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Lucasfilm Is Developing A Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Project

Knights of the Old Republic project is in the works at Lucasfilm that could serve as the next movie franchise for Star Wars. Disney and Lucasfilm have successfully brought back the galaxy far, far away over the last few years, but with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hitting theaters this year, the future on the big screen is not yet confirmed. We do know that Star Wars 9 will be the end of the Skywalker Saga though, but it won’t be the final Star Wars film.

Lucasfilm experimented with standalone projectsm but appear to have completely abandoned the concept for the time being, as the focus of the future has shifted to two different trilogies. The first to be announced was for Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, which will give him a blank slate to work with inside of the larger universe. The second trilogy is being developed by Game of Thrones co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Details about both trilogies have been almost impossible to come by, but we do know that all three of the creators are working together to help figure out the next decade of Star Wars movies.

Related: The Rise of Skywalker: What Star Wars 9’s Title Really Means

There were no new movies announced at Star Wars Celebration, which just wrapped up in Chicago, but Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy came close during an interview with MTV. She was asked specifically if anything Knights of the Old Republic related was in development and confirmed that there is. Kennedy stopped short of specifying what type of project this could be, but she may have confirmed that this project will be a movie – if it does happen. During her answer, she discussed the future of the Star Wars movie slate and unlikelihood of multiple movies coming out every year, so her mentioning this in the same breath as a Knights of the Old Republic project may indicate that this is a potential film franchise. Here’s her quote:

You know, we talk about that all the time. Yes, we are developing something to look at. Right now I have no idea where things might fall, but we have to be careful that there is a cadence to Star Wars that doesn’t start to feel like too much. We don’t have a crystal ball, you know. We tried a little bit with Solo [A Star Wars Story] to see if we could do two movies a year and whether or not there was really an opportunity for that and we felt that’s not going to work so we backed off that a little bit. But it doesn’t mean we don’t think about lots of different stories because that’s the exciting thing about this universe.

Now that Kennedy has confirmed that Knights of the Old Republic is something they are developing – and may be a movie – it may lend further credence to the recent report that Benioff and Weiss’ trilogy of films would be set during this time. The basis of the original popular video game series takes the galaxy thousands of years before the films, but the rumors about the possible Benioff and Weiss adaptation shortens this time frame down to just a couple hundred years. Unfortunately, Kennedy didn’t share any additional details about what aspects of Old Republic would be included in any such adaptation, so fans of the games may only see a loose adaptation of the story on the big screen instead of a literal one.

If Benioff & Weiss’ trilogy of Star Wars films is indeed tackling this period of time in a galaxy far, far away, it could be the latest Old Republic content that fans receive. It was recently announced that Star Wars: The Old Republic, the followup game to Knights of the Old Republic, is getting a new expansion pack. If Lucasfilm is gearing up for a brand new movie franchise to be set around this same time, this could explain why The Old Republic is suddenly being given new life as a means to further increase knowledge and excitement about a future movie announcement. However, a Knights of the Old Republic project is just in development at this point, so we’ll have to wait for more updates before getting excited about a possible new movie franchise.

MORE: Star Wars 9 Theory: Palpatine Never Existed, It Was Always Darth Plagueis

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2019-04-16 04:04:06

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When Will Lucasfilm Announce The Star Wars 9 Title? [UPDATED]

Some people are speculating Lucasfilm will announce the Star Wars 9 title soon, but it likely won’t be unveiled for a while. Director J.J. Abrams started rolling the cameras on the film at the beginning of August, and fans have been eager to learn anything they can about the Skywalker saga’s grand finale. Plot details are being kept under firm wraps for now, but the studio has been transparent about certain aspects. Viewers know the plan for General Leia Organa in Episode IX, and there mercifully won’t be a “will he or won’t he?” debate about Mark Hamill’s return.

One aspect that remains a mystery is the film’s title, which will no doubt reveal plenty of clues about its narrative. Star Wars titles have a way of being very simplistic in regards to their relation to the movie’s events. For example, The Empire Strikes Back was all about the Empire crushing the Rebels after the Battle of Yavin, and The Force Awakens dealt with Rey discovering her abilities. Since there’s still more than a year until Episode IX releases, Lucasfilm is in no rush to share the title, but there are those convinced the reveal is right around the corner.

Related: What We Know About Star Wars 9’s New Characters

In the case of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, their titles were not announced until after their respective productions had wrapped. Star Wars 9 will be in principal photography through February 2019, so it would be reasonable to assume a reveal around that time – perhaps as part of a press release commemorating the conclusion of filming. This is very much in line with how Abrams’ Episode VII was managed. Production wrapped on November 3, 2014 and the title was confirmed a few days later. The Last Jedi ended filming in July 2016, and its title wasn’t announced until January 2017. Although, that had more to do with Lucasfilm’s focus on promoting Rogue One. Since there are no other Star Wars movie between now and December 2019, the Star Wars 9 title should be public knowledge in February.

UPDATE: It has been rumored there will be a Star Wars 9 trailer before the end of 2018. That would likely predicate the release of the title earlier than initially expected. If there is no trailer, early 2019 is still the most likely title reveal date.

While that’s just an estimate on our part, it is without question going to be announced well before Star Wars Celebration in April 2019. The tentpole should have a significant presence at next spring’s convention, likely with a panel to debut the first teaser trailer (similar to the marketing strategies for the other sequel trilogy installments).

That hasn’t stopped rampant speculation, which has been stoked by notorious social media prankster Mark Hamill. The actor cryptically tweeted “THE (to be continued).” on September 13, 2018. Since the titles for both Episode VII and Episode VIII began with the word “the,” some believe Hamill is teasing the Star Wars 9 title. While it’s certainly possible Star Wars 9 has another “the” name (it’s like poetry, it rhymes), Lucasfilm isn’t revealing it anytime soon.

More: Every Star Wars 9 Update You Need To Know



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2018-12-05 04:12:05

Rockstar Lets Terminally Ill Fan Play Red Dead Redemption 2 Early

The video game company Rockstar Games has allowed a terminally ill fan to play Red Dead Redemption 2 early. Red Dead Redemption 2 is the highly anticipated prequel to Red Dead Redemption, which came out back in 2010. This third game takes place in the Wild West in 1899, and centers around Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van der Linde gang.

Rockstar announced Red Dead Redemption 2 back in 2016, and gave the game a Fall 2017 release date. Gamers were disappointed that they would have to wait almost a year for the game to be released, but when May 2017 rolled around, Rockstar delayed the game to 2018. Despite the wait, the third Red Dead game is one of Rockstar’s most anticipated titles. Ever since fans played as John Marston in Red Dead Redemption, gamers have been itching for Rockstar to release another game set in the Wild West. Unlike other game developers, Rockstar doesn’t release sequels to their popular games every year. Instead, Rockstar takes years to develop new games, so that they can make the best gaming experience possible. This business model also helps build hype for their upcoming titlesWhile most gamers still have to wait a couple more weeks to play the game, one fan got to play the game early.

Related: Red Dead Redemption 2: Our First Locations Guide

According to Gamersnet, Rockstar allowed a terminally ill fan to experience Red Dead Redemption 2 early, after the fan’s father reached out to them. The fan, named Jurian, suffers from Neurofibromatosis type 2, which is a chronic rare disease that caused benign tumors to form inside his body. After Jurian’s father got in touch with Rockstar Netherlands, the game company sent two employees to Jurian’s house to let him play a copy of Red Dead Redemption 2 for the afternoon.

While this is no doubt a touching story, other game companies have granted wishes for terminally ill fans as well. Even though they don’t like to make their charitable contributions public, Bethesda helps terminally ill fans by allowing them to visit their studio and play video games. Most recently, Nintendo allowed a fan to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as his dying wish. Superhero actors also do their part, by visiting fans in their costumes and making their dreams of meeting a superhero come true. Disney and Lucasfilm also reach out to terminally ill fans, and even let a fan screen Star Wars: The Force Awakens before the film’s premiere.

While celebrities and companies are often willing to help out sick and dying fans, getting to play Read Dead Redemption 2 had to have been a treat for Jurian, despite the sad circumstances surrounding his doing so. Fans have been anticipating the game for eight years now, and it looks like it will live up to the hype. Not only does the game look to have incredible graphics, but Rockstar has even developed a first-person mode, and will be introducing Red Dead Online in November. Thankfully, this ill fan got his wish granted, and other gamers won’t have to wait too much longer to experience Red Dead Redemption 2 either.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released October 26 on Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

Source: Gamersnet



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2018-10-09 09:10:13 – Christopher Fiduccia

Star Wars Rumor: Taika Waititi & Bryce Dallas Howard Star in Mandalorian

Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard may pull double duty with The Mandalorian, as they’re both now rumored to have roles in the series. Disney is investing heavily in their upcoming streaming service. It will include new movies, original Marvel TV series, and even the first ever live-action Star Wars show. The latter will be written and produced by Jon Favreau, but he doesn’t appear to be directing. It’s confirmed that the series will be called The Mandalorian, and fans recently got a look at what the main character looks like, just not who’s under the mask.

While there has been casting rumors pointing to Pedro Pascal possibly headlining the series, the official announcements have, instead, focused on who will be behind the camera. Lucasfilm already announced an impressive list of directors for The Mandalorian, which includes Dave Filoni, Rick Famuyiwa, Deborah Chow, Waititi, and Howard – but directing may not be the only thing the latter two are doing.

Related: Pedro Pascal Will Reportedly Star in The Mandalorian

According to a new rumor from Discussing Film, Taika Waititi and Bryce Dallas Howard may also have acting roles in The Mandalorian. This is just a rumor for the time being and should be taken with a heavy pinch of salt. If this report is accurate, Waititi will be providing the voice of a droid in The Mandalorian, while there’s no potential details on who Howard could play. Neither will be leading roles, but instead minor ones if this is confirmed.

Waititi may be best known now as the director of Thor: Ragnarok after impressive indie comedies What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, but he’s also spent time as an actor. He’s starred in or at least been featured in almost everything he’s directed, and a voice role is nothing new either. He did the voice for Ragnarok‘s scene-stealing Kronan, named Korg. It’s easy to imagine the sound of Waititi’s voice coming from a droid, whether it’s capable of speaking fluently or just using beeps and noises.

Howard is an accomplished actress, having recently taken a leading role in the last two Jurassic World movies. Her history as an actress makes it particularly believable that she would also take a supporting role in The Mandalorian, while also directing an episode. Since there aren’t any character details for her potential part yet, there really isn’t any telling what type of character she could play, if she plays one at all. Regardless, the possibility of including Waititi and Howard in The Mandalorian‘s cast is exciting nonetheless, so, hopefully, this can be confirmed (or debunked) soon.

MORE: Star Wars Theory: The Mandalorian Already Exists In Canon, And Has a Fett Connection

The Mandalorian is now filming and expected to launch on Disney’s streaming service in 2019.

Source: Discussing Film



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2018-10-08 08:10:39 – Cooper Hood

Star Wars 9 Filming Change Forces Adam Driver to Cancel College Appearance

Star Wars: Episode IX actor Adam Driver is forced to postpone a university appearance due to a scheduling change on the film. Director J.J. Abrams began production on the Skywalker saga’s grand finale earlier this year, after the project had gone through substantial behind-the-scenes changes. Abrams, of course, came in to replace Colin Trevorrow as helmsman, penning an all-new script alongside Chris Terrio after numerous stabs at the screenplay failed to impress Lucasfilm higher-ups.

Abrams’ arrival late in development meant things needed to be moved around. Originally, Episode IX was supposed to start principal photography this January in order to meet a May 2019 release date. However, it was pushed back to December 2019, meaning filming started later in the year. This caused some of the cast members to cancel previously arranged obligations, and now Driver is the latest to do so.

Related: What We Know About Star Wars 9’s New Cast Members

The user Riri19911 shared a statement from Driver’s management on the Star Wars Leaks subreddit, where the actor’s team announced Driver needed to postpone an appearance at a university. You can read it in full below:

Star Wars has just had a massive schedule change, and given what they need to shoot next week they need Adam to rehearse all day tomorrow. He feels terrible letting everyone down and doing this last minute, but has been left with no choice. This will be rescheduled at a later date.

It’s unknown exactly what circumstances led to the change, but right now, fans shouldn’t be too concerned. There are always a lot of moving pieces on something as massive as Star Wars, and it’s possible Abrams saw a window to shoot a specific sequence – which obviously involves Kylo Ren. It’s possible this is some kind of action set piece, given that it’s required Driver rehearses for an entire day. Lightsaber battles always involve high-end choreography that the actors need to learn. On the Last Jedi director commentary, Rian Johnson noted how Daisy Ridley and Driver performed their own stunts during the throne room fight, and odds are someone as method and committed as Driver wants to handle the action bits himself for Episode IX.

The Star Wars films of the Disney era haven’t always had the smoothest productions, with Solo being an obvious example. Fortunately, it doesn’t sound like this situation on Episode IX is nearly as dire. While it’s certainly an inconvenience to have to switch things around at the eleventh hour, it sounds like it’s a matter of scheduled shoots getting moved around and won’t be a major setback. And fortunately for the university students, they’ll still have an opportunity to see Driver another time, once Star Wars 9 is all taken care of.

More: When We Think Lucasfilm Will Announce The Star Wars 9 Title

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2018-10-08 07:10:22 – Chris Agar

Kathleen Kennedy Extends Her Lucasfilm Contract For Three More Years

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has extended her contract to remain in that position for another three years. When Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in 2012, George Lucas personally handpicked Kennedy as his successor, trusting her to guide the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises into a new era. It would fall upon Kennedy, a highly successful Hollywood producer for decades, to oversee an all-new slate of films as Lucasfilm ramped up production and planned annual releases, beginning with 2015’s The Force Awakens.

Kennedy’s tenure as Lucasfilm boss has been interesting, to say the least. There’s no denying the Star Wars renaissance as a whole has been successful, with the four films to date grossing more than $4 billion at the worldwide box office collectively. At the same time, Star Wars has gone on a roller coaster of late, with The Last Jedi continuing to divide the fan base and Solo becoming the property’s first box office bomb. Kennedy came under heavy fire from viewers, some of whom voiced a desire to see her replaced. There may come a day when Kennedy is no longer calling the shots at Lucasfilm, but it won’t be for another few years.

Related: Kathleen Kennedy To Receive Honorary Oscar This Year

THR reports Kennedy’s contract has been extended through 2021. This news comes on the heels of Disney CEO Bob Iger stating there would be a “slowdown” in the Star Wars movie release schedule following the premiere of next December’s Episode IX. Despite recent events, Disney apparently remains confident Kennedy is the right fit for the job as the galaxy far, far away continues to expand.

As alluded to above, Star Wars has experienced plenty of ups and downs under Kennedy’s watch. Lucasfilm’s various director woes have been well-documented by this point, with incidents ranging from Josh Trank’s quick dismissal from a spinoff film to Phil Lord & Chris Miller’s shocking firing from Solo in the middle of production. At the same time, it’s hard to argue with the results. The first four Star Wars movies of the Disney era all received widely positive reviews, and the first three out of the gate were the highest-grossing films domestically in their respective years of release. Yes, Solo was a bit of a misstep and forced Lucasfilm to re-evaluate their game plan, but one commercial disappointment is not grounds for dismissal. In all likelihood, Episode IX (the final installment of the classic Skywalker saga) should be another massive box office smash, and then Lucasfilm has an exciting future to look forward to.

Ideally, Kennedy and her team will take the important lessons they’ve learned to heart when planning the next Star Wars phase, ensuring projects like Rian Johnson’s new trilogy, David Benioff & D.B. Weiss’ film series, and Jon Favreau’s TV show are all as successful as possible. Kennedy has demonstrated time and time again during her illustrious career she knows how to deliver a crowd-pleasing blockbuster, so as long as she plays her cards right, Star Wars will be in good shape. Some circles may be displeased by this development, but it isn’t surprising she’s sticking around.

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Source: THR



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2018-09-28 01:09:06 – Chris Agar

When We Think Lucasfilm Will Announce The Star Wars Episode 9 Title

Some people are speculating Lucasfilm will announce the Star Wars: Episode IX title soon, but it likely won’t be unveiled for a while. Director J.J. Abrams started rolling the cameras on the film at the beginning of August, and fans have been eager to learn anything they can about the Skywalker saga’s grand finale. Plot details are being kept under firm wraps for now, but the studio has been transparent about certain aspects. Viewers know the plan for General Leia Organa in Episode IX, and there mercifully won’t be a “will he or won’t he?” debate about Mark Hamill’s return.

One aspect that remains a mystery is the film’s title, which will no doubt reveal plenty of clues about its narrative. Star Wars titles have a way of being very simplistic in regards to their relation to the movie’s events. For example, The Empire Strikes Back was all about the Empire crushing the Rebels after the Battle of Yavin, and The Force Awakens dealt with Rey discovering her abilities. Since there’s still more than a year until Episode IX releases, Lucasfilm is in no rush to share the title, but there are those convinced the reveal is right around the corner.

Related: What We Know About Star Wars 9’s New Characters

The genesis of the hypothesis stems from notorious social media prankster Hamill cryptically tweeting “THE (to be continued).” on September 13, 2018. Since the titles for both Episode VII and Episode VIII began with the word “the,” some believe Hamill is teasing the Star Wars 9 title. While it’s certainly possible Episode IX has another “the” name (it’s like poetry, it rhymes), Lucasfilm isn’t revealing it anytime soon.

In the case of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, their titles were not announced until after their respective productions had wrapped. Episode IX will be in principal photography through February 2019, so it would be reasonable to assume a reveal around that time – perhaps as part of a press release commemorating the conclusion of filming. This is very much in line with how Abrams’ Episode VII was managed. Production wrapped on November 3, 2014 and the title was confirmed a few days later. The Last Jedi ended filming in July 2016, and its title wasn’t announced until January 2017. Although, that had more to do with Lucasfilm’s focus on promoting Rogue One. Since there are no other Star Wars movie between now and December 2019, the Episode IX title should be public knowledge in February.

While that’s just an estimate on our part, it is without question going to be announced well before Star Wars Celebration in April 2019. The tentpole should have a significant presence at next spring’s convention, likely with a panel to debut the first teaser trailer (similar to the marketing strategies for the other sequel trilogy installments). As for Hamill’s Twitter puzzle, today’s word was “Purpose,” so it remains to be seen what the complete phrase is.

More: Every Star Wars 9 Update You Need To Know



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2018-09-14 01:09:05 – Chris Agar

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy to Receive Honorary Oscar This Year



Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will receive the Irving G. Thalberg award from the Academy’s Board of Governors during a ceremony this year. Being in charge of one of Hollywood’s most prominent franchises has made more people aware of Kennedy, but cinephiles know she’s been an industry staple for decades. Her first producing credit came in 1982 on Steven Spielberg’s E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial, and Kennedy has put together quite the career ever since. To date, she’s been nominated for Best Picture eight times – most recently for Spielberg’s Lincoln.

Star Wars discourse is more toxic than ever due to constant debates about The Last Jedi and Solo underperforming at the box office, but Kennedy has been a great asset for the galaxy far, far away. Under her leadership, Star Wars made its triumphant comeback in 2015 with The Force Awakens, which grossed over $2 billion worldwide and earned positive reviews. Despite Solo falling short of expectations, the four most recent Star Wars films have earned more than $4 billion collectively, eclipsing the price Disney paid for Lucasfilm. It’s safe to say Kennedy has had a very successful career, and now she’s going to be recognized for her efforts.

Related: No, Kevin Feige Is Not Replacing Kathleen Kennedy At Lucasfilm

According to Deadline, Kennedy (along with her husband, Frank Marshall) will receive the Irving G. Thalberg award this year. The award honors people “whose body of work reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production.” It was last given out in 2010, when Francis Ford Coppola won. Coincidentally, George Lucas was honored with the Thalberg award back in 1991.

Kennedy, who becomes the first woman to receive the award, is certainly deserving of this honor. One look at her résumé illustrates she’s one of the best in her profession, as she’s been involved with some of the most iconic films of all-time. A case can be made she would have been given the Thalberg award much earlier in her career if it were not for Academy rules. For years, Kennedy was a member of the Board of Governors, and members cannot earn honorary Oscars. Now that she’s left, the Board swiftly made the decision to acknowledge her achievements. Kennedy isn’t immune to making some missteps (the infamous Solo director switch), but her filmography speaks for itself.

It’ll be interesting to see if there ever comes a day when Kennedy finally wins a competitive Oscar. The Academy announced plans to introduce a Popular Film category, which seems tailor-made for one of the many Star Wars films in development. However, due to the category generating tremendous backlash, some Academy members think the organization will reverse course and kill the new award. That could hurt Kennedy’s chances, but the Oscars have been open to recognizing genre fare before, so perhaps a Star Wars film could make a Best Picture run at some point.

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Source: Deadline



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