Saturday, November 29, 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens 2015 Film

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (also known as Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens) is an upcoming American epic space opera film produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Lucasfilm, and Bad Robot Productions and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the seventh film in the Star Wars saga, and is scheduled for release on December 18, 2015.

J. J. Abrams directed the film from a screenplay he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan, co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Abrams and Kasdan rewrote the initial script by Michael Arndt, who also wrote the story treatment. The film stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Lupita Nyong'o, and Gwendoline Christie, with Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker reprising their roles from previous films. The Force Awakens is set approximately 30 years after Return of the Jedi.

After The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, plans for a third Star Wars trilogy were announced. The Force Awakens will be the first film to be made since the acquisition, with Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Abrams' long-time collaborator Bryan Burk producing. Star Wars creator George Lucas serves as creative consultant on The Force Awakens and other new Star Wars films. Second-unit filming began in April 2014 in Abu Dhabi and Iceland, with principal photography taking place between May and November 2014 in Abu Dhabi, and Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England.

George Lucas turned over the story treatment for Episode VII (as well as for VIII and IX) to Disney chairman Bob Iger around the time Lucasfilm was sold to Disney in October 2012. The treatment was written by Michael Arndt, who was also hired to write the screenplay. David Fincher and Brad Bird were considered as directors and both had even been approached, but Bird was already committed to Tomorrowland. Guillermo del Toro was also considered, stating "We got one phone call to my agent saying, 'Is Guillermo interested?' And basically I have so much stuff already of my own, and I'm pursuing stuff that I'm generating already." J. J. Abrams was announced in January 2013 as the director of Star Wars Episode VII, with Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg as project consultants. The production announced the exit of Arndt from the project on October 24, 2013, and script duties were taken over by Kasdan and Abrams. Abrams cited time concerns over the change of writers. Abrams expressed relief that the release date was announced for December 2015 instead of the earlier spoken about summer release time period. He said that the key to moving forward with the film would be for it to return to the roots of the first film and be based more on emotion than in explanation.

As creative consultant on the film, Lucas' involvement includes attending story meetings. "I mostly say, 'You can't do this. You can do that,'" he told Bloomberg Businessweek. "You know, 'The cars don't have wheels. They fly with antigravity.' There's a million little pieces. Or I can say, 'He doesn’t have the power to do that, or he has to do this.' I know all that stuff."

In January 2014, Abrams confirmed that the script was complete.
In April 2014, Lucasfilm clarified that Episodes VII–IX will not feature any of the storylines from the Expanded Universe, though other elements could be included as with Star Wars Rebels.

Watch Star Wars The Force Awakens 2015 Film Trailer

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