Among the many things that are common in the Hollywood industry are remakes. In recent years, there have been mostly remakes. Although it can be argued that there is literally no originality since every story has been told, there is a difference between an attempt at being new and different as opposed to going for the tried and true formula. While there are blatant remakes that don’t hide the fact that they are remakes, there are films that are marketed as sequels and are technically sequels given the setting and universe of the film, but at its heart is actually a remake (Escape From L.A. comes to mind). However, one of the recent remakes is Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
While Star Wars is often thought about as original by people who just skim the surface, The Force Awakens is actually more or less a remake of the 1977 classic. While it has been marketed as a sequel trilogy picking some 30 years after Return of the Jedi, it is basically a retelling of the original movie with different characters and the old characters taking a back seat. However, there are reasons for this.
When the prequels came out, there was no attempt to remake the first movie with Episode I even though it was that movie that got people into the Star Wars franchise. George Lucas has decided to take the saga in a different direction with different narratives. There was nothing familiar about the universe other than some of the characters and the iconic opening. However, since the movies weren’t so well received, the creators of the new trilogy have decided to try and go back to movie that was well received. However, fans weren’t totally pleased with this one either. However, episode VIII is very likely to take this saga in a new direction.
One of the reasons that they went with the direction that they did in The Force Awakens is to reintroduce people to what they loved about Star Wars. This seems to have meant telling practically the same story and trying to recapture the essence of Star Wars. It worked well enough in that it brought forth enough profits to go forward with the next episode in the saga.
Just a few months away from the release of “Rogue One”, the first in Disney’s new series of “Star Wars Story” films, production is already well under way on a third anthology installment. According to a recent statement by Disney CEO Bob Iger, the currently unnamed film has a writer attached, drafting a script as we speak. Faith in the “Star Wars” brand should come as no surprise after the massive success of 2015’s “The Force Awakens”, but is there a risk of over-saturation?
With two more films in-progress before the first has even released, one has to wonder how popular these “Star Wars” anthology films will actually be. Promotional material for “Rogue One” has certainly been met with positive responses, but it’s no doubt that Disney won’t be expecting a “Force Awakens” level hit. With as much of a driving force as simple name recognition can be, “Rogue One” will have to deal with the fact that it lacks many of the characters and story beats people have come to expect. Through all its high and low points the, main “Star Wars” story has made each new film an event in its own right, something I can see diminishing if audiences are expected to see a spin-off every year.
The idea of an annual movie schedule has had recent luck, admittedly, with Disney and Marvel Studios’ “Marvel Cinematic Universe”, possibly contributing to the company’s confidence in its other franchises. A key difference though, I feel, is the wildly varying nature of the Marvel movies we’ve seen so far. Marvel Studios can get away with one or even two movies a year, but each film more often than not falls under a wildly different genre and storytelling style, despite the common “superhero movie” branding. The world of “Star Wars” is no less large or open for exploration than Marvel’s, but the sci-fi/fantasy nature of its setting will be hard to escape.
Speculation aside, the public reaction to “Rogue One” will be the true indicator of what’s to come. The previously-mentioned “superhero movies” haven’t lost steam after several years, so maybe there is just enough love for “Star Wars” to last forever.
Mark Hamill has made a comment that teases the return of Luke Skywalker in Episode IX. In other words, this is a suggestion that Luke Skywalker does not die in Episode VII. However, before we jump the gun, it is important to note that there are some characters that have died in Star Wars films and yet they have appeared in later forms. For instance, there are a few Jedi Knights that appear as ghosts to other Jedi so that they can continue to communicate with them. So Luke may still die in Star Wars VIII.
It has been confirmed that Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII is going to be darker in tone than The Force Awakens. However, The Force Awakens was not really that lighthearted in tone. EP VII was a bit closer to a war movie. It also was surprisingly brutal for a Star Wars movie. Even the score took on a more intense form with certain cues sounding more like Jerry Goldsmith. It is also worth noting that The Empire Strikes Back is one of the most serious films in the saga and there are no deaths of significant characters in the film. The Return of the Jedi had a few significant characters die, and it moved its tone a lot closer to slapstick.
There are quite a few reports of the various events in Ep VIII. Among the reports is that princess Leia is gonna be in a coma in Star Wars 8, which suggests that there might be an attack in which she is critically wounded. News of Mark Hamill’s involvement in Star Wars Ep IX is not going to be shocking for fans of the universe. For one thing, other characters such as Finn are going to return. Finn was left critically wounded after his fight with Kylo Renn. Perhaps the twist of the film is not going to be a death. There is speculation as to what is going to happen between Rei and Kylo Renn.
A new trailer for Rogue One has recently been released. This is actually more or less an expansion on the first official trailer that was released. While it is not that much different from the first trailer, it does show enough for it to be unique. There are quite a few shots from some of the same scenes. Some new characters get more lines. It shows more of the white suited guy. There is also a bit more action as characters played by Donnie Yen and Felicity Jones take on the empire. Of course, there is also the storm troopers and the iconic shot of the last piece of the Death Star being attached.
Then to top everything off, there is a special surprise appearance of Darth Vader in the film. There has been speculation that he is going to appear in the film. There is also a lot of speculation as to what he is going to be doing. A lot of people have reported on a gruesome scene featuring Darth Vader. Rogue One is shaping up to be one of the most intense Star Wars films in the series, even though this is not part of the core series.
Even though this trailer is pretty good at getting people excited for the film, there was another trailer for Star Wars Rogue One that was shown at an event before the film even started production. It has shown a chilling shot of the Death Star and then it has faded to black with sounds of a battle being played over the Rogue One logo. The overall teaser was intense and chilling. It suggested a tone that is probably more intense than what was shown in the recent trailers of the film.
Rogue One is set for release on December 16, 2016 with Episode VIII being released the the following December. If there is one thing that the new series of films has done, it is bring back the spirit of the original trilogy.
If rumors from the set are to believed, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” may be in trouble. Reshoots led by someone other than director Gareth Edwards have been reported by numerous industry insiders. Most of the film’s original material may be up for review, including key sequences with lead actress Felicity Jones. It could also mean significant changes to the already mysterious storyline.
A few tweaks to a film are one thing, but the level of Rogue One‘s changes are bordering on ridiculous for Star Wars fans. Maybe some of the blame falls on Disney’s own head honchos. Since acquiring the Star Wars brand, they’ve jumped feet first into greenlighting as many related projects as possible. “Rogue One” is just one of many spinoffs, prequels and sequels that will feature some tie-in to the brand.
As with any good thing, you can have too much of it. One, two or even three more Star Wars sequels might be welcome, but expanding the film’s universe is sure to create problems. Rushed schedules lead to rushed scripts and less than desirable products. If “Rogue One”, the first film in this expansion of the franchise, is having problem, imagine the fate of subsequent titles. Will Disney pull back on future title’s if the film flops? Possibly, but the company is determined to milk this franchise and with it a fan’s goodwill.
Star Wars is one of the entertainment industry’s biggest and most popular franchises of all time. This franchise will be expanding even more as the years go on.
Star Wars Celebration 2015 has kicked off in Anaheim, California according to Star Wars aficionado Ricardo Tosto (more blogging at leitetostoinforma.wordpress.com) and the release of the latest trailer for “The Force Awakens” and for the new video game “Star Wars Battlefront” have increased excitement immensely. But there are more announcements to be made, the newest one being that a spin-off movie entitled “Star Wars: Rogue One” has been given a release date for 2016.
Rogue One is supposed to be one of the many standalone films in the series, in addition to the main Star Wars films, and some details regarding the setting and plot of the movie have been given so far. For one, the movie is set to feature resistance fighters trying to steal plans for the Death Star, meaning that the movie will take place sometime between Episodes 3 and 4. The movie will also be focused on the fighters, and thus there will be no Jedi figures in the movie.
Other news regarding the movie is that Felicity Jones from “The Theory of Everything” is set to have a role as a Rebel in the film. Production for the film itself is supposed to start this summer, and ready for final release at the end of 2016.
Star Wars fans rejoice today amidst news that the long awaited Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens official trailer has been released. The latest in the long string of critically acclaimed movies will have rabid fans waiting in, what’s sure to be the longest lines ever, starting in December of 2015.
It’s been nearly 10 years since the last episode of the famed series hit theatres. The most notable difference in this latest installment is the change from George Lucas as writer/director to J.J. Abrams. You may remember Abrams from his blockbuster television series, Lost.
As opposed to the last three episodes, that were essentially a prequel trilogy, this newest episode will continue the story from where it left off in the 1983 classic, Return of the Jedi. This marks the first “new” storyline in over 25 years. And of course they have added a new lightsaber – a claymore-esque weapon designed like the original lightsaber, but with mini-sabers on the side at the tip of the handle. The visuals alone show that this weapon should only be wielded by the most proficient jedis around – this isn’t kids stuff. If it becomes a fad, they’ll likely need seed investors like Slow Ventures or similar companies to hop on board!
So can Abrams hack it? Will the newest episode live up to the demands of the most hardcore Star Wars fans? Only time will tell. With more than a year to wait, there’s no doubt that speculation will run wild, until we finally see what this film is made of.
Disney has announced that it will premier the new trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ on movies playing over the Thanksgiving weekend. These movies will only be at a total of thirty movie theaters throughout the United States and Canada.
PHOENIX, AZ – HARKINS TEMPE MARKETPLACE
LOS ANGELES, CA – AMC CENTURY CITY
LOS ANGELES, CA – EL CAPITAN
IRVINE, CA – REGAL SPECTRUM IRVINE 21
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AMC METREON 16
SAN JOSE, CA – CINEMARK OAKRIDGE 20
SAN DIEGO, CA – REGAL MIRA MESA 18
TORONTO, CAN – CINEPLEX YOUNGE & DUNDAS
VANCOUVER, CAN – CINEPLEX RIVERPORT
DENVER, CO AMC WESTMINSTER 24
WASH D.C – AMC TYSONS CORNER 16
MIAMI, FL – CARMIKE PARISIAN 20
ATLANTA, GA – REGAL ATLANTIC STATION
CHICAGO, IL – REGAL CITY NORTH
BOSTON, MA – AMC BOSTON COMMONS 19
DETROIT, MI – CINEMARK SHOWCASE 20
MINNEAPOLIS, MI – AMC SOUTHDALE
KANSAS CITY, MO – AMC STUDIO 30
NEW YORK, NY – AMC LINCOLN SQUARE 12
NEW YORK, NY – REGAL UNION SQUARE
CLEVELAND, OH – CINEMARK 24
PHILADELPHIA, PA – REGAL WARRINGTON 22
NASHVILLE, TN – CARMIKE THOROUGHBRED 20
KNOXVILLE, TN – REGAL PINNACLE
DALLAS, TX – CINEMARK WEST PLANO 20
HOUSTON, TX – REGALMARQ*E STADIUM 23
AUSTIN, TX – ALAMO S LAMAR
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – CINEMARK 24 WEST JORDAN
SEATTLE, WA – REGAL THORNTON PLACE 14
MILWAUKEE, WI – MARCUS BROOKFIELD 16
I know Jared Haftel and I will be hitting one of these up, literally can’t wait!!!