Black Entertainment : STAR WARS VII ?????

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  1. Kemetstry

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    Disney to make new 'Star Wars' films after buying Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion
    Oct. 30, 2012, 5:48 PM EST
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A decade after George Lucas said "Star Wars" was finished on the big screen, a new trilogy is destined for theaters, since The Walt Disney Co. announced Tuesday that it was buying Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion.
    The seventh movie, with a working title of "Episode 7," is set for release in 2015. Episodes 8 and 9 will follow. The new trilogy will carry the story of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia beyond "Return of the Jedi," the third film released and the sixth in the saga. After that, Disney plans a new "Star Wars" movie every two or three years. Lucas will serve as the creative consultant for the new movies.
    "For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see 'Star Wars' passed from one generation to the next," said Lucas, chairman and CEO of Lucasfilm Ltd. "It's now time for me to pass 'Star Wars' on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that 'Star Wars' could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime."
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    Disney CEO Bob Iger said Lucusfilm had already developed an extensive story line on the next trilogy and that "Episode 7" was now in early-stage development.
    The Walt Disney Co. announced the blockbuster agreement to buy Lucasfilm in cash and stock Tuesday. The deal includes Lucasfilm's prized high-tech production companies, Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, as well as rights to the "Indiana Jones" franchise.
    Lucas was hailed as a cinematic visionary when the original "Star Wars" came out in 1977. But he had become an object of often-vicious ridicule by the time he released 3-D versions of all six films in the "Star Wars" franchise earlier this year.
    Die-hard "Star War" fans had been vilifying Lucas for years, convinced that he had become a commercial sell-out and had compounded his sins by desecrating the heroic tale that he originally sought to tell. They railed against him for adding grating characters such as Jar Jar Binks in the second trilogy and attacked him for tinkering with the original trilogy, too. Any revision -- from little things like making the Ewoks blink or bigger alterations like making a green-skinned alien named Greedo take the first shot at Han Solo in a famous bar scene -- were treated as blasphemy.

    The criticism grated on Lucas, who vowed never to make another "Star Wars" movie during an interview with The New York Times earlier this year.
    "Why would I make any more when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?" Lucas told the Times.
    Tell us on Facebook: What do you think of the deal? Excited for more 'Star Wars' movies?
    "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," the fourth film in another lucrative franchise, subjected Lucas to even more barbs when it came to the big screen in 2008. Fans of those films were especially outraged about an opening scene that featured Indiana Jones crawling into a lead-lined refrigerator to survive a nuclear bomb blasting.
    Lucas, 68, was fed up by the time he released "Red Tails," a movie depicting the valor of African-American pilots during World War II, earlier this year. He told the Times he was ready to retire from the business of making blockbusters and return to his roots as a student at USC's film school, where he once made a movie about clouds moving in a desert.
    Kathleen Kennedy, the current co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will become the division's president and report to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. She will serve as executive producer for the new movies.
    In a video posted on YouTube, Lucas said the decision to continue with the saga wasn't inconsistent with past statements.
    "I always said I wasn't going to do any more and that's true, because I'm not going to do any more, but that doesn't mean I'm unwilling to turn it over to Kathy to do more," Lucas said.
    He said he has given Kennedy his story lines and other ideas, "and I have complete confidence that she's going to take them and make great movies."
    Kennedy added that she and Lucas had discussed ideas with a couple of writers about the future movies and said Lucas would continue to have a key advisory role. "My Yoda has to be there," she said.
    In a statement, Iger said the acquisition is a great fit and will help preserve and grow the "Star Wars" franchise.
    "The last 'Star Wars' movie release was 2005's 'Revenge of the Sith', and we believe there's substantial pent-up demand," Iger said.
    The deal brings Lucasfilm under the Disney banner with other brands including Pixar, Marvel, ESPN and ABC, all companies that Disney has acquired over the years. A former weatherman who rose through the ranks of ABC, Iger has orchestrated some of the company's biggest acquisitions, including the $7.4 billion purchase of animated movie studio Pixar in 2006 and the $4.2 billion acquisition of comic book giant Marvel in 2009.


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    **Mimi clutches pearls and faints from nerd-gasm**

    Sellout? Eh. He's in this business to make money, too. Let him do that.
    James Cameron did the same and no one crucified him for it.

    'T-I-T-A-N-I-C part deux: This time...IT'S 3D!'
    *laugh*
    Really, James?

    Anywho --

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    That trilogy only made money b.c of nostalgia. I'm convinced! The storyline was great. Well-developed.
    Lucas is a good storyteller. It's just that...the cast was weak. Natalie Portman pulled it together towards the 'Sith'. In her defense, she DID have to play off Hayden Christenson's wooden a..s, who did all that was in his power to make each and every romantic scene extremely awkward to watch.

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    Star Wars Ep: 7.
    I recall saying something along the lines of Hollywood needing to keep their hands of 'the classics'? I meant that.

    Speaking of things that could end badly --
    I just read that Nicolas Cage is revamping the Left Behind series.... *smirk*

    Christians...as someone who enjoyed the Left Behind series as a teen? I'm telling ya'll, right now: If you're reading this and expecting some sort of cinematic masterpiece along the lines of, say, the Passion of the Christ?
    Uh...guess again!
    *laugh*



    *laugh*

    Now, I know what you're thinking, "...the hell was that?"

    A sample.
    *laugh*
    ...and no - those scenes are not something that can 'only be understood within the context of the movie'. Nah.
    I don't know what happened to Nicolas Cage. He used to be a quality actor. He's been nominated for pretty prestigious awards. He just seems to treat acting more like a j-o-b than a craft. These days. He just won't act 'right', anymore.

    So, now's the time to start picketing, Christians. I'm telling you.
    As for me? I honestly don't know.
    This is 'Left Behind...Nic Cage Style'! It's a rapture.
    We're talkin' full-on 'Cage Rage', here.
    I can't decide whether I'll hold the line with the Christians or buy a ticket....
     
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    This purely about the benjamins. Disney sees nothing wrong with a series of $300 million dollar paydays or more. Why do you think they are pushing homegirl to write another Potter book or three? Hollywood is only making remake ripoffs. The only original stuff must play at a festival 1st. Arnie remakes Conan 12, forgetting that he said sequels are boring. Cage sees easy money with a niche group. Hell, if I could think up a decent religious script that woldnt turn into a vampire movie, I'd do it. Wait! Jesus vs Dracula, just might sell. :lol:





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    Yeah I'm excited. Did you know JJ Abram's passed up the offer to direct the next film?
     
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    Yeah, he said he was/is a fan and didnt want to know the outcome





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    so ur not going to see the lone ranger?
     
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    We'll see how it turns out in the previews. lol





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    Director jumps from one iconic sci-fi franchise to another
    By DonKaye_ParallelUniverse 5 hours ago
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    LucasFilm and its owner Disney have reportedly decided on a director for the new "Star Wars" movie, and it's J.J. Abrams.
    According to The Wrap, Abrams beat out Ben Affleck for the job, for which names like Brad Bird ("Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol"), Guillermo Del Toro ("Pacific Rim") and David Fincher ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") have also been mentioned.
    Bing: More on 'Star Wars' | More on J.J. Abrams

    "Star Wars: Episode VII" will be the first new film in the franchise since 2005's "Revenge of the Sith," the last of three prequels directed by series creator George Lucas.
    It will also be the first since Lucas sold his company last year to Disney in a surprise deal that stunned fans everywhere, who thought that the "Star Wars" saga was finished theatrically.

    Related: J.J. Abrams grants 'Star Trek' fan's dying wish
    If Abrams is confirmed as the director, that means he'll be jumping from one iconic sci-fi property to another: he's just finishing up "Star Trek Into Darkness," his second film in that rebooted franchise, for a May 17 release through Paramount.
    Abrams and his Bad Robot company are also behind numerous genre properties on the big and small screens, including "Lost," the just-concluded "Fringe," "Revolution," "Super 8" and others.
    It was just in November that Abrams was asked if he'd be interested in directing a new "Star Wars" film. Although admitting he'd been approached, he said that as a fan, the prospect was almost too intimidating for him to take on.
    It's unclear if his involvement with "Star Wars" will hamper his ability to direct a third "Star Trek" film, which will presumably get underway if "Into Darkness" is as big a hit as 2009's "Star Trek."
    No one at Disney or LucasFilm has officially commented on this report yet. "Star Wars - Episode VII" is tentatively scheduled to arrive in the summer of 2015.



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    Disney says JJ Abrams to direct next 'Star Wars'
    Jan. 26, 2013, 1:40 AM EST
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's official. The force is with J.J. Abrams.
    The Walt Disney Co. issued a statement Friday night confirming reports that had been circulating for two days that Abrams, Emmy-award-winning creator of TV's "Lost" and director of 2009's "Star Trek" movie, has been pegged to direct the seventh installment of the "Star Wars" franchise.
    "J.J. is the perfect director to helm this," said Kathleen Kennedy, the movie's producer and president of Lucasfilm, which was acquired by Disney last month for $4.06 billion.
    "Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience," Kennedy said in the statement.
    The movie will have a script from "Toy Story 3" writer Michael Arndt and a 2015 release.
    Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" in the original trilogy, will work as a consultant on the new project.
    Abrams has already headed the reboot of another storied space franchise, "Star Trek," for rival studio Paramount Pictures. The next installment in that series, "Star Trek: Into Darkness," is set to hit theaters May 17.
    But he has long been known as a "Star Wars" devotee. Abrams spoke about the plot of the original "Star Wars" in the lecture series "TED Talks" in March 2007, and reportedly became enamored of "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof partly because Lindelof was wearing a "Star Wars" T-shirt when they first met.
    In 2009, Abrams told the Los Angeles Times: "As a kid, 'Star Wars' was much more my thing than 'Star Trek' was."
    In Friday night's statement he called it an "absolute honor" to get the job.
    "I may be even more grateful to George Lucas now than I was as a kid," Abrams said.
    Lucas himself said in the statement that "I've consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He's an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn't be in better hands."


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    Abrams on 'Star Wars': 'surreal' and 'exciting'
    Jan. 27, 2013, 11:51 AM EST
    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — J.J. Abrams calls getting assigned to direct the seventh live-action "Star Wars" film "as surreal as it is exciting."
    The director-producer-writer spoke with a handful of media outlets on the red carpet before darting into the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday night. Abrams was there to accept the Norman Lear Achievement Award for such television works as "Felicity" (1998-2002), "Alias" (2001-2006), "Lost" (2004-2010), "Fringe" (2008-2013) as well as the current series "Person of Interest" and "Revolution."
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    Abrams also is proving to be a go-to director of successful new films for long-established franchises, such as "Star Trek" and "Mission: Impossible."
    Last week, Lucasfilm officially announced Abrams' hiring for "Star Wars: Episode VII," which has a tentative release date of 2015. "Star Wars" creator George Lucas personally endorsed Abrams in a statement: "I've consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller. He's an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn't be in better hands."
    As for Abrams' plans for "Episode VII"?
    "You know, obviously, it's so early," he replied. "I can just say what I want to do: I want to do the fans proud. I want to make sure the story is something that touches people. And we're just getting started. I'm very excited."



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