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Postby Alexhead on 30/10/12, 15:37:42

Lucas cashing out for 4 bil! Disney to start getting their money's worth in 2015!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/ ... story.html
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Re: Star Wars Episode VII

Postby _Marcus_ on 30/10/12, 15:58:35

Damn. Biggest movie deal ever made? Couldn't care less about the SW franchise but they managed to get Indy in this deal as well?! Fuck everything.

EDIT: Thinking about it, this is probably all for the best. Hey, at least it means we can be 100 percent sure that Lucas will never, ever go near an Indy flick again.
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Postby O-dot on 30/10/12, 17:21:57

Such a galactic flip-flop from George would do Mittens proud.
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Re: Star Wars Episode VII

Postby Alexhead on 30/10/12, 17:48:17

Since the title character is now practically gumming his strained prunes I would hope the Indy stuff is just for rides/video games/whatnot, but I suppose someone could decide to make another one *sigh*
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Re: Star Wars Episode VII

Postby TC on 30/10/12, 21:17:34

lack of GL involvement in the next star wars = the only possible hope of it having any redeeming qualities at all. guess he really is retiring. lucky us. his air raid movie was his swan song i guess.
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Re: Star Wars Episode VII

Postby klimov on 30/10/12, 22:46:28

It certainly makes business sense. He's no longer capable of taking either franchise forward, and as 100% shareholder he gets the full $4.05bn! (Fuck me...) Nor is there anything to stop him from setting up shop and continuing to make other films if he gets itchy (ala. The Weinstein Company).

Still, there's something quite sad about it all, the dying gasp of independent American cinema as a viable commercial force.
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Re: Star Wars Episode VII

Postby Alexhead on 01/11/12, 09:50:03

So this story is generating some buzz as being a Blue Harvest-style cover for getting the creative team together...assuming this deal's been in the works for a while, I could see it.

Big news today for movie nerds. Deadline reports that filmmaker Brad Bird and fan-favorite film writer Damon Lindelof are teaming up for a new project at Disney. Bird, coming off of his first live-action with Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol, is set to direct the mysterious large scale sci-fi project 1952. Whether that's just a codename or an actual year related to the story, we're not yet sure, but the project "has multi-platform aspirations" meaning Disney wants it for theme parks, retail stores and theaters. It'll no doubt be a "big tentpole" movie, and with these two storytellers leading the way, it is definitely something to watch for.

1952, which is all anyone really knows about this, is a large scale science fiction project that originated out of a series of meetings Lindelof had with Disney's production president Sean Bailey and senior exec Brigham Taylor. Damon is writing the script and Deadline adds that this is "the first film that Lindelof is producing from the ground up." Now we know that Brad Bird is definitely on-board to direct, but other than that, still no plot details. Anyone? It sounds like Disney has something on their hands that could be huge, and they're making sure to build it from the ground up properly, with the right talent top to bottom. I just wish we knew any extra details about what it was actually about. We'll be keeping our eyes and ears open for any updates.

While Brad Bird has been and is still developing his own San Francisco earthquake project 1906, this is not the same thing, as this one is titled simply 1952. And while Deadline hints about some possible Lost connection, it sounds like it may just be an original sci-fi world/story entirely of its own. Either way, Disney is putting plenty of planning & money into developing this sci-fi already, which is usually a good early sign.



http://www.firstshowing.net/2012/brad-b ... or-disney/

Note this announcement came in May but I've heard nothing about it since. And note the "multi-platform" excitement about it.
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Postby TC on 01/11/12, 10:23:03

yep, that fits. i'd see them throwing everything they have at their new property very quickly in an effort to recoup some of the $4bn.
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Postby klimov on 01/11/12, 10:36:52

Bird and Lindelof would work, yep.
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Re: Star Wars Episode VII

Postby Alexhead on 01/11/12, 11:24:18

Oh but the fanboys hate Lindelof...it's funny, a guy who catches so much guff for keeping things vague brought in to salvage a franchise that turned The Force into Midichlorians for a while...maybe the perfect fit.
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Re: Star Wars Episode VII

Postby O-dot on 06/11/12, 19:42:10

Sayeth Studio Briefing:

It is becoming increasingly evident that George Lucas’s premise for Episode 7 of Star Wars includes the return of the stars of the original trilogy, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford. Hamill recently disclosed that he and Fisher met with Lucas about the planned forthcoming film (but declined to discuss it because of a non-disclosure agreement), and now, according to Entertainment Weekly magazine, Ford is also being courted by Lucas to appear in the episode. The magazine quoted a “highly placed source” as saying: “Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are.” The source indicated that the three actors have only had preliminary talks about appearing in the film, and EW observed: “Ford won’t go to the next level of contract talks until there’s a script and director in place. Either could be a deal breaker.”
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Re: Star Wars Episode VII

Postby TC on 06/11/12, 21:05:08

cut this shit out now.
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Re: Star Wars Episode VII

Postby Alexhead on 07/11/12, 00:32:30

Matthew Vaughn is the current hot rumor for directing (spurred primarily by him dropping out of the new X-Men, I assume). He hasn't really blown me away but ultimately I think the script has a lot more to do with the (relative) success of these projects than the director. Anyone can throw together something that looks like a Star Wars movie at this point, and nobody will get anything like 100% creative control with this tentpole.

I don't care if they drag the old folks back for a few cameos if it's organic with the story. Really, I'm not particularly passionate about the whole thing at this point but find it mildly interesting to follow.
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Re: Star Wars Episode VII

Postby O-dot on 15/11/12, 20:05:48

More Studio Briefing nuggets:

Who will direct Episode 7 of Star Wars? Well, an elimination contest of sorts is currently taking place, with a number of directors voluntarily taking themselves out of the running. George Lucas did so with the announcement that his film company had been purchased by Disney and that at least three additional Star Wars episodes will be produced. Then, over the weekend, Steven Spielberg did so, telling Access Hollywood, “No! No! It’s not my genre. It’s my best friend George’s genre.” Asked by Entertainment Weekly, whether he’d like to take a crack at directing the movie, Quentin Tarantino remarked, “I could so care less. … No, sorry. Especially if Disney’s going to do it.” Then, when interviewed by the Hollywood Reporter, J.J. Abrams, remarked, “I am looking forward more than anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer.”
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Re: Star Wars Episode VII

Postby Alexhead on 15/11/12, 23:10:41

Vaughn has counted himself out as well. Fanboys currently scrambling for Jon Favreau, which is fairly mystifying to me (and he's also doing some Disney blowjob called The Magic Kingdom right now so schedule probably wouldn't work anyway). Personally I'm rooting for Harmony Korine. He's paid his dues, he's ready to step up to the big leagues. Bring it Korine.
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Re: Star Wars Episode VII

Postby klimov on 16/11/12, 06:57:13

Vaughn is quite talented in a superficial sort of way - he could've made a good job of it, and done well out of it too. I still think they should give it to Whedon, or Bird would do. Favreau is an anonymous journeyman.
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Re: Star Wars Episode VII

Postby _Marcus_ on 16/11/12, 07:36:02

Maybe we will get that Lynch directed SW-flick that almost happened in the early 80's...
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Re: Star Wars Episode VII

Postby TC on 16/11/12, 20:03:55

Alexhead wrote:Vaughn has counted himself out as well. Fanboys currently scrambling for Jon Favreau, which is fairly mystifying to me (and he's also doing some Disney blowjob called The Magic Kingdom right now so schedule probably wouldn't work anyway). Personally I'm rooting for Harmony Korine. He's paid his dues, he's ready to step up to the big leagues. Bring it Korine.

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Postby klimov on 17/11/12, 01:01:15

The new Korine is actually supposed to be pretty good - looking forward to it more than Episode 7, that's for sure.
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Re: Star Wars Episode VII

Postby darkness on 21/11/12, 21:13:13

Lawrence Kasdan!!!!! He's apparently one of the writers of the new films. If you don't know the name you may know some of the other films he's written, namely The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Return of the Jedi. I may actually be starting to look forward to this now. Kasdan and no Lucas makes a good combination to me. Simon Kinberg is the other writer working on. He's more of a mixed bag (liked Sherlock Holmes, not so much most of his other work).
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