The latest trailer premiered last night during the Olympics (at least it did here in the States). It shows a little more of the story and lot more of the characters.
Nice timing, Disney. With everyone re-discovering The Force Awakens from the comforts of their own homes, the studio follows up with our first real look at the stand-alone Star Wars story.
Visual Effects genius and the man behind the effects of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, Gary Hutzel, has passed away at age 60. Mr. Hutzel, who was nominated for 20 Emmy awards and won four, was also the FX lead for the Battlestar Galactica reboot, Caprica, and Defiance.
In other news, the man who built R2-D2, Tony Dyson has also died. After his work on Star Wars, Mr. Dyson set up two clubs in the UK to allow people to build their own R2 units. Builders from those clubs were the ones that built the R2-D2 prop used in last year’s The Force Awakens.
Disney has announced that Star Wars VIII will be delayed to December 2017, rather than May 2017. It sounds like they want extra time to work on the film, but also it means that the film could be another financial juggernaut with so little competition for sci-fi/action crowd. Personally, I kind of like the idea of Star Wars being a Christmas tradition (Rogue Squadron is due December of this year). It also means Disney won’t be pitting it against its other big money franchise, Marvel (in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2).
James Cameron’s long-gestating Avatar 2 was scheduled for December 2017 but has now been pushed back to an unspecified date. The official word is that they want to get it just right. Frankly, I don’t think a whole lot of people are going to flock to the theaters to see a second Avatar film. The novelty of 3D is waning and it’s not like you hear folks wondering about whatever is going to happen next to the characters. The most logical next step is that the military returns, blasts the planet from orbit and then send in an overwhelming force to clean up what’s left.
Do not read this if you have not seen the film. I will be freely mentioning plot points, surprises and other things which are widely and rightly considered to be major spoilers and I don’t want you blaming me for it when I put this warning right at the top.
You heard me, person at the back who hasn’t seen the film yet. Go on. Out with you.
Absolutely guaranteed not to ruin your enjoyment of any of the surprises.
This is the first of two articles I’ll be writing about The Force Awakens. This is the spoiler-free review, with scores and everything. The second article will be absolutely crammed full of spoilers and absolutely shouldn’t be read if you haven’t seen the film yet.
It’s been a long time coming, but Marvel has finally put their Classic Star Wars comic run, in addition to all of the Dark Horse Star Wars comics (with re-done covers with the Marvel logo in place of the Dark Horse Comics logo), on Marvel Digital Unlimited.
OK, now they have my attention.
Well, for those of us who have been looking for a glimpse of what J.J. Abrams take on Star Wars will look like in motion – here’s our first teaser:
Reports from StarWars.com announce that Gareth Edwards, director of the recent Godzilla, will be directing a stand alone film set in the Star Wars universe for release on December 16, 2016.