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Star Wars: Episode VII Rumor Round-Up: Will Harrison Ford Return?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 7, 2012

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With last week’s news that George Lucas had sold his company to Disney—and that Disney would be making more Star Wars movies—came fans’ inevitable speculation about what Episode VII will look like. With little concrete information available, Yoda-level patience is demanded. There are some things we know for sure, and lots more we don’t.

What we do know: Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion. Disney aims to release a seventh installation of the space epic in 2015, with at least two more episodes to follow. George Lucas, who will be a creative consultant on the movie, has already met with screenwriters. The story will take place at some point after Return of the Jedi. And, outside the cinema, Star Wars will also be added to the Disney universe of theme parks, merchandise and television.

(MOREWhat to Expect From Disney’s New Star Wars)

Here’s what we don’t know for sure:

Who will direct? A leading rumor, via Collider, is that Matthew Vaughn is in talks to helm the film. The director, who wrote and directed both Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, recently dropped out of directing X-Men: Days of Future Past, which he also wrote. But Vaughn is not the only director whose name has been linked  to the film. TheMarketSaw blog, which claims access to an anonymous Star Wars source who correctly indicated in 2009 that something like the Disney buy would be coming up, has suggested a list of other directors in the running: Steven Spielberg, Neill Blomkamp (District 9), Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity), Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream) and Joss Whedon (The Avengers). The same source also claims that there are two full trilogies in the works, which would bring us up to Episode XII, and that the new movies will bring back the original characters—including, according to this anonymous insider, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beyond Marvel-ous: The Avengers Smashes Records With $200.3 Million

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 7, 2012

The all-star superhero movie leaves Harry Potter as roadkill, scoring the top opening weekend in North American movie history

By RICHARD CORLISS

Holy Incredible Captain Iron-Thor! Marvel’s The Avengers became the all-time weekend superhero, earning $200.3 million at the North American box office, according to preliminary estimates by Disney, the movie’s ecstatic distributor.

That number not only eclipses but utterly obliterates the $169.2-million debut for the previous record holder, last July’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. If the total holds when final figures are issued on Monday, The Avengers will have reached $200 million two days faster than any other movie; both the Potter finale and The Dark Knight, now in third place, took five days to hit the double nine-figure mark (Deathly Hallows 2 with $202.6 million, Dark Knight with $203.8 million). Add the domestic stash to the $441.5 million earned from 12 days in the international market, and you get a $641.8-million global gross — $24 million more than the year’s first blockbuster, The Hunger Games, has banked in seven weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

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