Star Wars News Round Up on Disney and Episode VIINovember 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Posted in Episode VII, Movies, Star Wars News | Leave a comment
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There’s been a lot of news across the web on the Disney announcement and Star Wars Episode VII. We gathered below some of the best highlights in regards to both literature and the films.
IGN reached out to Dark Horse Comics to find out what the future holds after the change to Disney. President of Dark Horse Comics Mike Richardson responded.
“Dark Horse and LucasFilm have a strong partnership which spans over 20 years, and has produced multiple characters and story lines which are now part of the Star Wars lore. Star Wars will be with us for the near future. Obviously, this deal changes the landscape, so we’ll all have to see what it means for the future.”
IGN also mentioned that “When Disney bought Marvel, the Disney/Pixar properties that had comics being published by Boom! Studios eventually reverted to Marvel” so it’s possible Dark Horse will also have to deal with that possibility.
According to E!Online, Episode VII will be a new, original story. In the article, they rehash some of the events of the Star Wars Expanded Universe only to post the following “So is that the basis for Episode 7 or not? I’ve heard directly from LucasFilm and other sources close to the picture, and they say: Definitely not.”
“It’s an original story,” a LucasFilm source tells me.”
From this, they are concluding that The Thrawn Trilogy isn’t happening. Personally, I think they’re overreaching a bit with that statement. IGN even went as far as to call it a RUMOR (bold and capitalized) and went on to cite Dale Pollock, someone who has actually read the fabled story ideas for Episodes VII, VIII, and IX.
“It was originally a 12-part saga. The three most exciting stories were 7, 8 and 9. They had propulsive action, really interesting new worlds, new characters. I remember thinking, ‘I want to see these 3 movies.’” He added that an older version of Luke Skywalker appears in the final trilogy.
E!Online did go on to say no director has been selected yet. They also speculated that Star Wars: Detours might head to the Disney channel instead of Cartoon Network. According to Walt Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger “We really like Star Wars‘ potential on TV as well and we think Disney XD will be a strong home for that.”
EW.com interviewed Mark Hamill for some useful insight. Like the rest of us, Mark Hamill knew nothing about the Disney deal until it was announced. However, George Lucas met with and informed Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher and gave them the news about Episodes VII, VII and IX last August. Hamill assumed George was giving them a head’s up. Lucas also inform Mark and Carrie that Kathleen Kennedy would be doing the new trilogy. You can read the short interview on EW online.