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The Second Star Wars Spinoff Is a Boba Fett Origin Story

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Last week we got some great news regarding the other “Star Wars” spin-off film that is still untitled. It was announced that this project will be a Boba Fett origin story. Everyone’s favorite galactic bounty hunter is will finally be the star!

The untitled project isnt to be confused with Rogue One, the anthology spin-off “Star Wars” film directed Gareth Edwards. This project was originally to be directed by Josh Trank until he decided to drop out for other opportunities. The studio has not announced who they are eyeing to take over for Trank but they will have to announce soon.

The plot of this untitled project is also being kept under wraps. We have no details other than we know what it won’t show and that isn’t news at all.

More information is expected to be released over the coming months as Disney and LucasFilm searches for lead actors and a replacement director. Hopefully we will even get a title soon.

Possible “Star Wars: Episode VIII” Director Revealed?

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According to The Hollywood Reported, Star Wars: Episode VIII will be moving forward with director Rian Johnson. The director is reportedly in talks with LucasFilm to both write and direct the 8th installment in the Star Wars franchise.

THR says that Johnson will writing Episode IX as well.

Johnson is well known for his recent foray into science fiction films with Looper staring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He also directed Brick which won a the Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. He later directed The Brothers Bloom in 2008. 

LucasFilm has not yet confirmed that Johnson will direct Star Wars: Episode VIII. 

Currently the franchise is continue with Episode VII via J.J. Abrams.

Josh Trank Directing a Star Wars Standalone Movie

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As if a new Episode was not enough, LucasFilm has officially announced that Josh Trank will direct a new spinoff film in the “Star Wars” franchise.

At the moment we don’t have any details about the film. Previous reports have said that the plan is to release a Star Wars movie every year, with the new trilogy installments opening two years apart. With Episode VII opening in 2015 and the Edwards movie in 2016, presumably, that would mean the Trank Star Wars movie would open in 2018, the year after Episode VIII.

Kathleen Kennedy, the president of LucasFilm, announced the news today saying,

“We’re thrilled to welcome Josh into the family. He is such an incredible talent and has a great imagination and sense of innovation. That makes him perfectly suited to Star Wars, and for this new slate of movies that reach beyond the core characters and storylines of Episodes I through IX.”

Trank also said in a press release,

“The magic of the Star Wars Universe defined my entire childhood. The opportunity to expand on that experience for future generations is the most incredible dream of all time.”

Trank first impressed audiences with his film Chronicle. He is also about to begin production on a new “Fantastic Four” movie.

New Star Wars Book Line Announced

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Disney Publishing Worldwide has announced that a new line of Star Wars novels are too be published via Del Rey Books.

The first title in the new series is titled “Star Wars: A New Dawn.” It will take place before the events of the upcoming “Star Wars Rebels” animated series. It tells the story of how two of the series’ heroes, Kanan Jarrus andHera Syndulla, came to cross paths. That book, which is receiving input from Rebels exec producers Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weismanwill be released in print and digitally on September 2, 2014.

Several more titles were also announced as part of the Star Wars fiction line.

“Star Wars: Tarken” will be available November 4. It  delves into the life of the Empire’s most notorious Grand Moff.

Kevin Hearne’s “Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi” will be available January 2015. It is Luke Skywalker’s first-person account of the events between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.

Paul Kemp’s “Star Wars: Lords of the Sith” will be available March 2015. The novel finds Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader stranded on an inhospitable planet, where they must rely solely on each other, the Force, and their awesome martial skills to prevail.

Disney Publishing SVP Jeanne Mouser said,

“With the establishment of the Lucasfilm Story Group and our even greater focus on unified storytelling, we expect our entire publishing program to be stronger and more meaningful than ever before.

As previously announced, existing Star Wars novels will remain in circulation, presented under the new Star Wars Legends banner.

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J.J. Abrams Calls Star Wars: Episode VII Release Date “A Huge Improvement”

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Recently, Disney and LucasFilm announced that their highly anticipated film, Star Wars: Episode VII, would open in theaters on December 2015. Previously, it was planned for a summer release but was later shifted by director J.J. Abrams. He has spoken with MTV about the change and why it had to happen.

“I will say that it is an infinitely better situation now than when they were saying they wanted it in the summer. Before I even came onto the project, before I was brought on, they were talking about 2015 and they made this announcement very early on. Which I understand, and I understand why they’d want that, but it didn’t necessarily have anything to do with the reality of where anyone was creatively. So I think that it’s a hugely important thing that that comes first, and that a release date is great, but you have to release something great. So to me, the new release date is a huge improvement.”

Star Wars: Episode VII will also be scripted by Abrams alongside Kasdan, who previously wrote the franchise’s “Episode V,” The Empire Strikes Back. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers.

The film will open in 2D and 3D theaters on December 18, 2015.

J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan Announced as Star Wars: Episode VII Screenwriters

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Yesterday, Lucasfilm, announced that screenwriter, Michael Arndt, was not longer going to be a credited writer on the upcoming film, Star Wars: Episode VII. The studio has named Lawrence Kasdan and director J.J. Abrams as the new writers for the screenplay.

According to the official press release, Kasdan and Abrams have taken over the screenwriting duties for the project but gives no reason why Arndt is no longer attached.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, said,

“I am very excited about the story we have in place and thrilled to have Larry and J.J. working on the script. There are very few people who fundamentally understand the way a “Star Wars” story works like Larry, and it is nothing short of incredible to have him even more deeply involved in its return to the big screen. J.J. of course is an incredible storyteller in his own right. Michael Arndt has done a terrific job bringing us to this point and we have an amazing filmmaking and design team in place already prepping for production.”

Kasdan has already been serving as a consultant on Star Wars: Episode VII and is described as a “veteran of several classic Lucasfilm productions.” He wrote the screenplay for “Raiders of the Lost Ark” as well as served as a co-screenwriter for “The Empire Strikes Bad” and “Return of the Jedi.”

Abrams is a critically acclaimed director and screenwriter who is known for his science fiction works such as “Super 8,” “Fringe” and “Lost.”

Shooting is scheduled to begin Spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios for an expected 2015 release. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.

Location scouting, production design, casting, and costume design are already underway on “Episode VII.” A team of gifted artists are working to bring the latest installment of the “Star Wars” saga, including director of photography Dan Mindel (“Mission: Impossible III,” “Star Trek”), production designers Rick Carter (“Lincoln,” “Avatar”) and Darren Gilford (“Oblivion,” “TRON: Legacy”), costume designer Michael Kaplan (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”), special effects supervisor Chris Corbould (“Skyfall,” “The Dark Knight Rises”), sound designer Ben Burtt (“Lincoln,” “Star Wars: Episodes I-VI”), re-recording mixer Gary Rydstrom (“Jurassic Park,” “Saving Private Ryan”), supervising sound editor Matthew Wood (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “The Master”) of Skywalker Sound, and visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett (“Star Trek Into Darkness,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”) of Industrial Light & Magic. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) and Jason McGatlin (“Tintin,” “War of the Worlds”) serving as executive producers.