Last Friday marked the fiftieth anniversary of the first television screening of Star Trek.
To commemorate the occasion, Juan Ortiz, an illustrator and designer, who has worked for Disney, and Warner Bros., has created eighty vintage style posters for each of the episodes from the show’s three series run. He has published all the designs in a book, Star Trek: The Art of Juan Ortiz, but you see a selection of them at Creative Bloq.
Even though it was introduced as a fan-made clip, as I watched I thought, no, this must be an official trailer, for a Star Wars Anthology, or spin-off, film about Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. But, no, it is not official, it is a labour of love by Canadian filmmaker Rich Williamson, for a would-be film that might be titled Kenobi: A Star Wars Story.
I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this went on to spawn an actual film. Or trilogy of films, a prospect that has been on the cards for sometime, from what I can gather. Ewan McGregor, who played Kenobi in the Prequel Trilogy films, is said to be interested in reprising his role, if production were to proceed.
Up until now we’ve only been treated to a couple of teasers. This is a more substantial outline of the story, and there’s even a glimpse of Darth Vader. Rogue One opens in cinemas on 16 December. Not long to go now.
I’m surprised forces from either side of the conflict would still be present in this region of the galaxy, but there you go. Star Wars – Call of the Empire, is a fun, fan made, short film set years after the battle of Endor, which played out in Return of the Jedi.
It has been reasoned that Endor was plunged into a nuclear winter shortly after the destruction of the second Death Star, so it’s a puzzle that anyone is there in the first place. Having said that, it seems clear that an active Imperial base is present. Perhaps that’s where the First Order took its roots? The basis for a possible Star Wars Anthology series film?
If you like your alternative takes on the Star Wars saga, you’ll enjoy this article by UK writer Sam Kriss. Here he argues there is no real empire, or rebellion, for that matter.
For instance: what, exactly, is the Galactic Empire? It’s strange: something that’s fully omnipresent, but also nowhere to be found. The Empire rules the entire galaxy, but all we see are border zones: corrupt, bandit-strewn scrubworlds; autonomous mining colonies; planets inhabited only by storms and monsters; bucolic pre-agricultural fantasies. There are warships and soldiers, thousands even, but that only proves the existence of a border, not anything on the other side. The Empire is all hollow inside, it’s nothing more than its own border. If you have shipyards, why build your weapons platform off the forest moon of Endor?
Just goes to show doesn’t it? The more thought you give a story like Star Wars, which on the surface seems like a relatively simple story of good against bad, the less sense it begins to make.
A surprise this is. Not. It has been confirmed that Darth Vader will feature in the first of the Star Wars Anthology series films, Rogue One, that is due for release in December. That’s less than six months away. Just thought you’d like to know. About Vader, that is.
While already known that Australian Ben Mendelsohn would appear as an officer with plans to ingratiate himself with the Emperor that might earn the wrath of the supreme commander Darth Vader, it has only now been confirmed by Entertainment Weekly that the black-clad, mask-wearing and not overly sweet-natured dark lord Vader himself would appear in the film.