‘Indiana Jones 5’: Lucas is Out

Shortly after Disney acquired Lucasfilm from George Lucas, it was announced that Lucasfilm would be continuing the Indiana Jones franchise along with the Star Wars franchise. After Lucas’ ideas for the story of The Force Awakens were rejected resulting in Lucas removing himself from the production entirely, many wondered if the visionary filmmaker would still be involved with Indy 5.

Shortly after Disney acquired Lucasfilm from George Lucas, it was announced that Lucasfilm would be continuing the Indiana Jones franchise along with the Star Wars franchise. After Lucas’ ideas for the story of The Force Awakens were rejected resulting in Lucas removing himself from the production entirely, many wondered if the visionary filmmaker would still be involved with Indy 5.

Steven Spielberg, who is currently helming the on-screen adaptation of the best-selling novel, Ready Player One, was quoted by CBR this summer during a press roundtable for The BFG, saying that he would never make an Indiana Jones film without his best friend Lucas. Spielberg added that Lucas would be an executive producer on the film but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.

In an interview with Collider while promoting Inferno, screenwriter David Koepp who is currently penning the script for Indy 5 was asked about Lucas’ attachment to the project.

“He’s not, to my knowledge. I’ve had no contact with him.”

This comes as no great surprise considering Lucas called the executives at Disney “White Slavers” and described his exit from Lucasfilm like it was a divorce last winter in an interview with Charlie Rose. Lucas also was quoted in Hollywood at the red carpet premiere for The Force Awakens that the only movies he would ever make again would be never be seen by anybody but himself and his friends.

SOURCES: COLLIDER, SCREENRANT (via CBR)

Felicity Jones on ‘Rogue One’ Reshoots

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actress Felicity Jones discusses her upcoming films Inferno, A Monster Calls, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

 

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actress Felicity Jones discusses her upcoming films InfernoA Monster Calls, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Only two short months from now Jones will lead Lucasfilm into their first outing from the Skywalker saga with the experimental spin-off.

The film tells the story of Jyn Erso (Jones) and a band of rebel spies as they embark on a mission to steal the plans of the original Death Star described in the first paragraph of the opening crawl to Star Wars Episode IV: A New HopeRogue will serve as a direct prequel to the original classic and lead right up to the moments before Princess Leia’s Tantive IV is captured by Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer, “The Executor”.

Jones told THR her biggest inspiration for Jyn was Florence Welch of the british rock band Florence + The Machine. She spent hours watching music videos by the group as she crafted who the character was and describes the physicality Florence brings to her performances as her inspiration for the physicality she brought to the role.

So much of Jyn is movement. It became a very important part of finding her. She walks almost a bit like a caged animal. Her fight sequences become like dances.

In the trailers, Jones can be seen as she storms a beach crawling with AT-AT’s. The film has her taking on stormtroopers head to head, leaping from one piece of a set to another, and even coming face to face with a TIE Fighter as she smuggles the plans that the Rebel Alliance will later use when Luke Skywalker makes his attack run on the Death Star.

THR also managed to slide in a burn about the the film’s notorious reshoots which is getting old at this point and is just flat out ignorant. Jones commented on the controversy surrounding the film going back into production this past June.

Obviously when you come to the edit, you see the film come together and you think, ‘Actually, we could do this better, and this would make more sense if we did this. I’ve done it so many times. I mean, you wouldn’t just give your first draft on this story, would you?

Every blockbuster has reshoots.

What may have once been a reaction to pieces of a film not working is now part of the production, built into the schedule and the budget from the beginning. The difference with Rogue and what makes it concerning is that director Tony Gilroy was brought in to handle the reshoots rather than the film’s director Garreth Edwards. There was a lot of talk about Lucasfilm being dissatisfied with the tone of the film saying it wasn’t Star Wars enough. Rogue  from its initial conception was to be a war film. The trailers released for the film thus far evoke vibes of Saving Private RyanPlatoon, and Apocalypse Now. My fear is that the film will suffer from a tonal clash. One train being derailed by another because of bad feedback from a focus group. At what point does Edwards’ vision and intention become compromised? Will the levity Star Wars is known for mix well with what Edwards has crafted?

To read the full interview with Jones where she also discusses her reluctance to join Inferno as well as the loss of her former co-star Anton Yelchin, head on over to THR.

Rogue One hits theaters December 16, 2016.

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