Long has been the theory that George Lucas is actually a terrible filmmaker and that Star Wars Episode IV as was a fluke that was quickly corrected by hiring additional writers and new directors for the second two original trilogy flicks. There’s no greater evidence to support this idea than the last three movies Lucas wrote and directed on his own, or the story he dreamed up for the last Indiana Jones. So then it should also come as no surprise that his original draft of Star Wars, originally titled The Star Wars: The Adventures of the Starkiller is kind of crazy and weird and probably was altered after notes from some of his more competent, famous filmmaking friends.
Luckily, that original was never filmed (though you can read the script here), but it will finally be realized in comic book form in the Dark Horse adaptation of The Star Wars, complete with old, aged Luke Skywalker and lizard-fied Han Solo. The 8-issue comic book will begin in September and Entertainment Weekly was able to grab some early art courtesy of Dark Horse which can be viewed above and below.
Okay, let’s see if we’ve got this figured out. First a Disney source claimed that Harrison Ford was confirmed to return as Han Solo. Ford had earlier said that he’d be interested in the idea. Then Lucas gave an interview to Businessweek where he let the cat out of the bag that he’d already approached the three main characters from the original trilogy for the new sequel. But now, while out looking pissed off for having to be talking to reporters, Harrison Ford finally opened up about the status of his casting and that of his two much, much lesser necessary co-stars.
Ford told WGNTV (yes, them) , ‘I think it’s almost true…I’m looking forward to it….It’s not in the bag but I think it’s happening.’ Ford, who will be 73 if Episode VII is in fact released in 2015, is finally starting to age a bit but hardly his actual age (the guy pulled off 45 for like fifteen years). So while Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are pushing the boundaries of embarrassing, Ford could easily pick up where he left Han Solo 30 years ago.
Businessweek just published an interesting article that went through all the details and nuances that led to Disney buying Lucasfilm. And coming off seemingly bitter for some reason, George Lucas is quoted describing the deals made with the original three main actors from the original trilogy:
Asked whether members of the original Star Wars cast will appear in Episode VII and if he called them before the deal closed to keep them informed, Lucas says, “We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison-or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.’ ” He pauses. “Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.” Then he adds: “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”
It seems like only yesterday we reported that Carrie Fisher gave an interview in which she said that she was definitely returning as Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode VII. Oh, wait, that was yesterday. Okay. And now, the actress’s reps are already backtracking on her claim, telling CNN that Fisher ‘was joking…Nothing has been announced.’ Haha, high-larious joke, Carrie. I see you’ve kept that wit of yours after all these years.
Meanwhile, whether or not, Fisher can get her shit together in time to don the gold bikini, Bob Iger, CEO of Diseny, confirmed to the company’s shareholders earlier this week that the House of Mouse is definitely developing ‘some standalone movies’ to take place within the Star Wars universe. I of course am still holding out hope for a Salacious B. Crumb flick. Fingers cross.
Who are the Stunt People? I don’t know. They’re a bunch of guys who make stunt-laden videos. And while that normally wouldn’t do it for me, their last video is perhaps one of the greatest fan-made Star Wars videos I’ve seen in recent memory. Homemade lightsaber videos are a dime a dozen on Youtube and most of the time it’s a bunch of A/V kids with way too much time on their and way awful computer animation skills. Not to mention they handle the lightsaber like they were fapping off for the first time and were doing it southpaw when they’re clearly a rightie.
Which is why this first-person Darth Vader lightsaber duel is pretty damn amazing. And not only that, but as you watch, you’ll see the Jedi he’s facing do something so friggin’ obvious to defend himself from Vader, it’s amazing that it never happened in the actual films.
According to TMZ, Princess Leia, aka Carrie Fisher, was hospitalized for her bi-polar disorder after the now-Disney Princess gave a strange and bizarre, slurred performance on a Caribbean cruise ship, the Holland America Eurodam, last week. Video surfaced of the show, with Fisher as the surprise ‘celebrity’ guest in which the Star Wars actress performed by ‘slurring a couple off-key songs. Her dog even POOPS AND PEES on the stage while she’s singing.’ Her reps report that ‘she went to the hospital briefly to adjust her medication and is feeling much better now.’
Whether or not her health will affect her purported return to the franchise with Episode VII, maybe between her medical condition and the sway of the boat, she had a flashback to performing on Jabba’s pleasure palace cruise ship and just lost it. The video of Fisher performing on a cruise ship for some reason is below:
We’ve all been pretty caught up in the new adventures of Star Wars that are coming our way thanks to Jabba the Hutt’sGeorge Lucas’s sale of Lucasfilm to Disney. There’s been plenty of talk about a possible Yoda spin-off, a Han Solo one, maybe even a Boba Fett feature. And over the weekend there was even news of a possible Knights of the Old Republic possible feature. Though as of now the only confirmed film is JJ Abram’sEpisode VII. And hey, that’s all great. But…
Over the weekend I was walking through Best Buy and they were playing the Blu-ray of Star War: A New Hope on their big HD TVs. And I may have sat down to watch the first few minutes. Next thing I know the Ewoks were saving the day and the janitor was turning off the lights in the building. And while I spent close to ten hours rewatching the original trilogy, I couldn’t help but feel angry when I finally stood up. Did Han Solo really still not shoot first? Does the Sarlac Pit still have that stupid mouth now, totally making the cool idea of a living pit so not cool. And…and I’m sorry, did Darth Vader suddenly yell ‘No!’ before tossing the Emperor down to his death? Where the hell did that come from? So I want to ask Disney: Please, please, please re-release the original versions of Star Wars Episodes IV-VI. Read more… »