At a press event this morning (at least Variety and Bloomberg were there) Disney’s Alan Horn dropped us a few bits of Episode VII news. He clarified his earlier remarks, confirming that second unit work has happened in Abu Dhabi, though principal photography has not yet started. (Note that we still don’t know if The National pics are actually a Star Wars set.)
Horn reiterated that the film’s budget could be as much as $200M, and that George Lucas is acting as a consultant. He also said that the franchise may revert back to May release dates for future films, depending on the scripts, and that he’s flying to London this week to go over the Episode VII script with J.J. Abrams.
An announcement on casting will be coming “very shortly,” though per usual, we’ll believe that when we see it.
two three cons this weekend; WonderCon in Anaheim, AwesomeCon in D.C. and Salt Lake Comic Con Fan Xperience in, you know. Salt Lake. You may remember we got some Rebels news at WonderCon. As for the rest? What minor Star Wars character’s name sounds like a sex position? Head below the cut to find out. (Or not.)
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Okay, this is cute. I’m not made of stone.
has details on May the 4th at the Disney Store, which is apparently why Disney brought bloggers out this week
… They did get a nifty tour
I’m not really seeing anything exciting in the new products, but that’s a) not my beat and b) there’s still a day left to the event. So hopefully there’s something more exciting waiting in the wings. (Or not, as the case may be. Oh well.)
We’ve got two comics coming out Wednesday, or rather, one comic and one trade collection. Legacy #14 is the new issue, and the third Knights of the Old Republic omnibus is the trade. Remember, you’ll want to pick this omnibus up ASAP, as we have no idea how long it’ll remain in print once with Marvel taking over the comics license next year.
We have just under a month until our next upcoming book, Star Wars Storyboards: The Original Trilogy, on May 13.
Our themes last week were: Star Wars cars (including the 1977 Toyota Celica at right,) places, parallels between the original and prequel trilogies, plus some Clone Wars, and funnies. Today will bring a fresh batch of Matthew Stover starting at around noon, and from there? We’ll see!
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Simon Kinberg: “The canon is the canon, and the canon is the six films that exist.” In this brief IGN interview, Kinberg implies, as we’ve guessed, that the existing Expanded Universe will serve more as inspiration to the movie/TV universe going forward. via
Disney is hosting a Star Wars executive breakfast this coming Thursday, says Making Star Wars. In attendance will be George Lucas and “classic cast members.” Just another Thursday for Disney’s top brass? UPDATE: Lucasfilm denied this event to TFN, but Making Star Wars (and others) maintain it is indeed happening. We’ll see!
Also this week? A Star Wars event at the (a?) Disney Store on Monday and Tuesday in California, according to Jedi News. So something is clearly going on. Whether these are linked to something that will matter to most of us (an announcement?) is yet to be seen, but let’s hope so.
Composer Kevin Kiner (from The Clone Wars) returns for Rebels, and they debuted the show’s theme today at WonderCon. They also showed a clip of Hera and the Ghost in action, which you can see above.
And that’s it, really. I wasn’t really expecting anything major, but even a premiere date would have been nice. Oh well…
UPDATE: There’s a new interview with Kiner on Hero Complex, and a writeup from StarWars.com that also gives us a better look at all the concept art. And Kiner shares some new music in a second video: Is it the theme?
Tweets from the panel below the cut.
Kevin J. Anderson, Dave Wolverton and Mike Stackpole discuss writing Star Wars at Salt Lake City Comic Con with moderator Bryan Young. Second part under the cut.