9 items from 2013
We told you the other day that Disney has taken its first step into the Star Wars animated world by announcing a new series called Star Wars Rebels, which premieres later this year. What makes this unlike any other animated Star Wars programs is that it takes place between Episodes III and IV, allowing animators to play in a space very similar to that of the original trilogy. In this new video, Pablo Hidalgo and executive producer Dave Filoni discuss the new show, noting that much of it is inspired by the iconic concept art Ralph McQuarrie worked on for the original trilogy. The image above is one they point out in the video below, teasing the very familiar--and very epic--space battles still to come. Additionally, Filoni, who teases the entire show by sitting in front of a...
- Erik Davis
Today, Lucasfilm formally announced their next animated project, entitled Star Wars Rebels. After reading the press release and watching the featurette, I am So excited about this new series. The look and style is reportedly going to be based on the original Star Wars concept art by Ralph McQuarrie. So Excited. Check it out:
Rebels New Star Wars Animated Television Series
Begins Production For 2014 Premiere On Disney Xd Channels Around The World –Special Event Telecast to First Air on Disney Channel –
Production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, an exciting, all-new animated television series based on one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time. Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney Xd channels around the world.
- Erin Willard
Shortly after Disney acquired Lucasfilm a number of projects in development at the studio were either canceled outright or locked up in a dark closet somewhere (like Seth Green's off-color spoof series "Star Wars Detours"). One of those projects that was quietly canceled was the long-running "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" TV series, which debuted in 2008 on the Cartoon Network and had gained a healthy following in the years that followed, amassing more than 100 episodes. Fans were promised that a new, altogether different series would be announced soon, though, and today that has come to pass. New computer-animated series "Star Wars Rebels" has been announced, to air on Disney Xd in fall 2014. This, admittedly, sounds pretty cool. "Star Wars Rebels" will be set in the period of time between "Star Wars: Episode III" and "Star Wars: Episode IV." In a brief promotional video on the Star Wars website, you »
- Drew Taylor
What will the new animated series "Star Wars Rebels" look like? It may resemble an earlier version of "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope." That's according to a preview of the just announced series unveiled on StarWars.com Monday, soon after the new Disney Channel/Disney Xd series was announced. The new series takes place in the two decades between the third and fourth episodes, so it will be inspired by the work of conceptual designer and illustrator Ralph McQuarrie, who designed the look of the original trilogy. Watch the video: »
- Tim Molloy
Dark Horse Comics has announced that it's set to bring George Lucas' initial Star Wars vision to life with an eight issue miniseries adapting Lucas' 1974 first rough draft for The Star Wars, which tells the story of the Jedi Annikin Starkiller, his training under General Luke Skywalker, and their struggle against the tyrannical New Empire and the Knights of the Sith.
The Star Wars is being adapted by J.W. Rinzler, executive editor at LucasBooks and the author of the fascinating The Making of Star Wars and The Making of The Empire Strikes Back, with artwork from Mike Mayhew (Avengers). Check out some early panels here, which are very much inspired by the concept design work of Ralph McQuarrie...
"While researching in the Lucasfilm Archives I’ve found many treasures—but one which truly astounded me was George’s rough draft for The Star Wars. His first complete »
- Flickering Myth
Every year it's one of the more reliably ridiculous award show controversies: Who didn't make the cut for In Memoriam?
When it comes to the Oscars, these "snubs" are particularly sensitive given the prestige and viewership of the show, and the fact that the montage inevitably leaves out names and faces of recognizable stars -- usually those known far more for their work in television than their work in film, which is the medium that the Academy Awards actually celebrate.
However, the Academy is hip to the annual controversy and this year produced a supplemental slideshow on their website featuring 114 names and photos of entertainers and film craftspeople who passed away in the past year.
Among the late greats included in the slideshow but not on the »
The singer paid tribute to Marvin Hamlisch, who was one of the many departed stars remembered in this year's segment.
The 2013 In Memoriam feature was introduced by actor, producer and director George Clooney.
Over the 49 year history of Star Trek, the franchise spread itself across a lot of mediums, including TV, comics, books, film, and video games. But along the way to the Trek we know, there have been plenty of projects that never made it past the idea stage, including the Enterprise Vegas attraction pictured above. There’s no real way to figure out the total number of ideas for Treks that never were; there’s not a lot of documentation on the games, for example, so we have no idea how many great Trek games died at the concept stage before we got the final products.
And for a lot of the unproduced Treks we do know about, there isn’t all that much out there on the internet. While there are a few exceptions, most of the unproduced Trek ideas have only a few paragraphs on Memory Alpha, at best, »
- Xavier Santana
Ever since Disney purchased the rights to LucasFilm, Star Wars fans have wondered – will the beloved Boba Fett return from the mouth of the Sarlacc on Tatooine? With recent rumours swirling around Star Wars spin-off films, it seems as if the stand alone Boba Fett feature may become a reality. What better character to make a protagonist of his own film? He is the coolest bounty hunter to ever grace the cinema screen.
Of course, one of the most important decisions to make before embarking on this galactic production is to choose a director. Here are five reasons why Joe Johnston is the right helmer for the right time.
5. Original Creator
What better man to make a film about Boba Fett than his maker? Joe Johnston, at the time a concept artist, developed the designs that led to the cult favorite character. Along with fellow concept artist Ralph McQuarrie, Johnston »
- Anthony Aggimenti
9 items from 2013
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