There are some people out there who really don't agree with Disney's choice of J.J. Abrams to take over the "Star Wars" franchise with "Episode VII," and then there's the cast of "Star Trek."
Even though the cast of Abrams' first sci-fi franchise have been completely supportive of the director's jump to a rival series, Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine were able to joke a little back stage at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, calling Abrams a "traitor."
But will Abrams return for the eventual "Star Trek 3"? Spock thinks that if the director wants to make it, he will.
We hope you're hungry for more "Star Wars," because word coming out of CinemaCon in Las Vegas is that Disney will be delivering a movie from a galaxy far, far away ever summer starting in 2015.
Disney announced (via ComingSoon) during their CinemaCon presentation indicates that once J.J. Abrams kicks things off with "Episode VII" in 2015, we can expect a new "Star Wars" movie every summer from then on. "Episodes VIII and IX" would, in theory, hit theaters in 2017 and 2019, with standalone movies playing in the even years between installments.
There's no word on what will happened once Disney and Lucasfilm runs out trilogy movies to make six years from now, but early rumors have suggested possible topics for those yet-to-be-announced standalone movies.
King of the nerds Patton Oswalt has an upcoming guest spot on an episode of "Parks and Recreation" where he plays a Pawnee citizen who filibusters a city council meeting in order to hold up a piece of legislation.
The producers give Oswalt the freedom to talk about whatever he wanted during the extended speech, so he went with his heart and made a 9-minute pitch for J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII."
But it's not that simple. As a hardcore sci-fi geek, Oswalt seized upon the opportunity to bring in characters from another recent Disney acquisition, the Marvel universe. How will Tony Stark and Thanos play into the continuation of the "Star Wars" saga? You'll have to click past the jump to find out.
By Ryan Rigley
It's been months now since "Star Wars VII" was announced and still we have nothing to go off of but director J. J. Abrams. So when will we be getting our answers? Anthony Daniels (who plays C-3P0) seems to think all will be revealed at this year's Star Wars Celebration in Germany. "It’s all very early days," explains Daniels in a recent interview with Digital Spy. "I don’t want to wear anybody out by speculating or letting you waste your energy by saying ‘What do you think?’ I’m certainly not sitting by the phone, but it’s always nice when it rings."
Does this mean that C-3P0 will be returning for the upcoming "Star Wars" trilogy? If so, then what other "Star Wars" characters might be popping up in the new films? I'm not talking about Luke Skywalker or Han Solo, I'm talking about those memorable minor characters; like Doctor Evazan, who threatens Luke for no apparent reason at the Mos Eisley Cantina in "A New Hope."
By Eddie Wright
While promoting the Jackie Robinson biopic "42," on last night's "Late Show with David Letterman," the perpetually aloof Harrison Ford fielded questions about his involvement in the J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Wars: Episode VII," and his response was pretty surprising.
After discussing just how many (of the dozen) "Star Wars" movies Ford has appeared in, Letterman asked the star, "Every time they make one, there's talk that you'll be in it..." To which Ford replied, "Yeah, but I was only in three. You follow what I'm saying?" Leading into the big question, "You don't want to be in another one?" After a beat, Ford said, "Well for a long time they didn't ask me. So imagine how I feel," adding, "So let's just let it..." with a shrug and a nod.
By Ryan Rigley
There have been several comparisons drawn between "Star Wars" and the newest "Star Trek" film since its release back in 2009. "I wouldn’t say that the first movie is an absolute Star Wars derivation," explains director J. J. Abrams. "When 'Star Wars' came out, people referred to 'Star Trek,' because it was spaceships. Everything is sort of a derivation of everything else. Just the way 'Star Wars' was of 'Flash Gordon' and of dogfight war films in the TIE Fighter sequences. Everything has something it borrows from."
Fast forward to 2013, where J. J. Abrams is now the man behind both the "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" franchises. Clearly, there are going to be some overlapping themes echoed in both films. But what of the characters that will be making an appearance in the new "Star Wars" trilogy? Not Luke or Leia, I'm talking about minor characters like Lobot, who makes a very brief appearance on Cloud City in "The Empire Strikes Back."
It seems like a simple enough concept, but it took this brave found footage video from Joel and Jared Erickson (via io9) to teach us the hard lesson that children should never, ever have access to lightsabers.
The video was filmed with a few different camera phones and shows what happens when a toddler gets a hold of a Jedi's greatest weapon. This Sith lord in the making, Darth Baby, as the video title indicates, makes things very difficult for the more responsible members of the household, who have to get his lightsaber away from him.
Check out the video after the jump!
Peter Jackson either concocted a very elaborate April Fools' prank, or he accidentally revealed some pretty big movie news.
If you watched "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" sneak peek that was revealed yesterday, you might have noticed Jackson fumbling around a bit in his desk. The clever folks over at First Showing honed in on that moment and noticed quite the Easter egg: a script for "Star Wars: Episode VIII" with Jackson's name on it.
George Lucas' original draft of the "Star Wars" screenplay has always been the stuff of legends. Facts like Luke Skywalker's original name (Starkiller) have peppered hardcore fan conversations for decades with only word-of-mouth to help spread the alternate universe version of the original "Star Wars."
But today, Dark Horse Comics announced that they are adapting that original draft from 1974 as an eight-issue comic series. The books will come from the pages of that rough screenplay, as adapted by writer J.W. Rinzler. The limited series will launch in September.
Click past the jump to read the full press release from Dark Horse.
By Ryan Rigley
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford may still be in negotiations to reprise their roles as Luke, Leia and Han Solo respectively, but that doesn't necessarily mean that we'll be hearing any details about "Star Wars VII" any time soon. "I don't feel anything at the moment yet," Ford teases about his reported role in the new "Star Wars" trilogy. "I don't even want to discuss that. It's great. Ain't it great?"
Obviously, fan-favorite "Star Wars" characters (such as Han Solo) will be making an appearance in the new trilogy in some way, shape or form. But what's to become of all of those other "Star Wars" characters that aren't quite as well known? Characters like Nien Nunb for example, the pancake-faced alien who co-pilots the Millennium Falcon with Lando Calrissian during the Battle of Endor.