Watch George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy Discuss Transitioning LucasFilm into the Future

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When “the story of 2012” broke and it was announced that Disney was purchasing LucasFilm and starting work on a new series of Star Wars films, a bounty of pre-recorded material was released online.  One of the more interesting pieces was a video discussion with George Lucas and new LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy, and in the weeks following the announcement, the rest of the video has been released piecemeal.  The final portion of the video has finally been released online, and while those first few videos provided news bits and insight into the future of Star Wars, this one simply focuses on the transition period for both Lucas and Kennedy as Lucas departs his beloved company and Kennedy sets out on one hell of an ambitious venture.

Hit the jump to watch the final video.  Hopefully director news concerning Star Wars: Episode VII will be announced soon.

TOP 5: End of the Year Edition – Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Limited Paper, Lessons from BATMAN: THE MOVIE, THE COLLISION Podcast, Thomas Jane’s THE PUNISHER Short Film

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In this, the final Saturday of 2012, it’s time to extract five topics from a year’s worth of Top 5‘s for our second annual “End of the Year Edition”. Given that this is a year-end list that exists on the Internet, I’m fully prepared for obligatory statements regarding my choices and how they prove my own ineptitude. That said, in an attempt to preempt such backlash, I’d like to welcome any and all readers to respectfully disagree with me in the comments section. Let’s keep it classy and enjoy a highlight reel of some of the best 2012 had to offer after the jump.

Will Luke Skywalker Return to Yavin 4 to Build a Jedi Academy in STAR WARS: EPISODE VII?

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It’s been far too long since we’ve had a good Star Wars: Episode VII rumor.  Today, we’ve learned of an intriguing plotline that may feature in the upcoming sequel.  So far, plot details have been practically non-existent as the search for a director continues.  However, screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) was handling the screenplay, and presumably he had some direction from producers Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas, although Lucas says he “doesn’t really have much to do.”

Hit the jump to find out where the sequel might be headed.

WILLOW 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Trailer; WILLOW Available for the First Time on Blu-ray March 12, 2013

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Written in part by George Lucas and directed by Ron Howard, the swords-and-sorcery fantasy epic, Willow, will be available on Blu-ray for the first time on March 12, 2013. The 25th anniversary release of the film starring Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley will feature a fully-restored edition along with never-before-seen deleted scenes, Davis’ personal video diary and a “making of” featurette with an introduction by Howard. Hit the jump for the new Blu-ray trailer for Willow and the full press release.

George Lucas Clarifies Consultant Role on STAR WARS: EPISODE VII; Says He “Doesn’t Really Have Much to Do”

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When it was first announced that Disney was purchasing LucasFilm and a new batch of Star Wars films were being produced, one of the first questions on everyone’s mind was “how is George Lucas going to ruin these movies too?”  A large amount of uneasiness was put to rest when Lucas made clear that he was essentially handing the keys of the franchise over to new LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy and he’d only be involved with the new films in a “consultant” role.

We know that the upcoming trilogy is based on story treatments and characters that Lucas himself drummed up, but many wondered just how involved Lucas would be with episodes VII, VIII, and IX as a so-called consultant.  Would he be looking over the shoulder of the new director every day of production?  Is he expecting the new screenwriters to strictly follow his own story beats and characters?  Now Lucas himself has come forward to clarify just how involved he’ll be, and it’s fairly encouraging stuff.  Hit the jump for more, including Lucas’ thoughts on the possibility of Steven Spielberg directing one of the new films. 

George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy Talk About the Long History of Their Working Relationship and Kennedy’s Transition to President of Lucasfilm

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While today’s helping of Star Wars news has little to do with Star Wars: Episode VII and who may be directing or starring in it, it does provide interested fans with a bit of backstory on why George Lucas decided to step aside and how Kathleen Kennedy came to preside over Lucasfilm, and the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. It’s the third installment of the five-part interview hosted on StarWars.com (you can find the two previous sessions here and here). Hit the jump to hear Lucas and Kennedy relive the good ol’ days. 

George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy Talk STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Directors; Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino Take Themselves Out of the Running

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As the world is still reeling from last week’s news that Disney has purchased LucasFilm and is releasing a new Star Wars film in 2015, the conversation has now turned to who will take over the beloved franchise.  We recently learned that Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) has prepared a lengthy treatment and is gunning for the writing gig, and Matthew Vaughn has been mentioned as a possibility for the director’s chair.

When news of Star Wars: Episode VII first broke, a video was released that featured new LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas talking about the future of the franchise.  It appears that the video was just a snippet of the full conversation, as another portion has been released online today in which the two discuss how they’ll go about choosing a director for Episode VII and what Lucas’s “creative consultant” role entails.  Moreover, we have confirmation of two big name directors who definitely won’t be stepping into the director’s chair.  Hit the jump for Star Wars goodness.

STAR WARS Sequel News: Harrison Ford Open to Returning as Han Solo in the New Trilogy

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In what is just the beginning of the avalanche of Star Wars news since Disney’s recent purchase of Lucasfilm, it now looks as if Harrison Ford is open to reprising the role of Han Solo in the planned sequel trilogy.  We recently reported that Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher had met with George Lucas over the summer in order to discuss the possibility of continuing the Skywalker story.  Now it looks as if Ford is willing to complete the trio as the films creep closer to the 2015 release date. There is still no confirmation as to who will be directing Star Wars: Episode VIIbut signs are pointing towards Matthew Vaughn, who recently bowed out of helming X-Men: Days of Future Past without explanation.  Hit the jump for more on Ford’s possible involvement and what this may mean for the plot of the upcoming trilogy.

Is Matthew Vaughn in Talks to Direct STAR WARS: EPISODE VII?

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Over the past seven years, Collider’s track record has been pretty good.  The reason is, before we run any “scoop,” we always make sure to double source it so we know the information is accurate.  However, the story we are about to run has not been confirmed, and I want to make sure everyone knows this is not 100%.  I only decided to run this because I trust my sources and it’s Star Wars.  In addition, while I spent all weekend trying to lock this story down, all my normal connections would not go on record (or they did not know), so this is going up as a “rumor” and “unconfirmed.”

Now that I’ve warned you this is just a “rumor”….

I’m hearing that Matthew Vaughn, the director of Kick-AssStardustLayer Cake, and X-Men: First Class, is in talks with Lucasfilm to helm Star Wars: Episode VII.  My sources tell me this is the main reason he dropped out of the X-Men sequel (which Bryan Singer is now directing).  Hit the jump for more.

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS Likely to Depart from Cartoon Network in Wake of Disney Purchase

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In the wake of Disney’s recent $4 billion purchase of Lucasfilm, it looks like Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be the first casualty.  Don’t worry, fans, the show itself will remain on the air, but its home will most likely be changing.  Having aired on Turner Entertainment’s Cartoon Network for its five-year run, the licensing rights were previously renewed with Lucasfilm each year; those rights run out at the end of the current 2012-2013 season.  Reps from both sides say they have yet to reach a decision on where the show will land at the end of the current season.  Hit the jump for more on the fate of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. 

George Lucas to Donate Most of His $4 Billion from Lucasfilm Sale to Education Charity

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You know that Disney just bought Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and all the star wars that come with it.  George Lucas was the sole owner of Lucasfilm, and so all 4.05 billion dollars go to him.  Lucas has spent the last four decades minting money with the Star Wars franchise, and so thankfully can afford to be generous.  A Lucasfilm spokesperson tells THR that Lucas plans to “donate the majority of the proceeds to his philanthropic endeavors.”

Lucas is the chairman of Edutopia, a part of the George Lucas Educational Foundation and likeliest candidate to receive the donation.  Lucas is staying true to his 2010 pledge: “I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education.  It is the key to the survival of the human race.”  More after the jump.

Mark Hamill Comments on STAR WARS Sale, Meeting with George Lucas and Carrie Fisher About the Upcoming Sequel Trilogy and More!

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It seems the legions of Star Wars fans weren’t the only ones caught off guard by Disney’s recent purchase of Lucasfilms; even star Mark Hamill was surprised by the news.  However, Hamill did know of the plans for a new Star Wars sequel trilogy, since he had met with George Lucas over the summer to plan for the films.  We reported earlier today that the Luke Skywalker of Star Wars Episode VII is expected to be in his 30s or 40s; with Hamill currently at 61, what role could he possibly have in the next film?  Hit the jump to see what Hamill had to say about the impending additions to the Star Wars franchise.

Could the Next STAR WARS Trilogy Feature Luke Skywalker in His 30s or 40s?

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After yesterday’s bombshell that Disney would be purchasing Lucasfilm and the rights to Star Wars, speculation quickly began for cast, crew and plot of the newly planned sequel trilogy.  George Lucas has already sketched out an outline for Star Wars VII; he and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy have reportedly met with writers already.  Now, Lucas biographer Dale Pollock is spilling some details about the upcoming trilogy (or trilogies, since Lucas’ original idea spanned 12 films!).  Among those is the fact that Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill in the original films, would be in his 30s or 40s.  Hit the jump to see what else is in store.

Fox Still Owns Rights to STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE; Box Set Releases Could Be Tricky

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I woke up this morning to find that yesterday’s massive Star Wars: Episode VII news was, in fact, not a dream.  In a massive deal, George Lucas sold his LucasFilm studio to Disney, paving the way for a new Star Wars film set to hit theaters in 2015.  Though further entries in the beloved franchise were a major part of the news, many were quick to realize that with Disney now in control of the LucasFilm empire, fans may finally get a home video release of the original Star Wars trilogy sans Lucas’ tinkering.

Well, it turns out that further Star Wars home video releases are tied up in a tricky bit of legal shambles, as 20th Century Fox still owns Episode IV: A New Hope.  Hit the jump for more.

Disney CEO Bob Iger and George Lucas Talk LucasFilm Acquisition and STAR WARS

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Well today is certainly one of the biggest news days in recent memory.  We learned earlier this afternoon that Disney has acquired George Lucas’ studio LucasFilm for $4 billion, with plans for Star Wars: Episode VII already in the works.  We’ve already seen a video in which Lucas and LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy discuss the acquisition and the future of Star Wars, and now a further video has been released in which Disney CEO Bob Iger and Lucas talk about the business deal.

Lucas discusses the allure of housing his flagship company at Disney, while Iger explains the finer points of the acquisition (ie. Star Wars theme parks and merchandise = $$$).  Hit the jump to check out the video and to read the full press release regarding this major deal.

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