How ‘The Force Awakens’ came to be written

There’s been a lot of consternation among some fans as to George Lucas’ lack of involvement in the new movies, particularly The Force Awakens. Sure, he wrote the initial treatments for Episodes VII-IX, but in January he very pointedly said the following: The ones that I sold to Disney, they came up to the decision…

Attack of the Salmon

I admit it: ever since the title reveal, news has been incredibly slow. Maybe this is the calm before the storm, or maybe… things are just very calm. But thank God for John Oliver, who has broken this drought. Because now we get to see Artoo-Detoo and J.J. Abrams being attacked by fake salmon on…

Kennedy and Abrams want a May 2016 release for Episode VII

Episode VII was initially announced for summer (presumably May) 2015, but word on the street was that, as pre-production progressed and Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams rewrote Michael Arndt’s draft script, Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy approached Disney CEO Bob Iger for a May 2016 release date instead. Iger compromised and gave them a December 2015…

J.J. Abrams responds to leaks

I’m liking J.J. Abrams more and more. In response to the TMZ leaks, Abrams tweeted the following message as a handwritten note: I wish people would stop leaking photos from Episode VII. And making ridiculous claims that the Millennium Falcon is in the movie. That note happens to be resting on a certain table from…