The latest issue of “Star Wars Insider” sheds new light on the roles of the development team behind “Star Wars Rebels.” We already knew storylines for season one has been nailed down, but according to a short article within Insider – production has started.
In fact, fans at Celebration Europe II will get a first look at the show. Without a doubt, we’ll receive online reports about whatever clips they show, if not some shaky cell phone footage of the unveiling. However, how much product could they have produced in such a short time? Is this a hint the animation models from Clone Wars are at least being used for a foundation for the show?
This could very well be the case – if you take a gander at the art team.
The article named members of the creative team, besides the producer credits of Simon Kinberg, Dave Filoni and Greg Weisman. Art direction is being led by the team of Kilian Plunkett, Amy Christenson, Andre Kirk, Pat Presley, Chris Glenn and Darren Marshall – supervised by production manager Liz Cummings.
Plunkett was the lead character designer for The Clone Wars and is now the art director for Rebels. He’s also known for his work with Dark Horse – his earliest work involved Boba Fett, when he penciled “Shadows of the Empire.”
That’s not the only connection to Boba Fett and other bounty hunters. The entire art team has strong connections to bounty hunter design, stories and development.
Christenson is previously known for her concept art, namely with her involvement in The Force Unleashed franchise. Kirk and Presley are also concept artist, and if you Google their names – you’ll run across some bounty hunter images – possible clues?
Well, if it’s not, then Glenn’s involvement should definitely make us wonder – he was the concept artist brought in to work on the Rise of the Bounty Hunter arc in The Clone Wars.
We also learn CG lighting and effects supervisor Joel Aron, animation supervisor Keith Kellogg and asset supervisor Paul Zinnes are on the development team.
The exact characters and plots of Rebels are still a closely held secret, but with so many members of its development team advocates of the bounty hunters – the odds are looking good we’ll get to see some of our favorites show up on screen.
Subscribers to “Star Wars Insider” should have already received their copy of issue #143. If you don’t subscribe, be sure to pick it up to check out the Boba Fett snippets scattered throughout the issue.
Within the first few pages of the issue, we get a look at Boba Fett-centered artwork being featured at Celebration Europe. Two of the three pieces highlighted are the amazing paintings by Joe Corroney and Brian Rood, which have already made heavy rounds on the Internet. Corroney comments on his desire to show Fett and Slave Leia in an Expanded Universe type way, and Rood expresses his motivation to return Boba Fett to Kamino.
One of the coolest features in this issue is short interviews from the characters who appeared in Return of the Jedi at Jabba’s Palace. Jeremy Bulloch comments on his interactions during filming with the performer inside Jabba’s tail – and how he tried to make the most out of every scene, consciously thinking, what can he do in this scene to make Boba Fett look cool? What really got my attention though, was the photo used for Bulloch’s interview – showing Boba Fett in Jabba’s Palace – standing next to Bossk.
The issue also takes a closer look at the Comic Con exclusive, featuring Boba Fett and Han Solo in Carbonite, the upcoming book, The Bounty Hunter Code, and a information on the upcoming “Agent of the Empire: Hard Targets” trade paperback.
Jeremy Bulloch was interviewed for “Star Wars Insider” #140, where he shared his five favorite rogues in film. The list doesn’t include characters exclusively to the Star Wars Universe, except for three characters.
Of course, his number one pick is Boba Fett, comparing the bounty hunter to the character, The Man With No Name, from Clint Eastwood’s “A Fistful of Dollars.” This is no shocker since Bulloch has stated in the past he mirrored Eastwood’s performance for his portrayal of Boba Fett.
His inclusion of Jodo Kast proves that Bulloch is a reader of the Expanded Universe. He said Jodo Kast is an unproven rogue and that he’d be interested in seeing that characters past further delved into. Bulloch imagines there’s an untold history between Kast and Boba Fett – a past we only got the slightest peek at in the pages of “Twin Engines of Destruction.”
Other characters mentioned were Han Solo, Indiana Jones and Madmartigan from the film, “Willow.” To read his explanations for why these other characters make his list of top rogues, pick up the latest issue of “Star Wars Insider.”
The first “Star Wars Insider” of 2013 presents a behind the scenes look at the audio play, “Smuggler’s Gambit,” which took fans by storm at Celebration VI this past August.
The piece includes concept art from Paul Bateman, putting a face to the characters of Ro Kurotora and Ryder Thorne. As previously reported on The Boba Bounty, the performance included a minor role of Boba Fett, voiced by The Clone War’s very own, Daniel Logan.
Director Kyle Newman shares his thoughts about the production, walking us through the stages of development and reminiscing about the radio plays he listened to as a youngster. It’s reinforced “Smuggler’s Gambit” is a work of fan fiction, but it showcased the power of fandom and what we can create together.
If you haven’t had a chance to plug into the audio play, visit www.StarWars.com/SmugglersGambit for the full audio and some behind the scenes footage.
Issue #139 also highlights the trade paperback release of “Star Wars Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead.” The second volume of comics further delves into the genealogical consequences of the Fett family.
Dark Horse writer Tom Taylor created a stellar story of Boba Fett’s fate at the hands of a vengeful figure from his past – or so it is reported through the galaxy. The story expands on the relationship between Boba Fett’s half-brother, Connor Freeman, and Boba’s back story as a Protector.
Quite honestly, the tale is too riveting to go into further plot points, but I highly recommend picking up the book, which was released Jan. 23.
Also, look forward to Issue #140, which teases news on the development of Episode VII. Let’s hope we hear mention of our favorite bounty hunter.
In last month’s Star Wars Insider #137, the magazine revealed fans voted Boba Fett as the second best villain for its 2012 awards. As a follow up, in Star Wars Insider #138, staff writers James Burns and Mark Newbold picked actor Jeremy Bulloch’s brain about his experiences with fans and the films.
It’s a short interview, but produced some interesting trivia about Bulloch, including his favorite Star Wars toy is a metal Boba Fett wind-up he received during a visit to Japan. Bulloch also revealed his first day filming was during the scene on the Death Star, where Darth Vader is briefing the group of bounty hunters about the hunt for Han Solo.
“When Darth Vader says to Boba Fett, ‘No disintegrations.’ It was my first day on the set and, despite being a calm person, I was quite nervous!”
Bulloch also talks about his first time signing an autograph related to Star Wars in 1983, the strangest place he was recognized and how similar he is to the bounty hunter he played on screen.
Even the harshest critic of the prequel trilogy has to admit the most engaging characters in Episode II: Attack of the Clones was the portrayal of Daniel Logan as a young Boba Fett, and his father, Jango Fett, played by actor Temuera Morrison.
Boba Fett became a fan favorite from the original trilogy, even though his back story was fleshed out more so in the expanded universe of comics and novels. However, in Attack of the Clones, we received a cinematic look at the origin and motivations of the child bounty hunter.
In October’s edition of Star Wars Insider, readers are treated to two excerpts from interviews with these two actors.
From a 2005 interview, Logan recounts he was surprised when he was offered the role of a young Boba Fett after auditions. He went in thinking he was reading for the part of a Jedi. He also shares an amusing antidote of how he picked up a stick and twirled it around, pretending it was a lightsaber during the auditions.
Morrison’s interview is from earlier this year and he talks about the pressure of playing such a pivotal role to the franchise. The father and son dynamic we saw on the screen, also rang true, because he took Logan under his wing during filming – treating him like his own son.
The one disappointment for Morrison, he said, was being killed off so early in the franchise. Luckily for us, we can read more about Jango and Boba in written works.
Thinking back to the prequels, it was the relationship between the bounty hunter and son that stands out the most. While these interviews are short, it’s nice to receive some insight from the two actors on how they developed their characters, what it was like to work with George Lucas and relate to other cast and crew.