The new 'Star Wars' films: can Disney restore the franchise to its former heights?

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The Walt Disney Corporation rocked the science fiction world when it announced it would produce a brand new trilogy of Star Wars films; purchasing the franchise, along with the rest of Lucasfilm Ltd, for $4.05 billion. Since the word first came down, we’ve learned that the first film, slated for 2015, will be written by Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt. We then learned that the subsequent two, spaced roughly two to three years apart, would be penned by The Empire Strikes Back co-author Lawrence Kasdan and the writer of X-Men: The Last Stand, Simon Kinberg. Finally, the big shocker: JJ Abrams, the director behind the recently-rebooted Star Trek franchise, would be directing the first film in the new Star Wars trilogy, simultaneously controlling the destinies of two of the genre’s biggest properties.

Hopes run high among the Star Wars faithful that Disney will be able to restore the franchise to its earlier heights. For its part, Disney has already moved to distance itself from the George Lucas-directed prequels: the company put off Lucasfilm’s plans to re-release Episodes II and III of the saga in 3D in order to focus "100 percent" on the new films.

49 updates and 4444 comments below.

Aug 21 2:10p

Director Rian Johnson says upcoming 'Star Wars' films will feature more practical effects and less CGI

As if it wasn't clear already, it sounds like the next trilogy of Star Wars films is going to do its best to distance itself from the derided prequel trilogy of the last decade. We already knew that director J.J. Abrams planned to shoot Episode VII on film (both 35mm and IMAX) rather than in digital, and it sounds like he's also planning to use more practical effects in the next film in addition to the inevitable CGI effects that will surely be necessary for a film of this scale.


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Jul 21 8:12a

This is the new X-Wing fighter from 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

In the final video straight from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams gives fans one more thing to look forward to in the new film: a bonafide X-Wing starfighter. The iconic fighter, partially responsible for the destruction of two Death Stars, looks beat-up — and even somewhat modified — but formidable. Abrams seemed a little pleased to show it off, only to be a little peeved at the appearance of a mouse droid.

That an X-Wing would make an appearance in the film seemed...

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Jul 17 4:27p

'Star Wars: Episode VII' casts '24' actress Christina Chong

Star Wars has added another little-known name to its cast for Episode VII. Actress Christina Chong, who most recently appeared in 24: Live Another Day and will soon appear in Halo: Nightfall, is widely reported to have a part in the upcoming film. The Wrap reports that her part is a small one, however, and that her name has actually been under wraps for so long that she's already completed filming. Latino Review first reported Chong's casting.

The initial presentation of the Episode VII cast...

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Jul 08 7:07p

'Star Wars: Episode VII' is being shot in IMAX

After saying that Star Wars Episode VII would be shot on regular 35mm film instead of the larger, 70mm IMAX film, a new tweet from the production suggests the jumbo format has not been left out. A new post from Bad Robot's (director J.J.Abrams' production company) Twitter account shows an IMAX camera hoisted high above a sea of sand dunes, saying only "#bestformatever." Slashfilm confirmed with IMAX that the production was using the format, though it remains unclear whether it's only for...

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Jun 19 1:51p

Harrison Ford broke his leg, not ankle, on 'Star Wars' set

Harrison Ford is off the set of the new Star Wars film on account of an injury, but that injury is apparently a bit different than what was originally reported: it turns out that Ford broke his left leg, not his ankle, according to the BBC. That makes the injury sound as though it could be a bit more serious than initially believed, though Ford's publicist says that he's doing just fine. "He's doing well and looks forward to returning to work," his publicist tells the BBC. Ford, 71, underwent...

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Jun 16 1:19p

Harrison Ford could be off 'Star Wars VII' set for eight weeks due to broken leg

Harrison Ford's injury on the set of the latest Star Wars film could keep him out of commission for up to eight weeks, The Mirror reports. Citing doctors and anonymous film sources, they say that the filming schedule is being reorganized around Ford's absence, which is likely to last somewhere between six and eight weeks. After the incident was reported last week, Lucasfilm confirmed that he sustained an leg injury and was taken to the hospital, and other reports elaborate that it occurred...

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Jun 12 3:02p

Harrison Ford injured by Millennium Falcon on 'Star Wars' set

Harrison Ford was injured today on the set of the next Star Wars film and is currently in the hospital receiving care, reports Variety. Ford reportedly sustained the injury while filming on Wednesday and is currently hospitalized in London; The Hollywood Reporter said that Ford's injury was a broken ankle — though it was later determined to be a broken leg. The incident isn't expected to slow the film down, however, as shooting is expected to continue while Ford recovers. That said, there's...

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Jun 04 12:22p

Another 'Star Wars' standalone film signs its director

Just a couple of weeks ago Godzilla director Gareth Edwards signed on to direct the first of what are expected to be several standalone Star Wars films, and today Lucasfilm has announced the director for another new movie. Josh Trank will be directing the film, the subject of which is still being kept under wraps. Like Edwards, Trank has a short list of feature credits but isn't a stranger to big-budget franchises: he previously directed the sci-fi film Chronicle, and is currently working on...

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J.J. Abrams trolls 'Star Wars: Episode VII' leakers with Millennium Falcon prop

J.J. Abrams isn't happy about the Star Wars: Episode VII set leaks over the past few days, but he's having some fun while trying to keep fans guessing about what will and won't end up in the movie. In a photo posted by his production company, Bad Robot, a memo written by Abrams addresses images that circulated yesterday seeming to show the Millennium Falcon under construction. "I wish people would stop leaking photos from Episode VII," Abrams writes, "And making ridiculous claims that the...

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Jun 03 10:48a

Millennium Falcon appears to take shape in new 'Star Wars: Episode VII' spy shots

We knew that Han and the rest of the classic Star Wars crew were returning for Episode VII, and now it appears that Han's ship of choice is coming along for the ride too. TMZ has new photos of a huge prop under construction, and by all means it looks just like the Millennium Falcon. It's still far from complete — so we can't say definitively that this is it — but it looks like a match to our eyes. Others photos show an additional, unidentified craft under construction as well, which looks...

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Jun 02 3:00p

'Star Wars: Episode VII' looks inspired by original trilogy artist Ralph McQuarrie

J.J. Abrams and crew have clearly gone to great lengths to give Episode VII an authentic look that was largely missing in the prequel trilogy. As revealed in a treasure trove of set photos from TMZ, the new film will lean much more on practical effects and set design than the CG-heavy prequels. However, in taking things back to Tatooine, it looks like Abrams was inspired to some degree by the original concept drawings by the late Ralph McQuarrie. McQuarrie, who died in 2012, was responsible...

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'Star Wars: Episode VII' adds 'Game of Thrones' and '12 Years a Slave' stars

Star Wars: Episode VII has added two new cast members, 12 Years a Slave breakout star Lupita Nyong'o and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie. Nyong'o won a well-deserved Academy Award for best supporting actress earlier this year and reports of her potential casting have been floating around since not long after. Christie continues to star in Game of Thrones, where she's shined as the formidable warrior (and fan favorite) Brienne of Tarth. She'll also be appearing in the upcoming Hunger...

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'Star Wars: Episode VII' leaked photos show real sets and a huge creature

Here's some good news out of the Star Wars sets in Abu Dhabi: director J.J. Abrams and crew have made a lot of actual, real, physical buildings and creatures, meaning the new film could end up looking a lot more like the Star Wars you know and love and not the CGI-heavy prequels that you may still be trying to forget about. A huge series of photos from the set leaked to TMZ this morning, and they show off a giant creature — which is supposedly controlled by five people inside of it — as...

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May 22 6:59p

New 'Star Wars' film coming December 2016 from the director of 'Godzilla'

With newly-minted blockbuster Godzilla under his belt, director Gareth Edwards will helm the first of several standalone Star Wars films coming in the years ahead. Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that the film will be released on December 16th, 2016, a year after J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters. The subject of the new movie hasn't been formally announced, though Disney has previously stated that the standalone films will be origin stories, with everyone from Yoda, Boba...

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May 21 8:30a

J.J. Abrams wants to give you a part in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

J.J. Abrams wants you to donate $10 for the chance to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII. Abrams, who is directing the upcoming sci-fi sequel, appeared in a video recorded at the movie's Abu Dhabi set today to help announce a new charity campaign run by Disney, Lucasfilm, and his own production company, Bad Robot. The initiative, called Star Wars: Force for Change, will begin its charitable venture by asking people to donate $10 or more to UNICEF for the opportunity to play a role in the galaxy...

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May 12 10:10p

Wedge Antilles actor rejected 'Star Wars: Episode VII' role because it would 'bore' him

One of Star Wars' best pilots won't be returning in Episode VII. Denis Lawson, who played Rebel ace Wedge Antilles in the original trilogy, has confirmed that he turned down the chance to return in the upcoming Star Wars sequel. Speaking at a screening of his new movie, The Machine, Lawson said "they asked me but it just would have bored me."

Wedge — not to be confused with the Captain Antilles strangled by Darth Vader minutes into Episode IV — appeared as a hotshot pilot in all three...

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May 04 5:25p

J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan celebrate Star Wars Day with 'video selfie'

To celebrate May the Fourth, Star Wars: Episode VII architects J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan sent a short, sweet "video selfie" today as a little note to hungry fans. In the 23-second video, the pair said they feel "very fortunate" to be working on the next Star Wars installments, and promised more cast announcements in the near term. That's good; having gotten flack last week for casting only one new female character, Abrams has said that one more major female character will be cast. We...

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Apr 29 3:50p

These are the faces of 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

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'Star Wars: Episode VII' cast announced including Luke, Leia, and Han Solo

After months of speculation, J.J. Abrams and the Lucasfilm team have announced the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII — which will include Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford. The news comes after multiple alleged sightings of the actors in London this week.

Mar 18 2:21p

'Star Wars: Episode VII' will take place 30 years after 'Return of the Jedi'

A new Star Wars film is getting closer by the day, and Lucasfilm and Disney have just announced some new information on the status of the production. Episode VII — co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams — is set to begin shooting this May at Pinewood Studios in London. For the first time, however, the team is giving an indication of what fans can expect to see when the film hits theaters in 2015. According to today's release, it will take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi, which capped...

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Feb 26 4:10p

'Star Wars: Episode VII' may have found its villain: 'Girls' star Adam Driver

Star Wars: Episode VII may have found its villain. According to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, Girls star Adam Driver is nearing a deal to become the villain of J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Wars film. Variety reports that the role will be akin to Darth Vader's throughout the original trilogy, and it seems that the villain will be expected to return in future installments. Though a deal is said to be close, it's worth noting that Driver's name has popped up a number of times recently for...

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Feb 24 8:30p

Liam Neeson returns to 'Star Wars' in this trailer for the final season of 'The Clone Wars'

In the wake of Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, many current Star Wars projects were cancelled, including the animated series The Clone Wars. The 13 final episodes will be debuting on Netflix instead, and in this new trailer we get a sense of what's in store. In the final season — dubbed "The Lost Missions" — actor Liam Neeson returns to the franchise to reprise his role as the slain Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn, where he directs Yoda to visit Dagobah, the same swampy planet that Luke Skywalker visits...

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Feb 12 10:49a

'Star Wars: Episode VII' expected to shoot from May to September

Star Wars: Episode VII will begin shooting in mid-May, according to HitFix, with filming expected to wrap by September. Director J.J. Abrams has already confirmed that work on the script is complete, and also hinted at a May start, but now we know the full shooting schedule. The director still hasn't revealed who will star in Episode VII — aside from R2-D2, anyway. Abrams did confirm that he's held discussions with Jesse Plemons of Breaking Bad about a potential role, and Michael B. Jordan,...

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Jan 20 7:12a

J.J. Abrams confirms 'Star Wars Episode VII' script is complete

J.J. Abrams' vision for a Star Wars sequel is one step closer to theaters today, as the director reveals the script for Star Wars Episode VII is complete. "We're working really hard and we've got our script and we're in deep prep," Abrams tells The Wrap, "full steam ahead, y'know."

Speaking at a press event for his new NBC series Believe, Abrams confirmed Jesse Plemons is being considered for a role in the sequel, saying he "is one of the actors that we’ve talked to." Plemons has long been...

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Dec 02 4:21p

'Star Wars' launches official Instagram account with Darth Vader selfie

Star Wars: Episode VII is still two years away, but Disney isn't wasting any time in ramping up marketing for the anticipated film. An official Star Wars Instagram account has popped up today, and its first photo is all too appropriate for the medium: it's a selfie of Darth Vader. No, it's not a photo from the film's set — shooting isn't slated to begin until next spring. But the Instagram account is a fun taste of Disney's plans to introduce the Star Wars universe it now controls to a new...

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Nov 19 4:37p

'Star Wars' fans hired to build R2-D2 for 'Episode VII'

J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy pose with R2-D2 builders Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples.

Lucasfilm has brought on a pair of Star Wars fans and enthusiast droid builders to create R2-D2 for a role in Episode VII. Lucasfilm's president, Kathleen Kennedy, spotted builders Lee Towersey and Oliver Steeples at an R2-D2 Builders Club conference in Germany over the summer. "[Kennedy] posed for pictures with us, looked at all the droids we’d built and was very complimentary," Steeples tells...

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Nov 07 4:19p

'Star Wars: Episode VII' is coming December 18th, 2015

It took a while, but we finally have a date: Star Wars: Episode VII is coming December 18th, 2015. The date was announced in a blog post on the official Star Wars website, and it comes more than a year after Disney announced that it was acquiring Lucasfilm — and that more films would be on the way.

When Episode VII was first announced 2015 was pegged as the year, while the broad assumption was that the film would follow in the footsteps of other Star Wars films, and be released in May....

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J.J. Abrams reveals reasons behind 'Star Wars' writer switch

Update: Disney has announced the official release date for Star Wars: Episode VII.

Last month J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over as the writers of Star Wars: Episode VII, leaving original screenwriter Michael Arndt behind. Reports surfaced soon thereafter that Lucasfilm was struggling with Disney's mandated 2015 release date, and it appears making that deadline may have played a role. Deadline reports that J.J. Abrams addressed the change during a media call promoting the new Bad...

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Oct 31 3:11p

Lucasfilm and Disney struggle over 2015 'Star Wars' release date

J.J. Abrams' new Star Wars trilogy has been widely anticipated among fans, but apparently no one is more eager for the film to hit screens than Disney. After the departure of screenwriter Michael Arndt last week, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the Episode VII script isn't close to ready, and much of the creative team has asked to push the release date to 2016 to accommodate the change. (The film was also a no-show at Disney's recent D23 conference.) But despite the widespread pleas,...

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Oct 24 3:31p

J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan taking over as writers of 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Since the project's early days, the screenwriter for Star Wars: Episode VII was pegged as Toy Story 3's Michael Arndt. The Star Wars website has announced this is no longer the case, and that the film will now be written by director J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. Fans of the saga know Kasdan's name well; he was one of the writers on The Empire Strikes Back as well as Raiders of the Lost Ark, and had previously been earmarked as a writer and consultant for other new films in the Star Wars s...

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Sep 12 8:17p

Disney says the spinoff 'Star Wars' movies are origin stories

Disney's CFO Jay Rasulo has shed a little more light on the spinoff Star Wars movies set to be released between entries in the new trilogy. In comments at an investor conference reported by Variety, Rasulo referred to the films as "origin stories," which could add credence to earlier rumors that they would focus on the characters of Yoda, Han Solo, and Boba Fett. The spinoffs were previously described as "standalone films... derived from great Star Wars characters that are not part of the...

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Aug 23 2:42a

Analog strikes back: next 'Star Wars' to be shot on film, not digital

Director J.J. Abrams, who recently signed on to direct the next installment in the Star Wars series, has shot his movies exclusively in film — and it turns out that won't be changing any time soon. Boba Fett Fan Club reports that cinematographer Dan Mindel discussed the use of Kodak film on the set of Episode VII at an industry event in Los Angeles this week, a bold move more than a half-decade after 4K digital shooting first became practical. Episodes II and III were shot digitally, so...

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Aug 11 3:25a

'Star Wars' fans left wanting after 'Episode VII' no-show at D23

It was Friday morning in Anaheim, California, and Disney CEO Bob Iger had just kicked off the company’s biennial fan festival: D23 Expo. "Now I know both from my own instinct, and from the applause that I heard earlier, that there are a lot of Star Wars fans out there," he said. The reaction was instantaneous: just that brief mention and the crowd was roaring.

"Now we’re just as excited as you are about Star Wars: Episode VII. In fact, we’re speechless. At least we’re going to be somewhat...

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Aug 05 9:47p

ABC and Lucasfilm in early talks about live-action 'Star Wars' TV series

Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm is already leading to a new trilogy of Star Wars films and an animated series, and it appears a live-action television show could be next. Reuters reports that the president of ABC Entertainment Group, Paul Lee, stated that ABC is in early discussions with Lucasfilm about bringing such a project to life. "We've started conversations with them," Lee said Sunday during the Television Critics Association press tour.

Disney has moved quickly to capitalize on the...

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Jul 28 1:18p

Take a first look at concept art from 'Star Wars Rebels' animated series

Less than two months after it announced the development of a new Star Wars Rebels cartoon, Disney-owned Lucasfilm is ready to share new details for the upcoming animated series. At a Star Wars Celebration Europe event in Essen, Germany on Saturday, Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni showed off new concept art, including a first look at the "Ghost" — the spaceship of the yet-to-be-named main character that will "play a big part in the series."

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Jul 27 4:54p

Famed 'Star Wars' composer John Williams confirmed to score seventh movie

John Williams, the Grammy and Oscar-winning composer who scored all six Star Wars films, will return for the seventh installment in the series. Star Wars: Episode VII has no name yet and is set to come out in 2015. Williams has not been briefed on the storyline, but he's still excited to work on the movie, which will be directed by J.J. Abrams. "I've loved doing the Star Wars films with all the fanfare and flourish," Williams, who also wrote the music for Jaws, Indiana Jones, and E.T., said...

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Apr 30 8:13p

J.J. Abrams expects John Williams to score 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

J.J. Abrams, director of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, believes that legendary composer John Williams will reprise his role for the much-anticipated sequel. In comments made at a press conference for Star Trek Into Darkness, Abrams praised the work of current collaborator Michael Giacchino, but said that Williams is likely to return to Star Wars.

Apr 17 3:15p

New 'Star Wars' films to be released every summer, beginning with 'Episode VII' in 2015

Are you ready for a barrage of Star Wars films? Disney hopes so: according to multiple outlets, the company has just announced at CinemaCon that it will be releasing a new film in the universe every summer, starting in 2015. We had previously heard that Episode VII was destined for a 2015 release, but with today's development plans have become much clearer. Episode VIII should come out in 2017, followed by Episode IX in 2019. Meanwhile, the standalone films that will focus on particular...

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Mar 07 9:11p

George Lucas confirms 'final stages of negotiation' with original 'Star Wars' actors

Last October, George Lucas sold his production company Lucasfilm to Disney — and along with it, every piece of the Star Wars saga. Bloomberg Businessweek has a compelling look at the process behind the purchase, and what it meant to both Lucas and Disney CEO Bob Iger.

As the director moved toward selling the company, he tried to position Lucasfilm to continue successfully without him. Part of that involved opening discussions with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher to do new Star...

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Mar 05 7:31p

Carrie Fisher to return as Princess Leia in 'Star Wars: Episode VII' (update)

We've heard word that Harrison Ford will return as Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, but that wouldn't be quite the same without his partner Princess Leia. There's good news, though — it looks like Carrie Fisher has told Palm Beach Illustrated that she will indeed reprise the role of Luke Skywalker's sister. When asked what kind of part she envisaged the character playing in the new movie, Fisher said:

Feb 15 1:18p

Harrison Ford rumored to return as Han Solo in new 'Star Wars' film

Star Wars film rumors are flying hard lately, ranging from the now-confirmed reports that J.J. Abrams will be directing Episode VII to the refuted claim that Zack Snyder would be helming a film. The latest, if true, is big: according to Latino Review, Harrison Ford will "officially" return to play Han Solo in an upcoming Star Wars movie. Latino Review isn't a huge name in media, but they've broken major news before: among other things, they published a credible review of a planned Halo script...

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Feb 05 6:03p

Disney CEO confirms spinoff 'Star Wars' films are in the works

It's well known at this point that Disney and Lucasfilm are actively working on a new entrant in the Star Wars film franchise, known as Episode VII, as well as planning to continue the series beyond that. But in addition to keeping the linear Star Wars movies going, Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that the much-rumored standalone movie is also in development. Speaking to CNBC, Iger said "I can confirm to you today that in fact we are working on a few standalone films, Larry Kasdan and Simon...

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Jan 31 12:02a

'Star Wars' producer: 2015 release not certain, 'the timetable we care about is getting the story'

Since word first broke of Disney's $4.05 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm, the estimated release date for the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VII has been 2015 — but according to Lucasfilm co-chair Kathleen Kennedy that may not be set in stone. The Hollywood Reporter has an extensive profile on Kennedy, covering her long-standing collaboration with Steven Spielberg and including how she convinced director J.J. Abrams to take the Episode VII job. She describes a clandestine meeting with the...

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Jan 30 7:41a

J.J. Abrams wants 'Star Wars' sequel to tell 'personal, intimate, and emotional' story

Now that Lucasfilm has confirmed J.J. Abrams as the director of Star Wars Episode VII, fans everywhere are wondering what direction the Star Trek director will take the beloved sci-fi franchise. Star Wars Blog has collected some of Abrams' comments from the past six years, reminding us of the deep appreciation that the director has for Star Wars and sci-fi in general.

Back in 2008, Abrams said that his favorite thing about the films is their "ability to tell an incredibly personal, intimate,...

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Jan 28 3:58p

Lucasfilm reportedly nixes remaining 3D 'Star Wars' prequels to focus on new trilogy

While the focus this past week has been on what new Star Wars movies are coming, today it's on what won't be making it to theaters: 3D versions of the rest of the prequel trilogy. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that plans for a theatrical release of 3D editions of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith have been scuttled as Disney turns its attention to the new trilogy it has in the works.

The 3D version of The Phantom Menace was released in February...

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Jan 26 12:12a

Lucasfilm confirms J.J. Abrams will direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

The rumors were true: Lucasfilm has announced that J.J. Abrams will be stepping behind the camera for the latest entry in the Star Wars saga. The news comes via a lengthy blog post at the official Star Wars website, with producer Kathleen Kennedy stating that "It's very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie." Kennedy goes on to call him "the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an...

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Jan 24 4:56p

J.J. Abrams will reportedly direct the next 'Star Wars' film

Despite the fact that J.J. Abrams said he would not direct the forthcoming Star Wars films, The Wrap is now reporting that he will indeed take control of the next movie in the lucrative franchise. Lucasfilm and Bad Robot (Abrams' production company) have both refused to comment on this, but The Wrap claims that insider sources with "knowledge of the production" say the Star Trek director will take over the first Star Wars movies since Disney purchased Lucasfilm. Also reportedly in contention...

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Nov 21 5:44p

'Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi' writer hired for new 'Star Wars' trilogy

According to The Hollywood Reporter, writers Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg have agreed to write installments of the new Star Wars trilogy, and they will write either Episode 8 or Episode 9. Kasdan's already got some serious credentials under his belt: he previously co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Kasdan's counterpart Kinberg has written titles including X-Men: The Last Stand, Sherlock Holmes, and Jumper. The Hollywood Reporter says that...

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Nov 09 10:23p

Lucasfilm confirms 'Star Wars: Episode VII' will be written by 'Toy Story 3' scribe Michael Arndt

It seems Lucasfilm's forthcoming installment in the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: Episode VII, has found a writer. In a blog post today, Lucasfilm confirmed that Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Arndt would be penning the script. According to Lucasfilm, producers Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas have already begun development discussions with Arndt. Late last month, Disney announced its acquisition of Lucasfilm for roughly $4.05 billion in cash and stock, with plans to...

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Oct 30 4:04p

Disney buys Lucasfilm, plans to release 'Star Wars: Episode 7' in 2015 (update)

Star Wars fans, you might want to sit down for this one — The Walt Disney Company just announced its plans to purchase Lucasfilm Ltd from George Lucas, with plans to release Star Wars: Episode 7 sometime during 2015. While there aren't any release dates yet for Episodes 8 and 9, those films will be coming as well — and the studio has even more beyond a new trilogy planned for the future.

The deal is a stock and cash transaction, with Lucas receiving about half of the $4.05 billion value of...

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