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Before J.J. Abrams secured the job of kicking off Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy, numerous filmmakers were linked with the director’s chair on Star Wars: Episode VII, including David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club), who has spoken about meeting with Disney and Lucasfilm during a promotional interview for his latest film Gone Girl.
“I talked to [Kathleen Kennedy] about it, but I think that it’s a different thing from… I don’t know what Disney-Lucasfilm will be like,” Fincher tells Total Film. “It’s tricky. My favourite is The Empire Strikes Back. If I said, ‘I want to do something more like that,’ then I’m sure the people paying for it would be like, ‘No! You can’t do that! We want it like the other one with all the creatures!’ “I always thought of Star Wars as the story of two slaves [C-3Po and R2-D2] who go from owner to owner, »
- Gary Collinson
One of those "what if" scenarios that apparently was close to fruition is a David Fincher-directed "Episode VII." The master behind "Se7en," "Fight Club," and the new "Gone Girl" considered taking on the newest film in the iconic franchise.
Fincher worried about meeting the newly-merged studio's expectations. "If I said, 'I want to do something more like that,' then I'm sure the people paying for it would be like, 'No! You can't do that! We want it like the other one with all the creatures!'" he aid.
- Kelly Woo
One of the reasons for the enduring appeal of "Star Wars" is that different people can take wildly different meanings from the films, depending on which character or characters they feel most drawn to. Case in point? David Fincher, currently promoting "Gone Girl," gave an interview in which he presented an interesting read on the first two films in the ongoing space opera saga. I'm sure some fans are going to accuse Fincher of overthinking this, but I think he's got a valid point about the "Star Wars" universe, one that I've thought about a fair amount as I've gotten older and as I see the films from a fresh perspective. George Lucas spoke early on about how he considered R2-D2 and C-3Po to be the leads in the entire series, and I remember him saying they would be the only characters to show up in all of the movies. »
- Drew McWeeny
At one point in the past, like a lot of directors, David Fincher was looked at as a possible director to re-vitalize the Star Wars franchise by kicking off the sequel trilogy with Star Wars: Episode VII. It never came to pass and ultimately Lucasfilm went with Jj Abrams for the first film and Rian Johnson, presumably, for the second.
"I talked to Kathy about it, but I think that it's a different thing from... I don't know what Disney-Lucasfilm will be like," he says of the studio merger that resulted in a new batch of Star Wars films being greenlit.
"It's tricky," he adds. "My favourite is The Empire Strikes Back. If I said, 'I want to do something more like that, »
Director David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) revealed in an interview with Total Film that he had met with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy about directing a Star Wars movie for them. Fincher got his start in the business working on Return of the Jedi, so it would have been completely appropriate for him to come back around and direct a movie. That's obviously not how it has played out, and the reason is because the director was unsure about Disney's involvement. He said,
"I talked to Kathy about it, but I think that it's a different thing from... I don't know what Disney-Lucasfilm will be like. It's tricky. My favourite is The Empire Strikes Back. If I said, 'I want to do something more like that,' then I'm sure the people paying for it would be like, 'No! You can't do that! We want it like the other one with all the creatures! »
- Joey Paur
"I talked to Kathy about it, but I think that it's a different thing from... I don't know what Disney-Lucasfilm will be like," he told Total Film.
"It's tricky," he continued. "My favourite is The Empire Strikes Back. If I said, 'I want to do something more like that', then I'm sure the people paying for it would be like, 'No! You can't do that! We want it like the other one with all the creatures!'
"I always thought of Star Wars as the story of two slaves [C-3Po and R2-D2] who go from owner to owner, witnessing their masters' folly, the ultimate folly of man.
"I thought it was an interesting idea in the first two, but it's kind of gone by Return of the Jedi. »
Back in 2012, many names were rumored for the covet job of directing Star Wars: Episode VII. And one of those names was David Fincher. Doing press for his thriller Gone Girl this past week, the director confirms that he actually did take a meeting with Kathleen Kennedy, saying that he considered the job for a split second, but ultimately passed.
David Fincher wanted to make another movie that looked like Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. It would have been dark in tone. And it would have been told through the eyes of droids C3PO and R2D2, whom he views as slaves.
David Fincher reveals for the first time:
"I talked to Kathy about it, »
J.J. Abrams is currently hard at work on bringing Star Wars Episode VII to the big screen, but had things played out a little differentely, he would be prepping for Star Trek 3 right now as David Fincher shot the highly anticipated follow-up to Return of the Jedi! In a recent interview with Total Film, the Gone Girl helmer revealed that he spoke to the studio about the movie, but it sounds as if he didn't feel sure about the project due to Disney's involvement. "I talked to Kathy about it, but I think that it's a different thing from... I don't know what Disney-Lucasfilm will be like." He added, "It's tricky. My favourite is The Empire Strikes Back. If I said, 'I want to do something more like that,' then I'm sure the people paying for it would be like, 'No! You can't do that! We want it »
A bunch of "Star Wars: Episode VII" updates today. First up, a report at Total Geeks suggests the upcoming film sports a woodland battle sequence featuring thousands of extras.
The slightly over a week-long shoot took place in the Forest of Dean in Wales with many of the key cast shuttled to a location known as 'Puzzlewood'. Producer Kathleen Kennedy reportedly visited the set a number of times, and some of the crew was overheard talking about the shoot at their hotel.
The shoot is said to have included a "pivotal fight scene amongst some of the new main characters," and the tone of all the new "Star Wars" films are aiming to be more "unified, cohesive" than Marvel or Pixar's various efforts.
- Garth Franklin
J. J. Abrams directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Star Wars: Episode VII »
- Michael Stevens
Original Thunderball Tow Sled.
The Prop Store, in association with Vue Entertainment, is offering a major auction of classic movie props. Items are on display at Prop Store's London gallery and bids can be made on-line. The viewing of the objects on -line allows for state-of-the-art technology to bring these fabulous props within the grasp of collectors worldwide.
Many of the props have never been seen before on the collector's circuit and they include key pieces from ""Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", "Alien", "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" and some rare props from the James Bond films including a "Thunderball" tow sled and the full-sized "Q" Boat from "The World is Not Enough". The auction itself takes place on 16 October but you can bid now. Click here for full details and click here to browse the catalog. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
They've appeared in each of the Star Wars movies and Episode VII will be no exception as C-3Po and R2-D2 return for the J.J. Abrams helmed follow-up to Return of the Jedi. While the movie will be making good use of Andy Serkis' performance capture studio The Imaginarium, Anthony Daniels has confirmed that he will be once again suiting up as the fan-favourite droid despite the fact that he was initially offered just a voice-over role in the highly anticipated movie which drops on December 18th, 2015. The British actors makes some very interesting points here about why it's important to have him in the suit rather than relying on special effects, though it does sound as if he's grateful for technological advances which have made the suit far more comfortable. The full interview can be found over at Entertainment Weekly. Share your thoughts on all of this below! »
Artist Eric Tan has created this super cool set of Star Wars trilogy art featuring prints for Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and his most recent addition, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Each one features Luke Skywalker facing the epic journey that he has ahead of him in that particular story.
If you like the art, they are available for purchase at the Disney Store for $400 a piece. They’re each limited to 100 worldwide and come in a custom frame. To purchase, click on the following links: Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.
Here's a note from the artist:
"The circle is now complete! Like so many kids in the early 80's, #starwars completely ruled my childhood. It not only created endless hours of entertainment but launched so many kids' creativity into hyperspace. »
- Joey Paur
Directors’ Trademarx is back! At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This month we examine the trademark style and calling signs of David Lynch as director.
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Unlike the other people who have been featured in this column in the past, David Lynch is less a director and more an artist. He is a writer, a visual artist, an actor, and a musician in addition to being a director. Above all, he is an interesting personality. His style is best described as surreal, and is not for the faint of heart. His films are typically sparse in action (but frequently violent), heavy in drama, and dwell in the bizarre. As such, despite being so well-renowned for his unique perspective, his films don’t have a lot of »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
We've featured the work of artist Eric Tan before, and he's frequently featured by Mondo and more. But he also gets commissioned to do a lot of official artwork for Disney. And now that Star Wars is under the House of Mouse, he was commissioned to create three pieces commemorating the original Star Wars trilogy. All three of the original episodes, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, all get their own cool print in Tan's signature style, and they look absolutely stunning. The only downside is they are extremely limited editions, and you'll have to spend a pretty penny to get all of them. Here's all three of Eric Tan's Star Wars trilogy prints from The Disney Store (via Instagram): On his official blog (where you can see more of his artwork), Eric Tan said: "The circle is now complete! Like so many kids in the early 80’s, »
- Ethan Anderton
Oh, Lego – You know we love you at Thn! The master-builders have announced their first ever intergalactic national ‘Oscar-style’ awards just for fans and Lego® Star Wars™! The ‘Golden Brickies’ Awards have launched on the Lego Facebook page to celebrate the best fan created content for all the creative Jedi builders, budding photographers and film makers out there.
In homage to the legendary movie franchise and upcoming Episode VII, Lego® is inviting families across the UK to take part in this epic event which will culminate in an exclusive red carpet celebration event at Legoland® Windsor Resort Hotel with other amazing prizes up for grabs. Whether you choose the dark or light side, humour is at the very heart of Lego® Star Wars™, so this is your chance to show us your best photo and filming skills with your vehicles and minifigures. We want to see what you can do! »
- Dan Bullock
One minute after midnight on the 3rd May 1999, a branch of Toys R Us in Brandon, Florida became a hive of activity. Having queued patiently in the dark for hours, scores of shoppers - most of them full-grown men - funnelled through the doors. Some of them stacked merchandise up in their cradled arms, while others heaped toys up in their baskets and trolleys.
It was all part of the Star Wars fever that had begun in October 1993, when George Lucas first told Variety about his plans to make three prequel movies, and continued to grow over the next six years. Lucasfilm cannily fanned the flames of anticipation itself, with the Special Edition re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy. Suddenly, the franchise seemed new again, »
The Millennium Falcon, piloted by 'Han Solo' is a modified 'Yt-1300 light freighter'.
...to be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
...following chronologically in the series...
...30 years after "Return of the Jedi" and the demise of 'Darth Vader'.
- Michael Stevens
It had been rumoured that both would be villains in the J.J. Abrams helmed follow-up to Return of the Jedi, but based on what we’re seeing here, that won’t be the case…at least not at first! One popular theory is that the Rebels took over the Stormtroopers and their spaceships and that what we’re seeing here are the remnants of the Empire making use of some sinister looking X-Wings. It seems far-fetched, but who knows?!
Less of a theory and more of a rumour is the news doing the rounds that Lucasfilm have started developing a Star Wars spin-off which will put the spotlight on fan favourite Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi. »
- Josh Wilding
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
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