By Ryan Rigley
With over two years to go until the release of "Star Wars VII," fans have been clamoring for any little bits of news that they can get their hands on. Speaking of, here's a quote from Samuel L. Jackson on seeing J. J. Abrams at George Lucas' wedding: "J.J. was there, I was there. I was like (raises eyebrows) and he was like (noncommittal shrug), and he just went about his business. I don’t know what that means. Harrison (Ford) was there too, and he was like (shrug)."
Jackson goes on to discuss how incorporating characters such as Han Solo, or Mace Windu, could potentially ease the transition between the old "Star Wars" actors and the new. Obviously, this is something that we're all rooting for; with the rumored return of Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. That said, we can't help but wonder what other characters from the "Star Wars" Expanded Universe might show up. Take Kyle Katarn for instance, the main character of several notable "Star Wars" video games.
There seems to be a timed release schedule for "Star Wars" rumors of varying believability because they've been coming every three days or so. But to believe that would be even worse than buying some of the ludicrous casting rumors.
First up, Latino Review posted an "exclusive" late last week that claimed Ewan McGregor was set to return for "Episode VII." Their confirmation amounted to "three close [anonymous] sources that are on the project" and a junket interview from "The Impossible" where McGregor said he'd come back if producers needed him.
"I guess, yeah, of course," McGregor told Digital Spy when asked if he'd come back. "If they need me, yeah, I'd be happy." He then goes onto say that he knows nothing about it. Hardly a confirmation.
Big news on the "Star Wars VII" front last week as Latino Review revealed two characters, from previous "Star Wars" films, that are rumored to return in the new trilogy. Apparently, both Ewan McGregor and Ian McDiarmid will be reprising their roles as young Obi-Wan Kenobi and the infamous Emperor Palpatine respectively. However, since both of said characters are now deceased, they'll be re-appearing as Force ghosts.
Obviously, these are just rumors that could be based entirely on speculation. Odds are we won't be hearing any official news about "Star Wars VII" until a little closer to its 2015 release date. With all of these wild rumors buzzing around the Internet, we can't help but wonder what other characters from the Star Wars Expanded Universe might pop up in the new trilogy. Take Grand Admiral Thrawn for example, the greatest Imperial officer that ever existed.
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On YouTube yesterday, a video went viral that bases its core concept on a "What if" question that most geeks have pondered for a decade.
What if "Star Wars: Episode II" was good, like really good?
This is the second time that Michael Barryte of Belated Media has asked such a question of the "Star Wars" fan community. His first "What if" took on the much-maligned "Episode I" and cast Barryte in the role of a story executive at 20th Century Fox when George Lucas was developing his prequels. Over the course of 12 minutes, Barryte tweaked, snipped, and rearranged moments from "Episode I," turning it into an Obi-Wan Kenobi-centric film with an older Anakin, no Jar Jar Binks to speak of, and a version of the beloved Darth Maul that doesn't die too soon.
Barryte's version of "The Phantom Menace," which emphasized character moments and development and thematic parallels to the original trilogy as opposed to clunky fan service, quickly became an internet sensation and even won over geek royalty like Patton Oswalt, who also happens to be one of Hollywood's most successful script doctors.
In the year and a half since Barryte's "Episode I" video, the demand for a follow-up has never been far from the thoughts of his comments. "After I put out 'Episode I,' basically every video from that point forward, the top comment would be 'When's "Episode II" coming out?' " Barryte told MTV News over the phone shortly after his new video dropped. "So there was a good amount of demand, and I was worried that the video wouldn't live up to the hype."
Despite his fears, the reimagined "Episode II" seems to have lived up to the hype and the expectations set by "Episode I." "WHAT IF STAR WARS EPISODE II WERE GOOD?" currently sits at 558,000 views with comments on the video mostly positive, but as we learned when speaking with Barryte, the second video offered a much greater challenge than his previous rewrite.
Are you ready to be really disappointed? Michael from Belated Media is back with yet another rewrite for the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy, and this time he's taking his eraser to "Attack of the Clones" in the hopes of rewriting it to match the awesomeness of the original trilogy and his re-written "Phantom Menace."
The story picks up again with Obi-Wan Kenobi more squarely at the heart of the story, no Jar Jar, less politics, and Darth Maul is still alive.
What follows is a new version of "Attack of the Clones" that gets rid of all the boring stuff like politics and aimless discussions about whether sand is good or not, and instead focuses on building the bond between Obi-Wan and his apprentice Anakin, since the two never seemed like the best buds we were led to believe they were.
Check out both videos after the jump!
Two days ago, Jedi News posted an item that claimed an unnamed source informed them that Ian McDiarmid, the excellent British actor who played the Emperor in the original trilogy and his younger, less obviously evil version Senator Palpatine in the prequel trilogy, is expected to return for the new film slated for Summer 2015.
Cool! Wait, what?
Yeah, so as the world knows, "Episode VII" will take place after the events of "Return of the Jedi" and after Emperor Palpatine totally went out like a chump.
If there is any truth to this rumor — which for the record is activating our B.S. meter — how the hell would the Emperor ever come back?
So D23 is over, and we still don't know anything about "Star Wars: Episode VII."
Was it fair for the crowd in Anaheim to boo Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn when he announced that there wouldn't be anything new about the upcoming sequel? Probably, since that had been the clear expectation of the fans that bought the tickets to Saturday's event, the first time any single day at D23 sold out ahead of time, Disney could have and should have recognized that.
But as this Huffington Post article points out, the titles of new "Star Wars" movies rarely become public knowledge more than a year out from the official release date. Why should "Episode VII" be any different, especially J.J. Abrams' involvement likely ramps up the secrecy levels across the board?
By Ryan Rigley
With a new "Star Wars" trilogy and animated TV series currently in the works, Disney has bitten off quite a lot to chew. But that won't slow them down! Last Sunday, the president of Disney's ABC Entertainment Group, Peter Lee, commented on the highly-anticipated live-action "Star Wars" TV series. "We've started conversations with [Lucasfilm]," reveals Lee on the series. "I have an inkling in my mind, but they have a lot on their plate."
Lee is, of course, referring to J. J. Abrams' "Star Wars VII" and "Star Wars Rebels," both of which are slated to be released in the near future. While the news of the "Star Wars" TV series is very exciting, we can't help but wonder about the new "Star Wars" trilogy. Specifically, which characters from the Star Wars Expanded Universe might be popping up on screen? Take C-3PX for example, a modified protocol droid assassin that looks exactly like C-3P0!
By Ryan Rigley
While J. J. Abrams' "Star Wars VII" won't be released until 2015, according to an unconfirmed rumor it would appear as though the latest "Star Wars" trilogy is already going into production. Apparently, Disney has signed a deal with Pinewood Studios in London booking the space for a solid ten years. Already in pre-production for the past three and a half months, "Star Wars VII" has also taken a pretty strange code name during its production phase: "Foodles."
Althought "Foodles" won't be released to the public for at least another two years, we figure now's about as good a time as any to start speculating about the film. One of the biggest questions on everyone's minds is which characters will be returning for the new "Star Wars" trilogy? After all, there are a ton of staples from the Star Wars Expanded Universe that would work wonderfully on film. Take Lumiya for instance, Darth Vader's secret female apprentice.
Back in the pre-J.J. Abrams days of "Star Wars: Episode VII" rumors, there was a small item floating around that when Matthew Vaughn was up for the job, according to /Film, he pitched a female-centric story with "Kick-Ass 2" star Chloë Grace Moretz in the lead.
That talk went away after Lucasfilm gave another go at getting Abrams to direct, but when MTV News' Josh Horowitz sat down with Moretz, he had to ask if there was still any truth to those rumors. While she carefully dodged the tougher questions by admitting that she's "interested," there still does seem to be some potential.
"I mean, obviously there's interest. It's 'Star Wars.' I'd kill to be a part of that franchise, but I don't know," she said. "J.J., I'll give you my phone number. You can text me."