Disney CEO says there will be a “slowdown” on Star Wars movies

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From The Hollywood Reporter:

“Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger remains the most powerful person in entertainment, only adding to his empire with $71 billion of 21st Century Fox assets. […]

In a talk with THR editorial director Matthew Belloni, Iger discussed his plan for Disney “to not only survive but to thrive in a world that doesn’t look anything like the world that existed just a few years ago.” […]

Many believe Disney should pump the breaks and not put out a Star Wars movie each year.

I made the timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast. You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to make films. J.J. [Abrams] is busy making [EpisodeIX. We have creative entities, including [Game of Thrones creators David] Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss, who are developing sagas of their own, which we haven’t been specific about. And we are just at the point where we’re going to start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.’s. But I think we’re going to be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that.”

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George Lucas’ favourite episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is “A Sunny Day in the Void”

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From StarWars.com:

“WHEN ALL SEEMS HOPELESS, A TRUE HERO GIVES HOPE.”

After a comet damages their shuttle, R2-D2, Colonel Gascon, and the other droids crash on a desolate planet where they must make their way across a bewildering expanse of emptiness to carry out their mission.”


“In this installment of Clone Wars Download, writer Brent Friedman discusses the creative process behind “A Sunny Day in the Void.”

Covers and synopses for the first two issues of Star Wars: Age of Republic

From Marvel (via Fantha Tracks):

“STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC – DARTH MAUL #1

JODY HOUSER (W)
LUKE ROSS (A)
COVER BY PAOLO RIVERA

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VARIANT COVER BY LUKE ROSS

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CONCEPT DESIGN VARIANT COVER by IAIN MCCAIG

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PUZZLE PIECE VARIANT COVER BY TBA (2 OF 27)
MOVIE VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE

RISE OF THE SITH!

A living weapon of rage and bloodthirst, DARTH MAUL has stayed in the shadows of CORUSCANT waiting for his chance to strike against the JEDI ORDER! However, since tasting his first blood, the SITH lord struggles to contain his desire for destruction and questions the wishes of his methodically plotting master. Could Maul have had another path in life, or was he always fated to follow a dark road? Guest-starring DARTH SIDIOUS!

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

 

STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC – QUI-GON JINN #1

JODY HOUSER (W)
CORY SMITH (A)
COVER BY PAOLO RIVERA

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VARIANT COVER BY CORY SMITH
CONCEPT DESIGN VARIANT COVER by IAIN MCCAIG

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PROMO VARIANT COVER BY GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI & ELIA BONETTI
PUZZLE PIECE VARIANT COVER BY TBA (1 OF 27)
MOVIE VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE

JEDI ORDER…OR CHAOS?

Considered one of the greatest Jedi Knights or the one who led them to their doom, maverick QUI-GON JINN is one of STAR WARS’ most controversial heroes. The JEDI MASTER is known to bend the rules and it’s gotten him into plenty of trouble with the COUNCIL. Now, in the face of a mission that goes awry, he’s forced to confront his conflicting beliefs. What will Qui-Gon uncover about his loyalty to the Jedi vs his loyalty to the FORCE? Guest-starring MASTER YODA!

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99″


From IGN:

“A 30-issue series of Star Wars comics featuring stories from all three film trilogies, collectively called Age of Star Wars, is beginning in December, and more info is set to be revealed in October during New York Comic Con 2018.

In a press release, it was announced that the Disney-Lucasfilm Publishing NYCC panel being held at 12pm PT/3pm ET on Friday, October 5 will bring more info on the series – the event will be held in Room 1A10 in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Until then, a new piece of teaser artwork by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Elia Bonetti featuring characters from the entire Star Wars film saga will have to tide us over.

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Lucasfilm Publishing revealed the Age of Star Wars line during San Diego Comic Con 2018, where it was announced that there would be 30 issues in total for the project, with each focusing on one hero or villain from each specific era. The maxi-series is split up into three sections – Star Wars: Age of Republic encorporates the prequel trilogy, Star Wars: Age of Rebellion the original trilogy and Star Wars: Age of Resistance the current sequel trilogy.

Jody Houser will reportedly be writing Age of Republic, Greg Pak is handling Age of Rebellion and Tom Taylor is taking care of Age of Resistance. The first issue will be Star Wars: Age of Republic #1 – Darth Maul.”

Solo: A Star Wars Story took “a good-natured poke” at the Prequels, reveals writer Jon Kasdan

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Solo: A Star Wars Story writer Jon Kasdan implied on Twitter that the spin-off took a little jab at the Prequel Trilogy:

“Is Qi’ra made-up job title, “Assistant to the Vice Admiral of Trade Route Allocation and Monetization” a good-natured poke at some of the more confusing bits of exposition in previous SW adventures ? Of course not, we take all this shit very seriously.”

For some reason, many fans were outraged that George Lucas had included words like “trade routes” or “trade federation” in the Star Wars Prequels. Those strange people decided it was a rape of their childhood or something like that.

Ian McDiarmid says many Padawan deaths were cut from Revenge of the Sith

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During a recent panel at FanX Convention, Palpatine actor Ian McDiarmid said that many Padawan deaths were cut from the Order 66 sequence in Revenge of the Sith.

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“I think it was a little more gruesome than you ended up seeing, you know. A lot of young potential Jedi ended up on the cutting room floor.”

Darth Maul actor Ray Park talks about his return in Solo: A Star Wars Story

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From Forbes:

“With a $392 million worldwide gross, Solo: A Star Wars Story might have been a hit, had it not cost $275 million to make, with a mid-stream change in directors responsible for more cost overruns than most Star Wars features. However, the switch from Chris Miller and Phil Lord to Ron Howard did lead to at least one fan-favorite moment onscreen: the return of Ray Park’s Maul (no longer a “Darth,” per the animated series continuity) in a surprise cameo that may or may not set up future films. “I found out last June/July when we were in Guatemala,” he tells me, a time which, unbeknownst to him, coincided with Howard stepping into the director’s chair. “I got the phone call from Lynne Hale from Lucasfilm. And it was really nice of her, because she said to me ‘Ray, we’re just calling to see if you would like to do it.’ And I went [inhales slowly] ‘Yeah. Do you want me on the plane now?’” He ended up filming in October, towards the end of production. […]

Park actually blatantly spoiled his own cameo well ahead of time, but because fans were so focused on the idea of him being in an Obi-Wan Kenobi movie, nobody really guessed he meant Solo. “I may have deleted a bunch, but if you go back and check all my Instagram posts, I was secretly telling everyone, but no-one knew.”

And by “secretly” he means posts like this one, with the caption, “Now… I wonder why i shaved my hair a wee while ago? #sith #sithlife #secrets #baldy #cleanshaved #starwars #solo #maul #surprise #london #besttime #thankyou.”

Unlike in The Phantom Menace, where as a choreographer he was given the entire script, this time he had only his lines and “a couple of sheets of what was going on beforehand, and then what was happening, and it’s pretty cool, because Sam [Witwer] did the voice and it was a different process for me. It was hearing the voice and then acting as well, so I really enjoyed this experience.” He was particularly fond of his lightsaber upgrade, even though all he does in the movie is ignite it. But “if anything ever happens in the future and the character is back, and it’s me? I have a lot of great ideas of what I’d like to do with it.” […]”


From SlashFilm:

“In advance of Solo: A Star Wars Story’s home video release, I caught up with actor Ray Park, who embodies the character of Darth Maul (now just “Maul,” if you want to get technical about it). He told us about Lucasfilm’s intense secrecy, working with voice actor Sam Witwer, and his iconic lightsaber duel from The Phantom Menace – and he showed off some lightsaber moves as well.”


From Roxanna Bina:

“Roxanna Bina interviews actor RAY PARK for his role in “SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY” , plus a LIGHTSABER demonstration!”