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George Lucas likes to plan ahead. Way ahead. In fact, he was barely done putting "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" together when he was already planning for life after his famed Star Wars trilogy -- putting together what would become known as the prequel films. In a story conference held in 1981, Lucas sat down with writer Lawrence Kasdan, director Richard Marquand and producer Howard Kazanjian to discuss the background of all the favorite characters in the franchise, most specifically the boy who would become Darth Vader. A lot of what Lucas said would actually come to pass, according to the new book from J.W. Rinzler, "The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi." But there were some changes as well. The first major change? The Force. There were no midi-chlorians in »
For all that is known about Star Wars: Episode VII, there’s hardly been a trace of any information about the plot. Various sources have been able to scrape together some rumored details, but most of those reports have worse holes than the Death Star’s exhaust shaft. With the historically secretive J.J. Abrams at the helm, it doesn’t seem likely that any concrete information about the story is going to be announced anytime soon.
That being said, the first word of any plot or characters may have leaked our way courtesy of Schmoes Know. They claim to have intercepted an e-mail with an alleged casting breakdown straight from Abrams himself. Keep in mind before reading this that I’m extremely skeptical about any of this being valid, but I’ll get into that later. Check out the leak below.
Storyline: Two 17 year old twins, a girl and a boy, »
- Alexander Lowe
Thirty years ago, the actor teamed with other then-rising stars -- including Glenn Close, William Hurt, Kevin Kline and Jeff Goldblum -- in director and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan's Motown-scored comedy-drama about college friends drawn back together to mourn a suicidal peer (played by Kevin Costner, who went unseen in the version ultimately released).
"I kind of did a little bit afterwards," the friendly Berenger tells Zap2it of maintaining contact with fellow cast members from the modern classic that cast him as television star Sam Weber, magazine-cover famous for playing "Magnum, P.I."-like action hero J.T. Lancer.
"I remember getting together with Bill Hurt in New York a couple of times, and there were phone calls after that. And of course, I »
Imagine it: you've taken off from school and waited in line all day to see "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi," the last installment (ever!) in the "Star Wars" saga. You're wearing your favorite "Star Wars" shirt, have your bucket of popcorn and jumbo-sized soda, and a primo seat in the auditorium, the best possible vantage point from which to watch the end of the trilogy unfold. No more than twenty minutes into the movie the lovable rogue Han Solo (Harrison Ford) dies fighting the evil Galactic Empire, sacrificing himself for the good of the Rebellion. The shockwaves from his death ripple through the audience and a very clear warning is issued from the filmmakers: no one is safe. Co-screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan fought for this to be a reality. So did Ford, who had grown weary of the character. But series overlord George Lucas said no. As Harrison Ford put »
- Drew Taylor
Believe it or not, “Return of the Jedi” turns 30 this year. Now before you start to think about how old you are, why not enjoy this interesting little nugget? Author J.W. Rinzler’s book “The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” comes out later this year and The Huffington Post has gotten their hands on a little excerpt that will definitely perk the interest of any "Star Wars" fan. The excerpt is from a “Revenge of the Jedi Story Conference” that was attended by George Lucas, writer Lawrence Kasdan, director Richard Marquand, and producer Howard Kazanjian. In discussion story details regarding the third film of the original trilogy, Lucas unearths the backstory of Darth Vader as well as Luke and Leia Skywalker and it’s pretty fascinating to see how much of the story winds up in the prequels. Even more fascinating, perhaps, is what didn’t wind up in the prequel. »
- Ken Guidry
"No, there is another." This one line spoken by Yoda during "The Empire Strikes Back" set off three years of speculation before it was revealed in "Return of the Jedi" that Leia was Luke Skywalker's twin sister and, therefore, the "other" hope to defeat the Dark Side. Yet there was no Internet to post every hare-brained theory like there is today, so where did self-respecting nerds go for their dose of rumors? There's where the great "Starlog" magazine came in.
J.W. Rinzler's wonderful "The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" (to be released Oct. 1) recounts a disagreement between George Lucas and his collaborators over Luke Skywalker's new lightsaber -- basically, "how did he get it?" In the end, Lucas shrugged off the need an explanation, pointing out that the worst that could happen is that someone would write a letter to "Starlog."
Back in December, I went »
- Mike Ryan
Reverberations are still being felt in the geekosphere from an auspicious meeting of the minds that took place at George Lucas' Park Way house in San Anselmo, California in July of 1981, when he, director Richard Marquand, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and producer Howard Kazanjian held court for a "Return of the Jedi" story conference.
With J.W. Rinzler's exhaustive "The Making of Return of the Jedi" hitting bookshelves in October, Huffington Post got ahold of a tantalizing transcript of said 1981 meeting included in the book, which fans will surely line up for once they hear how closely Lucas stuck to his guns on the Skywalker backstory… as well as the nutty ideas that changed before cameras rolled on the prequels.
"Anakin gets worse and worse," Lucas explained to his team, according to the transcript, "and finally Ben has to fight him and he throws him down into a volcano and Vader is all beat up. »
- Max Evry
A book promo for J.W. Rinzler's upcoming The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi reveals a transcript of George Lucas’ 1980s story conference with Star Wars alums Richard Marquand, Lawrence Kasdan, and Howard Kazanjian. The outline is basically Lucas' original idea for a series of Star Wars prequel films, and while the overall character arcs for Anakin and Obi Wan are pretty much the same and they both end up where they did in the movies we got, how they get there is a little different. Might the prequels have been stronger if Lucas had stuck to his original plan? Have a read and sound off in the usual place. “Well, anyway, Luke’s father gets subverted by the Emperor. He gets a little weird at home and his wife begins to figure out that things are going wrong and she confides in Ben, who is his mentor. »
Here's some cool behind the scenes Star Wars information that you might want to know! Back in 1981, George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, Richard Marquand, and Howard Kazanjian mapped out the Star Wars prequel story and the fall of Anakin Skywalker during a story conference for what was then titled Revenge of the Jedi.
Return of the Jedi turns 30 years old soon, and a transcript from that meeting was posted on the Huffington Post, which is an excerpt from J.W. Rinzler's upcoming book The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
There's a lot of great little details here. There's stuff we saw brought to life in the prequels and other things that ended up being changed. For example, Lucas goes through and breaks down the relationship between the Emperor and Vader, which is essentially beat-for-beat from what we saw in the prequels.
He also explains how Yoda is not »
- Joey Paur
A new book, "The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" by J.W. Rinzler, is hitting shelves just in time for the 30th anniversary of "Episode VI," and in the lead-up to the book's release, the Huffington Post has posted a fascinating excerpt.
The passage comes from a transcript taken from a 1981 story meeting held by George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, director Richard Marquand and producer Howard Kazanjian. During the conversation, Lucas fills in the backstory of Darth Vader in order to help the rest of the team craft an appropriate ending for the fallen Jedi.
What's so interesting about the conversation is how closely it matches the story from the prequel films, decades before they reached theaters, and how Lucas' explanation differs in other respect. For example, Lucas breaks down the relationship between the Emperor and Vader, essentially beat-for-beat from the prequels, but he explains how Yoda »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
On May 25, the third film in the original Star Wars trilogy, "Return of the Jedi," will turn 30 years old. To celebrate, HuffPost Entertainment is publishing this exclusive excerpt from J.W. Rinzler's excellent "The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi," due to be released on October 1.
Die-hard "Star Wars" fans should appreciate this transcript of a July 1981 story conference for the franchise's third installment, then titled "Revenge of the Jedi." In attendance were series creator George Lucas, writer Lawrence Kasdan, director Richard Marquand and producer Howard Kazanjian.
To give the others a better idea of who Darth Vader is, George Lucas maps out the character's pre-Dark Side life as Anakin Skywalker. Lucas' words here, in 1981, offer a startlingly accurate preview of what would eventually become the "Star Wars" prequels, released between 1999 and 2005. And yet there are notable exceptions, as well. For instance, Lucas compares The Force to »
- The Huffington Post
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... well, Ok, 30 years ago (on May 25, 1983) in our own galaxy, came the theatrical release of "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi." The installment triumphantly wrapped up the "Star Wars" saga for all time. Or so we thought. Little did we know that the movie's cuddly-but-ferocious Ewoks would soon spawn a cottage industry of spinoffs, or that we'd be getting a trilogy of "Star Wars" prequels in another 16 years, and "Jedi" sequels another 15 years after that ("Episode VII" is due in 2014). Nor did we know, at the time, how close "Jedi" came to being an art-house film (judging by the directors whom "Star Wars" guru George Lucas initially asked to take the helm), or how close we came to losing Han Solo (Harrison Ford), or many of the other secrets of "jedi," which you can read below. 1. David Lynch »
- Gary Susman
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU) is populated by a wide variety of super-powered or otherworldly beings. Whether it’s a super-soldier who was a war hero, a scientist who turns into an enormous, green rage monster, gods from Asgard, or a genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist who designs those cool suits, there’s no shortage of the fantastic in the world Marvel Studios has created. Case in point: next year their film roster will expand to include a gun-wielding raccoon and an alien tree.
However, if there’s one character that has resonated with fans, it’s Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson. The agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. was introduced in Iron Man back in 2008 and became a recurring supporting character, making appearances in Iron Man 2, Thor, and The Avengers. Coulson’s no-nonsense nature combined with deadpan humor quickly made him a fan favorite and as time went on, he became »
- Chris Agar
With the biggest films of the year expected to hit theaters sooner rather than later, it’s probably fair to start anticipating the production of Star Wars: Episode VII. Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams is currently making the press rounds, where he is naturally being bombarded with questions about the upcoming continuation of George Lucas’ beloved sci-fi epic. One voice we haven’t heard from though is that of Simon Kinberg – the man tasked with penning the fabled Star Wars spin-offs with veteran writer/director Lawrence Kasdan.
Speaking to the L.A. Times, Kinberg had this to say:
“I think the reason that they’re different than other science fiction or other genre movies is because George created a universe of people that you wanted to go back and see over and over again, that’s why it’s spanned and spawned so many different mediums, so many different generations, »
- Damen Norton
Also, the Enterprise finally, actually goes to space in today's Dailies!
» The Enterprise goes to space. [AICN]
» The "Pacific Rim" viral campaign kicks off. Join the Pan Pacific Defense Corps. [Twitter]
Your time has come. #jointhefight @pacificrim bit.ly/15VcvBQ twitter.com/Legendary/stat…
— Legendary (@Legendary) May 6, 2013
» Doug gets his own "Hangover Part III" character poster. [WB]
» Cool first-person "Star Wars" fan film. [Twitch]
» See handwritten script pages for "Empire Strikes Back" by Lawrence Kasdan. [/Film]
» "The World's End" UK poster [Twitter]
Welcome to the Dailies, where the MTV Movies team runs down all the film and television news, odds and ends that are fit to print! From awesome fan art to obscure casting news, this is your place to feast on all the movie leftovers you »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
It's one of the most famous exchanges in the history of cinema: Han Solo and Pricess Leia's heartfelt goodbye in "Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back." Just before Han is frozen in carbonite by the sinister Darth Vader, Leia reveals her love and he simply answers, "I know." So insouciant. So perfect.
And as we now know thanks to SlashFilm, so completely different from what screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan actually wrote.
Yes, thanks to unprecedented access to Kasdan's handwritten first draft of the "Empire Strikes Back" script, fans can now take a look at some of pop culture's most famous moments and try to imagine what they might have been like if alterations — such as Harrison Ford rewriting his lines the day of filming — hadn't been made.
The original dialogue? Instead of just saying "I love you," Leia goes on a mini-speech, adding "I couldn't tell you before, »
- Scott Harris
Development is ongoing for Star Wars: Episode VII, which features J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness) as the director and Oscar-winner Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) as screenwriter. The film will usher in a new generation of Star Wars movies – now that George Lucas has stepped aside as the franchise architect and president of Lucasfilm – beginning in Summer 2015, with either a new Episode or spinoff/standalone installment arriving each year thereafter.
The first two Star Wars spinoff/standalone features, which are currently being kept tightly under-wraps, will be scripted by series vet Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) and Simon Kinberg – whose screenwriting resume includes Mr. and Mrs. Smith, X-Men: The Last Stand, Sherlock Holmes ...
- Sandy Schaefer
As franchises seem to multiply by the month -- blanket properties splitting off with even a reboot of "The Crow" jammed in there -- the same faces are likely to be at the helm: Kevin Feige with the second and third waves of Marvel films, J.J. Abrams fretting over how to helm both “Star Trek 3” and “Star Wars: Episode VII,” and now “X-Men: Days of Future Past” writer Simon Kinberg, who recently discussed his thoughts on his new role in the 'Star Wars' universe. Kinberg was announced to join writer Lawrence Kasdan ("The Empire Strikes Back," "Raiders of the Lost Ark") in penning two separate "Star Wars” spin-offs after 'Episode VII' hits screens; Kasdan has made his thoughts clear that the original trilogy was "more about people than the ones that followed,” and Kinberg seems likely to agree, indicating that the characters will drive the new sequels. »
- Charlie Schmidlin
J.J. Abrams has a long working relationship with composer Michael Giacchino, but that will end temporarily when Abrams starts work on "Star Wars: Episode VII." The director has revealed that he expects original "Star Wars" composer John Williams will write the score for the upcoming movie.
"Michael Giacchino is an incredible composer, who I was lucky enough to begin working with on 'Alias,'" Abrams says at a press conference for "Star Trek Into Darkness" in Berlin. "He's truly one of the most influential members of our crew, and I think this ['Star Trek Into Darkness'] score, he really outdid himself. Again, for 'Star Wars,' it's very early days, but I believe that, going forward, John Williams will be doing that film, because he was there long before I was."
Latest triptych of films in long-running space saga will kick off in 2015 with Episode VII, directed by Jj Abrams
The latest trilogy of Star Wars films will arrive in 2015, 2017 and 2019, Disney chairman Alan Horn has revealed.
Speaking at the annual CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas, Horn confirmed the latest triptych of movies in the long-running space saga would kick off in 2015 with Star Wars: Episode VII. Disney previously announced that the film is being directed by Jj Abrams from a script by the Oscar-winning writer of Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine, Michael Arndt.
Horn also confirmed Disney is working on a number of spin-off "movies derived from that [Star Wars] universe", though he did not state when these were due to arrive on the big screen. Many fans have interpreted Horn's speech at the annual conference for cinema chain owners as a sign that Disney is planning to release a »
- Ben Child
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