When George Lucas made the original Star Wars in 1976, he had the support of a couple of producers at Twentieth Century Fox, but everyone else thought it was stupid and doomed to failure. One might call Lucas a visionary for knowing where the audience was, and what would appeal, and that was proven again when Lucas went on to create Raiders of the Lost Ark with Steven Spielberg four years later. (Of course, Howard the Duck and The Radioland Murders might be a sign that Lucas’ insight is far from universal. And the less said about Episodes 1, 2, and 3… Well, you know.) But now with the oodles of free time he has from selling his company to a massive multimedia conglomerate, Lucas is striking out anew against the studio systems and its lack of risk-taking. (more…)
The other day, Disney floated the idea that sometime soon the original versions of the original Star Wars trilogy might be released, unmolested by special edition tinkering, would be issued in the high-def Blu-ray format. Now fans are not often known for their patience, and considering that George Lucas spent years saying that those first cuts of A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi are gone, and that they weren’t coming back, it should come as no surprise that many weren’t holding their breath for Lucas to change his mind. So one group of techie savvy and dedicated fans said “F**k It! We’ll do our own original version release! With Black Jack! And hookers! (Okay, maybe not those last two.)
A few years ago some filmmakers decided to take all that internet vitriol that existed against Star Wars creator George Lucas and made a casserole of it in a documentary called The People Vs. George Lucas. It was a great schadenfreude moment where we the little people got to eat Lucas alive for his crimes against humanity. Of course, those crimes are re-editing movies he made and make new ones that didn’t line-up with our expectations, in fact it’s almost surprising that we didn’t burn down Skywalker Ranch in retaliation. So now, because one rake out isn’t enough, those same filmmakers are looking to put Lucas on trial again, this time for selling out to Big Mouse, Disney. (more…)
I don’t know about you, but I always get nervous when geek sites start running conjecture based on unnamed “sources”. We’re not exactly dealing with regular Bob Woodward types here, so the “Deep Throat” veils of secrecy always strike me as mere excuses for nerdboy fantasy.
According to Schmoes Know, Lawrence Kasdan is 100% confirmed by their “trusted source” to be writing the 2016 Boba Fett film. This comes hot on the heels of Disney’s announcement that both Gareth Edwards (Godzilla ’14) and Josh Trank (Chronicle) are directing two of the three Star Wars spin-off movies planned to be dropping in-between the still untitled Episodes VII – IX. (more…)
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Last year we told you about Topher Grace‘s pet project in which he recut George Lucas‘ Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III into one movie. Grace’s version of the film was only shown to a select group and was never meant to be publicly shown. Well, some of those that saw the recut posted some of the story plot lines Grace cut. Now another enterprising fan has taken that blueprint and made their own recut, and we’ve got it here for you! (more…)
They’re telling us what we already knew, but at least Disney did the hardcore Star Wars Expanded Universe fans the courtesy of setting the record straight. New Star Wars films, games, TV shows and more will NOT tell the stories of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. The ONLY official Star Wars canon will be the films and TV series. If this is news to you, maybe you wanna grab a glass of bourbon and take a seat.
Harrison Ford is 71 (but lets face it, he doesn’t look a day over 57) and both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas think it might be time to fill the fedora with a more youthful head of sandy brown hair. Now, half of male Hollywood just called their tailor, hoping to be fit for their own beige suit to audition in. Which begs the question: who will be the Sean Young of this situation?
Forbes Magazine, probably the world’s best known financial publication–famous for it’s listings of the planet’s wealthiest and most powerful denizens–gave the nod to Marvel Comics pioneer Stan Lee, ranking him as the 9th most influential celebrity on Earth. (more…)
Two years. A little less than two years till we finally get to see this thing called Star Wars Episode VII. What do we know? Nothing really. J.J. Abrams is directing, Kathleen Kennedy is producing, and Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan are re-workng the script written by Michael Arndt. Details? Fuggedaboutit! But one of the Hollywood trade publications took the weekend opportunity to have a rumor dump of all the latest speculative casting for the film, from those already mentioned, to those we’ve yet to hear associated with the project, to the original actors who may, or may not, have bigger parts in the expanded franchise. (more…)