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September 30th, 2014 by Derek Robertson Comments

An epic woodland battle in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’? Yes please! Oscar Isaac’s views on George Lucas tampering with the originals, uh huh! …and David Fincher offering his insight into how he perceives the original trilogy, … which is an interesting take on the saga! 

Over at Total Geeks there has been a revelation that the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII will feature a woodland battle sequence including thousands of extras.

The shoot took place in the Forest of Dean in Wales and lasted just over a week. Also, many of the key cast was taken to a location known as Puzzlewood. Producer Kathleen Kennedy made many visits to the set and some of the crew was overheard talking about the scene at their hotel.

The shoot supposedly includes a “pivotal fight scene amongst some of the new main characters,” and they are aiming for a more “unified, cohesive” tone in the same vain as Marvel and Pixar’s various efforts.

Controversy abound as Oscar Isaac – one of Episode VII’s stars – recently spoke with the Huffington Post and expressed his dislike of the digital re-tweaking of the original Star Wars films. He seem srather impassioned about it, here is what he had to say: “As an artist, like, he made the s–t, so why can’t he do whatever the heck he wants with it. There’s a part of me that appreciates that he doesn’t really care if people are upset about it. He decided to share it with all of it and he wants to go back and do stuff, whatever.

“But as a fan, I’d much rather go back and watch the old thing, because it’s a product of the time. It’s what did you do at the time with the things that you had. And that’s what made that movie so amazing. At that time with that technology he made this thing and it was f–king awesome.

“So, you know, to go back and kind of tweak it with new stuff, it doesn’t make it more interesting for me as a watcher. It makes it less interesting, but I can’t fault him for doing that.”

Also, as David Fincher has been doing promotion duties for his new film Gone Girl, he revealed in an interview with Total Film that he spoke with Disney about potentially directing Episode VII: “I talked to Kathy [Kennedy] about it, but I think that it’s a different thing from… I don’t know what Disney-Lucasfilm will be like. It’s tricky. My favourite is The Empire Strikes Back. If I said, ‘I want to do something more like that,’ then I’m sure the people paying for it would be like, ‘No! You can’t do that! We want it like the other one with all the creatures!’.

“I always thought of Star Wars as the story of two slaves [C-3PO and R2-D2] who go from owner to owner, witnessing their masters’ folly, the ultimate folly of man… I thought it was an interesting idea in the first two, but it’s kind of gone by Return Of The Jedi.”

What do you think of Oscar Isaac’s views on George Lucas’ tweaking of the originals? What about the idea of David Fincher directing a dark Star Wars film along the lines of The Empire Strikes Back?

It would certainly be an interesting take on the franchise.

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Derek Robertson has dabbled in many aspects of the media industry from a young age. He has always had an admiration for, film, science fiction and all things geek-like. Working in the music industry with Sony/BMG Records gave Derek insight and experience into video directing. Thusly, for many years he took a hands-on, multi-disciplinary approach in creating and editing treatments; working with performance artists, writing and producing music and working both; in front of, and behind the camera. Studying a Msc in Forensic Psychology has embedded a conceptual ethos that has spawned his signature writing style that he now infuses whilst blogging for numerous websites; writing music reviews, movie news, and reviewing network shows et al., . Derek continues to try and erase the boundaries between the homogenous and the insanely dull, culturally enmeshing contemporary socio-political aspects into the mix of the monolithic media industry.

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