Star Wars Bits: Episode VII Shooting Schedule, New Interviews, and Possible Hints at next Cartoon Show

* It’s shameless I know, but the header image is the special May the Fourth art print I created in celebration of Star Wars day.

* Though we already did a news post on it, let’s not forget the big news that came yesterday in the announcement that EA has taken over the video game Star Wars license.

* The other big news is that it seems that filming for Episode VII is on schedule to begin early next year (2014).  Bryan Burk, a co-producer on the film and one of te main guys at Bad Robot Productions, spoke with Collider and said:

“We’re progressing on a schedule to hopefully begin next year, or the beginning of next year…and the location is still kind of floating around in the air all depending on script and a whole bunch of other issues.”

 

 

* On top of that, this Tweet came out showing that someone spotted the director and writer together in London.

* Mark Hamill made a surprise appearance at the 30th Anniversary screening of Return of the Jedi in LA, and spoke a little about Episode VII and what he hopes comes from it.  You can read up on the entire Q&A over on AICN, but I’ve pasted some of the more interesting snippets below:

“There’s nothing wrong with CGI, but I think you have to have a balance because the camera perceives the width and the depth and the weight of a miniature or a model.”

“I’m one of you, I feel like you’re one of us. I’ll be in there fighting and trying to be as honest as I can be about what I think it is made these movies so special in the first place. It always starts with the script and that’s why I’m so encouraged by Michael Arndt’s involvement because I respect his writing so much. He’s a big fan of these movies, so hopefully we can make something that doesn’t make everyone want to find us, cut off our heads and throw it right in our faces.”

Cartoon TIE

* Lastly we have a bit of PURE speculation (thanks to IGN for the discovery).  Dave Filoni, the supervising Director for the now cancelled The Clone Wars cartoon, posted the above image on his Facebook page saying, “It’s hard to believe that I have worked at Lucasfilm almost eight years, and this is the first time I have ever gotten to draw a TIE fighter.”

While this doesn’t really mean much, it’s possible that this is the first bit of ‘something’ from the new upcoming Star Wars cartoon.  We know a new series is in the works and Filoni has already confirmed his involvement with it, so it leads one to wonder why else would have be drawing a TIE fighter.  Who knows, it could just be some doodling, but hopefully we’ll get more information sooner rather than later. 

All right, we’ll wrap it up there, but if you’ve got any Star Wars related news scoop we may have missed, or just something really cool and Star Wars related, drop me a line at [email protected].

-Jordan