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Michael Arndt Out, Lawrence Kasdan In as Writer for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Look Who's striking back now

Who do you want writing the script for Star Wars: Episode VII? The guy who wrote a script about talking a bunch of talking toys, or the guy who wrote the the script for the best Star Wars movie of them all?

Well, if for some reason you answered “the guy who wrote the movie about toys,” I’ve got some bad news for you. That guy is Michael Arndt. He wrote the script for Toy Story 3 and was working on the script for the new Star Wars picture. However, now Arndt is free to pursue other projects, because he’s been replaced by the film’s director, J.J. Abrams, and that other guy, Lawrence Kasdan.

According to LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy, “Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point.” But apparently she didn’t think the job he did was quite terrific enough. So now they’re going with the guy who wrote the words, “No, I am your father!”

“There are very few people,” Kennedy said, “who fundamentally understand the way a Star Wars story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen.”

So Star Wars geeks rejoice…but not too much. Keep in mind that Kasdan also wrote Return of the Jedi, and is therefore responsible for the Ewoks. Plus, his last movie was a stinker called Darling Companion about a middle aged couple who learn the true meaning of love from a dog.

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Turns Out George Lucas Was Working on a New Star Wars Trilogy a Year Before Disney Bought Lucasfilm

That Was Close!

If you’re like me, you groaned when you heard last year that Disney was buying Lucasfilm and was going to crank out yet another trilogy of Star Wars films—not because you wouldn’t love a new trilogy of Star Wars films, but because you assumed at the time it would probably suck. However, when it was announced that J.J. Abrams would direct the next film in the space opera—again, if you’re like me—you probably thought, well, okay, it might not be so bad. (Excessive lens flares aside.) And if that is the case, then you’re really going to be glad Disney bought Lucasfilm when you hear this next bit of news: according to an inside source, George Lucas was working on a new trilogy up to a year prior to selling the whole thing to Disney.

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Daniel Day-Lewis Gets Eaten by the ‘Star Wars VII’ Rumor Machine

Before it’s all over, every notable actor working today will have been rumored as a possibility for Star Wars: Episode VII. This week, it’s Daniel Day-Lewis’ turn. Next week? Dabney Coleman and big-bootied adult-starlet Alexis Texas will be added to the mix. But for now, we’ll stick with Lewis.

Latino Review, which is no stranger to inaccurate casting news, is claiming that Lewis was recently spotted having lunch with George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy, the current head of Lucasfilm. If the meeting even took place, it’s entirely possible that the trio discussed something completely unrelated to Star Wars, like the long awaited Howard the Duck prequel, A Quack of the Clones.

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Latest ‘Star Wars’ Casting Rumors: Is Khan from ‘Star Trek’ Going to a Galaxy Far, Far Away?

Is the force with these two or what?

Let’s call a spade a spade and just say, straight up, that J.J. Abrams and his overlords over at Disney have been huge dill-holes about this whole Star Wars: Episode VII thing. We don’t want them to rush. We want them to make smart decisions when it comes to plot and cast so we don’t end up with more Ewoks or Gungans. But they know how much we’re all dying to know about the next Star Wars trilogy, and now it’s starting to feel like they’re stringing us along for shits and giggles.

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Disney and Lucasfilm Delay Star Wars: Episode VII, Because They Can Do What Ever They Want

Because Star Wars and Christmas Go So Well Together?

Are you guys sitting down? Get this: Disney is delaying the release of Star Wars: Episode VII…by a few months. Because that’s what you do when you have no script, no title, no confirmed actors, and billions upon billions of dollars. When are they changing it to now? Christmas-time of course. Well, maybe.

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Dead Obi-Wan Kenobi to Join Dead Emperor Palpatine in ‘Star Wars 7′?

Return of another Jedi

Earlier this week we told you about the rumor floating around out there that Emperor Palpatine will be returning in some capacity for Star Wars: Episode VII. Now there is word that another dead but beloved character might be coming back, too: Obi-Wan Kenobi.
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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Rumors: Emperor Palpatine Up In This Bitch?

Is the character of Emperor Palpatine returning for Star Wars: Episode VII? It would seem unlikely considering Darth Vader threw him down the friggin’ Death Star’s reactor shaft. But that’s the rumor currently sweeping the Interwebs thanks to Jedi NewsAccording to their ‘unnamed source,’ Ian McDiarmid will return for Episode VII as the senator-turned-Sith. Then again, an ‘unnamed source’ told me that a topless Kate Upton will be playing the queen of the Ewoks in the new trilogy, so in the words of Walter White, maybe we should ‘tread lightly’ in regard to these rumors from unnamed sources.

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