John Williams will begin working on Episode VII in two weeks, he told an audience in Milwaukee. (Milwaukee!)
Full of Sith’s Rumor Control #1. The podcast’s Bobby Roberts does a solo show on the spoilers that have emerged over the past week.
Joel Aron and Dave Filoni on the Rebels lightsabers. Referencing film stock, tapers, other little details to make the show’s sabers better reflect the original films.
Making Star Wars kept on after their big jaw-dropping reveal, dropping some info on stormtroopers and the Chewbacca concept art we’ve heard about, plus a new alien. However, if you did dare to read their big ‘I am your father’ rumor/spoiler, there’s a follow-up today that puts it in some perspective. Now mind, it’s STILL perhaps the biggest rumor/spoiler we’ve seen yet.
Meanwhile, on Tumblr, Nicole has some good thoughts on the spoiler, concept art, and what it means to the final product.
Now, while the big one hasn’t spread very far, there are some sites objecting to it even being posted. That part I can understand – I have no trouble reading and linking spoilers but I wouldn’t have leaked this myself. (Sorry, Jason.) But writing about it and acknowledging that it exists and that it’s the BIGGEST SPOILER EVER without even linking to it seems hypocritical at best and back-patting at worst. It’s still drawing attention to this thing you don’t think people should know. Sure, the spoiler is not that hard to find if one is even remotely clued into Star Wars fandom, but if you have a general audience it just seems cruel – not to mention a bit patronizing. There’s plenty of valid debate to be had about leaks and pre-release spoilers, but there have to be better ways to go about it.
Making Star Wars finishes the day with a real whopper, what Jason is calling the “I am your father” moment of the film. Which means this is possibly the biggest spoiler of them all, so click through at your own risk.
It is, honestly, kinda cra-cra in an eye-rolling Seth-and-Amy (“Really?”) kind of way, but to paraphrase Jason, it’s bad execution that ruins stories, not the ideas. (I agree with him on spoilers too, obviously.)
But if you don’t like this rumor… Well, my red herring theory from this afternoon still stands, and this is the kind of thing that makes me want to stand by it all the more. We’ll see.
There’s going to be quite a bit of snark bearing down on this. Batten down the hatches.
→ Making Star Wars is on a real roll today with several rumors that could be extremely spoilery. First, this morning, there was Daisy Ridley’s house. Jason then followed up this afternoon with some details about Max von Sydow’s character, a couple of planets/locations, a beast and lastly, a new droid, alien and discovery.
First of all, I have few doubts that Jason has seen this stuff. And doubling down is Devin at Badass Digest, who talks about much of the same stuff, including further von Sydow details and something about Chewbacca. But as a skeptical skeptic who skeptics, I have to wonder if some of this is a deliberate red herring. Head to the comments for my personal conspiracy theory.
In less spoilery things…
→ Carrie Fisher gets an award. Mark Hamill is there. Their #beardwatch and #blondewatch games are still strong, but they are both in Los Angeles, so perhaps they’ve wrapped up as well? In any case, enjoy the sibling cuteness and hope we’ll get to hear Carrie’s inevitable jokes sooner rather than later.
→ Ben Affleck explains the genesis of the Batman v Superman/Episode VII ‘feud.’ (Warning: Autoplay video.)
Making Star Wars has some description of what (and possibly where) Daisy Ridley’s character is living in. It does explain a thing we saw in Dubai, but it doesn’t exactly help the theory that the character is a Solo…
Rumor: A different spin on the ‘search’ for Luke Skywalker? Alrighty then.
→ David Fincher’s Star Wars? The director (Fight Club, The Social Network, the upcoming Gone Girl and many more) told Total Film that he did have some discission with Kathy Kennedy about helming Episode VII. Here’s his take on the franchise:
“It’s tricky,” he adds. “My favourite is The Empire Strikes Back. If I said, ‘I want to do something more like that,’ then I’m sure the people paying for it would be like, ‘No! You can’t do that! We want it like the other one with all the creatures!’
“I always thought of Star Wars as the story of two slaves [C-3PO and R2-D2] who go from owner to owner, witnessing their masters’ folly, the ultimate folly of man… I thought it was an interesting idea in the first two, but it’s kind of gone by Return Of The Jedi.”
Probably just as well it didn’t pan out, though it’s fun to imagine the road-not-taken if George Lucas had been looking at up-and-coming directors back in the prequel days.
→ Ryan Leston of Total Geeks was hanging around some Episode VII crew in Wales, where they stayed during the Puzzlewood shoot.