Strap in folks, we’ve got lots of LucasFilm rumors and news about a completely unexpected sequel in today’s geek-friendly roundup.
Website MarketSaw has an inside source who’s apparently very close to the production of Star Wars: Episode VII – or at least presents himself that way – and he’s been filling the site’s ear with all sorts of interesting tidbits about the upcoming installment.
The source is spilling the beans on multiple topics, including casting, the state of the production, and even offers up a story hint.
On the casting front, the source tells MarketSaw that it appears as though both Gary Oldman and Benedict Cumberbatch will join the project, although initially both were seemingly in the running for the same part. The shadowy informant isn’t sure what will change to accommodate both actors, but with the script in a state of flux, changes can easily be made.
Speaking of the script and the state of the production as a whole, here’s what the source had to say:
“Many Star Wars preproduction issues, an 'inadequate' central story which nobody would stamp off on, a problematic initial release date and an 'indecisive' director (J.J. Abrams) with the hardest gig in the industry. It's not going to be a cakewalk, but it will be a product shipping with the majority of its original parts."
This is where things get interesting – and maybe a little bit concerning for fans. No one wants to hear about an “inadequate central story” this late in the game, and an “indecisive director” sounds even more troubling. In Abrams’ defense, this really is the hardest gig in Hollywood right now. We don’t envy him in the least, because no matter how good Episode VII is, there will be a contingent that complains about everything it did wrong.
The real kicker is the whole bit about “shipping with the majority of its original parts.” If you listen closely, you can hear a planet full of nerds howling in pain at the thought of Abrams tinkering with the series mythology in much the same way he did with Star Trek. Casual fans will be fine with this, we’d guess – but the hard-core contingent is probably sweating bullets. After the whole Midichlorians debacle, who can blame them?
What might those changes be? No one knows for sure, but here’s the latest story update on what appears to be a constantly mutating narrative:
“Ultimately it's about twins, and which will take a path towards darkness and which will follow in their father's footsteps, or at least that is what it used to be, that may come later as I think changes are being undertaken to bring the original cast into the forefront of the story leading to ramifications that lead up to the next generation of Skywalkers."
So, it looks like the original cast is getting a larger role in this than was originally conceived.
As always, these are purely rumors – and the ever-changing nature of this in-development project means we wouldn’t get too worked up about any of this stuff because it could all be different tomorrow (or now), but if you’re curious about the state of Star Wars, this is allegedly what’s happening.
Indiana Jones getting two more sequels
MarketSaw’s Lucas insider wasn’t just talking Star Wars – he also had this to say about Harrison Ford and the Indiana Jones franchise. This is potentially good news if you wanted more Indy in your life…
“Regarding Harrison Ford, two more Indiana Jones features are in the negotiation stages as per Ford's contract clause on Star Wars, which is the primary reason he didn't 'publicly' or 'privately' commit, or so I'm told."
I’m all for more Indy, particularly in the wake of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (hopefully they can wash the bad taste out of my mouth from that one), but two more movies at Ford’s age seems a little dubious. The actor will be 72 this summer, and it’s probably going to be a year or more before anyone starts shooting on a new movie in this franchise. Can a nearly 75-year-old Ford pull off the kind of action required for reprising his role as Dr. Jones? The part’s certainly more physically demanding than playing Han Solo.
I hope he can. We’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out, though.
Dredd sequel in the works?
The Karl Urban-led rebooting of the Judge Dredd character was unfairly ignored at the box office, but has developed a cult following after hitting home video and Netflix, where viewers discovered that this little sci-fi action flick was actually way better than the Stallone version of the mid-1990s.
Given its underwhelming box office performance, fans never expected that the film would garner a sequel – and it hasn’t so far, at least not officially. However, it appears as though things could be happening behind the scenes.
Urban, at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention, told the audience that “conversations are taking place.” Granted, conversations happen all the time in Hollywood without the projects getting made, but given how bleak things looked for a Dredd sequel after its initial release, this is still positive news. [via Comic Book Movie]
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