Disappointing news. Abrams is an accomplished director, but nowhere near the screenwriter Arndt is. Kasdan is the silver lining of this announcement.
From /Film, a promising but vague rumor: Disney Plans Darth Vader TV Specials.
Seth Green says of the “postponed” Star Wars Detours:
We have 39 finished episodes and around 62 finished scripts. But that entire show was created before the decision to make more Star Wars movies, so our show (which was created by George Lucas) is an animated sitcom in the world of Star Wars, so we had a lot of conversations with Kathleen Kennedy about Star Wars in not just the next 3 years but the next 30 years, and when you’re in as privileged a position as we were to be able to work on Star Wars content with its creator, you get a great sense of responsibility to the whole.
I doubt it will ever see the light of day. The show looked terrible, and it’s cross-ways with Disney’s way of honing their new brands for boys and teenage boys.
The inquirer has a fascinating look at the evolving post-production technology at Lucasfilm, which allows the company to use video game engines and workflows for film production.
Don’t miss this motion capture concept video from the cancelled game Star Wars 1313:
Incredible news, especially given how adamantly Lucas has participated in the decline of Film.
Credible Star Wars rumors have been few and far between lately. Here’s another dumb one: Jedi News – Latest: Star Wars Episode VII Rumour: Ian McDiarmid Returning.
A scoop from Bleeding Cool news (more or less confirmed by Variety), with vague character descriptions for seven unnamed characters needing to be cast. Five of them are physically fit, and, curiously, two of them are teen females. The galaxy could certainly use more women; remember, the original Star Wars only had one named female character.
- Late-teen female, independent, good sense of humour, fit.
- Young twenty-something male, witty and smart, fit but not traditionally good looking.
- A late twentysomething male, fit, handsome and confident.
- Seventy-something male, with strong opinions and tough demeanour. Also doesn’t need to be particularly fit.
- A second young female, also late teens, tough, smart and fit.
- Forty something male, fit, military type.
- Thirtysomething male, intellectual. Apparently doesn’t need to be fit.
A rumor is circulating which is not only almost certainly false, but also poorly written and uninteresting. Allegedly, the sequels will borrow characters Jacen and Jaina Solo from Timothy Zahn’s Expanded Universe novels. This rumor is so implausible it’s amusing. Can a single movie really include both “One of the greatest Jedis in the galaxy” and “One of the greatest Jedis in the world” in the same movie, and have them train to be “the greatest Jedis in the galaxy”? Would Abrams dare so drastically rewrite canon as to make the word ‘Jedi’ no longer plural? And what a juicy plot detail: could “problems” actually “arise” in the new Star Wars movie?
Star Wars: Episode VII Storyline: Two 17 year old twins, a girl and a boy, are trained by their uncle Luke to be the greatest Jedis in the galaxy. Problems arise when the male twin turns to the dark side.
Jaina Solo – Female, 17 years old, lead. – Jacen’s twin sister, one of the greatest Jedis in the galaxy, trained by her uncle
Luke Skywalker Jacen Solo – Male, 17 years old, lead – Jaina’s twin brother, one of the greatest Jedis in the world. A loner who is constantly struggling with the idea of what’s right and what’s wrong. Starts to turn to the dark side. Full of conviction that what he is doing is the “right thing”. Will eventually become Darth Caedus.
Here’s the official press release for Star Wars Rebels, the successor to Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The fact that screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg is collaborating with this project may indicate that Kinberg’s spin-off film might also be set during the same period:
Production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, an exciting, all-new animated television series based on one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time. Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.
Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles.
Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation for over three decades, and we’re thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of Star Wars to Disney XD’s viewers.”
“I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. “I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars.”
The action-filled series is set between the events of Episode III and IV — an era spanning almost two decades never-before explored on-screen. Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point.
Star Wars Rebels will be produced by Lucasfilm Animation, featuring many of the key talents that made Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Fans attending Star Wars Celebration Europe will be the first to get an exclusive look at the new series. Casting will be announced at a later date. More information about this developing project will be found on StarWars.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/starwarsrebels.
This is hilarious. Patton Oswald is a legitimate sci-fi geek — I once saw him mediate a panel with legendary sci-fi author Harlan Ellison — and this single-take 8-minute improvised monologue proves it.