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George Lucas confirms that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are signed for the next Star Wars...kind of

Mar. 7, 2013by:

In a really in-depth and compelling article in Businessweek, the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney is covered in great detail, from George Lucas' frustration with the backlash of the prequels, his coming to terms with passing on the torch of his STAR WARS franchise, offering the gig to Kathleen Kennedy, the dealmaking with Disney CEO Bob Iger, the hiring of J.J. Abrams, his current involvement with the new trilogy, and, oh yeah, basically confirming that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are officially onboard. 

Here's the highlights:

On Lucas passing the torch to Kathleen Kennedy:

Lucas asked if she was interested in taking over Lucasfilm. Kennedy may have been blindsided by the news, but she happily accepted the position. “When Kathy came on, we started talking about starting up the whole franchise again,” he says. “I was pulling away, and I said, ‘Well, I’ve got to build this company up so it functions without me, and we need to do something to make it attractive.’ So I said, ‘Well, let’s just do these movies.’ ”

On Lucas' current involvement with the new trilogy:

Even so, he’s attended story meetings for the new film, adjudicating the physical laws and attributes of the Star Wars universe. “I mostly say, ‘You can’t do this. You can do that,’ ” Lucas says. “You know, ‘The cars don’t have wheels. They fly with antigravity.’ There’s a million little pieces. Or I can say, ‘He doesn’t have the power to do that, or he has to do this.’ I know all that stuff.”

On a live-action TV show and the fight against "overhype":

Iger is busy readying the machinery that will crank out Star Wars-related toys and theme park attractions and whatever Disney deems as appropriate franchise exploitation. He says he’s looking to expand sales of Star Wars merchandise overseas and that ABC and Lucasfilm are discussing a live-action TV series. At the same time, Iger says he doesn’t want to do anything that might detract from the upcoming movies. “I don’t want to overcommercialize or overhype this,” he says. “It’s my job to prevent that.”

On the signing of Hamill, Ford, and Fisher for the new trilogy:

“We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.’ ” He pauses. “Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.” Then he adds: “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”

Some interesting and cool bits, eh?  It's a great article, which I recommend checking out if you're interested in the mechanics of the Lucasfilm/Disney deal.  I'm already getting weary of all the STAR WARS back-and-forth, but this is genuinely cool news to hear and much more legit than some of the stuff that's been cranked out of the rumor machine thus far.  Expect a lot more as time goes on.  You know the drill.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is slated to hit sometime in 2015 (but, my money is on 2016)

Extra Tidbit: Why is no one concerned if Warwick Davis is coming back or not? Does no one care what happened to the Ewoks after the Battle of Endor? Oh...
Source: Businessweek

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9:38AM on 03/09/2013
you know, as monstrous of a Star Wars geek as i am, I think thats the first time I've ever seen the original trailer! It actually looks kinda (surprisingly) uninteresting, even a tad bit cheesy. BUT I forgive them. it was the 70's for gods sake...
you know, as monstrous of a Star Wars geek as i am, I think thats the first time I've ever seen the original trailer! It actually looks kinda (surprisingly) uninteresting, even a tad bit cheesy. BUT I forgive them. it was the 70's for gods sake...
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7:55AM on 03/09/2013
love the original trailer.
love the original trailer.
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1:51AM on 03/08/2013

more interested in the new cast....

we know what this trio can do...i am more interested in some new blood...that isn't shitty.
we know what this trio can do...i am more interested in some new blood...that isn't shitty.
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7:53PM on 03/07/2013
Well, I guess they probably will all be back, and I think it won't be long before we get an official announcement and maybe even the reveal of a title.

On a related note, I can't wait to see what this site will run as their April Fool's Day article in a while! I'm not saying that the above is a joke article or anything, but with so many rumours about Star Wars 7 and other films flying thick and fast, I'm looking forward to an April Fool's Day article that walks that walks the line between
Well, I guess they probably will all be back, and I think it won't be long before we get an official announcement and maybe even the reveal of a title.

On a related note, I can't wait to see what this site will run as their April Fool's Day article in a while! I'm not saying that the above is a joke article or anything, but with so many rumours about Star Wars 7 and other films flying thick and fast, I'm looking forward to an April Fool's Day article that walks that walks the line between "initially plausible" and "outrageous".
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7:31PM on 03/07/2013
Yes because everyone turns to Businessweek for all movie scoops? Not buying any stories about Star Wars for now, especially when it's daily.
Yes because everyone turns to Businessweek for all movie scoops? Not buying any stories about Star Wars for now, especially when it's daily.
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4:23PM on 03/07/2013
Ok how is this for the plot of Star Wars episode 7:
When Luke refuses to join him in Cloud City, Darth Vader starts looking for other options as an apprentice and decides to clone Obi Wan Kenobi but stash him on a planet where nobody would find him. Luke crash lands on a planet and finds him by chance. This Obi Wan clone (Played by Ewan McGregor) is insane after years of isolation but Luke decides to teach him to use the force anyway. Clone Obi Wan turns to the dark side and Luke has to take
Ok how is this for the plot of Star Wars episode 7:
When Luke refuses to join him in Cloud City, Darth Vader starts looking for other options as an apprentice and decides to clone Obi Wan Kenobi but stash him on a planet where nobody would find him. Luke crash lands on a planet and finds him by chance. This Obi Wan clone (Played by Ewan McGregor) is insane after years of isolation but Luke decides to teach him to use the force anyway. Clone Obi Wan turns to the dark side and Luke has to take on an in his prime version of his mentor with the help of Han and Leia's offspring.
Yes/No??? Thoughts, fellow nerds??
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7:16PM on 03/07/2013
Where would vader get any material to clone Obi-wan. And why would he clone the person in the galaxy he probably hated most? No offense, but way too many plot holes.
Where would vader get any material to clone Obi-wan. And why would he clone the person in the galaxy he probably hated most? No offense, but way too many plot holes.
2:59PM on 03/07/2013

"... Franchise exploitation."

I love it. The man that has whored out anything and everything Star Wars to make a quick buck is going to stand in judgement of the company that paid a billion dollars to do the same? This douche has balls! Also, why are they letting him near any story related meetings? The prequels proved the man can't tell a story anymore. Hearing that has made me nervous.
I love it. The man that has whored out anything and everything Star Wars to make a quick buck is going to stand in judgement of the company that paid a billion dollars to do the same? This douche has balls! Also, why are they letting him near any story related meetings? The prequels proved the man can't tell a story anymore. Hearing that has made me nervous.
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1:55PM on 03/07/2013

To quote the great Joblo above who is quoting the very great Walter Sobchak

"I'm calmer than you guys are"
"I'm calmer than you guys are"
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12:54PM on 03/07/2013

Falling for what Soloist?

Those three have said themselves they would do the movie. Only difference between now and ten years ago is that this movie was a hypothetical situation back then. But it's now in pre-production stages, so why would they lie? It's a done deal, just accept it.
Those three have said themselves they would do the movie. Only difference between now and ten years ago is that this movie was a hypothetical situation back then. But it's now in pre-production stages, so why would they lie? It's a done deal, just accept it.
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12:59PM on 03/07/2013
The reference is from this post: [link] .. 8th comment down.
The reference is from this post: [link] .. 8th comment down.
12:53PM on 03/07/2013

I'll still wait for the official announcement

But I'm glad they are trying to bring them all back, they need to bring them all back for at least the first movie if not all three and recasting isnt a option, lets hope disney will come out with an official announcement soon so the rumors can be put to rest
But I'm glad they are trying to bring them all back, they need to bring them all back for at least the first movie if not all three and recasting isnt a option, lets hope disney will come out with an official announcement soon so the rumors can be put to rest
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12:51PM on 03/07/2013
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12:40PM on 03/07/2013
I'm not falling for this one again.
I'm not falling for this one again.
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12:49PM on 03/07/2013
Soloist, Carrie's confirmed. But because Disney hasn't made the official announcement- her manager had to redact her statement. lol
Soloist, Carrie's confirmed. But because Disney hasn't made the official announcement- her manager had to redact her statement. lol
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