So it has began, the hype for the next Star Wars Movie.
For those that don’t follow movie news, this film is not part of the new trilogy but a spin off.
It is set before the events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, and tell the story of how the rebels get hold of the plan to the Death Star which lead to the events seen in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
The first full trailer will be realised at some point today.
While I was waiting for my wife last night so we could sit down and watch some TV, I was just looking at crap on the net and came across this.
A short animation by Paul Johnson, all the drawing and animation have been done by him alone and has taken him over four years’ worth of weekends to complete.
If a Japanese Studio had got the rights in to make a Star Wars film or TV series this is what it could have look like.
Johnson has also created a film poster for his little short film.
If you’re a Star Wars fan or just love sci-fi or animation then this is a must watch.
Also check out some of Paul Johnson art on Deviantart.
Not only did the news break today that the Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm Ltd. for $4.05 billion, but the studio press release also announces that a Star Wars: Episode VII feature film is targeted for a 2015 release!
Here is the press release:-
Continuing its strategy of delivering exceptional creative content to audiences around the world, The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm Ltd. in a stock and cash transaction. Lucasfilm is 100% owned by Lucasfilm Chairman and Founder, George Lucas.
Under the terms of the agreement and based on the closing price of Disney stock on October 26, 2012, the transaction value is $4.05 billion, with Disney paying approximately half of the consideration in cash and issuing approximately 40 million shares at closing. The final consideration will be subject to customary post-closing balance sheet adjustments.
“Lucasfilm reflects the extraordinary passion, vision, and storytelling of its founder, George Lucas,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney’s unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value.”
“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney’s reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products.”
Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Lucasfilm, a leader in entertainment, innovation and technology, including its massively popular and “evergreen” Star Wars franchise and its operating businesses in live action film production, consumer products, animation, visual effects, and audio post production. Disney will also acquire the substantial portfolio of cutting-edge entertainment technologies that have kept audiences enthralled for many years. Lucasfilm, headquartered in San Francisco, operates under the names Lucasfilm Ltd., LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, and the present intent is for Lucasfilm employees to remain in their current locations.
Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.
The acquisition combines two highly compatible family entertainment brands, and strengthens the long-standing beneficial relationship between them that already includes successful integration of Star Wars content into Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris and Tokyo.
Driven by a tremendously talented creative team, Lucasfilm’s legendary Star Wars franchise has flourished for more than 35 years, and offers a virtually limitless universe of characters and stories to drive continued feature film releases and franchise growth over the long term. Star Wars resonates with consumers around the world and creates extensive opportunities for Disney to deliver the content across its diverse portfolio of businesses including movies, television, consumer products, games and theme parks. Star Wars feature films have earned a total of $4.4 billion in global box to date, and continued global demand has made Star Wars one of the world’s top product brands, and Lucasfilm a leading product licensor in the United States in 2011. The franchise provides a sustainable source of high quality, branded content with global appeal and is well suited for new business models including digital platforms, putting the acquisition in strong alignment with Disney’s strategic priorities for continued long-term growth.
The Lucasfilm acquisition follows Disney’s very successful acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel, which demonstrated the company’s unique ability to fully develop and expand the financial potential of high quality creative content with compelling characters and storytelling through the application of innovative technology and multiplatform distribution on a truly global basis to create maximum value. Adding Lucasfilm to Disney’s portfolio of world class brands significantly enhances the company’s ability to serve consumers with a broad variety of the world’s highest-quality content and to create additional long-term value for our shareholders.
The Boards of Directors of Disney and Lucasfilm have approved the transaction, which is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, certain non-United States merger control regulations, and other customary closing conditions. The agreement has been approved by the sole shareholder of Lucasfilm.
This could be a good thing for the Star Wars franchise, as Disney also owns Marvel comics. Disney has let Marvel do what they wanted to do with there franchie’s. By doing so the movies currently coming out of Marvel Stuido is some of the best comic book movies we have ever seen.
So with Lucas stepping down. This give the Star Wars franchise to move past Anikin and Luke era on the big and small screen, as universe has been expanded a lot more. This has been done with games, books and comics.
We could also get the much promised live action Star Wars TV serise.
Gotye ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ is one of the biggest songs that come out this summer in the UK.
I would expect it is the same elsewhere, so it no surprise that it get a Star Wars Parody.
Cartoon Network has just released the Season 5 Trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
I have been watching the show with my son and we both love it. so I am looking forward to this.
Here is a picture of a group of Vulture Droids on Guard.
They are sitting on top of a Trade Federation Command Ship, with a wing on Patrol.
Once again the Vulture Droids was modelled in LeoCad and textured in Blender.
Only part of the Trade Federation Command ship was modelled and textured in Blender.
I came across this while looking at Conceptship.
It is 41 minute Italian Star Wars homage with amazing attention to detail from acting to wardrobe to visual effects, it rivals a lot of Hollywood sci-fi production concepts.
From a dedicated group of individuals for sure.
The film is in Italain, but if you are like me and only speak English, then you are in luck as you can watch this with English or 15 other languages subtitle.