#j.j. abrams

Papa Vinyard:

J.J. Abrams may be keeping his cards as close to his chest as humanly possible, but that didn’t stop Disney chairman Bob Iger from letting some basic details slip to investors. At the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Iger revealed some basic info about a few of their projects, including EPISODE VII. Aside from mentioning that it “really looks amazing,” he officially revealed that the film will take place 30 years after RETURN OF THE JEDI (which puts it at approximately 34 ABY in the SW timeline). He also mentioned we’ll be seeing some “familiar faces,” all but confirming that the vets of this franchise, including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Calrissian, and a certain former carpenter, will be making their triumphant returns in the new installment.

Given that it will have been about 32 1/2 years after the release of JEDI when EPISODE VII finally comes out, it’s not any massive revelation that the SW timeline will just about follow suit accordingly. Plus, any sequel of any sort pretty much assumes you’ll be seeing at least some “familiar faces.” Still, it’s safe to assume that Iger, while not “really in the process,” has total access to any and all SW info he wants, so these tidbits feel like more than uninformed misinformation for the public (like, say, J.J. ASSURING us that Khan wasn’t the INTO DARKNESS villain).

But how old will Jar Jar Binks be?

Pamela McClintock:

"Star Wars: Episode VII" will hit theaters Dec. 18, 2015, Lucasfilm and Disney announced Thursday, ending heated speculation as to whether J.J. Abrams’ movie will be done in time for a 2015 release. “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 Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.

Even better:

Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy recently announced that Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote 1980’s “Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back,” considered the best film in the “Star Wars” series, is coming aboard to rework the script with Abrams upon the exit of “Episode VII” writer Michael Arndt.

Begun, my excitement has.

fuckyeahmovieposters
fuckyeahmovieposters:

Star Trek Into Darkness by Sean Hartter

Cannot wait. Also, interesting retro-psychadelic poster. 

And: I wonder if the opening of this film is bolstered by J.J. Abrams’ recently revealed involvement with Star Wars. Obviously, this Star Trek would have been huge regardless, but I wonder if there is some “let’s get a glimpse of the potential style of the next Star Wars" spillover.

fuckyeahmovieposters:

Star Trek Into Darkness by Sean Hartter

Cannot wait. Also, interesting retro-psychadelic poster.

And: I wonder if the opening of this film is bolstered by J.J. Abrams’ recently revealed involvement with Star Wars. Obviously, this Star Trek would have been huge regardless, but I wonder if there is some “let’s get a glimpse of the potential style of the next Star Wars" spillover.

Lucas Shaw of The Wrap:

J.J. Abrams will direct the next “Star Wars” film for Disney, taking stewardship of one of Hollywood’s most iconic and lucrative film franchises, an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.

Because regular people don’t confuse Star Wars and Star Trek enough already… Seriously though, if this is true (didn’t he just deny it recently?), that’s solid news.