Ivan Reitman to Produce, not Direct, Ghostbusters 3; Filming in Late 2014/Early 2015

Ghostbusters and director Ivan ReitmanWith everything that has been going on with the script for Ghostbusters 3, it’s no wonder that people didn’t think it would ever actually happen. I’ve never doubted that it would be produced at some point, and have been waiting for it since Ghostbusters 2. While we don’t really have word of an official green-light from Sony, it seems as though that may have already happened.

Deadline.com has an exclusive interview with Ivan Reitman in which he talks about working with Harold Ramis, work on the scripts for Ghostbusters 3 over the years, and plans for the film. First, he addressed things from internet speculation, to Bill Murray’s involvement.

“There has been all kinds of stuff, unofficially written about Ghostbusters. I’ve been reading things online for about four years, speculation on who’s writing, what they’re writing, who’s in it, who we will use, and who’s directing. We’d decided not to comment up till now, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, and it was never clear what Bill was going to do. A lot of things happened in the last few months, the most significant of which was the passing of Harold, who was a very good friend who was extraordinarily influential in my career. We did five movies together including both Ghostbusters.

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The New Star Wars Trilogy, Episodes VII – IX: J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan Writing Screenplay

Star Wars: The New Trilogy - J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan Writing ScreenplayIt’s kind of a good news/bad news situation for the new Star Wars film, Episode VII.  The bad news is that Michael Arndt is no longer writing the screenplay.  However, his work has not been for nothing, as they are merely taking over from where he left off.  It’s also likely that they’ll go back through everything he’s written, making changes whenever and wherever necessary.  We probably won’t know until the film gets closer to release whether Arndt will be credited in any way.

The good news is that J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are the writers that are taking over the screenwriting duties.  J.J. Abrams is, of course, the creator of many of the best TV shows of the last decade.  Lawrence Kasdan is a name that, if you know Star Wars history, you’ll recognize as the screenwriter for The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Raiders of the Lost Ark.  It’s been a while since his words have been spoken in a Star Wars film, and kind of sad that he didn’t get to take a few passes on each of the Star Wars prequels.  However, that is changing with the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII.  Kasdan is now at work on the new film, and I couldn’t be more excited about it than I am now.

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The New Star Wars Trilogy, Episodes VII – IX: Benedict Cumberbatch as a Sith Lord?

Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Wars VII?A rumor has surfaced in the past couple of days that has actor Benedict Cumberbatch potentially playing a role in the new Star Wars trilogy.  As Cumberbatch recently played a major villain in Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, the idea of him playing a primary villain in the new Star Wars trilogy has me more excited than ever for the next three films.  The rumor is that he’ll play a Sith villain in all three of the films in the trilogy, making him the new trilogy’s Darth Vader of sorts.  If this keeps up, the Sherlock actor will have played a pretty major villain in some of the largest movies in history.  This casting, if it pans out, is absolutely a brilliant maneuver, and should happen.

Benedict Cumberbatch could add this role to a list that includes the dragon Smaug from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  The rumor is that he had to drop out of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak for this role.  It hasn’t been announced yet, however, and could turn out to be as much of a rumor as anything.  If this pans out… whoa… somehow they’re making moves on these films that are both shockingly cool and giving us a lot of hope that we’ll finally get a Star Wars film that brings the fandom back to where I have remained since I got in to the saga in the mid-90s.  Please be true.

The New Star Wars Trilogy, Episodes VII – IX: Disney and Lucasfilm Present

Star Wars - The New Trilogy - Disney and Lucasfilm PresentSince the announcement that Disney bought Lucasfilm, there has been a wide range of reactions to it, from the very optimistic and positive, to the stunningly negative and outrageous.  There are many reasons to be optimistic though, and I feel there are no valid arguments against Disney at this point.  Within the few years, Disney has made some pretty smart moves with their acquisitions.  Let’s take a look at that to see why Star Wars is safe in the House of Mouse.

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Star Wars Prequel Reboot Blog #7: How does Leia remember her mother? Lies and Lives – Padme, Vader and Palpatine

Luke and Leia - Return of the JediIf you’ve not seen Revenge of the Sith by now, this article will be spoiler filled, so avoid if you need to.  However, if you’ve read my other articles, you already know all of the stuff here anyway, so read on.

There is one pretty big inconsistency in the Star Wars films that I don’t know the answer to.

How does Leia remember her mother?

It seems there are many theories about why, in Return of the Jedi, Leia says that her mother was “very beautiful. Kind, but…sad.”

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