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…

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…

Josh Trank to direct spinoff

This is rather surprising news. Lucasfilm have just announced Josh Trank as the director for another spinoff film. Trank previously directed Chronicle in 2012 and is currently filming the upcoming Fantastic Four movie (from a screenplay co-written by Simon Kinberg). Here’s a 2012 interview with Trank where he name-checks Star Wars quite a bit: So…

R2-D2 in, Nick Gillard out?

Two pieces of Episode VII news today, one coming from the official Star Wars blog and the other coming straight from the horse’s mouth. Firstly, R2-D2 will be in Star Wars: Episode VII. What of a certain golden protocol droid? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see… The photo of J.J. Abrams, Kathleen…

Sit, Artoo, sit! Bad Robot

The big Episode VII news isn’t really that big, but it is kind of cool. Bad Robot (J.J. Abrams’ production company) posted the below tweet featuring Abrams, Kathleen Kennedy and a little-known droid called Artoo-Detoo: Hi from the workshop! #StarWarsVII pic.twitter.com/9R7JGSfxlC — Bad Robot (@bad_robot) November 14, 2013 So there’s our first character confirmation: Artoo-Detoo.…

Abrams talks Arndt

Deadline has posted a few relevant quotes from J.J. Abrams on the removal of Michael Arndt from scripting duties on Episode VII: “It became clear that given the time frame and given the process and the way the thing was going that working with Larry in this way was going to get us where we…