Lucasfilm Started Over on STAR WARS EPISODE IX After Carrie Fisher’s Death

The passing of Carrie Fisher was something no one expected, but when we lost our princess, it was quite clear that Lucasfilm would have to make some major adjustments. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said after they mourned Fisher’s passing, the story team and filmmakers scrambled to come up with a plan to handle Fisher’s absence in Episode IX:

“Obviously, with Carrie having passed away, it shook everybody,” Kennedy says. As they tried to figure out what this meant for Leia’s continuing story, the only option was to leave their original ideas behind. “We pretty much started over,”

Fisher had finished all her scenes on The Last Jedi before her untimely death, and Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger has since said that the movie will not be changed to deal with her passing. The Last Jedi will end as it was originally planned. StarWars.com also confirmed that Lucasfilm will not digitally recreate Leia in any way. Kennedy also recently told Good Morning America: “Sadly, Carrie will not be in nine,” Kennedy said. “But we will see a lot of Carrie in eight.”

It seems pretty safe to assume that The Last Jedi will be Princess or General Leia Organa’s final appearance in the Star Wars cinematic saga. I wonder if Lucasfilm will ever let us know what they were hoping Leia’s role in Episode IX would be. Or maybe we’ll eventually get a Star Wars story standalone about a young Princess Leia, only time will tell. What do you guys think?

Lucasfilm Is Looking at “Another Decade and a Half” of STAR WARS Films After Episode IX

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When Disney bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas for $4 billion, we all knew we were in for the long haul of Star Wars movies. Disney’s not going to spend that much money and not make every effort to make as much money as they possibly can from it, and Star Wars is the kind of franchise that could potentially live on throughout many of our lifetimes if handled right.

While speaking at USC’s Marshall School of Business recently, Disney CEO Bob Iger talked about the future of Star Wars after Episode IX is released. As of right now, they are already thinking about films that they could make over the next decade and a half! Iger said:

“We’re just starting to talk about what happens to Star Wars after [Episode] 9. It’s way too early, and certainly, nothing that I can reveal, but we’ve got a creative team actually thinking about what could be another decade and a half of Star Wars stories. It’s kind of mind-blowing to spend an afternoon with a creative team talking about that. Where could you go, where should we go?”

There are so many possibilities I imagine that any movie any fan would ever want to see happen is on the table. Whether or not those films happen or not is a different story, but we know that they are talking about them behind closed doors.

Iger went on to talk about losing Carrie Fisher and confirmed that they will not be changing anything about her character in Star Wars: The Last Jedi to reflect her death. They are leaving what they shot as is. He also says they will not be doing any CG digital work with the character:

“When we bought Lucasfilm, we were going to make three films — Episodes VIIVIII and IX,” said Iger. “We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII. We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it is in VIII. In Rogue One, we had some digital character. We are not doing that with Carrie.”

I’m sure that news will make fans happy. There was an uproar when rumors surfaced that they might bring Leia back in CGI form.

I’m just excited for the future of Star Wars. Lucasfilm has delivered two great films so far, and I can’t wait to see where it goes. It’s weird to think that I’ll probably still be watching new Star Wars films when I’m in my 50s and 60s!

Star Wars announces September 1, 1017 as Force Friday II

Attention, Star Wars fans: It’s time to make some room on your desk, toy shelf, bookshelf, and in your closet.

Disney and Lucasfilm announced Star Wars Force Friday II, a global fan event celebrating the launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi products. Toys, collectibles, books, apparel, and more will go on sale beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, September 1, 2017, with stores around the world opening for a weekend-long celebration of all things Star Wars. In addition, packaging for the new line, featuring striking images of a lightsaber-wielding Rey, Poe Dameron, and Finn, was also revealed today and can be seen above. Continue reading

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is the official name of Episode VIII

Disney revealed on Monday morning that the next installment of the main Star Wars saga will be titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi. As was previously confirmed, Rian Johnson is the film’s director, Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman are the producers and J.J. Abrams serves as the executive producer this time around. Continue reading

Lucasfilm Has No Plans to Digitally Recreate Carrie Fisher

Lucasfilm Has No Plans to Digitally Recreate Carrie Fisher

Over the last week, rumors have surfaced that Lucasfilm was in talks with the estate of Carrie Fisher to possibly digitally recreate the late actress for Star Wars: Episode IX (she had already finished filming her scenes for Star Wars: Episode VIII before her death on December 27, 2016). In a rare case, Lucasfilm has put those rumors to rest with the following official statement: Continue reading

Star Wars: ABC in talks for TV series

ABC has set its targeting computer on Star Wars.

Entertainment president Channing Dungey was asked at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday whether she wants a primetime series based on the franchise that’s owned by parent company Disney. Not only is she interested in such an idea, but she revealed there are ongoing talks to make it a reality. Continue reading

Disney Threatens Us With More Indiana Jones Movie Beyond #5

Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford are currently in the process of developing a fifth Indiana Jones film for Lucasfilm and Disney. As we all suspected, Indiana Jones 5 won’t be the last film to be made in the franchise! Disney is planning on keeping it alive for years to come. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger talked about the Indiana Jones franchise and explained that part five just won’t be a one-off: Continue reading

Rogue One Character Details Revealed!

Rogue One Character Details Revealed!

Following the cover reveal this morning, EW is back with more details on the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story characters. You can read all about them below. Continue reading

Abandoned STAR WARS: UNDERWORLD TV Show Would Have Made Us Feel Sympathy For Palpatine

The description of classic Star Wars villain Emperor Palpatine on the character’s Wikipedia page ends like this:

Since the initial theatrical run of Return of the Jedi, Palpatine has become a widely recognized popular culture symbol of evil, sinister deception, tyranny, and the subversion of democracy.

With a description like that, did you ever think there may have been a way for the creatives at Lucasfilm to make us feel any sympathy for that character? Continue reading

Disney and Co. compile the Top Ten possible next Young Han Solo list

Disney, Lucasfilm, and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are still on the hunt for an actor to play young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off film. As you might expect, finding someone to fill Harrison Ford’s shoes has been a huge challenge. After narrowing the search from 2,500 actors down to about ten, THR reports that “a final shortlist has quietly emerged” for the coveted role. Continue reading