Okay, I am not even going to pretend this is an actual deleted scene from The Phantom Menace. It’s not, no matter how hard we all wish it was. Credit goes to YouTuber withmorten2 for creating the following slightly altered 75 second scene from Star Wars: Episode I in which no one’s favorite Gungan meets his untimely fate very early in the film.
See George? You can go back and edit good things into those movies… Watch it after the jump. (more…)
Yes, YOU! You there with your internet connection and your dislike of Jar Jar Binks and monotonous pod races. YOU caused this!
Bloomberg Businessweek has published an in-depth look into the lead up to, and then final sale of the Star Wars franchise from George Lucas to Disney. The rather lengthy but highly engaging article has a handful of revelations and surprises in it. Apparently Lucas sold the beloved future films after seeing how Disney handled the purchase of Marvel and Pixar (that is, didn’t change a damn thing and kept cashing the moneychecks.) Oh and the whole J.J. Abrams as director of Episode VII? Apparently new LucasFilm boss Kathleen Kennedy practically stalked him till he signed up. Also, Lucas didn’t want Disney’s people get their mousy little paws all over his precious plots for the next trilogy:
At first Lucas wouldn’t even turn over his rough sketches of the next three Star Wars films. When Disney executives asked to see them, he assured them they would be great and said they should just trust him. “Ultimately you have to say, ‘Look, I know what I’m doing. Buying my stories is part of what the deal is.’ I’ve worked at this for 40 years, and I’ve been pretty successful,” Lucas says. “I mean, I could have said, ‘Fine, well, I’ll just sell the company to somebody else.'”
What counts as the saddest thing I have read all day (like ‘three legged kitten trying to climb stairs’ sad) is that when it came time to finally sign the deal, Lucas was “melancholy” and as Disney CEO Robert Iger said in his own words, “was Darth Vader.” – DAMN IT, Now I have the image of a sad-sack George Lucas all depressed. His neck pouch half inflated as he signs away not only our childhood but his life’s work. I’ve spent the past decade and a half filled with nerd rage over what the prequels wrought only to have those flames doused by the thought of a single tear rolling down his plump and swollen cheek.
On the topic of all the ‘net based hate we have all tossed in Lucas’ vague direction for what he did 14 years ago, apparently we were what made him so sad that he sold off Star Wars without much of a fight:
The criticism got to Lucas. He found it difficult to be creative when people were calling him a jerk. “It was fine before the Internet,” he says. “But now with the Internet, it’s gotten very vicious and very personal. You just say, ‘Why do I need to do this?'”
What they failed to report is that afterwards Lucas put in a Sarah Mclachlan CD and just sat in the dark for a few hours…
If you want to read the whole thing (and you should since it’s a great read) head over to Bloomberg Businessweek.
George Lucas has come out of retirement to retire again, according to The Force.net and their foreknowledge of an upcoming interview Lucas did with Empire Magazine. Those Jedi and their wacky knowledge of things to come, am I right?
“I’m moving away from the company, I’m moving away from all my businesses, I’m finishing all my obligations and I’m going to retire to my garage with my saw and hammer and build hobby movies. I’ve always wanted to make movies that were more experimental in nature, and not have to worry about them showing in movie theatres.”
Not exactly sure what he means by ‘experimental’ movies or how this affects that he previously retired after wrapping on Red Tails. Maybe he’s just doing this for attention? “I’m totally going to do it this time, you’ll see… you’ll all miss me when I’m gone too..” type deal? Who knows. What I do know is for all the hate and verbal vitriol the man once worshiped as a nerd-god has received, I’d actually be interested in seeing what he comes up with when he starts to make these smaller, more personal films. Assuming they are not on super-8 and resemble anything like my crappy photoshop above.
Now, speculation time. What are these obligations he says he needs to wrap up? Star Wars TV show? A extra super special edition where Greedo sends Han a memo announcing that he plans to shoot him first?
Tomorrow, X-Box gamers around the world can prepare for slamming their genitals in a sliding glass door, as the worst game you could ever imagine, Star Wars Kinect, gets released. Fans of the series were hoping for the complete Jedi/Sith experience: Using the force, wielding a lightsaber, force choking some bitches (and by bitches I mean Jedi scum)…etc. Instead, what we are getting is… I’m sorry, I’m at a loss for words. I cannot even begin to describe what a horrible mess this is. Here, check out the following clip featuring Han Solo dancing to the aptly named song “I’m Han Solo” to see what I mean.
Han Solo, the universe’s most bad-ass smuggler/ladies man, is turned into a freaking pussy in a matter of seconds. Did it come to anyone’s attention that Star Wars fans want light-sabers and blasters in their game, not Lobot spinning records in the carbon-freezing chamber! We can’t explain how excited we are to play the mini-game that let’s us pick out Jabba’s belly button lint.
Just as the the obsessive love for the original Star Wars trilogy is eternal, the disdain for the prequels will never full go away. Walk into any herd of nerds and you will get a flurry of theories and methods to make Episodes I, II, and III better, but who cares about them. Let’s talk about what someone famous did!
Topher Grace, who was the Star Wars obsessed Eric Forman on TV’s That 70’s Show, held an exclusive private screening Tuesday night of the prequel trilogy. Well, the 85 minutes that survived his re-cut that is. Grace has apparently given his spin on the work of George Lucas, leaving over 4 and half hours on the cutting room floor. Collider‘s Steve Weintraub was one of only 50 to see it, and according to Grace no one will ever get the chance again.
We have some highlights of what Weintraub had to say after the jump.
Apparently Lucas gave Steven Spielberg a six-inch-thick dossier that proved the much lambasted scene was not only plausible, but also rather survivable. According to his extensive research, in a lead lined refrigerator, and assuming the impact didn’t turn him into paste, after the landing all Indy would have to do is straighten his hate and walk away unharmed. “The odds of surviving that refrigerator—from a lot of scientists—are about 50-50,” Lucas said.
2) HE’S RETIRING FROM BLOCKBUSTER FILMMAKING?!?!?
Yep, that’s right. Red Tails will be his last big budget Hollywood extravaganza. He will now apparently go the Francis Ford Coppola route and make smaller, more personal movies. In his own words, “I’m retiring… I’m moving away from the business, from the company, from all this kind of stuff.” Why the move? Apparently its all our fault with our nerdrage. “Why would I make any more when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?” he asked. Longtime Lucas producer Rick McCallum adds “Once [Red Tails] is finished, he’s done everything he’s ever wanted to do… He will have completed his task as a man and a filmmaker.”
Lucas then took his bat and his ball and went home.
The whole New York Times piece is rather long, but honestly still a fascinating read and I will fully admit the shot about fanboy feedback with his retirement set in heavy. Is he really packing it in because the fanboy criticism? I let the years of things I have said and wrote on the topic wash over me. I felt bad. I felt as though I was unnecessarily harsh at times. Then I remembered how stupid anything he’s done in the last 20 years has been and just how one dimensional his story telling can be, especially over the last two decades. I felt better.
The prequels sucked, Han shot first and, my ewoks don’t blink.
Mr. Lucas, If this retirement materializes, I want to thank you for all you have done up until 1989. Good luck in all your future endevours.
Are you like me, do you want to watch Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace but worried that you won’t get a eye strain headache and mild nausea? Well get out the day planner and circle the 10th of February, 2012 ’cause you my friend can see it all over again in 3D! Yes, yes, yes, I know that’s not new, but this is. The poster has been released!
Quick, guess 3 of the characters that’ll be featured on it and then check it out after the jump.
Pop quiz, what was the best part of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace? The final fight with, and death, of Darth Maul. Pop quiz part two, what was the biggest marketing mistake George Lucas made in Episode One? Yep, killing off the best character, Darth Maul. Luckily, George Lucas is the type of person to leave his past creative choices, both good and bad, be.
Star Wars fans felt the shaft (I demand you hurt yourself for that pun, USA Today) in The Phantom Menace when Darth Maul was introduced and quickly killed off — and so did the spiffy-looking Sith lord, who fell to his death after being sliced in two by a lightsaber.
You can’t keep a great villain down, though. And that’s why Darth Maul will be resurrected this spring, making his grand re-entry into Star Wars mythology in episodes of the Cartoon Network animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. … Filoni was as surprised as anyone during a Clone Wars story meeting when Star Wars creator George Lucas asked (Clone Wars supervising director Dave) Filoni to figure out a way to bring Darth Maul back.
Ok, help me out here Star Wars fans, The Clone Wars cartoon takes place between Episode 2 “Attack of the Clones” and 3, “Revenge of the Sith”, long after Maul was CUT IN FREAKIN HALF AND FELL DOWN A … wait, why does every building in the Star Wars Universe have these huge, apparently endless shafts all over the place, that has to be a safety code violation or something…. back on track.
Yes, Darth Maul was clearly a fan favorite and the most marketable character of the prequels. Was killing him off a mistake? I don’t think so, it was one of the few solid parts of the prequels. The mistake was trying to replace him with an endless stream of crappy villains (like his brother, who was basically just him anyways, or how about a robot, with asthma?) That was clearly a desperate attempt to strike the same cord with the fans.
I am just surprised that Lucas hasn’t special editioned himself out of this already, re-released Phantom Menace with crappy tacked on CGI and overdubbed audio, Perhaps what we really saw was just his pants falling off? Maybe that was actually a mattress and surplus marshmallow storage shaft? Oh wait, he is not just one character, but now TWO! The thrilling team up of his upper and lower halves can have a comedic buddy/buddy cop movie tone to it!
Now you are diddling the prequels, and I hated the prequels.