Star Wars Celebration Europe took place over the weekend, and it was chock-full of interesting news about Disney’s first foray into George Lucas’ beloved cinematic universe. In case you weren’t there, here are some of the biggest announcements you missed.
In a move sure to please fans, composer John Williams will officially provide the score for Episode VII. This is not particularly surprising, as Williams had said previously that he wanted to compose the music and director J.J. Abrams said he was excited about the possibility. What is at least a little surprising is that Williams getting the gig means that regular Abrams’ collaborator Michael Giacchino will be sitting this one out. The move to hire Williams is being viewed as a sign that Disney is interested in retaining the feel of the earlier Lucas films, which should make the purists happy.
Check out an interview with Williams talking about his hiring and more below. [via Collider]
That wasn’t the only Episode VII news to emerge over the weekend, either. Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy gave fans an update on the newest title's development during a panel hosted by Warwick Davis. And while that Q&A session didn’t reveal any major plot details, it did shine a light on where the new feature is in the development cycle.
Kennedy reveals she’s spending all of her time going back and forth between her offices at Lucasfilm and Abrams’ Bad Robot production company, where they’re working diligently on the characters and story.
“The story and characters are all we're talking about right now. We have an amazing team at ILM, who can create fantastic effects, but if we don't have a great story and characters, the effects mean nothing. I do think making huge popular culture – and I've had the good fortune to be a part of a lot it – is really hard to do and get right. And if you don't spend the time you need on developing characters, and finding stories, complicated stories, the audience gets tired because they think they're seeing the same thing again and again."
You can find even more details in the video clip of the chat below. [via Coming Soon]
Finally, not everything this weekend revolved around Episode VII – after all, there are other Star Wars properties in development, including a new animated series titled Star Wars Rebels. Here’s your first look at some of the concept art for the new show.
It’s hard to get much of a feel for what the show will be based on these images (one above, the other below), but it does certainly look like something that fits right into the two decade gap between Episode III and the original Star Wars. Any series that chronicles the period where the Empire hunted down the last remaining Jedi Knights already has my interest… [via Collider]