Apr 28, 2013

Kennedy knows to keep fans in the Episode 7 production loop

harrison ford on set of empire

Katherine Kennedy appears to really understand how the Star Wars fan base works. When asked about ‘secrecy’ relating to Episode 7, she had this to say.

“I think the whole issue of confidentiality is gonna be fascinating as we move into making the movie. If we’re shooting anything outside, it’s almost impossible to not have things end up on the Internet. So my feeling is, you need to embrace that, especially with the fans around something like Star Wars. You need to recognize they’re important to the process and acknowledge there are things you’re gonna want to make sure they get to know. So I think that’s something we’re going to monitor, pay attention to and think differently about.”

Kennedy clearly understands that Star Wars fans will make or break the film – the backlash from fans over things like Jar Jar Binks has lingered long, and in this internet age, being as inclusive as possible with fans during the film’s production can only help increase the film’s chances.

That said, it will be a box office smash no matter what.

Apr 22, 2013

7 ways The Force Awakens could destroy the Millennium Falcon

crashed  Millennium Falcon

If the Millennium Falcon was to be destroyed in the new Stars Wars movie, The Force Awakens, how should she go?

This evocative fan art of a crashed or derelict Millennium Falcon being used as a starting point for Episode VII is pretty cool.

It’s suggesting that yes, the original trilogy has been and gone, it’s time for something new.

Which got me wondering, if the Millennium Falcon was to make a grand exit from the Star Wars franchise how could she go? 

7 ways Episode VII could destroy the Millennium Falcon

1.  Han’s drunk and showing off so attempts to to again do the the Kessel Run in less than twelve par-secs. Hits an asteroid during the first par-sec.

2. Someone finds the droids they were looking for on her. They blow it up, trying to get R2D2 out of a smuggler’s hidey hole.

3. Greedo’s long lost son hunts down Han and plants a bomb on her in an attempt to kill Han. Han survives due to be way too hungover to do any work that day and stayed in bed.

4. Out of his mind on Ewok whiskey, Chewbacca crashes her on a midnight booty call trip to Kashyyyk.

5. Luke uses it to try and kill some womprats back home and comes face to face with the ultimate womprat.

6. Han doesn’t pay his parking fines and the city of Mos Eisley takes the ship as punishment. Han stubbornly does not pay his fines and the Falcon is crushed and sold as scrap metal.

7. Princess Leia, late for a girl’s night out enters incorrect co-ordinates and drives the Falcon into the hanger exit.

Image found on Google Plus using #starwars, lost the link sorry. 

Apr 18, 2013

Harrison Ford puts Episode VII in jeopardy with his Jimmy Kimmel fight with Chewbacca

During a bizarre outburst on Jimmy Kimmel Live, legendary actor Harrison Ford accused Chewbacca of sleeping with his wife and called him a wookie sack of shit. Look's like Harrison just made the casting decisions for JJ Abrams very difficult!

The two have a long history, it's a shame how bad their relationship has become. It's a shame as they've been best buddies since Harrison rescued Chewie many moons ago.

Apr 17, 2013

Abrams talks to Playboy about his Star Wars fears

jj abrams havign a meal with george lucas

It’s been said many a time that you don’t read Playboy magazine for the pretty ladies in the centre of the fold, you read it for the articles. Case in point, this interview with Episode VII director JJ Abrams.

While the interview covers a lot of ground such as Star Trek, Lost and Fringe, here’s what he had to say about his Star Wars film:

PLAYBOY: Nothing matters more to moviegoers than the stories and characters from Star Wars. In your wildest, geekiest fantasies, did you ever imagine yourself helming the two biggest sci-fi franchises in the universe?

ABRAMS: It is preposterous. Ridiculous. Completely insane. It really is.

PLAYBOY: Star Wars and Star Trek are church and state in Hollywood. Can you really be loyal to both? Star Trek fans cried out on Twitter that you were cheating on them.

ABRAMS: I mean, I get it. The worlds are vastly different. Honestly, that was why I passed on Star Wars to begin with. I couldn’t imagine doing both. But when I said that my loyalty was to Star TrekI was literally working on finishing this cut.

I couldn’t even entertain another thought. It was like being on the most beautiful beach in the world and someone saying, “There’s this amazing mountain over here. Come take a look.” I couldn’t balance the two, so I passed on Star Wars.

There will be new Stars Wars film every summer from 2015 onwards!

Lucasfilm and Disney have announced the timetable for the new Star Wars movies and it’s pretty epic. Disney Studios chief Alan Horn made the announcement at CinemaCon.

Starting with Episode VII (being directed by JJ Abrams) in the Northern Hemisphere summer of 2015, it will alternate every summer with a stand -alone film until the trilogy is all sewn up.

That means it’s intended that Episode VIII, The Last Jedi should come out in 2017, followed by Episode IX in 2019. I’ll be an old man by then!

That’s a very ambitious time table and one which is going to require a lot of talented directors – which means people like Brad Bird and are that guy that did Avengers, Joss Wheeden are in with a chance. It’s what the fan boys want anyway.

I’ll throw a long shot for a director out there, J. Michael Straczynski. That man knows his science fiction check out Babylon 5 if you've never seen it!

Disney and Lucasfilm will have to be very careful with these films –  with such a closely packed production schedule there are risks that  quality could slip from being set at the highest level.  Just look at video games like Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed that produce a game a year – Creed III in particular was savaged by fans as lacking. That said, Marvel have managed to pull such a strategy off fairly well with only a one real  miss (to my mind that's Thor). 

Apr 16, 2013

Another bloody Top 10 list of favourite Star Wars movie quotes

Sure, these kinds of posts have been done a million times but clearly you want to hear about someone else's favourite Stars Wars quotes. You must do right, you found this page after all...

Top Ten Star Wars Quotes

"Here we go again" - The Golden Rod himself, C3PO from Return of the Jedi.

Spoken by C3PO just prior to the whole gang heading off to Endor AND when the attack on the Death Star begins, thus perhaps being a self referential nod to the fact that destroying the Death Star was a trick used in A New Hope.

“That’s no moon, it’s a space station.” - Obi Wan, A New Hope

And thus Obi Wan observed the biggest threat the galaxy had ever seen. The Death Star became a pivotal feature of 2 movies.

“…I know” - Han Solo, The Empire Strikes Back

Han Solo is about to be frozen in carbonate, the tensions between him and Leia surface in the form of affection, and seconds before his displacement, she declares her love for him. In the original screenplay, Solo was written to respond with a generic “I love you, too”, but caught up in the character of Han Solo, and in true Harrison Ford improvisational fashion, he simply spouted “I know” with a cheeky grin. A defining moment in the characterization of Solo. Just goes to show it isn’t all in the script.

"There's always a bigger fish" - Qui Jon, The Phantom Menace

Having seen this movie 3 times when it came out, I always really enjoyed the 'let's pilot our small craft into this crazy tunnel full of sea monsters' scene. 

"No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try". - Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back

Perhaps this is the ultimate Star Wars quote, at the least it's one of Yoda's greatest lines. Not only did it speak for the movie, it's seen by many people as some real world advice.  I bet the guy who came up with Nike's 'Just do it' slogan was a huge Star Wars but.

“ Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. - Yoda, The Phantom Menace

Yoda was one of the few things that you couldn't argue was done badly in the new trilogy. And you cannot argue with this line from the little green guy. So much suffering happened due to Anakin's fear of losing Padme in death...

“I find your lack of faith disturbing". - Darth Vader, A New Hope

In the modern era, this quote could be viewed as Darth Vader having no respect for Atheists but given the Force was actually real in the Star Wars universe,  I never understood how that Admiral Motti could be so cheeky to Darth Vader given everyone knew he was a bad ass not to be screwed with. He was in charge after all...

“I felt a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. - Obi-Wan Kenobi - A New Hope

Indeed, the Planet Alderaan was just obliterated by the Death Star when Obi Wan forlornly spoke that line.

admiral ackbar return of the jedi
It's a quote!
“It's a trap!" - Admiral Ackbar, Return of the Jedi

The much loved line has been referenced countless times in recent years - shows like Family Guy and The Big Bang Theory have taken the quote to the next level so much so 'It's a trap' is one of a the few Star Wars lines actually used by people to convey meaning in everyday conversation. In that sense it's up there with, "these aren't the droids you're looking for".

You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them.” - Obi Wan, Revenge of the Sith

How wrong was Old Ben? In one of the best moments of ROTS we saw Obi Wan spill his heart out in pain at what his padawan learner had done. Great line, great moment in the Star Wars canon. Funny how Vader was still the chosen one eh?

So that's my favorite sorted. What are yours?

Apr 7, 2013

Why it might be good Disney closed down LucasArts.


You might have heard that the owner of the Stars Wars franchise, Disney, decided to close down LucasArts. Disney stated:

"After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles."

This is a commercial decision and not a sleight against the studio's people. The reality is that Disney will be able to licence video game titles to other parties thus reducing their risk in terms of investing in new IP that may or may not take off.

The general consensus across the internet is that LucasArts hasn’t been as successful in recent years (Kinect Star Wars anyone?) – maybe Disney took that scuttlebutt into account.

The opportunity for other parties to pony up their own cash to make Star Wars related games creates the opportunity for better games than have been recently delivered by the studio.

Another possible benefit of LucasArts closing down is that creative and talent resources from the studio may be given roles on the production of the new trilogy and spin off films. And at the end of the day all we really want are awesome films….

And in terms of Lucas Arts legacy? For me, 'X-Wing' will forever be one of the greatest games in history...