A bunch of “Star Wars: Episode VII” updates today. First up, a report at Total Geeks suggests the upcoming film sports a woodland battle sequence featuring thousands of extras.
The slightly over a week-long shoot took place in the Forest of Dean in Wales with many of the key cast shuttled to a location known as ‘Puzzlewood’. Producer Kathleen Kennedy reportedly visited the set a number of times, and some of the crew was overheard talking about the shoot at their hotel.
The shoot is said to have included a “pivotal fight scene amongst some of the new main characters,” and the tone of all the new “Star Wars” films are aiming to be more “unified, cohesive” than Marvel or Pixar’s various efforts.
Next up, one of the film’s stars is Oscar Isaac who recently told the Huffington Post that he wasn’t a fan of George Lucas’ digital tweaking to the original “Star Wars” films:
“As an artist, like, he made the s–t, so why can’t he do whatever the heck he wants with it. There’s a part of me that appreciates that he doesn’t really care if people are upset about it. He decided to share it with all of it and he wants to go back and do stuff, whatever.
But as a fan, I’d much rather go back and watch the old thing, because it’s a product of the time. It’s what did you do at the time with the things that you had. And that’s what made that movie so amazing. At that time with that technology he made this thing and it was f–king awesome.
So, you know, to go back and kind of tweak it with new stuff, it doesn’t make it more interesting for me as a watcher. It makes it less interesting, but I can’t fault him for doing that.”
Then comes an interview with filmmaker David Fincher who, whilst out doing promotional rounds for “Gone Girl,” revealed to Total Film that he actually spoke with Disney about potentially doing the project:
“I talked to Kathy about it, but I think that it’s a different thing from… I don’t know what Disney-Lucasfilm will be like. It’s tricky. My favourite is The Empire Strikes Back. If I said, ‘I want to do something more like that,’ then I’m sure the people paying for it would be like, ‘No! You can’t do that! We want it like the other one with all the creatures!’.
I always thought of Star Wars as the story of two slaves [C-3PO and R2-D2] who go from owner to owner, witnessing their masters’ folly, the ultimate folly of man… I thought it was an interesting idea in the first two, but it’s kind of gone by Return Of The Jedi.”