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Star Wars Weekly: Solo deleted scenes and a canceled spinoff on Tatooine?

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Aug 17, 2018

Time again for STAR WARS WEEKLY, the SYFY WIRE series that rounds up the most important news of the week from a galaxy far, far away. Think of us as your own personal Star Wars Holocron.

CANCELED SPINOFF ON TATOOINE?

Neil Lamont, a production designer who has worked on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and even got his start on Star Wars: Return of the Jedi!), told CinemaBlend this week what he was working on most recently — and it’s a surprising tidbit. Lamont claimed to have been working on a now-canceled Star Wars spinoff. Most importantly, his crew was working to make its mark on the planet of Tatooine.

Now, that alone doesn’t tell us a whole lot. Though it hasn’t featured in any films of the latest Star Wars era, Tatooine does feature in the majority of films in some capacity or another. It makes sense that we’d end up going there at some point. But does this mean that rumors of an Obi-Wan spin-off were true? Or Boba Fett? Maybe there was something else entirely in production. Lamont really didn’t give that much away, but he did confirm that a spin-off was being worked on and is no longer, lending credence to prior reports that there were canceled spin-offs.

Let’s hope Lucasfilm gets Lamont back to work on Tatooine sooner rather than later.

FILONI NOT WORKING ON RESISTANCE DAY TO DAY

In an interview with Dave Filoni to promote the Season 4 release of Star Wars Rebels on Blu-ray, IGN learned that Dave Filoni would not be running the day-to-day operations of the upcoming show Star Wars Resistance, despite being a creator.

Resistance is a bit different,” Filoni said, “in that I'm not on that day to day. I created and set it in motion, but I've given that to other people to raise up, people that I've worked with a long time, who I think deserve the opportunity to tell stories, and I think it's exciting, and I give them my thoughts and notes — I was just doing that this morning, like George would give me. So that's fun.”

He’s still working on The Clone Wars as they finish up 12 more episodes, but this bodes well for the future of Star Wars animation. With Filoni not running the daily operation of the new show, there’s every chance Lucasfilm will be keeping him busy with other projects, which is good news for Star Wars fans of all ages.

SOLO’S MILITARY TRIBUNAL

StarWars.com released an exclusive preview, both to read and listen to, of the upcoming novelization of Solo: A Star Wars Story, by Mur Lafferty.

This particular preview is a look at Han Solo’s time in the Imperial Academy at Carida. It’s alluded to in the film after Han joins the Empire, but the film cuts three years to fast-forward to Han’s time on Mimban. This particular sequence was shot by Ron Howard, but ended up getting cut before it made it into the final film. Now, thanks to Mur Lafferty’s great work, we have it for posterity in print.

This is also the first canon appearance of Tag and Bink, who were created by Kevin Rubio for Dark Horse Comics.

To read (or listen!) to the excerpt, head over to the official Star Wars website.

THE ONION STRIKES AGAIN

The Onion isn’t above poking fun at Star Wars or Star Wars fans. In fact, they have a long history of it. It’s almost always hilarious. Today, as the nation's press outlets stand against the threats to a free press from President Donald Trump, The Onion imagined that Star Wars News Net, a popular Star Wars fan site, got in on the action.

 It’s hilarious if you don’t think too deeply about how troubling the underlying issue is.

RETURN OF THE JEDI BEHIND THE SCENES

Imagine being a fellow with an 8mm camera in the ‘80s, running around Buttercup Valley in California and stumbling upon the set of a movie. Imagine that film was Return of the Jedi. You just start rolling and make yourself a nice little documentary. That’s exactly what happened with a fellow named Jeff Broz.

And his documentary is on YouTube.

It’s bizarre to see how much access a guy with a camera could get to a Star Wars set at that time. Something like this simply couldn’t happen today. I assume no one thought this was a problem since there really wasn’t any way to proliferate the footage. In this day and age, this would get uploaded to Reddit in about 30 seconds and posted to every major news site by the end of the day.

Broz captured some amazing shots from the making of the film from an entirely different perspective than we're used to seeing. From Luke fighting atop Jabba's sail barge to Boba Fett on rigging sailing across from skiff to skiff, it's all there.

The footage is all silent and 8mm, but entirely engaging.

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