Whitta out, Kinberg in, on standalone #1?

OK, so here’s the sequence of events so far. Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg were first announced as joining the Star Wars team as consultants on The Force Awakens and writers on two untitled standalone films. Then Michael Arndt got moved off The Force Awaken and Kasdan stepped in to write the film alongside J.J.…

Kinberg confirmed as writing Trank’s standalone?

With the recent Sony email hack, a lot of industry gossip has leaked (as well as other embarrassing moments). The Daily Beast today posted this excerpt taken from an email by Michael De Luca, the President of Production for Columbia Pictures, to Amy Pascal, the co-chair of Sony Pictures: Star Wars: Any studio would have…

Rebels to kick-off San Diego Comic-Con Star Wars presence

StarWars.com have updated with a guide to the official Star Wars presence at the San Diego Comic-Con later this month. Here are the highlights: a Rebels panel featuring Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar and Taylor Gray an original trilogy storyboards panel featuring Joe Johnston and J.W. Rinzler a Hasbro…

Is Red Five the first standalone film?

There have been some conflicting rumours regarding the overall schedule for the upcoming standalone films. The leaked Hasbro schedule listed Boba Fett for 2016, Solo for 2018 and Red Five for 2020, with episodes VIII and IX appearing in between. Lawrence Kasdan had always been attached as the screenwriter on Boba Fett. But when Gary Whitta was…

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…

Kinberg talks “legacy characters” in Rebels

In an interview with Collider, Simon Kinberg had a thing or two to say about the appearance of at least one as-yet-unidentified character in Rebels: Writing dialogue for any of the legacy characters is as big a thrill as anything I’ve ever had in my life. I said this to [producer Kathleen Kennedy] that when…

Simon Kinberg on Star Wars: Rebels (plus concept art galore!)

Two weeks ago we were given a glimpse into Star Wars: Rebels with the Meet Greg Weisman video. Today we have a similar video introducing Simon Kinberg: Kinberg is a particularly important figure in this new era of Star Wars: not only is he Executive Producer on Rebels, he’s also a consultant on Episode VII…