Could J.J. Abrams Become The Guiding Force Behind Everything Star Wars?

AbramsAs Disney is busy plotting the future of the Star Wars franchise, it seems like they are following the same sort of approach as with their Marvel Cinematic Universe. When Disney acquired Marvel Studios in 2009, they began constructing an interconnected universe of new movies, TV series, and animated series. One of the reasons why the Marvel Cinematic Universe works as well as it does is because it has producer Kevin Feige and director Joss Whedon overseeing every piece of development. It’s why DC Comics is still having a hard time catching up to Marvel with their own burgeoning expanded universe series of films. If Lucasfilm plans to follow in the footsteps of Marvel, who will take the role of the Star Wars universe’s new mastermind? Rumor has it: J.J. Abrams.

According to StarWars7News.com, director J.J. Abrams would fill the creative consultant role for every piece of the new Star Wars expanded movie universe. The site continues to say that Abrams’ involvement will not stop with Star Wars: Episode VII, but will continue on for the foreseeable future. Considering the unproven source, we suggest swallowing this with a good amount of salt. StarWars7News.com writes:

I heard from sources close to Abrams that his involvement with Star Wars will be huge. For now he may only be directing Episode 7 but also he will supervise and consult all other side projects from the franchise — games, spin-off movies, TV series etc. And while Kathleen Kennedy will be the managing core of the franchise Abrams will be the creative core through which everything will pass.


Star Wars Themes Performed Through Cosplay, Violin, And A Capella Equals A Win-Win-Win

I know somebody watched the video last year of Nick McKaig performing an a capella version of the Star Wars main theme and thought to themselves, “This is a pretty solid video and all, but what we really need is more violin. And more cowbell, but I could do without the cowbell.” A hundred trips to the wishing well later, and the ridiculously talented tag team of cosplay violinist Lindsey Stirling and a capella maestro Peter Hollens have put together a Star Wars medley that easily provokes the same sense of epic heroism that John Williams’ original score does so well.

If this were just performed on a stage (or in a cantina) full of cheering fans, it would be one thing, but the cosplay and production design seen here are both aces. There are deserts, forested areas, and dark corridors. There are Jedi robes, Wookies, Leia hairbuns, Darth Vaders, lightsabers and even a Boba Fett giving his best “Come at me, bro!” If you just imagine a planet blowing up in the background, then this is the perfect video.


What If The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy Had Been Good?

the star wars sagaWhile Revenge of the Sith had some great moments, it’s no secret that the Star Wars prequel series was an overall terrible and disappointing movie-going experience. George Lucas lost something between 1983 and 1999, because Star Wars fans and general audiences found The Phantom Menace to be shockingly bad. Although many have tried to forget the existence of Jar-Jar Binks, the promise that Attack of the Clones was going to be a better movie fell on deaf ears. Star Wars: Episode II is arguably worse than The Phantom Menace, and is easily the dullest of all of the Star Wars movies. The Star Wars prequels didn’t have to be bad movies, but it appeared that George Lucas was more interested in creating products rather than compelling narratives.

One Star Wars fan (and creator of Belated Media) made two videos exploring The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, and how both movies could have been better movies that were more inline with the original Star Wars trilogy. Presumably, he will make a new video exploring Revenge of the Sith, but for now let’s take a look at his take on Star Wars: Episode I and Episode II.


Doctor Who, Stars Wars And Trek, And The X-Files Raid The Comics Shelves: This Week In Science Fiction

DoctorIt’s a bit of a slow week for science fiction when it comes to movie theaters and TV airwaves. But there’s one medium that is positively chockablock with sci-fi goodness this week, and that’s the world of comic books. Are you a fan of Doctor Who still talking about the announcement of Peter Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor? Check out the final issue of IDW’s year-long Who series. Each issue has focused on a different Doctor, and it all wraps up with a story involving Matt Smith’s Eleven, and the ongoing story threads that have stretched throughout the series.

On the Star Trek front, the latest issue of the official ongoing Trek series (also from IDW Publishing) continues to explore the rebooted universe created by J.J. Abrams’ 2009 movie and continued in this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Supervised by Trek producer/screenwriter Roberto Orci, the latest issue follows up on this year’s tie-in video game, which first introduced the new timeline’s take on the reptilian Gorn. They don’t look like dudes in rubber suits no more.

Over in the world of that other space franchise, Star Wars #8 spins another story set in the period between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes back. Luke and Wedge infiltrate the Empire in a thoroughly unexpected way: by letting themselves get caught. Also, Han and Chewie face off against Boba Fett, without a convenient Sarlacc in sight.


Weekend Roundup: Korean RoboCop, Bad Star Wars Karaoke, And More

RoboCopThe blessing and the curse of writing for Giant Freakin’ Robot is that there is pretty much always an abundance of cool things to write about. Even with our staff chugging away daily to bring you assorted bits and bobs of bodaciousness, there’s no way we can keep up with all of it. And frankly, there are some stories that don’t merit a full write-up; cool little things that are more or less self-explanatory.

And so we arrive at GFR’s Weekend Roundup, a new feature where we shovel up a week’s worth of stories we didn’t get around to, load them into the patented GFR t-shirt plasma cannon, and launch a ball of superheated awesome right straight at your eyeholes. Check it out:

  • We don’t understand most of this compilation of weird Korean advertisements, but we have determined that apparently Korean RoboCop is coming to steal all your fried chicken. (That sounds like it should be racist, but I’m not sure how.) Skip to the 1:40 mark or so to see Robo’s home invasion.

Star Was Filming Locations Threatened By A Fast Moving Sand Dune

Mos EspaWhile we know they change shape often, we don’t usually think of sand dunes as particularly fast-moving objects. If we consider their movement at all, it’s usually in a glacial sense, creeping across the desert floor like giant, gritty sloth. Or maybe that’s just me, after all, I live in a place where even the vast majority of our beaches don’t have sand. That said, a rather fleet-footed dune is threatening a cherished piece of science fiction history, the childhood home of Anakin Skywalker of Mos Espa on Tatooine.

Jani Radebaugh, a planetary scientist at Brigham Young University, says that an encroaching pile of sand will soon cover the locations in the Tunisian desert. Eventually all of the buildings will be buried and hidden. In 2009, the dune measured 20 feet tall and 300 wide, and it is estimated that it has been moving toward the landmark at a rate of 50 feet per year. That’s like Usain Bolt speed for a sand dune. Radebaugh says, “In terms of geologic time scales, it’s one of the fastest things we see happen, aside from lava flows and landslides.”