Saturday, March 21, 2015

Star Wars 8 Date, Spin-Off Title and Rumored 9 Director

A few bits of quick updates regarding the Star Wars movie franchise that is aiming for a release a year starting this December with Star Wars 7 The Force Awakens.

To start the first "spin-off" movie is titled "Star Wars: Rogue One" with a December 16, 2016 release date. The writer is Chris Weitz (Monsters, Godzilla) and the director will be Gareth Edwards (Cinderella, Antz) with Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) starring. Rogue One, at least during the Expanded Universe (EU) era, referred to the leader of Rogue Squadron which was the Rebels (and later New Republic's) elite X-Wing squadron. Wedge Antilles and Luke Skywalker each had the moniker at some point. Since the EU is dead, that title could now mean anything. In addition, composer Alexandre Desplat (Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game) will create the score for the film.

Star Wars: Episode VIII's release date is now set for May 26, 2017 and marks the 40th Anniversary of the franchise. The director will be Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Breaking Bad).

The final bit is currently just an unconfirmed rumor. According to the Latino-Review (whose movie leaks are in the 50/50 range for accuracy) is reporting that Star Wars: Episode IX might be directed by JJ Abrams who will return to the helm after a break from Episode 7. Schedule wise it actually makes perfect sense as provides him enough of a break between films to recharge or do some other project but still allow plenty of time to prep the final installment of this trilogy set.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Lawsuit Confirms Star Wars 7 Character

A lawsuit filed by Disney against image host ImageShack has also verified a picture leak of a Star Wars: The Force Awakens character is from the film and not a fan creation. The picture (right) shows the face view of Kylo Ren who is the same character seen from the back of the recent trailer that wields a sword light-saber. It is assumed the character is the film's bad guy but that hasn't been confirmed.

The lawsuit is rather moronic but probably a response to pressure from JJ Abrams to make an example of someone to prevent future leaks. Abrams is notorious for wanting to keep every aspect of his films secret with no detail being to small to keep hush-hush (like the face mask of character). If those secrets were critical to the enjoyment of his films I could get it but in most cases they are irrelevant and do nothing to add or takeaway from the film. They are just minor details that reveal nothing of plot. It should be noted that at this point after tracking the director/writer's career I will not lie - my expectations on this film are pretty damn low. I suspect that Abrams will make the Superman Returns mistakes of dipping into the nostalgia well a little too deep and just rehashing previous films. I am really hoping I am wrong and he breaks his pattern of great idea with poor follow through (see Alias, Lost, Felicity, Star Wars films, Cloverfield, you get the idea) but nonsense like this lawsuit does little to make me think otherwise. Amusingly I suspect if the next trailer (probably attached to Avengers: Age of Ultron) doesn't reveal most of these characters than the toy leaks will.

Monday, December 22, 2014

A Thank You Video from Star Wars Sets

Below is a new video filmed as part of the Omaze "Force for Change" charity that has JJ Abrams and the crew saying "Thank You!" for participating in the charity which raised $4.26 million for UNICEF.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Retro Cards Reveals Star Wars Character Names

Combine a re-creation of Topps '70s era trading cards with moments from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and you finally get the names of a few of the characters that will be in the film. Makes you wonder what arm twisting torture was required to get JJ Abrams to approve even the release of this tiny nugget of info. Any below is the list of new info while the entire card set can be found at Entertainment Weekly or

- Pop-up Stormtrooper is called Finn (John Boyega)
- Rolling droid is called BB-8
- X-Wing pilot is named Poe Dameron
- Girl on speeder bike is Rey (Daisy Ridley)
- Sword Lightsaber holder is called Kylo Ren

Friday, November 28, 2014

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer

Here is the teaser trailer for Star Wars: Thee Force Awakens that is due Christmas 2015. Being an JJ Abrams flick, the teaser is just that - a whole lot of images that tell you absolutely nothing about the film except that the CGI will be great.