The next book in Star Wars saga has been released.
For over three decades, the Star Wars universe has been expanding. New drama, new adventures, and new revelations have played out in the pages of bestselling Star Wars novels.
Today a brand-new nine-book series titled Fate of the Jedi launches with the publication of Outcast by Aaron Allston. Almost 40 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, Luke, Han, and Leia have become living legends, starring alongside a new generation of heroes in their struggle to bring peace to a beleaguered galaxy.
This is the start of the Fate of the Jedi series. We are making available a downloadable PDF guide that serves as an introduction to this bold new era of Star Wars storytelling for those who have never read a Star Wars novel before or just need a refresher on the current standing of the characters and worlds of the galaxy far, far away.
Fate of the Jedi website The Fate of the Jedi series now has a new destination site www.fateofthejedi.com
New features of the site include book and audio excerpts, free content, videos, widgets, podcasts and much much more.
On the Road AARON ALLSTON will be appearing at the locations below to sign and discuss his new book, Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Outcast. Read more
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Release date: Friday August 15, 2008 Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi Director: Dave Filoni Running time: 121 min. Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Producer(s): Catherine Winder, George Lucas Screenplay: George Lucas, Henry Gilroy Cast: Anthony Daniels, Matthew Wood Official Site: starwars.com Rating:PG-13 for sci-fi action violence throughout, brief language and momentary smoking Available film art:Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie posters
First alluded to in 1977′s ‘Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope,’ the Clone Wars are a conflict between the Galactic Republic, led by the Jedi Knights and their clone army, and the nefarious separatist movement of Chancellor Palpatine (who later becomes the emperor). Not previously seen in any of the saga’s six films, the Clone Wars take place between the events of 2002′s Episode II and 2005′s Episode III.
The Clone Wars have exploded across the galaxy as Republic forces and Separatists struggle to gain the upper hand. But while the Jedi generals work tirelessly to defeat Count Dooku and his rebels, Supreme Chancellor Palpatine is hatching his own dark plans. And what Obi-Wan Kenobi and Senator Bail don’t realize is that they’re walking into a deadly trap concocted by Palpatine . . . and escape may not be an option.
Dave Filioni, director of the upcoming Star Wars: The Clone Wars talks about bring the animated feature to the big screen. Star Wars: The Clones Wars arrive in theaters, August 15th.
IGN: You’ve mentioned that you got this job shortly before Revenge of the Sith opened. Is it great to finally be able to release it to the world?
Dave Filoni: Yeah, it’s really great. I mean, keeping secrets is not fun. I know everybody wants to know stuff. They don’t realize how excruciating it is not to be able to answer questions and just have an engaged conversation about some of the characters and plots, which as a fan, I would love to do.
IGN: Right. I saw you at a couple different convention appearances in the past year.
Filoni: Yeah, that had been hard. Back then I could talk about even less.
IGN: I know you’re a huge Star Wars fan, so could you really believe that that had all happened — that you had this job?
Filoni: No. It is really amazing. But, at the same time you get into the industry for a reason because you want to work on great properties and try to do great things. And, I think that when the chance came – even when I worked on Avatar, with that group, after Last Airbender — we were looking at things like Cowboy Bebop and we were looking at Naruto and [Hayao] Miyazaki, and we were just amazed by that. But I had to tell the crews I had, “Look guys. We can try and be fans, but we also want to try and be there and say, ‘Wow, we like that. Let’s try and make something that good.’” And, I think when you do Star Wars, it is a big responsibility and I take it very seriously. But, you have to then actually do it. So, yeah, I do step back every now and then and go, “Wow, I can’t believe there’s an action figure based on the design that I was involved with doing.” That’s awesome. There’s videogames coming out. That’s awesome. So, there’s still that fan aspect. Force Unleashed, I’ll get to play that. The new Clone Wars games, I’ll get to play that. And, that’s exciting. Yeah, I mean, it is as weird as you might imagine it is. But, you just have to decide this is what you want to do and be a peer of the people, like George, and do it.
IGN: When did you find out this would not only be a TV series, but a movie? And how did that change the process of what you were doing?
Filoni: Well, the interesting thing is that because I love Star Wars and the crew that we hired loved Star Wars, that we set out early on to say we want these to be like weekly movies. That was the mindset for it. “Let’s just try and go as far as we can with this and push the limit.” George responded to that when he started seeing it on a [large] screen, like you saw today. He was like, “The fans would love this on a big screen. Start thinking about how we can get this up on the big screen. We do character arcs in the series, so how are we going to take that and make it into a movie?” Of course, at first, coming from TV, I’m like, “Uh huh, that’d be great. Sounds awesome.” But, he was very serious about it. You’ll find with George, when he says something, it usually happens later. So, it was a long process. And, that was a process of, we have to really try to get the quality up. I mean we had it thought up for television. But, then, when you’re going to put it up on the big screen, that’s another matter. So we were re-doing a lot of stuff. Smoothing over arcs of things more and just really a lot of intensive work on that as well, to make sure it’s going to be something the fans are really going to want to see.
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During this savage civil war, all efforts to end Jacen Solo’s tyranny of the Galactic Alliance have failed. Now with Jacen approaching the height of his dark powers, no one-not even the Solos and the Skywalkers-knows if anything can stop the Sith Lord before his plan to save the galaxy ends up destroying it.
Jacen Solo’s shadow of influence has threatened many, especially those closest to him. Jaina Solo is determined to bring her brother in, but in order to track him down, she must first learn unfamiliar skills from a man she finds ruthless, repellent, and dangerous. Meanwhile, Ben Skywalker, still haunted by suspicions that Jacen killed his mother, Mara, decides he must know the truth, even if it costs him his life. And as Luke Skywalker contemplates once unthinkable strategies to dethrone his nephew, the hour of reckoning for those on both sides draws near. The galaxy becomes a battlefield where all must face their true nature and darkest secrets, and live-or die-with the consequences.
We have available for preorder now: Star Wars Emperor Palpatine Life-Size Bust and the Frankenstein vs. Wolf Man Diorama. Both are awesome pieces and quantity is limited so don’t delay. Click on the links below for more details:
When Anakin Skywalker succumbed to the dark side of the force, his new sith master, Chancellor Palpatine, the self-appointed emperor of the new galactic empire, assigned to him an elite unit of Clone Troopers known as Special Ops or the 501st Legion. Now known as Darth Vader, upon the enactment of order 66, his first assignment was to destroy the younglings and the Jedi temple.
Their distinctive blue-marked armor distinguished them apart from the other ranks.
Their skillful marksmanship and coordinated team maneuvers allowed them to trap and mercilessly gun down the Jedi in the temple.
Now you can preorder your very own 501st Legion Trooper Helmet LE from All Movie Replicas.
The 501st Legion Helmet helmets are limited to 750 pieces worldwide so don’t delay.
Want to know what George Lucas has in store for his Star Wars television series? Read the interview with Steve Sonsky over at TV Guide.
In Part 1 of TV Guide executive editor Steve Sonsky’s in-depth Q&A with George Lucas, the discussion encompassed the Starz documentary Fog City Mavericks (premiering Monday, Sept. 24, at 9 pm/ET), Lucas’ advice for aspiring filmmakers and why Sean Connery turning down Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull might be a good thing. Here in Part 2, the conversation turns to Lucas’ pair of TV-bound Star Wars projects, the power of the Internet and the television series he was distraught to see go off the air.
TV Guide: Can we talk about the two Star Wars television series you’re working on…?
George Lucas: There’s Clone Wars, and we’re in the middle of that.
TV Guide: Tell us about it.
Lucas: Well it’s basically like Star Wars [in that it] takes place between, obviously, [the films] Episode II [Attack of the Clones] and Episode III [Revenge of the Sith], but it’s the same kind of action. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fall into the realm of what animation [typically] is, which is either adult, kind of off-color humor or kiddie stuff. This is, like Star Wars, sort of in between those two things. It’s a lot of battle stuff, and it’s obviously the Clone Wars, so it’s a war picture. So it’s kind of a PG-13 animated TV series, which is something that has never been done before and obviously doesn’t fit in any of the conventional slots that these things fall into. In that, it’s very different, and I think it’s very exciting. It’s got a very, very sophisticated look to it. It’s very much like the features. We’re still trying to figure out how to put it on the air.
TV Guide: And you’re going to do a hundred episodes?
Lucas: We’re going to do a hundred episodes. I think we’re on [No.] 40 right now. We’ll probably end up with 50 to 60 episodes before we start to put it on the air. We’d like to put it on next fall, in about a year from now, but we’ll see what happens.
TV Guide: Where do you see it living? How do you see this playing? Obviously it doesn’t sound like a Saturday morning cartoon.
Lucas: Right now, we don’t know. It’s out there to people, and people are talking about it, but so far, everybody’s got the same conundrums — “How do we program it? Where does it live? Where can we put something like this?” You know, it has to go after 9 o’clock and it can’t be on a kiddie channel.
TV Guide: So you see it on a more mainstream channel or the Sci Fi Channel or something like that?
Lucas: Well, it’s one of those things. Television is sort of bifurcated up into small niches and unless you fit in one of those niches, no one knows what to do with you. And, of course, I’m always outside the box, so it’s like, “Uh-oh, we don’t have a box for you.” [Laughs] But it’s Star Wars and it’s really good, so I’m sure somehow or another, people will also start thinking outside the box and it will find its home.
TV Guide: What about your Star Wars live-action series for TV?
Lucas: Yes, I’m working on that. We’re just going to start writing it in about a month from now, start doing scripts for it.
TV Guide: And where will that live in the Star Wars continuum relative to Clone Wars and relative to the films?
Lucas: Well, Clone Wars has got all the characters in it — Yoda and Anakin and Obi Wan and the Emperor and all that — so it’s basically the movie. The live-action [series] is not the movie. It’s the Star Wars universe, but it’s characters from the saga who were [previously] minor, and it follows their stories. It’s set between [movie episodes] III and IV, when the Empire has taken over. It’s like Episode IV in that the Emperor and Darth Vader are heard about — people talk about them — but you never see them because it doesn’t take place where they actually are. There are storm troopers and all that, but there are no Jedis. It’s different, but I think it’s very exciting because I get to explore a part of that universe that I haven’t been able to explore. Once you have a saga, it’s got a lot of requirements because it’s about a particular [thing] — in this case, Darth Vader — and so it’s his story from the time he’s 10 to the time he died. You really can’t go off that track because that’s the story. Whereas now, I can make a left turn on 10th Street and go down there and see what’s going on.
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