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Old 11-01-2012, 04:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Star Wars Episodes 7-12 Have Treatments; Plan Is For New Original Story

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While the long-in-development live-action Star Wars: Underworld television series remains in a state of flux, we can now confidently say that the franchise will be returning in live-action regardless. The shocking news yesterday that Disney acquired LucasFilm came with the bonus surprise announcement that Star Wars Episode VII has a tentative release date for 2015.

Not only is Disney planning to continue Star Wars immediately, but they aim to continue the story that began back in 1977. For fans speculating what (and who) they could see on screen for years to come based on the Expanded Universe novels and video games, what we’ve learned today may alter some expectations.


Dale Pollock, author of the 1984 George Lucas biography, Skywalking: The Life And Films Of George Lucas, spoke with The Wrap after yesterday’s major announcement and revealed his thoughts on the original dozen stories Lucas wrote treatments for. When writing the biography, he was able to read all of the stories but signed non-disclosure agreements on their contents.

“It was originally a 12-part saga. The three most exciting stories were 7, 8 and 9. They had propulsive action, really interesting new worlds, new characters. I remember thinking, ‘I want to see these 3 movies.’”



The plan for episodes 7-9 was to follow Luke Skywalker in his ’30s and ’40s with someone else taking over the role from Mark Hamill who Pollock claims didn’t impress Lucas. For longtime fans disappointed with the current status of the Star Wars brand and film franchise, Pollack calls the prequel trilogy “dreadful” but has very positive things to say about the ideas behind the potential next two trilogies, stories he confidently believes Disney will use, claiming they represent one of the reasons Disney made the acquisition. Sources of E! Online however, provide a different story, claiming that Disney will instead opt for an entirely original story for Star Wars Episode 7 and the following installments. They acknowledge that there are treatments in place and the despite the nine beloved Star Wars Expanded Universe novels written by author Timothy Zahn (most notably, the Thrawn trilogy which begins with Heir to the Empire) which technically qualify as canon according to the publishing department at Lucas Licensing in the ’90s, none of that will serve as the basis for the films going forward.


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E!’s Leslie Gornstein reports that she’s heard directly from LucasFilm and other sources “close to the picture” that Star Wars Episode 7 will tell a story never before seen in the extended fiction. That of course, also applies to episodes 8 and 9 which were confirmed by Disney chairman Robert Iger on a conference call earlier today.

It’s no surprise that with the acquisition, Disney will plan out a full trilogy (at least) ahead of time, thus allowing them to get talent and a director locked for long-term deals from the outset, much like we’ve seen successfully implemented by Disney’s other recent $4 billion acquisition in Marvel Entertainment. With the acquisitions of LucasFilm and Marvel Studios, Disney currently has The Avengers 2, Ant-Man and Star Wars 7 all slated for 2015.

The press release about the announcement yesterday contained an official statement from George Lucas, who states that he aims to “pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers.” We’ll have to wait and see if that means we’re getting new stories to go along with it, or adaptations of elements from the Expanded Universe.
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They better not go down that road.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have no doubt the first of the new trilogy will be great, but I'm worried about the next two installments.

Peter Jackson nailed it with the LOTR series. I like all of em and have watched it at least eight times.

Unfortunately for Transformers, the first was stellar, second was mind numbing, and the third was decent.

They have to be careful not to water it down and have too much action drowning out the storylines and character development. Casting is important as well. They made Haydn a bit too whiny, Jar Jar was one of the worst creations in sci-fi history, and dumbed down Natalie Portman's role in the last episode which was a big fallacy considering how talented she is.

I have faith this franchise will be what everyone expects it to be. It's Disney. Then they'll tie it into a new ride which I'll happily board.

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I can only hope they will abandon Lucas' story ideas and the awful, awful novels. I might actually be interested in seeing these movies with those caveats.
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2015 is so far away, all i can say. Also heard Lucas is thinking of donating the 4 billion dollars for better education projects.
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I don't know what Disney is going to produce but it's not going to be Star Wars. Not without George Lucas.
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I don't know what Disney is going to produce but it's not going to be Star Wars. Not without George Lucas.
Lucas made the three prequels and you're not happy that someone else is taking over?
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Yes. Come on, this is not just anyone. This is like replacing Peter Jackson as director for a movie based on Tolkien's universe or a fourth Matrix movie that's not written by the Wachowski brothers. Star Wars is the brainchild of George Lucas and I'm not interested in third party literature or movies.
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Lucas hasn't made a single good thing since 1989. I am not sad that he isn't in control anymore. Thanks to him we had midichlorians, Jar-Jar Binks, Hayden Christensen, and almost N'Sync as Jedis. This is the man who made Kingdom of the Crystal Skull for ****'s sake! The only way Star Wars gets worse is if they give it to Joel Schumacher or Brett Ratner.

And, personally, I was quite happy when Guillermo del Toro was originally listed to direct the Hobbit. Not too mention after the last 2 Matrix movies (and Speed Racer) I would be quite happy to see someone else take a crack at the Matrix.
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Yes. Come on, this is not just anyone. This is like replacing Peter Jackson as director for a movie based on Tolkien's universe or a fourth Matrix movie that's not written by the Wachowski brothers. Star Wars is the brainchild of George Lucas and I'm not interested in third party literature or movies.
I kind of had the same emotions. To me, Lucas was Star Wars as well. But he's still going to be involved with the movies and the woman in charge with the new ones has worked with him a lot in the past. And it's great that George passed on the franchise on his own terms.
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