Wars’ Set And Totally Melted Down

Star Wars Episode VII Jitters Song | Robot Chicken | Adult Swim

Chicago Sun-Times – Rian Johnson on ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’

“I’m really excited about all the things I can’t tell you,” Rian Johnson, the writer/director of the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VIII” and director of “Episode IX” said last night.

At Saturday’s 500th episode taping of the film podcast Filmspotting at the Music Box Theatre, Johnson revealed few details about his upcoming gig.

But he said all the right things, as far as “Star Wars” fans are concerned anyway.

Johnson Skyped into the Filmspotting taping from San Fransisco, where he is already working on “Episode VIII.” The director of indie faves such as “Looper” says he took the job because “The thought of it made me so completely joyfully happy.

“I wanted to to play in this world, of literally the first movie my dad put me in the car to see,” he said.

As for how he scored the gig, Johnson laughed, “I can only assume it was a clerical error, like in the movie ‘Brazil.’ There’s a Brian Johnson out there who is really mad.”

Further making the prospect of working at Lucasfilm seem like a dream job to every “Star Wars” fan, Johnson described it as “kind of like summer camp.” He said he and his crew are preparing by watching movies nightly; the last two they watched were “Twelve O’Clock High” and the Russian film “Letter Never Sent.”

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Spinoff News and Rumors

Latino-Review – This week’s rumor involves a project on the history of the Sith:

I’ve heard that Disney’s Team Star Wars has spun up development on a project involving the history of the Sith that pulls from elements found previously in Knights of the Old Republic and the Golden Age of the Sith parts of the “Tales of the Jedi” comics series.

This project seems pretty new, or at least in the first stages of revival, so it’s unclear what form this will take: spin-off movie? TV special? Netflix something? Animated whoosit?


Star Wars Rebels: A Look Ahead

Star Wars Rebels: SDCC 2014 Exclusive Clip – “Kanan vs. The Inquisitor”

Star Wars Rebels: SDCC 2014 Exclusive Clip — “We’re Even”

Dave Filoni On ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Place In The Timeline

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Dave Filoni talks about Star Wars Rebels place in the timeline

Steve Blum on how he developed Zeb Orrelios voice for ‘Star Wars Rebels’

Star Wars Rebels Details From Simon Kinberg & David Filoni – Comic Con 2014

Around The Web

Star Wars TIE Fighter vs. Thai Fighter | Robot Chicken | Adult Swim

Books and Comics


Daily Mail UK – Now the Force could be with YOU as super-rare prototype Stormtrooper helmet from the original Star Wars film goes on sale – SDCC 2014: HASBRO’S STAR WARS PANEL – LIVEBLOG