We’ve been hearing rumors of this pretty much since the moment Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm was first announced, but now we have an official, on paper confirmation that the company plans to release one new Star Wars film every year, starting in 2015 with the J.J. Abrams’ directed ‘Episode VII.’
Disney Studios chief Alan Horn said during his presentation at CinemaCon today that ‘Episode 7′ would be followed the next year by a spinoff movie based on a character from the Star Wars universe, and the two lines (official trilogy and side stories movies) would alternate thereafter.
In an interview with CNBC, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that in addition to a new trilogy consisting of Episodes 7-9, Lucasfilm will also be producing standalone movies featuring secondary characters from the Star Wars universe. The current rumor going around the net is that the first of these films will focus on Yoda, though Iger refused to comment.
From the sounds of it, the studio will be alternating between the mainline and sideline films, ensuring that at least one Star Wars movie will be released per calendar year.
It looks like J.J. Abrams (Alias, Mission Impossible 3) will be directing the next Star Wars film for Disney. Abrams is just finishing up work on Star Trek into Darkness for Paramount, making him that rarest of birds that has worked on both sides of the great nerd divide.
Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) was announced as the writer some time ago.
I have nothing against either of the choice, they are both very talented people; but I wish Disney had been a little bolder. It feels like they just picked a random Emmy winner to write and the current ‘big sci-fi guy’ to direct. It would have been cool if they had picked someone relatively out of left field, like Marvel did when it hired Joss Whedon (yes, he seemed to be the obvious choice for fanboys; but at the time, he had never directed a big budget movie and none of his other works had done all that well) and James Gunn (a veteran of Troma); someone with new ideas, kind of like George Lucas when he made ‘Episode 3.’
During a 2011 interview with G4′s now-canceled Attack of the Show, Star Wars creator and then-owner George Lucas casually mentioned that the long talked-about SW TV series already had 50 episodes ready to go, and was only awaiting the technological advancements that would make its special effects needs financially viable.
The existence of 50 hours worth of new Star Wars material languishing on a shelf was a bit of a bombshell to fans. Continue reading →
Yesterday, the Obama administration officially rejected calls to construct a Star Wars style Death Star, leading Fox News to accuse the government of Liberal, pro-Alderaan bias.
The request for the project initially came through the government’s We The People program, which allows average citizens to post petitions to the White House’s website. Should any petition accrue 25 000 signatories in 30 days, the White House is obliged to issue an official response. You can read it below. Continue reading →
A pornographic parody of Star Wars Episode Four will soon be released by Vivid Entertainment and Axel Braun Productions. It stars Allie Haze (left), as Princess Leia, and some men whose names don’t matter to anyone. See the trailer (which … Continue reading →