Despite George Lucas's insistant statements that he was not going to make any more Star Wars movies there is a new one cooking! J. J. Abrams has been picked by Disney after the purchase of Lucasfilm to make Star Wars: Episode VII. This is good new for science fiction fans because J. J. Abrams is a great director. Some of his projects include: Fringe, Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Lost and more.
I am actually glad J. J. Abrams has taken over Star Wars because I universally love his film projects and his style. I know some people disagree and hate the idea, but anything is better than another George Lucas prequel trilogy. I think J. J. Abrams is the perfect director to re-capture the style that was lost with the prequels and return Star Wars to it's roots.
We are going to examine five facts above Star Wars: Episode VII in this article. Here is a run-down.
- Original Story
- Episode VII to be shot with 35mm Film
- Michael Arndt will pen the story
- Principal Photography will be taken in London
- Release Date 2015
Fact One: Original Story
There is a wealth of information relating to Star Wars and most of it concerns what happens after Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. This is unfortunate, because after Episode VII, most of it will be non-canon. Episode VII is slated to have an original story. That means original characters, setting, villians, heroes, etc. Most likely, they will draw on past Star Wars lore from the films to craft the story and it is possible a few expanded universe characters or settings may sneak in. However, I wouldn't count on a lot of expanded universe material getting into Star Wars: Episode VII. This would most likely rule out several outstanding expanded universe book series. These series include: New Jedi Order, Legacy of the Force, and Heir to the Empire.
- New unheard story
- Potential to refresh a series that almost died with the prequels
- Rules out awesome material from the expanded universe
Fact Two: 35mm Film
Episode VII will be shot with 35mm film. This doesn't sound that exiciting, but trust me it is good news. Episode II and III were both shot digitally and included ridiculous amounts of CGI. Episode I, VI, V and VI were all shot on 35mm film. Despite Episode I's flaws it still looked like Star Wars you could just tell that it was shot the same way. VII will be returning to 35mm film and I hope that it looks more austere like the original trilogy than flashy and ornate like the prequels.
- Episode VII will look more like the original trilogy which is a plus since this film is supposed to be set around forty years after Episode VI.
- Will allow the viewers to watch Episode VI and then easily transition into episode VII.
- May confuse the younger generation who grew up with the Prequels
- May not be able to easily film scenes set on Coruscant and after introducing it in Episode I, the Galactic Capital better be back!
Fact Three: Michael Arndt
Michael Arndt (pictured above) will be the man who pens Star Wars: Episode VII. There are several benefits to this and negatives. Firstly, Arndt knows how to make a good story. He has written several blockbusters. He has written Little Miss Sunshire, Toy Story III, and recently he has written screenplays for Oblivion and Catching Fire according to IMDB he wrote these as Michael deBruyn.
Toy Story III was a good story, but one can hardly compare it to any Star Wars film likewise Little Miss Sunshire is very different than any Star Wars movie I ever saw. However, both Catching Fire and Oblivion have science fiction elements. At first, I was a little disappointed by Disney's decision to pick Arndt, but I feel like this might have been a good choice afterall.
- Has some experience in writting science fiction screenplays.
- Not a very long history of writting science fiction.
Fact Four: Principal Photography
Star Wars: Episode VII will have it's principal photography undertaken in London. This is good news considering that all Star Wars films have had work done on them in London studies. The prequel films were essentially manufactored in London and the studio there knows how to produce a Star Wars venture. I believe the decision to retain London as the set for principal photography was a good call. It sticks with tradition and that is important for the Star Wars franchise.
- Principal Photography will stick with tradition
- It never hurts to mix things up a bit, but really London was the best call!
Fact Five: Release Date 2015
The final known fact about Star Wars: Episode VII is that it will be released in 2015. There have been rumors circulating that it will release in December of 2015 due to Disney's Avengers II being released in the summer and that Disney doesn't want a film clash at the box office. This makes sense, but it hasn't been confirmed so all we know is that the film will be out sometime in 2015.
Of course this could change and it could be pushed back to 2016, but let's hope that the film stays on track and is released when it is set for.
- Release date is getting closer, almost one year away!
- Could be released later than 2016
- Could be delayed
The known facts for Star Wars: Episode VII are scarce. What we have to go on is small and always subject to change. Especially concerning the release date, but hey let's hope that they stay on course and the film get's released when it is ready. Arndt gives me hope that he will craft a great screenplay like Oblivion and we know that Catching Fire will be good. J. J. Abrams is a great director and he won't fail the franchise and after the disasters that were the prequel trilogy it will be refreshing to see a new take on the story.
However, it is always possible that this film will fail, but right now with the information that we have let's hope that the series turns out great. I hope the five facts that I have given you will give you the same hope that it has given me.
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