By Ryan Rigley
With the release of "Into Darkness" only weeks away, director J. J. Abrams has finally started shifting gears from "Star Trek" to "Star Wars." "There are infinitely more questions than answers right now," Abrams dishes on the future of the "Star Wars" franchise in a recent interview with Empire Online. "But to me, they're not that dissimilar. I feel like I can identify a hunger for what I would want to see again and that is an incredibly exciting place to begin a project."
Speaking of infinitely more questions, one of the biggest questions on everyone's minds is which characters will be appearing in the new trilogy? Sure, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher have all (maybe, probably) signed on for "Star Wars VII," but what about the countless other characters that populate the "Star Wars" Universe? Say, Bib Fortuna for example; Jabba the Hutt's right hand man (I mean Twi'lek) who manages to survive Luke Skywalker's explosive escape during "Return of the Jedi."
Wouldn't it have been cool if Brad Bird was the director for "Star Wars: Episode VII"? It all seemed too perfect. He's a guy who can handle genre material with care and blow up stories on a huge scale. Plus, he already worked extensively with Disney.
But now that we have J.J. Abrams, we're only left with the pain of "what if"s, and this new Patton Oswalt interview from Esquire certainly isn't helping.
In the interview (via Vulture), Oswalt explains how Brad Bird would have changed "Return of the Jedi." That's sacred ground Bird's treading on, we know, but hear him out. It's a really smart idea.
By Ryan Rigley
Listen up, Padawans. Are you anxious to get a kickstart on your Jedi apprenticeship but finding yourselves at a loss without any new "Star Wars" movies to flock to? Well, just because the next "Star Wars" trilogy won't be out for a long, long time (with a release date far, far away) doesn't mean we can't start talking about it now!
As you all know, the "Star Wars" universe is pretty expansive to say the least. Hell, there are "Star Wars" characters that you've never even heard of before that have Wookieepedia pages longer than the fall down a Sarlacc Pit. That being said, this week's edition of "Star Wars Spotlight" focuses on a character that isn't quite so well-known but, in fact, has a long-standing rivalry with Boba Fett, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and even (to a lesser extent) Luke Skywalker: Bossk the bounty hunter.