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SuperShadow and George Lucas quit Star Wars after a
lifetime of dedication to serving Star Wars fans for many decades.

Star Wars Episodes 7 8 9 are going to make The Phantom Menace
look like the Citizen Kane movie (created by Orson Welles) in
direct comparison.

Lucasfilm is without purpose and void without George Lucas
as they move towards the chasm of the deepest abyss.

15 December 1997

Jeremy Bulloch (the man who wore Boba Fett's Mandalorian armor in Empire and ROTJ):

"George told me that the armor that Fett wore was once worn by the ferocious Mandalorian, who were great warriors and conquerors, until they were finally defeated by the Jedi Knights during the Clone Wars. George remained pretty tight lipped about the Clone Wars except to say that Palpatine took full advantage of cloning to make his iron fisted control over the galaxy that much easier . . . After I filmed my last scene in ROTJ, I jokingly asked George if I could keep one of Fett's suits. George retorted: 'Sure, but just make sure you can still fit in it when I go back and do the first three films.' After George said that, I just kind of laughed and thought nothing of it . . . Was George hinting that Fett is going to be in the new movies? My lips are sealed . . . "

Peter Mayhew (the actor who played Chewbacca the Wookiee):

"George always said that he wished he could have put the Wookiee's homeworld somewhere in the trilogy, but he said he didn't really need it in the trilogy and that it would just be extraneous material. And that maybe he could use it somewhere else down the line . . . I told him that if Chewbacca is a couple of hundred years old then he must have been alive during the first three episodes of Star Wars. George told me I was correct and that Chewie was definitely alive and well during the first three episodes. He also said that Chewie was one of his favorite characters because Chewie always reminded him of a dog he really loved."

20 November 1997

George Lucas talking about how digital technology will revolutionize the making of the new Star Wars films:

"You always want to have something fantastic, but when you get down to the level of actually realizing your vision, you may find out that it's impossible to do, that you don't have the time or that it's just too expensive. So you have to take out of the script some of the most amazing and eccentric elements. In the new movies, thanks to digital technology, I hope that I will be able to realize some of the fantastical things that I couldn't have done in the past."

Howard Kazanjian, the producer of Return of the Jedi, on the parallels between the original trilogy and the prequels:

"In the trilogy, there is a competitive love triangle that develops between Luke, Leia and Han. This love triangle ends peacefully when Luke learns that Leia is his twin sister. In the prequels, George has planned a love triangle involving Luke and Leia's mother, Anakin Skywalker and Ben Kenobi. The consequences of this love triangle are devastating with great betrayals and forever changes the fate of our heroes and villains in the films. So those who watch the trilogy for the first time after seeing the prequels will be scared to death that the same horrible fate that beset the heroes in the prequels will happen to our beloved heroes in the trilogy because of a dangerous love triangle that divides and destroys close friendships, but fortunately this does not come to pass." 27 October 1997

Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) talking about his possible involvement in the prequel(s) in Wizard: The Guide to Comics [October 1997):

"I have been in fairly long discussion with [Lucasfilm]. But we'll have to wait and see. It is to my mind deeply unprofessional to give away any secrets. It's like saying to a child, 'Do you want to know whay your getting for Christmas? You are getting a new bike.' It kills the surprise. Frankly, I won't tell a thing."

Harrison Ford on Han Solo in the prequels:

"During the filming of (Indiana Jones and the) Last Crusade, George would joke to me that he hoped I would have a young son that looked like me when he started making the new films because he said Han might appear as a young kid in the last one [Episode III]. My response to George was: 'Why?'"

George Lucas, regarding Ben "Obi-Wan" Kenobi's role in Episode I, (kidding or serious?):

"Ben doesn't appear in the first one until half way through the movie."

23 September 1997

A portion of an interview with Irvin Kershner (the director of Empire Strike Back) in Starlog magazine from the mid-1980's:

The amazing thing about George is the way he can hide the actual plot of the film while we were actually filming key scenes . . . In the scene where Vader cuts off Luke Skywalker's hand, Luke accuses Vader of killing his father, but George had in the script that Vader responds: "No, Kenobi killed your father." Hence, we all thought that Kenobi had lied to Luke about the death of his father. Imagine my shock when George added the digitized voice of Vader and changed that pivotal line to "No, I am your father." Ingeniously, Lucas used this tactic to preserve the secrecy of the film.

September 1997

An excerpt of an interview with George Lucas in NEWSWEEK magazine:

The additions and tune-ups notwithstanding, the movies are the same as always. But best not to use the term "re-release" around the Lucasfilm guardians of the grail. This is the "Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition," and don't forget it. It's all a prelude to Lucas's plan for three brand-new movies, beginning in 1998 or 1999, the first of which he'll direct--the first time he's directed since "Star Wars." They'll be "prequels" and tell the story of what happened 32 years before "Star Wars," including how Vader came to be a no-goodnik. Remember, Vader is Luke's father and used to be named Anakin Skywalker. Lucas told NEWSWEEK the prequels will be "darker" and "more tragic" than the trilogy.

"I spent a great deal of time looking at history, philosophy, mythology," Lucas says, "about how those relate to the breakdown of a democracy and rise of a dictator." Lucas added that: "Ben Kenobi meets a young Anakin Skywalker who is already an accomplished star pilot. Young Anakin, about 8 or 9 joins the twenty-something Ben on grand adventures. They form a bond similar to that of father and son. Anakin sees Ben tempted by the dark side and watches as Ben struggles to overcome the powerful temptations to join the dark Jedi. Ben ultimately triumphs at the end of Episode One and for the next decade or so the galaxy is at peace. But working behind the scences clandestinely, evil agents in and outside of the Republic are nefariously working to destroy the grand Old Republic and the chivalrous Jedi that protect it." But on a cheerier note, Pepsi has committed $2 billion in advertising to promote the first prequel, as well as the Special Edition. Hey, Vader's formative years can't be all grim if he's a member of the Pepsi generation.

Forget for a moment the trilogy's trinity: Obi-Wan, Luke and Yoda. To meet the deity himself, first you have to make the pilgrimage to Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas's hideaway headquarters 30 minutes north of San Francisco. The Force isn't much use on the serpentine back roads of Marin County. Gated, unmarked and set back into the undulating brown hills, the 2,541-acre ranch is as much mythology as the movies whose millions in profits built it. The magnificent centerpiece of the ranch is a modern Victorian mansion, but the conceit is that it belonged to a 19th-century sea captain. The first time I saw this mansion is was totally mesmerized and hooked; I wished I were the master and sea captain of that movie-going vessel poised to sell yet again in the Prequel to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Lucas thought up a story about the place, which then served as a blueprint for the architects and craftsmen. He may only be the 56th-richest person in America, according to the Forbes list, but he's got the best workplace around.

The 52-year-old Lucas himself is every bit the wizard behind the curtain, cloaked in mystery but utterly ordinary in person. The mystery is part accident, part design, part invention on the part of a public that expects the creator and keeper of the "Star Wars" universe to be at least a little strange. The part that is accident stems from Lucas's pathological shyness--especially with the press--combined with a streak of stubbornness. The design part is the shrewd recognition of his handlers that the more the public's assumptions about Lucas are reinforced, the better the asset they have when, at rare intervals, he appears to market his products. And yet, when you meet him, Lucas himself doesn't seem to be an artful part of the game. His innocence is part of his charm as a moviemaker. He claims to have only tenuous ties to the machinations of his empire.

It also explains why he's believable when he says his decision to touch up the trilogy had nothing to do with making money. Lucas acknowledges that the movies were and are about to be an Event. But to him, it's beside the point. "It's like that old screen door in back that never fits right," Lucas says. "I wanted to fix little things that have bugged me for 20 years. I was furious at the time 'Star Wars' came out because it was a half-finished movie that just got thrown into the marketplace. And one day you have the energy and the stuff you need to fix it, and you do and it feels so good. And the restoration was crucial in testing some of I.L.M. new digital-effects technology. The storyboard I have drawn up for Episode One consists of no less than 1,500 special-effect shots, which is three times as many as have ever been attempted in a film." Similarly, he insists he's doing the prequels because he has stories he wants to tell and now the high-tech tools to tell them. Computer-generated sets, digital storyboards, virtual actors, shooting scenes simultaneously for different films--Lucas intends each movie to be made for under $70 million; indeed, half of the new prequels may emanate from a Silicon Graphics workstation.

Characters and plot, though, remain the thing for Lucas; the special effects are simply a means toward that end. "Just as 'Star Wars' gave you something you knew you'd never seen before, that's what I'm hoping for in the new movies... No one's ever seen a truly terrific and epic water environment on film because of the previous limits of special-effects technology. Waterworld and the Abyss are testaments to how prohibitively expensive filming in water environments was with the technology that existed just a few years ago. Those limitations are now gone and I can now set a 'Star Wars' film in any environment I or my designers can imagine. Maybe I won't succeed, only time will tell. But the pressure to meet the expectations of the public is secondary. The public can't even imagine what we can now create using digital effects. If anything, the public's expectations are not anywhere near the expectations I have placed on myself and my designers"

And, then, he asks: "Would you like me to make a movie that'll fail?" It's a dig at all the suggestions made over the years that it's the trilogy that's caused Hollywood's ruination. "The studio executives are their own worst enemy and are the ones making $100 million movies," he says. "If it were left to filmmakers, they'd be doing it for much less. It was more James Bond than 'Star Wars' that brought in the 'adrenaline' movies. They've been trying to do blockbusters since 'Gone With the Wind,' 'The Ten Commandments,' 'Ben Hur' and ''Cleopatra.' Bad movies have been around since the beginning of time. The notion that I'm responsible for them is totally unfair."

He's right. Hollywood's destroyed itself. Lucas made a sweet, earnest movie that had a real story and even the ability to chuckle at itself once in a while. If Hollywood successfully imitated those qualities, we wouldn't get the junk that now passes for entertainment. Maybe the nostalgic return of "Star Wars" will remind folks of the wonder and innocence that once was possible; maybe the prequels will do that in the millennium. But don't count on it. The world of 20 years back, when George Lucas stirred the imagination, was "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away."

What is the storyline of the Prequels?

George Lucas:

"It's a tragic story. Much darker than the first three films. Anakin gets caught up in his own sense of grandeur and the Emperor takes advantage and Anakin is lost to the dark side. There are many betrayals in the prequels. You can never really tell who the good and the bad guys are. The distinction is sometime subtle. In Episode 1, Ben starts out good then takes a bad turn and goes bad for a while. But by the last third of the first episode, he changes his ways and becomes a great mythic hero like Odysseus. Ben survives his odyssey."

Rick McCallum:

"The Prequels are essentially the story of Anakin's fall from grace. Episode 1 focuses on Ben and we get to see his adventures during his twenties. Ben is seduced by the dark side and temporarily loses control of himself, which causes many problems for everyone. But unlike Anakin, Ben is able to ultimately resist the dark side and becomes a great Jedi Knight."

Marcia Lucas (Lucas' ex-wife) in an interview with Reader's Digest:

"At one point, George had Boba Fett and Vader being brothers in the prequels, but he thought that would be too hoaky. Beru turns out to be related to Palpatine while we get to meet Ben's 'dark' brother who entices him to try the dark side. The Emperor foresees that a child born of a great Jedi in Episode 3 will become a Jedi and eventually destroy the him. I joked with George that doesn't God own the copyright to the Bible? George always thought that Episode 3 was too depressing and non-commercial and was not suitable film material. But considering how morose and cynical the world has become, the depressing and violent events in Episode 3 may actually help the film financially. The bad guys win and they win convincingly. For some reason, the new generation pulls for the guys wearing the black hats. And that's real, real scary . . . "

Gary Kurtz (the producer of Star Wars and the Empire Strikes Back) in an interview with Film Journal:

"The most difficult part of the trilogy was trying to make sure that it reflected an earlier time before the destruction of the Jedi and the Old Republic. The remnance and aftermath of the Republic are there in the trilogy . . . in the background here . . . in the foreground there . . . In A New Hope, the Millenium Falcon is our equivalent of a 1972 AMC Gremlin. It's and inside joke. When Luke calls the Falcon a "piece of junk," he's right. It's a 35 year old freighter that is on its last legs and is literally falling apart. It is kind of funny. The kids who saw the film thought the Falcon was the greatest thing in the world . . . It will be interesting to see who gets to pilot the Falcon when it is brand new in the prequels. I think that just about everybody in the galaxy at one time or another owned or piloted the Falcon (laughs) . . . . "

Who is going to be in the prequels?

According to Hirono Yoganoma's Japanese Star Wars site (quoting a fifteen-year-old interview Lucas gave in Japan), the following will make appearances somewhere in the prequels:

Ben Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Anakin's wife, Luke and Leia, Jabba, Boba Fett, Mon Mothma, Ackbar, Tarkin, Veers (and the other older Imperial officers), the Emperor, Owen, Beru, Chewbacca, Vader, Wedge Antilles' family, R2, 3PO, Jawas, Sand People, stormtroopers, Yoda and Lobot

What surprises can we expect to see?

We learn that C-3PO's personality is diametrically opposed to the one he has in the trilogy. Instead of being a kind, politeful butler-type droid, he is seen as a fast-talking "used-car salesman" type of personality.

The prequels reveal that either Ben or Anakin pilot the Falcon.

We find out exactly how Jabba ended up on Tatooine.

We discover the relic that Palpatine possesses that makes him the most powerful user of the Force in the galaxy, even more powerful than Yoda and Vader combined.

The prequels will show us the devastating effects that mass clonings had on the galaxy.

We get to see the origin of Boba Fett during the Jedi eradication in Episode III.

We watch as Anakin sits around in the Tatooine desert, like Luke in A New Hope, waiting for his destiny to arrive.

We see terrible personal tragedies happen to Anakin's family, similar to the deaths suffered by those close to Luke on Tatooine, that makes him swear to never step foot on Tatooine ever again. This is why Vader does not personally oversee the searth for R2 and C3PO on Tatooine in A New Hope because he does not want to rehash the tremendous pain that he suffered on Tatooine as a young child.

We get to see the Jedi strut there stuff in Episode I and watch as they defeat an evil threat to the Republic.

According to Daily Variety, Jeremy Bulloch (the guy who played Boba Fett in the trilogy) stated that Lucas told him that Fett was raised by the Mandalorian after the Jedi accidentally killed Fett's family. Fett grows up to be a murderer and loathsome bounty hunter and blames his sour life on the Jedi and, thus, does everything in his power to destroy them

An anonymous source claims that the Emperor enslaves many races in the Republic including Wookiees and exploits their talents in Episode 3 to build his huge Imperial Naval fleet

Lucas has prohibited the Star Wars novelists and comic book writers from exploring Han Solo's time at the Imperial Academy. Hence, it is a safe bet that a young Han and young Chewie appear in Episode 3

Timothy Zahn has stated on several occassions that Lucas may want to "use" Thrawn and the Katana fleet in the prequels

Alan Ladd, Jr (the former president of 20th Century Fox when Star Wars was produced) stated in the New Yorker that Lucas' biggest regret from the trilogy was that the technology did not exist in the early 1980's to do an aquatic battle scene. Lucas swore that by the production of the prequels he would have the necessary technology to make the greatest water battle sequence in the history of cinema that would surprise even the great water battle in the Charleston Heston film, Ben Hur

Speaking of Heston . . . he is not going to be in the prequels

Has the Prequel script/story been posted on the Net?

No. However, I did find this alleged scene from Episdode 2:

Palpatine: The power of the dark side is boundless while that of the light side is finite

Anakin: Why is that?

Palpatine: The strength of the light Jedi is limited by his or her own personal skill. Thus, their power is bound by their own personal limits and failings. But the power of a dark Jedi is not dependent on his or her own individual skill. Instead, the greater the dark Jedi's hatred, anger and impatience the greater the dark Jedi's power. The dark side feeds on anger and hate. The more anger and hate you can harness, the more powerful you can become. The best light Jedi is no match for even the most novice of dark Jedi . . .

LAST UPDATE AUGUST 1997