My first audio interview was with Lucasfilm's head of fan relations and author of The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia Steve Sansweet.
We talked about a lot of things, mainly Star Wars. We did dip into Indiana Jones a little bit. We talked about how the Star Wars Encyclopedia was written, how he came to work for Lucasfilm, what he does exactly and there are a lot of juicy news tidbits in there.
Star Wars Celebration V was discussed and they really don't have a solid date or place yet, but it will happen in Summer 2010 for the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back.
We also talked about the Blu-ray treatment of Star Wars and what we might be seeing on the Ultimate Box Set of all Six Star Wars movies. There was also talk about what behind the scenes documentaries form the past we might be seeing on a digital format. (I'm transcribing that portion of the interview for another article that I'll be posting shortly.)
The Geek Show Podcast was kind enough to host my interview on their iTunes, for the full 15 minute interview, click this link.
Q: Is there any talk whatsoever, and I'm not even going to ask for a date because I know that's ridiculous, but is there any talk about the Star Wars movies on a high definition format?
A: Yeah. I mean obviously we've been looking at that for a couple of years and I think one of the questions is when is the market penetration there and these days, will there be a market penetration before everything goes streaming? But we've been looking at an ultimate box set of the Star Wars movies, all six of the movies. And what special features would be. And clearly these days, if you did an ultimate box set and didn't do it in HD, Blu-ray, it just wouldn't make any sense. So now it's a matter of thinking okay, we've been thinking about this for a while, we know what kind of assets we want to use, we've done some work in cleaning up things, it's really a matter of making that decision of when's the best time to release it.
Do you wait and have an event because you're working off of the fact that there's going to be a new live action TV series?
All those things are very much in motion. I can say with pretty good confidence that at some point in the next several years there will be a complete set of Star Wars movies and lots of extras and deleted footage and anything anyone could want. Although I say that with some trepidation now because our fans want everything, "Why the Holiday Special wasn't on there, you ruined my life!"
But in the next few years there will be an ultimate box set and certainly a Blu-ray set.