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It does seem a pretty tight timescale to go from nothing to a finished product in 3 years which makes me think either George has a crap idea they'll use or it's a straightforward EU adaptation.

I said similar just on Twitter but as Moosegrinder pointed out, who's to say they haven't already been working on it for some time? Lord knows how they kept a lid on the deal as this would not have come together overnight.

You've got to release in the summer, so I'm calling July 2015. They won't go near May because Avengers 2 should be out then and they won't want to cut their own throats.

Just had an idea - Wachowski Starship to direct Ep 7!

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Just had an idea - Wachowski Starship to direct Ep 7!

The Wachowskis would be great. It's a damned shame Joss Whedon will be busy. I bet he'd kill to have a go.

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I recall the release date of the 3D re-release of Ep 2 & 3 being altered, wonder if this had anything to do with it?

I think it's interesting news and it'll cool to see where it all goes from here.

Right then -

Wachowski Starship - Ep 7

David Fincher - Ep 8

Duncan Jones or Neill Blomkamp - Ep 9

I'd prefer a gap between 8 & 9 for a Muppets Star Wars.

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Personally I think it's probably the best bloody thing to happen for the Star Wars franchise for around 20-odd years. Nothing's ever going to erase Eps 1, 2 and 3, but at least without old George having much input, we might finally see a really decent SW film again...

I agree, but also a big part of me feels like Star Wars is so tainted by the prequels and the ridiculous over-exposure of Stars Wars everywhere in everything all the time 24/7 365 days a year that it might be best not to have another one.

But yeah, one of the many thoughts I had sitting through the prequels (aside from 'we don't need any more Star Wars film, it's a perfect trilogy'') was that Star Wars had such a great, beautiful universe full of possibilities and that someone who wasn't a hack could tell a great story within it.

.........

Hmmm but i'm still worried that this just means even more Star Wars cultural spamming way past the point of saturation, more insane fanboys, more crushing disappointments etc.

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I said similar just on Twitter but as Moosegrinder pointed out, who's to say they haven't already been working on it for some time? Lord knows how they kept a lid on the deal as this would not have come together overnight.

You've got to release in the summer, so I'm calling July 2015. They won't go near May because Avengers 2 should be out then and they won't want to cut their own throats.

We've got Hobbits for the next three Christmases, so a 2015 holiday release isn't out of the question and would work for all the toy sales...

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Oh, God - it's just hit me. Imagine if money is no object and they could get all the original cast back together. There is probably zero chance of it happening - Harrison Ford is a miserable git and they may have problems getting Alec Guinness motivated - but imagine if they did....

:omg:

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We've got Hobbits for the next three Christmases, so a 2015 holiday release isn't out of the question and would work for all the toy sales...

No, Hobbit is Christmas 2012, 2013, Summer 2014. Summer still remains the biggest arena for film and I reckon if time allows, that's what they'll go for.

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Disney plans to bring not just one but three new Star Wars films to the big screen, and the companies “have a pretty extensive treatment of the next three movies,” chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a conference call announcing its deal to acquire Lucasfilm.
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they will pay the original cast whatever it costs. these guys are almost retired. if the script is ok, why not do it? the pay check will be huge.

AND can you imagine the GOOD WILL having the original cast back will bring to the film?

At the very least expect HAMILL to be the Obi-Wan mentor character.

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ok. SO . Does this mean George has sold control of the original trilogy?

Yes, as I understand it, but there may be some complications with Fox as the were the original distributor. But I'd imagine that was extensively discussed.

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While this doesn't necessarily mean we'll get the original trilogy in it's unaltered form on Blu Ray, it does mean Lucas can't keep altering them even more beyond recognition, right?

EDIT: Whizzo beat me to the point.

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No, Hobbit is Christmas 2012, 2013, Summer 2014. Summer still remains the biggest arena for film and I reckon if time allows, that's what they'll go for.

Ah, right. Thought they were all festive releases. Thanks.

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As long as they get a great director and writer and actually build sets and not green screen everything then I will be happy. Star Wars in the hands of talented people will be amazing.

This, totally. I want proper sets, with gorgeous matt paintings, minimal CGI and if at all possible, scale models.

And someone had better be flying the Millenium Falcon.

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Hopefully Disney will have the sense not to meddle too much with this and give the Director free reign over the film, Like they did with Joss & The Avengers.

Unsure about this really. The prequels were good/average/excellent and the clone wars series has been generally very good, but most of the EU stuff was tosh (The 5 Thrawn books & I Jedi are the only ones worth reading really). Bottom line is regardless of how good it is, it will never be able to live up to the fans expectations.

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And someone had better be flying the Millenium Falcon.

Urrgh no. Why do people want this? Why do people want these supposedly creative people to lazily recycle past glories?

If they're going to do it they should try and get away from the prequels AND the originals. They shouldn't coast along on fond memories of the originals.

I've already seen the Star Wars with the Millennium Falcon in them. I don't want or need to see a film trying to bask in the reflected glory of the original films.

Unsure about this really. The prequels were good/average/excellent

What?

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I'm curious as to how this is going to go. It sounds like they will want to do more things after episode 9, so, does that mean they're going to keep going with episodes 10 through to 25, or could it end up being a kind of James Bond type series, with different actors playing the same roles from film to film with it's own unique story that is still loosely connected in places?

The can redo the prequels too. They were shit films but there's no reason why they had to be.

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