Star Wars Episode VII: J.J Abrams Round Up

January 25, 2013 at 8:10 am

Star Wars Episode VII: J.J Abrams Round Up

This is the second part in my Star Wars Episode VII Round Up Series.  It’s still hard to believe that a brand new Star Wars movie is on the way.  When Disney first made the announcement, I did what any Star Wars geek would do.  I searched online for every tidbit of information I could find.

The result was my Star Wars Episode VII Story Round Up.  Over 25 fantastic articles and videos from around the web.  Those articles are packed with story speculation, screenplay news, casting rumors and short lists for directors.  Which brings us to today’s round up.  J.J Abrams is officially directing Star Wars Episode VII!

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He was at the top of many wish lists to take the helm.  I think it’s a perfect fit even though he’s already directed two Star Trek movies.  The Master Franchise Builder has a new project and it’s the biggest of them all.  Bringing Star Wars back to the big screen.

Once again, I scoured the web looking for analysis and breakdowns once the news broke.  Here are some of the best I came across:

‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ and J.J. Abrams: 10 Reasons Why We Think This is a Good Thing | Screen Crush

Editorial: What Does J.J. Abrams Directing ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ Tell Us About The Movie? | /Film

J.J. Abrams to Direct ‘Star Wars’: the Best Twitter Reactions | The Hollywood Reporter

Is J.J. Abrams The Right Guy For Star Wars: Episode VII? | Cinema Blend

Hollywood’s new empire builder: J.J. Abrams | Variety

14 ways of looking at J.J. Abrams’ ‘Star Wars’ | EW

Can J.J. Abrams handle both Star Wars and Star Trek? | The National Post

J.J Abrams Directing Star Wars Episode 7 | Screen Rant

6 Ways J.J. Abrams Can Crossover ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek’ | Screen Crush

10 funny tweets about J.J. Abrams directing ‘Star Wars’ | CNET

J.J. Abrams directing ‘Star Wars’: Many voices cry out in reaction | Hero Complex

Why JJ Abrams is the right choice for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ | HIT FIX

Why J.J. Abrams Is a Bad Choice for Star Wars | Grantland

Why J.J. Abrams Is A Bad Choice To Direct Star Wars Episode VII | Think Progress

Do you think Star Wars is in good hands?

The Number 1 Reason Why J.J Abrams is Perfect for Star Wars Episode VII

January 25, 2013 at 8:05 am

The Number 1 Reason Why J.J Abrams is Perfect for Star Wars Episode VII

PLUS THE NUMBER 1 REASON WHY MAY NOT BE

Star Wars Episode VII Story Round Up

Months ago, J.J Abrams admitted that he was approached to direct Star Wars Episode VII and ‘apparently’ turned it down.

“I have some original stuff I am working on next,” said Abrams (EW)

Well, either he was lying or LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy is very persistent.

I’m a huge fan of J.J Abrams work. His movies and television series are among the best I’ve seen in the last decade. Super 8, Mission Impossible 3, Lost, Fringe, Star Trek… It’s pretty hard to find another director out there with so many high profile projects. (Joss Whedon comes to mind as another.)

His past work may have earned him the coveted Star Wars gig but that’s not why I’m excited. To me, the number 1 reason he’s perfect for the job is because he’s a fan like us. There’s a reason why Kathleen Kennedy didn’t give up.

J.J ABRAMS IS A MASSIVE STAR WARS FAN

“As a kid I was always a fan of special effects,” Abrams said. “Watching movies I was constantly trying to figure out how they did it, whatever the effect was. Star Wars was the first movie that blew my mind in that way; it didn’t matter how they did any of it because it was all so overwhelmingly and entirely great. It was funny and romantic and scary and compelling and the visual effects just served the characters and story. It galvanized for me; not for what was exciting about how movies were made, but rather for what movies were capable of.” (EW)

Every Star Wars fan has an opinion on the original trilogy vs the prequels.  Some people liked the new films while others thought George Lucas ruined everything.  Personally, I enjoyed Episode 1 & 3 just fine.  They were Star Wars movies after all.  Still, hardcore fans of the original series were let down by characters like Jar Jar Binks.

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J.J Abrams adores Star Wars.  It’s like they hired one of us to direct the film. I don’t think we have to worry about all of our major complaints.  He’s probably thinking the same thing.  It’s a fascinating development.  Can you imagine growing up with Star Wars and one day being able to direct an episode of the saga!?  Only one human being on the planet can make that claim and he also happens to be one of the most creative and imaginative directors working today.  With Abrams at the helm, we can all rest assured that he has the franchises best interest at heart.  Perhaps this is going to be the return to Empire Strikes Back?

It’s too early to speculate on tone but I’m stoked.  J.J Abrams is a remarkable director who comes from the school of Steven Spielberg.  A Star Wars geek is directing the new Star Wars movie!

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THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

…  This is awkward…

Star Trek…  The other franchise.  Long have fans argued the merits of both legendary series.  You can’t argue that they’ve never been united like this.  I’m a fan of both franchises but can someone honestly take on both?  One way or another we will get an answer to that question.  My prediction?  He’ll be just fine.

Some people will view his involvement with Star Trek as a negative and I understand that.  It’s probably the number 1 reason why he shouldn’t direct Star Wars Episode VII.  He’s made one amazing space film already with the promising sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness on the way.  I think that’s why he originally turned down the job.

“Well, I’m just a fan of Star Wars. As a kid, Star Wars was much more my thing than Star Trek was. If you look at the last three Star Wars films and what technology allowed them to do, they covered so much terrain in terms of design, locations, characters, aliens, ships — so much of the spectacle has been done and it seems like every aspect has been covered, whether it’s geography or design of culture or weather system or character or ship type. Everything has been tapped in those movies. The challenge of doing Star Trek — despite the fact that it existed before Star Wars — is that we are clearly in the shadow of what George Lucas has done.” (Hero Complex)

In my opinion, he knocked Star Trek out of the park and that wasn’t even his ‘thing’ growing up!?  Outstanding.

Just listening to the amount of thought he puts into his work is encouraging enough.  I’m sure talking about Star Wars will light him up even more.  This is great news.

Bring on the next big Star Wars Episode VII reveal!

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The Post: Interviews with 11 Famous Directors

December 3, 2012 at 9:54 am

The Post: Interviews with 11 Famous Directors

Have you watched a short film today?

OSCAR ROUNDTABLE

Quentin Tarantino, Ben Affleck, Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David O. Russell, and Gus Van Sant.  Just hit play.

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MARTIN SCORSESE

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STEVEN SPIELBERG

PETER JACKSON

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QUENTIN TARANTINO

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GEORGE LUCAS

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J.J ABRAMS

A great speech about the merits of creating mysteries.

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Star Wars Episode VII Story Round Up

October 31, 2012 at 10:18 am

Star Wars Episode VII Story Round Up | What Will Episode 7 Be About?

STAR WARS EPISODE VII IN 2015!

Since I began this blog, I’ve tried to stay away from general news stories. My reason is simple. I go to other sites that report the news a lot better than I can. So I don’t report the news but I sure as hell react to it. Yesterday was one of the biggest game changing days in movie history. Disney purchased LucasFilm and immediately announced a new Star Wars movie we all thought we would never see.

This is a single announcement that will fuel internet speculation for years. Disney is poised to absolutely dominate 2015 with The Avengers 2 & a brand new Star Wars adventure!

… I’m still trying to grasp the reality that Star Wars Episode VII is happening.

Star Wars Episode VII Story Round Up | What Will Episode 7 Be About?

3 BURNING QUESTIONS

  1. What will the new Star Wars movie be about?
  2. Who will write and who will direct?
  3. How will George Lucas be involved?

2 questions that, once answered, will be analyzed and debated non stop around the world. I’m a huge fan of the original trilogy and 2 of the 3 prequels. Having said that, I never really dug into the novels or details of George’s vision for the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy.

Here are my theories on Star Wars VII Day 1:

  • Question 1: Based on George’s vision and not the novels.
  • Question 2: Steven Spielberg / Guillermo Del Toro
  • Question 3: He’s already stated that he will consult

WHAT WILL STAR WARS 7 BE ABOUT?

Just what did George Lucas have planned for Episode VII? Will Disney honor that vision? So over the last day, I’ve been searching online for answers. I certainly can’t speculate but there are plenty of experts out there who can. So I thought I’d pass along some of the most informative and FUN pages I could find:

THE LONG WINDING SHAPE SHIFTING TRAIL TO EPISODES VII, VIII, IX | THE OFFICIAL STAR WARS BLOG

STAR WARS MOVIE DREAMS | IGN

THE SEQUEL TRILOGY | WOOKIEPEDIA

5 SUGGESTIONS FOR WHO COULD DIRECT STAR WARS EPISODE VII | COLLIDER

HOW WILL STAR WARS BE DIFFERENT UNDER DISNEY & WITHOUT GEORGE LUCAS? | /FILM

SO, STAR WARS… WHAT HAPPENS NOW? | AICN

STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE STORY SO FAR | TOTAL FILM

THE FUTURE OF STAR WARS: POSSIBLE PLOTS FOR EPISODE VII | EMPIRE ONLINE

WHAT WILL THE NEW STAR WARS BE ABOUT & WHO WILL DIRECT IT? | MOVIEFONE

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED: WHAT WE KNOW AND SPECULATION | /FILM

LUCASFILM + DISNEY = MORE STAR WARS AND GREAT TIMES FOR FANS | THE OFFICIAL STAR WARS BLOG

HEY DISNEY! HERE’S HOW TO MAKE A GREAT STAR WARS 7 | MTV

HOW DISNEY COULD MAKE STAR WARS EPISODE VII AWESOME | THINKPROGRESS

WHO SHOULD & SHOULDN’T DIRECT STAR WARS EPISODE VII | FILM SCHOOL REJECTS

STAR WARS VII: WHERE CAN THE STORY GO FROM HERE? | HUFFINGTON POST

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN STAR WARS EPISODE VII | CINEMABLEND

TWENTY STORIES THAT WILL ABSOLUTELY RUN THE WEEK STAR WARS VII IS RELEASED | WDIY.ORG

FORCED TO EXPLAIN: 10 THINGS STARS WARS SHOULD RESOLVE | NBC TODAY

ON THE BRINK OF THE FUTURE | THE OFFICIAL STAR WARS BLOG

THEY’VE ALREADY MET WITH WRITERS? | COLLIDER

STAR WARS EPISODE 7 & DISNEY: 5 BURNING QUESTIONS | MTV

STAR WARS SEQUEL TRILOGY | WIKIPEDIA

7 QUESTIONS WE HAVE ABOUT STAR WARS EPISODE VII | VULTURE

STAR WARS ON TV: DISNEY XD COULD AIR FUTURE PROGRAMMING | IGN

STAR WARS EPISODE VII: IS IT A GOOD IDEA? | RADIOTIMES

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

This:

Star Wars Episode VII Story Round Up | What Will Episode 7 Be About?

Or This:

Star Wars Episode VII Story Round Up | What Will Episode 7 Be About?

Let the speculation begin!

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Can The Film Industry Learn From The Miami Heat?

July 16, 2010 at 1:21 am

Can The Film Industry Learn From The Miami Heat?

In a historic off season, the NBA has been changed forever.  7 years ago, when they first entered the league, no one could have predicted that we would all witness a team that boasted Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Lebron James.

Are you kidding me?

These three superstars put ego and money aside to join forces and win a championship.  The Miami Heat have since become the most talked about franchise in professional sports.

Even a few years ago people would never have guessed that we would see Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen together.  We all saw the success they had.

It got me thinking…

What if a few superstar filmmakers got together and created a movie?

We have definitely seen some amazing filmmaking teams over the years but I’m thinking bigger.

We’ve seen Spielberg and Lucas team ups in the past but what if Scorsese or Coppola joined in to create something new? Can you imagine how many people would follow that movie?  The hype would be enormous. What magical project would unite these titans?

Can the film industry learn from the Miami Heat?

Is their enough shots to go around? (I suppose that works for both basketball and film doesn’t it? Nice.)

I think it’s all about the greater good and knowing each others strengths.  You HAVE to be a team player to pull it off.

The Three Kings of Miami have the entire sports world talking about whether or not they can pull it off.  Some people doubt they will be able to win a title right away but nobody is doubting the enormous amount of talent they bring to the table.

James, Wade and Bosh may not have the supporting cast yet but they are united in a common goal.  To win NBA championships.  I think it’s fantastic to see 3 superstars willing to share the spotlight to achieve their collective goals.

Why not film? Is it possible?

Imagine that it was for a moment…

What team ups would you like to see?

  • What if Christopher Nolan, Zak Snyder and J.J Abrams decided to lock themselves in a room and work on a secret project together.
  • What if Peter Jackson, Quentin Tarantino and Ridley Scott were planning an epic war drama? Written by Tarantino and Jackson with Ridley Scott directing.  Bring in Weta Digital to do the visual effects.
  • How about M. Night Shyamalan (Sixth Sense Night, not The Happening Night.) hooked up with George Romero and created a project that enticed David Fincher to come on board?
  • What if James Cameron created a brand new sci fi love story and worked closely with Cameron Crowe and Michael Mann?

The possibilities are endless!

I can’t decide whether it’s wishful thinking or sheer curiosity but I think the trend has already begun.

We’ve seen some pretty incredible casts come together already.  Insane amounts of talent in one place. Take The Expendables for example.  Did you ever think you would see those action legends in one movie?

We’ve even seen some directors teaming up with one producing but I’m thinking much, much bigger.

What I’m talking about here is a GIANT team up with a specific goal in mind.  To create the absolute best movie possible.  To win the championship.

It’s an interesting thought.

Obviously, like the NBA, you can’t win a title without a supporting cast and the film world is no different.

You can’t just bring 3 incredible directors on board and then skimp out on key technical and artistic positions. There are a ton of loose ends that need to be tied up before a team can achieve success.  You need the right group of people in the right creative atmosphere for it to work.

I can’t help but wonder what could be possible if the stars aligned someday.

Is there a dream team out there willing to put aside money and ego to achieve creative immortality?

Would it even lead to creative immortality?

It’s a reality in the sports world.  Look at the Celtics and Heat.  I really don’t think we’ve seen the last of this incredible new trend.  What crazy team up will happen next?  Maybe the Heat will succeed and another super team forms to defeat them.  Time will tell.

As for the filmmaking super awesome team?

We can hope can’t we?

Would the film be able to live up to the hype? What kind of film would it be?

Anything is possible.