A little while back when George Lucas was promoting Star Tours he talked about the 3D conversions of the Star Wars films as well as the progress of his Star Wars live action series. At that point we were told the series was being shelved until technology advanced to the point he could make a visually compelling series for a fraction of the cost. Well, in a recent interview with producer, Rick McCallum we finally learned a time period attached to that shelf period,
We have 50 hours of third-draft scripts, but the problem we have is there is a lot of digital animation; we don’t have the technology yet to be able to do them at a price that is safe for television. Since we would be financing them, it would be suicide for us to do this [now]. So we are going to wait three or four years.
McCallum also describe what we can expect from the series,
Basically, it is like ‘The Godfather’; it’s the Empire slowly building up its power base around the galaxy, what happens in Coruscant, which is the major capital, and it’s [about] a group of underground bosses who live there and control drugs, prostitution.
So, space hookers? Maybe we’ll get too see what happens when you’re addicted to death sticks, too. Whatever the live-action Star Wars series ends up being we’ve got at least five years to wait to be horribly disappointed. Or pleasantly surprised, who knows, Lucas can’t be completely washed out, can he?
I suggest in the meantime you watch Clone Wars and remind yourself what a good Star Wars series can be.
Star Tours reopens for business in Disneyland this Friday. Start booking your flights now, and plan for an extended stay. You’ll be needing all the time you’ve got to fully enjoy all 54 possible adventures. Yup, 54! They include excursions to Tatooine, Hoth, Naboo, Coruscant, Kashyyyk and an under construction Death Star. Besides simply touring the planets you can also be thrown in to a desert pod race or dodging trees as you speed through a forest.
Expect to see lots of familar face, Star Tours will include appearances by Darth Vader, Admiral Ackbar, Princess Leia, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, R2-D2, Yoda, C-3PO and Jar Jar Binks. Not sure how Leia is making an appearance, I can only assume it’ll be old footage from the movies. And Jar Jar, well, can’t say we didn’t see that one coming. Frank Oz and Anthony Daniels also returned to voice their respective characters.
But why am I telling you all this crap, watch the new commercial below to get a little peak at the new Star Tours. Whose gonna be the lucky one first in line this Friday?
Star Tours is reopening soon at both Disneyland Resort in California and the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and we’ve learned of the dazzling locations offered. Already known were Tatooine, where you could take in a podrace, as well as the hub of the galaxy, Coruscant. Disney has announced four more locations: Naboo, Kashyyyk, Geonosis and Hoth.
There will be a surprise visit to the Death Star from time to time; apparently it’s orbiting Geonosis. In addition to the new locales, passengers will be departing from a new fancy Spaceport made just for the new Star Tours. There are 50 different adventures where your voyage could take you, so what’s stopping you from booking your Disney vacation?!
It’s been a long, hard winter and a trip to the happiest place on Earth in a galaxy far, far away sounds amazing.
July 27th 2010 was a very sad day for Star Wars fans. Disney Parks in Florida and California closed it’s enduring and beloved Star Tours ride. The motion simulator which took fans through a thrilling space adventure was decommissioned to make way for a new, enhanced version. While many are sad to see it go it’s fair to say the ride was a little behind on the times. It did need a bit of a facelift.
So, Disney is planning to relaunch the Star Wars ride Star Tours with a new 3D version officially titled Star Tours: The Adventures Continue on May 10th 2011 in Disneyland in Anaheim and May 17th 2011 in Walt Disney World in Orlando. Details have be vague and unconfirmed, but from what we can gather the new ride will include locations and characters from both the original trilogy (Chewbacca, c-3PO, R2-D2, Aqualish. Bith, Rodians, etc) and prequel trilogy (like Naboo citizens and Geonosians) as it takes place after the events of Revenge of the Sith and before A New Hope. It’s also been rumored that one action sequence will feature the Star Tours being chased by Boba Fett. Admiral Ackbar will also make an appearance as he will (supposedly) holographically communicates with the passengers.
While these details remain unofficial we do have a report from Disney regarding the new pilot of the StarSpeeder 1000 series spacecraft, the vehicle guests embark on. As a quick history lesson, the old pilot was REX, a bumbling robot (voiced Paul Reubens) who, through a series of mistakes and miscalculations sent guests through various dangers, like a comet cluster, getting trapped in a Star Destroyer tractor beam and even getting caught up in the attack on the Death Star. OK, so Disney imagineers have done away with REX (well, he’ll be placed else where in the attraction, but it hasn’t been revealed where) and will be replaced with a new pilot? Who? It was originally announced that the StarSpeeder 1000 series spacecraft would be flown using one of the latest AC-series Tour Droids, a new character named Ace. It seems Disney is scratching this idea and are going to go with a more recognizable robot.
DisneyBlogs reports that while Ace was originally designed to pilot the Starspeeder 100, Imagineers “decided to take the story in a very different direction” after having “discussions with George Lucas” during the course of production. We don’t know exactly how this will play out, but C-3PO will appear as the pilot of the new ride, replacing the AC-38 droid better known as Ace. Here is the photo they have released:
Slashfilm also reports a inadvertent slip from Disneyland Resort President George Kalorgridis who, at D23’s “Destination D” Event (whatever that is) that the new ride will feature 54 possible different experiences.
Well, I gotta say that it tears me up that the original ride is gone, but the more I hear about this revamp the more fun it sounds.I am pretty pissed off that the new ride will include Prequel crap, but it seems like it’s going to be a lot of fun. Perhaps something from Lucas that doesn’t suck.
Tell us what you think of the new Star Tours ride!
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On May 10th 2011 is when George Lucas will plunge his child hood raping dong (shall we refer to it as his Jar Jar?) into your already bleeding anus. I am of course referring to slated relaunch of the Disney World (and land) Star Wars ride Star Tours.
We’ve mentioned the revamp a few times now but for those that missed it. The beloved but aging Star Tours attraction at both Disney parks is being decommissioned to make way for a new one. The new ride will be similar in concept to the original but will feature a whole new experience with modern technology.
A number of concept images, as well as a video have been released which confirm that the new attraction “will take voyagers — for the first time ever — to Coruscant, as well as other destinations in the Star Wars galaxy.”’ (You can check concept art and video here)
If the previous paragraph was too elusive for you. It means the goddamn Star Wars prequels are going to incorporated into the new experience. Fuck! Not to get into a whole thing but I think it’s agreed that the prequels misinterprets what made the original Star Wars great.
I’m sure this new ride will be a blast but the news of of the original ride being decommissioned for a modern update that includes the prequels just makes me die a little.
Star Tours 2 (or so they call it) will launch:
May 10th 2011 in Walt Disneyland in Anaheim (current ride closes on September 8th 2010)
May 17th 2011 in Walt Disneyworld in Orlando (current ride closes on July 27th 2010)