Steven Spielberg and George Lucas Predict Film Industry “Implosion” or “Meltdown”; LINCOLN Was Almost an HBO Movie

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I truly believe that movie theaters as we know them today will not exist in 20 years.  The experience is going downhill too quickly, the filmmaking industry is becoming more entrenched in only making specific kinds of films, and the competition for consumers’ entertainment dollars is increasingly fierce.  And if you don’t take my word for it, just ask Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.  THR reports that the two filmmakers spoke to University of Southern California film students, who were probably less-than-thrilled to hear that harsh truth.  Spielberg told the audience, “there’s eventually going to be an implosion — or a big meltdown. There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that’s going to change the paradigm.” He went on to say, “you’re gonna have to pay $25 for the next Iron Man” said Spielberg, “you’re probably only going to have to pay $7 to see Lincoln.”  So on the plus side: Cheaper Lincoln tickets!  But Spielberg went on to say that his Oscar-winning, star-studded picture came “this close” to going to HBO.

Hit the jump for more on what Spielberg and Lucas had to say, including thoughts on what the business model for theatrical distribution will look like in the future.

Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford “Pretty Much” Signed on for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII According to George Lucas

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Over the past month, we’ve heard various stories about the involvement of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford for J.J. AbramsStar Wars: Episode VIIFord was reportedly on board, but then another report said that contract signings were still a ways off.  Then Hamill said they were in talks, but nothing had been signed.  Yesterday, Fisher confirmed she would return to play Princess Leia.  Any way you slice it, it looks like the characters are in the script for the new movie, and the only question is when it will be declared official that the trio of actors are reprising their roles.

Your trust in George Lucas may have been shaken by the prequels, but you can still probably take his word when it comes to the business side of things even though he’s not actively involved in the new trilogy.  Hit the jump for what he had to say about Hamill, Fisher, and Ford’s return.

George Lucas Leaves the Force Behind to Open an Art Museum

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Forget Jar Jar Binks.  George Lucas has announced that he’s taking the Death Star-load of money he just made selling Lucasfilm and opening an art museum.  Yep, you read that right.  Turns out that four decades plus of filmmaking was all just a lead up to his true passion: becoming a museum curator.  The director revealed that he started collecting art when he was in film school and hasn’t stopped since.  “At one point, I wanted to become an illustrator,” Lucas told CBS News. “My father said, ‘No way I’m going to pay for that…You’ll never make a living as an artist.’”

Lucas added that he hopes the museum will inspire a world of young people, much like the way he was inspired to create the world of Star Wars.  “This museum, if anything, is a dedication to cultural fantasy,” he said.  “How do you design environments, how do you design sets, how do you design characters, how do you design costumes.  Part of the museum is designed to educate people into the idea of storytelling, into the idea of being able to paint your fantasies, which is what Star Wars was.”  Hit the jump to see else what Lucas had to share about his new project in a video interview.

John Williams Hoping to Score New STAR WARS Films

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With the new Star Wars trilogy that Disney and Lucasfilm are developing, there appears to be a serious changing of the guard taking place behind the scenes.  Series creator/shepherd George Lucas vacated his spot at the top of Lucasfilm and is now acting in a consulting capacity on the new films, and prequel trilogy producer Rick McCallum has also retired from the company, leaving Kathleen Kennedy in charge as the new Lucasfilm president and producer of the new Star Wars trilogy.

With J.J. Abrams set to direct at least the first film, Star Wars: Episode VII, wheels are in motion to bring brand new Star Wars stories to a whole new generation of fans, but it appears that at least one creative stalwart from the previous films might have a more heavy hand in the new trilogy: composer John Williams.  Hit the jump to see what Williams had to say about possibly scoring the new Star Wars films.

It’s Official: J.J. Abrams Will Direct & Produce STAR WARS: EPISODE VII; Lawrence Kasdan & Simon Kinberg Consulting on the Film

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Disney and Lucasfilm have now confirmed what we already knew: J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII.  The press release was sent out this evening, announcing that Abrams will not only helm the new sequel, but he’ll also produce through Bad Robot with Bryan Burk.  The announcement includes quotes from both producer and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and Mr. George Lucas himself, and here’s what Lucas had to say about the decision:

“I’ve consistently been impressed with J.J. as a filmmaker and storyteller.  He’s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”

Also of note, the press release adds that screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back) and Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes) will be consulting on the project.  We previously learned that the two would have a hand in the scripts for further sequels/spinoffs, but it appears they’re also collaborating on Episode VIIMichael Arndt is writing the screenplay.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

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. 

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