Holiday Special Coming Back

New Holiday Special Still
Still from the upcoming Holiday Special

One of the black spots on the Star Wars timeline, the Holiday Special was released on November 17th, 1978. It is available to watch on Youtube, though this cannot, for culpability reasons, be recommended. It was the first appearance of fan-favorite character Boba Fett, and is something that even just this last year Harrison Ford denied being involved in. Along with much of the main cast, Bea Arthur, Art Carney, and Diahann Carroll play parts.

Incredibly, on April first of all days, it was announced a new Holiday Special will be filmed and released in time for the holiday season of 2016. While J.J. Abrams won’t be in charge, auteur “filmmaker” Zack Snyder, whose movie Batman v Superman: Maw of Justness came out recently, has been signed on to direct. Writer Colin Blythe is attached to the short project, whose three-hundred page script is in the process of being pared down to an acceptable length. “An hour will be a good length,” Snyder (who unsuccessfully tried to give Henry Cavill the lead roll) said in an interview with the New York Times. “It may be difficult getting Blythe’s intricate six acts down to ten minutes each, but we think it can be done.”

Actors John Boyega (Finn), Daisy Ridley (Rey), and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), are contractually obligated to appear in the film. “The Disney said something about being frozen in Carbonite if we didn’t,” Ridley said in an interview. “I asked if it meant Rey. It thought for a few minutes and then nodded.” When asked if he would be joining the project, Harrison Ford brandished a number of exotic weapons, hidden throughout his person, and threatened to “go Ark of the Covenant on your a–!”

Not much has been revealed about the story or plot, but vague references to a “Last March of the Ents”-style scene featuring the Tree of Life, a gang of prohibition-era mobsters running the Mos Eisley cantina, and, of course, Chewbacca’s Wookiee family (Lumpy, Malla, and Itchy) going on wild adventures around the galaxy.

The Disney made only a few comments, other than acknowledging the project’s existence. “We are not afraid, we are on a high grade,” it said. “Paradigms being revised, pictures made stylized. The Snyder is sufficient for this task. We’re surprised you even have to ask.” It seems The Disney is confident Snyder will deliver.

We look forward to learning more about this new version of the Star Wars Holiday Special. Thanks for reading, and be sure to come back next week for more fun Star Wars information!

Comic Con Star Wars fun

By now, you’ve seen the video of the behind-the-scenes from Star Wars VII, which was pumped into the eyes of lucky attendees at San Diego Comic Con this previous week. If you haven’t, we have here a chance for you to get your life in order:

Let us bask in it. Let us swim in the juices.

The video acts as a trailer without having to present anything new. It’s people laughing, crew members figuring out how to spin gold from straw, actors looking sweet on Star Wars setpieces, and unattached shots, telling us nothing about the movie or the plot. Science-fantasy goodness from start to finish.

Comic Con Star wars leaked picutre of Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong’o is scanned

The video not only has the flashy images for the everyman, but a good amount of affirming shots for the big fan, in a hope-giving way. Molded alien heads, real-life sets, remote-controlled robotic friends, and more – including a shot of Lupita Nyong’o providing her digitized mug for the camera. All of this speaks to J.J. Abrams statement to focus on practical effects – real world happenings using makeup magic and camera trickery – as opposed to special effects, as witnessed heavily in the prequels. While Ms. Nyong’o is being CGI-ed, her character may become more than just a differently-colored skin. She could be something very inhuman, necessitating special effects.

But wait – there’s more! When the video ended at Comic Con, attendees were treated to panels from the cast and crew, featuring original members like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, as well as newbies like Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Gwendoline Christie, Domhnall Gleeson and Adam Driver. After the panel ended, people got to hear a special Star Wars concert as well as a special message from John Williams, and everyone got their very own lightsaber!

We’re not actually sure if that last thing’s a joke or not!

Finally, while not related to SDCC, it was announced Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and lead of the terrific Ip Man films, will be acting as a Jedi in Star Wars VIII. This is very exciting.

Thanks for reading about all the cool stuff we got to enjoy at San Diego Comic Con. Come back next week for more fun fan information!

Episode VII trailer #2, Digital Download

Episode VII
Episode VII

This week, more information about an upcoming Episode VII trailer and today, Friday the tenth of April 2015, the six Star Wars films are now available for digital purchase and download. From retailers such as Xbox, Playstation, iTunes, Amazon, and Vudu, with some taking pre-orders of the full set or individual movies. They movies are still the special edition, but come packaged with extensive extra features, including featurettes for each movie, conversations between contributors about things such as special effects, props, and discarded ideas, deleted scenes, and more. To add to this excitement, information about the next Episode VII trailer has been released – though it is unsure how accurate this information is. We know this: The next trailer will first be seen before the upcoming Avengers movie, released May first. However, two groups have come forward with differing information about the trailer.

The earlier version, as reported by Umberto Gonzalez of Latino Review (a publication well-known for breaking leaks). Includes a voice-over by a character thought to be played by Lupita Nyong’o, a cloaked Luke Skywalker, a shot of Finn (John Boyega) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) and a blue alien as Finn ignites a green lightsaber. A large city, TIE fighter zoom shots, established characters like Han, Leia, C-3PO, and R2-D2, and another voice-over by who is thought to be Andy Serkis, as well as a few other shots.

This information is contradicted by a new source, Making Star Wars. This version of the new Episode VII trailer is less detailed, but still gives us a run down. Shots include: the planet Yavin, Finn with a blue lightsaber, a shot of Captain Phasma the chrome stormtrooper, Kylo Ren’s helmeted face, multiple shots of the characters in a base, the Millennium Falcon, Darth Vader’s helmet sitting on a podium, and a number of short shots of TIE fighters or X-Wings. No Nyong’o, Serkis, or Luke is present/heard. Making Star Wars has been derided as a rumor mill without substance, but it’s clear we won’t know the truth until we see the trailer for ourselves.

J.J. Abrams has locked down any information coming from the production and filming of Episode VII, but his personal history means we may see an intended leak in the future. We’ll be waiting.