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Simon Kinberg Talks Star Wars Rebels Timeline, Capturing the Right Look, More
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.26.2014

Simon Kinberg spoke with SHH about the upcoming Star Wars Rebels series. Check out the highlights:

On getting the look and feel of the first films down for Rebels: "It's not quite like X-Men where there are stories you definitely want to do. I always wanted to do Dark Phoenix and Days of Future Past and I got to do both, and one of them I'm really proud of. Star Wars is more of a universe and you can go anywhere and do anything so it was more about playing in an era, and for me that was the era of the original films. About finding out about what came before A New Hope. Not way before, but right before, as that story begins in the middle. And it stays fresh because that's a big story to tell. We know the destination of it, but that's a long way off."

On when the show takes place: "Oh, I don't know if I canů I will say that that question will be answered in the series. It's a few years. And one of the great things about having original characters is that they could even continue on having adventures concurrent with the original trilogy, if people like them enough to keep watching them that long."

On whether there's a storyline arc planned to run through to the events of Episode Four: "We do. We've planned out that arc. We were hyper focused on the first season, but we have a very clear sense on where the series links to A New Hope. And we've got an opportunity to bring in worlds and characters from other elements, like going to Kessel (which is featured in the pilot) which we'd heard about but never seen."

On whether it's harder or more freeing to work with all-new characters: "Both. You don't have the automatic connection with characters everyone already knows, but as an artist and a writer you get to build an entire identity for a character, which for a writer is the most fun thing. It's kind of why I got into writing."

On his favorite Star Wars prequel: "It's funny, I was having this conversation last night, some were saying "Clones" last night, but for me, for a nostalgic Star Wars fan, because we got to see the beginning of Vader and Luke and Leia. And honestly the last five minutes of the film, I was bawling in the movie theater. I thought there was great things in all of the movies, I thought the action in "Clones" was spectacular, but for me it was Sith."


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