Star Wars Bits: Harrison Ford on Episode 7, SW Comics Coming Sooner Than Expected, A New Dawn Book Synopsis and More.

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Hit the jump for a few interesting Star Wars related bits from the last few days…

Speaking at the press conference for ‘The Expendables 3’ in Cannes, the actor said: 

“I’m delighted to be involved. We have a great cast and a great script, and the director, J.J. Abrams, is at the top of his game.”

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In true Harrison Ford style, he refused to give any more away. But he said he expected to enjoy himself when the shoot started up later in the year.

“The dirty little secret is that making movies is great fun. It’s just a great job,” he laughed.

Source: yahoo


New Star Wars Comics might be coming sooner that expected?

From THR:

Dark Horse Comics — the current Star Wars comic license holders — announced information about its August 2014 releases last week, featuring not only the final issues of its ongoing Star Wars-related series (Star Wars, Star Wars: Darth Maul and Star Wars: Legacy), but also what appears to be the final collections of Dark Horse material related to the movie series, including stories released in single-issue format that same month.

Now, a report on from this weekend’s comic-industry event the Diamond Retailers Summit in Las Vegas says that Marvel plans to announce its plans for the Star Wars license in mid-July, ahead of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, with two ongoing series to be announced.
If true and there is a July announcement of some sort, the timing would allow the publisher to “retro-solicit” Star Wars titles for release as early as September 2014, something that could act as a third instance of counter-programming for Marvel in the face of competitor DC Entertainment’s already announced month of “Futures End” special issues (the weekly Death of Wolverine and a new Avengers storyline being the other two).

A September date would also mean that Marvel’s new series would launch in tandem with the release of Star Wars: A New Dawn, the first book in Del Rey Books’ new Star Wars prose novel line.


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Suvudu got the plot synopsis for the first Star Wars book from the Lucasfilm Story Group! Star Wars: A New Dawn, takes place between the events of Episode III and Episode IV, and serves to tie in Star Wars Rebels with the rest of the saga.

 Star Wars: A New Dawn:

    A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .

    “The war is over. The Separatists have been defeated, and the Jedi rebellion has been foiled. We stand on the threshold of a new beginning.”—Emperor Palpatine, Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

    For a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights brought peace and order to the Galactic Republic, aided by their connection to the mystical energy field known as the Force. But they were betrayed—and the entire galaxy has paid the price. It is the Age of the Empire.

    Now Emperor Palpatine, once Chancellor of the Republic and secretly a Sith follower of the dark side of the Force, has brought his own peace and order to the galaxy. Peace through brutal repression, and order through increasing control of his subjects’ lives.

    But even as the Emperor tightens his iron grip, others have begun to question his means and motives. And still others, whose lives were destroyed by Palpatine’s machinations, lay scattered about the galaxy like unexploded bombs, waiting to go off. . . .

    The first Star Wars novel created in collaboration with the Lucasfilm Story Group, Star Wars: A New Dawn is set during the legendary “Dark Times” between Episodes III and IV and tells the story of how two of the lead characters from the animated series Star Wars Rebels first came to cross paths. Featuring a foreword by Dave Filoni.

Source: Suvudu

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The new Phineas and Ferb special runs parallel with the events of Star Wars: A New Hope:

    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away — in summer. Phineas and Ferb are living happily on Tatooine, just one moisture farm over from Luke Skywalker. They love simply hanging out and creating new adventures under the twin suns, however, they find themselves thrust into a global rebellion when the plans for blowing up the Death Star accidentally fall into their hands.

    Now that fate has suddenly pulled them into the fight for freedom, they must go in search of a pilot who can take them to the Rebels so they can hand over the plans. Complicating matters, Candace — the boys’ sister — has a Stormtrooper-like intent on “busting rebels” who chase Phineas and Ferb across the galaxy in hopes of retrieving the Death Star plans.

    Meanwhile, back on the Death Star, Dr. Darth Enshmirtz, a low level Darth, has created a Force-powered “Sith-inator” that he plans to use against the Rebel Alliance. Agent P, working undercover for the Rebellion, is dispatched to stop him, but quickly gets trapped in carbonite. Then, things take a startling turn when Ferb is accidentally hit by the full blast of Dr. Darth Enschmirtz’s “inator” and becomes…an evil Sith.

Source: liveforfilms

A cool Star Wars Short Anime from 2012 that is supposed to be work in progress. If you haven’t seen it check it out: 

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42 thoughts on “Star Wars Bits: Harrison Ford on Episode 7, SW Comics Coming Sooner Than Expected, A New Dawn Book Synopsis and More.

  • May 19, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Wow… That anime is awesome.

    • May 19, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      It reminds me a lot of the old Aeon Flux from Liquid Television on MTV back in the day. I wonder if the animators have any correspondants.

    • May 19, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      That would be a dream come true, Aeon Flux style animation for star wars would be awesome!

    • May 19, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Agreed! I’d love to see Rebels animated this way. I’m sick of the claymation/anime they’ve been using. I can’t look passed it to see the substance TCW has to offer; it just does not fit well with Star Wars (IMO).

    • May 20, 2014 at 12:16 am

      Dear Disney,

      If you make a Star Wars anime tv series about the Imperial and Rebel fleets in that stlye and with compitant Imperials, my feelings tell me every Star Wars fan and those destined to be between the ages of 12 – 35 on the planet will by the Bluray – DVD combo pack box set of it. I personally though will be buying the one with as many special features as possible. So if you want our money, make this into more than just a fan made work.

      Star Wars Fans

      P.S. please include lots of memorable looking fighter pilots (like this guy did) also with crazy names though, like Porkins or Wedge, since that’s half the fun of it… we Star Wars fans will remember everyone of them and buy books detailing their lives before the show just cause we’re that obsessed.

    • May 20, 2014 at 12:23 am

      Yeah, I have to admit that was pretty bad ass.

    • May 20, 2014 at 1:41 am

      Wow. That anime style, combined with a moving Williams score and engaging OT dialogue and performances… ^_^

  • May 19, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    So, really, Principal Photography has not begun and will happen “later in the year.” There is no official confirmation of PP from Lucasfilm on, is there?

    All we have is a sign at Pinewood and a tweet from Bad Robot. So I think everyone, media included, jumped the gun that this is filming right now. The Big 3 sure as heck are not filming anything right now. They are not in the UK or AD.

    • May 19, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      um of course it’s begun filming. Harrison saying he’s not begun filming yet is because he’s obviously not required to be on set to film his scenes yet. Andy Serkis and Oscar Isaac have said they will begin filming at the end of this month.

    • May 19, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Yeah there have been multiple updates, I think before they had always specified that principle photography would begin May 15th-ish, and if I remember Alan Horn confirmed that a month ago.

    • May 19, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      I went to No official confirmation there. This past weekend, JJ sent a video message to SW Weekends and he said he was in London. Why not say Abu Dhabi? I don’t care if filming starts in 2 weeks or 2 months; it will get done. I’m just saying there is no official confirmation from Lucasfilm, Disney, or Bad Robot. A picture of a camera clap board with “day one” written underneath it is not official confirmation at all. Sorry to break it to you.

    • May 20, 2014 at 12:57 am

      So the point of taking a picture of clap board with the “day one” tweet is what exactly?

      I’m not sure how it can get more official than from the crew who are filming the movie.

    • May 20, 2014 at 3:27 am

      The point of it could be that day one of shooting will eventually take place in Abu Dhabi (the sand on it is the clue), not that PP has actually begun. Or they could be taking test shots of these massive sets in Abu Dhabi. They just built all these sets. JJ needs to see how it all looks on film before flying over there with the actors.

      Remember, JJ just said this past weekend he is still in London.

      I want the film to shoot as much as the next fanatic. I just think that there is no concrete proof that it is actually shooting with the main cast right now.

    • May 20, 2014 at 3:33 am

      I just think the pre-production process for EP 7 is going to be more extensive than anything we can imagine. JJ is going to create visuals that we have never seen before. The scope of this film has the potential to be truly insane. JJ’s work on the Trek films were like 2 appetizers and EP 7 is going to be a multi course banquet.

    • May 20, 2014 at 4:09 am

      Plus I don’t really get the significance of Abrams being in London… there are these magical devices called airplanes. But from what I’ve read it seems they are special effects shots… I’d imagine Mindel can handle those without JJ having to be present.

    • May 20, 2014 at 11:36 am

      Aras, I agree with you that they are probably doing spec fx shots. Bad Robot showed the clapboard and every one immediately inferred that they are shooting with the actors.

      I only raised my point bc the Yahoo article on Harrison has him saying that he expects to enjoy himself when filming begins “later in the year”. I have maintained all along that that is what will happen. All the “rumor” sites we go to have assumed that the Bad Robot tweet is an official announcement, but I am erring on the side of caution.

    • May 20, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      I see your point, but it’s not just the rumor sites… HuffPo reported it, along with quite a few others. If the officials at the / Lucasfilm / bad robot saw all these major news outlets reporting that principle photography has begun we’d probably get a correction from them right?

      If you saw the making of the OT then I’m sure you noticed George Lucas would be working with multiple crews shooting at the same time in different locations. What I’m guessing is this… I still think they could be filming with actors, perhaps Driver and Sydow or god knows who else… maybe Abrams is there and maybe he isn’t… Ultimately the most important thing would be to determine if Mindel is in Abu Dhabi.

      Here’s why I see that tweet as being significant… 2nd unit shooting had been happening for months already… so there must be a difference between 2nd unit and principle if they specify “day one”. *Unless* if they took that pic way back when 2nd unit filming started, which doesn’t make sense to me.

      Also… they might just have shot a few quick scenes and Abrams could have returned to London for the weekend if he was in Abu Dhabi. Does filming usually happen day to day? I’d imagine they take breaks on weekends or might have to stop for a week or two at a time to switch locations or whatever.

    • May 20, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      I don’t know, honestly. It’s hard to tell what is really happening behind the scenes. The media tends to blow up every SW item to turn rumors into facts. I guess all we know for sure is that the Big 3 are not currently acting in the film. Sure, it could be Boyega, Max, and some extras.

      It just feels very early to me, like casting isn’t done. Alan Horn said “almost complete” about 3 or 4 weeks ago. We are still waiting to hear more about the young women in the cast, too.

      You’re right about Dan Mindel, too. He is a key figure in all this that no one else is even talking about.

      Perhaps I am reading too much into the yahoo story quoting Harrison saying he will film his parts “later in the year.” If anything, time is on the side of the production right now.

      When Oscar Isaac was cast, one article pointed out that Lucasfilm wanted to make sure Isaac was free this upcoming Fall. So I am surmising a long shoot into the Fall.

      Also, with the cast just doing the first table read recently, JJ and LK are fine tuning the script.

    • May 20, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      If filming is being delayed that could hurt the post production but if that’s the case then I hope they delay the film’s release. I looked up when Star Trek Into Darkness began filming… 14 months prior to release… so I guess if they wait till fall to start principle photography they could still make it for the December release date. Though I don’t want them to rush it, I know Star Wars is a totally different animal and will probably require more fx than Star Trek.

    • May 21, 2014 at 1:47 am

      Still optimistic about December release, but if it moves to May 2016, Ep 7 could rule the entire summer.

      Thanks for your observations, AV.

    • May 21, 2014 at 9:44 am

      not dickish at all, lol… btw now that KK has officially confirmed the Abu Dhabi shoot, I can gladly say that I was wrong and you were right!! Maybe these posts are causing all these official announcements 😉

    • May 21, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Hahah I doubt it… but man it’s awesome news nonetheless! I’m so happy that they’re doing it oldschool!

  • May 19, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    In the New Dawn synopsis, a thousand generations of Jedi… Wow! That’s a very long time – give or take 4 or 5 generations per century – for galactic civilizations to remain, apparently, without profound technological changes. Maybe I’m mistaken, not having read the novels.

    • May 19, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Star Wars is generally considered to be “Space fantasy” rather than hard science fiction. Fantasy settings often avoid great leaps in technological advancement, even over long periods of time. It doesn’t always make sense, but it’s just a trope of the genre.

    • May 19, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      Makes it pretty difficult for fans to accuratly gauge time within the SWU, though. Just a bit of poor story-telling if you ask me. A dark blotch on the face of perfection that is Star Wars.

    • May 19, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      That’s like saying it’s difficult to gauge time within Middle Earth. Is Tolkien a bad story-teller? From the First to the Third Age (about 6500 years) there is practically no technological advancement. But like Star Wars, the grand story isn’t about technological advancement.

    • May 19, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      I’m fine with ignoring technological progression in SWU… I mean in order for us to absorb Star Wars you have to take it at face value and realize that any space faring civilization probably wouldn’t be using human soldiers with manually aimed weapons to kill each other. Our own civilization is a long ways away from interstellar travel but we already have auto targeting systems… unfortunately.

    • May 19, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      I’m just saying that in order to captivate your audience with corresponding stories occuring in the same fictional universe it’s important to make things like the span of time between those stories easier to comprehend. Lord of the Rings is much more poetic, spiritual and less blunt (so to speak) of a story than Star Wars and therefore captivates the audience in a much different way. It was also originally a novel series rather than starting off in theaters, targetted towards a more matured, knowlegable audience.

    • May 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      I think it’s important to see the distinction between Lucas/ Tolkien and the realities they were trying to communicate. Tolkien initially based his vision upon his own experiences in World War I. You really get a sense of that with the wear and tear of adventuring and how grim it can be.

      But Lucas was creating a reality based on analogies of mythological stories and drawing inspiration from cultural ideas… I don’t think either audience is less mature or knowlegable. I like Star Wars more than LOTR films, the fellowship was good but everything after that sucked, especially the Hobbit (with the exception of the barrel river scene). I think Lucas had an imagination that rivaled Tolkien’s.

    • May 19, 2014 at 7:51 pm

      I’d say a good comparison would be that Star Wars OT was the 20th century’s “Iliad and Odessey” (just in space)… I would put LOTR in a different camp… I’m not sure what I’d compare it to, aside from the bible meets Sinbad the sailor maybe?

    • May 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Although Peter Jackson did a fantastic job at capturing Tolkien’s general vision of Middle Earth in the films, the real substance of LOTR (IMO) can only be found in the novels. Their poetic value cannot be matched, if you ask me, and no film could ever do a real justice.

    • May 20, 2014 at 3:41 am

      I agree, Jackson vision of Tolkien’s LOTR was amazing considering and as you know, won 11 ocars…Todd 49 new zealand

    • May 20, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Jackson most impresses me as a man who got (and continues to get) a whole generation of young people to read the literature of JRR Tolkien. That, in and of itself, is a very notable accomplishment.

  • May 19, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    So, the Phineas and Ferb stuff is canon right?

  • May 20, 2014 at 3:31 am

    YAY HARRISON!!!! If you like SW7 then we will most likely like SW7, too! 😀

    And WHAT THE HECK! A Star Wars Phineus and Ferb. This I have to see.

    And the books look pretty good. And if anything I am for sure going to read “A New Dawn”. Reply (if you want too) if you are going to read at least one of the new books/comics.

    God Bless and No Rude Replies Please

  • May 21, 2014 at 4:00 am

    We few, we happy few, post about Star Wars. If you go to Aint It Cool News, the boards are a maddening clusterfuck of comic book comments. We have much better, and far fewer, posts here, and for that I am grateful. Keep posting here, SW fans!

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