Stranger: A teaser for a J.J. Abrams production

What is it?  I’m not entirely sure.  Chances are it has nothing to do with Episode VII, but there’s no denying that the tease offered here is nothing short of intriguing.  I’m interested, J.J…. now, tell me, what is it?

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Star Wars Rebels coming to Disney XD Fall 2014

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Eager Star Wars fans looking for the next big thing from the property won’t have to wait until the 2015 release of Star Wars Episode VII as a new animated series will be coming to Disney XD in fall of 2014.  Set in the time between Episodes III and IV, Rebels will chronicle the “a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knight.”  Given this description, it’s safe to assume the series also follows the events of The Force Unleashed.  While the game may have received middling reviews, it’s hard to dispute the fact that it told an incredible story surrounding the formation of the Rebel Alliance.

Little else is known about the series, but it has been confirmed that several key people from the previous animated Star Wars series (The Clone Wars) will be working on Rebels.  These include Dave Filoni, Kilian Plunkett, and Joel Aron.

Rebels will debut on Disney XD with a 1-hour premiere in the fall of 2014.

 

Source:  IGN

Two Star Wars Spinoff Films Planned

star-wars-logoWith Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm, a new trilogy of Star Wars films was pretty quickly announced with Episode VII scheduled for a 2015 release with J.J. Abrams directing.  Though that is not all fans of the franchise can expect in the coming years with two spinoff films officially announced.  These films will not be “Episodes” and each film will focus on a separate character and the films will be able to stand on their own.  The intention of these films is to expand the universe beyond the current six films for movie goers.

Lawrence Kasdan (writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark) will write one of the films with Sherlock Holmes screenwriter Simon Kinberg writing the other.  These films will be released some time after Episode VII.

Source:  StarWars.com

Future Star Wars 3D Re-Releases “Postponed”

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An official statement from Lucasfilm informs readers that the planned re-releases of the Star Wars films in 3D have been postponed.  The posting specifically states Episodes II and III are the films being postponed with no mention of the films in the original trilogy.  With the statement that Lucasfilm will “focus 100 percent of our efforts on Star Wars: Episode VII,” it is entirely likely that the 3D re-releases of the original films has been altogether canceled.  Given that there has already been a lot of work done on converting the remaining prequel films to 3D, it’s a safe bet that, despite the delay, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith will make their ways back to the big screen.

 

Source:  Star Wars

J.J. Abrams Set to Direct Star Wars Episode VII

It has been confirmed that J.J Abrams will direct the upcoming Star Wars sequel.  Abrams directed the 2009 alternate reality reboot of the Star Trek franchise and its upcoming sequel Into Darkness.

Academy Award winning screenwriter Michael Arndt will pen the script for the next Star Wars.  Arndt won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Little Miss Sunshine and earned a nomination for his Toy Story 3 script.

Star Wars Episode VII is planned for a 2015 release.

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Source:  Deadline