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Star Wars Concept Artist Says Original Darth Maul Design Terrified George Lucas

Darth Maul has to be one of the best-designed creations in the whole Star Wars franchise. The character’s unique look is a large part of why he made such an impact on fans, despite being killed off in The Phantom Menace, with his popularity such that he later played a major role in The Clone Wars and Rebels animated series as well as having a surprise cameo in Solo. Who knows what would have happened if the original design for the villain had been used, though.

StarWars.com has shared an extensive oral history of the franchise, which includes comments from concept artist Iain McCaig. He recalled that Maul was described in the script for Episode I as “a vision from your worst nightmare” and McCaig drew from his own fears as he came up with how Maul should look. The result was something so disturbing that George Lucas was horror-stricken upon seeing it.
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Comic Offers New Information On The Disney Attraction

Though Episode IX will soon demand a marketing push of its own, Disney currently has all hands at the pump in anticipation of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the lavish theme park attraction that’s said to blast visitors into that famous galaxy far, far away for a full 28 minutes.

A late 2019 launch is on the cards, and while the Powers That Be are keeping things under wraps for the time being, a new post over on StarWars.com (h/t Cbm) offers some insight into the Galaxy’s Edge attraction, courtesy of writer Ethan Sacks.

He’s the brains behind the five-issue Galaxy’s Edge comic, which shares some connective tissue with the Disney ride in that it’s largely set in Black Spire Outpost, the planet’s largest settlement and “an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space.”

Alongside the interview,
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New Tweet Fuels Speculation Of Darth Vader Cameo In Star Wars: Episode IX

To literally bring Darth Vader back from the grave at this point in the Star Wars series would be considered blasphemy by many a fan, but in a franchise where the line between living and dead has always been a little blurry, we definitely wouldn’t rule out getting some kind of cameo from Anakin Skywalker in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX.

In fact, it seems to be the one rumor that just won’t go away, with countless theories, supposed pieces of evidence and more surfacing over the past few months to support the idea. And now, we can add something else to the list, with a cryptic Tweet from /Film’s Peter Sciretta fueling speculation of a Vader cameo.

Taking to Twitter, here’s what he wrote that sent everyone into a frenzy:

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Concept Art Reveals Darth Maul With Long Hair

The return of Maul in Solo: A Star Wars Story was already a surprising enough moment for audiences, but imagine the shock among viewers if the Phantom Menace Sith showed up looking like the mascot for a metal band.

Lucasfilm concept designer Jake Lunt Davies recently took to Instagram with some early artwork for the character’s comeback, and it seems that both Maul’s hair and his horns could do with a trim. Meanwhile, the villain was apparently going to ditch his old cloak and decide to go shirtless for this Han Solo prequel, showing off the full red-and-black pattern on his body, along with the entirety of his robot bottom half.

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Artist-Centric Convention LightBox Expo to Launch in 2019 (Exclusive)

The founder of Seattle’s Emerald City Comic Con is teaming with character designer Bobby Chiu to launch LightBox Expo, a three-day celebration of visual arts in Pasadena, California. Next year’s first event will feature guests including Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Disney animator Victoria Ying and Star Wars character designer Iain McCaig.

The event is the brainchild of Chiu, who has worked on Disney’s Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, and won an Emmy for his work on Niko and the Sword of Light. The founder of Toronto’s Imaginism Studios, Chiu is also the mind behind online illustration ...
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Asmodee Digital adds Fighting Fantasy Legends to its catalogue of games

Back in the 1980’s a series of fantasy books emerged from Puffin Book Publishers – from Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone -which captured the imagination of children up and down the UK, and today they hold both adults and children across the world in their grasp. These were the Fighting Fantasy books where you the hero. They came with titles such as Temple of Terror, City of Thieves, Forest of Doom, and Deathtrap Dungeon and the cover art, from the likes of Iain McCaig, Russ Nicholson and Russ Nicholson is still today held in high-regard.

If you go into a leading bookstore today, you’ll find these books still being re-issued to new audiences across the globe, for the next generation of heroes. Now Asmodee Digital, the industry leader in digital board game entertainment, have today announced they have added Nomad Games’ Fighting Fantasy Legends to their ever-growing catalogue.

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The Games Collector brings Ian Livingstone’s Fighting Fantasy: City of Thieves ‘Collector’s Edition’ to Indiegogo

Any child of the 1980’s will have a distinct memory of two things: brilliant kids cartoons and Fighting Fantasy Adventure Gamebooks. Well it’s fair to say that excellent cartoons are officially dead and the Gods only know where kids today are being fed the “moral of the story”, but the rather great news is that a classic Fighting Fantasy book has returned and it looks rather fantastic .

It was back in 1982, that the Fighting Fantasy series began with The Warlock at Firetop Mountain, written by both Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson, the series continued finally ending in 1995 selling a mammoth 18 million copies. Each book offered a different adventure, numerous turns to success or – more than likely – a ill-fated end. Along with this you were also treated to some excellent cover art from artists such as Peter Andrew Jones, Christos Achilleos, Iain McCaig and Brian Bolland. If you had a
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Will Yoda Return in the Han Solo Movie Prologue?

Will Yoda Return in the Han Solo Movie Prologue?
Will Yoda show up in the second Star Wars Anthology movie centered on Han Solo? It's entirely possible. And a meeting between Yoda and Han Solo was already supposed to have happened. Now, some are speculating that a deleted scene from the original Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith script, which came very close to shooting, may find its way back into the Han Solo: A Star Wars Story opening prologue.

Jar Jar Binks, Midi-chlorian and the tortured 'Noooooo!' that Darth Vader moans at the end of Revenge of the Sith are the top three most hated things about the prequels. But there's one moment that fans don't even want to admit is real. Rather, they forget about it and pretend it never happened. That scene has Yoda calling Chewbacca an 'old friend'. Yes, Yoda and Chewbacca are besties, and they have been for years. And thanks to George Lucas,
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The Star Wars: Han Solo Spinoff Will Be A Western/Heist Film, Says LucasFilm

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One of the more ambitious ideas that Disney has implemented since purchasing LucasFilm from George Lucas is the idea of standalone spinoffs within the Star Wars universe that Lucas created. With the overriding philosophy being that Lucas created a huge canvas with his galaxy far, far away- a canvas that can be used to tell all kinds of stories- they're set to expand on the Star Wars mythos in a way that goes beyond the Skywalker saga.

So far, we've got Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and an as-yet-untitled spinoff that centers on a young Han Solo on the way.

Jammer and I have discussed several times on the Los Fanboys Podcast how these first two spinoffs don't veer far enough away from the Skywalker saga for our liking. But, still, it does at least seem like they're going to be exploring new tones and sub-genres.

By all accounts,
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Han Solo Anthology Film: Disney Begins Casting Search For Young Lando

With Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Han Solo Anthology movie eyeing an early 2017 production start, TheWrap brings word today that Disney and Lucasfilm have begun their search for a young Lando Calrissian, the wise-cracking smuggler originally portrayed by Billy Dee Williams across the original Star Wars trilogy.

At the time of going to press, the outlet didn’t disclose which actors were in contention for the coveted part of the Cloud City denizen, though we imagine more information will come to light as casting begins to heat up.

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What we do know is that whoever dons that glorious moustache and cape as a young Lando will star opposite newcomer Alden Ehrenreich, who closed a deal to headline Lord and Miller’s hotly-anticipated spinoff as the endearing scoundrel earlier in the year.

Still simmering in the bowels of pre-production, early signs for Disney’s Han
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The Week in Star Wars – No opening crawl for Rogue One, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens reviewed, Han Solo has “best Star Wars script” ever, James Cameron criticises The Force Awakens and more

It’s year two of The Week in Star Wars and we’ve got some big news for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a review for Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, news from Han Solo’s solo movie and more…

Kicking things off this week with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and it was revealed by Kathleen Kennedy that some big changes are coming to the franchise – including the removal of the iconic opening crawl. Blasphemy, surely? “The crawl and some of those elements live so specifically within the ‘saga’ films that we are having a lot of discussion about what will define the [stand-alone] Star Wars Stories separate and apart from the saga films,” Kennedy told EW. “So we’re right in the middle of talking about that.” Not having the crawl would help separate the spin-offs from the main timeline, but – personally – it would feel like it’s missing something.
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New "Rogue One," Han Solo Film Rumors

It has been a busy few days for "Star Wars" rumors and news, time to break it all down.

First up, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" concept artist Iain McCaig spoke earlier this month at a conference in New Zealand with tidbits from that popping online yesterday over at StarWarsNewsNet.

According to them, McCaig says Lawrence Kasdan penned the script for the "Han Solo: A Star Wars Story" standalone film before he began work on 'Force Awakens'. Of the script, McCaig said: "By far the best Star Wars script, and one of the best scripts period, that I have ever read. I laughed, I cried, I did all the things you should do when reading a good script. You're in for a treat."

He also indicated that after selling Lucasfilm to Disney, George Lucas decided he wanted to be involved and wrote a script for Episode VII which was "rejected outright" by Disney.
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Concept artist Iain McCaig says Han Solo spinoff is “by far the best Star Wars script”

During an appearance at an Art and Industry of Imagination conference in New Zealand, Lucasfilm concept artist Iain McCaig spoke briefly about the script for the upcoming young Han Solo movie, and was full of praise for the Star Wars Anthology project.

“[It’s] by far the best Star Wars script, and one of the best scripts period, that I have ever read,” said McCaig. “I laughed, I cried, I did all the things you should do when reading a good script. You’re in for a treat.”

Now, it should also be noted that McCaig is part of Lucasfilm and worked on the prequels along with last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so he’s not really going to come out and say “the story is as dull as The Phantom Menace and the dialogue as stiff as Attack of the Clones.” However, there’s certainly some stellar talent involved in the project,
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Screenplay For Han Solo Anthology Film Billed As One Of The Best Ever Star Wars Scripts

Venerable concept artist and all-round Star Wars veteran Iain McCaig claims Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Han Solo Anthology film boasts one of the best screenplays in Star Wars history.

Word comes by way of Uproxx, relaying McCaig’s comments from the Art and Industry of Imagination conference. It was here that the creative talent – best known for his artwork on The Force Awakens – touched base on how future films in Disney’s galactic saga are shaping up. When it comes to Lord and Miller’s origins story, it seems Star Wars fans are “in for a treat.”

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Uproxx cautions that McCaig’s comments are paraphrased somewhat, but the general gist of the artist’s speech still stands as a stellar vote of confidence.

“[The Han Solo movie] has by far the best Star Wars script, and one of the best scripts period, that I have ever read,
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Han Solo Movie Reportedly Has "The Best Star Wars Script" Yet

Going for a standalone Han Solo flick was a ballsy move from Lucasfilm. Understandably, it seems like the go-to move if the studio wants to guarantee its investment -- Han Solo is one of the most beloved film characters of all-time, so having him in a standalone film is bound to make some serious coin. On the flip side, however, it's almost as if they've painted themselves into a corner. In creating a film that revolves around a young Han Solo, they're asking audiences to take a huge leap of faith and "forget" the memorable performance that Harrison Ford gave in four separate Star Wars flicks (three of which take place around the same time period as the Han Solo film is likely to take place).

They have since cast Alden Ehrenreich as the iconic Han Solo, and while this is great casting, there's still the hump to overcome that
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The Han Solo Screenplay Has Been Described As The Best One In The Star Wars Series To Date

Iain McCaig has worked on both the Star Wars prequels and The Force Awakens, so it's fair to say that the concept artist knows his stuff. That's what makes his comments about the upcoming Han Solo movie so exciting, especially as the vast majority of fans so far seem to have agreed that the spinoff is pretty unnecessary, especially as Harrison Ford obviously can't reprise the role of a younger Han. "[The Han Solo movie] has by far the best Star Wars script, and one of the best scripts period, that I have ever read," he recently revealed after being asked about how the movie is shaping up. "I laughed, I cried, I did all the things you should do when reading a good script. You’re in for a treat." That's one hell of an endorsement, but it perhaps shouldn't come as too much of a surprise given the talent involved. After all,
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Almost Had an All-White Cast

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Almost Had an All-White Cast
For the most part, the world of Star Wars fans at large seem to be very happy with what J.J. Abrams was able to do with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The franchise has had new life breathed into it, and there are a lot of reasons for that. One of the biggest things that people latched onto in The Force Awakens was the new, diverse cast members such as John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. As it turns out, Disney supposedly didn't originally want that to be the case.

In a recent report from Star Wars News Net, a fan site who consistently reports scoops on all things Star Wars related, claims that Disney was trepidatious about including non-white characters prominently in The Force Awakens. The information came to light at a recent art and industry conference in New Zealand. Star Wars concept artist Iain McCaig spoke at the conference and according to the report,
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Han Solo Movie Script Praised by Star Wars Expert

Han Solo Movie Script Praised by Star Wars Expert
There is a lot of hype building for some of the future films in the Star Wars franchise lately. After a brief bit of concern over massive reshoots for Rogue One, fans are now very excited after a bunch of new details came out, including the confirmation of Darth Vader for the movie. But Disney has other spinoff movies planned, and after Rogue One, it will be everyone's favorite scruffy nerf herder Han Solo who is getting a solo movie. Now, the initial script for Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is getting high praise from a trusted source. And that source just so happens to be an expert on all things Star Wars.

We know relatively little about the upcoming, untitled Young Han Solo movie, but thanks to a recent report from Star Wars News Net, we get a bit of a window into what we might be able
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‘Star Wars’ Concept Artist Says the Han Solo Movie Is “By Far The Best Star Wars Script”

‘Star Wars’ Concept Artist Says the Han Solo Movie Is “By Far The Best Star Wars Script”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens concept artist Iain McCaig spoke earlier this month at the Art and Industry of Imagination conference in New Zealand, and apparently dropped some huge bits of information that had not shown up online until a report posted earlier today. Among them is a claim that after selling Lucasfilm to Disney, […]

The post ‘Star Wars’ Concept Artist Says the Han Solo Movie Is “By Far The Best Star Wars Script” appeared first on /Film.
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Rumor: Lucasfilm's Han Solo Script is The Best Star Wars Script Ever

We all want Lucasfilm's Han Solo movie to be awesome, and the company seems to be doing everything in its power to make that come true. They hired Phil Lord and Chris Miller to direct it, they brought on Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, The Force Awakens) and his son Jon to write it, and cast Alden Ehrenreich to star. Well, if this new rumor has any truth to it, an early draft of the script is the best screenplay of any of the Star Wars movies.

io9 points us to a report from StarWarsNewsNet in which they received a tip from one of their readers about Star Wars concept artist Iain McCaig talking about the new movie at a conference in New Zealand. McCaig apparently said that Lawrence Kasdan wrote an early draft of the Han Solo screenplay before he was hired to co-write The Force Awakens, and
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