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Post Posted: October 30th 2012 3:10 pm
 
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cnbc.com :siren:

4.05 bln in cash and stock (50/50 split).


Dark Horse may lose it's license and I'm guess Clone Wars Moves to Disney XD sooner rather than later.

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Post Posted: October 30th 2012 3:39 pm
 
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Episode 7 is a reality. Can't wrap my head around this to be honest. Based on the past production schedule, conceptual work would already be well underway and casting should start soon, with shooting happening next summer. All feels so rushed.

Given that the Ep. 7 announcement was so prominent in the release, can't help but feel like this is a promise from Disney to its investors that they can count on a hard return on their investment quickly. Feels cheap and hollow to me.

Then again, I feel like I am in a great minority in that I enjoy the PT as much as the OT, so...

Something about this just doesn't feel right, though.


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WTF. :wowowow:

Quite the monolith-building move by Lucas. This'll take a while to process and warm to if that's even possible.

A side of me is excited and curious as to what these new films will be like, but another side of me (the somewhat naive side, actually) thinks this is one of the greatest sell-outs in movie history. I mean, hasn't George Lucas referred to the Star Wars saga as the most successful independent film series ever produced? I guess they can still retain that identity, but something inside of me abhors the plotting and strategies of these massive corporate conglomerates.

I'm actually getting weak at the knees just thinking about what this means as a fan and, more specifically, as an MFer. :heavymetal:


Post Posted: October 30th 2012 3:58 pm
 
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Good blog entry by Pablo here.

http://starwarsblog.starwars.com/index. ... he-future/


Post Posted: October 30th 2012 4:17 pm
 
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I'm levelled by this announcement.

Without realising it I was secure in the fact Lucas had complete control over his EMPIRE and that the 6 movies were completed. Now Disney has straight up announced Ep VII....hmm.

I just hope this works...

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Post Posted: October 30th 2012 4:48 pm
 
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Call me naive, but I absolutely never thought I would live to see this day.

The prequels might be divisive and have their share of problems, but they were made with a PLAN in mind. They gave us the untold story of Anakin and completed the journey of Skywalker that Star Wars was based around. Everything else - the EU, the games, the comics, the TV shows - has always felt like filler to me. Some of it very good filler, but the hallowed grounds were the films. I never thought Lucas would make VII-IX because he had already completed his journey. The story that needed to be told was done.

This announcement was made with one thing in mind: dollar signs. That's it. No untold story, no plan, no fan lust or desire or anticipation to learn more about what else is going on in the film universe. It's pissing on hallowed grounds and, as of this moment, feels like the most sell-out announcement in movie history.

I have only a single hope for this new series: Kathleen Kennedy. I hope they make the right choices here both from a story and production standpoint or this might turn incredibly ugly. There are no fans more passionate than Star Wars fans and a good segment of those fans have a very bad taste in their mouths regarding this franchise's last trilogy.

I'd really get excited if Spielberg got involved.


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According to a recent conference regarding the deal, there is an "extensive and detailed treatment" for the planned trilogy. I'm guessing Lucas was highly involved with this. If so, that sweetens this whole thing for me... a bit.

For some reason (not really a mystery - I'm kind of a filmmaker with a strong focus in cinematography), the main thing that I'm concerned about is whether they'll abandon or retain the classy, restrained, classical visual style of the Original Saga (you heard it here first :) ). I'd hate to see the new episodes look like The Old Republic cut scenes. Ugh. :mad:


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I like looking at it backwards:

2015 is release
2014 principle shooting is done
2014 conceptual visualization done
2013 screen-writing is done

Which means that disney has a couple months to get the screen-writers hired and working.

Look, Disney does this part well. REALLY well. They know how to produce things, the question is, what are they producing? This isn't going to be a Luke/Leia/Han story, they're too old. Is this a Jaina/Ben story? Do they completely annihilate the EU and go somewhere else? It's all up in the air.

More over, what does this mean for McCallum, Filoni and Pablo? Will Clone Wars survive?

I'm willing to be that Dark Horse will get all the rights to it's comics bought out. Same with Del Rey (Which I applaud, fabulously).


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I'm shocked. Lucas said so many times there would be no more movies.

But he seems to be involved with the movies, so that makes me feel a bit better.

I'll admit it. I'm excited.

And yikes I'm so much older now.


Post Posted: October 30th 2012 5:23 pm
 
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One can only hope they annihilate the EU.

I hope Lucas is heavily involved in the next trilogy thb


Post Posted: October 30th 2012 5:27 pm
 
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Well... this is definitely an interesting development. That said, it's not like the bar was set very high after the prequels, so I say the more Star Wars, the merrier. Bring on Grand Admiral Thrawn and the New Republic! (or whatever they got planned for VII)

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Straight from the man himself:

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Post Posted: October 30th 2012 6:01 pm
 
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Still reeling from this announcement. I think this is a good move by Lucas. Most importantly, this was a decision made by Lucas himself. We all know how much the man digs Disney so I'm sure he feels Star Wars will be at home with the mouse. It's the idea of new movies that he me (and most of you by the looks of it) troubled.

At the same time, the Star Wars brand itself has been so ubiquitous over the past 35 years that the prospect of further expanding the universe and continuing it through the most likely medium (movies) seems like a no brainer. If this decision reeks of money, it's because does. I think Lucas the businessman understands that he's built a kingdom and has people under him who depend on the sustainability of said empire and from that perspective I wholly understand and appreciate this decision.

If you're looking for more perspective, I really enjoyed reading Devin Faraci's take on the situation over at Bad Ass Digest:

http://badassdigest.com/2012/10/30/star-wars-is-saved/

One thing's for sure: I think we're all in for one interesting ride.


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One tidbit from the Disney meeting that seems to have slipped by in all the excitement:

"“We like Star Wars’ potential on TV as well. And we think DisneyXD is a great home for that.”"

So....'Underworld', anyone? Although being with Dinsney would seem to put lie to the claim that UW was going to be a gritty, adult-oriented show along the lines of Deadwood. Lying fuck, McCallum.


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I've apparently been under a rock all day. It seems that we need a Sequel Trilogy forum now.

I might as well go all fan-boy and blurt out a guesstimated plot for Episode 7. I’m going to assume that Lucas will use the next movie as means of joining all three generations of SW fans (OT, PT, & TCW). Here’s my nerdy synopsis: Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill) must race to find Ahsoka who has been in secret exile since the Clone Wars. (Ahsoka faked her death and went into hiding after she received a vision of Anakin’s fateful turn.) She presently possesses information key to the survival the New Republic and the now dying Force. Along the way, Luke receives guidance from the spirit of his father (played by Hayden Christensen). Since his death, Anakin has been locked in purgatorial state. In order to receive full redemption, Anakin, Luke, and Leia must find a way to atone for the crimes Vader committed during the reign of the Empire .

Of course, the movie could be completely unrelated to 1-6. As others have pointed out, it seems that the Skywalker story has already been told by Lucas.

I wonder if Williams is coming back to do the music? They should let Hans Zimmer score Episode 7 just to fuck with CoGro. :masterstroke:


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I wonder if Williams is coming back to do the music? They should let Hans Zimmer score Episode 7 just to fuck with CoGro. :masterstroke:


I was going to say the same thing. Can you imagine how many people actually think that's a good idea?

I remember sighing in relief just before ROTS because I knew that JW was finished with the score. I saw him in concert in 2004 and he was really looking rough at the time (near when Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith died). With news of a new trilogy, now I've got to worry about Williams surviving for at least the next ten years?!


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E_CHU_TA! wrote:
I wonder if Williams is coming back to do the music? They should let Hans Zimmer score Episode 7 just to fuck with CoGro. :masterstroke:

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I was going to say the same thing. Can you imagine how many people actually think that's a good idea?

I remember sighing in relief just before ROTS because I knew that JW was finished with the score. I saw him in concert in 2004 and he was really looking rough at the time (near when Elmer Bernstein and Jerry Goldsmith died). With news of a new trilogy, now I've got to worry about Williams surviving for at least the next ten years?!


That is one of my central concerns as well. Williams is going to be 82 years old by the time scoring sessions for Ep. 7 come up. We can't possibly expect him to do the music at that age, can we?

Star Wars isn't Star Wars without John Williams as well as George Lucas.


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Well, Kevin Kiner is currently doing a nice job of scoring intelligent Star Wars music. So, there's already precedence for not using Williams.

Does anyone remember this report by IESB (from almost exactly) two years ago:

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• ... most likely scenario for the films is that they will exist in the same universe but will not have anything to do with the Skywalker Clan.

[spoil][align=left]George Lucas is plotting to create new Star Wars movies at the ultra top-secret Skywalker Ranch.

This is déjà vu of the mid 90's when Uncle George starting tweaking the Holy Trilogy to gear up for the Special Editions. That was his first step in moving forward with the eventual prequel trilogy.

It's happening all over again, Lucasfilm is already hard at work converting the entire Star Wars saga into 3D which will be released starting with Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 2012. The word from our ultra top-secret Lucasfilm insider is that Lucas has gotten the itch and is already looking ahead into launching an entirely new trilogy in that galaxy far, far away.

What do we know? First of all, these new film will have nothing to do with the live action television series currently in development. That show already has over 50 scripts ready to go and plenty of pre-production time and money has been spent on artwork and storyboards. Once that show goes into production, Lucasfilm hopes to be able to produce at least 100 episodes since that is the threshold for syndication in the United States.

IESB has been told fans can expect the new trilogy after the entire saga is released in 3D which is expected to be complete around 2015 or 2016.

Uncle George's modus operandi has not changed, the plan is that he will self finance the new trilogy after he rakes in an expected $500 - $750 million dollars with the re-release of the entire Star Wars Saga in 3D and on Blu-Ray.

The ideal plan, according to our spy at Skywalker Ranch, is to be able to release a new Star Wars film within 24 months after the release of the last re-re-release (is that right?) of Return of the Jedi 3D.

Too early for story details but one thing that our source is certain about, they will not be prequels but instead sequels. It's not for certain if they will be the long awaited Episodes 7, 8 and 9 but could instead be Episodes 10, 11 and 12 or possibly even further out in the Star Wars timeline. And by giving space in the timeline, possibly even as far as 100 years or 1,000 years in the Star Wars universe future, Lucas avoids having to make these stories "fit in" with what the previous stories have told.

According to our sources, the most likely scenario for the films is that they will exist in the same universe but will not have anything to do with the Skywalker Clan. That story has been told, that starship has sailed.

What has caused this sudden change of heart for Uncle George? Well, besides the obvious possible billions that a new Star Wars trilogy will take in, our source tells us that George has gotten motivated with the success the Clone Wars animated series, the video games and also with the success of Avatar.

Can we expect Lucasfilm to confirm our story? Have they ever? Nope, I am sure that they will spin this or completely deny the story, but we will stand 100% behind our source.[/align][/spoil]


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I do remember that story. Incredible.

After coming to grips with the reality of new Star Wars trilogy, the first thing/person I thought of was John Williams. I loved his score for War Horse so I definitely think he's still got it. He's 82 when Episode VII goes into scoring, 85 for Episode VIII and 88 for IX (assuming Disney follows the 3 years gap formula from previous trilogies). I cannot imagine Star Wars without John. He must live.

As for a sequel trilogy story arc, I think the Skywalkers will be a big part of it. The key here is that they've officially called it Episode VII. It's part of the Skywalker saga - it's continuing in chronological order. If they wanted to go in an ENTIRELY different direction, they could have gotten cute and made this Episode XIII. I believe Mark will play Luke Skywalker (he still has strong Star Wars ties and he has nothing better to do), Carrie will be back as Leia and we'll get cameos from Hayden Christensen and others from the OT. I don't think they'll be central characters, but they will be there if only for Episode VII.


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He must be kept alive! Actually that was one of the first things I thought of as well. I think that speaks to the importance Johnny adds to the equation.

Lucas/Iger made a lot of people eat their words today, including me. Those IESB guys must be ecstatic that they had the scoop on this. I wouldn't have seen this coming in a million years. It just goes against George's attitude and desire for control. It's also quite sad in a way; the young rebel who grew old, only to be bought out by the empire. This is truly an end to an era of independent filmmaking.

Still, there's no way Disney won't jump for dollar signs by releasing the unaltered original trilogy. Maybe after Lucas is dead, but it will happen.


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This is old news - E7 was announced by Lucas himself last year: see at 00:30 :monocle:

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YAHOO! :chewbacca:

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I just wrote an email to an old co-worker about this that probably sums up my feelings on this subject better than my original post. The second paragraph elaborates on CoGro's previous post:

This is actually a good move on Lucas's part. He's built an empire but has no interest in maintaining it or seeing it grow. The thing people forget about George is that he never set out to become a mogul, he's always been an independent filmmaker at heart.

The success of Star Wars afforded him the ability to make any movie he wanted to make, unfortunately the filming of and fallout from the first Star Wars movie left him so burned out that he lost any ambition to actually direct again until the prequels, even then he initially only wanted to direct the first film and hand the other two to other filmmakers.


My concern is with the prospect of new Star Wars films. Not just new Star Wars films but canonical entries in the saga proper. When he finished Episode III, Lucas said the story of Star Wars was the story of Anakin Skywalker and now that's he's told that story he has no interest in making anymore Star Wars movies.

Whether you enjoyed the last three movies or not, all of the films up to this point have been the work of one man's vision. Everything you see and hear in those movies has been wrung through the filter of George Lucas's imagination. So he's contradicting himself in that respect but I have a feeling Disney wouldn't have had much interest in purchasing Lucasfilm had Lucas himself not relented and said "Okay" to more movies.

At the same time, one has to realize that when George made Star Wars he didn't just make a movie, he created an entire universe. A universe that people are invested in and have helped to shape and expand since 1977. In that respect he's done something no one else in our lifetime has so by letting go the reins of his own creation I think he's acknowledging that he's truly created something that has exceeded his own grasp and belongs to the ages.

If nothing else, today's news makes this image a very real possibility in future projects:

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Still, there's no way Disney won't jump for dollar signs by releasing the unaltered original trilogy. Maybe after Lucas is dead, but it will happen.


Disney's really good about preserving their own history and making it available for public consumption (well, most of their history) so I definitely see this as a possibility.


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There's no indication the Skywalkers will even be involved. I find it very telling Bob Iger's first comments are about all the stuff the movies and EU brought, in total. We might even get movies in the distant past and future with this. :weed: :weed: :weed:


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CoGro wrote:
After coming to grips with the reality of new Star Wars trilogy, the first thing/person I thought of was John Williams. I cannot imagine Star Wars without John. He must live.


This. Although if he can't do the new trilogy, he could at least write some of the music and pass the orchestrations and conducting duties on to someone else.


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Carrie will be back as Leia


I got to meet Carrie Fisher earlier this year, and I just cannot imagine that she would want anything to do with this.
Although I would like to hear her, Hamill's and Ford's reaction to this news. And Anthony Daniels, too.


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Here's what Hamill (@hamillhimself) said on Twitter about this last night:

Congratulations to George for today's mega-deal! Can't comment on Ep 7 before I have all the facts which are short supply right now-Patience


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YAHOO! :chewbacca:

The inner geek has awoken.


Let's tear this town a new one :heavymetal:


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I would like to note, the press release regarding the purchase indicates that Episode 7-9 will continue the story of Luke, Han and Leia. In one way or another, they will have to be involved.


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...Episode 7-9 will continue the story of Luke, Han and Leia.


That bit of info is not on the official site, though: http://starwars.com/news/new-star-wars- ... index.html

I wonder if that was just thrown in by the writers of the news story as opposed to coming from Lucasfilm. Either way, I am actually getting more and more excited about the possibilities.
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We need an Episode VII spoilers forum! :chewbacca:

I wouldn't be surprised if the next trilogy featured all new characters with the exception of the droids and maybe Luke in OT style Obi-Wan extended cameo role.


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So, I guess I have to post about this!

Well like for all of you it's quite a bomb, i'm puzzled, a little bit worried but not too much, i'm definitely excited, I mean, well, more movies and most likely better chances for live action series, and maybe who knows new Indy too!!! no star wars fan can deny there is at least as much hope as there's this bit of fear, I choose hope.

Sure there is the $ threat, there is the fact that I believe the ideology behind star wars (and its deceiving apparent "entertainment only face") is very unique, progressist, independent, so can that stay true with an empire like disney.

But, from what can be observed there are great chances that disney just want to let the right folks do it and keep it star wars, because that will get them a lot of money anyway + Star Wars is a bit low these days with all those vocal people bashing it stupidly (and I think we know that well here, as I feel like most mf.com users enjoy the prequels like I do),

So I think in Disney's math they must think they must have it the ESB or at least ANH way, while George has always been more like "I'll do it just as I think it should be, even if different from the OT, the fans can complain as much as they want"....

And it makes sense, I mean I have greatly enjoyed the non-compromising, political view, at times controversial etc.. we had with the PT as I like Lucas global vision of this story, but when it's time for others people to do it, i think they must deliver classic Star Wars at least before trying new orientations... there are many writers directors etc in the film business that are real fans so this makes great potentials

Regarding disney, the least we can give them is that their executives didn't screw the deep sincerity and soul that the toy story movies have, for example

Also, I have in mind how much I was not thrilled when I first heard they were developing another clone wars cartoon.... and I've been enjoying every minute of the show, can't believe how much I love it and that there are new characters out of it that are now part of my saga favorites... this is the best current example of Lucas as consultant and great professionals/fans putting it into motion, and it certainly took me by surprise.

We're going for a ride for sure, and I must say simply anticipating each prequel was as much fun as seeing it!


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I do remember that story. Incredible.

After coming to grips with the reality of new Star Wars trilogy, the first thing/person I thought of was John Williams. I loved his score for War Horse so I definitely think he's still got it. He's 82 when Episode VII goes into scoring, 85 for Episode VIII and 88 for IX (assuming Disney follows the 3 years gap formula from previous trilogies). I cannot imagine Star Wars without John. He must live.



Unless of course Disney plans to shoot either back to back, or continously like The Hobbit. Lock everyone up for a few extra months, shoot all live action at once, present Williams with a workprint (much as I believe the PT was presented to him) and have him score the whole trilogy at once. Failing that, as RotS proved, there's a metric fuck-ton of SW music already written which lazy music editors can cobble together with only a few new motifs from Williams.


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And Max, "regarding disney, the least we can give them is that their executives didn't screw the deep sincerity and soul that the toy story movies have, for example"

Yeah, but look what happened immeditaely after Disney bought Pixar - Cars 2, Monsters Inc 2, Toy Story continuation, and re-releases of Nemo. Pixar's output has taken a distinct downturn in story and...heart since the aquisition. Disney declaring they bought SW because they see pent-up demand for the product does not exactly inspire confidence.


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Here's what Hamill (@hamillhimself) said on Twitter about this last night:

Congratulations to George for today's mega-deal! Can't comment on Ep 7 before I have all the facts which are short supply right now-Patience


I think it's clear he wants to be involved in some way. He'll shed some weight and look like Luke.

I can't believe we're going to see this happen.


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I hear you inv8r, that's the reason i'm not completely confident of course. Thing is, of those you mention I've only seen the whole toy story, and was completely blown away by the 3rd one, imo the best
have seen cars 1, thought it was cute but forgettable, and have i did forget... so i can believe 2 is crap and same for monster thing.

With toy story I feel executives couldn't mess up the continuation and vision of a creative team who expand a very solid material.... so i believe it can be the same for star wars, with all the creative people of LFL + new folks knowing star wars.... + the pressure of millions of fans, some already unhappy among them, as star wars fans are ones of a kind.

This might pay off (for us too, not only disney bank). Hopefully.


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If the plan really is to get the band back together, I have to wonder if Disney/Lucasfilm is going to consider using some type of performance capture animation for Mark, Carrie and Harrison. Heck I'd love it if they abandoned live action all together and just went completely animated.


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According to this recent article, the new trilogy will be an "original story" and, thus, not based on EU material.

YES! :cool:


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Yeah, but TS3 just covers the same ground as TS2...it wasn't neccessary.

As far as performance capture, I'm seeing alot of baseless speculation about that. I cannot believe for a second that you'll EVER get Harrison Ford to agree to it. As in NEVER. And that's without even going into how many times he's said he will never, ever reprise Han Solo. He's on record about never ever voicing Indiana Jones for anything animated, and I get the impression that he's a guy who would just find it pathetic, and beneath his dignity to use performance capture to try and pull off a younger him. Will not happen.


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royalguard96 wrote:
Here's what Hamill (@hamillhimself) said on Twitter about this last night:

Congratulations to George for today's mega-deal! Can't comment on Ep 7 before I have all the facts which are short supply right now-Patience

CoGro wrote:
I think it's clear he wants to be involved in some way. He'll shed some weight and look like Luke.

I can't believe we're going to see this happen.



Oh, come on, Hamill will be an ill-advised sop to the fans - you know it, I know it, we all know it. That and Tony Daniels (who sounds nothing like Threepio anymore). Guaranteed.


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Can't see Ep VII being a direct continuation of ROTJ. Hence, Mark, Carrie, and Harrison will not have major roles, if any. I'd be surprised if any of them are involved. Luke as a hologram seems plausible, but unlikely.


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If Disney can reincarnate a 1989 Jeff Daniels for Tron: Legacy, I wonder if they would venture down the same path with the Big 3.


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A detail I didn't know before today: Rick McCallum is no longer at Lucasfilm, and will have nothing to do with the new movies.

Also George sat down with Mark and Carrie back in August to tell them about the new movies:

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Yeah, last August, he asked Carrie and I to have lunch with him and we did. I thought he was going to talk about either his retirement or the Star Wars TV series that I’ve heard about — which I don’t think we were going to be involved in anyway, because that takes place between the prequels and the ones we were in and, if Luke were in them, he’d be anywhere from a toddler to a teenager so they’d get an age-appropriate actor — or the 3-D releases. So when he said, “We decided we’re going to do Episodes VII, VIII, and IX,” I was just gobsmacked. “What? Are you nuts?!” [Laughs] I can see both sides of it. Because in a way, there was a beginning, a middle, and an end and we all lived happily ever after and that’s the way it should be — and it’s great that people have fond memories, if they do have fond memories. But on the other hand, there’s this ravenous desire on the part of the true believers to have more and more and more material. It’s one of those things: people either just don’t care for it or are passionate about it. I guess that defines what cult movies are all about. We’ll see.


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When you had lunch with George, did he get into any details with you about where the story would go in the next three films, or whether you would have a part in them?
Well, no, he was just talking about writers and the fact that he wouldn’t be directing. I guess he wanted us to know before everybody else knew. He said, “Now you can’t tell anybody!” [Laughs] Even now I’m nervous about saying anything. I just don’t know!


http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/10/31/mark-hamill-star-wars-episode-vii-disney/

Hmm...


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George Lucas donates Disney Money to Education

Well, fuck. Now I can't even hate the guy for joining the Evil Empire.


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A detail I didn't know before today: Rick McCallum is no longer at Lucasfilm, and will have nothing to do with the new movies.


Seriously? Halleluja...that guy is one of the worst things to happen to Lucas since he parted ways with Kurtz. McCallum is a sleazy, lying, sycophantic dork bag. Good riddance, you talentless hack.


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DoubleSith wrote:
A detail I didn't know before today: Rick McCallum is no longer at Lucasfilm, and will have nothing to do with the new movies.


Just curious, where did you read that? I remember this summer he was hyping SW1313 and downplaying the live action series.


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Just curious, where did you read that? I remember this summer he was hyping SW1313 and downplaying the live action series.


Steve Sansweet revealed it during an interview on the Forcecast.

Listen about 30:15 in.

He also said that Howard Roffaman is coming back to LFL to manage the SW brand.


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Oh, come on, Hamill will be an ill-advised sop to the fans - you know it, I know it, we all know it. That and Tony Daniels (who sounds nothing like Threepio anymore). Gauranteed.


How do you figure? This is a continuation of the Skywalker saga. How wouldn't he be involved? If they wanted to distance this trilogy from the others, they could easily have called it Episode X or XIII.

I don't think it would ill-advised at all: I would go as far as to say it's absolutely necessary. Luke was planned as being an Obi-wan type character to help rebuild the Jedi Order in the original 9-part "idea" so why wouldn't he be part of this trilogy?


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I agree, he will surely add legitimacy and not even need to be a main role, but most likely a wise memorable presence
there is something sincere about Mark Hamill, that's what made him so likable as Luke and he still has it, just seem like a nice guy, he would bring a sense of dignity as an old jedi I believe


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he could TOTALLY play the old Jedi Master to a new "hope"


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Rocking that Ben Kenobi looking beard? Totally. I'd love to see him back in a black robe, a la "Jedi."


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