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Two of the best artist ever are returning for the new Star Wars films according to the official Celebration Europe website:
"Artists Doug Chiang and Iain McCaig, both instrumental in shaping the look of the Star Wars saga, reunited at the start of this year as part of the team Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy has assembled to create an exciting new future for Star Wars.”
In response to the recent false rumors:
"You want to know something cool and genuine about the new film? Work on the major set pieces has already begun at ILM, and this is going to end up being the most elaborate physical build they’ve done for the effects team since "Return Of The Jedi."
Those Schmo guys have posted a video to support their story.
The “scoop” is just too problematic to carry any authenticity with it and it actually doesn’t give us anything new to convince us this is real.
They come off really ignorant when they said we can’t trust J.J. Abram’s words on respecting but not adhering to the Expanded Universe. Abrams did say he was not directing Episode VII. That’s because he wasn’t directing the film when asked and he didn’t speak about it until he turned it down. Anyone that has done a moment of research knows that that Kathleen Kennedy set up a second meeting with him and pitched him with “please do Star Wars.” This is all really well documented at this point. These guys do not appear to know very much about the topic they think they’re scooping.
Lucasfilm has always has good editing. They have several style guides they adhere to as well. There is no way “Jedi’s” is making it down the pipeline. I’m sure they have all kinds of style guides that administrative assistants adhere to it should someone like Abrams or Lucas slip, but I’m not buying into that idea here. One can see videos with Abrams using Jedi in the correct way every time he says the word. So to think he wrote it that way, intended for someone to fix it doesn’t make any sense as he does not seem to struggle with the plural usage of Jedi as Jedi.
I’m not saying this story isn’t correct in spirit, it probably is somewhat, but that isn’t hard to fake or figure out. The movie will have Mark Hamill and the movie will have the Episode VI cast involved with their children. But I would bet on this story being a hoax, even if the Shmo guys are sincere. It does seem a bit like “hit whoring” to me, but I would like to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they’re just naive.
Also, over at ClubJade, on their story about this mess, Pablo wrote “THANK YOU EDWARD SNOWDEN FOR LEAKING THIS INFO,” which is a humorous reference to the recent leak from Snowden which informed Americans they were being spied on. If this were true, I’m sure Lucasfilm employees would steer clear of it as they have in the past. That was pretty much the same response Pablo gave when Reclamation was “leaked.”
We’re going to consider this debunked for now.
Schmoes Know Exclusive: Star Wars Casting News!
By Joe Ruggirello
So hey, you guys hear they’re making a new Star Wars movie? I’m serious, they totally are. Now I realize the percentage of Schmoeville residents who are interested in Star Wars is small, but here’s a little bit of news for the few of you who are interested.
There are potential Episode VII spoilers ahead. Man, that felt good to say.
A reliable source (who wishes to remain anonymous) has seen a copy of the alleged casting breakdown that has been (or is about to be) sent out from JJ Abrams. That’s right, this supposedly comes straight from the man himself!
Just putting a picture here to make you wait longer and build the suspense. I’m a jerk.
Now, we all know how this works. This could all be bulls***. Or it could be true today but they could change their minds tomorrow. So take all of this with a grain of salt. But, hypothetically, if this is all legit then…well it’s pretty huge. What my source saw includes a basic storyline overview AND gives away two of the main characters to be featured in the film. And, probably, a third supporting character as well. And they were kind enough to cut and paste what they saw and send it my way. Might that be something you’re interested in? Well then, read on!
HA! Ok, I’ll stop now. Sorry.
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 Jedi’s 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 Jedi’s in the galaxy, trained by her uncle Luke Skywalker
Jacen Solo – Male, 17 years old, lead – Jaina’s twin brother, one of the greatest Jedi’s 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.
So…holy s***, right? So much news here! Assuming, of course, that this is all valid (which it certainly seems to be), then we now know that Episode VII (and, I’d assume, the rest of the trilogy) will tell the story of Han and Leia’s twins Jacen and Jaina with the focus being on Jacen’s eventual turn to the dark side. We’ve been wondering if these films were going to borrow from the Expanded Universe and it appears we have our answer: YES!
But wait, there’s more! The storyline breakdown states that the twins are trained by Luke Skywalker. Which means they’ll probably show that training in the movie. Which means that we probably just confirmed for certain that Mark Hamill will be in Episode VII! This is huge news, especially for those of us who drafted him first in the Schmoes Know Star Wars Draft. Just sayin…
Best. First round pick. Ever.
One more thing of note: The twins are mentioned, but not their younger brother, Anakin. That’s weird, because…you know…he’s the third Solo kid and kinda has (well…had) a pretty big role in the Expanded Universe. So…is he not in it? The lack of a casting breakdown is one thing, but he’s not even mentioned in the storyline overview. Hmmm…
There you have it, Schmoeville. We now (probably, maybe, hopefully) have an idea what the story of Episode VII will be. All you Expanded Universe fans who have been anxiously awaiting this news can breathe a cautious sigh of relief. Jacen Solo, Jaina Solo, and Luke Skywalker WILL BE in Star: Wars Episode VII!!! I can’t believe I just typed that.
What do you think Schmoeville? Have you heard of Star Wars? Sound off in the comment section below!
“I think that the thing is so big and so massive to so many people that the key to moving forward is honoring but not revering what went before,” said JJ Abrams today about the challenges of directing the new Star Wars movie. Abrams also revealed that production on Star Wars Episode VII is set to start right at the beginning of 2014. “Most likely we are going to be moving to London at the end of the year for the Star Wars movie,” said the Star Trek Into Darkness director Saturday at the Produced By conference on the Fox lot. Abrams added that the overseas shoot “drives me insane” as he would have liked to film the movie in LA. He also noted that the plan to shoot Star Wars Episode VII for Disney in the UK was set before he was brought on board. The director joked that getting the offer to helm the new Star Wars was the only thing that would have caused him to postpone a long set family vacation.
Abrams made the comments Saturday in conversation with Django Unchained producer Reginald Hudlin at the 5th annual PGA event. Last month, Disney and Lucasfilm announced that the Abrams-directed and Michael Arndt-scripted movie will be shooting in the UK. The latest incarnation of the Star Wars franchise is expected to come out in 2015 with two more films about the Force to follow over the next few years.
Not that the director was saying much more about his upcoming Star Wars gig. “No comment,” replied Abrams with a smile on his face to a question from Hudlin if the new Star Wars movies would be based partially on the dozens of novels that have come out over the years bridging various unexplored aspects of the films’ characters. Abrams did discuss his feelings about the future of George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars saga, after he sold Lucasfilms to Disney last year. “George Lucas has spoken for years about wanting to make those smaller, more experimental films and I hope he does because I’d really like to see them,” he said.
The discussion today kicked off with a sizzle reel of Abrams’ work that included clips from Lost, Alias, Fringe, Person of Interest, Super 8 and the Mission Impossible and Star Trek films. The duo also discussed how thanks to strong support from Tom Cruise, Abrams was given the OK by Paramount to make his feature directorial debut with M.I. 3, film vs. digital, how he got into the business, the strategy or rather lack there of that his Bad Robot company has and the strong women characters in his work among other topics. “Women are awesome,” Abrams said to cheers from the crowd before touching on the influence of his mother and other strong women in his life. Additionally Abrams, who spent part of Friday at a DNC fundraiser with President Obama, Bob Iger and other Hollywood heavyweights at Peter Chernin’s house, discussed his political affiliations, emphasizing his belief in “giving back.”
Produced By continues Sunday.