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A dissection the possible Star Wars Episode VII Story


J. J. Abrams, is a world renowned writer, producer and director. His bodies of work as a writer include the television series Alias, Felicity, Fringe, Undercovers and the hugely popular Lost. These shows helped solidify him as a well known writer of stories in a weekly format. His film credits are just as well liked, Forever Young, Super 8, Cloverfield, both of the Star Trek re-imagined films and now the eagerly awaited Star Wars Episode VII.

If you do a search online, you will find a million websites speculating the possible plots for the next installment of the Star Wars film. Reporting on rumors, possibilities, and news being purported to be leaked from sources inside the Lucasfilm family.

However what people are forgetting when they speculate on the possibility of the J. J. Abrams screenplay is who has helped write it to begin with, J. J. Abrams himself with Lawrence Kasdan (Co-writer of the most beloved in the original series, The Empire Strikes Back, along with Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Return of the Jedi) Both writers love exploiting certain elements in order to create a driven and entertaining story. Interpersonal drama.

The Interpersonal drama was well seen in The Empire Strikes Back. Luke learns that Darth Vader is his father. Battles himself as Darth Vader on Dagobah, Han Solo is captured and frozen in Carbonite and the Empire seems to be solidifying their defense against the Rebellion. This story line is then finalized in Return of the Jedi, as Luke learns of his sister, faces the realization that he is the last of the Jedi in the universe, and must eventually make a hard decision to stand his ground against his father, and direct opposite, Darth Vader. Vader eventually faces his very own demons and turns against the one who seemed to take him under his wing, and mentor him as no other had before, Darth Sidius ( AKA: Emperor Palpatine)

It seems poetic that these two writers are teaming up for the next three films. They both really love their turmoil between characters in their stories. 

So what do I believe we can expect to see in the next films?

We do know that these stories will happen 30 years after the end of Return of the Jedi, as announced by Lucasfilm themselves.

I believe there will be a very dark and deep story beginning in the first of the trilogy. Here are points we can expect to see.

  1. The “Big Three”, Luke, Lea and Han Solo will return. Lea and Han will now be parents, to I believe twins. One Boy one Girl.
  2. The twins will now be either Jedi, or Jedi in training under the tutelage of Luke Skywalker.
  3. Luke Skywalker will be either training a new order of the Jedi, or scouring the galaxy looking for new candidates to fill the ranks of the Jedi, there is a possibility of both. Master Luke will be the head of the New Jedi Order.
  4. Luke Skywalker will also be a father. (This I don’t believe as much, as I believe he will have remained abstinent and single as is the way of the Jedi, no emotional connections to the galaxy)
  5. There will be a minimum of 2 new protagonists in the new film, a Sith Lord and his apprentice. They will have been responsible for restructuring the Empire, and saving them from the brink of extinction.
  6. (This is probably the most unloved prediction) One or more of the “Big Three” will be killed in an insurrection plot. Must likely Han Solo, Lea Solo or both.
  7. One of the Solo children (most likely the male) will go out of their way to exact revenge against those responsible for the death, eventually leading to the dark side, and into the arms of the Sith Lord, who will then shape him into his form.
  8. The remaining Solo Child, along with a Jedi friend, or two, will travel the galaxy seeking the lost brother/sister in order to save him/her from him/herself. 
  9. Along the way they will make the acquaintance of another, or multiple characters who reluctantly accompany them on their quest.
  10. The new empire will overthrow the government and reinstate their power in the galaxy.

We can expect to see certain places we love, especially Tatooine, which seems to play a large part in the Star Wars universe. Its secret should be answered within the course of the three films.

This is my belief based on my understanding of the writers. Both of which are ranked among two of the greatest story tellers on any screen of the last century. Their films and television series are rife with trauma. 

To understand what will be coming in the next films, we must understand both of the writers, their belief system in the story telling process, and understanding they are planning these films as a three part series. It is not a single film, as A New Hope was originally intended.

With the understanding of these, we should be able to better predict the films before they come out.

If you have thoughts or ideas, I would love hearing them.

Please comment, or message me on twitter, @lancegoolsby

 

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My Update 25 Sep 2013


Lance and Boo-Boo in Schweinfurt

Lance and Boo-Boo in Schweinfurt

Greetings Programs,

I wanted to let all of my readers know what is happening in my life right now, and a couple projects I have on the horizon that you may all be interested in.

First, I have now been working for a large factory here in Schweinfurt for a proud 6 weeks now. The company if ZF Sachs, I am loving the job, it is both physical and stimulating at the same time. I could not be happier to be working there.

So here is what is coming around the corner for all of you.

1) My novel, The Face In The Falls, is back on track. I am re-proofing my manuscript as it stands, and re-organizing my notes and plans for the rest of the book, and am organizing the story and character plots and dialogue for the rest of the novel.

For those who don’t know what The Face In The Falls is, it is the story of Issiquah Homicide detective, Jackson Anderson, King County Medico-Legal Pathologist, Mary Langstrom, and their investigation into the discovery of 7 bodies at the top of the Snoqualmie Falls in Washington State. It is a roller coaster ride of an investigation that will take both of them in a direction that no one had imagined.

2) Probably my most ambitious project to date, is my upcoming podcast, which has yet to be named, It will be hosted by me, and co-hosted by my Brother-in-law Kyle. We will be discussing subjects that are important to us, including Star Wars, toys, comic books and anything else we want to talk about.

It should be totally fun and entertaining, as both of us are ex-military, and some times rather dirty-mouthed. We are both also very dedicated to Star Wars, and are extremely excited for the new films and the announced director of the films.

I am also asking you, the reader, what you think I should name the Podcast. When it is available it will be downloadable on iTunes, but first I need a name that I can place them under.

This I leave to you…

Below please submit your ideas in the comments block.

I thank you all

Peace

Lance

Some of my artwork


I thought I would show some of the art work I have painted in the last year. Although I am relatively new to the medium of painting, I feel I am learning quite fast. I tent to do paintings over subject mater that matters to me, which I guess is important. I do allot of Star Wars paintings, mostly for me, and comic book heroes as well. I paint them with Acrylic on canvas. and on none of them do I have a frame. I painted them with the plan of not framing it. so the image actually continues around the edges as well.

Here are just a couple of the paintings I have finished over the year 2011, in order of making them.

This was my first, around March, I wanted to paint Darth Vader on a dark background, and only paint the highlights that reflect off of his costume. I didn’t know at the time many of the blending and color bleeding principals I learned later in other paintings, which usually came through trial and error. However, as a subject it is one of my favorite paintings so far.

This one came directly on the heels of Darth Vader, which I guess makes sense, the canvas is slightly smaller than vaders, and It is meant to go to the right of Darth Vader when hung. There will be a second storm trooper in the series, which will go to Vaders left side. The series will be repainted by me, in the styles I have learned through the series of paintings I have done, to make them stand out a little better.

This one was the beginning of me learning how to blend and bleed the colors together. I found out by total accident when I had a blob of black drip, when I was talking with the wife, that water could bleed the color down enough to use it for shading. This is the first that had no subject matter film or comic book related. However, as in the style of my paintings, it is a dark image, with little color.

This was the very next one, The bleeding principal I learned was used throughout this painting. The photo was taken while there was a spot still wet, thusly the wet area. I was happy with the painting, however not overjoyed. There seemed to be something missing from the subject that I did not see when painting it.

This is my favorite to date, I had fun doing this. Wolverine has always been, and always be one of my favorite characters in comic Books. He has a dual personality as being the hero, yet being more brutal than most other heroes in the comic universe. The antihero as people refer to him, does not look to fight evil, however it has a way finding him. No matter how deep he hides himself in the shadows of humanity around him. This one was based on a still from the X-Men Origines: Wolverine film, I however thought it would be better adding the comic book face of Wolverine, rather than the film recognized Hugh Jackman.

This is a painting that I was asked to do for my Sister In Law, for her husbands Birthday. This is my best painting , and the hardest I had to do, to date. I needed to make sure the detail I added to Yoda was on the money, and as realistic as I could do. The overall length of time taken to paint this was about 2 solid weeks. Making sure every wrinkle and gray hair was properly represented. Not to mention the field of depth needed to portray his arm coming at the viewer. This photo does not do this painting justice. Hanging on my in laws wall, you can stare in awe at it for quite a while.

This was another painting asked of me by an in law. He wanted to have a Darth Vader painted by me, and customized for him to hang in his apartment. So I added the AT-ST seen in the bottom right of the painting, the Death Star 2, in the upper left, and the star cruiser and TIE-Fighters flying above. I had a blast with this one, and enjoyed making it as well. Notice the light saber glow on the costume, that again was created with the color bleeding I figured out just a month or so before. I had not yet figured out how to thin the colors enough to create really fine details, while not loosing the strength of the color. as seen with the white reflecting off the corners of his helmet, or off the chain holding on his cape.

Again same Brother in Law, and this time he asked me to do something based of something completely different. This painting is a single frame in the Kick-Ass comic book, where the father is about to show the daughter how it feels getting shot while wearing a bullet proof vest. The hard way. I changed a small portion of the color scheme, as I didnt agree with the way it was originally painted, but it was my interpretation of an already painted scene… So my artistic input is ok… LOL

Well, there you go. A small view into the few paintings i made last year. And slightly after our move in the next few weeks, I will begin again painting. So expect to see a few more in the next few days.

Thanks.

Peace

Lance

 

Movie News that excites me


First of all, I want people to know I am not such a cynical person, I am light hearted by nature. I do enjoy some of the finer things in life, Mostly music, Movies, Video Games, Reading, Archaeology, Paranormal Investigations, and so much more.

With that said, I thought I would post a bit of movie news that is exciting to me, and that I am anxious to see myself.

So the introduction to Lances first ever…

Movie Blog

I am a huge, and I mean HUGE science fiction fan. Star Wars, and Star Trek lead along with some other films as being among my favourite films of all times (With the exception of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace… Really George?) Among the films that have always been in my favourites are the following:

  • Star Wars Saga
  • Star Trek
  • The Last Star Fighter
  • Tron
  • The Chronicles Of Riddick
  • Space Balls
  • The Black Hole
  • The Crow
I am pleased as a new father to announce a little news about some of the franchises I have also listed above.
Some of the biggest news was an announcement a while back, that George Lucas has shown interest, and is Green Lighting a new Live action Star Wars television series, which he is helping pen, that has unfortunately a tentative release time of 2015… Now if the Aztecs were right, we don’t have that kind of time…
Here is what www.movieweb.com has to say about the series…
It takes place between episodes three and four, when Luke Skywalker was growing up as a teenager, but it has nothing to do with Luke. Basically, it is like ‘The Godfather’; it’s the Empire slowly building up its power base around the galaxy, what happens in Coruscant, which is the major capital, and it’s [about] a group of underground bosses who live there and control drugs, prostitution.
Really? Is this an important aspect of the Star Wars empire? Star Wars was built around a hero and a protagonist. Any new show should feature something along the same lines. Do I really want to watch a show about gangsters in space? If so, maybe someone could create a show called “Godfather In Space”. They could have it written by the guy who wrote Babylon 5, then no one would watch it, and we could get it over and done with…
I don’t know. Why must we be subjected to another crazy attempt in revamping the Star Wars series?  But you know what? Truth be told, I will watch it, and most likely love it, for what it is, an extension of the Star Wars universe, that brings us closer to the politics, and strugles being faced by the populace of a “Galaxy far away…”
Also on the agenda is a new Star Trek film. Again being directed by no longer the new guy, J. J. Abrams (Cloverfield, Mission Impossible: III, Super 8), and penned by Damon Lindelof, who many don’t recognize the name. However soon many of you will…
Damon was responsible for writing around 35 of the episodes of the popular television series “Lost”, which oddly enough also had J. J. Abrams as one of its many directors.
For those who don’t know, Star Trek, 2009, was an amazing action film set in the Star Trek universe. It features the characters from the original series, Captain Kirk, Spock and crew, in an alternate time line for the crew. Events in the film happen in a crucial junction in the Star Trek history, and the film then follows an alternate time line allowing for slight divergence from the Star Trek stories that we know from the series…
Vin Diesel recently posted on his website a video of himself and director David Twohy (Pitch Black, The Chronicles Of Riddick, A Perfect Getaway) going over a proposed sequel to the popular Riddick franchise.
Here is what the synopsis is looking like so far, as reported again by movieweb.com:
Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick(Diesel) fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddickunleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.
Both Diesel, and Twohy want to take the Riddick character back to the darker feeling of the original “Pitch Black” and put him again in a position alone against great odds. It should be a rollercoaster ride through the person of Riddick, which I don’t feel was explored enough in “The Chronicles Of Riddick” including his back story, and the history on the planet they kept referring to in both films, and the video Game which was the prequel to the first film…
Also in the reported works are the following:

The Crow

After the tragic death of Brandon Lee during the final day of filming of the original The Crow, the series has taken a drastic down fall, three sequels featured prominent actors and actresses the likes of:
Kirsten Dunst (Spider Man) Iggy Popp (Singer) Thomas Jane (The Punisher) Fred Ward (Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, Tremors), David Boreanaz (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV) Angel (TV)) Tara Ried (American Pie Series) and Edward Furlong (Terminator 2)
All of which have failed miserably, to the point that numbers 3 and 4 went straight to DVD, and never had any screen time…
They are attempting to keep the series alive by bringing the original hero, Eric Draven’s story to a larger budget, and closer tied to the comic books.

Tron (Untitled 3rd film)

Following the massively successful limited theater release of Tron: Legacy in December 2010, Disney studios has officially green lit the next instalment. The writersAdam HorowitzEdward Kitsis, who wrote Legacy, have hinted at the fact that they are attempting to write a trilogy out of the new sequels. This means, as always 1982’s Tron will stand alone, and Legacy will be the first in a trilogy, in the further liberation of the computer world known as “The Grid”. The characters are as of yet unknown, but if the end of Legacy is any clue (No Pun intended) Sam Flynn, Quorra, and Tron will definitely be back, and true fans of the series will not allow Kevin Flynn to just die out with his alter ego in the computer universe Clu…
So here is hoping it keeps the Tron universe as an amazing Digital Fairy tale, and not dilute it too much with mainstream stories and plot lines, which have thinned many other film sequels in the past… (See the Star Wars Prequels, mainly Episode 1)

Prometheus

Some film makers begin destinies in film. Howard Carpenter (Halloween) Wes Cravin (Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream) George Lucas (Do I really need to write Star Wars Here?) Steven Spielberg (Indiana Jones, with George Lucas as well) and Finally comes Ridley Scott…
Not so much as having directed every sequel in the series or its spin-off series, however having the creative vision to create an iconic villain that ranks among the top of every single chart on the planet… The Xenomorph, also known as The Alien…
Having watched a studio seemingly whore out his creation after the second instalment, it seems Ridley has decided to resume the helm of the series by creating a pseudo-prequel entitled Prometheus.
The Prequel will take place in the same story universe as the Alien films, however is rumored to give the origin of the “Space Jokey” seen in both the First film, and the Directors cut of Aliens. He is reporting that it will feature, such as the original film, a single alien in the film, but not the one seen in the Alien films…
Here is the report from movieweb.com:
It’s set in 2085, about 30 years before Ellen Ripley. It’s fundamentally about going out to find ‘Who the hell was that Space Jockey?’ The guy who was sitting in the chair in the alien vehicle. This is an explanation of who the space jockeys were. [The film] is about the discussion of terraforming, taking planets and planetoids and balls of earth and trying to terraform, seed them with the possibilities of future life.
I am a huge Alien fan, and still believe that the first two mark major points in the genre’s that they are prominent in.
Alien = Horror
Aliens = Action
The isolation and darkness of the original film was something that I will remember my entire life, and is the basis for many of my stories. The psychology of the crew attempting to survive something so unknown, and unseen throughout the film will always make Alien one of my all time favourite horror films.
Aliens on the other hand, written and directed by one of my all time favourite directors, James Cameron, is an exploration into the action film scene that had up to that point never been seen. His idea of having more than a single main character as the hero, and placing it in a science fiction universe was unseen. Up to this point Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stalone were the largest action heroes, and the sole heroes in their films. All films were based in some point on the revenge of some bad deed, (With the exception of Terminator, which was also a Cameron film.)
I have high hopes on this film, as I love almost every film Ridley has made to this point, Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, Gladiator, GI Jane, Black Hawk Down, Kingdom Of Heaven, Robin Hood (2010). The Scott vision in motion pictures is unfounded, and unsurpassed… And given the ability of modern technology in film, and his vision for horror as well as story telling, Prometheus should be a blockbuster film prior to its theatrical release!!!

The Black Hole

In 1979, Disney decided they wanted to take a chance in a film that explored new territory, yet retold a classic story Disney had turned into a popular film in the 60’s.  20,000 Leagues Under The Sea…
Here is what Movieweb.com wrote about the working sequel:
Joseph Kosinski and Sean Bailey, the director and producer of Disney’s upcoming Tron Legacy, and screenwriter Travis Beacham are teaming up for a reinvention of the 1979 sci-fi film The Black Hole.In the original, the explorer craft U.S.S. Palomino is returning to Earth after a fruitless 18-month search for extra-terrestrial life when the crew comes upon a supposedly lost ship, the magnificent U.S.S. Cygnus, hovering near a black hole. The ship is controlled by Dr. Hans Reinhardt and his monstrous robot companion, Maximillian. But the initial wonderment and awe the Palomino crew feel for the ship and its resistance to the power of the black hole turn to horror as they uncover Reinhardt’s plans, which involve turning his former crew into robots and flying through the hole. As they try to escape, a meteorite shower damages the ship, and the survivors hang on as they are plunged into the most powerful force in the universe, heading toward the blinding light that holds whatever eternity awaits them.

The details of the update are being kept secret, though the take does involve grounding the story in the science of a black hole, much more so than in the original. The 1979 film was a loose retelling of Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!

To me, the team up of Kosinski and Bailey are working on films that are advancing the typical Disney fare, Tron Legacy, its sequel(s) and now a rewriting of The Black Hole. Now as a self proclaimed nerd, and founder of the new facebook group N.E.R.D. Nerds Experiencing Recent Denial the thought of the unfathomable power of a black hole is a draw that cannot be denied… (Pun intended)
I loved the original film as a child, and find it still an amazing film, but maybe too dumbed down for a younger audience. Keep it aimed for an adult audience as Disneys Tron franchise, and it will be a success. A film with grounds in real science, with science fiction bringing in troves of nerds and scientists, along with the average joe…
This is just some of the films I am excited about. I wanted to give you a chance to experience information, and maybe a little of the excitement I am feeling toward them. Maybe you will share my enthusiasm toward them, maybe not. This is what makes us individuals, and special.
If you have any questions about films you may have heard rumours about, and would like some information, then feel free to write me with details, and I will feature it in the next Lances Movie Blog posting.
I thank you for reading…
Peace
Lance