Disney has announced its purchase of Lucasfilm, the maker of Star Wars, in a $4.05bn (£2.5bn) deal that will pave the way for a new series of Star Wars feature films. In a move that prompted excitement and speculation among sci-fi fans, Disney said the plan is to release a new Star Wars film every two to three years after bringing out Star Wars Episode 7 in 2015. George Lucas, who founded Lucasfilm in 1971 before enhancing his name with other worldwide hits such as the Indiana Jones franchise, is a filmmaker known for exercising control over the most minute details of the fictional universe he created. So it was not a surprise to hear that Lucas will remain as a creative consultant on the new Star Wars films. "For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next," he said. "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I … [Read more...] about Disney to buy Star Wars production company Lucasfilm for $4bn
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Eagle-eyed Star Wars viewers have noticed that the version of Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope on Disney+ has been edited once again, making yet another revision to one of the first Star Wars movie’s most controversial scenes. The classic showdown between Han Solo and the bounty hunter Greedo in the Mos Eisley cantina features a couple of new shots, contains one new line of untranslated dialogue from Greedo, and, most importantly, now has Han and Greedo fire their blasters on the same frame, making the two attacks simultaneous. The news comes courtesy of Star Wars Visual Comparisons, a Twitter account that documents the various changes made to the original Star Wars trilogy. Over there, you can see the new version of the scene, as well as a complete breakdown of what’s different. According to Star Wars Visual Comparisons, the rest of the movie seems to be based on the 2011 Blu-ray release, which George Lucas oversaw shortly before selling Star Wars to Disney. Oh my … [Read more...] about Did Han or Greedo shoot first? New Disney+ edit of Star Wars makes it less clear
Boba Fett “absolutely” survived that nasty plunge into the Sarlacc Pit a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, according to a pretty solid source: Boba Fett himself. “Yes, absolutely. Yes, he did!” English actor Jeremy Bulloch, the O.G. Boba Fett, insisted when he rang The Daily Beast ahead of Star Wars Day from his home in London, just a skip away from where he first donned the Mandalorian bounty hunter’s metallic ensemble in the spring of 1979. Bulloch, 71, famously played Boba Fett in 1980’s Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back and 1983’s Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, turning a sparse and primarily physical performance into one of the more surprisingly popular characters in the Star Wars universe. And as the modest little sci-fi series he had a part in grew into a full-fledged cultural phenomenon, Bulloch, a longtime theater and film actor, saw one of his most serendipitous roles become an indelible … [Read more...] about The Original Boba Fett Tells All On Star Wars Day
Star Wars fans are abuzz after a news agency report appeared to inadvertently reveal that the debut film in Disney's forthcoming revival of the series will feature a storyline in which Luke Skywalker returns to the planet Yavin 4 to build a Jedi knight academy. The titbit is buried in an article by Reuters about the ancient Mayan city of Tikal, deep in the Guatemala rainforest, which George Lucas used for the location of the rebel base in 1977's Star Wars. (It is from here that the rebel assault on the first Death Star is launched.) The tourist destination has apparently become inundated with fans of the long-running space opera aiming to soak up the "end of the world" atmosphere as an era closes in the Mayan Long Count calendar this Friday. Disney has not yet confirmed the storyline for Star Wars: Episode VII and some websites have speculated that Reuters does not have its facts straight. The usually reliable agency's story reads: "Yavin 4 and the rebel base return to the Star Wars … [Read more...] about Star Wars Episode VII – is Yavin 4 storyline fact or fiction?
Disney's plan to revive the long-running Star Wars saga could be far more ambitious than first thought following reports that the studio is planning two to three new movies every year. In the wake of Disney's $4.05bn purchase of all rights to Star Wars, filmgoers were expecting a new trilogy of films released over several years. But according to a number of US sites, new Lucasfilm chief executive Kathleen Kennedy has a far more aggressive plan. She is quoted as telling the new edition of Entertainment Weekly, which is due to hit US news stands today, that Disney envisions "two or three films a year". Reading on mobile? Click here to watch It has been reported elsewhere that Star Wars could be packaged in line with the studio's Marvel universe, which successfully delivered a series of comic book films focusing on individual superheroes before bringing them all together for the $1.5bn box office hit The Avengers earlier this year. If Kennedy's comment is confirmed, it would appear Star … [Read more...] about Star Wars rumours swirl as Lucasfilm chief hints at ambitious plans
Brad Bird, the director of The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, has become the latest high-profile film-maker to rule himself out of the running for the new Star Wars film. Bird made the comment via Twitter in response to a fan who asked him to respond to reports that he was top of producers' wishlist for Star Wars Episode 7. The new film is due in 2015 and follows Disney's $4.05bn purchase of Lucasfilm and all rights to the long-running space opera last month. When a follower tweeted, "Tell me your next one is the new Star Wars!", Bird replied: "Nope. A science fiction film. Not Star Wars." He later added: "That said, Michael Arndt is a fantastic writer and Kathy Kennedy is a brilliant producer. I will be first in line to see the new Star Wars." Reading this on mobile? Click here to view Arndt, the Oscar-winning writer of Toy Story, was announced as the screenwriter for Episode 7 last week. Kathleen Kennedy is the newly appointed head of Lucasfilm following … [Read more...] about Star Wars Episode 7: Brad Bird rules himself out