If you had suggested even just a few years ago that Star Trek would be the more engaging, stable franchise ahead of the Disney-backed Star Wars, there’d be plenty queuing up to revoke your sci-fi credentials. How times have changed. With Star Wars (and Lucasfilm) scrambling to rejig their movie lineup for the near future, Star Trek is going in another, bolder direction: one where its current TV show, Star Trek Discovery, is making waves with non-fans, and everything they have in the pipeline looks like solid gold just waiting to be mined.It’s clear, then, that Star Wars - often viewed as a quasi-rival to its spacefaring cousin - can learn a lot from Star Trek. Of course, the two franchises differ in so many ways – one has Simon Pegg speaking in a funny accent and the other… actually, never mind – but it’s clear that Star Wars is now reaching a crossroads similar to the one Star Trek faced in which it must throw off the shackles of what’s … [Read more...] about Is franchise fatigue setting in? 6 ways Star Wars can learn from Star Trek’s current (and future) TV shows
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Despite the decades that have passed since its release, it would be hard to argue that any film is as relevant to the way movies are made today than George Lucas’ 1977 space opera, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Kevin Feige, the Marvel head honcho who presides over what is the most lucrative and successful film franchise currently operating — including Star Wars — talks openly about how much of an impact the original trilogy had on him. The list of filmmakers who directly crib from Lucas would be like a census of Hollywood royalty. And the subsidiary industries that Star Wars has spawned, from toys to novels to video games, has changed how the entertainment business works. But when you eliminate the biases that come from living in a Star Wars-addled world and look back at the circumstances of its creation, what’s far more surprising is that the film got made at all. That a USC grad in his early 30s best known for a coming-of-age story about small-town … [Read more...] about What if Star Wars never happened?
If your parents didn't love you enough and denied you the original Millenium Falcon toy, there's finally a way to heal those wounds. A $500 way, courtesy of the designers over at HasLab, Hasbro's version of Kickstarter. They've designed a 4-foot recreation of the Khetanna, Jabba the Hutt's barge from Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and they need your help to make it happen.Included with the Khetanna are 3.75-inch scale figures of Jabba the Hutt and Yak Face. It has removable side panels so you can get to the innards easily, where you'll find the cockpit, the prisoner's cell, the armory, a galley, and Jabba's Lounge. The outside boasts rotating cannons and fill cloth sails. I mean, just look at it. According to Hasbro, the design for the barge came from "sketches, research, and conversations with Lucasfilm" to make sure the recreation was as accurate as possible, even when it came to parts of the model that weren't clear in the original reference … [Read more...] about This 4-foot Star Wars collectible is the stuff that childhood dreams (and credit card debts) are made of
Director Jon Favreau, best known for his work on Marvel Studios’ Iron Man and Disney’s The Jungle Book, will helm the new Star Wars live-action television series coming to Disney’s streaming service. Lucasfilm announced Favreau’s involvement — he’ll write and executive produce the show — in the Star Wars series today. “I couldn’t be more excited about Jon coming on board to produce and write for the new direct-to-consumer platform,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy in a statement. “Jon brings the perfect mix of producing and writing talent, combined with a fluency in the Star Wars universe. This series will allow Jon the chance to work with a diverse group of writers and directors and give Lucasfilm the opportunity to build a robust talent base.” While he has an established relationship with Disney, thanks to his work on Iron Man, The Avengers and The Jungle Book, Favreau also has history with Star Wars. … [Read more...] about Director Jon Favreau to helm new live-action Star Wars series
The creators behind HBO’s Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, are working on a new series of Star Wars movies, Lucasfilm announced today. Benioff and Weiss will write and produce the unnamed Star Wars series. The new Star Wars films will be separate from the “episodic Skywalker saga” — Episodes I through IX — and the recently announced trilogy being developed by Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. “David and Dan are some of the best storytellers working today,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, in a statement. “Their command of complex characters, depth of story and richness of mythology will break new ground and boldly push Star Wars in ways I find incredibly exciting.” “In the summer of 1977 we traveled to a galaxy far, far away, and we’ve been dreaming of it ever since,” Benioff and Weiss said in a joint statement. “We are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones creators to produce new series of Star Wars films