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Stuart Tullis

January 2, 2016

Star Wars: Before and After The Force Awakens
The Ever-Changing Han Solo
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For over two weeks, The Force Awakens has been rewriting history at the box office as ticket sales have catapulted Star Wars back to the front of the pack as it shatters records on its way to reclaiming the title of “Highest Grossing Movie” in our modern age.  But the bigger story is how J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan have rewritten history through Han Solo: the Rebel Alliance General, smuggler, and war hero.

After the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm (for the explicit purpose of obtaining all rights to Star Wars), they clearly stated and widely publicized that the Expanded Universe was officially considered non-canon.  This announcement was met with mixed responses from fans of the saga as many who had invested time, money, and quite a bit of emotion in the books expressed disappointment, frustration, and even resentment at the news.  Other fans of the EU understood the need for this clarification, since the storytellers of Episodes 7, 8, & 9 would need the freedom to conclude the Skywalker saga without being restricted by hundreds of stories about Han, Luke, and Leia and their adventures after Return of the Jedi.  In effect, Disney would be rewriting the history many of us had accepted and appreciated for decades.  But that isn’t the biggest rewrite, either.

Star Wars artist Spencer Brinkerhoff III displays his opinion of the cantina showdown.  There's no smoking gun on Greedo's side.

Star Wars artist Spencer Brinkerhoff III displays his opinion of the cantina showdown. There’s no smoking gun on Greedo’s side.

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Writing To Infinity – CCC Ep. 019

This week Michael and Bruce are joined by Writer James Swallow to talk about his work on Disney Infinity 3.0                                                                                    Ashoka_Tano                                     James Wrote the story for the Twilight of The Republic campaign which also means he got to write for Fan Favorite Ahsoka Tano! Don’t miss out scoundrels download this awesome episode now!

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JJ Abrams Spills First Order Details

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Empire Online has just reported that Abrams made comments that give us a bit of insight into the Star Wars universe after Return of the Jedi.

Abrams said:

“Kylo Ren is not a Sith,” confirms JJ Abrams in the new issue of Empire. “He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.

That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again?’” Abrams reveals. “What could be born of that? Could The First Order exist as a group that actually admired The Empire? Could the work of The Empire be seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see through what didn’t get done?”

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