Further evidence that we are cusping on a space-movie renaissance: Fox has just assigned a writer to work on an adaptation of Starlight, the retro-flavored space-operatic comic book written by Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar. The Starlight miniseries only began its run in March, and wrapped in October, but Fox was developing the film even before the first issue arrived in stores. Fox is also producing the upcoming Millar adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service. READ FULL STORY
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Denizens of the Star Wars galaxy aren’t the best stewards of their environment. The empire once blew up an entire planet (sorry, Alderaan); there’s fan speculation about the fate of the Ewok ecosystem after the second Death Star explodes during Return of the Jedi. (Spoiler: It doesn’t look good.) And let’s not even consider the emissions impact of pod racing.
But as J.J. Abrams and crew prepare to shoot episode VII, it looks like the damage might come closer to home. The Guardian reports that Irish wildlife conservationists have raised concerns about plans to shoot the Star Wars sequel on the remote island of Skellig Michael, citing the possibility that filming will interrupt the breeding patterns of local puffins, peregrine falcons, and guillemots.
J.J. Abrams may be kicking off the new Star Wars trilogy, but the series will get a different director for Episode VIII: Rian Johnson, the director of Brick, Looper, and some of the most memorable episodes of Breaking Bad.
Han Solo just got hurt. But he’s going to be okay.
This just in from the Star Wars: Episode VII set:
Harrison Ford has injured his ankle while shooting the movie and was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
Sources close to the project say that doctors are currently evaluating whether it is a sprain or a break. It is not considered to be a seriously debilitating injury.
A galaxy far far away may center on a kingdom pretty far from Hollywood.
Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne recently visited the set of J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars VII at London’s Pinewood studios, tweeting afterwards that the recently announced Star Wars spinoff will also be shot in the U.K. “On set of Episode VII tonight, can announce another #StarWars film will be made in UK.,” he wrote. “A #LongTermEconomicPlan in a galaxy far far away.”
Osborne later explained to the British press that the film will begin shooting in 2015, also at Pinewood studios.
Man, this is one crowded galaxy …
While J.J. Abrams toils at Episode VII, launching a whole new trilogy of Star Wars films set three decades after the fall of the Empire and Darth Vader in Return of the Jedi, two other spin-off movies are also in the works.
High-level sources have previously told EW that one will be a story about young Han Solo, while the other will focus on the bounty hunter Boba Fett. Godzilla filmmaker Gareth Edwards is directing one, and now we know who will be handling the other — Chronicle director Josh Trank
We just don’t know who is doing which — or if the deal has been altered further, and we’ll be getting stories from totally new characters in the Star Wars universe. READ FULL STORY
J.J. Abrams has taken to Twitter to comment on photos recently leaked from the set of his upcoming space epic, which otherwise has had its deflector shields up. (Details on the film’s plot, characters, and setting are still scarce.)
The director addressed the situation with a sense of humor, speaking to true Star Wars geeks with a joke that only they would get. READ FULL STORY
Gareth Edwards, whose Godzilla just enjoyed a monster box office debut, has been tapped to direct a Star Wars film for Disney and Lucasfilm.
The untitled pic will be a stand-alone in the Star Wars universe and has been dated for a Dec. 16, 2016, 3-D release. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news, Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) has been tasked with writing the script, but no details are available on what exactly this movie will be about. READ FULL STORY
J.J. Abrams would like to wish you a very happy Star Wars Day. Yesterday, May 4, is an important celebration of the Star Wars universe, so chosen because of its inherent punniness: “May the Fourth be with you.”
A homesick Abrams and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan took to the Internet to record a quick YouTube message from London, where the two are still working on the screenplay to Star Wars: Episode VII — The Ballad of Llewyn Davis and the Lost Womp Rat.
In the course of wishing fans a happy Star Wars Day, Abrams mentioned that there’s still more casting to announce. No surprise there, but it remains to be seen if this means some more big names for crucial roles — or if he’s simply referring to Stormtrooper #3 and Leia’s Body Guard. There’s still hope, Billy Dee Williams and Warwick Davis! READ FULL STORY
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