Star Wars

Dec. 06, 2013 | 6:01 p.m.

‘Star Trek 3′ recruits screenwriters Payne, McKay to join Orci

Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine in "Star Trek Into Darkness." (Zade Rosenthal/Paramount)
Screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay have been hired to join Roberto Orci in penning the next installment in the “Star Trek” film franchise. The as-yet-untitled sequel has no release date, and no director set, though rumors have suggested the job could go to Joe Cornish (“Attack the Block”). By this point, Orci is a “Trek” veteran, having written the scripts (with Alex Kurtzman and then Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof) for the previous two movies in Paramount’s rebooted series that were directed by J.J. Abrams, 2009′s “Star Trek” and this past summer’s “Star Trek Into Darkness.” The recent movie prospered at the box office, earning more than $444 million worldwide after opening to mostly positive reviews in May, though many fans groused about the veil of secrecy that surrounded the villain who was played by Benedict Cumberbatch, a character first […]
Dec. 03, 2013 | 12:56 p.m.

Star Wars Instagram: Darth Vader takes a selfie in first post

Darth Vader on Instagram (featured image)
Star Wars is officially on Instagram, and the first post from the new account features Darth Vader taking a self-portrait. The Sith Lord poses in front of a fallen Stormtrooper and holds up a front-facing cellphone camera. “Another day at the office,” the caption reads. “#StarWars #DarthVader #selfies #gpom.” (For those unfamiliar with the lingo, “#gpom” stands for “gratuitous picture of myself.”) The picture, posted Monday, has already garnered more than 30,000 “likes.” Subsequent postings from the Star Wars account include a picture of Vader facing off against Luke Skywalker (“#latergram”) and a photo of a concept model for a Star Destroyer in “A New Hope,” from the Lucasfilm archives. PHOTOS: Hero Complex Geek Gift Guide 2013 The account was likely started in preparation for the upcoming “Star Wars” sequels, the first of which is slated for theatrical release on […]
Nov. 07, 2013 | 1:25 p.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: J.J. Abrams’ film to open December 18, 2015

It’s official — “Star Wars: Episode VII” has a release date: J.J. Abrams’ new film will open December, 18, 2015. The news appeared in an announcement Thursday on StarWars.com. “We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, in the announcement. PHOTOS: ‘Star Wars’ at the box office Late last month, word came that director Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan were taking over screenwriting duties on the newest “Star Wars” film from Oscar winner Michael Arndt. Arndt (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “Toy Story 3″) had been announced as the original screenwriter for “Episode VII” last November, shortly after word surfaced that […]
Oct. 24, 2013 | 12:35 p.m.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’: J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan to pen script

J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are taking over screenwriting duties on the newest “Star Wars” film from Oscar winner Michael Arndt, according to a statement issued today. Abrams was tapped to direct “Star Wars: Episode VII” back in January; Kasdan, of course, has a long history with Lucasfilm, as a screenwriter on “Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “Star Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi.” “I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement posted on StarWars.com. “There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a ‘Star Wars’ story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 3:09 p.m.

‘Star Wars Rebels’: Dave Filoni reveals the Inquisitor, talks up series at NYCC

The Inquisitor is the new bad guy from the animated series "Star Wars Rebels." (Lucasfilm).
Say hello to the Inquisitor. “Star Wars Rebels” executive producer Dave Filoni introduced the first new character from the upcoming animated series in a video appearance at New York Comic Con on Saturday, and he’s quite the fearsome-looking foe. But the image of the villain isn’t the only new artwork available from the show that is set to pick up the “Star Wars” animated mantle from “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” which aired on Cartoon Network but was canceled earlier this year. Hero Complex is pleased to debut an exclusive piece of concept art featuring some spacecraft that will look familiar to any fan. Check it out below. Set 14 years after “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith,” “Star Wars Rebels” will center on a core group of characters — with the Inquisitor serving as a major […]
Sept. 27, 2013 | 11:56 a.m.

‘Star Wars’: Animated open letter to J.J. Abrams makes four demands

Star Wars, J. J. Abrams (featured image)
A new animated video calls on J.J. Abrams, director of the upcoming and highly controversial sequel “Star Wars: Episode VII,” to handle the beloved franchise with care. Created by Prescott Harvey with the creative agency Sincerely, Truman, the animated open letter offers the director four rules “to make ‘Star Wars’ great again”: 1. The setting is the frontier; 2. The future is old; 3. The Force is mysterious; and 4. Star Wars isn’t cute. “I’ve spent most of my recent years wondering why the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy was so awesome, and the new movies were so terrible,” Harvey told sci-fi site io9, which debuted the video. “I took an empirical approach, determining what elements were in the original movies that differed from the prequels. My first major epiphany was that, in the originals, the characters are always outside somewhere […]
Aug. 23, 2013 | 2:20 p.m.

‘Star Wars’ cinematographer Gilbert Taylor dies at 99

“Star Wars” cinematographer Gilbert Taylor died Friday at the age of 99, leaving behind a rich cinematic legacy. His wife told the BBC that Taylor died at his home on the Isle of Wight. Over the course of an impressive, decades-long career, Taylor amassed a lengthy résumé that included a number of landmark films, including Roman Polanski’s “Repulsion,” Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Frenzy.” He also served as the cinematographer on the Beatles’ film “A Hard Day’s Night,” Richard Donner’s horror film “The Omen” and 1979′s “Dracula” starring Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier, in addition to working with George Lucas on the original “Star Wars” film. Lucas and Taylor didn’t always see eye to eye on the set of the production. “George avoided all meetings and contact […]
July 22, 2013 | 8:30 p.m.

J.J. Abrams not dropping out of ‘Star Wars’ sequel, Lucasfilm says

J.J. Abrams (featured image)
J.J. Abrams is not dropping out of the next “Star Wars” film, contrary to certain online reports. “There is no truth to the rumor,” Lucasfilm said in a statement issued Monday. “J.J. is having a great time working on the script and is looking forward to going into production next year.” “Star Wars: Episode VII” will be written by Michael Arndt, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Toy Story 3,” and will be shot at England’s historic Pinewood Shepperton Studios. Disney, which acquired Lucasfilm last year, announced in April it will release a new “Star Wars” film every year beginning in 2015 with “Episode VII,” the first installment in a planned trilogy. George Lucas will serve as a “creative consultant” on those three films, but has no plans to write or direct. In an interview with Hero Complex […]
July 09, 2013 | 2:27 p.m.

George Lucas: ‘Star Wars’ stood on the shoulders of ‘Star Trek’

The documentary “Trek Nation” chronicles Rod Roddenberry’s personal journey to explore the importance of the legendary sci-fi franchise dreamed up by his father Gene. The film comes to DVD on Tuesday, and among the bonus materials included in the release is an interview with “Star Wars” creator George Lucas talking about the important role “Star Trek” played in paving the way for his own space opera. “‘Star Trek’ softened up the entertainment arena so that ‘Star Wars’ could come along and stand on its shoulders,” Lucas said in an interview — Hero Complex readers can check out a clip from the conversation above. A number of other genre luminaries, Stan Lee and J.J. Abrams among them, speak on camera about the legacy of “Star Trek” on the double disc DVD, which also includes home movies from the Roddenberry estate and […]
June 27, 2013 | 5:19 p.m.

Comic-Con: Celebs to don ‘Star Wars’ costumes for lightsaber relay

Costumed participants in the 2012 Course of the Force relay. (Lucasfilm)
“Glee” star Chris Colfer and model Adrianne Curry will be among a dozen celebrities donning “Star Wars” costumes and joining the legion of runners in this year’s Course of the Force, a lightsaber relay leading up to Comic-Con International in San Diego. Thousands are expected to participate in the Course of the Force, an Olympic-style relay launched last year by Lucasfilm and Nerdist Industries to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year’s relay kicks off July 9 at Skywalker Ranch, north of San Francisco, and follows the coast some 500 miles down to San Diego. (Last year’s 136-mile run began in Santa Monica.) The relay ends in San Diego on July 16, in time for Comic-Con International, which runs July 17-21 at the city’s waterfront convention center, drawing more than 130,000 professionals and enthusiasts in the realms of sci-fi, fantasy, video games, […]
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