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Jan. 26, 2013 | 12:02 a.m.

J.J. Abrams and ‘Star Wars’: Disney confirms directing gig

The news might have broken Thursday afternoon that J.J. Abrams would direct the latest installment of the “Star Wars” movie franchise, but Disney and Lucasfilm finally confirmed his selection late on Friday. “It’s very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new ‘Star Wars’ movie,” Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement issued late in the day. “J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the ‘Star Wars’ experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture.” George Lucas went on to say in a release, “I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He’s an ideal choice to direct the new ‘Star Wars’ […]
Jan. 24, 2013 | 2:04 p.m.

J.J. Abrams set to direct ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

J.J. Abrams (featured image)
J.J. Abrams is set to direct “Episode VII.” Sources have confirmed the “Star Trek Into Darkness” filmmaker will helm the next “Star Wars” movie, the highly anticipated installment in the landmark franchise scheduled to reach theaters in 2015. PHOTOS: ‘Star Wars’ at the box office [Updated: 10:30 a.m. Jan. 25]: The news first broke on The Wrap website Thursday afternoon. Abrams, who previously had denied that he would be involved with the project, is now in a position of creative control over the two most beloved franchises in the science-fiction universe: “Star Wars” and “Star Trek.” Abrams rebooted “Star Trek” for the big screen in 2009 to much acclaim and rousing boxoffice receipts, with the film collecting upwards of $385 million. His follow-up, “Star Trek Into Darkness,” is due in theaters May 17. His decision to direct a “Star Wars” […]
Jan. 15, 2013 | 1:51 p.m.

‘Star Wars’ director watch: Zack Snyder’s out, who’s in?

Another day, another mystery about a director possibly signing on to be a part of the “Star Wars” universe. New York Magazine’s Vulture blog first reported that Zack Snyder had plans to make a “Seven Samurai”-inspired story set in a galaxy far, far away, but hours later, Snyder’s rep contradicted the story in The Hollywood Reporter, saying that the “Man of Steel” filmmaker had no such plans to develop a stand-alone Jedi epic for Lucasfilm loosely inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 classic. “While he is super-flattered because he is a huge fan, Zack is not involved in any way with the new ‘Star Wars,’” his rep told The Hollywood Reporter. “He is currently in post on his two films, ‘Man of Steel’ and ‘300: Battle of Artemisia.’” Vulture, however, has posted an update to its original story, stating that despite […]
Nov. 09, 2012 | 7:10 p.m.

‘Star Wars’: Michael Arndt signed to write script for Episode VII

Michael Arndt, 'Star Wars' (featured image)
Michael Arndt, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Toy Story 3,” has been hired to write the script for the next “Star Wars” film, Lucasfilm confirmed today. The news comes one day after reports surfaced that Arndt had written a lengthy treatment for the next three “Star Wars” movies and was a favorite to land the opportunity to pen the next installment in the landmark space opera. The upcoming trilogy, the first episode of which is scheduled to reach theaters in 2015, was announced Oct. 30 when the Walt Disney Co. went public with its plans to acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion. PHOTOS: ‘Star Wars’ at the box office George Lucas will serve as a “creative consultant” on the three films, but has no plans to write or direct. Speculation has been rampant about who might take the […]
Nov. 08, 2012 | 6:29 p.m.

‘Doctor Who’ star David Tennant enlists in ‘The Clone Wars’

David Tennant in 'Doctor Who' (featured image)
There have been a lot of huge, jaw-dropping announcements in the “Star Wars” universe lately, so why not one more? David Tennant, known to a lot of people as the 10th Doctor on the long-running BBC series “Doctor Who,” is about to make his debut in the “Star Wars” universe. Tennant will lend his voice to this Saturday’s episode of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” on Cartoon Network, playing Huyang, a droid who works for the Jedis, overseeing the construction of lightsabers. PHOTOS: Meet the characters from ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ And this isn’t just a one-shot deal. The character will appear in the two subsequent episodes following this weekend’s debut. According to “Clone Wars” supervising director, Dave Filoni, once he learned that Tennant was a big fan of “Star Wars,” he knew he needed to get “The Doctor” […]
Oct. 30, 2012 | 3:22 p.m.

‘Star Wars’: Three new movies, Lucas won’t write or direct

In an interview with The Times in 2008, George Lucas said that his personal connection to the “Star Wars” saga ended with the Ewoks on Endor. “There really isn’t any story to tell there,” the filmmaker said at the time of prospects for his participation in the movie life of the franchise beyond the tale-concluding events in “Return of the Jedi.” “I get asked all the time, ‘What happens after “Return of the Jedi”?,’ and there really is no answer for that,” Lucas continued. “The movies were the story of Anakin Skywalker and Luke Skywalker, and when Luke saves the galaxy and redeems his father, that’s where that story ends.” PHOTOS: ‘Star Wars’ at the box office The Walt Disney Co. announced today that it’s agreed to acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, and word quickly followed that there are plans […]
Oct. 30, 2012 | 1:21 p.m.

‘Star Wars’: New feature film set for 2015

'Star Wars' (featured image)
“Star Wars: Episode 7″? It’s happening according to a news release just issued by the Walt Disney Co., which just announced its acquisition of Lucasfilm. The new film is targeted  to open in 2015, with Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy serving as executive producer and George Lucas serving as creative consultant, the release said. PHOTOS: ‘Star Wars’ at the box office Additional feature films are expected to “continue the ‘Star Wars’ saga and grow the franchise well into the future,” the statement said. [Updated: Three new movies, Lucas won’t write or direct] – Gina McIntyre Follow us on Twitter: @LATHeroComplex RECENT AND RELATED: ‘The Clone Wars’ brings the Dark Side to Saturdays ‘Star Wars: Clone Wars’ panel converts a fan on site Comic-Con: Lightsaber relay brings the Force When George Lucas wasn’t feeling The Force Saturn Awards honor Dexter’s dad, Yoda’s voice What if Darth Vader was […]
Oct. 22, 2012 | 7:00 a.m.

Dave Filoni goes behind the scenes of ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’

Dave Filoni
“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” took a turn for the dark last year with its tales of a Republic hero revealed to be in allegiance with the Dark Side (we won’t reveal who) and a seriously disturbed Darth Maul making a frightening comeback. Now that the fifth season is well underway on Cartoon Network, “Clone Wars’” supervising director Dave Filoni and crew are pulling back the curtain on their work on the new fourth season Blu-ray release out Tuesday. “A lot of time on animation productions there are limitations, with people saying you can’t do this, you can’t go here,” Filoni said in an interview last month. “George [Lucas] is never concerned with that, it’s more about this is a story I want to tell. And then it’s up to [us] to figure out how to make those visuals happen.” […]
Oct. 08, 2012 | 6:53 p.m.

‘E.T.’: Kathleen Kennedy on Spielberg, Lucas and making of a classic

Kathleen Kennedy, producer of "E.T.," holds drawings of the now-beloved extraterrestrial. Astrid Kamar, center, and her husband, Pascal, show off an E.T. toy. Pascal Kamar's company was the first licensed to make the E.T. plush toy. (Courtesy Joy Kamar)
Kathleen Kennedy has a résumé nearly unmatched in Hollywood — over the years, she’s produced such respected films as “The Color Purple,” “Empire of the Sun,” “Jurassic Park,” “The Sixth Sense,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and the upcoming historical epic, “Lincoln.” In June, George Lucas named Kennedy, 59, as co-chair for his vast Lucasfilm empire. One prominent feature of her lengthy filmography is Kennedy’s long-running collaboration with Steven Spielberg — she first worked with him as a production assistant on his costly flop, “1941,” then as associate producer on 1981’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark”; along with her husband, producer Frank Marshall, and Spielberg, she created the successful production company Amblin and served as its president until 1992, when she and Marshall formed the Kennedy/Marshall Co. Her first producer credit came in 1982 with Spielberg’s beloved boy-and-his-alien fantasy […]
Sept. 28, 2012 | 3:15 p.m.

‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ brings the Dark Side to Saturdays

Darth Maul, left, and his brother Savage Opress, in a scene from the fifth season premiere of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars.' (Lucasfilm)
When animator Dave Filoni was handed the reins of George Lucas’ computer animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” back in 2006, he thought he knew what to expect. Lucas, the creator and mastermind of the entire multibillion-dollar “Star Wars” operation, would give some initial guidance, notes and feedback and quickly fade away, moving on to tend to other aspects of his Lucasfilm empire. After all, it was a cartoon series aimed a kids, airing on Cartoon Network and regarded by many of the franchise’s older hardcore fans as a nice, but hardly essential, extension of the “Star Wars” experience. “As he saw the first footage coming back, and I think he could sense our excitement levels through the whole thing, he got more and more engaged and excited,” Filoni said. “He just kept coming in. He wouldn’t go away. […]
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