Kasdan and Abrams Taking Over the Script

October 24, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Posted in Disney, Episode VII, Lucasfilm, Movies, Star Wars | Leave a comment

StarWars.com has announced that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan have taken over screenwriting duties for Star Wars Episode VII.

As Episode VII continues pre-production, Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams have assumed screenwriting duties for the film. Kasdan, who has been serving as a consultant on the film, is a veteran of several classic Lucasfilm productions, writing the screenplay for Raiders of the Lost Ark and serving as co-screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Acclaimed director and screenwriter Abrams’ credits include Super 8Mission: Impossible IIIFringe, and Lost.

“I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script,” states Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “There are very few people 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. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production.”

Location scouting, production design, casting, and costume design are already underway on Episode VII. A team of gifted artists are working to bring the latest installment of the Star Wars saga, including director of photography Dan Mindel (Mission: Impossible IIIStar TrekStar Trek Into Darkness), production designers Rick Carter (LincolnAvatarForrest Gump) and Darren Gilford (OblivionTRON: Legacy), costume designer Michael Kaplan (Star Trek Into DarknessMission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolFight Club),special effects supervisor Chris Corbould (Skyfall,The Dark Knight RisesInception), sound designer Ben Burtt (LincolnWall-EStar Wars: Episodes I-VI), re-recording mixer Gary Rydstrom (Jurassic ParkSaving Private RyanToy StoryMission: Impossible -Ghost Protocol), supervising sound editor Matthew Wood (Star Trek Into DarknessThe MasterThere Will Be Blood) of Skywalker Sound, and visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett (Star Trek Into DarknessPirates of the Caribbean: At World’s EndStar Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith) of Industrial Light & Magic. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolJack RyanStar Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin,War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.

Shooting is scheduled to begin Spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios for an expected 2015 release.

Starting with a story treatment by George Lucas, then a script by Michael Arndt, we are now looking at a final script by J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan. Are they going for perfection or changing ideas? Either way, the speculated shooting for Winter 2014 has now turned to Spring. At least the final release is still 2015.

Jedi News has a nice follow-up on the press release that is worth checking out. It addresses some of the concerns fans might have.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

Podcasts in Review

October 24, 2013 at 7:52 am | Posted in Comic Books, Dark Horse, Interview, Podcasts, Podcasts in Review, Regular Feature, Reviews, Star Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Television | Leave a comment
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Here’s this weeks Star Wars podcasts in review.

Bombad Radio: Episode 100 has Nathalie Cox, the voice actress for Juno Eclipse in The Force Unleashed games. It’s a really nice interview and worth checking out. Nathalie talks about how she got the job and what it was like working with the other voice actors, plus how The Force Unleashed differed from The Force Unleashed II.

Coffee with Kenobi: Rebels Reactions Show #1 features Dan, Cory and Tricia Barr doing a quick discussion of the Star Wars Rebels 15 second teaser and on initial reactions.

Rebels Reactions Show #2 kicks off with Tricia Barr who goes over in detail, point-by-point, the Star Wars Rebels panel from NYCC. It’s a really nice, comprehensive overview of the panel and worth a listen. Afterwards, Dan and Cory provide their opinions on the news.

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