‘Star Wars’ July 2013 Roundup

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Saturday, June 8:

“J.J. Abrams Says ‘Star Wars’ Starts Production In Early 2014.”

Director J.J. Abrams revealed at the Produced By Conference 2013 that production on the first installment of the sequel trilogy is set to start towards the beginning of 2014. The film will shoot out in the UK, which was a decision made by Disney before Abrams signed on. Los Angeles is his preferred shooting location and the fact that production will take place abroad “drives him insane.”

“J.J. Abrams on ‘Star Wars’ Plans: ‘Honoring But Not Revering’ Past.” The Hollywood Reporter.

At the Produced By Conference 2013, Abrams also stated that the plans are to move forward with the franchise and that it will involve “honoring but not revering what came before.” Questions concerning the expanded universe, particularly the novels that focus in the time period following ‘Return of the Jedi,’ remained unanswered.

Monday, June 10:

Star Wars Episode VII has an IMDb page. Status is currently in pre-production and expected to begin production in early 2014. The current cast list contains rumored actors and the story line simply states, “A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas.”

Star Wars: Battlefront was announced during the EA Conference at E3 2013. A 34-second preview was shown with an AT-AT Walker and crashing snowspeeder on Hoth.

New Star Wars products were released at the Her Universe shop. The items include an Ahsoka Lives t-shirt, Asajj Ventress tunic, Rebel Squadron dress, and more.

The voice of Ahsoka Tano and creator of Her Universe, Ashley Eckstein, announced that the Rebel Squadron Hoodie Tank Top will be available at very soon.

Tuesday, June 11:

The photo of the bride being chased down by a Tyrannosaurus Rex inspired a new wedding photo (definitely the world’s greatest) featuring the bride, groom and bridal party running away from AT-AT Walkers.

Del Rey Books tweeted that the 2013 Del Rey Star Wars Sampler book containing excerpts from 2013 Star Wars novels and short stories is ready to be printed and will be available at both San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con.

Episode 2 of Course of the Force–the epic journey through California that helps raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and celebrates the Star Wars culture–was released and Seth Green makes an appearance!

A rumor published by Schmoes Know claimed that Star Wars: Episode VII will focus on the saga of Jaina and Jacen Solo, daughter and son of Han and Leia Organa Solo, and Jacen’s descent into the dark side as Darth Caedus.

Wednesday, June 12:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars composer Kevin Kiner talks with Star Wars podcasters over at Full of Sith and reveals that the production team are working on 10 episodes of bonus content as well as a soundtrack.

“Star Wars: All-New Animated Feature On The Cards?” Yahoo! Movies UK.

Award-winning director Brenda Chapman spoke in an interview with Animation Magazine about her recent project at Lucasfilm involving an all-new animated feature film. It is unclear whether the film is Star Wars related. In 2008, Lucasfilm released the ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ feature film, which then evolved into the five-season series. Chances are this film is not related to ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ considering the fact that an hour special will debut on Disney Channel before the series transfers over to Disney XD.

“A Galaxy Far Away 4: Adapting THE STAR WARS.”

Back in early April at WonderCon 2013, Dark Horse Comics announced an 8-issue adaptation of the original Star Wars story to be released in September 2013. Lucasfilm writer and editor, Jonathan Rinzler, talks with Newsarama concerning the plot points, art, the difference between the films and the original draft, and other topics related to the upcoming series.

Thursday, June 13:

“Star Wars: Battlefront Won’t Be a Battlefield Game.” IGN.

After the game was announced at E3, many questions surfaced towards the style and DICE stressed that it will not become a Star Wars game based on Battlefield, a first-person shooter game developed by DICE. The developers are also trying to figure out what world they want to build and looking into the history of the Battlefront franchise.

“Star Wars: Battlefront is not Battlefield 3.”

According to DICE, the newly announced game from E3 2013 is not the sequel–the long awaited sequel–Battlefront 3. Instead, it is a completely new project and that the product will be an “interpretation of what Battlefront should be.”

“Sculpting ‘The Clone Wars’ and ‘Star Wars Rebels’ with Darren Marshall.”

Dave Filoni took to the Star Wars blog to talk about an integral member of the animation crew, Darren Marshall, who sculpted and visualized the characters for ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ and the protagonists for ‘Star Wars Rebels.’ Although Marshall is moving on in his career, his work will always be remembered. It also brings up interesting questions, mainly about ‘Star Wars Rebels’ and whether the animation style will reflect the same style used in ‘The Clone Wars.’

“George Lucas Excited For J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: He ‘Understands’ The Story.” OMG! from Yahoo!

With the reins handed over to Disney and J.J. Abrams, George Lucas will be playing a minor role in the sequel trilogy. He states that he’s close friends with Abrams and that both Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy know the material and how it works. He also mentioned that there will always be critics and the important thing is to move forward through the negativity.

“Life-sized LEGO X-Wing Starfigher Lands at LEGOLAND California.”

After the unveiling at Times Square, New York City, to promote the premiere of LEGO Yoda Chronicles, the life-sized LEGO X-Wing was dismantled and transported to LEGOLAND in California, where it will stay until December 31, 2013.

Friday, June 14:

According to Lucasfilm and Jedi News UK, the official Twitter hashtag for Episode VII is #StarWarsVII.

“The Empire Strikes Back: Disney readies a major Hollywood Studios expansion at Walt Disney World.” Theme Park Insider.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World is planning to expand and include a Star Wars Land. The expansion appears to be a five-year project, expected to finish by 2018.

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