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The Omaze Episode VII Videos Tell Us These Two Things

J.J. just dropped another juicy Ep. VII detail in the form of a new Omaze charity video.

In the video, J.J. reveals the new X-wing design for Ep. VII, and it looks sweet!

However, I can’t help but think that there’s more to these teases than just raising money for charity.  These Omaze videos show just how brilliant the marketing for Ep. VII has been thus far for 2 reasons:

1. The videos show a focus on practical effects.

It’s no secret that many fans think the prequels focused way too much on the visual effects at the expense of the story. You’ll notice that a blue screen is nowhere to be found in either of these videos. This is no accident. I believe that J.J. and Co. are coming as close to apologizing for the prequels as they can without outright doing so. Seeing puppets reminiscent of Jabba’s-Palace and a real-life X-wing speaks volumes as to what Lucasfilm/Disney are trying to showcase from this film.

2. The videos showcase a sense of humor.

Another crowning aspect of the Original trilogy was comic relief. Whether it’s 3PO during the Carbon Freezing sequence, or Han Solo’s interactions with the Ewoks, humor has always played a large role in Star Wars. Interestingly, both of the Omaze videos feature a comical moment where J.J. is momentarily distracted from his charity pitch. In my view, this is most certainly intentional. Having a little laugh-moment indicates the style they want for marketing Ep. VII.

These charity videos have given fans a sense (though a small one) of the style and feel of the return of Star Wars to the big screen.

-Riley

Star Wars: Episode VII to open December 18, 2015

So, in the war between creativity and immediate profit, creativity won the day in 2015 after all.

Disney officially announced December 18, 2015, as the release date for the to-be-titled Star Wars: Episode VII.

Guys. That’s just two years away!

Hopefully, this allows J.J. time to overcome any potential script delays caused by the departure of Michael Arndt.

Here’s the Quote from Alan Horn

“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.”

Read the full press release here:

-Riley

Arndt out, Kasdan in! – SWR #110

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On this week’s podcast, there’s official, starwars.com-released news about Episode VII! And we’re here to talk about it!

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J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan Rewriting Episode VII Screenplay

I’m nervous and happy… Nerppy? Havous?

We finally have some new concrete details on the continuing pre-production of Star Wars Episode VII, and I couldn’t be happier. Actually I’m not happy I’m ecstatic.

It’s sometimes hard as a Star Wars fan not to sound like a broken record when trying to communicate how excited I am that there are new Star Wars films being worked on, it’s so easy to sound super critical when all you’re trying to communicate what is a longing for more information on this film at we’re all so excited about.

New Star Wars films being worked on!

So imagine my excitement when, after a long day of classes, I was on my way home and my phone started blowing up with notifications about a new article on the official site titled: MASTER FILMMAKING TEAM ANNOUNCED FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

An interesting title, mainly because we already thought we had a master film-making team for Star Wars Episode VII. I dare say we did. The main news the press release puts fourth, is announcing that Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams were taking over the screenwriting duties in place of poor Michael Arndt. Otherwise it was just exciting news on the folks who will be working on the film.

Keeping all of this genuine excitement for what’s happening with this film in mind, I can’t help but be slightly concerned as to the stability of the production process at this point. The press release reads as a re-shuffling, a change, and if there’s one thing Star Wars fans hate, its change. So while I maintain my excitement, I am genuinely curious at the fact that J.J. Abrams and Kasdan are now the primary screenwriters. That, to me is an indicator that the Episode VII script is being completely overhauled, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I think it shows that Abrams and Kennedy are taking this project very seriously and they’re not willing to move forward unless they’re confident that they have a fantastic foundation to move upon.

Personally I think that this will mean a delay in the release date and honestly, I’m 100 percent fine with that. Hey, if a script rewrite is what it takes to get this right, do it.

If a postponement of the release date is what it takes to get this film right, do it.

If they have to take the time and expense to call upon the ghosts of Ralph McQuarrie and Irvin Kershner, do it.

J. J. Abrams – Confirmed!! … Maybe? – SWR #77

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On this episode of the Star Wars Report your hosts Mark, Riley and Bethany returned, along with special guests Teresa of Fangirl Next Door and Jason of The Wampa’s Lair. On this episode, which was recorded live, we discussed the breaking news (or should we say rumors) that J.J. Abrams will indeed be directing Star Wars Episode VII. What was so much fun about this was discussing it with an awesome live audience literally as the news was continuing to update!

We also talked about the new Darth Maul book that was announced today, Maul: Lockdown, by Joe Schreiber of Death Troopers fame.

One topic covered in this episode was the Twitter Star Wars Fansite Seminar, an ongoing Twitter discussion with many different fansites and their representatives on how to best manage a Star Wars fansite. Yours truly also had great fun participating in this!

Though it was hectic, it was great fun to record live, while following the news and interacting with everyone!

May the Force be ever with you!