Thursday, June 16, 2011

Star Wars Sundries: TV, Blu-ray, Book, and Collecting News



Lots of little tidbits that deserve attention, but not sure I want to write that many posts, so lets do them all in one major download.

Blu-ray News:

Play.com has posted what looks to be our first look at the clip of finished documentary footage from the Star Wars Complete Saga Blu-ray.  The clip features an interview with Ewan McGregor and vintage footage of Denis Lawson who played Wedge Antilles in the OT. 

Book News:

Star Wars Books on Facebook posted a mini-excerpt from author Paul S. Kemp's next book, Rip Tide.
Khedryn cleared his throat. “So, then, do you have a plan? What do we do about the escaped clones?”
“We find them,” Jaden said.
“Yeah, I figured that. I’m all ears about how.”
“First I need to speak to Grand Master Skywalker.”
Star Wars Books on Facebook also announced the artists that will be illustrating The Essential Readers Companion.
I've been busy talking and emailing with so many talented artists the past few weeks. I'm thrilled to announce that Jeff Carlisle and Chris Trevas will be illustrating Pablo Hidalgo's STAR WARS: THE ESSENTIAL READERS' COMPANION book, on sale in August 2012! (ES)

 COLLECTING:

Jedi Temple Archives has posted images and preliminary details of a new Savage Opress Maquette from Gentle Giant.  This thing looks awesome and could be a must have for collectors and TCW fans.


Television News:

On the Live-Action Series front, Den of Geek has pulled back the curtain and it appears found one of the writers that contributed to the pile of scripts sitting on George Lucas' bookshelf.

A source has revealed to us that British writer, Matthew Graham, is one of the team that Lucas recruited to the project.
Graham is best known for co-creating and co-writing Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes, and we recently saw his work in Doctor Who, too, where he penned the two-parter, The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People.
We got in touch with Matthew Graham and asked him whether the news was true. All he would say to us was that he had done some work out at LucasFilm during 2008 and 2009 "on something unbelievably cool", and that his contract "had come to an end". "I hope one day I'll be able to talk about it," he told us.
Comingsoon.net has some news from the Licensing International Expo 2011 (LX11) and apparently there is going to be an animated Lego Star Wars television special in Fall 2011.  We know that TCW actors spent time lending their voices to the Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, so I would imagine that much of those same voice actors would be used for this special.  It will be interesting to see what this special is and exactly how it fits or doesn't fit into the continuity.

Club Jade also has an interesting little tidbit from a recent interview that George Lucas did with CNN, where he is talking about another animated show, Star Wars: Detours.  The speculation being that this is the secret project that Robot Chicken creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich have been working on.


SOURCES:  Play.com, Star Wars Books on Facebook, Jedi Temple Archives, Den of Geek, ComingSoon.net, and Club Jade.

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