The Star Wars Expanded Universe has been a thorn in many a nerd’s side for years now. Ever since Disney pretty much uprooted the existing franchise, kicking off a brand-new series with The Force Awakens, many diehard fans have been wondering whether we’ll ever get another chance to look deeper into the cosmology and setting of the long-ago galaxy, far far away. Thankfully, the Rogue One initiative seems to be taking the first step to expanding to new mediums, after announcing their releases coming this Fall…
Hey, remember the Star Wars prequels? I know you do. Anyway, it’s been a topic discussion amongst fans as to exactly where the prequel films went off the rails, and where they might have possibly been improved?
Even George Lucas might have considered this. He was planning the prequels since the development of the very first Star Wars movie in 1977 after all, and given that 20 years passed between the first film and that first prequel, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, there must have been a lot ideas that were created and then disposed of. Well, it seems that some of those ideas have reached the light of day.
In J.W. Rinzler‘s upcoming book The Making of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, shares the details of the a story conference between Lucas, director Richard Marquand, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, and producer Howard Kazanjian in the 80s as to how the epic climax of the prequel trilogy would breakdown. Here’s the alternative take:
“Well, anyway, Luke’s father gets subverted by the Emperor. He gets a little weird at home and his wife begins to figure out that things are going wrong and she confides in Ben, who is his mentor. On his missions through the galaxies, Anakin has been going off doing his Jedi thing and a lot of Jedi have been getting killed—and it’s because they turn their back on him and he cuts them down. The president is turning into an Emperor and Luke’s mother suspects that something has happened to her husband. She is pregnant. Anakin gets worse and worse, and finally Ben has to fight him and he throws him down into a volcano and Vader is all beat up.
Now, when he falls into the pit, his other arm goes and his leg and there is hardly anything left of him by the time the Emperor’s troops fish him out of the drink. Then when Ben finds out that Vader has been fished out and is in the hands of the Empire, he is worried about it. He goes back to Vader’s wife and explains that Anakin is the bad guy, the one killing all the Jedi.
When he goes back his wife, Mrs. Skywalker has had the kids, the twins, so she has these two little babies who are six months old or so. So everybody has to go into hiding. The Skywalker line is very strong with the Force, so Ben says, ‘I think we should protect the kids, because they may be able to help us right the wrong that your husband has created in the universe.’ And so Ben takes one and gives him to a couple out there on Tatooine and he gets his little hideout in the hills and he watches him grow. Ben can’t raise Luke himself, because he’s a wanted man. Leia and Luke’s mother go to Alderaan and are taken in by the king there, who is a friend of Ben’s. She dies shortly thereafter and Leia is brought up by her foster parents. She knows that her real mother died.”
Well that’s pretty close to the way Episode III: Revenge of the Sith broke, but it’s a bit more in-line with the continuity established in the original trilogy. It also makes more sense to me that Anakin/Padme relationship was out in the open and not a top secret romance the way Lucas went, but I think in the case of the prequels that’s kind of a nitpick.
But what do you Bastards think? Was that the version of the prequels you wanted to see?
To someone who’s hardcore into all the various technical aspects their movies, a “cinefile” by definition, any new technology or filming technique is just a fad, until it is used enough times to make it the new standard in the industry.
So when Peter Jackson announced that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and it’s subsequent sequels, would be shot in High Frame Rate 3D regular moviegoers (non cinefiles) shouted a collective “What the hell is High Frame Rate 3D?”
HFR 3D is a process where by shooting a movie in 48 frames per second rather than the film industry standard 24, a movie using HFR has less motion blur and increased clarity, much like a new television with a high refresh rate. This may still have you scratching your head at a the mere thought, but Warner Bros, MGM, and New Line crafted a neat little “cheat sheet” to any questions you might have about HFR 3D.
Check out the full guide in following the jump: (more…)
It’s been a huge week in nerd-friendly news, but the in a surprise addition, we’ve got our first look at the new The Thing in the form of a trailer, which is just about the first time anyone’s heard anything about this movie in months.
The plot of the film follows a Norwegian research group that discovers something alien in the snow and ice of Antarctica. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, from a script by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and Eric Heisserer (Nightmare on Elm Street remake) and is directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.
What’s interesting about this trailer though is that the film it advertises has been marketed (or at least rumored) to be a prequel to John Carpenter’s version of The Thing from 1982. But did you seen anything in this trailer that suggested it takes place before 1982? And for that matter, why does a prequel carry the exact same title as the movie that preceded it? Oh forget it! Let’s just enjoy the image of Ramona Flowers with a big effin’ blowtorch.
I knew it! I knew the same man who created the best saga in the galaxy couldn’t have been responsible for the prequels and that shameful Indiana Jonesflick! Now, the truth is revealed.
In this fake-trailer (Wait, what? It really is fake? Aw, nuts.) for a film begging to be made, George Lucas Strikes Back, we learn the truth of what happened 20 years ago. After Episode IV-VI, George Lucas was on top of the world. Star Wars had become the most popular film franchise in history and he was earning big bucks from the outrageous amount of merchandising. Things couldn’t be better, and Lucas wanted to focus on smaller, more personal movies. Well, Hollywood bigwigs didn’t like the sounds of that.
Kidnapped and imprisoned for two decades George is back and pissed the fuck off. Midichlorians? Aliens in an Indy movie? Jar-Jar? WTF!? How can one man handle so much offense against his beautiful films?
Watch the hilarious trailer below. You’ll laugh so hard you’ll cry. Then again, maybe I’m crying because the real truth is, the man in flannel we see nowadays is the real George Lucas.
We have an update on yesterday’s news that Alcon Entertainment (a WB subsidiary) has bought the rights to Blade Runner. If there is one person out there that could potentially turn a steaming pile of crap into a work of art, it is Christopher Nolan! So knowing that he is the number one pick to take charge of the Blade Runner spin offs (prequels/sequels) is great news. The men who just yesterday purchased the writes to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi flick Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove have made it clear that they would want Nolan to direct the project. They have stated,
“Our friend Chris Nolan who we did ‘Insomnia’ [with] would be in the pie in the sky for us. I think the methodology that Chris Nolan brought to ‘Batman’ is precisely what we aspire to whomever the filmmaker is, whether Ridley comes back and joins us or it’s someone else. It’s precisely what we aspire to with ‘Blade Runner,’ that’s the template for us.”
How fucking cool is that?!
Now I know many of you out there instantly drowned your sorrows in beer and/or butterscotch pudding just the other day when the news that the rights to Blade Runner had been sold, and understandably. The film is a classic that should not be toyed with! But buck up guys ‘cuz Nolan may be coming to the rescue!
And on the bright side if Nolan is unable to do the Blade Runner project due to scheduling conflicts dealing with a Howard Hughes biopic this thing may never get made in the first place! The guys at the WB subsidiary who purchased the rights or pretty blasé about the situation stating,
“This may work, or it may not work. We may make this movie, but in truth it may never get made.”
Would you guys be content seeing the project in the hands of Nolan or would you prefer that the project not surface at all?? Personally, as much as I like Nolan, there is nothing to finish. The story is over. The only way to continue on and be even slightly respectful is do do something more akin to the original novel.
Warner Bros, has offered Xerxes – the sequel to Zach Snyder‘s Epic 300 – to none other than Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie. Yep Madonna’s boyfriend is really racking up the directing gigs. Gotta hand it to the guy…Guy. He must have a vivid imagination. He would need one, I still get pretty creeped out by Madonna. It happened back when Dick Tracy came out. She’s kinda like a “Sarah Jessica Parker” that eats. Throw in her appearance in the James Bond movie Die Another Day and anyone can see why I lost some sleep.
I’m interested to know what he will really be doing with the source material. Miller pretty much maps it out with the graphic novel. I’m certain Miller will be looking over Ritchies’s shoulder the whole time. Like 300 before it, Xerxes is based on one of Frank Miller‘s graphic novels and had been developed by Snyder, who’d planned to direct his own script. Does Ritchie have the Snyder backing to stray from the source? I hope not, I loved 300 and really just want more of the same.
Frank Miller provided the LA Times some story basics:
“The time frame begins 10 years before 300,” said Miller, “and the story starts with the Battle of Marathon, which was killer to draw, by the way, even if it was a lot of work. The lead character is Themistocles, who became warlord of Greece and built their navy. The story is very different than 300 in that it involves Xerxes’ search for godhood. The existence of gods are presupposed in this story and the idea is that he’s well on his way to godhood by the end of the story.”
Describing Themistocles as “the complete opposite of Leonidas,” Miller does promise that the 300 character will make a cameo. While that doesn’t guarantee Gerard Butler cameoing in the eventual film version, it does make it likely, as does an appearance by Andrew Tiernan as Ephialtes, the deformed Spartan traitor who Miller promises also places a role in the new story.
“There’s an extended scene set in Persepolis,” adds Miller, “for instance, where he takes power and there are several scenes where he is going through his transitions and he’s shown speaking to his mother and his wife… The new tale climaxes with a massive naval confrontation that is so dense that it is fought like a land war and it ends on the same day as the events of 300.”
(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
Look’s like November is the time for RidleyScott‘s ‘Alien’ prequel to start filming and everyone knows thanks to a tweet from Henry South, a visual FX designer working on the Alien prequel:
“Started work on alien prequel today!! Absolutely stunning. Worth waiting till late 2011 for peeps!”
That’s certainly interesting considering Scott and the Studio have yet to find the films leading lady. With names like Noomi Rapace, Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish, Natalie Portman and Olivia Wilde still in the hat why would they film without their lead? Scott is leaning heavily towards Noomi Rapace to be his new lead, since this film will have not have any involvement with the iconic Ripley. There’s no official date for when ‘Alien’ will be released, other than sometime in 2011.
Should this film even be starting without a lead? Any views or comments on how this will turn out leave them at the bottom of the page.
At the risk of becoming the Lego beat writer (Exhibit A), I have to show you another set of fabulous Lego creations. Super Punch has posted a few Star Wars creations made from the tiny, colorful blocks. It looks like these are from the Clone Wars movie. I love how Iain Heath portrayed the lightsaber with multiple thin bricks to show light and movement!