Lucasfilm hired Brenda Chapman – who was the writer and original director for Brave at Pixar- in August. Reports were that she was consulting on a ‘mystery project’ for Lucasfilm Animation…. But in the wake of the Disney sale and sequel trilogy announcements? Bleeding Cool notes some of her recent tweets – including a link to a Time story on Episode VII. Could she be involved with the new films somehow? ” We will just have to wait and see what happens,” she tweeted to one such inquiry.
Of course, it’s worth noting that all of Chapman’s credits are in animation – she directed Dreamwork’s The Prince of Egypt – and Episode VII already has a writer. But ‘consultant’ does cover a lot of ground, and the timing is pretty curious…
And yes, this is pure, unbridled speculation – even Bleeding Cool admits she might really be working on that fairy musical we’ve barely heard about, or something else entirely. Still, an interesting prospect.
2 Replies to “Speculation: Could Brenda Chapman be involved in Episode VII?”
wow.. looking back on the fairy musical post’s comments, i mentioned wanting to have star wars princesses develop as a marketing niche to rival against disney princesses. how’d that work out for me?
Chapman’s future should be interesting either way: She left Pixar on not too friendly terms and is now back within the Disney company. And I find it somewhat hard to believe that Disney will not dismantle Lucasfilm Animation. Leaving Lucasfilm, ILM, Skywalker Sound, LucasArts and the like intact makes some sort of sense, but having a second animation studio? That’s just redundant, unless LFL Animation gets to do the TV stuff that Pixar and Disney Animation aren’t interested in. And with TCW ending some time soon – let it be the 6th or 7th season -, there doesn’t seem to be a reason not to dismantle LFL Animation.
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