Lucasfilm Chief Kathleen Kennedy has been courting Abrams, one of the most successful directors and producers in Hollywood – and a man beloved by fanboys. He runs one of the industry’s top production companies, Bad Robot, and created or co-created television franchises like “Lost,” “Fringe” and “Alias.” He has also directed film spectacles “Mission: Impossible III,” “Star Trek” and “Super 8.”
Could this be the opportunity for a Star Trek/Star Wars cross-over? Given the turmoil gripping the “Star Wars” galaxy following the demise of the Empire, a Captain Kirk sort of figure could be just what its citizens need…
The overwhelming military superiority of the Galactic Empire has been confirmed once again by the recent announcement by the President of the United States that his nation would not attempt to build a Death Star, despite the bellicose demands of the people of his tiny, aggressive planet. “It is doubtless that such a technological terror in the hands of so primitive a world would be used to upset the peace and sanctity of the citizens of the Galactic Empire,” said Governor Wilhuff Tarkin of the Outer Rim Territories. “Such destructive power can only be wielded to protect and defend by so enlightened a leader as Emperor Palpatine.”
George Lucas has sold his “Star Wars” film franchise to The Walt Disney Company for around four billion dollars. The good news for fans of the popular sci-fi saga? A new batch of films are on the way, with the first set to arrive as early as 2015.
“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime.
I always had the feeling, despite the protestations of Lucas to the contrary, that there would be more films in the “Star Wars” saga. So, will they be sequel films – set in a period following the original trilogy films – or will they explore other aspects of the (sprawling) extended universe?
A number of hard-core, to say nothing of ambitious, “Star Wars” fans have banded together to build a 1:1 scale model of the Millennium Falcon that will resemble Han Solo’s freighter in almost every regard. It’ll be interesting to see if the duplicate craft can also make the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs.
And what’s next after the Millennium Falcon? A fully sized – and operational – model of the Death Star perhaps?
Star Wars Uncut is back and the crowd sourced re-make of The Empire Strikes Back is well under way. Long story short, filmmakers choose a fifteen second scene from the original movie and can recreate it in anyway they wish to. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product.
Actually, it wouldn’t be all too terribly difficult for any normal person to dodge one of these blaster bolts – especially if it were fired from so far away. Maybe this explains why the Storm Troopers suck so bad and shooting. They don’t suck, it’s just that Han, Chewie, and Luke can easily dodge these bolts when far enough away. The Storm Trooper, on the other hand, can’t dodge. Why? Because those blasted helmets block their vision. You can’t dodge what you can’t see (well, except for Luke).
George Lucas, giving the award to Sid Ganis, who was the in-house publicist on Star Wars: Episode Five – The Empire Strikes Back, said, “Sid is the reason why The Empire Strikes Back is always written about as the best of the films, when it actually was the worst one.”
Does this mean then the prequel trilogy was an attempt by Lucas to redeem himself?
There’s been talk on the wires recently regarding the best order in which to view the six films of the “Star Wars” sci-fi saga, but US actor Topher Grace has probably gone a step better, editing the contents of all three prequel trilogy films down to a single 85 minute long piece.
The result is an 85-minute movie titled Star Wars: Episode III.5: The Editor Strikes Back. It should be noted that the Star Wars prequel trilogy is almost 7 hours in total length, and the shortest film (Episode 1) is more than 51 minutes longer than Grace’s fan cut. What this means is a lot of footage ended up on the editing room floor, and a lot of creative choices were made in the editing process. And the result? Topher Grace’s Star Wars film is probably the best possible edit of the Star Wars prequels given the footage released and available.
From what I can gather, Grace’s much shortened version still succeeds in pretty much conveying the gist of all three prequel films. This I would like to see.