John Williams will return to score the new 'Star Wars' trilogy for JJ Abrams
Right now, Star Wars Celebration Europe 2013 is underway, and that means there will be news about all the different corners of the "Star Wars" universe and what fans should be looking forward to in the near and far future. Of course, the majority of the attention of the fan community right now is focused on "Star Wars Episode VII," and all you have to do is look at the way any rumor of any substance ripples through the entire Internet to know how keen the anticipation is out there for this film, whatever it's going to be.
I think JJ Abrams has a terrifying job. Seriously. I think anyone after him who directs anything related to "Star Wars" has permission to play, and we're going to see just how flexible a film universe it is in the next decade or so. But for JJ Abrams, this is the moment. For "Star Wars," this is the moment. The prequels left a divided fandom. The television projects have divided fandom. There are fans so hurt that they don't consider themselves fans anymore. The only thing that is going to truly bring fandom back together in a meaningful way is if this next film gets it right. Abrams has to convince us all that there's something left to tell, some reason for these movies to go on. It's not just "And then some more stuff happened!" This is "Star Wars." It's got to be a story that feels like it takes everything that's come before and spins it into something new and engrossing and fun and exciting and different.
There are things that Abrams and Michael Arndt and Simon Kinberg and Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan all bring to the table, and I think it's that combination of voices that is going to make this a very different "Star Wars." Lucas is there. Lucas is involved. He gets to be a sounding board as much as he wants to be a sounding board. But it sounds like much of what he contributes is his feelings about what constitutes "Star Wars." I know when I worked with Clive Barker adapting something of his, we had discussions about his work and about what did or didn't feel like something that could have come from his mind, from his particular point of view.
Lucas is, at the end of the day, the one person who has true veto power over what is or is not "Star Wars." Doesn't mean I don't have an opinion, just like every other kid who every grew up with the films and the toys and the books and the games and everything else. But I recognize that no matter how strongly held my beliefs are, there are certain things that define "Star Wars," and the opinion of George Lucas sits right there at the top of this very short list.
Another item on that list? The music of John Williams. And the biggest news today so far is that John Williams is officially onboard for these movies, and seems pretty excited about it. Check out this video of Williams that just went live during the Celebration panel:
If you check out the live-blog over at Star Wars Blog, you'll see that much of the panel seemed to be about Kennedy herself and her background and how she ended up sitting in the chair, steering the future of this cultural titan. It seems like a pretty logical fit to me. She's been there for some of the great lightning strike Eureka moments of the last 30 years of pop culture. Seems like exactly the person you trust to keep this thing in motion now.
I love that much of what I've been hearing seems to match what Kennedy is saying. I've heard that Lawrence Kasdan is considered by everyone else in the process a pretty great resource, and a really lovely collaborator. And I've heard that ILM is building a lot of actual models for this film, that they plan to shoot the models and digitally composite on a much larger scale than the last trilogy. It's an aesthetic choice, evidently, and I find it very exciting to imagine big ILM model units working to build out the world.
I feel like there's a lot of begrudging coverage of the "Star Wars" films already, like people are irritated that they have to write about "Star Wars," which they don't like at all anymore. Not everyone, certainly, but enough that I kind of dread the way things are going to unfold during production. I think sometimes people are extra-eager to hear about what goes wrong and not terribly inclined to believe if something actually goes right, and it might not even be conscious on their part. But with "Star Wars," I see some eye-rolling and some hand-wringing, some groaning about it.
I'm excited. I really am. My kids are excited. We're all looking forward to a new "Star Wars" film together. When it comes out, Toshi's going to be ten and Allen's going to be seven. That's totally badass. That's the perfect age for the kick-off of a new trilogy. And I'm willing to put my faith in not just one person but this whole brain trust that Lucas and Kennedy have assembled. This looks to me like the right way to do things this time around, and I certainly have my fingers crossed that the Force is with them in a big big way.
"Star Wars: Episode VII" is set for release in the Summer of 2015.
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
Let Streaming Genie help you.