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George Lucas Once Envisioned Four 'Star Wars' Trilogies

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 19, 2012 4:42 PM
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Ok, this is an odd one that no one seems to have noticed nor made much fuss about. In the latest issue of Empire magazine detailing the history leading up to "Star Wars: Episode VII," the publication says George Lucas originally envisioned four "Star Wars" trilogies and then dropped one in the late 1970s.

Updated: Does Luke Skywalker Build A New Jedi Knight Academy In Star Wars 'Episode VII'? Nope

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 19, 2012 1:09 PM
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While it won't arrive in theaters until 2015, "Star Wars: Episode VII" is still easily one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the decade by apostle-like fans. There's been talk that Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia will all return in one form or another. And did plot details just leak about what Skywalker's role will be?

George Lucas May Collaborate With Departed LucasFilm Producer Rick McCallum Again On Future Projects

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 3, 2012 10:18 AM
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Given that producer Rick McCallum maintained a consistent level of communication and exposure throughout his tenure at Lucasfilm -- shepherding the “Star Wars” special editions and prequel trilogy to fruition -- it was a bit of a surprise to see his recent retirement notice come under such quiet circumstances. Originally revealed via third-party on the ForceCast podcast, his departure has now been given an official statement, as well as an interesting possibility for the future.

Brad Bird Has Other Plans, Colin Trevorrow's "Mythology" Tease & 6 Things Learned About 'Star Wars 7' This Week

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 18, 2012 5:12 PM
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"Star Wars" can sadly bring out the worst in people. The rumor mill has been foaming like a rabid dog this week – the obsessed fanbase so eager and desperate for details they will take the tiniest of morsels of information and eviscerate, expound, exaggerate and speculate over them endlessly and relentlessly for anything resembling a clue. Even as one fire or two has been quelled, a few more nuggets have been dropped that have started a near-feeding frenzy of rumor and 2+2=5 conjecture.

George Lucas Says He Won't Be Choosing The Next 'Star Wars' Director, Keeps Talking His Personal Movies No One Will See

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2012 11:44 AM
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Another day, another "Star Wars" update, and this will be the way of things for a while as fans dig in for three years of waiting until "Star Wars: Episode 7 -- There's Still Money To Be Made" hits theaters in 2015. And while fan wishlists are being made up for who will direct the upcoming sequel (or sequels), George Lucas himself reveals he won't take part in the selection process.

George Lucas Met With Screenwriters, Mark Hamill & Carrie Fisher About 'Star Wars 7' Before Disney Sale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 9:04 AM
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Two days after it was announced, the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney and the revelation of a new trilogy of "Star Wars" films on the way continues spur discussion, excitement, speculation and more. We're still three years out from 'Episode VII' arriving in 2015, but given the amount of updates and tidbits pouring out over the past 48 hours, you would think it was coming next month. What we do know thus far is that, once again bucking fan expectations, Lucas has decided not to use the revered books, but is launching an original story, one that will reportedly feature Luke Skywalker, now in his 30s or 40s, in a tale that will follow "Stars Wars: Episode IV - Return Of The Jedi." And while a treatment is done, it appears that George Lucas was open to other ideas.

Bringing Balance To The Force? 5 Directions The New 'Star Wars' Films Could Go

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2012 10:59 AM
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Unless you've been robbed of power by Hurricane Sandy, you've probably heard that yesterday saw the biggest movie news story of the year -- if not several years -- break. Disney have purchased LucasFilm for $4 billion, and have announced that plans are moving ahead for new "Star Wars" movies, beginning with "Episode VII" in 2015 (the start of a new trilogy), with franchise creator George Lucas serving only as a creative consultant, and new talent coming in to write and direct the new films.

With George Lucas Only Consulting, Can Disney Restore The Integrity Of The ‘Star Wars’ Franchise? Does It Even Matter?

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 31, 2012 10:05 AM
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“We’re going to concentrate on the ‘Star Wars’ franchise,” Disney CFO Jay Rasulo said yesterday in a Disney conference call to discuss the immediate acquisition of Lucasfilm Ltd. “What we’re buying, along with the overall company, is a pretty extensive and detailed treatment for what would be the next three movies. The [new] trilogy.”

Disney Launching New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy, Treatment For Episode 7 Done, No Plans For 'Indiana Jones'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2012 5:13 PM
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Want a bracing wake up call as to how things operate on the major studio level? Listen to conference call with the big shots of a major studio. During the an investor conference call  following the mind blowing news that Disney has purhcased LucasFilm, the focus of the conversation between studio honchos and financial types assessing the purchase were all about branding, branding, branding, branding and essentially leveraging "Star Wars" as much as possibly into a money generating property for years and years to come. But within that were a few revelations worth talking about.

3D Sized 'Star Wars: Episode II' and 'III' Get Release Date Arrive Back-To-Back In Fall 2013

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 27, 2012 2:17 PM
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It's easy to forget, but earlier this year, George Lucas, in his infinite wisdom, re-released cosmic disappointment "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace" into theaters, this time converted to snazzy 3D. Because, you know, everyone wanted Jar Jar Binks up in their shit. While it didn't hang around in theaters for very long, this new version of 'Phantom Menace' did eek out a pretty healthy profit (almost $45 million), which doesn't come close to touching the haul that "The Lion King" made last year in a similar 3D run, it's still pretty damn good, especially because, at this point, it's just printing its own money. Well, Lucas will be returning to that well for the remainder of the prequel trilogy, with the official Lucas Twitter account announcing September and October 2013 releases for 3D versions of "Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith." Start charging your movie-quality lightsabers now.

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