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New STAR WARS film coming to theaters August 15, 2008

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Adam Lenhardt, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. Chris Atkins

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    Didn't Lucas say he wanted to direct the small, experimental projects? And didn't he say this while also saying that Lucasfilm was prepping the new animated series?

    Lucas isn't directing this film, and he may not even have a writing credit. My understanding was that he got a bunch of writers/directors together, told them what he wanted, and then they went out and wrote/directed all the stuff.
     
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    There are a lot of projects set between III and IV. I understand that this new Force Unleashed game is considered canon by Lucas, and his live action TV series will happen during that time.
     
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    Well, it is a cartoon. [​IMG]
     
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    Only when it comes to Star Wars do you get those kinds of complaints. [​IMG]
     
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    That's exactly what he's done, with Rob Coleman heading the animation dept. The same thing will be done on the live action TV series - multiple writers/directors. I think it's safe to say that Lucas IS involved in the revamped Clone Wars series, but I don't think it will be as much or "hands on" as everyone thinks he is. The live action series might be a different story.
     
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    I just learned about this via CNN. The reporting suggests a movie that was just thrown together for kicks and to make a few bucks: an Ocean's 12 of Star Wars.

    So the description isn't encouraging, but the previous Cartoon Network series was pretty good; hopefully it will be a good, fun movie.
     
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    But it's not actually a movie that was "thrown together for kicks". It's the first few episodes of a long planned TV show that they decided would work on the big screen as an actual film.
     
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    Yep. Not that they're afraid of making more money too though. [​IMG]
     
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    That sounds "thrown together" to me. Hey, let's take a few TV episodes and play them back to back and call it a movie. A good movie is more than a few TV episodes strung together. Or did they retool the episodes for the movie presentation?
     
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    It seems safe to assume that the episodes tell one basic story. Even if there was no movie and these were going straight to TV, they'd probably have written them as a multi-episode story. That way after the first episode, the casual fans and kids want to see what happens next and watch the next episode (and hopefully keep watching the show for its run) and the hardcore fans get a big story to start off with.
     
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    This would be my thoughts as well on the new 'cartoon' SW film/series. The question to ask IMO is why won't Lucas either deal with the rich plot lines of many of the books or let others do it with his supervision. Where is Mara Jade and Luke's conflict and romance? And the rich vein of the smuggler culture and the remaining elements of the Imperial Fleet/Empire? The rebuilding of the Jedi schools and Council. There are lots of lousy books but many very good ones as well in the SW paperback universe, but Mara Jade/Luke and Han/Leia's marriage/twins/adventures are begging to be released on film/digital.
     
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    From what I understand a lot of what happens in the future of the Star Wars adventures are tied into the success of "The Clone Wars" and the live-action series. If both prove successful, than Lucasfilm will be a lot more willing to mine more stories from the SW universe for either television or the big screen.

    As for Clone Wars, judging by what Lucas said at ShoWest, it seems that once a movie was decided on, the episodes in question were "tweaked" to be more "big screen friendly" (i.e. to make it feel like a movie rather than an extended television episode). The movie will be the launching pad of the series and I seriously doubt it will look "thrown together". Lucasfilm has way too much riding on it.

    I'm expecting the first trailer to be attached to WB's "Speed Racer" in May. I also wouldn't be surprised if WB wanted trailers for the June launch of "Get Smart" and the July release of "The Dark Knight" as well.

    If the movie and the show are both successful, I wouldn't be at all surprised if somewhere down the road Lucasfilm preps an animated show (following the 100 episode run of "The Clone Wars") that features the main players from the OT.

    All big ifs, but we'll see what happens.
     
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    Here's hoping. The Clone Wars was surprisingly fun. I don't know how it would play as a 90 minute movie. But it showed there was still creative life left in Star Wars.
     
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    The two hours of the Clone Wars that aired in 2003-2004 were the most exciting two hours of Star Wars since the original trilogy. Not trying to bash the prequels (which I liked), but the Clone Wars expanded on the Star Wars universe in a very successful way. It's the perfect property to use to expand it further with the new animated series and the new TV show.
     
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    Excellent. [​IMG]
     
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    Why are they using Episode III lightsabers in a pre-Episode II show?

    EPIC FAIL!
     
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    Cool poster!

    Never underestimate Star Wars, but unless this is really fantastic I don't see it doing more than $100M at the box office (domestic).
     
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    Um, it's not a "pre-Episode II" show. The Clone Wars took place BETWEEN Episodes II and III. Might wanna rescind that epic fail.
     
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    Considering it was made on a TV budget and is basically the pilot for the show, I think they'll happily take $100 million. The awareness that the theatrical release will (hopefully) bring for the TV show is what they're going for, I think.
     

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