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Disney Press Reveals More Rebels Details

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Disney Press has updated one of their upcoming Rebels publication listings to include more details and marketing plans! Link
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Disney Press Introduces First Star Wars Publications

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May the 4th 2013 Disney Celebration!

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Along with the upcoming Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studious in Orlando, FL, Disney is planning a May 4th celebration! Link

Star Wars fans recognize the date, of course, as Star Wars day (May the Forth Be With You) So what do they have planned?

this “Limited Time Magic” celebration features special Star Wars entertainment, characters, commemorative merchandise, a Star Wars dance party and a Star Wars-themed fireworks show to cap off the day.

Sounds like a blast! Do you plan to attend, or have other Star Wars plans for this special day? If so, share your plans with us over at our forums!

Disney Adds New Locations for Star Wars Droid Factory

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The first Star Wars Droid Factory opened last year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. A Droid Factory is a place full of miscellaneous astromech droid figurine parts which allows you to customize your own figure. This is similar version of a “build-a-bear” kiosk found in many places, including zoos, science centers and other attractions.

The Droid Factory must have been popular, because Disney has decided to open one at Downtown Disney, also located in Orlando, and one at the Disneyland park in California! Link

These “factories” are great for all Star Wars fans, but especially for kids. My kids love them! It’s one of the first places they run to!

Star Wars Stand-Alone Films in the Works!


Big news dropped for Star Wars fans today: Disney/Lucasfilm is producing stand-alone films in addition to the planned sequel trilogy! Link

In addition, Simon Kinberg and Lawrence Kasdan are working on them, and is working with recently announced Episode VII director J.J. Abrams on that movie. The stand-alone films will be based on different Star Wars characters. Watch the video above for the full announcement!

Starwars.com has posted their announcement: Link (click for full article)

One of the standalone films will be written by Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and co-writer of Return of the Jedi while the other will be penned by Simon Kinberg, writer of Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The movies will be separate from the upcoming Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, on which Kasdan and Kinberg are also consulting, and are expected to be released sometime after Episode VII. Each standalone film will focus on a specific character, and two spinoff films are currently confirmed.

This is great news for Star Wars fans!

Star Wars Weekends 2013 Dates Announced

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Disney has announced the dates for Star Wars Weekends 2013! Also, James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein will reprise their roles as celebrity hosts!

This year’s Force-filled fun will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17 – June 9, 2013.

While details are still being planned, we’re excited to announce that James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein are returning as celebrity hosts for the annual special event. James, the voice behind many of the most famous animated characters in film, television and commercials, is known to Star Wars fans as the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series. Ashley, who started her show business career as a parade dancer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is the voice of Anakin’s ambitious Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

James is the Official Celebrity Host of Star Wars Weekends 2013, and Ashley is Celebrity Host of “Behind the Force,” a live show that takes fans behind-the-scenes in the Star Wars universe.

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Accepting Disney and Star Wars

The entirety of my initial reaction was so full of swears, incomprehensible yelling, and self-inflicted face slaps to see if I was awake that it has no right to be duplicated anywhere on the internet. Instead, I’ve taken a day off (or two) to wrap my head around the really small news pertaining to some new movie called Star Wars Episode VII releasing in 2015. Taking that time to absorb both sides of the reactions to Disney’s buyout has been nothing but intriguing, as even the negative remarks have slowly turned to minor optimism…to acceptance, in only two days. One thing is for sure, most people are not against new Star Wars, but they’re mostly worried about its content. On all regards, I’m not even worried a little bit. Initially I was the C-3PO of worry, but now I’m feeling like the Boba Fett of calm, despite my immense excitement. In fact, I say this will be a day long remembered as the day the future of our favorite franchise was secured. Read more

Disney Acquires Lucasfilm: Reaction

Reaction to the news of the Lucasfilm purchase by Disney has been pretty constant around the net. From excitement to dread, people all over are sharing their opinions. Here are some of the more notable comments from within the world of Star Wars about the change in ownership, and of the upcoming third trilogy.

This article will be updated as more reactions surface.

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Pablo Hidalgo

Full Article: Link

“Then, just a few short days ago, the other shoe dropped when I heard about the Walt Disney Company acquiring Lucasfilm. My first thought went to that 1990 article with its seven scant paragraphs that promised new movies. When George talked about the future of Star Wars, over 20 years ago, he was at Walt Disney World. It was destiny. The will of the Force at work.”

Jennifer Heddle

Via Twitter: Link

  • “As far as we all know here, it’s still business as usual. I am personally VERY excited to work on books for Episodes VII, VIII, and IX. :)”
  • “Yeah, re: how new movies will affect EU? I don’t know yet. We’ll let you guys know when we know.”
  • “Yeah, I think Disney is the perfect company to do this. Hopefully it will mean great things!”
  • “My speculation? Some characters we know from EU. Broad strokes we might recognize. But completely new story. (Again, pure spec.)”

Mary Franklin

Via Twitter: Link

  • “All good here – business as usual. Star Wars fan leaders, please continue to contact me as you always have.”
  • “carrying on business as usual. Working on Europe, and thinking about VII!”

J.W. Rinzler

Full Article: Link

“As of today, Lucas has given his new co-chairman Kathleen Kennedy several ideas and is really going into semi-retirement. Now, in a relatively short time, compared to the decades of speculation, fans will learn the secrets of Episodes VII, VIII & IX. Star Wars has risen again!”

Joel Aron

Via Twitter: Link

  • “So proud and honored to be working on #starwars #clonewars at this amazing time! And looking forward to the future! :)”
  • “I’m so off the charts excited, that I can’t wait to get to work in the morning! Today is a huge day for Star Wars!”

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Timothy Zahn

Via Facebook: Link

“1. No, I haven’t been contacted by either Disney or LFL.
2. There’s no indication that anything from the Thrawn Trilogy (or any other EU book/comic will be part of the new movies.
3. There’s also no indication that they *won’t* make an appearance. Right now, we really have nothing on any of those details.
4. If Disney *did* want to use anything from the EU, they wouldn’t need the author’s approval or permission to do so. Everything that’s been written under the Star Wars logo is LFL properly (as is only right and proper), and they can do with it as they please.
5. If by some miracle Disney *does* want my input on the project, I *will* be on the next flight to California. Heck, I’ll charter a plane if I have to.”

Christie Golden

Direct Statement To Us

“I love Star Wars and I love Disney. No one knows how this is going to play out, but I am optimistic!”

John Jackson Miller

Via Facebook: Link

“I’ve said before that Star Wars is like a national park; a cultural treasure. All of us who’ve been fortunate enough to work with it do so with great respect and care. I’m sure Disney will do the same. After all, they’re fans, too!”

Nathan P. Butler

Direct Statement To Us

“I am less concerned about the impact of Disney on Star Wars, given how well they handled the Marvel Cinematic Universe, than I am about the impact of an Episode VII set after Return of the Jedi. That very likely means the end and/or invalidation of the modern post-ROTJ Expanded Universe.”

Michael Stackpole

Via Facebook: Link

“I’m sure that any of the EU writers would be thrilled to have their material included in new films. I also think it’s a long shot that we’ll be brought in since we’re not known for writing scripts. (Having written some, I can tell you, it’s a different animal.)

It will be a fun future, however. I can’t wait.”

Bryan Young

Full Article: Link

“There is clearly a great many unknowns with something this big. What will a new Star Wars film look like? What will it feel like without a 20th Century Fox Logo? But there are many things to be grateful for: for one, this is George Lucas handing his baby over to the next generation on his terms. He will no longer be in full control of it and others will make the decisions, with him acting as creative consultant. We’ll get to see other filmmakers take on the saga, which is what many wanted and expected out of the Prequels. I love the prequels and wouldn’t wish them changed, but for many, this news is what they wanted.”

Abel G. Peña

Direct Statement To Us

“I think the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney is a very, very good thing. For the sake of the franchise, this has just basically assured that, truly, Star Wars *will be* “forever”—or as close as we can get. I love Disney stuff, and I always unabashedly have. I watched Tangled in the theater *by myself*, and I plan to watch Wreck-It Ralph this weekend. Their stuff speaks to the kid in me, just like Star Wars always has.

Luke Skywalker. My dude…. I can barely believe it. This is a no-brainer. Bring on VII, VIII, IX.”

Dan Wallace

Direct Statement To Us

“I’m definitely surprised, but am excited and looking forward to what comes next.

For a story to become a legend it needs to be reinterpreted for new generations: Alice in Wonderland was written in the 1800s, made into a Disney animated movie in the 1950s, and made into a popular Tim Burton movie in 2010. The Wizard of Oz was written in 1900, made into a popular movie in 1939, and made into a hit Broadway show in the 2000s.

It’s this kind of thing that keeps franchises alive in the public imagination, and I’d rather have Star Wars be a vibrant, living thing than just something we remember fondly from when we were younger.”

Sean Williams

Direct Statement To Us

“It’s exciting we’ll have a new SW movie in 2015. Hopefully it won’t conflict with the EU, and hopefully the EU will continue to grow and evolve as it has so marvelously in recent years. I’m sure Disney will be respectful to the legion of fans out there, because without them Star Wars wouldn’t be the amazing thing it has become. Personally, I will keep my fingers crossed that The Force Unleashed III will become a going concern–that’s the story I most
want to see concluded, and soon!”

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Ashley Eckstein

Via Twitter: Link

“My two world’s have just collided #Disney buys #Lucasfilm My two FAVORITE things are are now one! Very exciting! WOAH!!”

Ewan McGregor

Via Twitter: Link

“Disney have bought Lucasfilm and are planning on releasing Star Wars ep 7 in 2015!! Congrats George and best of luck with whatever is next.”

Matt Lanter

Via Twitter: Link

“More Star Wars films announced!!! Ahh this is a good day!!”

Mark Hamill

Via Twitter: Link

“Congratulations to George for today’s mega-deal! Can’t comment on Ep 7 before I have all the facts which are short supply right now-Patience”

Peter Mayhew

Via Twitter: Link

  • “I’ve always liked that Mouse, and I’m looking forward to all the exciting possibilities this brings to the Star Wars Universe.”
  • “So Disney Princess Leia? Goodbye slave bikini, hello tasteful one piece….”
  • “About to start filming on Disney’s “Chewbacca and the Beast – A love story with no conditioner.”"
  • “Pssst. Stay calm and imagine the good things, like how about an entire Star Wars theme park at Disney designed by ILM….”
  • “About eleventy million of you have asked me about Chewie and episode VII. The answer is I don’t know. But feel free to start a movement….”

Other Notables

Sue Rostoni

Direct Statement To Us

“This is great news! Bringing on Kathleen Kennedy was such a positive move, and now selling to Disney! Wonderful for George to reduce the stress of running a huge business, wonderful for the employees to be managed by a creative woman who understands entertainment, and fantastic for whichever educational endeavors George chooses to share proceeds with. And for the Fans! What could be better! More movies crafted by folks who already love the franchise. I’m very enthusiastic for the future of Star Wars.”

Steve Sansweet

Full Article: Link

“When George started talking about retirement several years ago, many of us were concerned. We felt strongly that it would take more Star Wars movies to ensure the survival of the brand; Expanded Universe fiction, merchandise, and even great TV series weren’t enough. In my mind, at least, the best possible endgame for Lucasfilm would be an acquisition by Disney. These are two companies that have family entertainment in their DNA; they complement each other in so many ways. In fact, when Star Wars premiered in 1977, more than a few reviewers said it was the kind of film that Disney should be making.”

Kyle Newman

Via Twitter: Link

  • “If you have concerns about this Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm you are crazy. This means movies AND a theme park. Relax and enjoy. In 3D.”
  • “About to freeze myself in Carbonite. Wake me up on May 21, 2015. Thanks. Night. #starwars”

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Accepting Disney and Star Wars
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Disney and Star Wars

Disney and Star Wars

Like most fans, I’m still reeling from today’s news. For a lot of us, if not all of us, this was a complete surprise. While it was no secret that George Lucas hadn’t been involved in a lot of Star Wars  dealings, i.e. the EU,  Lucas had always been a constant for us. He was a figure that we loved, that we hated, that we had mixed feelings about, but there he was. He presence was large and his shadow loomed over Star Wars, even if he didn’t keep up with it day-to-day.  There was always talk between fans about what would happen when Lucas died because we knew that was the only time that someone else would be in control. Star Wars remained Lucas’ baby. Add that to the fact that he is in no need of money, and most of us couldn’t conceive of Lucas every giving up the rights to it.

Yet here we are. People complain that a big corporation like Disney is now in charge of our beloved saga. Sorry to spoil it but Lucasfilm was a corporation, but I understand it was our  corporation. Disney is now the third wheel in what has always been a private relationship between us and Lucasfilm. I don’t know what this will mean for Star Wars. I’m hopeful that Disney will do right by the characters and stories we love, that they will do right by the fans, but who can tell yet? This is day one in what will be a very long journey.

This brings me to the new trilogy. Never in my lifetime did I expect to see a new trilogy. The idea of a third trilogy is as old as Star Wars itself. It seems mythic at this point. There’s a lot of speculation of what will the new films be about. What will this do to continuity? Will we have to live with retconning or multiverses? Maybe.  We just don’t know yet. I’m incredibly skeptical of what a new film will mean, as well as the quality of a new trilogy. We have learned to be skeptical of what we might have previously embraced. We’ll just have to see what news we’ll get in the next few days and weeks, and hope against hope that these new films will live up to our expectations, and that Disney will remember fans who’ve been with Star Wars  for years and years.

We all love Star Wars , and we love it a lot. If we didn’t, then none of us would care this much. There have been disappointments in the past. Some of us will miss the Lucas’ presence. All we can do is follow Star Wars where it goes and hope for brilliant new stories from a galaxy far, far away.

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Accepting Disney and Star Wars
Disney Acquires Lucasfilm: Reaction
Disney Acquires Lucasfilm by Bry Dean

Disney Acquires Lucasfilm

So, this happened today. Disney purchased Lucasfilm for a cool four billion dollars. Link

Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and “evergreen” Star Wars franchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.

First off, this is without doubt the biggest Star Wars headline, probably ever. But we were treated to another bombshell. A new trilogy is also in the works: Episodes 7, 8, and 9. Star Wars fans all over are no doubt still stunned by the news. I know my ears are still ringing. There are so many questions to ask, so many possibilities to ponder over.

  • How could Lucas just hand it all over?
  • Four billion dollars? Isn’t that CHEAP for Lucasfilm and all of it’s divisions? ILM seems like it would be a four billion dollar company by itself.
  • Who is now in control of the creative direction of the Star Wars franchise?
  • What will happen to the current stories, including Episodes I-VI, the Expanded Universe, The Clone Wars, and all other Star Wars media in the works?
  • What will happen to the other companies currently involved with Star Wars, including Random House, Dark Horse, etc…

Basically, what happens now?

There has been a mix of reactions today; many are dazed, others say they saw this coming, but I think everyone was surprised somehow. I mean, love or hate George Lucas, he has always been there. Perhaps this is strange, but I think that fact provided some sort of security that Star Wars would be ok. And perhaps security in general. I think it’s safe to say that many treat Star Wars like a security blanket. Others aren’t quite so attached, but still view it as a cherished hobby. Now, the future of Star Wars is definitely uncertain. Change is here. Many are afraid of change.

Bottom line: Business is business. Disney is business. Lucasfilm, and thus by extension Star Wars, is business. That is reality. George Lucas knows this. However, many fans don’t want to think of Star Wars as a business that can be sold. Star Wars was safe within Lucasfilm. Now that Disney has it, just how safe is it? How many hands will be allowed to work on it?

If you’re interested in George Lucas’s take on all this, watch the video below:

George does seem to indicate that he’ll continue to advise on some things. And there do seem to be positive vibes about handing the company over to Disney. I, for one, am trying to keep a neutral, positive outlook. Disney isn’t going anywhere, and hopefully the Star Wars as we know it isn’t either.

One thing is for sure: We’re about to see a brand new Star Wars. New movies, characters, books, toys, everything. It is exciting, but definitely nerve-wracking.

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