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Zack Snyder And J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Are Having A DC/Star Wars Tweet-Off

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They’re two of the biggest pop culture events on the horizon. Zack Snyder is attempting not only to serve up a sequel to the high-grossing but controversial Man of Steel, he’s kicking off an ambitious planned series of interlinked DC films designed to rival Marvel’s massively successful Cinematic Universe. And then there’s J.J. Abrams, also a larger-than-life Hollywood personality some love to hate, who’s bringing Star Wars back to the big screen in a major way with Episode VII, which will itself kick off a reinvigorated — and more tightly policed, canon-wise, Star Wars universe. I imagine Snyder and Abrams would have plenty to talk about should they get the chance to share a beer at some point, but in the meantime they’ve been busy tweet-flirting. It all started with the image below, tweeted by Snyder just as San Diego Comic-Con was kicking into gear.


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Josh Trank Had A Little Help From A Friend Landing That Star Wars Job

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Josh TrankProduction is in full swing on the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: Episode VII, and we’ll see our first official post-Disney buyout addition to the canon this fall, with the animated series Star Wars Rebels. True to form, all things Star Wars are shrouded in secrecy and mystery, and that extends to the standalone additions to the franchise that will alternate years with the Episode films. All we really know officially about those is that Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards will direct the first, while Josh Trank, the man behind Chronicle, will helm the second. A hot young director in his own right, Trank still had a helping hand when it came to getting a job in that far, far away galaxy.

Shortly after the mysterious spin-off movies, which have been described as origin stories, were announced, Simon Kinberg were tagged to do some of the writing. When the Trank announcement first came down, he was in the process of directing a new Fantastic Four movie, a movie scripted by none other than Kinberg. Coincidence? Perhaps, but perhaps not. When Slashfilm recently sat down with the scribe, they asked if he had any role in getting Trank hired. He said:

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Star Wars Rebels Producers Talk How The Series Fits In And Maintaining Surprise

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star-wars-rebels-trailerStar Wars: Episode VII has a difficult task in front of it. J.J. Abrams’ film is tasked with adding new chapters to the beloved space opera saga, with continuing the story in new and interesting ways. Given the intense fan interest and scrutiny that is not going to be easy. The upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels, the first new addition to the canon since Disney bought out Lucasfilm, faces what may be an even tougher challenge. Set in the years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, this story has ostensibly already been written. So how do you deal with that?

While Episode VII must adhere to events that have come before, Rebels must take into account what precedes the action, as well as what comes after. While doing this, the writers and producers must figure out a way to pull this off at the same time they keep some element of surprise. Following up the events of Sith and setting the table for Hope is a big job that presents a unique set of obstacles. Producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg recently sat down with Slashfilm to talk about just how they went about addressing these issues, and where Rebels fits into the larger canon.

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Star Wars: Episode VII: This May Be The Most Bizarre Rumor Yet

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SheamusHi kids, it’s weird-ass Star Wars rumor time, but don’t worry, there’s actually some factual information here as well. It recently came out that J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII would film on the lovely island Skellig Michael off the coast of Ireland. That much is true, as is the fact that Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, was on location and just completed three days worth of shooting. The truly strange and curious part, which could possibly link to this bit of real news, is that professional wrestler Sheamus might be involved, and might play Darth Vader.

Yeah, we were under the impression that Darth Vader was dead, too, but according to the Irish Daily Mirror, that’s the scuttlebutt that’s been going around. The Ireland-born WWE Superstar recently returned to his homeland, Tweeting that he was on his way to, you guessed it, Skellig Michael.

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The Star Wars Prequels As Seen From R2-D2’s Point Of View

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R2FeatR2-D2 and C-3PO are the unifying thread that runs through all six of the Star Wars films (and soon to be nine). They’re the Star Wars version of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, or maybe Forrest Gump — forever in the middle of huge, heroic events that reshape the galaxy. Sometimes they’re just serving as witness. Other times — when one of them is carrying around the plans for the Empire’s massive, planet-destroying space station, for instance — they’re helping create the future themselves. That unique perspective is the idea behind a new nine-panel comic strip called A Certain Point of View, which examines the events of the Star Wars prequels through the eyes — er, sensors — of R2.

Taking its title from an infamous bit of semantic bullshittery by Obi-Wan, A Certain Point of View is the creation of artist Chris Gugliotti, and it may actually be more entertaining than the prequels themselves. I’m hoping Gugliotti plans to give the same treatment to the original trilogy — if he was only going to do one or the other, I’d much rather we got to see his take on the story of Han, Luke, Leia, and the rest. Still, even his take on the prequels is pretty charming. And I love the idea of that last panel, of R2 passing on the story on to Luke.

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Check Out Star Wars Spinoff Director Josh Trank’s Star Wars-Inspired Short Film

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StabbingDisney has been making some smart, unexpected choices when it comes to hiring directors for their resurgent Star Wars universe. Handing the keys for Episode VIII and IX to Rian Johnson, a brilliant filmmaker who is nonetheless far from a household name, was a decision that made me want to fly to Disneyland just to high five Mickey. But, while unexpected, it actually fit with Disney’s decisions in the weeks before that announcement, which included hiring Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards and Chronicle’s Josh Trank to direct two of the Star Wars spinoff films. While it’ll still be years before we get to see what these guys’ visions of Star Wars will look like, Trank has actually already played around in the Star Wars universe. Well…sort of, anyway.

Wherever Trank’s Star Wars spinoff takes us, it probably won’t involve the unfortunate intersection of a teenage kegger, a room full of bros, and a pair of lightsabers, but that’s exactly what’s in the mix in Trank’s 2007 short film Stabbing at Leia’s. With Stabbing clocking in at a brisk 85 seconds, Trank actually spent less than a dollar a second to make it: it cost him $80 and the time it took to track down a couple of toy lightsabers and stormtrooper costumes. See how things all went wrong on the eve of Princess Leia’s 22nd birthday party: