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While all eyes are currently laser focused on Jj Abrams' currently filming Star Wars: Episode VII, we can't forget that the other films in the galaxy far, far away are also in variuos stages of production. Rian Johnson recently spoke with Terry Gilliam on the TalkHouse Podcast, confirming he's directing Episode VIII and talked about his experiences with it so far. Come inside to see what he has to say about Disney/Lucasfilm giving directors plenty of freedom, when he expects to start shooting, and how the script is coming along!
First of all, I think it's worth noting that this is really the first time we've seen Rian Johnson confirm he's direction Episode VIII. He's largely played coy with the question before, talking about it without saying anything directly, and it's funny because despite knowing it's going to happen...the studios haven't made an official announcement. If there »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Rian Johnson, the writer-director of Looper and the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII, talked with Terry Gilliam on the eve of the U.S. theatrical release of Gilliam’s new movie, The Zero Theorem. It's a podcast worth sharing.
In the first part of a two-part conversation for the Talkhouse Film podcast, Johnson and Gilliam discuss topics ranging from modern movie-watching and the perils of social media to Star Wars: Episode VIII, which Johnson is to write and direct.
Here is part one:
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The What?: It’s a column on Star Wars news and rumors and therefore contains Spoilers and Speculation. This time, more a little bit more speculation.
This Week: A good look at the Millennium Falcon reveals the Batmobile and it's all good fun. A Rebels teaser might show us an Episode VII planet, Star Wars commits to December and Rian Johnson talks about working on Episode VIII.
I hope everyone is having fun, Jj Abrams and Zack Snyder certainly are, with their newest social media marketing salvos blasting across the interwebspherenet after a rumor that the Batmobile had been stolen:
Case closed. pic.twitter.com/fVyENoksFp
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) September 13, 2014
I like this.
It's nice to get to see the Batmobile and the Millennium Falcon, »
For Rian Johnson, writing and directing Star Wars: Episode VIII is simply a return to his origins as a filmmaker. And by origins, he means the earliest of his early days. “For me, personally, I grew up not just watching those movies but playing with those toys,” Johnson explained on the latest episode of The Talkhouse podcast. “So growing up, the first movies I was making in my head were set in [the Star Wars] world.” He said that although he’s just starting to write the movie, “honestly, it’s the most fun I’ve ever had writing, it’s just
- Graeme McMillan
Art by Ryan Crain
Director Rian Johnson recently talked a little bit about his experience working on Star Wars: Episode VIII so far on the podcast TalkHouse. While he talks about it he gives us several reasons why these upcoming Star Wars movies are going to be amazing, mostly because of how supportive Lucasfilm has been to the filmmakers they've hired to bring these movies to life.
Director Terry Gilliam was also in on the discussion, and it was the first time he learned that Johnson was directing Episodes VIII and IX. When Gilliam finds out he asks him what it feels like to take over someone else's world and this was his response:
“Well, I’m just starting into it so… but so far it’s been nothing but… honestly, it’s the most fun I’ve ever had writing. It’s just joyous. But also for me personally, »
- Joey Paur
There's rarely more fun when filmmakers of a similar ilk interview each other. That was the cast this week when "Looper" director Rian Johnson star down with filmmaker Terry Gilliam on the latter's TalkHouse Podcast to talk about Johnson's next gig - "Star Wars: Episode VIII". He says things are still in the earliest stages right now:
"I'm just starting into it, but so far it's the most fun I've ever had writing. It's just joyous. The first movies I was making in my head were part of this world, so part of it is a direct connection - it's almost like an automatic jacking-in into childhood in a weird way.
I'm figuring it out as I go. I'm dancing on top of the avalanche a little bit. But it's a challenge of remembering what inspires you about the original films, but I think you can probably go to the »
- Garth Franklin
Directors J.J. Abrams and Zack Snyder have been going back-and-forth online by parodying their respective blockbusters, Star Wars: Episode VII and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Snyder struck the most recent blow by showing a Stormtrooper getting arrested for hi-jacking Batman's ride. Abrams has retorted in a way that will be tough to top. He's stolen the Batmobile back and placed it on the underside of the Millennium Falcon. And this isn't just a cutesy little model. This is a real shot of the Millennium Falcon with a huge pan and everything. Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars: Episode VII Millennium Falcon video featuring the Batmobile. It's now your move, Mr. Snyder. May I suggest putting Batman behind the wheel of a Star Destroyer? Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016. Via Bad Robot. And if you’d like »
- Matt Goldberg
While it may be intimidating to take over a storied franchise like "Star Wars," Rian Johnson insists that he's being given plenty of creative freedom as he prepares to write and direct "Episode VIII."
Johnson talked about the expectations for the series during a recent installment of the TalkHouse podcast, in which he chatted with fellow director Terry Gilliam. Gilliam asked Johnson what it was like to "take over someone else's world" and if "Star Wars" creator George Lucas was "looking over his shoulder" throughout the writing process.
Despite the possibility of being overwhelmed by the history of the franchise (and its hands-on creator), Johnson had nothing but good things to say about the experience so far, noting that he's being allowed to pursue any story avenue he wishes -- and he's having a great time doing it.
"Honestly, it's the most fun I've ever had writing. It's just joyous, »
- Katie Roberts
Duncan Jones has apparently been out of the loop for awhile, working on a tiny little indie project you’ve probably never heard of. So he didn’t know that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are adapting the comic book Preacher into a series for AMC. When he asked Ain’t It Cool News’ Eric Vespe a question about the project on Twitter, Rogen jumped in to offer him the director’s chair. Jones accepted the offer, and things spiraled from there. I really can’t wait for the episode set on the Millennium Falcon. Here’s how the exchange went down.
@EricVespe @Sethrogen @evandgoldberg Are they doing it as TV or film?
— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) September 12, 2014
@ManMadeMoon @EricVespe @evandgoldberg TV show for AMC. Wanna direct some episodes? (I should note that we haven't finished a pilot script)
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 12, 2014
Jones had a little fun before giving an apparently earnest answer. »
- Mily Dunbar
With the final four episodes of Breaking Bad looming last fall, Vince Gilligan hinted, “A great many chickens will come home to roost for Walt.” And, sure enough, in “Ozymandias,” the third-to-last episode of AMC’s harrowing, Emmy-winning meth drama, many of said chickens knocked down the front door of his house and made themselves comfortable in his living room.
During that hour of punishing and mesmerizing television, Walt (Bryan Cranston) would lose much of his blood money and most of his family (except for his baby daughter, whom he kidnapped in a moment of desperation), the latter being the »
- Dan Snierson
With the final four episodes of Breaking Bad looming last fall, Vince Gilligan hinted to EW, “A great many chickens will come home to roost for Walt.” And, sure enough, in “Ozymandias,” the third-to-last episode of AMC’s harrowing, Emmy-winning meth drama, many of said chickens knocked down the front door of his house and made themselves comfortable in his living room.
During that hour of punishing and mesmerizing television, Walt (Bryan Cranston) would lose much of his blood money and most of his family (except for his baby daughter, whom he kidnapped in a moment of desperation), the latter »
- Dan Snierson
As we speak, writing, directing and producing duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, This is the End) are hard at work on an adaptation of Garth Ennis’ 1990s graphic novel Preacher for AMC. Over the weekend, the two got into a discussion about the project over Twitter, and caught the attention of up-and-coming directors Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper).
Aint It Cool News’ Eric Vespe began the conversation by suggesting that Goldberg and Rogen cast Kurt Russell as the Saint of Killers on the show. Jones then jumped in, apparently a bit out of the loop since he’s been busy directing a little video game movie called Warcraft for Legendary pictures, and asked about the project. Check out their conversation below (courtesy of /Film):
@ManMadeMoon @EricVespe @evandgoldberg TV show for AMC. Wanna direct some episodes? (I should note that we haven't finished »
- James Garcia
Subverting the good old fashion method of going through producers and agents to get a deal done in Hollywood, producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg jumped on Twitter to go after the Preacher director they want aboard their AMC drama series, an adaptation of the popular comic book from writer Garth Ennis and artist Steven Dillon.
Seth Rogen began the conversation by asking Warcraft director Duncan Jones, the man behind sci-fi cult classics Moon and Source Code, if he would come onto direct one of the upcoming Preacher episodes, even though the pilot script is not finished yet.
As you can see in the following Twitter conversation, Duncan Jones agrees before Rian Johnson, director of the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX, throws his hat in the ring to direct an episode as well.
@ManMadeMoon@EricVespe@evandgoldberg TV show for AMC. Wanna direct some episodes? (I »
Over the weekend, Ain’t It Cool News‘ Eric Vespe tweeted Seth Rogen with the casting suggestion of Kurt Russell for the Saint Of Killer's role in Rogen and Evan Goldberg's small screen adaptation of the controversial DC Vertigo classic, Preacher. This led to Warcraft director Duncan Jones joining the conversation, and although a lot of the exchanges are clearly banter, it does sound like Jones is genuinely interested in getting involved: @ManMadeMoon @EricVespe @evandgoldberg TV show for AMC. Wanna direct some episodes? (I should note that we haven't finished a pilot script) — Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) September 12, 2014 @Sethrogen @EricVespe @evandgoldberg But in all seriousness... I'd eat my own arm off to do it. — Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) September 12, 2014 Then, after a fan suggested Rian Johnson (Looper) also try his hand at directing an ep or two, this happened: @EricVespe I've got 2 hands. @ThatJoeMeyers @Sethrogen @ManMadeMoon @evandgoldberg — Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) September »
Movie News - Daniel Craig is set for a secret cameo appearance in 'Star Wars Episode VII'. The 'Skyfall' star is a big fan of the science fiction saga, and he has reportedly filmed a mystery role in the upcoming seventh installment of the franchise - but his face will be kept hidden. An insider told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: ''Daniel asked for some sort of secret cameo role - and was happy to have his name left off the posters. ''Fans will love trying to work out which covered up character is him.'' The 'James Bond' star - who will reprise his role as the fictional British spy in the as-yet-untitled 'Bond 24' - is said to have begged 'Star Wars' director Jj Abrams for the small part due to his love for the series. Meanwhile, 'The Avengers' star Mark Ruffalo recently joked he begged 'Star Wars »
The actor, best known for his role as James Bond, will allegedly make a secret cameo appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII, with this face hidden.
Rumours emerged after The Sun on Sunday quoted an inside source saying: "Daniel asked for some sort of secret cameo role – and was happy to have his name left off the posters.
"Fans will love trying to work out which covered-up character is him."
In June it was reported that Johnson had been chosen to take the helm on Episode VIII, as well as writing Episode IX.
Remarkably, a man flying a drone in Berkshire appears to have accidentally stumbled upon the set of Star Wars Episode VII. »
With the possibility of a new Incredible Hulk movie and TV series on the horizon (if you ask Lou Ferrigno anyway), Bruce Banner himself Mark Ruffalo may find himself being busy over the next year or so. But that hasn’t stopped the actor from dreaming about other roles. In fact, he’s looking to head to a galaxy far, far away – but not with J.J. Abrams for Star Wars: Episode VII and instead with Rian Johnson and Star Wars: Episode VIII.
In an interview with Collider about his upcoming movie Infinitely Polar Bear, Ruffalo said that he has reached out personally to Rian Johnson saying he’s “desperate” for a role in Star Wars: Episode VIII. The actor said, “my e-mail to Rian after all these years was ‘Rian, congratulations on everything you’ve been doing. And by the way, if there’s a part in Star Wars, please, »
- Luke Owen
Grunberg has been with Abrams for sometime. He was a regular on the Abrams-produced "Felicity" and "Alias," had a cameo as the pilot of the ill-fated Oceanic Flight 815 in "Lost," and had small appearances in "Mission: Impossible III," "Super 8" and even "Star Trek" (he was the voice of James Kirk's stepfather). Here's his tweet:
Yes @smgulz it Is safe to assume I have a role in #StarWarsEpisodeVII - If I say more than that, Jj will have me killed.
— Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) September 11, 2014
Onto today's speculative rumors. It is safe to assume that planetary locations from the original "Star Wars" trilogy are set to be revisited in the upcoming films.
So far the ice planet of Hoth, »
- Garth Franklin
Having only recently finished filming on next years Avengers sequel, Mark Ruffalo is already trying to line up his next batch of projects. During an interview with Collider he revealed that he actively seeking a part in the next Star Wars trilogy.
Too late to jump into J. J Abrams first film, which is released in December next year, Ruffalo is instead focussing on that films sequel, set to be directed by old friend Rian Johnson. The pair worked together on Johnson’s follow-up to Brick, The Brothers Bloom, with Ruffalo playing one half of a brotherly con act. During his talk with Collider he revealed that he has reached out to the director via email to essentially plead for a role:
“My email to Rian after all these years was, “Rian, congratulations on everything you’ve been doing. And by the way, if there’s a part in Star Wars, »
- Kat Smith
Despite being a high profile actor, Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers) still has to fight for certain roles. During a recent interview, he confessed that he wrote an email to his "Brothers Bloom" director Rian Johnson (Looper) about a part in "Star Wars: Episode VIII." "I just reached out to Rian recently, by the way," Ruffalo told Collider. "My email to Rian after all these years was, 'Rian, congratulations on everything you've been doing. And by the way, if there's a part in 'Star Wars,' please, anything, please consider considering me to join you.' I love hanging out with Rian so [that] is interesting to me, but I would like a role." "Star Wars: Episode VIII" is tentatively set to hit theaters in 2017. »
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