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George Lucas Says Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher & Harrison Ford Signed For 'Episode VII'

(MAY 20, 2011):  Walt Disney Co. president and CEO Bob Iger (left) and "Star Wars" creator George Lucas (right) join "Star Wars" villain Darth Vader (center) May 20, 2011 at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. during grand opening ceremonies for "Star Tours -- The Adventures Continue," a new 3-D attraction based on the "Star Wars" films.  The attraction, which features more than 50 possible random ride experiences, opened May 20, 2011 at Walt Disney World in Florida and will open June 3, 2011 at Disneyland Resort in California.  (Kent Phillips, photographer)

It sure looks like Star Wars creator, George Lucas, dropped a bombshell in a fascinating Bloomberg Businessweek feature on how Disney acquired Lucasfilm late last year. When the article's author, Devin Leonard, asked Lucas if the original Star Wars cast will appear in the J.J. Abrams-directed Episode VII, the Force Father replied: more »

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Holy Sith! Zack Snyder Planning 'Seven Samurai'-Inspired 'Star Wars' Film? (UPDATE)

Holy Sith! Zack Snyder Planning 'Seven Samurai'-Inspired 'Star Wars' Film? (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Whoops, never mind. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Snyder's rep has flatly denied the report. "While he is super flattered because he is a huge fan," the statement says, "Zack is not involved in any way with the new Star Wars. He is currently in post on his two films, Man of Steel and 300: Battle of Artemisia." Looks like the Internet got played by a fun-having rumor monger. I look forward to seeing if there's any kernel of truth to anything else in the report.

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In case you were wondering, you can rest easy in the knowledge that Disney has absolutely no intention of treating the Star Wars franchise like a finite resource. Instead, they plan to mine it like spice from the cruelest mines of Kessel, and the proof is the possibility of a Kurosawa-inspired film set in the galaxy far, far away, brought to you by Zack Snyder, the man currently tasked with finally bringing a post-Christopher Reeve Superman to theaters.
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Guillermo Del Toro Confirms He Was Asked To Helm 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

Guillermo Del Toro Confirms He Was Asked To Helm 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

Brace yourselves, people: in an alternate galaxy far, far away, there is a Guillermo Del Toro-helmed Star Wars film in development.

Rampant speculation being the most powerful side effect of the Living Force, it's no wonder that last year's shocking news that we'll soon all be watching – and probably complaining about – Star Wars: Episode 7 has resulted in endless guessing from the Jeditariat. When we're not gushing about possible plot points, or the fact that the new film might feature a female lead. We're talking about the most common subject of baseless and not-so-baseless guesswork: Just who will be directing it?

With George Lucas retiring, the possibility of a somewhat clean slate for the Star Wars universe after the mess made of it by the prequel trilogy is enough to make even the most bitter ex-fan drool. In the weeks after the initial announcement of Episode 7, several directors were consistently mentioned as potential hirees. At the time it seemed like nothing more than wish fulfillment fantasies and baseless rumor, but it's beginning to look as though the rumored names reflected very real prospects.

One of the most frequently mentioned names was Pan's Labyrinth and Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro. In November, Del Toro outright denied having been approached by Disney, but speaking this week to The Playlist he finally confirmed that he was, in fact, asked if he'd like the job. “We got one phone call to my agent saying, 'Is Guillermo interested?',” the director said. “And basically I have so much stuff already of my own, and I'm pursuing stuff that I'm generating already..."

He offered no other comment, aside from affirming that he'd love to see Brad Bird take the job, but in saying no to Star Wars, Del Toro is in good company. JJ Abrams recently revealed that he, too, turned down the chance to take over Star Wars, in his case because, as he put it, he's too big a fan to want to do anything more than watch the new films in theaters. Whether true or not, it's interesting that now two of the most obvious names-out-of-a-hat have said no to Star Wars 7.

Though Episode 7 is almost certainly racing into preproduction, Disney has not yet announced a director. Whether this is because they haven't hired one, or because the same CIA-levels of secrecy they employed to keep the purchase of the franchise a secret for more than a year are in full force now, I prefer to believe that the will of The Force is behind everything. (Flash Gordon director Mike Hodges for Episode 7, anyone?)

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'Star Wars Episode 7': Is The Force With The Ladies For A Change?

'Star Wars Episode 7': Is The Force With The Ladies For A Change?

Despite the fact that Princess Leia is every bit as iconic as Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, the fact remains that the entire Star Wars series has a total of five women with speaking roles, and only three of them — Padme/Amidala, Leia, and Anakin's mother — count as major characters. It's no wonder then, that Anakin had to be conceived by the Force itself, since apparently, there aren't enough women in the Star Wars galaxy to populate a trailer park, much less a multi-planet republic, by normal means. more »

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J.J. Abrams Not Headed For 'Star Wars'

J.J. Abrams Not Headed For 'Star Wars'

While stars such as Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and perhaps even Harrison Ford have indicated they may make a return to Disney's Star Wars, the narrow pool of once possible directors has narrowed more.
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Carrie Fisher Gives Her Vision For Princess Leia In New 'Star Wars'

Carrie Fisher Gives Her Vision For Princess Leia In New 'Star Wars'

Carrie Fisher, aka Princess Leia, came out from under the heavens giving her hilariously light-hearted thoughts on the future of Star Wars and whatever came of Leia and Han Solo. Episode VII writer-apparent, Michael Arndt may want to take a peek at what Her Celestial Highness has to say about the character she first brought to the Galaxies, way back in the late '70s, and a tidbit or two on where to go from here.
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Will J.J. Abrams Or Jon Favreau Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII?'

Will J.J. Abrams Or Jon Favreau Direct 'Star Wars: Episode VII?'

Now under the guiding force of Disney, Star Wars' next director is becoming a source of intrigue. Last week, one major rumored contender - Steven Spielberg - said he is a no-go and now two other front-running prospects have weighed in with their interest. The studio recently nabbed Star Wars creator George Lucas' Lucas Films for $4.05 billion and tapped Michael Arndt to lead the way on Star Wars: Episode VII, which is set for a 2015 release.
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Woody-Wan Kenobi? 'Toy Story 3' Writer Hired For Next 'Star Wars' Trilogy Treatment

Woody-Wan Kenobi? 'Toy Story 3' Writer Hired For Next 'Star Wars' Trilogy Treatment

Whether you love or hate the idea of Disney acquiring and expanding the Star Wars franchise, you can't say the House of Mouse isn't treating  Episode VII like the prestige project is deserves to be.  Vulture reports that screenwriter Michael Arndt, who won an Oscar for his Little Miss Sunshine script, and was nominated for another with Toy Story 3, is the leading candidate to write the new Star Wars script more »

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Harrison Ford Might Return As Han Solo − And Die Happy

Harrison Ford Might Return As Han Solo − And Die Happy

Yes, Mara Jade, it's possible for Harrison Ford to be "open to the idea" of reprising his role as Han Solo in Disney's Star Wars Episode VII and still hate the character, as Movieline noted back in 2010. The key here is that the actor may finally get the opportunity to kill off the character that has bedeviled him throughout his auspicious career, which is something he wanted back in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.  more »

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Damon Lindelof Has Some Zany Ideas For 'Star Wars Episode VII'!

Damon Lindelof Has Some Zany Ideas For 'Star Wars Episode VII'!

Prometheus writer Damon Lindelof may not be writing Star Wars Episode VII, but he can still suggest plot points. On Thursday, FirstShowing.net debunked some pretty rampant and persistent speculation that 1952, the science-fiction project that Lindelof and Brad Bird are writing for the new owner of LucasFilm, Disney, was the code name for a new Star Wars trilogy.  But just two days earlier, when rumors were still making the rounds, Lindelof took to his Twitter feed, to suggest some Episode VII ideas that were better suited to a Robot Chicken Star Wars special. more »

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'Leaked' Disney 'Star Wars Episode VII' Posters Revealed By Conan O'Brien's Team Coco

'Leaked' Disney 'Star Wars Episode VII' Posters Revealed By Conan O'Brien's Team Coco

May the farce be with you!  In the wake of news that Disney will be producing more Star Wars movies as a result of its acquisition of George Lucas' LucasFilm on Tuesday, the geniuses at Conan O'Brien's Team Coco have posted some very funny parody posters of what the interstellar franchise will look like under the influence of the House of Mouse.  more »