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Star Wars: Episode VII For 2015
As Disney buys Lucasfilm for $4bn

31 October 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Disney

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Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, and George Lucas, chairman and founder, Lucasfilm sign the agreement for The Walt Disney Company to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd.

Today we felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in amazement, and were silenced by hard fact. Yes, Walt Disney has gone on another acquisition mission, buying up Lucasfilm for the handsome sum of kee oto* But the even bigger news to come out of the announcement? The companies are planning Episode VII in the Star Wars franchise for 2015.

The jokes, of course, came almost as fast as the questions of whether it was actually true. But it really is, and George Lucas himself was part of the announcement.

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said Lucas, chairman and CEO of Lucasfilm, in a statement. “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 thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.

“I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”

While the move remains somewhat shocking, it’s not entirely surprising, especially since Disney bought Marvel (demonstrating, so far, that they can shepherd a geek-friendly company without Disney-fying the result) and Lucas announced he was stepping back from filmmaking to shepherd other projects.

But the new film is only part one of the strategy. Snuck into word that Kennedy will slide into the president’s job at Lucasfilm, comes this little nugget: "Star Wars Episode VII  is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.”

In a follow-up investor's call about the move, it was announced that the seventh film would be the first in a new trilogy, with releases aimed at roughly every two to three years. The treatment for the first of the three is already in hand. Lucas and Kennedy discuss the movies in the video below.

Nothing is known about the new movies yet, but of course we’ll keep you advised. Also, anyone else think this might finally mean the long-planned, already-written live-action Star Wars TV show might finally go ahead? After all, Disney are making a S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series alongside their Marvel films, so that could fit. Even if that's still too ambitious, expect a wealth of telly, toy and theme park releases.

*$4.05 billion, in cash and stocks. 


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L: cerebusboy L: grucl There is is in fact no evidence (other than George Lucas' word Jabba in ANH was gonna be anything else than a human actor in a costume. Quite to the contrary: Right. George wanted a Jabba scene. Financially, they could only afford a guy in a suit (remember that the Cantina scene has dudes in wolf masks due to budgetary constraints). The guy in the suit looked rubbish. Years later, when George has oodles of cash and creative control, he puts Jabba More

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Well I have the perfect person to play Indiana Jones: Thomas Jane He fits the role perfectly, is about the right ag,e and is young enough to make at least 3-4 sequels. My Bet Thomas Jane. More

Posted by Mightyman at 01:47 on 10 November 2012 | Report This Post

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brilliant news, with george lucas out of the way we might actually get a good new instalment! yay! More

Posted by mclane1 at 17:57 on 08 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Did anyone else find Kathleen's sycophancy unsettling?
L: jobloffski The proof of intent or vision or lack thereof will be in the results. ndeed. It's completely pointless to try and extrapolate anything from an interview for PR purposes. More

Posted by Darth Marenghi at 16:57 on 03 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Did anyone else find Kathleen's sycophancy unsettling?
L: launcelot Just watched the interview video. Kathleen spent the whole time talking to George Lucas rather than the interviewer. She simply came out with a few trite suck-up phrases like 'the main thing is that we protect your characters" and "you'll be my Yoda". This is not a woman with reassuring vision. This is a woman who will be George's puppet. Sadly, while be at physically out of the building, his Force will still be strongly felt. Even if the reality is, in some people's v More

Posted by jobloffski at 12:38 on 03 November 2012 | Report This Post

Well...........
Truth is they already have story lines they can use which can incorporate the original actors into for example Darth Caedus as a new sith lord. but in my opinion they should do prequels long live REVAN!!! More

Posted by Wedge_Antilles at 11:04 on 03 November 2012 | Report This Post

Did anyone else find Kathleen's sycophancy unsettling?
Just watched the interview video. Kathleen spent the whole time talking to George Lucas rather than the interviewer. She simply came out with a few trite suck-up phrases like 'the main thing is that we protect your characters" and "you'll be my Yoda". This is not a woman with reassuring vision. This is a woman who will be George's puppet. Sadly, while be at physically out of the building, his Force will still be strongly felt. More

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You can bet your bottom dollar Lucas ring-fenced the six existing movies from Disney-tinkering as part of the deal. More

Posted by Litshttam at 18:38 on 02 November 2012 | Report This Post

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L: OPEN YOUR EYES Would love to see Del Toro be given a chance to Direct the next Star Wars film. Spielberg maybe a good shout,though abit unimaginative considering his links with Lucas or maybe even Joss Whedon. Theres been slight murmurs that Catherine Hardwicke maybe on the hit-list but I pray she isn't given the opportunity because her films are frankly just over-long pop videos. I remember Empire reporting that Spielberg's favourite Star Wars movie is Attack of the Clone More

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Would love to see Del Toro be given a chance to Direct the next Star Wars film. Spielberg maybe a good shout,though abit unimaginative considering his links with Lucas or maybe even Joss Whedon. Theres been slight murmurs that Catherine Hardwicke maybe on the hit-list but I pray she isn't given the opportunity because her films are frankly just over-long pop videos. More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 13:48 on 02 November 2012 | Report This Post

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I think that Paul WS Anderson should write and direct Episode VII. More

Posted by Russ Whitfield at 13:38 on 02 November 2012 | Report This Post

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never left the topic. Both franchises should have Directors for hire is what i'm saying, getting a Director who will become too precious about it will lead them down the same previous path. More

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L: cerebusboy L: chewbacasnapsak I always thought both the Star Wars and the Indiana Jones movies were intended to be a hark back to the serial movies of the 30s and 40s, a fact that both Lucas and Speilberg banged on about constantly, but then instead of doing just that and release a movie every 2 or 3 years Well, in fairness, how many big directors would be up for doing a classic sci-fi serial style movie? If Ridley Scott or James Cameron (say) were up for doing a Star War More

Posted by chewbacasnapsak at 10:40 on 02 November 2012 | Report This Post

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L: cerebusboy L: Dannybohy L: NeoBrowser L: Dannybohy Now i'm pretty sure your just baiting me but I don't care, Nolan is the single worst thing to happen the Superhero movie genre ever. He should stick to boring pretentious twatty mind fuck movies which granted he does quite well. An example of this horrible infection is the fact that judging by the clips of MoS, we are essentially going to get SUPERMAN BEGINS. Same plot same visuals. Just hope there is enough Zack i More

Posted by Dannybohy at 10:29 on 02 November 2012 | Report This Post

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L: chewbacasnapsak I always thought both the Star Wars and the Indiana Jones movies were intended to be a hark back to the serial movies of the 30s and 40s, a fact that both Lucas and Speilberg banged on about constantly, but then instead of doing just that and release a movie every 2 or 3 years Well, in fairness, how many big directors would be up for doing a classic sci-fi serial style movie? If Ridley Scott or James Cameron (say) were up for doing a Star Wars movie, surely they'd More

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I always thought both the Star Wars and the Indiana Jones movies were intended to be a hark back to the serial movies of the 30s and 40s, a fact that both Lucas and Speilberg banged on about constantly, but then instead of doing just that and release a movie every 2 or 3 years like the Bond franchise they just held on to it and refused to let other directors and actors run with it. Coupled with grumpy fucker Harrison Ford shunning the roles that made him in the first place, until Indy IV, in wh More

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L: grucl There is is in fact no evidence (other than George Lucas' word Jabba in ANH was gonna be anything else than a human actor in a costume. Quite to the contrary: Right. George wanted a Jabba scene. Financially, they could only afford a guy in a suit (remember that the Cantina scene has dudes in wolf masks due to budgetary constraints). The guy in the suit looked rubbish. Years later, when George has oodles of cash and creative control, he puts Jabba back in with the be More

Posted by cerebusboy at 09:42 on 02 November 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Dannybohy L: NeoBrowser L: Dannybohy Now i'm pretty sure your just baiting me but I don't care, Nolan is the single worst thing to happen the Superhero movie genre ever. He should stick to boring pretentious twatty mind fuck movies which granted he does quite well. An example of this horrible infection is the fact that judging by the clips of MoS, we are essentially going to get SUPERMAN BEGINS. Same plot same visuals. Just hope there is enough Zack injected to at least More

Posted by cerebusboy at 09:39 on 02 November 2012 | Report This Post

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L: NeoBrowser L: Dannybohy Now i'm pretty sure your just baiting me but I don't care, Nolan is the single worst thing to happen the Superhero movie genre ever. He should stick to boring pretentious twatty mind fuck movies which granted he does quite well. An example of this horrible infection is the fact that judging by the clips of MoS, we are essentially going to get SUPERMAN BEGINS. Same plot same visuals. Just hope there is enough Zack injected to at least pull of a decent actio More

Posted by Dannybohy at 09:27 on 02 November 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Deviation as meant to be in ANH at the time - special effects were not at the point where he could be included. How is that not a case of 'orginal vision'? Because you dislike the changes? 'Original vision' doesn't mean 'things I like about Star Wars'. It's perfectly possible to state that the changes did, in some cases, bring things closer to the orginal vision but that's not necessarily a good thing, Star Wars has always been better when George has had other creative people (Kasdan e More

Posted by grucl at 07:33 on 02 November 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Dannybohy Now i'm pretty sure your just baiting me but I don't care, Nolan is the single worst thing to happen the Superhero movie genre ever. He should stick to boring pretentious twatty mind fuck movies which granted he does quite well. An example of this horrible infection is the fact that judging by the clips of MoS, we are essentially going to get SUPERMAN BEGINS. Same plot same visuals. Just hope there is enough Zack injected to at least pull of a decent action scene, thats all it w More

Posted by NeoBrowser at 01:31 on 02 November 2012 | Report This Post

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Oh God... so you know how the scene works but the guy who actually directed it doesn't ? Again, even if you think Lucas' aesthetic choices are wrong/stupid that doesn't stop them being aesthetic choices. es, for example, I WOULD FUCKING KNOW BY NOW IF LUKE SHOULD SCREAM WHEN FALLING IN ESB OR NOT. No, I don't believe they're aesthetic, I believe they're a marketing ploy and an incredibly manipulative one as well. as meant to be in ANH at the time - special effects were not More

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L: cerebusboy L: Dannybohy *COUGH* Quote from todays Empire article: THE FILM ALSO NEEDS TO DISTINGUISH ITSELF FROM AVATAR, FROM JOHN CARTER, AND FROM ITS OWN PREQUELS. Our suggestion would be that one way to do that is to keep CG to a minimum and try to use as many practical effects as possible. For one, it will distinguish Episode VII from the sometimes CG-slap happy prequels. For another, it will recall the original films. I cut the parts where he mentioned Chris Bastar More

Posted by Dannybohy at 14:18 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

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Oh my Goodness, Oh my goodness Oh my goodness....... More Star Wars... *creams self* More

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L: Dannybohy *COUGH* Quote from todays Empire article: THE FILM ALSO NEEDS TO DISTINGUISH ITSELF FROM AVATAR, FROM JOHN CARTER, AND FROM ITS OWN PREQUELS. Our suggestion would be that one way to do that is to keep CG to a minimum and try to use as many practical effects as possible. For one, it will distinguish Episode VII from the sometimes CG-slap happy prequels. For another, it will recall the original films. I cut the parts where he mentioned Chris Bastard Nolan for obvious More

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*COUGH* Quote from todays Empire article: THE FILM ALSO NEEDS TO DISTINGUISH ITSELF FROM AVATAR, FROM JOHN CARTER, AND FROM ITS OWN PREQUELS. Our suggestion would be that one way to do that is to keep CG to a minimum and try to use as many practical effects as possible. For one, it will distinguish Episode VII from the sometimes CG-slap happy prequels. For another, it will recall the original films. I cut the parts where he mentioned Chris Bastard Nolan for obvious reasons.... More

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L: cerebusboy L: Discodez L: cerebusboy L: Discodez L: sinaplenty Who - WHO - wants to see more Star Wars films? Well, obviously accountants and 5 years olds who want to be a jedi...it is unbelievably depressing that they dictate which films get made. imple fact is that they are kids films, when episode 4 came out in 1977 it was a kids film, it still is a kids film and every single film since has been a kids film. Revenge of the Sith was a 12, a More

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L: cerebusboy L: Sinatra L: cerebusboy L: Sinatra ry. In reality : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luke_Skywalker#Expanded_Un iverse_appearances hat does that mean? this isn't realy reality you know.... is it? ote] In theory, more stories with Luke Skywalker would be amazing. In reality, most of them haven't been all that. rhh I see, but this will be brand new... for the films..! can't blooming wait. Bleeding Cool are reporting that George Lucas met More

Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 12:11 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: What would you moaners do without the Internet???
L: Sinatra L: cerebusboy L: Sinatra ry. In reality : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luke_Skywalker#Expanded_Un iverse_appearances hat does that mean? this isn't realy reality you know.... is it? ote] In theory, more stories with Luke Skywalker would be amazing. In reality, most of them haven't been all that. rhh I see, but this will be brand new... for the films..! can't blooming wait. Bleeding Cool are reporting that George Lucas met with Hamill and Fisher More

Posted by cerebusboy at 11:20 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Discodez L: cerebusboy L: Discodez L: sinaplenty Who - WHO - wants to see more Star Wars films? Well, obviously accountants and 5 years olds who want to be a jedi...it is unbelievably depressing that they dictate which films get made. imple fact is that they are kids films, when episode 4 came out in 1977 it was a kids film, it still is a kids film and every single film since has been a kids film. Revenge of the Sith was a 12, and they need to cut More

Posted by cerebusboy at 11:18 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

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L: cerebusboy L: Discodez L: sinaplenty Who - WHO - wants to see more Star Wars films? Well, obviously accountants and 5 years olds who want to be a jedi...it is unbelievably depressing that they dictate which films get made. imple fact is that they are kids films, when episode 4 came out in 1977 it was a kids film, it still is a kids film and every single film since has been a kids film. Revenge of the Sith was a 12, and they need to cut bits when they show i More

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of the Sith was a 12, and they need to cut bits when they show it on the telly! hat's the only exception though... they are kids film. More

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L: Discodez L: sinaplenty Who - WHO - wants to see more Star Wars films? Well, obviously accountants and 5 years olds who want to be a jedi...it is unbelievably depressing that they dictate which films get made. imple fact is that they are kids films, when episode 4 came out in 1977 it was a kids film, it still is a kids film and every single film since has been a kids film. Revenge of the Sith was a 12, and they need to cut bits when they show it on the telly! More

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I'm completely on board. I'm optimistic Disney can breath a new leases of life into this already amazing Universe. The absence of George dialogue writing and directing is a massive plus. More

Posted by shool at 10:54 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

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L: sinaplenty Who - WHO - wants to see more Star Wars films? Well, obviously accountants and 5 years olds who want to be a jedi...it is unbelievably depressing that they dictate which films get made. imple fact is that they are kids films, when episode 4 came out in 1977 it was a kids film, it still is a kids film and every single film since has been a kids film. More

Posted by Discodez at 10:41 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

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L: cerebusboy L: Sinatra ry. In reality : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luke_Skywalker#Expanded_Un iverse_appearances hat does that mean? this isn't realy reality you know.... is it? ote] In theory, more stories with Luke Skywalker would be amazing. In reality, most of them haven't been all that. rhh I see, but this will be brand new... for the films..! can't blooming wait. More

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Posted by Sinatra at 10:38 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: that's some equity release
L: cerebusboy L: Dannybohy Nice try! but you only have to watch the CGI of Jabba and Han scene that was added!! The CGI was dreadful . I Still say the original puppetry in Jedi was far superior!. Just like the Skeletons in Jason and the Argonauts and the first Terminator stop motion sequences are still creepier that any CGI equivalent to date. And all the extra CGi backdrops added to the original trilogy are both badly done and ruin the movies. Yeah, but there's lots of t More

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RE: What would you moaners do without the Internet???
L: Sinatra ry. In reality : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luke_Skywalker#Expanded_Un iverse_appearances hat does that mean? this isn't realy reality you know.... is it? ote] In theory, more stories with Luke Skywalker would be amazing. In reality, most of them haven't been all that. More

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ry. In reality : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luke_Skywalker#Expanded_Un iverse_appearances hat does that mean? this isn't realy reality you know.... is it? More

Posted by Sinatra at 10:04 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: that's some equity release
L: Dannybohy Nice try! but you only have to watch the CGI of Jabba and Han scene that was added!! The CGI was dreadful . I Still say the original puppetry in Jedi was far superior!. Just like the Skeletons in Jason and the Argonauts and the first Terminator stop motion sequences are still creepier that any CGI equivalent to date. And all the extra CGi backdrops added to the original trilogy are both badly done and ruin the movies. Yeah, but there's lots of things that you need More

Posted by cerebusboy at 09:57 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Deviation Because most of them too fucking stupid to be actually with real intent and occasionally show fuck all knowledge of how the scene works. Ah, so you know how the scene works but the guy who actually directed it doesn't gain, even if you think Lucas' aesthetic choices are wrong/stupid that doesn't stop them being aesthetic choices. ba in ANH was a terrible poorly handled moment with no importance whatsoever (let alone him first appearing in ROTJ is more eff More

Posted by cerebusboy at 09:50 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Darth Marenghi L: cerebusboy I'm not arguing Lucas' changes are necessarily good, I'm arguing that it's his call. ell, his call... ote] True ng Cool have a story on how Lucas is giving most of the 4Billion to an educational foundation. Told you he's a good guy More

Posted by cerebusboy at 09:35 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

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L: NeoBrowser L: Dannybohy L: boristhespie L: NeoBrowser This is the most disturbing thing I've seen on this thread! Why the hell would a company as advanced as Disney dump 30+ years of technology and rebate back to the horrible, horrible, horrible stop-motion and puppetry of the OT just to please a few old people who still think computers run by magic? cause computer generated Jabba looks so much better to model Jabba whilenthe computer generated scenery looks so much better a More

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You all know that this makes Leia Organa a Disney princess! More

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L: Dannybohy L: boristhespie L: NeoBrowser This is the most disturbing thing I've seen on this thread! Why the hell would a company as advanced as Disney dump 30+ years of technology and rebate back to the horrible, horrible, horrible stop-motion and puppetry of the OT just to please a few old people who still think computers run by magic? cause computer generated Jabba looks so much better to model Jabba whilenthe computer generated scenery looks so much better and real than.....errr.. More

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L: Deviation The appropiate one would be if they eliminated The Aristocats completely because of that Siamese. They didn't. ou're thinking of Lady and the Tramp... Sorry, I missed the point of the conversation didn't I? More

Posted by Timon at 08:29 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

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L: 123GO! But I still think George Lucas is one of the best writers ever, having given us Star Wars, then 'Empire' and Raiders of The Lost Ark. love George as much a the next nerd from the 70s, but do remember he didn't write Empire or Raiders. More

Posted by Histeria at 07:43 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

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L: cerebusboy I'm not arguing Lucas' changes are necessarily good, I'm arguing that it's his call. ell, his call... More

Posted by Darth Marenghi at 00:07 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post

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ot playing. The choices are made for reasons - for example, Jabba in ANH ties the trilogy together given his importance in Jedi, the aforementioned planet scenes, making the Ewok eyes blink so they seem more cuddly and less dead-eyed dolls, making a supposedly busy spaceport more ,er, busy, showing the X-Wings massing in space to create more tension before the climatic final battle. Etc . You think Lucas did these things for lulz? Why? ecause most of them too fucking stupid to be actually with More

Posted by Deviation at 23:38 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Deviation It's not playing. It's an aesthetic choice. Sure it is and it is still playing with the scene or adding sounds. Also, if Lucas is that series about those changes then I'm the Patriarch of Constantinople. It's not playing. The choices are made for reasons - for example, Jabba in ANH ties the trilogy together given his importance in Jedi, the aforementioned planet scenes, making the Ewok eyes blink so they seem more cuddly and less dead-eyed dolls, making a s More

Posted by cerebusboy at 23:24 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

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t's not playing. It's an aesthetic choice. ure it is and it is still playing with the scene or adding sounds. Also, if Lucas is that series about those changes then I'm the Patriarch of Constantinople. rse I'm aware there's a moral difference between racism and number of cats/aliens whatever in a scene. But, again, the Disney changes were not ALL racism. es, some others were because of Jewish stereotypes and animal cruelty. Moral choice is the key word on why Disney changes are different More

Posted by Deviation at 23:13 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Deviation Just because it's his original vision (something I stopped believing a long time ago, I don't even think he knows how the scene is supposed to work and constantly amends it) doesn't make it good and fair enough that it his film, the problem I have with your comment is THAT THERE IS A DIFFERENCE tinkering with a past scene AND ELIMINATING BLACKFACE CENTAURS BEING SERVANTS TO PRETTY WHITES OR PICANINNY CATS. One is Lucas playing with his own work, the other one is eliminat More

Posted by cerebusboy at 23:09 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

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Just because it's his original vision (something I stopped believing a long time ago, I don't even think he knows how the scene is supposed to work and constantly amends it) doesn't make it good and fair enough that it his film, the problem I have with your comment is THAT THERE IS A DIFFERENCE tinkering with a past scene AND ELIMINATING BLACKFACE CENTAURS BEING SERVANTS TO PRETTY WHITES OR PICANINNY CATS. One is Lucas playing with his own work, the other one is eliminating unabashed racis More

Posted by Deviation at 23:05 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Put the pen down George!
L: Rooby Oh Lord, that's not a pic of George penning the script is it?! py07.gif]py07.gif]py07.gif] More

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L: Deviation And the adding of planets is a touch I liked (other than that hellish sound in Naboo) but virtually added nothing to the plot. Adding more Rontos on Tatooine adds basically nothing and just makes the shot look more cluttered. Most of the examples mentioned in that thread do involve changing things that are either cruelty or racism and while Star Wars is not untouched by stereotypes but I very much doubt Disney will touch those as they're not as bad as picaninny cats. More

Posted by cerebusboy at 22:52 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

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And the adding of planets is a touch I liked (other than that hellish sound in Naboo) but virtually added nothing to the plot. Adding more Rontos on Tatooine adds basically nothing and just makes the shot look more cluttered. Most of the examples mentioned in that thread do involve changing things that are either cruelty or racism and while Star Wars is not untouched by stereotypes but I very much doubt Disney will touch those as they're not as bad as picaninny cats. I mean, if you want fi More

Posted by Deviation at 22:47 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: Deviation And do the "for a limited time only" releases change things, add backgrounds/creatures or change the sound editing into a different thing for the sake of it? Again, there is a difference between changing or cutting out a blackface to what Lucas does. The changes aren't for the sake of it. For example, take the end of Return of the Jedi. Lucas said that it was a bit underwhelming that you only see a couple of planets celebrating the fall of a vast Galactic Empire, so he chan More

Posted by cerebusboy at 22:40 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
And do the "for a limited time only" releases change things, add backgrounds/creatures or change the sound editing into a different thing for the sake of it? Again, there is a difference between changing or cutting out a blackface to what Lucas does. More

Posted by Deviation at 22:34 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: Deviation Some of those are quite different though, those were genuinely worrying while Lucas' tempering was masturbating with technology while claiming that you're doing it for narrative reasons. Disney also have the famous "for a limited time only!" DVD releases of their classics. I'd prefer a creator choosing to alter his movies than a vast multinational corporation making the same calls. Plus, aren't there probably a lot of kids who've grown up with the Special Editions as More

Posted by cerebusboy at 22:23 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Some of those are quite different though, those were genuinely worrying while Lucas' tempering was masturbating with technology while claiming that you're doing it for narrative reasons. More

Posted by Deviation at 22:20 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE:
L: Toby Dammit Great news Lucas won't be involved after the mess he made of the prequels (as well as mucking about with the original trilogy). Would Disney taking over mean a release of the original films on DVD/Bluray without Lucas' tinkering? I think fox still own the rights to eps. i-VI. Disney aren't averse to a bit of orginal-version changing themselves! forum.bcdb.com/forum/banned_disney_P38306/ More

Posted by cerebusboy at 21:59 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

Great news Lucas won't be involved after the mess he made of the prequels (as well as mucking about with the original trilogy). Would Disney taking over mean a release of the original films on DVD/Bluray without Lucas' tinkering? More

Posted by Toby Dammit at 21:37 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: TOTOR
L: Kalielyn Sorry if this has been mentioned already (too lazy to read 5 pages of posts). But has anyone thought that they could do the Old Republic? Plenty of scope for films there and would stay away from the Skywalker Saga! Good idea. Supershadow famously posted (fictional) outlines for Episodes VII, VIII and IX, and the 'official' sequels in other medium (heir to the empire, dark empire etc) are pretty meh. Old Republic's the way to go. More

Posted by cerebusboy at 18:07 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Star Wars' "vast universe"
L: 123GO! Lucas claims he created a vast universe with Star Wars. This was true of the films originally made in 1977 and 1980, but since then too much of the action revolved around Tatooine and the crappy Coruscant. I don't think I wanna see more action in the same bloody environments - Empire Strikes Back gave as 3 new settings that didn't appear in Star Wars (as it used to be known before those stupid extended titles). And I remember seeing Return of The Jedi in 1983 and feeling disa More

Posted by cerebusboy at 18:05 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

Star Wars' "vast universe"
Lucas claims he created a vast universe with Star Wars. This was true of the films originally made in 1977 and 1980, but since then too much of the action revolved around Tatooine and the crappy Coruscant. I don't think I wanna see more action in the same bloody environments - Empire Strikes Back gave as 3 new settings that didn't appear in Star Wars (as it used to be known before those stupid extended titles). And I remember seeing Return of The Jedi in 1983 and feeling disappointed that the a More

Posted by 123GO! at 17:11 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

TOTOR
Sorry if this has been mentioned already (too lazy to read 5 pages of posts). But has anyone thought that they could do the Old Republic? Plenty of scope for films there and would stay away from the Skywalker Saga! More

Posted by Kalielyn at 17:09 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: ANYONE BUT DISNEY!!!!!!
L: Graphix489 They ruined Tim Burton films. They ruined John Carter. They almost ruined pixar. Now there going for star wars! These people are evil! I predict it will go down the same route as the star trek films. Keep them going until th ow the hell can you ruin a Tim Burton film?!! Tim Burton ruins Tim Burton films. Most over-rated film-maker out today. More

Posted by boristhespie at 16:28 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Bin ep1
Filmradar says that the Indie part , what with Paramount being involved will unlikely come to anything anytime soon. More

Posted by boristhespie at 16:26 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

ANYONE BUT DISNEY!!!!!!
They ruined Tim Burton films. They ruined John Carter. They almost ruined pixar. Now there going for star wars! These people are evil! I predict it will go down the same route as the star trek films. Keep them going until th More

Posted by Graphix489 at 16:19 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Mickey.. it's up to you to make it right!!!
Pirates of the Carribean:  Secret of Monkey Island, anyone? More

Posted by Invader_Ace at 16:17 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

Mickey.. it's up to you to make it right!!!
HAN SHOT FIRST! More

Posted by NeilStone at 16:05 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

Could we have a Marvel Star Wars cross over
I can see it now: Avenger Wars. Iron Man and Han teaming up! More

Posted by criffle at 15:42 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: The best Star Wars related news I've heard since 1999
L: Timon I honestly don't understand all those who hate this news. George Lucas no longer has creative control over Star Wars! am glad that Lucas is gone. He opened a door to a huge cinematic universe in 1977 and promptly slammed it shut again in 1980 when he reduced the scope to a "father and son" - story. The prequels shrunk that universe even further (Yoda is pals with Chewbacca, Anakin built C-3PO. At least we didn't get a teenage Han Solo...). With Lucas gone those stop g More

Posted by grucl at 15:19 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Star Wars Episode VII For 2015?
I can feel the force already. More

Posted by drews at 15:19 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Bin ep1
L: The Hooded Man Given the pressure to make this kiddy friendly there'll be no chance of Wire or Breaking Bad style gripping realism. didnt mention Breaking Bad in terms of gripping realism, only in terms of storytelling (good person going bad). At the end of the day this is about Spaceships, wizards and aliens!! noone wants a movie about a galaxy far far away in a deep recession. More

Posted by Dannybohy at 15:10 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Bin ep1
Given the pressure to make this kiddy friendly there'll be no chance of Wire or Breaking Bad style gripping realism. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 14:59 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Star Wars: Episode VII For 2015
L: Artoo02 py. Haters: ignore it and move on with your lives. Never! There hasn't been a better opportunity to act bitter and entitled since 1999, so this must not be wasted. More

Posted by Fit Kisto at 14:59 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: One reason to live in hope.
L: cerebusboy L: Dannybohy L: cerebusboy L: Qwerty Norris Playing devils advocate here, but this might not actually be a bad thing. Even if he devised the original concept, Lucas has single-handedly been the most detrimental thing to the evolution of the star wars universe - both through his obsession of devising characters in order to sell plastic lunch boxes & toys Dude, the first Star Wars toy deal was over thirty years ago. And if Lucas wanted to More

Posted by Dannybohy at 14:59 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Bin ep1
L: cerebusboy L: Dannybohy L: cerebusboy L: Dannybohy L: cerebusboy L: fancysmith "you've got yourself a new apprentice, now lets go kill some Jedi kids!" Anakin has already committed infanticide long before he becomes a Sith ( the Tusken slaughter). It's established throughout the movies that Sith (e.g. the Darth Tyranous stuff) that Anakin knows full well that the Sith do evil things. Committing evil is the price he has to pay for savin More

Posted by Dannybohy at 14:56 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: One reason to live in hope.
L: Qwerty Norris Playing devils advocate here, but this might not actually be a bad thing. Even if he devised the original concept, Lucas has single-handedly been the most detrimental thing to the evolution of the star wars universe - both through his obsession of devising characters in order to sell plastic lunch boxes & toys which far too often compromise his already shit story-telling & even worse direction. It was inevitable that one of the biggest entertainment franchises of More

Posted by Sotto Voce at 14:46 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: One reason to live in hope.
L: Dannybohy L: cerebusboy L: Qwerty Norris Playing devils advocate here, but this might not actually be a bad thing. Even if he devised the original concept, Lucas has single-handedly been the most detrimental thing to the evolution of the star wars universe - both through his obsession of devising characters in order to sell plastic lunch boxes & toys Dude, the first Star Wars toy deal was over thirty years ago. And if Lucas wanted to make a film just to se More

Posted by cerebusboy at 14:42 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Bin ep1
L: Dannybohy L: cerebusboy L: Dannybohy L: cerebusboy L: fancysmith "you've got yourself a new apprentice, now lets go kill some Jedi kids!" Anakin has already committed infanticide long before he becomes a Sith ( the Tusken slaughter). It's established throughout the movies that Sith (e.g. the Darth Tyranous stuff) that Anakin knows full well that the Sith do evil things. Committing evil is the price he has to pay for saving Padme, which is all h More

Posted by cerebusboy at 14:38 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

Somewhere, Mark Hammill is doing push-ups for the first time in 29 years
Someone from Disney better be on the phone to Harrison Ford right now,, with a big fat massive cheque in their hand More

Posted by Jamie_M at 14:37 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: One reason to live in hope.
L: cerebusboy L: Qwerty Norris Playing devils advocate here, but this might not actually be a bad thing. Even if he devised the original concept, Lucas has single-handedly been the most detrimental thing to the evolution of the star wars universe - both through his obsession of devising characters in order to sell plastic lunch boxes & toys Dude, the first Star Wars toy deal was over thirty years ago. And if Lucas wanted to make a film just to sell toys, would he real More

Posted by Dannybohy at 14:29 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: One reason to live in hope.
L: Qwerty Norris Playing devils advocate here, but this might not actually be a bad thing. Even if he devised the original concept, Lucas has single-handedly been the most detrimental thing to the evolution of the star wars universe - both through his obsession of devising characters in order to sell plastic lunch boxes & toys Dude, the first Star Wars toy deal was over thirty years ago. And if Lucas wanted to make a film just to sell toys, would he really choose tax routes an More

Posted by cerebusboy at 14:26 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Ok Disney...
L: logan 5 This is a great opportunity to address some of the imperfections of the last trilogy namely the overuse of CGI (see various Jedi temple backgrounds ) and where possible try to go back to a more set orientated feel like in the original trilogy focusing more on the human aspect rather than the CGI created ones... yes yes i know this is not going to happen primarily due to cost and time but ( and at my age it is through rose tinted glasses somewhat that i make this plea) Star W More

Posted by Dannybohy at 14:10 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

Great news but.........
Now that Disney have the rights I'm worred,, I mean what if they make a kid friendly Star Wars movie, based around an annoying child and goofy idiotic characters and,,,, oh no, wait! More

Posted by Jamie_M at 14:09 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Film stars opinions
L: brokenking I think Empire should open up its email address book and ask as many film stars what they think. First and foremost for me would be Simon Pegg / Edgar Wright / Nick Frost and Kevin Smith. egg and Smith have both commented on twitter. Pegg is moaning, Smith is excited about the idea. More

Posted by adambatman82 at 14:08 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Bin ep1
L: cerebusboy L: Dannybohy L: cerebusboy L: fancysmith "you've got yourself a new apprentice, now lets go kill some Jedi kids!" Anakin has already committed infanticide long before he becomes a Sith ( the Tusken slaughter). It's established throughout the movies that Sith (e.g. the Darth Tyranous stuff) that Anakin knows full well that the Sith do evil things. Committing evil is the price he has to pay for saving Padme, which is all he cares about. People More

Posted by Dannybohy at 14:03 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

Ok Disney...
This is a great opportunity to address some of the imperfections of the last trilogy namely the overuse of CGI (see various Jedi temple backgrounds ) and where possible try to go back to a more set orientated feel like in the original trilogy focusing more on the human aspect rather than the CGI created ones... yes yes i know this is not going to happen primarily due to cost and time but ( and at my age it is through rose tinted glasses somewhat that i make this plea) Star Wars is primarily a st More

Posted by logan 5 at 13:42 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: One reason to live in hope.
Playing devils advocate here, but this might not actually be a bad thing. Even if he devised the original concept, Lucas has single-handedly been the most detrimental thing to the evolution of the star wars universe - both through his obsession of devising characters in order to sell plastic lunch boxes & toys which far too often compromise his already shit story-telling & even worse direction. It was inevitable that one of the biggest entertainment franchises of all time was not going to More

Posted by Qwerty Norris at 13:41 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

One reason to live in hope.
Well, at least they couldn't possibly be as bad as those last three, could they? Or could they? More

Posted by ericcoyle at 13:27 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

Iam ahuge fan of Star Wars and i would love to see another film but I do think they should leave it alone. More

Posted by Seth_Gecko at 13:25 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Bin ep1
My point is more about the clunky, almost forced way his fall is handled in Ep3, it should have been a bigger, longer scene, it's the crux of the whole story, this point when he made the decision to become a Sith and it's handled like he's deciding between a fry up or pancakes for breakfast. More

Posted by fancysmith at 13:24 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

Hahaha! Episode VII will have no vision behind it, all it will be is a terrible, large budgeted, CGI heavy, 'child friendly' film which will be based on how much cash can be raked in from tie-in consumer products. More

Posted by MJV90 at 13:20 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Star Wars Episode VII For 2015?
Really doing it without George directing or writing is really the best news i've heard in a long while. Don't get me wrong i've nothing against him personally it's just you felt with the latter 3 just like the South Park kids did with Indiana Jones, speaking of which could you do us a favor & leave that alone now George please. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 13:14 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Star Wars Episode VII For 2015?
L: Dannybohy L: manwihtheplan I think one of the great challenges for the new trilogy is to come up with a strong villain. Darth Vader was one of the greatest film villains of all time. It's going to be very hard to come up with a new character that can rival Lord Vader! Do you think so! Iconic, yes, wouldnt put him in the top ten greatest villians personally. I think its The Emperor that will be hard to rival. Top 3 surely! I agree it's a challenge, I don't think More

Posted by cerebusboy at 13:07 on 31 October 2012 | Report This Post

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