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This week’s topics include:
“Star Wars Land” to open at Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2019 (Disney Parks)
Speaking of Orlando, SWR Dinner!
The Clone Wars to leave Netflix on March 7, 2017 in the US (Screenrant)
“Unfortunately, it appears as if The Clone Wars’ relationship with Netflix might be coming to a close, as the show’s Netflix page has it marked as “Available Until 03/07/2017.” The Clone Wars movie (an amalgamation of several episodes from the first season), however, doesn’t appear to be going anywhere for now.”
Adding Rebel ships to Rogue One (io9) (What’s great is the ways the various mediums are working with each other) per Hal Hickel, the animation supervisor on Rogue One
“You see the film and think it’s a kind of corporate synergy,” Hal Hickel, the animation supervisor on Rogue One, told io9. “But really it’s just casual and friendly contact between folks at Lucasfilm working on different aspects of the Star Wars universe and going, ‘This would be super cool. Can we put your ship in our movie?’”
That’s how the Ghost, the hero ship of the Disney XD show, showed up not just on Yavin IV (above, top left), but in the space battle above Scarif. “I was chatting with [Rebels executive producer] Dave Filoni,” explained Rogue One producer John Knoll. “[I asked] ‘How would you feel about having the Ghost show up somewhere in Rogue One?’ They were all excited about the idea.”
“[Using the Hammerheads] came out of discussions a bunch of us had about ‘What should the Rebel fleet really consist of?’” Knoll explained. He knew of a few obvious ones but, to get the definitive answer, he approached the Story Group.
[They said] “Well, they could have the Hammerhead Corvette” and they showed me some images from Rebels. So that prompted me to grab the model and make a movie version of it. And we had that underway as a background ship when we were fleshing out some of the story beats of what happens in the space battle. Suddenly I needed a ship that could act as a tugboat and I thought, “Well, let’s use the Hammerhead for that.” So it kind of turned into a starring role.
To actually turn those CG animated ships into live-action CG elements, Knoll explained that the Rebels team gave the team at ILM the CG models from the show, then model supervisor Russell Paul “did a bit of a rebuild on them to add up a level of detail that was needed for it to hold up in a feature film.” And, that’s that. A few conversations around the office, fans have some fun easter eggs, and two major Star Wars stories get connected in an exciting way.
CELEBRATION STATION: Your Guide to that Yearly Star Wars Pilgrimage
But first, it was recently announced that Felicity Jones will be signing autographs at Celebration in addition to Ian McDiarmid and Jeremy Bulloch.
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