Rumor: Is Lucasfilm eyeing early 2019 production start on Obi-Wan Kenobi film?

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From Omega Underground:

“[…] THR previously reported over the summer that Lucasfilm was eyeing three-time Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Reader, The Hours, The Crown) to tackle an Obi-Wan Kenobi film which everyone expects would see Ewan McGregor reprise the role.

We then learned the film’s working title would be Joshua Tree, a nod to the production locales of New Hope’s Tatooine scenes.

Omega Underground has an update of sorts as a production source has revealed the studio is expecting this Kenobi film to begin filming at Pinewood Studios UK (confirmed stage location) sometime in January 2019.

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We can’t confirm if Daldry has indeed signed on to direct.

Disney’s Bob Iger had previously suggested the next anthology film could be ready for release in 2020. It’s now looking like Kenobi: A Star Wars Story (assumed title) could be the next film to hit screens after J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX is released on December 20th, 2019. […]”

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Trailer for George Lucas’ student film Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB

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You can watch the trailer at Nerdist.

“Before there were any Star Wars, there was George Lucas’ feature debut THX 1138. And before there was THX 1138, there was a much shorter film with a much longer title. It was this far out trip through an authoritarian state that started it all for USC student Lucas, who won some awards at the 1968 National Student Film Festival and simultaneously caught the attention of the Universal executive who would later help make American Graffiti as well as a burgeoning young filmmaker named Steven Spielberg.

On Monday, December 11, sci-fi streaming channel DUST will host Electric Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB to coincide with the release of The Last Jedi. The digital premiere of Lucas’s student short film is also part of a feature highlighting sci-fi shorts from USC School of Cinematic Arts students, capped off with the weirdo chase through a world where people are forced to take drugs to suppress their emotions. Fortunately, you won’t need any drugs if you watch DUST’s trailer for Electric Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB. […]”

Mark Hamill wishes Lucasfilm and Disney ‘had been more accepting of George Lucas’ guidance and advice’

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From Metro US:

“[…] Mark Hamill has now admitted that he is a little disappointed that Lucas is no longer involved, while also registering his disappointment that the powers that be over at the studio weren’t “more accepting of his guidance and advice.”

“What I wish is that they had been more accepting of his guidance and advice. Because he had an outline for ‘7,’ ‘8,’ and ‘9’. And it is vastly different to what they have done.”

But Hamill refused to overly attack Disney for their treatment of Lucas, instead insisting that their decision has clearly worked wonders because after the release of “The Force Awakens” and “Rogue One” the “Star Wars” franchise has never been more popular.

“But then again, I don’t want to be an old stick in the mud. There were the originals. There’s the prequels. But that’s all George. And now we have the next generation. And as far as I can see they are more popular than ever.” […]”


Mark Hamill played Luke Skywalker in Episodes IV through VIII.

Yes Mashable, ‘Jar Jar is most popular among Republican men’, but so are Luke, Yoda, Rey and many more

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Mashable’s new sensational headline is ‘Jar Jar Binks is most popular among Republican men, says new poll‘.

But the article never specifies that this also applies to Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren, Rey, Finn, Darth Vader, Jyn Erso, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Yoda, Lando Calrissian, Padmé Amidala, Anakin Skywalker, Emperor Palpatine, Jabba the Hutt, Count Dooku, Boba Fett, Wedge Antilles, BB-8 and Supreme Leader Snoke.

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Click here to check the whole Morning Consult tracking poll.

Variety falsely claims that The Phantom Menace ‘was ravaged by critics’

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From Variety:

““Star Wars” flew back into theaters in 1999 with the start of the prequel series, which was… less well received, to say the least. The first in that series, “The Phantom Menace,” was ravaged by critics and fans even as it made big money at the box office.”


The truth:

In 2005, Rotten Tomatoes calculated that 62% of critics had given The Phantom Menace a positive review.

Mark Hamill praises the CGI and the originality of the Prequels

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From Metro US:

“While they grossed the combined total of just under $2.5 billion at the box office, [the prequels] were heavily maligned by fans for moving away from the sci-fi spectacle that made the original three films so beloved. But it turns out that’s exactly what Mark Hamill loved about them.

“What I thought was great about the prequels was the different technology that I had never seen before. All that CGI. And the fact that [George Lucas] wasn’t trying to do the same experience all over again.”

According to Hamill, George Lucas’ trajectory with the “Star Wars” prequels at least took the films down a brand new terrain, while J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens” instead tried to tap into what made the original films so popular.

“I thought ‘The Force Awakens’ did that more than the early ones, because it had that the girl from a different planet, the death star, the Cantina sequence.”

When I asked Hamill whether that was Abrams’ intention, he responded, “Of course! He was trying to figure out what was it about the original movies that everybody loved. And that’s a different thought process than what George would have done. Because he would go, ‘I had a beginning, middle, and an end’.””


Mark Hamill played Luke Skywalker in Episodes IV through VIII.

The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson praises George Lucas and the story of the Prequels

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The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson praises George Lucas and the story of the Prequel Trilogy in a new interview with TMC (click here to watch the video):

“I thought a lot actually, while we were filming The Last Jedi — we had all this money with all these amazing people working on it, and they all were so excited to be working on a Star Wars movie. And sometimes on set, I would throw my mind back to George Lucas working with very little money in the middle of the desert with a bunch of people who had no idea what he was trying to do. Where the wind was at our back, the wind must have been in his face when he was working. And with all that, he created this world from scratch. And there’s the man.”

“How could you hate Jar Jar? How could you possibly hate Jar Jar? It’s funny because I’m of the generation who grew up with the original movies, and when we were in our twenties, we all lined up to see the Prequels and all of us had a very similar kind of reaction to them. But today it’s been very interesting for me to engage with the whole fanbase which right now includes a lot of people who were kids when the prequels came out. And to see that the prequels are to them what the original movies were to us, that kind of shaves away some of the cynicism I might have had about them. And also, I think it’s amazing to me when I step back and see what the prequels are actually about, that the prequels tell the story of how fear of loss turns good people into fascists. And the fact that that is a seven-hour kids movie — it’s pretty amazing and pretty wonderful.”