Roger Christian designed the Millennium Falcon, created the lightsaber and built R2-D2 because he and Lucas agreed on dripping oil.
When I think of Star Wars, I think of fabulous space mystics with swords that go “whoosh.” And when I think of Star Wars locations, I think Tunisia, Death Valley, and Elstree Studios, one of several studios in Elstree and Borehamwood, England. So does Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas’ heir to the Lucasfilm throne. Kennedy and company have announced they’ll be returning to the studio where most of Lucasfilm’s movies were shot.
Ray Harryhausen, the special effects artist who name has become synonymous with stop-motion animation, has died at the age of 92. No cause of death has been given.
If fans of the now-defunct games company LucasArts were wondering what would happen to Star Wars-related games, wonder no more: Today, Disney, which purchased the kit and caboodle of George Lucas’ creative output back on October 30, 2012, has announced a partnership with EA, giving the games company the right to develop and publish games in the Star Wars universe.
It’s been eight years since the release of Revenge of the Sith, a long time to go without watching someone Force Lightening someone into a crisp. This isn’t as long as the sixteen-year wait between Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace. Now it seems that fans of the Star Wars universe won’t have to wait nearly as long between movies. According to ComingSoon, Star Wars fans—who have resisted the moniker Star Warriors—will be getting one new movie each year, starting in 2015.
StarWars.com has released its second video based on an interview with George Lucas, the former CEO of Lucasfilm, and Kathleen Kennedy, the heir to the empire. In the newest video, Lucas and Kennedy give us a little more insight into who will be bringing the galaxy far, far away just a little bit closer. It turns out that only Star Wars fans need apply.
When it comes to Star Wars, I have no safeword. Jar-Jar? Ooo, yeah, right there. Midichlorians? Thank you, sir, may I have another. Ewoks? YesyesyesYES! There’s a reason I’ve used the language of sadomasochism to describe my relationship with Star Wars. I know on one level that some aspects of Star Wars prequel trilogy (and the Ewoks in Episode 6) didn’t match the epic epicness of the original trilogy. I love them even though it hurts.
Disney has acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in stock and cash, which will likely move founder, chairman, and CEO of Lucasfilm, George Lucas, to a more vaunted position on the Forbes 400 chart. The leadership of Lucasfilm will pass to longtime producer Kathleen Kennedy.
Star Wars Day started off as a joke—May the Fourth be with you—and has become a legitimate celebration day of all things Star Wars-related. Mostly, the celebration consists of posting that joke to the social network of your choice. But since I’m geeky, I’m not satisfied with a mere amusing quip. I plan on celebrating big…even though I believe in my geeky heart that Star Wars Day should be May 25th, the release date of both Star Wars and Return of the Jedi.