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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5 Super Massive Gigantic Game Changing Movie News Announcements

November 29, 2012 at 7:43 am

5 Super Massive Gigantic Game Changing Movie News Announcements

Growing up, I was always interested in showing my family the latest technology. Imagine playing with an iPad having been around when television was just getting warmed up.  I’m starting to get that feeling myself.  I still remember our first modem and what it meant.  Back then, I used to log in to a primitive forum that only let you online for an hour a day.  Even then, I was interested in movies.  That was the first forum I visited and the majority of my hour was spent discussing movies.

Technology kept getting better.  The world got faster modems, better websites, more engaging content and up to the minute second information.  Just before I graduated high school, I remember scouring the web for any piece of information I could find on The Matrix sequels.  I had to know details immediately.  This desperate search led me to many of the websites I still visit every day.  Since that time, technology evolved and movie news has never been easier to consume.

Now I look back on how I used to get my movie news and I’m blown away by how far we’ve come.  Now there are thousands of websites and blogs out there.  The internet has a pulse and I’m no longer solely a reader,  I’m a contributor. It’s so much fun.

Looking back, I decided to focus on 5 announcements that blew my mind and kick started my addiction to movie news.

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SPIDER-MAN ON THE BIG SCREEN

My favorite Superhero.  When I found out that Sam Raimi was creating a live action Spider-Man movie I was speechless.  CG technology was exploding and the very thought of live action web slinging was too good to be true.

I still get goosebumps watching that trailer.  It’s Spider-Man!  I still can’t believe it’s been over 10 years since Peter Parker changed the Superhero movie forever.  I also can’t believe the series has already been rebooted but I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man and I’m looking forward to following the ‘electrifying‘ sequel.

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THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE

“Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Nick Fury, Black Widow & Hawk Eye are on stage together!”

Marvel had done it.  4 movie franchises would come together in the biggest Superhero movie of all time:  The Avengers. Years later, I’m still stunned they not only pulled it off but exceeded expectations.  The ‘official’ hype began with a press conference at Comic Con in 2010…

5 Super Massive Gigantic Game Changing Movie News Announcements

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I loved The Avengers but beyond that, I loved following the film’s development.  I loved the Easter eggs they built into the movies that preceded it.  What threat could possibly exist that would challenge these larger than life heroes?  I was actually sad after I saw The Avengers.  I had so much fun reading about the film.  Then I remembered PHASE TWO!  Another round of phenomenal Marvel movies is on the way and it all leads to The Avengers 2 in 2015.

Until then, we must wonder what Thanos will do to make these heroes assemble again.

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PETER JACKSON & THE HOBBIT

The Lord of the Rings.  Three movies that I watch at least twice a year.  That includes the hours of amazing special features included in the extended editions.  LOTR is a remarkable achievement and an adaptation that captured the imaginations of millions around the world.  I absolutely adored The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The next logical step was the Hobbit but the film was plagued with legal issues causing endless delays.  Not to mention the concern fans had knowing Peter Jackson planned on handing over the keys to Middle Earth to another filmmaker.  Those concerns were alleviated when they announced that Guillermo Del Toro was on board.  Unfortunately, the production ran into more delays and Del Toro departed.  Heart break once again…

Until Peter Jackson himself stepped up and vowed to return to Middle Earth.  That was an unbelievable announcement.  Then they announced three movies instead of two!  Another trilogy directed by Peter Jackson featuring the same dedicated team of filmmakers.  A dream come true.

THE MATRIX GETS TWO SEQUELS

“They are making a sequel to The Matrix!? …  Hold on…  There is going to be two AND they are filming them back to back?”

The Matrix Reloaded.  Some people love it, others think the original should have been left alone.  Even those who hated the sequels were still curious at some point. Where will the Wachowski’s take Neo next?  I was obsessed.  I read every article I could.  I was searching for Matrix news before I checked my own email on a daily basis for months.  How could they possibly continue such a complex story? (Insert Architect joke here)

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When The Matrix Reloaded came to an abrupt end, I was even more addicted to news and rumors.  Thousands posted theories on what could happen next and I read all of them.  Speculation was as endless and I was addicted.  The Matrix Revolutions delivered a fitting end even though it wasn’t as spectacular as I hoped.  The Matrix will always be my favorite but I loved Reloaded because it inspired the movie nerd in me.

The day I found out they were making two sequels changed everything…

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DISNEY ANNOUNCES STAR WARS EPISODE VII

I thought we had seen the last of the galaxy far far away…  I didn’t hate Episodes 1,2 & 3 but they definitely didn’t rise to the level of the original trilogy.  I never imagined that one day, we would FINALLY get true sequels to Star Wars.  Then Disney announced the acquisition of LucasFilm.  One single press release literally blew up the internet.  The hype began instantly and speculation will dominate movie websites until the day Star Wars Episode VII is released in 2015.  This doesn’t even include the sequels and spin offs the mouse house is planning.

I don’t normally cover news on my blog but I couldn’t resist.  It’s Star Wars Episode VII!

What will it be about?  Will Luke Skywalker and the rest of the original cast return?  Who will direct it?  When will we find out more!?

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There’s also an interesting battle brewing in the Summer of 2015.  Which film will gross more?  Star Wars 7 or The Avengers 2?    The culmination of Marvel Phase 2 and a sequel movie fans have been waiting decades to see. (Disney wins the Summer 2015 box office battle by the way.  I’m prepared to make that call now since they own both franchises.)

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ARE YOU ADDICTED TO MOVIE HYPE?

I grew up searching for my favorite movies and devouring the articles I found.  Every new trailer, tv spot, poster, synopsis, casting announcement, set pic and interview makes me smile.  I’m addicted to movie hype.  Today, it’s easier than ever to find information on the movies you can’t wait to see.  Technology has indeed come a long way since I was young.

However, one thought makes me smile more than all of the massive announcements combined: Back then I used to search for articles.  Today, I write my own.  It’s funny how people evolve just like the technology we use to tell our stories.

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Disney & Star Wars: 5 Things I Love & A Couple Things I Don’t

November 12, 2012 at 7:53 am

Disney & Star Wars: 5 Things I Love & A Couple Things I Don't | Star Wars Episode VII

Weeks later, I’m still blown away that there is a new Star Wars movie on the way.  Just about every day since Disney announced the purchase of LucasFilm there has been new rumors and news.  Movie fans around the world are speculating on plot, directors, writers and more. We got one answer late last week as screenwriter Michael Arndt has been confirmed to pen the script.  Still, there are plenty of major questions out there to ponder.

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What will Disney do with the Star Wars Universe?  How will they expand on such a massively popular property?

I’m obviously a fan of the deal so I thought I’d share the 5 things that excite me the most and a few things that bug me.

WHAT I LOVE

5. RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME STAR WARS THEME PARKS

I’ve never been to Disney World or any other Disney theme park for that matter.  I hope to change that someday but even now, I have no plans to make my way down to Florida.  However, a huge Star Wars theme park might speed plans up a bit.  I think this one is a no brainer.  At some point, Disney is bound to announce a massive park full of Star Wars themed attractions.

4. A LIVE ACTION TV SHOW?

The long rumored Star Wars live action TV show was recently put on hold.  Perhaps due to the impending purchase?  The thought of a prime time Star Wars drama on ABC is pretty exciting even if it is unlikely.  Forgive the pun but there is definitely a new hope for the TV series.

3. THE MOVIES ARE BACK IN THE CONVERSATION

It’s only been a short time but I’m already devouring every single Star Wars article I see throughout my travels on the web.  We are talking about a new Star Wars movie!  Every tidbit of news will be covered on every major movie news site followed by endless analysis and speculation.  It’s a good time to be a Star Wars fan.  Two weeks ago, the thought of a new movie was only a dream.

Following this move’s development is going to be so much fun.

2. PIXAR + STAR WARS = ?

I’m shocked that Pixar hasn’t tackled a Marvel movie since Disney purchased the Superhero stable a few years ago.  Pixar + Marvel is a match made in heaven.  But a Pixar/Star Wars movie would be absolutely insane.  Could it happen?  Probably not in the next few years but you never know.  I’d love to see what those geniuses come up if they were given the keys to the Death Star.

1. A NEW TRILOGY. A NEW VISION?

A new Star Wars movie is one thing but a movie directed by someone other than George Lucas is intriguing to say the least.  A new filmmaker will soon be hired and I can’t imagine the pressure.  Somewhere there is a confident filmmaker who will breath new life into one of the most successful franchises of all time.

That’s a lot to take on.  However, the direction they take the series is the single most fascinating element of the big announcement.  What will happen next? Will the original stars return?  Luke, Leia & Han have already said they are open to returning.  What will  Episode 7 add to the Star Wars legacy?

I’m so excited I can’t stand it…

Disney & Star Wars: 5 Things I Love & A Couple Things I Don't | Star Wars Episode VII

WHAT CONCERNS ME

Don’t go crazy…

Too much too soon is a mistake.  I just described Theme Parks, Pixar Movies, Sequels and more but I’m also hoping Disney paces itself.  We don’t want Star Wars overload after all these years.

Empire Strikes Back is (arguably) the best for a reason. Let’s get back to that.

I’m a fan of the prequel trilogy to an extent.  I loved Episode 1, tolerated 2 and enjoyed 3.  The biggest complaint I had about the newest films was tone.  They were bright and colorful and featured characters like Jar Jar Binks.  Episode 3 took us to a darker place but it was a little late and didn’t have the same impact of Empire.

When I talk about the excitement surrounding a new director coming on board, I sincerely hope their favorite is Empire Strikes Back.  Whatever direction they decide, I can’t wait to see it.

Develop the movie and THEN discuss the toys please…

I understand that Disney is going to capitalize on the Star Wars toy market.  It was probably one of the main reasons why the purchase was considered in the first place.  A new movie will mean billions of merchandise sold around the world.  The toy tie ins will have to be discussed but I really hope they don’t impact the direction they take the franchise.

I just want the new movie to be good.  That’s all I ask.

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October 31, 2012 at 10:18 am

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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.

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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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