New Star Wars Movies Planned
Posted 23 October 2010 - 08:52 AM
Don't start packing up your lawn chairs and igloo coolers just yet, but there will once again be "camping out" for a Star Wars movie. IESB has learned some news about the future of the Star Wars franchise.
First, let me remind our readers of IESB's past scoops so anyone doubting the news will be aware. From Joss Whedon directing the Avengers, to the recent announcement of Disney's planned renegotiation of the Paramount Marvel deal, to the countless casting scoops, directing scoops, to our solid sources at Lucasfilm.
Confirmed IESB scoops specific to the Star Wars universe include the first announcement of the PG-13 rating of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, the first word of a live action Star Wars TV series as well as the Clone Wars animated series. Yes, all of these Lucasfilm scoops were all first reported here on IESB.
Now on to our newest big Lucasfilm scoop, ready? George Lucas is plotting to create new Star Wars movies at the ultra top-secret Skywalker Ranch.
This is déjà vu of the mid 90's when Uncle George starting tweaking the Holy Trilogy to gear up for the Special Editions. That was his first step in moving forward with the eventual prequel trilogy.
It's happening all over again, Lucasfilm is already hard at work converting the entire Star Wars saga into 3D which will be released starting with Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 2012. The word from our ultra top-secret Lucasfilm insider is that Lucas has gotten the itch and is already looking ahead into launching an entirely new trilogy in that galaxy far, far away.
What do we know? First of all, these new film will have nothing to do with the live action television series currently in development. That show already has over 50 scripts ready to go and plenty of pre-production time and money has been spent on artwork and storyboards. Once that show goes into production, Lucasfilm hopes to be able to produce at least 100 episodes since that is the threshold for syndication in the United States.
IESB has been told fans can expect the new trilogy after the entire saga is released in 3D which is expected to be complete around 2015 or 2016.
Uncle George's modus operandi has not changed, the plan is that he will self finance the new trilogy after he rakes in an expected $500 - $750 million dollars with the re-release of the entire Star Wars Saga in 3D and on Blu-Ray.
The ideal plan, according to our spy at Skywalker Ranch, is to be able to release a new Star Wars film within 24 months after the release of the last re-re-release (is that right?) of Return of the Jedi 3D.
Too early for story details but one thing that our source is certain about, they will not be prequels but instead sequels. It's not for certain if they will be the long awaited Episodes 7, 8 and 9 but could instead be Episodes 10, 11 and 12 or possibly even further out in the Star Wars timeline. And by giving space in the timeline, possibly even as far as 100 years or 1,000 years in the Star Wars universe future, Lucas avoids having to make these stories "fit in" with what the previous stories have told.
According to our sources, the most likely scenario for the films is that they will exist in the same universe but will not have anything to do with the Skywalker Clan. That story has been told, that starship has sailed.
What has caused this sudden change of heart for Uncle George? Well, besides the obvious possible billions that a new Star Wars trilogy will take in, our source tells us that George has gotten motivated with the success the Clone Wars animated series, the video games and also with the success of Avatar.
Can we expect Lucasfilm to confirm our story? Have they ever? Nope, I am sure that they will spin this or completly deny the story, but we will stand 100% behind our source.
Posted 23 October 2010 - 09:32 AM
Posted 23 October 2010 - 09:54 AM
the video games
and also with the success of Avatar.
Posted 23 October 2010 - 10:27 AM
the video games
and also with the success of Avatar.
I have to agree since George Lucas is a smart businessman. Most of his revenue comes from the Star Wars franchise even before he started to milk the heck out of Star Wars with the constant enchanced versions. I recall watching an awards program where they praised him in making money through Star Tours during a time when he wasn't making movies.
Even his toys are a huge seller even though the films have been released in theaters sometime ago
His own game company, while was once well known for making unrelated SW adventure games, makes mostly Star Wars games. SW is his cash cow
Posted 23 October 2010 - 12:04 PM
I was excited to see George's new ideas back in 1999...then I found out the new ideas were Jar-Jar and Mediclorons.
I would like to get excited about this but if Lucas is going to have as great a hand in the "story telling" as he did in the prequils, my expectations will have to be dirt-low.
Someone posted a link to a scathing youtube revied of Episode I and II and in there the author hit on a critical point: Lucas had a great idea for a story with the first trilolgy. THEN he surrounded himself with people who actually KNEW how to do things like direct, and TELL the story effectively and entertainingly. That's why those movies were good. With the prequils, Lucas took total control and didn't surround himself with anyone who would challenge him. Look at behind the scenes footage of those movies, you'll see George looking over some alien models or George viewing a completed scene. He'll be surrounded with drones who are too afraid of being fired to pipe up and suggest soemthing like, "Maybe this plot is too convoluted", "Maybe this dialogue should be rewritten", or "Maybe Jar-Jar sucks". Insted, Editor-drone nods his head, Writer-drone takes notes, and Producer-drone laughs at anything he says.
Hopefully this creative process will change for anything new that comes along from Star Wars. Then, I would think there would be hope for something good. It's a great universe and when it's done well it can be awesome.
Posted 26 October 2010 - 10:36 PM
1. Lucas maintained for years that the entire saga consisted of nine episodes in all, if not more. Maybe he did change his mind in recent years, but the fact remains he had stated in times past that there are more than six episodes in the overall story.
2. Mark Hamill has recounted discussions with Lucas about playing the elder "Ben Kenobi" role in the form of an older Luke Skywalker even as early as during the filming of the first Star Wars. The projected theoretical date Lucas proposed? Around 2012. That may not be set in stone of course, but this is from interviews Hamill himself has given in recent years.
3. In my mind, Lucas is way too invested in his brainchild and way too creative to give up on the Star Wars universe during arguably one of the most innovative and exciting times technologically in the entertainment and film world. Blu-ray and 3-D technology is exploding right now, and I don't think the man can resist taking advantage of it. I think he's inspired by new film-making technology, as he has implied time and time again over the years. Jurassic Park and advances in CGI technology inspired him to do the prequel trilogy, and so I think that films like Avatar and 3-D technology have once again inspired the man to do more Star Wars films.
I'm terribly excited about the possibility of new Star Wars films. If it turns out to be bogus, contrary to my gut feeling, ahh...I'll still be excited about the proposed live-action show and 3-D conversions. But I'm tellin' ya...new movies are coming. To quote Hot Rod from Transformers: The Movie: "I've just got this feeling..." (lol)
Posted 28 October 2010 - 07:23 AM
Playing coy/denying the sequels are happening wouldn't fit with Lucas' established pattern of behavior. He talks about his stuff way in advance, all the freaking time. At the very least instead of these flat, no-nonsense denials we'd be getting quotes from Lucas along the lines of, "It's something I've thought about, but right now I'm not concentrating on that. It might happen in the future, though/I'm not ruling anything out."
Now on the flipside, if he releases the already-extant movies (newly 3D converted) one year at a time, starting in 2012, that WOULD conveniently place the final film as coming out in 2017...likely right in time for the 40th anniversary of Star Wars...and what better time to release a new film or films?
Still, I'm leaning towards "not happening." To say nothing of the fact that Lucas ain't gettin' any younger. I suspect it's more likely that we might see remakes of the originals after his death before we see a Lucas-produced sequel trilogy.
Posted 01 November 2010 - 10:50 AM
My point is, the man could simply change his mind. He's done it before.
Posted 02 November 2010 - 05:18 PM
Posted 04 November 2010 - 03:48 PM
definately remember when Indiana jones kingdom of the crystal skull came out in 08 everything was under wrapsbecause it was such a big announcement now imagine how fans would react to finding out a new starwars series of films were being made. I rember when phantom menace came out everyone in my town was exstatic about it I didn't sleep at all until the movie came I just stayed awake looking at the clock wanting time to go by faster
Posted 11 November 2010 - 11:57 AM
Posted 11 November 2010 - 08:48 PM
If he wants it to go on longer he should come up with new movies or let Hasbro make figures from the video games because witout any new movies Hasbro might want not to resign
Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:01 PM
Vulture is reporting they have learned from inside sources that Disney has a leading candidate to write the screenplay for Star Wars Episode VII. According to them Pixar favorite Michael Arndt is up for the job. Arndt wrote the script for the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire sequel and was nominated for an Oscar for Toy Story 3. He also won an Oscar for the movie Little Miss Sunshine.
Reports say that Arndt has already written a 40- to 50-page treatment for the film and is likely to be at least one of the writers when the Disney/Lucasfilm project begins shooting in 2014. The treatment is expected to soon cross the desk of possible directors such as Brad Bird, Steven Spielberg, and J.J. Abrams.
Vulture also says they have word that the studio is looking to bring back from the original trilogy, actors Mark Hamil (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) and Harrison Ford who recently said he was open to the idea of revising his role as Han Solo. Obviously they would be playing much older versions of the characters who we haven't seen on the big screen since Return of the Jedi.
Arndt Wrote Treatments For Next 3 'Star Wars' Films; Working On Episode VII
Some follow up news to the report of Disney having Michael Arndt to write the screenplay for Star Wars Episode VII. Deadline has confirmed that Michael Arndt has written a treatment for not just one but the next three Star Wars films coming from Disney and is also in line to work on the script for Star Wars Episode VII next year.
Lucasfilm consulted with Arndt months before the sale of the company and wanted the writer to put together ideas to take the franchise forward. What Arndt turned into Lucasfilm is what Disney CEO Bob Iger was referring to when the company acquired Lucasfilm of "pretty extensive and detailed treatment for what would be the next three movies, the trilogy." Iger announced plans for the new series of Star Wars films that day. "We’ve got a lengthy treatment that comes with this that we feel really good about and the film is in what I’ll call early-stage development right now," the Disney boss said.